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I Took a Vacation!

Well, from the 18th (Thursday) until today (22nd), I was in Portland, Oregon visiting my son.  I had a great time!  The time change was a mess (3 hours) and I had to get up this morning at 3:30am local time in Portland to make my 6:05am flight.  However, I am home and want to share my pics and story with you.


Airport, Indy leaving

Airport, Indy leaving

My hotel lobby in Portland

My hotel lobby in Portland

My Hotel lobby in Portland (2)

My Hotel lobby in Portland (2)

Portland - Chinese Garden in Old Chinatown

Portland – Chinese Garden in Old Chinatown

Chinese Garden

Chinese Garden

Chinese Garden

Chinese Garden

Chinese Garden

Chinese Garden

Columbia River

Columbia River

McMinamin's Restaurant - Wood Stove Outside

McMinamin’s Restaurant – Wood Stove Outside

The "Backyard" of the house my son stays in.

The “Backyard” of the house my son stays in.

Flowers in the backyard.

Flowers in the backyard.

More Flowers

More Flowers

And even more flowers there.

And even more flowers there.

The house my son lives in.

The house my son lives in.

"Nicolas" restaurant in Portland - Middle Eastern Food!

“Nicolas” restaurant in Portland – Middle Eastern Food!

The restaurant

The restaurant

Heading home.

Heading home.

It's last leg to Indy.

It’s last leg to Indy.

Shot from the plane

Shot from the plane

Coming Home! Probably Indiana Sky.  About 20-30 minutes out.

Coming Home! Probably Indiana Sky. About 20-30 minutes out.


I loved Portland!



A Long (but Enjoyable) Day

Today, I read and wrote a lot, at least, for me.  I began by trying to catch up on my blog posts (I had fallen almost 70 behind).  I am down now (it is 6:24PM) to 29.  I liked all of them and commented on a lot of them.  I also decided to start a book.  I like the idea and thank Robin Coyle for putting part of it into my head.  It wasn’t her idea, just reading her post made me start thinking.  Anyway, I did the short synopsis and wrote the first 1200 words.  We will see how it goes, but I like this one because I don’t know where it’s going.  It is writing itself.

Hmm, may have to change the name of my book – well, not mine, but check this one out. I don’t know anything about it, but, the picture is nice…

It’s not horror (gasp); instead, it is about a man with everything who has a stroke and it changes his life, including some type of vision/ESP thing that makes it more of a thriller with a lot of life teaching stuck in it.  A little life, but a lot of fiction is more my type of thing.  I love making stuff up.  Tentatively calling it “Heading Home”.  Anyway, it feels good and it will take about a year to get it to where I can think about publishing it, so, by then, we will see where I am in life.

My point here is that today has been a long day, enjoyable, but long.  It started early and I have been at it for nearly 8 full hours.  The double cup of caffeinated coffee really came in handy.  The worst part is that, while my head is spinning and thinking all kinds of things, the other end of me is tired and sore.  I need to get up for a bit and walk around, so I will, in a minute.

Before that, I need to say that all of the posts I read so close together today made me feel special to a lot of people – all of you whose posts I read.  There were a lot of people and a lot of different things said.  I laughed, listened, wrote, smiled, thought intently, considered a lot, felt moved, felt sad, happy, glad, tired, connected, upset, all of this a way of communicating with people I truly consider friends and loved ones.

I have decided that “when” I win the lottery or become a multi-millionaire (whichever comes first), I want to travel to visit a great lot of you – You know who you are.  That should take well over a year (and a bit of money – going to India, Australia, Canada, Europe, and all over the US).  After that, who knows?  But, it won’t matter because I will have met and talked with so many friends and will feel fulfilled.

I will also feel that I already know everyone I plan on visiting.  It’s wonderful to travel around the world every day or two and hear stories that are beginning to sound familiar.  That’s the thing that sets blogging apart from other writings:  you develop a relationship with people; you feel a “kindred spirit”.

Kindred Spirits

I love that!



Thank God I’m a Country Boy (sorry John)

The station wagon pulled slowly up the steep mountain road. It didn’t seem slow to me. To me, sitting in the back passenger side of the car looking out the window at the mountainside inches off the curb, we were a speed wagon sailing along pulling the family camper and just waiting to hit a bump and fly off the road killing us and becoming the next 20 second spot on the news and at the bottom of the mountain.

I see Rails! Can’t be our road.

After what seemed like hours, we finally arrived at our destination. We were at Granny’s and Poppy’s, my mother’s grandparent’s home in Kentucky. My mother was a born and raised Kentucky girl. She would tell us stories of what it was like growing up in an old southern town. She moved to Anderson around her high school age, met Dad, got married, and moved to California with him in the army.

However, it was Kentucky she told the stories about and I, for one, loved hearing them. Not only that, but we got to visit her family for quite a while. This was because they all married so young, her mother at fifteen and, I imagine, her grandmother did the same. I got to know all four of my great-grandparents on my mother’s side until I turned sixteen.

not them, of course. I couldn’t find a single picture. But, similar.

I didn’t realize until older what a wonderful opportunity that was. Had I truly known, I would have spent more time talking to them than running around the clay dirt, briar-filled woods near one set’s home. I could draw both houses, even now, on paper, outlining the rooms and some of the furniture.  I remember the big, fluffy down beds I slept in and the differences between my northern home and my southern heritage.

Now, think darker and more primitive and home-made.

The parents of my mother’s mother were the most interesting by far. They lived high in the mountains on a fairly large patch of mostly-unusable ground.
Poppy grew tobacco and did it by hand. I mean he had a hand plow hitched to a couple of horses and he guided them around his ground. The horses would run, mostly free, when not being used to plow. I believe he had fences up, but they were covering a rather large amount of ground, so I never saw much other than the main gate.

This is more like it.

They lived away from everyone; when you were at their house, it was apocalyptic in appearance; the world was gone. You could not hear any other cars except ours and I don’t ever remember hearing or seeing a plane fly overhead. It was deathly quiet all the time. The grownups would sit around the front yard and talk. I would, usually, get into some type of problem or trouble.

They had a great deal of cats and kittens on the property. Most of them lived under the house, which was a four room hand-built house sat on posts about a foot off the ground. I assume this was for dampness and rain water. Regardless, the cats were there for mousing purposes, I assume, and weren’t meant to be held.

I grew up with civilized cats whose soul use in life was to purr and rub against your legs. I caught one of these country “devils” once and the picture I still have in my head is of a tornado thrashing and tearing against my arms. Mom had to wash and clean and put on Mercurochrome for quite a bit. I don’t remember if I had to get a tetanus shot or not. That probably means no.

Sis and I would also run down the hillsides, through brush and such. At one time I could not stop running and galloped, full steam, through a patch of blackberry bushes. It was time for the Mercurochrome again. If I wasn’t cutting myself to ribbons, I was sliding down the red clay hills by their house. Mom never complained about this and always managed to get the stains out of our jeans; she was a miracle worker at that.

I tried to be good and sit and listen to the adults. Biggest problem was that Poppy would talk and his mouth never seemed to open and all I ever heard come out was garbage that couldn’t even be set to words. Everyone else seemed to understand him (or were pretending). So, I would get bored. I would read sometimes, but, mostly, I just played.

There were two things that stood out most during my trips there. First, was the water. Granny would walk each day with a gallon bucket down to the well (spring) to get water. I went with her once. We walked about three fourths of a mile and into the woods until we came to a square piece of board that was five or six feet on a side. In the center of this board was a hole she uncovered. Then she tied the bucket to a rope and lowered it into the hole where it filled with the most wonderful tasting water I have yet to drink. Now, we can mention here that the water had local bacteria in it. These bacteria did not bother Granny and Poppy, but I wasn’t either of them. I would get so sick the next day or so that Dad (and, probably, Mom) would forbid us to drink it next time. I loved the sweet taste of it so much; however, that I would brave the drink and suffer the sick.

The second thing that really stood out, strangely enough, was going to the bathroom. Their bathroom was an outhouse, which lurked (yes, lurked) about 100 feet from the house, on the far side of a grassy, weedy field. The outhouse smelled bad for obvious reasons, but that wasn’t the remembering part. The part that drilled itself into my little brain then was that there were wasps in the daytime that might or might not be inside the small area with you, and at night it was so dark (they did not have electricity) that I never went to the outhouse after early evening. We did not spend the night often, but I do remember sleeping in the feather down mattress once. Bedtime was early there. Since they had no electricity and didn’t use candles a lot, it got dark really quick.

They also kept their clocks about two hours faster than the world around them, so when it was nine or nine thirty for our beds it was closer to seven thirty for real. They worked fine in their own little time zone. I just went by what I was told.

This entire post was written due to my reading of another post (see here – it may be moved by now and was entitled “Southern Cuisine”), which discussed southern heritage. In it, Joe talked, mainly, about the food. I would not want to leave that out due to the fact that, for poor people who lived by themselves a lot, Granny could set out a meal to put any one up North to shame.

The table for the six of us was so stuffed full that you could barely put your plates on the table. I remember biscuits and butter and honey, but, most of all, I remember the blackberry cobbler. Seeds and all, it was glorious. It was made from the very blackberries that hung on the very vines I had run through and gotten all cut up in. Somehow, this made the cobbler that much better. I believe we drank tea. I am not sure why Mother got so upset about the water, because I am certain it was the same water in the tea.

I didn’t do quite as much at my mother’s father’s parent’s house, so I won’t go into all that here; however, I did do things there, too.

Thanks for taking the short trip down memory lane with me. My background is diverse, but I will never lose the part of me that is pure southern.


Sunday Morning

It’s Sunday morning. I am going to church today. That hasn’t been my practice recently. However, I told a friend who also hasn’t been that I would sit with her if she would come.

My not coming has been a product of habit and sleep. I have gotten out of the habit, mostly, because I don’t sleep well and I don’t like going to simply sleep there. However, I will try today.

Church is not a place I feel you have to go in order to “reserve your place in Heaven”. Church is a place; church has friends for me and I, usually, take away a few words of peace or encouragement. I believe that God has all types of opportunities out there for us to be at or to interact in that will do us, at least, as much good as Church. On the other hand, going to Church is fine, especially, if you believe in what is being said and choose to have that reinforcement in your life. I guess the point here is that I think whatever a person feels they should do is fine, as long as it isn’t hurting them.

I was asked once how I could go at all and not feel like a hypocrite when I don’t agree with a lot of the services and what’s being said. The simple answer is that the service is there for many reasons. Some people truly need to hear all of what is being said; it helps them through their day. Others need the nourishment of good friends of a certain type found in church. Still others need the organization of a service to feel organized themselves.

Whatever the reason, mine is a small mixture of, at least, the first and second. I also like being there with my family, another important reason. I am comfortable enough in my own skin and secure enough in my own beliefs that I could go a lot of different places and be just fine. I went to a Unitarian church a few weeks ago and enjoyed that service quite a bit.  It allows for most all to come and worship.  God and nature are more at the center and no one had to feel left out or weird because of their particular beliefs.  I did enjoy it.

Did you know there are over 1,000 churches listed online as part of yellow pages for churches in Indianapolis? I find that number a bit incredible. This morning seems to be a bit of a wandering post for me, so bear with me and try to get something out of this, knowing that it is perfect for someone and that all things do work together.

Somewhere in this flighty talk someone is being helped by this or inspired to do or say or think something else that will help things along for them or for someone else. I have given up trying to figure it out and just accept it as it is.

Perhaps, this is the message here: trust.

Beauty lies within yourself

The only impossible journey in life is you never begin!! ~Tanvir Kaur


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