Horses, Personal

Locks, docs, and barrels

I had GRAND plans for this weekend. They were awesome. However, my supervisor(s) was not up to the challenge of getting me to DO the plans. I’m not sure getting more supervisors is the answer, so maybe someone else will have a suggestion. Docs While I am getting better (or at least stabilizing), I am still taking quite a few…

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Health, Painting, Pets

Captive Ball

captive ball A pinball trapped within a small area of the playfield. The captive ball never leaves this area, and the free ball can never enter it. However, the free ball can knock into the captive ball, which in turn can knock into targets in its area. I was searching for a term to describe the last week, and nothing…

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Painting

Desideratum

Desideratum: noun –  something wanted or needed I am still working toward being (consistently) on the mend, but it is a goal that I have found elusive. One day I feel pretty good. I eat well, get in my steps, and feel pretty perky. The next, for no apparent reason, I’m tired and wheezy. Everything is a struggle. I’m not noticing…

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Painting

Four feet by 1293 miles

This weekend I drove down to the Lincoln City Cultural Center to see the Seventh Generation panomural as presented by the Elizabeth Jones Gallery. Hundreds of artists are joining to create For the Seventh Generation: a free-standing, two-foot by mile-long painting dedicated to ocean protection. When the mural is complete, every mile of the California, Oregon, and Washington coastline will…

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Health, Personal

Wipeout

For this post to have the proper effect, you really need to imagine it with the song “Wipeout” by the Surfaris. As I mentioned in my last post, I’m on a bit of a “vacation.” A rest. Alright, more like a sudden layoff without any kind of severance pay. A wipeout. The Past Thing Over the years, I’ve written several…

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Goals, Painting

Shifting Gears

When I was about 8, we had a little “puddle jumper” truck (Mazda.) Dad would drive, I’d sit in the center, and Mom would take the passenger side. Dad took the opportunity to start teaching me how to drive. We’d be coming to an intersection, and he’d have me listen for the changes in the engine and shift gears when…

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Health, Painting

Aftermath

I arrived home ahead of schedule on Wednesday and just sort of collapsed. I took the dog and about three absolute necessities into the house, got into the shower, and then into bed. Thursday I unloaded the car, hauled things into the house, and dealt with the tire situation. I sorted through some laundry and reassembled the toiletry/medication storage in…

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Birding

Western Adventure – Day 14

Wednesday was the day I was scheduled to meet my friend and go birding with her in the Boise area. We met at 7am and went through Star Riverwalk. From there, we went to a local country road hotspot, where we found a rookery containing cormorants, herons, and egrets. There was also a pair of foals and a bunch of…

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Birding

Western Adventure – Day 13

Well, I’m afraid there isn’t too much to show today. We left Salt Lake City and headed up to Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge before going onto to Boise. Once again, the maps took me down dirt roads, but this time it ended in a locked gate. As I sat there, pondering what to do, a NWR employee came up to…

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Birding

Western Adventure – Day 12

Today I “broke camp” from Colorado and started making my way home. I drove around seven hours to Salt Lake City and specifically to Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. My car clocked the temp at 104, but it was still an amazing place. I went before and after I checked into the hotel and I may go back tomorrow before…

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