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New Moon Musings – May 2017

An ancient Blog, discarded for a time, to renew and compost into thoughts of old patterns and new potentials…  like a nut on the ground it’s food long since snatched up and nourishing another, older body.    Yep, that’s us today.   😀  walnut

Recently, I lost my phone, for 12 days.  It had died, it had fried, it was gone and offline.   I was effectively Unreachable when not at work, except by the few times I popped online to login to my facebook messages.  Otherwise, totally incogNate-o.    All my e-contacts were gone (no , I do not back up to “the cloud”, and my physical paper-analog Address book did not have all names the phone did.)  Mental note: get better at updating Analog technology. 😉

This experience was actually fairly nice, by the fourth or fifth day.   I stressed over “DISCONNECTION!” for the first few days, and realized just how OFTEN I had been texting Tammy daily to coordinate the sprog’s activities and say hello, and a few other friends I usually SMS with outside of facebook.  But that eventually settled into the new routine.

I also realized what apps and things I used my phone for were actually “important” to me, and not just “time wasters”.   The garmin synch for my walks/jogs was missed.  as was Geocaching app. (and associated C:Geo app).   resetAlmost all the other Games and gadgets and gizmo apps were relegated to the Dustbin of Dis-use.     Overall, it was a great RESET.

However, I needed (ok, Wanted) a new phone eventually and wound up splurging a little on a Samsung Galaxy s7.   Another thing I had discovered (after how to text and add contacts , etc) was that I missed using the camera to send silly pics and capturing random moments with the kid.  Yes, it’s a symptom of the Social Media generation I suppose, but I rather Enjoyed visiting the waterfall once a week if just to update the “Cover photo” on my facebook.  So, New phone in hand, I set off to refresh that image.    THE CAMERA IS AWESOME!

20170524_141647.jpgCompared to the old device, I think this is a better camera than even a Real Camera I used to have back when married.   This phone rocks. It took the pictures shown here (but the smaller version posted does not do them justice).  My favorite is the “walnut” one above.  That was a happy little bit of Serendipity, where I was just snapping pics and wondered how it would focus if I just set it on the ground “upside down” near that walnut shell, and clicked the snap-pic button.   I was beyond pleased with the results!

That photo actually inspired a little “writing challenge” to be posted here later.

So now, with new phone in hand, a new “lease on life” and a new monthly payment (lol), I think I’ll endeavor to persevere and Blog a bit more too.   Might as well flex the fingers, since my Jogging/Walking the Year is also doing quite well with the warmer weather.  I personally hit 100 miles so far!   More than I’ve ever done I think. (or at least tracked.. which this phone can do too!)

The only thing that would make this reset even MORE exciting is if I payed off some debt and had less working-hours between the jobs… but that’s a brightness down the Tunnel for another time.   poi_blessing2A near-future time, so I’m looking forward to it, but today, it’s the little victories that count.   Every first step begins the Journey, after all!

Allons-y!

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Happy Solstice….

This says it better than I could type.  🙂

 

 

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Beyond the Bamboo Fence

They wandered down the sidewalk, unhurried, on some errand, and only paused for a moment to glance into that yard.   It was full of tall grasses, and shrubs turning leafless in the later autumn season.  A lovely yard, tended well, if slightly overgrown, but otherwise a yard much like any others, in size and shape.  The bamboo caught his eye, on the far edge of things, framing a small gate leading inward, but they walked on.

 

 

 

 

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The weather was gorgeous today, so I decided to lace up the old trainers (sneakers), and get outside.    Loaded Runkeeper app on my tablet again, and hit the streets and sidewalks.

My original goal was a 5.02 mile course, to qualify for the Virtual Race I registered for, and really want the medal of.   However, the course was a figure eight, essentially going “around the blocks” both in two directions, and since country living means one “block” was already 4 miles….. well, it started looking really dark on the horizon and sprinkles were just starting to drip periodically across the breeze, I decided to stop with just one loop, and prevent the techno-gadgets that were in my pocket from getting soaked.

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Still, I’m quite proud of my accomplishment today!   I walked more than I ran, which of course should improve with time.     Best time yet though, for that distance.  I didn’t use the app for the last two excursions, and simply looked at my watch for “general feedback”.

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