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Fare Thee well, Dinah

center-149x195-5736049 photo from Forune-Keough Funeral home website

It’s been a hot, sad weekend in my neck of the woods. It was in the paper Saturday that a dear old coworker of mine, Dinah had passed away on June 16. I worked with Dinah over a decade ago at at the local nursing home. Dinah was always so calm with a peaceful, inviting demeanor. She was perfect at being a social worker because she genuinely loved people, loved helping them and was easy to talk to.

One day, I played hookie from work to take my eldest daughter to the lake beach. I am not one to shirk my responsibilities when it comes to work, but it was a nice day and I wanted to make some memories. In truth, it’s the only day in my whole entire working history that I ever skipped. Dinah’s daughter was a lifeguard at the beach and when I saw her that day, I pleaded with her not to tell her mom that she saw me and she laughed and said “My mom would call that a mental health day and that everyone needs one now and then!” That statement made me like Dinah all the more, and I told her about my mental health day the next day at work.

After working at the nursing home, I had a job as night manager at Wilson Farms. I saw Dinah often at the store and it was always so pleasant to see her. One stormy day she came into the store out of breath and exclaimed, “I just got struck by lightening!” That caught me off guard and sounded the bells as I asked her if she needed help. She then went on to tell me that her car got struck at the stoplight right outside and it killed her car! Stalled it right where she sat and she had to push it into our driveway. A few weeks later she came in to tell me that insurance would not cover it because they consider it “an act of God” and I felt so bad about that, but so very thankful that she herself had not been struck.

It’s hotter than a donkey’s flaming fire balls in our area over the past few days. I shall be taking a mental health day to cool off with a few frosty beverages later, maybe even in the cold shower like I did yesterday. Yes, I DID actually take a cold brew into a cold shower yesterday afternoon, something I have never done! I’m not ashamed of that either, and I will gladly do it again today since it’s supposed to be even hotter. You see, Life is short, and our moments here are fleeting. We need to capture those moments, embrace the oddness of them and go with the flow! If that flow leads you to trying to cool off with a cold beverage in a cold shower because the 2 fans you have in the house can’t cool down the 88 degrees inside, so be it! Grab that cold beverage and go have a few mental health moments! I hope you all stay cool during this heat wave!

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New Garden Friend!


I’ve been in a funk lately feeling like this tiny bee in a jungle of flowers, trying to pollinate some positivity in Life. It cheered me up a bit this morning to see this little guy in our flower garden. It cheered me up more to find a little bug that hitched a ride inside after taking this pic.

Pardon the odd angle at times but hey, it’s plants so angle doesn’t really matter! It’s getting hotter than Hades up in my neck of the woods but I’m not complaining much, for at least it’s not 20 below! Hope you all stay cool this weeken!

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Kick a Cone Instructional

Top of the Saturday morning to ya! I hope today find you all alive and well. It’s a rainy day here in our neck of the Adirondacks, so I’ll be doing some creative writing here and there in between chasing around my 4 year old.

Yesterday I mentioned how the bridge by our road has been closed and I was incorrect that it has been opened back up, for the work is not done. Aurora and I ventured down the road to take a video for your entertainment on how to kick a cone. The instructions are quite easy:


  1. Sneak past a closed bridge
  2. Find a pine cone
  3. Raise foot
  4. Gleefully shout “KICK A CONE!” as you kick
  5. Repeat as necessary

Refer to video below for visual instruction:


Life is too short to be serious all the time, especially when you have kids. Their childhood flies by so fast, so why not give them some silly memories to fondly look back upon when they get older? Take your kids outside, away from their electronics. Thankfully, Aurora does not have her head stuck in any electronics unless she is watching her kid shows on the tablet while I work.

A little off note but I was shocked the other night when I was picking up some free stuff (coffee cups and an organizer) from the side of the road at a daycare, the lady came outside to chat with us. She said that she is stopping the daycare after summer and then went on to say that she has tons of play stuff and art stuff for the kids, but they all want to be stuck in their electronics all day! That broke my heart, that kids at Aurora’s age are more interested in technology than reading or playing with each other. The lady said that she’s even had to tell parents to leave the devices at home, which should not even be an issue. But, my opinion on electronics is a blog for another day, and I bid you all to have a lovely day!

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Kick a Cone!


The bridge by our place has been under construction for a couple of weeks now, causing the road to be closed and a bonus to that is, Aurora and I have been able to enjoy the road all to ourselves to walk on. There’s just one house right past the bridge, and then no one for miles on this road. The only thing I love more than walking in Nature is to have the road all to myself!

The pine cones had gathered in the road, being that they had not been being disturbed. I don’t know why but the 1st day we saw these pine cones in the road, I raised my foot and shouted “KICK A CONE!” and kicked a cone as hard as I could. Aurora quickly followed suit and it became a game. It’s been Heaven owning the road, just she and I, without having to worry about motorists. (The only thing I ever worry about on this road is the coyotes that I know that live around here)

The other day when we were walking, I thought it would be neat to get a shot of the cones at their level, so I laid down right in the middle of the road with Aurora alongside me and took some shots. The only thing I worried about running me over was a snake or a spider as I took my pictures. 

While taking this shot, I realized the beauty of it all, having all the serenity to ourselves. People nowadays are so stuck with their heads down looking at their electronics, that they miss simple beauty like this. I myself, often have my head in the clouds so to speak, searching the skies when I am not admiring the Nature around me. 

Here was this cone, basking in the late afternoon sun, screaming at me to take a pic. As I laid there on my belly, I realized the different perspective that these cones in the road now have. Once upon a time, they were high up in the trees, overlooking the world. Now these cones have a different perspective as they lay in the road, being spared getting run over by cars, for the time being.

The bridge is now fixed and the road is open again so the road will no longer be ours. (In all fairness, sometimes we walk for a half an hour on this road and not see another soul!) I appreciate the opportunity I had to get down to these cones’ level and see the world in a different way. I also appreciate the fact that my phone did not get thrown out of panic when a spider ran over my arm! 

Take the time to kick a cone and let loose! Take a chance and get on your belly to take a shot of a different perspective than you’re used to seeing of the world! Life is too short to be somber all the time and sometimes, simple things like kicking a cone can make you smile. Take a moment to be thankful for the world around you, no matter what your view of it is. 

Posted in nature

Happy 1st Day of Summer/Birthday?

It’s calendar summer here in the Adirondacks! I specify “calendar” because our weather does not go according to the calendar. For example, 1st day of spring is March 20, but we usually have a good month or 2 of winter before the weather gets agreeable around here. It has felt like summer on and off here, with it being 90 this past Monday, but then being a cool 60 the next day and feeling like autumn.

I am aware of one of my followers being in Florida where apparently lupine does not grow (at least that she has seen) so that was my inspiration for my 1st day of summer post. The lupine will soon give way to more beautiful wildflowers and I can’t wait. I hope you enjoy this, Louis(a) (I am not sure what you call yourself) and happy summer solstice from my little nook here in the Adirondacks! Aurora, however, wishes you all happy birthday (so if anyone reading this today and it happens to be your birthday, happy birthday!)