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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

The title of this blog is something we New Englanders say when something FINALLY clicks with us. You know times when you've tried to learn, or comprehend something and you finally "get it".

Well, THAT is literally what happened to me, the morning of June 25th, while I was out on my walk, I finally got it! I finally got WHY, for the last year or so, I’ve preferred walking, which had become VERY seldom, in my own neighborhood. It because I could go home whenever I felt like it. I could, and quite often DID, make excuses of being too tired, or my feet hurt, or my back hurt. Whatever reason I could come up with to go home and not complete my intended walk. Well, on the 25th, it was not unusual for me to try to make excuses to get back home; I had to meet my friend Sandy for breakfast; it's taking much longer than I had told her; I still need to hang out the clothes before I leave to meet her; I was trying any excuse I could come up, BUT, this time it didn't work. YAY!! I refused to listen to myself, and managed to walk the three miles I had mapped out. I was so proud of myself that breakfast tasted even better than it would have.

Now, as much as I would love to go for a walk every morning, as a working woman, I’m not able to get out like that because I would definitely be late for work. Unfortunately, by late afternoon, I find it much too hot for me, so for now I’ll be leaving my walks to every time I have a day off, including every Saturday & Sunday. On any of those days you will find me communing with Mother Nature, BUT now it will rarely be in my own backyard.

Yesterday, the 3rd of July was an EXCEPTIONAL day! I drove to the beginning of Lowell Bike path, which heads to, and through, Chelmsford,

and started my walk. It was already 7:25 a.m. which was later than I had anticipated.

It's a little unnerving, but this tunnel takes you UNDER the highway.

I can't comprehend why this is the very first mile marker that shows up, On my return trip, I'll show you the distance from here to the tunnel.

Another intimidating tunnel, Route 495 South.

Under Rte 495 S looking towards 495 North

Continuation of the bike path, but now in Chelmsford and the start of the Bruce Freeman Trail.

Just coming up to Chelmsford Center

As you can see, the marking now shows 3.25 miles so at this point, I had already walked a mile and a half. Woo hoo!!

Chelmsford is all decked out for their Independence Day Parade.

The bike path continues across the street, where that yellow barrel is located. This is where my daughter and I had started our walk on June 11th.

Instead, I chose to go to the left to Chelmsford St. and then back to the bike path.

Here is the picture I promised you earlier in this vlog. As you can see the "FIRST" path marking is NOT that far from that first tunnel, and the tunnel isn't very long. Inquiring minds want to know, "how in the world they could mark this spot with this mileage marker?"

After I returned home, I got started mowing my lawn, but only got the front lawn and about 1/4 of the back lawn done because I need to get ready for my dental appointment.

If you remember, in one of the previous paragraphs I wrote that yesterday was an EXCEPTIONAL day. What made it so exceptional was I got to meet two new SPARKLING friends. I was suppose to meet them this passed Sunday, but I guess I never sent out my reply, so we made plans to meet yesterday.

I'd like everyone to meet two of our newest members, Brenda, in the middle & Lu'ckett on the right. These ladies are so sweet, and I'm thrilled that they live in my neck of the woods, AND that we are following similar paths. YAY!!

It was an EXCEPTIONAL day in EVERY sense of the word.

Well my dear friends, again I thank you for taking the time to read & comment on my blogs. It is ALWAYS much appreciated. I'd like to leave w=you with this one thing, the LITERAL meaning when one says, Dawn Breaks Over Marblehead.

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Enjoy a Happy & safe 4th of July holiday!!

P.S. I went grocery shopping when I got back from my lovely meeting, and then finished mowing my lawn.
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    Thanks everyone for your sweet and supportive comments on this blog.

    I so wanted to walk further, but had to get back home to get ready for my dental appointment, YECK!! Next time I shall walk a bit further. I sure wish I had that app my daughter has that tells you just how far you've walked. Amy-Jean, I just might have to bring you with me again. Ha, ha, ha!
    As for that phrase, it must just be us older folks who still use it. I grew up hearing and using it.

    Check out this site for the origin of the phrase:

    2451 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/5/2012 10:22:18 PM
    I should have known you'd have something to back up that phrase that I have NEVER ever heard. You saved me the time looking it up :-) And it was a beautiful dawn. Good job on making progress mom!

    2451 days ago
    Ruby your pics are great and the story even better. Keep up your motivation and stay in touch.
    2451 days ago
    walk as far away as you can.. then you have to get yourself back :)great pictures
    2451 days ago
    Having grown up there I love it when "dawn breaks over Marblehead!" Glad we were able to hook up on Tuesday; looking forward to further visits (next time take the train into Boston and we'll have some fun).
    2451 days ago
    I'll have to remember that way of "getting it"!
    Loved the pics and your wonderful way of expressing
    what you observe and experience.
    Hope the weather gets cooler and life gets a
    little less hectic! HUGS!
    2452 days ago
    Great pics and GREAT insight on moving your walks to a place that isn't so convenient to give up too soon.

    Those tunnels DO look a little scary though..hopefully there isn't much traffic on the roads.

    You will do this RubyClaire...I always feel SO much better when I get my exercise in...we need those happy endorphins running through our bloodstreams! Yay for you! emoticon
    2452 days ago
    great blog and great pictures!
    2452 days ago
    Thanks for you support, WALLINMW, and believe me, I'm NOT going to lose my motivation again.

    H8STINKS, you are so right, needing to financially support oneself can be so detrimental to ones health & well-being, BUT, I'm going to just keep on plugging away. Also, I can hardly wait until you make your Spark page so I can keep in touch with you!!
    2453 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/4/2012 12:52:15 PM
    Thanks for sharing your "a-ha" moment. It helps me, and I am sure others, to be self reflective as well. Great pics. Also, you commented on being a working woman. Isn't a shame that working neither provides us with exercise nor energy to work out afterwards. And I am moving most of the day at work!
    2453 days ago
    Stay motivated!
    2453 days ago
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