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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.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CAROJONES 11/28/2010 5:59PM

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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EMGERBER 11/23/2010 8:29AM

    This is such a wonderful visual to keep you focused and on track. I really love this idea. emoticon

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JOY1918 11/21/2010 10:35AM

    Love the rocks. Can't wait to see what you build over time!

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SARAH-JAMES 11/20/2010 1:27AM

    Just looking at this stone will motivate you to go forward and never go back to the way it was before.
You have brilliant ideas.
Keep moving.
I'm watching this pile of stone growing with you. emoticon

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VXWALL1942 11/18/2010 10:10PM

    What a wonderful sturdy foundation and making it a visual gives you accountability. May your beauty and 'Rock City' grow commensurately in the next few months.


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PAWKETS 11/17/2010 6:36PM

    Good luck on your healthy journey

Rocks are are great idea

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LYNMEINDERS 11/17/2010 3:33AM

    Awesome...looking forward to your journey....

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DRGOMTI 11/16/2010 10:29PM

    OMG!! I love your blogs so much!!! One of my favorite things is ROCKS!!! I collect them wherever I go! I have big circles of em around my 2 big pine trees. I LOVE your idea of laying your foundation!!! I can't wait to see the next building block/rock, : )) in Jan.!!! You ROCK CW!!!! : ))

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CREISER 11/16/2010 1:23PM

    I love your visual reminder to keep building on the foundation of the habits that you are learning through Spark People. Keep up the good work. I look forward to reading more from your blogs.

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JANETSJAMMING 11/16/2010 11:28AM

    Thank you for sharing such a meaningful idea. I hope to someday make a stome labirynth to help people with what ever journey they are on.

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CLAUDECF 11/16/2010 3:58AM

    Wonderful! Love your goal and the way you handle it emoticon

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AMARILYNH 11/14/2010 6:03PM

    Awesome - I look forward to sharing the rest of your journey!

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MARTY19 11/14/2010 9:15AM

    I love the visual. There are time that we get so caught up in the moment that we don't stop and see what we have actually accomplished. This is a wonderful reinder.


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MRSMLBJ 11/14/2010 12:29AM

    You may have a beautiful work of art by the time you are finished....and I'm not talking about the rocks.

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JOANOFSPARK 11/11/2010 5:56PM

    What a great idea...I love it... emoticon emoticon

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IMTROYCE 11/11/2010 4:26PM

  So there is hope? I have fibromyalgia, arthritis and some other health concerns I have found it difficult to deal with the pain and everything with it. I have a young daughter and grandson and I'm tired...

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SPUNKYJOY77 11/11/2010 12:37PM

    WAy to go!

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JAMIEJOYNER 11/11/2010 12:23PM

    that's a great idea!

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CAROLINAMUSED 11/9/2010 8:18AM

    I love this. The cairn I lay will need to be in my mind as I seem to keep moving from state to state (maybe one day I will land where I really do long to be - Oregon). This visible grounded foundation seems the opposite of a memorial: it is not a farewell to something departed but a deliberate observance of a journey still in process.

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TIMELESSCRONE 11/5/2010 7:10AM

    Oh! I just love this!!! I want a cairn of my own!!! Thank you for the great idea!!


I've been MIA for a bit. Well. Most of October. How cool it was to come back and find that you met your 10% Goal!!!


Even better to find out that you have some Most Popular blog posts!! Looks like everyone is discovering how inspiring you are!


I look forward to our continued journey ... and new pics in January!


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TEALADY0531 11/4/2010 10:32PM

    What an amazing and creative idea! And so beautiful! You are really an inspiration to all of us, my friend! emoticon

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LADYZHERRA 11/4/2010 3:59PM

    You inspire me!

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JRICHARDS092907 11/3/2010 8:43PM

    Thats so beautiful ! and so so inspiring!

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PEDODGEBALL 11/3/2010 6:49PM

    Cj my friend you are so motivated to reach your goals. I love the idea and the stones are so beautiful.I can't wait to watch and read as you continue on your journey. You are motivating me to find my own path towards health and wellness. emoticon

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FXYGMA 11/3/2010 6:04PM

    I really like your idea; how creative!

Melinda emoticon

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ESLTEACHER1 11/3/2010 5:28AM

    Awesome and inspiring! I look forward to each new addition! emoticon

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EMMABE1 11/3/2010 12:55AM

    Wow!! What an amazing idea - and to go to that trouble to get the stones - it will be something you will build on and treasure for ever!!
That quartzite is lovely - the shape so unusual!! The shades of the other stones too are fascinating!!
I love the idea too - because you HAVE to finish it - so will always have motivation!!

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CAROLYN0107 11/3/2010 12:47AM

    Great idea. Keep it up!

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JEANNE229 11/2/2010 10:46PM

    I love your blogs! Thanks for all the creativity and motivation.

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SPEEDY143 11/2/2010 7:55PM

    That's awesome... I'm so inspired to do the same thing. Our son is a middle school earth science teacher and holds a geology degree so we have always loved rocks and have quit a collection... in fact I have a mini cairn in our bathroom... I should take a picture of it too hehehehe

We are in the process of re-landscaping our backyard and I'm defiantly going to borrow your idea and make a monument to my new life style!!!!

Thanks sweetie emoticon

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KAYYVAUGHN 11/2/2010 7:44PM

    What a creative idea to keep up with your healthy lifestyle progress. I am so impressed.

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SARAWALKS 11/2/2010 7:40PM

    OH, I loved the idea and you are doing a great job with it. How wonderful it will be to have a tangible reminder of your journey! emoticon emoticon

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SASKATIA 11/2/2010 7:30PM

  That's so lovely! And Oregon of course has the most beautiful stones to collect everywhere.

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IZZYBEBOP 11/2/2010 7:09PM

    How cool! I searched for cairn to see exactly what it was. Wikipedia has some awesome ones, HUGE ones. Can't wait to see the finished project. thanks for sharing and keep me posted.

I love quartz. when I was little, i collected rocks, and had many of these because i thought they had diamonds in them.

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