Ice Flows

The kids left on their great adventure yesterday. Closed on the house and when I last spoke with them were almost to Des Moines on their way to Houston. I went over after work to drop off some papers and give Eric another million hugs before they left. I stayed for a while and listened to them (Eric and Eric) play some new songs that they had written – it was awesome hearing what they wrote. He transferred some of the music he’s recorded to me for keeping too.

I learned that they will have to come back to Iowa in August at least for a while.

After I left their house yesterday morning (had to go back to drop off his laptop) and was driving along the river when I noticed a lot of cars and news vans parked together. I stopped and took a few snaps. Really awe-inspiring to see the ice broken up and leaving the river.

Have a blessed day!
All My Love















Little Birds

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I have sat upon a trunk filled with diamonds and I have had my hands full of them, but…I have never seen jewels of earth to compare with the treasures the tides prodigally spill upon our beach: shells of pearl, fans of coral, angels’ wings, and living stars. No shopping for man-made merchandise is as rewarding to me as combing god’s bargain counter where collector’s items are flung at my feet by the waves, without a penny to pay. -Julia Lake Kellersberger, Rooted in Florida Soil (as quoted in The Nature of Florida’s Beaches, Written and Illustrated by Cathie Katz)

“When we’re faced with unexpected changes in living conditions, we can either adapt or perish. If we choose to adapt, we become stronger after the struggle.”

Many a false step was made by standing still. –Fortune Cookie

Named must your fear be before banish it you can. –Yoda, from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

He had realized something while arcing in slow circles toward the earth – risks weren’t that scary once you took them. (Nexus Surf)

The Power of Pessimism: Defining the Nightmare

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action. –Benjamin Disraeli, former British Prime Minister

Set aside a certain number of days, during which you shall be content with the scantiest and cheapest fare, with course and rough dress, saying to yourself the while: “Is this the condition that I feared?” -SENECA

There’s no difference between a pessimist who says, “Oh, it’s hopeless, so don’t bother doing anything.” And an optimist who says, “Don’t bother doing anything, it’s going to turn out fine anyway.” Either way, nothing happens. –Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia

The above quotes are attributed to The 4-Hour Work Week, Chapter 2

And that my friends is all I had time for today. I am taking the book home with me over the weekend. Between playing with the horses, enjoying my sons company and maybe having lunch with a friend I might be able to read a little more.


I may or may not be having a monthly lunch with a friend.  She hasn’t responded to my text.  I will go and if she doesn’t show up I’m going to her house.  The ponies are out playing.  Autumn left her breakfast and was looking around the house for something – I think she was looking for me which makes me really happy.  She was sniffing at my foot prints in the snow.

I’m still cold but I must admit that I am enjoying the snow.  We have had about 8-10 inches of it and now that the sun is out again its easy to be happy about it. I’m struggling with not wanting to leave the house today.  The kids may come over this afternoon and I invited them to stay the night but they aren’t responding either.  For them I know why on my sons smart phone every time he turns it on it activates the web access which costs him browsing time and he was at 90% usage 5 days ago.  He is making a heroic effort to stay in the limitations of his 2 GB.  Fortunately, today is the final day of the month and he should have a full amount again.

I must go although my fingers are nimble on the key pad today.  I have work to do getting my office and mail back in order after my absence.

All My Love

Back to the future

Here’s a photo for today.


I”m tired. We’re in the middle of a snow storm. I slammed the car into the driveway sideways when I got home over estimating the power I would need to get through the drift and up the hill into the drive way. For a second I thought I was stuck but the snow is still light enough I was able to back up sliding the out direction and get enough traction to get up the remainder of the drive than skinny over next to the garage – the only high ground in the parking area that will leave enough space for the plow guy to work. WHEW! I was nervous all the way home because it’s drifting pretty bad over by work and I was really concerned about getting home. Our road has not been plowed yet, fortunately other cars made a path before me.

My darling Autumn was standing out in the snow (of course) with her buddy Champ who was so white and fluffy he looked like Callie our big mare. The other two (older) horses were inside the shelter – snow less. she stayed outside while I gave them all hay and I humored her independence and put her hay out in the snow where she prefers it. I think she was happy to see me come back, she’s been very confident and curious every time I’ve gone out with them.

Did I mention that I’m tired? Sleepy at work and determined to build my life to the point where I want to be. That includes re-thinking and re-reading The 4-Hour Work Week, backing off the OT by 1/2 hour a day to leave my mornings free to work at home and plan my mornings activities for success. I was able to read through a chapter between calls at work and email myself this text. I love the quotes he used.

Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life. -John F. Kennedy

Civilization had too many rules for me, so I did my best to rewrite them. -Bill Cosby

Everything popular is wrong. – Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Ernest

I can’t give you a surefire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time. – Herbert Bayard Swope, American editor and journalist; first recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

Q&A: Questions and Actions
1. How has being “realistic” or “responsible” kept you from the life you want?
Not being wiling to sacrifice the horses in favor of a smaller apartment, more money to pay off debt and limiting myself in what I do right now to earn money.

2. How has doing what you “should” resulted in sub par experiences or regret for not having done something else?
I have sacrificed for relationships that were safe, when I should have been risking more on relationships that may have failed but had the potential to bring greater satisfaction and long-term happiness. I have improved other peoples lives and relationships at the cost of my own. Selfless? maybe. Do I regret it? Not entirely. The relationships I had/have provided me a certain set of limitations which felt like security. I have greatly benefited from them too.

I regret not following through on finding my muse and my getaway sooner.

I need to embrace myself and find happiness, then it won’t matter as much that I never found a partner who was willing to sacrifice for me.

3. Look at what you’re currently doing and ask yourself, “What would happen if I did the opposite of the people around me? What will I sacrifice if I continue on this track for 5, 10 or 20 years?”
I would be broke for a while. I’m going to have to consider this one longer.
I will sacrifice joy and happiness if I continue on this track another 5, 10 or 20 years. It’s time to break out of the cocoon.

I can hear a coyote outside and the cats are ready for dinner. They keep walking back and forth in front of the monitor.

Goodnight my friends.
All My Love

Another reminder of sunshine

Here’s another photo from my holiday.

The convertable rental and my beach blanket used as a jacket in the car on cold days.

The convertible rental and my beach blanket used as a jacket in the car on cold days.

I’m glad to be home with the ponies and the kitties. They have been happy to snuggle with me (the kitties) both nights I’ve been home. Although they certainly were well cared for by my roomie while I was gone. I was really late to work yesterday since I forgot that there was mandatory overtime after the holiday and then I was also 6 minutes late for my regular shift. I’ve signed up for some extra over time tomorrow and Friday and next week but I’ve decided not to go all out like I’ve done for the last year. It hasn’t really paid off when I could be spending those hours developing my escape from the grind.

Keep you posted!
All my love.


Vero Beach

I was settled on a nice little hill on the beach collecting a bag of shell pieces which will make a nice base for my new beta when I get home. I was just getting things out when a wave passed me on he left. Whoops- a little too close for comfort. It’s a cloudy day and rain sprinkles. There is a man out here with a bucket collecting larger shells for his terrace. I pulled in here because it looked interesting. I was looking for a light house I saw last week. It’s a beautiful day for driving anyway, sun teasing to the north, maybe will be out yet. I found a cute little beach shop that looked closed in this tourist/resort area and took a chance. Nice menu hot and cold dishes including Meteor Rice – according to the chef in honor of the meteor that his Russia last night and killed someone. I didn’t have any of the news on out of habit, the important stuff will surface. $5 for a dish of Meteor Rice and 3 chicken wings, walked down to the boardwalk to eat and was immediately surrounded by a half dozen sea gulls – trained by tourists who would likely back off when flown directly at. I am no tourist and they quickly realized the error at the flick of my arms and settled on the beach below to wait for any tidbits to fall.

There is also a raven who sat at a polite distance from me and watched patiently. I took out a black bean and placed it on the railing and he walked forward, took it and retreated to his waiting place, cocked his head sideways and waited again. After a couple of times doing this another raven flew up and (s)he took the next bite and fed the chick. SWEET! I gave her a big bite of gristle to tear up and she took it over to the other side of the railing. Soon the chick took her place more timid than the parent but having observed, now more confident. Another patron walked by during this interaction and asked “are you sure your not related to Poe (Edgar Allen)”, I responded “no, I’m not sure”.
I have a bag of shell bits to put in the beta tank after thoroughly washing and drying them.


The photo was taken on Vero Beach.  I am currently in Fort Pierce. I set out this morning to enjoy the shoreline and to find the lighthouse I saw on an earlier trip. Its 3:30 and I’ve stopped at a fresh fish mart and bought a pound of fish pieces – since I couldn’t decide what fish I wanted. I plan on cooking them for dinner with some fresh veges and maybe a potato. Tomorrow is my last full day of vacation, Sunday I fly home and wait for spring savoring the memories of this trip until I can explode from the box and escape again.



My favorite photo of the day was the one taken of this blue butterfly as it was emerging from the crysalis. Amazing. I spent the better part of the afternoon looking for this Butterfly Sanctuary and the best part is the rental agency (Enterprise) upgraded me to a convertible for free so I was driving with the top down ALL DAY! Well worth the time spent in the car. The temps reached 88 degrees today.

Ended the day couch surfing with an excellent host.  He has a beautiful home and even waited to have dinner with me.  Delicious home made spaghetti, french bread and a salad.  I just closed the door to the wrap around screen porch after I heard a very vibrant shaking of some kind of animal – sounded like a large wet dog…  He did say there is an eagle out there, may be what made the noise.  I plan to go out for coffee around sunrise and see if I can spot an alligator which he reports are frequent visitors to the water way behind the house.




Met a Tortoise named Charlie and some other cool reptiles.  He came out right for my shoes which are bright pink.  I bet he thought it was some new type of fruit.   Spent time doing some actual touristy things today.


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