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When I Was 69

When I Was 69
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Saturday, January 31, 2015


After breakfast every day...

grooming gets all possible snack crumbs off the fur!

because I'm a predator and don't want my next catch to smell me coming

Muffin says..."I just chase her anyway."

Friday, January 30, 2015

Rev. Michael Carter

Stopped by the library last week.  I like to pick up some light reading every other week or so.
And there was a familiar looking environment sitting on the front page of our local church pulpit.

It may be too small to read, but it is a very good article about Rev. Michael Carter, our minister.  He preaches the second and fourth Sundays of each month at the UU Church here in Black Mountain.
Other Sundays we have guest speakers.

I like a lot of Michael's ideas...and am personally struggling with forgiveness towards those who are motivated by hatred in any form.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Going up further

A week ago there was just a garage framed in, but this week in just a few days the second story has been added across the street.

Since I've been homebound for the last week, I've been living in a virual reality of old movies.  Ah, Cast Away, An Affair to Remember, Forest Gump, Sleepless in name a few.

Quote for today:

Don't be concerned about being disloyal to your pain by being joyous.
Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan
Alchemical Wisdom

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Tub on the road

I was delighted to follow this trailer carrying an old tub.  Then I noticed who the trailer belonged outfit which creates beautiful environments out of one of the most prevalent local shrubs...Rhododendron.  It twists and turns, and makes wonderful branches, which can become furniture, railings, and other settings.  These people added to their sign doing weddings...I bet they'd be really pretty also.

They got their cash at the ATM and took off, and I didn't find out what the tub was all about at all.

Quote for today:

I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.
John O'Donohue
"Fluent" from Connemara Blues

Friday, January 23, 2015

Yesterday construction

Rennovation of an old house I've followed for the last year, across the street.  (Look at this post for a summary.)

It was 38 degrees when I took this first photo, Jan 22) and the guys were pretty chilly.  Then the owner/supervisor came, in just a sweater, put one hand in his pocket of his jeans, and walked around with the construction workers following like he was the chief rooster and they were his hens.  Kind of the same walk too.

The folks moved into the renovated house while I was away before New Years.  Outside construction has continued, with a fieldstone facing on the foundation around the front porch, and the chimney topped off where it used to be ragged broken bricks.

Anyway, here's what the new house looked like when I woke up...with a little wood fire providing some warmth for hands occasionally, (the smoke comes off the little dark pile just this side of the guy in the orange hoodie.)

Panther cat and I were enjoying being inside.

You may have remembered me talking about the foundations of the "little house" on the smaller lot closer to the corner.  I noticed the framing of 2 garage type openings on the side near the driveway...was this to be a garage or a house?

There were stacks of plywood and rolls of I figured they wanted to get the outsides weatherproofed before the rains that may come this evening, turning to snow sometime tomorrow possibly.  They have really been going like crazy for the last 2 hours.
and when I got home at 4, the guys had left!
All framed in, and some plastic coated something over the roof however, and we're due to have cold rain all day tomorrow.  Guess they will have the day off.

Quote for today:

It is never too late to become what you might have been.
George Eliot