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A beached canoe at sunset on Kejimkujik Lake, ...
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(This started with The Pioneer Woman, but I found it through Mama Kat and her weekly writing prompts. I borrowed it from tales of rachel

I am almost 55 years old and I have never done the following:

  1. visited any theme park or Disney venue
  2. taken a ride in a hot air balloon
  3. flown in a glider
  4. had a driver’s license (only a beginner’s permit)
  5. lived in Maine
  6. pierced anything except my earlobes (twice)
  7. bought a microwave oven for myself
  8. owned a smart phone
  9. played a musical instrument well (except for the kazoo)
  10. had a church wedding
  11. watched any of the teen vampire tv shows and movies (or read the books)
  12. read a Harry Potter book
  13. been to a professional baseball or football game
  14. canoed/hiked/camped the backcountry of
    Kejimkujik national park (Nova Scotia)
  15. visited the Midwest, south, southwest or Florida
  16. won big on the lottery
  17. dyed my hair an outrageous colo(u)r (on purpose, lol)
  18. been arrested for any reason (fingers crossed that continues!)
  19. climbed Moro Rock (Sequoia National Park) to join the butterflies and hummingbirds
  20. eaten caviar (or want to!)
  21. been to a Broadway play

Determined to have my driver’s license by age 60; then take that trip to the states I’ve never been to, especially the southwest. After climbing Morrow Rock, I think I’ll be ready for the backcountry of keji. Before 60, I want to have those balloon and glider rides. Then, settle down in a nice quiet small town in Maine. As for #1, 11, 12, 18, and 20: I hope I never actually achieve those!




asking for a favo(u)r: please keep us in your thoughts

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22-Hawthorne Aug 07



These are pictures of our little house in New Jersey. Tall, old, formidable oaks loam over our roof; every wind storm has us holding our breaths. The trees originate in neighbo(u)rs’ backyard; and the tightness of the houses means I don’t know if tree trimming/removing equipment could even be manoeuvred in. Every freezing rain, every thunderstorm, every heavy snow fall brings with it worry and crossed fingers, toes, eyes, and legs. Weather keeps us from exhaling on a regular basis.

Folks are holding their breath now, too, due to Hurricane Irene who has set her sights on the Northeast, including our little part of New Jersey. (It will probably be “only” a tropical storm when she hits Nova Scotia.) I know folks have been sending good thoughts about trying to sell my mother’s house; now I’m asking for some extra good thoughts in keeping our house (and my husband who is in NJ) safe. We’ve had a batch of bad news lately (including today); another branch on the roof of our car (happened when we lived one town over) or one tearing through the attic and the ceiling would break my husband who is close to a complete breakdown right now (and I’ve already melted down several times this year).

Of course, we are not the only folks having problems, nor the only ones who could negatively be impacted by Hurricane Irene. They, too, deserve to be sent good thoughts and thoughts of safe home.

So, thanks for previous good thoughts and I hope for more in the future.