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"I tried once to open too many doors at a time, it was unproductive and confusing.
I just learned the last lesson, Dad. I'm supposed to open just one at a time, and only when I reach them along the path, this 'hike' we are taking. That's when the key fits, and opens the lock perfectly, every time. Thank you, Dad. I love you, and miss you. I am blessed with an amazing husband now, he holds my hand as we walk along paths too. We are climbing a little steeper now, with more effort, and thinner air. But I'm not worried. I am looking up. I am living in the moment, being now. Because when we get to the next door, along our path, I know, Dad, . . . that key is going to fit, perfectly!"

excerpt from Pony, 6/6/2013 post
© ruth follmann

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Plug a Jug

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Eagle-eyed Husband spied a 'squatter' in our retired fountain! This little guy put a well needed smile on our faces. Happy Saturday! Little Brown Jug http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=0ExTNCHtkeE
8th Jun 2013, 15:31   | tags:comments (2)

Pony

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The life lessons my Father taught me from his 42 hard-earned years were immeasurable in how they have gotten me ~ 'by'.

No matter how upside down my life, now our lives have become, my Father's advice sneaks its way from my Hippocampus memory bank to form words. Wernicke words stolen from Broca,form to guide and prod along life's dusty cattle trail.

Life can be bumpy, but it can be rich and beautiful too. My Dad stopped me once during an early morning hike in the Porcupine Mountains in Northern Michigan. He called my name. I stopped hunting for pebbles and fuzzy caterpillars with my stray shuffle shoelace. He said simply: "Look up"
When I did, I saw a sunrise, foggy hazy with beauty, the memory of which I hold dear to this day, because he shared it with me. He said, "Take this in, you may never be back here again, for the rest of your life."

My father, at that moment, with two simple statements, to a grade school child~ created my own formative, cognition toolkit, as I processed the sunrise.

These were the first tools I found and used:


1. There is a whole lot more world out there, than what I see with just my narrow point of view.

2. There is greater value looking up and around in life, than down in the dirt.

3. Life is short and can end, enjoy the moment~be in the now.

As we walked away, when the sun burned through the haze, the moment of beauty passing, he smiled. He knew I understood more than the sunrise, and I did. I felt a kind of awe that day towards my Dad. What other kind of golden keys did he possess, to simply arrive at a door somewhere in life, know which one on his key ring to sort through, fit perfectly into the lock, and open . . . to go through?

I tried once to open too many doors at a time, it was unproductive and confusing.

I just learned the last lesson, Dad. I'm supposed to open just one at a time, and only when I reach them along the path, this 'hike' we are taking. That's when the key fits, and opens the lock perfectly, every time. Thank you, Dad. I love you, and miss you. I am blessed with an amazing husband now, he holds my hand as we walk along paths too. We are climbing a little steeper now, with more effort, and thinner air. But I'm not worried. I am looking up. I am living in the moment, being now. Because when we get to the next door, along our path, I know, Dad, . . . that key is going to fit, perfectly!


© ruth follmann

Pony ~ Tom Waits
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4zDaTESGvQ

lyrics
http://www.oldielyrics.com/lyrics/tom_waits/pony.html

Porcupine Mountains Sunrise
http://porcupinemountains.com/

Knock, Knock, Knocking on Trailer's Door

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Hurricane Season 2013 is here!

Ready!

Mr. Ken just brought another load to Cube Smart~love these folks. One more before we take off to IL.

Then I leave a large, extra absorbent, roll of 'Bounty' paper towel on the counter, lock the door, and say: "Good luck, trailer!"

(a co-worker warned not to use a cheap~ store brand alternative, for it is not the "Quicker Picker Upper"!)

Couldn't have done it all without him, my amazing husband, and most patient friend.

We are both Team A at our hospitals, so we report to work when called in, and are on lock-down until the storm is over. Izzie goes with Mr. Ken Follmann to the hospital he works at, and I bring the hermit crabs and beta to mine. Turtle preparedness plan defaulted to our future Veterinarian~Alexis!

We are very delighted to have a new grand-daughter arrive at 2:11 this am, beautiful and healthy! We have another daughter-in-law having Braxton Hicks! Yikes!

Rockman won these cow bones in a mid-meeting Fossil Club raffle, and he put them to good use. We discovered, as did the dog who keeps barking, that the 'bones' knock on our front door with a heavy wind.

Our Avocado trees, started from sprouted pits, are flourishing now that rainy season is upon us. They have been staked to 'baton down the hatches' too!

The bonsai's stay inside, are lined up in the hallway, and have to put their fronds over their trunks in the event of a storm, just like we did in grade school. (although we did not survive on photosynthesis as they do, but grilled cheese and tomato soup! :)

New Bonsai seedlings will be started when we return from seeing all these new babies in Illinois! So excited!

CDC shares:
"June 1 – November 30 is Atlantic Hurricane Season. You can't stop a tropical storm or hurricane, but you can take steps now to protect yourself and your family. Visit http://go.usa.gov/bWtA to learn more."

Guns N' Roses ~ Knocking on Heaven's door
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zt1R8LQ5-LI

Lurkers in the dunes

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The doe-eyed young officer told me, "It is highly uncommon for these guys to come out and go after the average person."

I thought quietly to myself, 'I am categorically . . . not the "average person".'

Look How Much They've Grown

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Our Sandhill Crane family has returned the past few days to 'peruse' the yard. As you can see from the top pic in early April, our youngsters have grown! And my, are these two nosey! They wandered all over the 'Picnic'!

Ken and Bob found several 6 inch deep by 3 inch wide holes throughout the yard the day prior, and couldn't figure out what was causing them! Having watched how these feathers feed, the holes were a product of that activity. These bird's bills, which are powerful (and sharp) enough to pierce the skull of a small carnivore, do a darn good job of aerating the yard in search for roots and seeds.

Mom & Dad even left the 'babies' on their own to enjoy the 'Best Bird Feeder in Town' ~ my sister-in-law's, Odette!

These parents protect chicks up to 10 months after hatching, and barring predator attack, or man's fatal intervention, each bird can decorate our lives for up to 21 years. They are amazing to watch!

“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”
~ Robert Lynd
30th May 2013, 14:33   | tags:,comments (0)

Follow the Leader!

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I finally got a few snapshots of the Wood Ducks we have been spying with our military grade binoculars! These two are so elusive!

The funny thing is, watching them this morning, that Mr. Wood Duck's life is nothing more than 'Follow the Leader'!
Here he is, across the pond, trying to keep up with Mrs. Wood Duck.

Here's a link to these beautiful, but very skittish birds~
http://www.wildflorida.com/wildlife/birds/Wood_Duck.php

And another for fun~
I'm Following You! (Extreme Follow the Leader)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQOO4YaDmAg

Wagon Wheel

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The 'Picnic' is getting ready to roll on down the road. We have grand babies waitin' on us in the IL. Upon our return, we will be house hunting. Alot of changes, bittersweet, but necessary.

So much of the 'Picnic' is part of our everyday lives, but the time to spread our wings & fly is here. "It's Wagon Wheel Time!"

Wagon Wheel~ Darius Rucker
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvKyBcCDOB4

Ringing Izzie

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Clearance has given our ball-challenged pup a new treasure: A ring toss sling shot!

This is Izzie's fifth run, so she's a little slower, but still enthusiastic!

I wonder if someone 'tossed' the stair-climber across the lawn, if I would be more 'enthusiastic' about using it . . .
probably not. Dog tired ~ dog dayz. :)