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I've laid the foundation . . .

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

On October 28th I posted a Blog titled: So . . . What's Next?
In it I proposed to begin building a cairn to commemorate my progress toward getting healthier -- and to post photos when the foundation had been laid.

For those of you who missed the first part of the story please read it at -

That will explain why I'm putting together this pile of rocks!

Now, once I'd decided what I wanted to do - I selected a site in my yard that is easy for me to view -and began building in stages. First I gathered stones from different places in Oregon, including our rocky coast, to define the area and have a raised surface upon which to build. It was like working on a puzzle. I kept trying different placements until I found one that seemed fairly sturdy.

Then I went to a landscape stoneworks to search for the foundation stone. They had tons (literally) of choices. I was conficent I'd know the right piece when I saw it. Sure enough -- it wasn't long before one particular piece with jagged, stepped edges called to me --- so I joyfully brought this beautiful piece of local quartzite to its new home.

It was sunny enough today to get a picture so here it is --

The dark stones appear so earthy. I feel grounded when I look at them. And I love the way the rough quartz sparkles (pun intended) in the sun. I think it is urging me on to keep building consistently on the foundation of healthy habits I've begun.

My plan is to place a new stone to mark each 3 months of my Journey toward Health. Watch for the next one in January, 2011.

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