Wall? What Wall?

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Marathon Number Five

twenty-eight degrees outside;

much warmer inside this suit,

and behind this mask on her face;

shortness of breath;

sopping-wet tentest insulation board

up and out the window;

dripping-wet electronics

up the stairs and out;

weakness in her legs and arms and back and neck and fingers;

physical and mental exhaustion;

hitting the wall and continuing;

determination in her every step;

a smile on her face;

twenty-six miles is nothing compared to this!

 

 

 

How They Spoiled Us!

Mother’s Day came and went with little fanfare this year. And that’s okay–it was a busy day in the flood zone.

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But it started out beautifully with our mayor delivering breakfast along with a rose, generously donated by our local pharmacy. Oh, how lovely! Thank you!

La Vie En Rose

After more than ten days of not giving up and not giving in, . . .

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. . . and choosing to go without certain creatures comforts, and putting so much energy into pumping out water, we can now sleep much easier: there is heat coming from the furnace and hot water coming from the tank! Yeah!

Now I plan to have a hot bath!

Our Lovely and Lively Resort

It’s amazing how a landscape can change its appearance in such a short span of time.

Our small community has recently had a facelift–now we sport an exceptional collection of noisy equipment; relatively quieter watercraft; and impressive, multi-wheeled vehicles.

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Lakefront Property
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An Army Jeep . . .

. . . that can haul 1 1/4 tons of sand bags and ford 3 feet of water!

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A Bigger Army Vehicle  . . .

. . . that impresses by its sheer size.

And to help me shore up my basement pool, I have this personal little 7 HP companion, which I’ve now learned how to keep primed.

So, I’m all set–for now.

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Primed Swimming Area

Yes, we’re still managing–with a lot of much-appreciated help from our friends–old and new! Thank you, dear volunteers for all you do.

But, even though I try to make light of it all, I’m still worried. This is not a fun experience.

Beauty in Black and White

A greeting card featuring this Marcella Walker illustration from The Girls Own Paper is sure to please any romantic–especially when the paper she is printed on has a textured linen finish.

image (4)Indeed, I find it truly delightful to the eye, the touch and the heart; though she doesn’t utter a word, she speaks volumes.

Note that, for the time being, she is available in my physical inventory only, and comes with a blank interior so you can write a personalized greeting for any occasion, to Show You Care.

Mother’s Pride

More often than I ever would have imagined, my children create small miracles.

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Kristina Drake’s Recently Published Creation

I actually have a total of five two-legged miracles from them. And these five are delights that will forever feed my soul–I only hope they realize how much.
Today, though, I want to share a different kind of miracle: my daughter’s poem, Indulgence. It speaks strongly to me and, if you are a woman, it probably speaks to you as well. A man who appreciates poetry will also surely like it. Enjoy.

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Well, yes, it is more springy out there: the birds are all a-twitter and the temperatures are more inviting.

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But now we need some sunshine!

The rain has been falling for several days; lake and river levels are rising; basements are getting wet and yes, even flooded; it’s definitely time for a break.

 

 

Do You Believe in Magic?

I’m sure most of us did at one point in our lives. And yes, many of us still do – if only in our dreams.

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However, if we truly observe where we find joy, we can see that indeed, there is magic all around us: in the love that flows between a mother and her new-born; in the discovery of tiny flowers that have bloomed overnight – in the darkness of the forest; in the millions of stars in a midnight-blue sky; and in surprisingly glorious sunrises and sunsets.

Whatever your definition allows on this fabulously cold spring day, may it truly enthral you and enchant you to bits!

And may it add a touch of magic to your wide-awake dreams.

Behaviour 101 — No More Tiptoeing Around

We do have choices. We just have to be brave enough to act upon them.
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When people expose us, or others-in-our-company, to inappropriate behaviour that includes over-reacting, sulking, ranting, bullying, criticizing, belittling, ridiculing or any of many other demeaning styles, we do not have to tolerate it, or feel bad, or fidget, or hang our heads, or crawl within our shells, or in any way, accept it. Indeed, we have an obligation to ourselves and others to not ignore it. And to not accept it. If we are faced with unkind, unnecessary, unproductive and quite simply, unacceptable behaviour, we must stop tiptoeing around, and react. Pointe finale!

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