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Started 5/6/20 by Musivore; 58256 views.
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Loreficent

From: Loreficent

Sep-7

Hmmm..actually don’t think it is too safe out right now to go see John. I’ve never seen anything like this here. Very odd. 
So I’m gonna take back making fun of those folks slipping on the ice and the fools killing themselves at Yellowstone. I think the Fates have something up their sleeve in PDX right now and all I can say is I’m glad I don’t smoke as the air is really bad and thick. Makes me worry about the folks with COPD and asthma. I’m also a bit worried about going to bed eventually tonight! There is a HUGE probably 150 feet tall Doug Fir behind my house. Plenty of it’s smaller branches on the deck. Dog won’t come out. Very strange. 

TinyBadger

From: TinyBadger

Sep-8

Well, be careful. These are definitely strange times. Specially where you are. John will still be there when it is safe, whenever that may be. Know that there will be peace, just be patient and compassionate. Your tree will be fine and so will your dog, just stay calm to inspire those around you to do the same. Hopefully you slept ok. Take heart, this won't last forever.

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

Sep-8

Thanks Tiny!

I did sleep pretty good. Now I have a few days off and can feel the physical tension letting go which is a good feeling. My sister sent me another what was a free 21 day Deepak meditation thing and I’m going to start that. Been thinking about something you said a while back now about the concept of self care being new to you. I’m realizing that being selfish with my time, which I am, is not exactly the same thing. Doesn’t matter how many hours I walk a day, I can’t walk outta my head. I’m realizing there is still a fair amount of time walking where I don’t turn thoughts off. Thoughts of work, what needs to be done at home, thoughts of conversations, of where I’d rather be, etc, etc. I’m gonna try something new where I start one walk a day with “intention”. Where is I say to myself before I go that I want to keep a blank mind for 30 minutes. Not sure if this is a good idea or not...I’m kind of talking it out here and as soon as I wrote that I realized I have to keep my wits about me too. So I guess so far this is just babble and I don’t really know how to go about it yet! Haha! Don’t worry...I’m nowhere near Yellowstone and not at risk of walking into a hot mud pot or geyser, lol. But I got this thought in my head just now of “how does one turn it all off?” In a good way. Maybe that’s what the bath tub is for instead...

Yes...John is there, weathering the wind storm. Supposed to die out around 5pm today. I will say I ended up closing all my windows last night and in hindsight should have done that right when I got home. I noticed myself sitting on the couch and feeling anxious and a bit short of breath with how smoky it was, which made me more anxious. It also made me realize that as fit as I am that smoking all that time was probably a contributing factor to making it harder. It was really bad here! Sky much clearer today thank goodness. I’ve done some serious hills this summer out near the coast and didn’t feel like I did last night. It was kind of scary. It passed though as before I knew it Daughter was talking to me and I had dozed off while doing my deep breathing. Yeah. Fell asleep sitting up. Then I knew I was calm enough to go to bed, Lol! We lost our barn once when I was really small to a tornado. Lost some critters too. I get pretty antsy with huge wind gusts now. PDX doesn’t have tornadoes though and this was a different kind of storm. 
Those were the days when neighbors and relatives came to help rebuild. That probably still happens where you are when needed I bet.

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

Sep-8

Here’s another cow head Hydrangea flower...

TinyBadger

From: TinyBadger

Sep-8

I love those things! I'm going to have to see if they will grow here! Glad you slept well. I think the blank mind maybe helpful. Many philosophies center around the "uncarved block". Maybe you need some time to be a human being instead of a human doing. Maybe volunteer somewhere, once your city calms down. I've found volunteering focuses the mind on someone or something else. There is no introspection. Just you thinking about someone else. I call that praying. Anyhoo, let's make sure we don't get religious here and I'll finish up by saying that the fact that you are looking for ways to improve your own well-being is great. Aren't we all a work in progress? Be gentle with yourself, you're doing things for others with great love. 

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

Sep-8

Oh, thanks again.

I am missing my volunteer stuff greatly for sure. It made a big difference in my life and sense of worthiness. 
Uncarved block. I like it. I’ve always related well to some of Picasso’s stuff where all the parts aren’t quite in the right place. It actually makes sense to me like that. 
I’ll see if I can find out the name of which Hydrangeas they are. They are fascinating! One reminds me of a Praying Mantis. I’ll find that pic and promise it will be the last one!!

TinyBadger

From: TinyBadger

Sep-8

I love pics! Post anytime, I live vicariously through you. It's oversimplified, but I think I got the uncarved block thing from a taoist book somewhere along the way. I love watching PBS, too, because I get to learn so much about the world. I love the shows about other religions and cultures. Not the touristy garbage. The down and dirty this is what it's like to live here shows. My sister spent a summer in india (and got dysentery)  and was amazed by the people. She loved every minute of it. They were amazed by her because she's 6 foot 3. She's an avid outdoors woman and very fit. Many asked her if all american women were so big. She said she wanted to tell them yes, but did hold back and tell the truth. Have you ever left the country? I haven't. Not even canada. I've never been further east than chicago, either. I admit I've always wanted to go to Oregon. I dated a guy who used to tell me stories about it, and he made it sound so enchanting. He said it was very green and lush and the people there were very accepting. I've only seen the ocean once, and I'd love to see it again...

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

Sep-9

Well I tried to put the one but it wouldn’t let me. Maybe I’ve done too many! Lol! I’ll try again in a bit. I’m not always so good with the forum and have nuked posts and deleted things not meaning to.

Wow! 6’3” . Nice. I’ve always wanted to be tall and have decided I will be in my next life. Are you tall too? And yes. You should come to Oregon! It is a beautiful state. Very different each side of the Cascade Range. The West side is very lush and green and very temperate climate. This is my favorite place I’ve lived really. Yes, folks are pretty accepting here and probably the most friendly of places I’ve lived too. It is a very tolerant culture I guess would be a way to put it. I am in the city though and haven’t lived outside the city here. Well, except when I lived on the Rez in Central OR. High Desert there and very different.  I’ve been to a lot of the US and have lived in MI, NJ, TX, SC, GA, WA, and now here. I’ve driven across this great nation North to South and East to West several times. I think the hardest thing for people not from the US to grasp is how big it really is and how many different cultures are here. Each area is very different.  I’ve been to a lot of Canada. Montreal, Toronto, Quebec, a lot of British Colombia. Now that is gorgeous too! I’ve been to Chiapas and Oaxaca in Mexico and to Grenada. I did a language school in Oaxaca for a couple months before daughter. Next and first on my list is Ireland and New Zealand. But...that all has to wait a bit I reckon. 
Yes. Come on out. The North Pacific Coast is very different from SoCal. And the East Coast beaches are very different all around. I love Northern California and the Bay Area too. I love it all! But Oregon is special and Portland like no other city I’ve been in so many ways. I’m getting itchy feet for sure though. Own a house here now, so, that changes things some. We’ll see. 
Where were you at the Ocean? Yes, put it on your list to do again. I got a spare room!

Im gonna go check on John now. Will look for pics when I get back! 
Thank you for making my day Tiny. You’re a pretty special lady and I count you as one of the good things that has come outta this quit!

TinyBadger

From: TinyBadger

Sep-9

I am the only short person in my family. I'm 5 foot 6, so I guess that's not truly short, but they all call me shrimp. My aunt married an air force dude so we went to California to camp Pendleton. It was very well groomed, maybe a little too much...it was a hoot because people were always saluting us in the car. I was 10. I've always wanted to see the ocean again. I'm not.much for eating fish, but I would like to see a little bit of seaweed or maybe a starfish or a crab. I imagine it's too cold there for that. It would be exciting, though. I'd like to see the tides change, too. That would be neat. You'll have to post pictures. 

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

Sep-9

5’6” and they call you Shrimp??! Oh wow. Man, I call that kind of tall. I’m 5 feet, maybe a half inch more on a good tall day. Have 3 sisters and next is 5’4, one is 5’6 and one 5’7”. I got cheated! Guess that what happens when you’re the last one maybe? Anyway...taller next time around is my plan. Almost every time I go the grocery I gotta wait for someone to reach me something. You’d be someone I’d ask too! Folks don’t ever seem to mind but I always feel I’m imposing as everyone is always in a rush. Plus you can put 10-20 extra pounds on a taller person and it doesn’t show much. Yup. Next life is gonna be 6 feet and ice cream every day. Or a critter that lives with someone good like you or Peggy or Eve or me. If I do get to choose though....

I took a train from Detroit to Oceanside, CA when I was 19. Met a Marine in the longe car playing cards and we played Euchre the whole 3 day trip. He took me around Camp Pendleton. We dated for a bit eventually but I ended up back in Michigan for a while so that didn’t last. Spent some time up in Laguna Beach and that was fun. Nice warm water. Yes! We have Starfish and Anemone and Urchins and Cucumbers and all that in tide pools here. I love tide pools! Once in a great while you’ll see a small Octopus that is waiting for the tide to come back in. Come on out and we will go. Seriously. There are Sea Lions and Whales too. Come during the migration. Lots of different kinds of crabs and they are funny. Still haven’t figured out the life of sand crabs. They live their whole life just in symphony with the waves. I should have gone into Marine Biology really. I’ll do that next time too. I just love the Ocean and all of it’s wonder. Grew up watching Jacques Cousteau. Someday I’d like to go to tropical waters and snorkel and see all that. These are things I think about with quitting smoking. I get a crave still and let my wander to all the things that quitting makes it more likely I’ll be able to do. Works pretty well when I look at the trade off. Do you do that? Also, how did your sister get to be so outdoorsy? You are too though it seems. I’ll find you a Starfish from a couple weeks ago....

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