Shuting down

This will be the last Blog entry for at least 30 days. I have decided that I spend too much time and money on the internet. So, this temporary shut-down is an effort to test my mettle, so-to-speak.
My wireless broadband subscription runs out in March, and if I have been able to get along without it until then… it’s “Bye-bye broadband and welcome home dollars.”
 This means that I will no longer be writing or answering emails, unless I happen to be near a computer that can go online.

I will continue journaling, but I’ll just be saving it to disk. Those of you who really need to get a hold of me have my cellphone number… use it.

Well hold on just a minute… I do all my banking online, too. Guess I’ll have to do that from a hot-spot somewhere.

Wish me well during my withdrawal pains.

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Something New

Today I discovered a new wildflower. It looks like a Lupine. The flowers are white to pale-blue and shaped like a Lupine. The leaves are the size, shape and arrangement of a Lupine. BUT they are on woody stalks up to 6 feet high and 2 inches in diameter!

 
This one was the first one that I spotted on my walk. Looks like a normal Lupine until you see the bark covered stalk. It is about 3 feet high.
 
Later, I encountered a plant that was 4 feet across and more than 6 feet tall… I would have included it, but my camera was out of digits.

Now, contrast that with the mighty oaks along the central coast. These Coastal Live Oaks are a little over 60 years old.

(Notice my “pet rock” in the background) 

That’s right… this is a forest! Not scrubby brush. In a little sheltered ravine we found some of the oaks that were up to 12 feet tall, but most were4-6 feet tall.
 
  
On another note…. One morning this little critter followed Evelyn into camp and hasn’t left yet.

We have dubbed her the Screw-legged Cone Bird.

I also got a close-up shot of this Brown Wood-Heron.

 
May the mercy of God overshadow you  as you begin a new week.
 
The mystery of the uniform Eucalyptus stretch is partially  solved.  This picture shows the 13  1/2 inch piece of firewood from which my third chain was birthed. It stretched to 6 inches.

My fourth carving was from pine. in this one I was attempting to make a twisted flat-link chain… like the links used on a dog’s “choke-chain.” But as I started to separate the links, I realized that I needed 4 twisted columns… not the 2 that I had started with… so, I ended up with a spiral twisted column instead of links.
 

  
My second attempt at making a twisted link chain turned out a lot better, but still not what I had visualized. As can be seen in this picture, the links are indeed twisted, but they form a round-link chain, not the flat-link chain that I expected.
 
Even as I write this, it dawns on me that if I want a flat-link chain I’ll have to start with a flat piece of wood! I’ll try again.

This turned out to be a VERY difficult challenge! I had a hard time wrapping my mind around this problem of visualizing how this should proceed, so after making a few futile drawings, I just started carving. One link turned out a little different than the other and there wasn’t quite enough twist in either of them, but it wasn’t too bad.

In this photo, the “chain” is beside the original block from which it was taken, to show how much it was stretched.

 
 

Forty-Seven Axioms for Life

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
 2.When in doubt, just take the next small step
 3.Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
 4.Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
 5.Pay off your credit cards every month. Then stop using them.
 6.You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9.Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10.Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
11.It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
12.Let your children cry when they hurt.
13.Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14.If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
15.Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.
16.Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17.Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
18.Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
19.A happy childhood comes ’round only once. Don’t screw up your life by trying to have another one.
20.When it comes to going after what you love in life, be willing to take no for an answer.
21.Today is special. Give it all you’ve got.
 22.Over prepare, then go with the flow.
 23.Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple, or answer the door naked.
 24.No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
25.Frame every so-called disaster with these words ”In five years, will this matter?”.
26.Die to selfishness daily.
 27.Always choose life for others.
 28.Forgive everyone everything.
 29.What other people think of you is none of your business…
 30.Time heals almost everything. Give time, and more time.
 31.However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
 32.Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
 33.Believe in miracles.
 34.God loves you because of who God is, not because of  anything you did or didn’t do.
 35.Don’t ration life. Show up and make the most of it now.
 36.Your children get only one childhood. Let them enjoy it.
 37.All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
 38.Get outside every day.
 39.Miracles are waiting everywhere.
 40.If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
 41.Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
 42.No matter how low you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
 43.Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.
 44.Friends are the family that we choose for ourselves.
45. Yield
46. Love
47.The best is yet to come.