Thursday, June 25, 2009

Inner Peace and Joy

Nothing compares to the inner joy and peace I feel when I am camping or hiking through the woods.  Nature soothes my soul.  It is the best medicine I have ever taken.  I have reservations to go camping once a month through October (when the campground closes).  

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Another great sky picture.

Toms Run Road is a one way road through the forest.  It follows Toms Run.  I do not know where it comes out.  I walked a mile and a half on it and it went deep into the forest.

Wooden bridges are common because of the all the little streams and springs.  They are great to walk across when they are dry.  But when they are wet they are slick as ice.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A nice fire Tuesday morning, early morning.  Woke at 5am.  The birds were singing beautifully.  Wish I had a way to add those sounds to the blog.

After hiking for two miles I got to the top of the ridge and looked up and saw the beautiful blue sky. I climbed from 1400ft to 1600 ft in about a mile and a half. A nice steady incline. Gave me a good workout.

After hiking for an hour and a half I stopped here to dip my feet in the ice cold water, eat lunch, lay down and read and soak up the sounds of nature--the rippling water, the birds.

I want to buy a cabin in the woods and live there.  Nature soothes my soul.  Cook Forest is absolutely gorgeous.  The trails are well maintained and marked.  There are trees over 300 years old.

I star gazed one night.  I thought about moving my cot out to the open field to sleep.  I should have.  I found the big dipper.  The stars were abundant.  I saw a shooting star.

I've been trying to id birds by their call and by sight.  A little chipping sparrow kept visiting my campsite looking for food.  Learning bird calls is like learning a foreign language.   I hope with time it will get easier.  I have a CD with over 100 birds calls, which accompanies a PA bird book.  A bluejay also visited my sight a few times.  They are beautiful birds, but can be aggressive.  Robins were abundant also.  There is one bird call I want to learn what bird makes it.  It is a beautiful call.  I can hear it in my memory.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Don't put off for tomorrow what you can do today, because if you enjoy it today you can do it again tomorrow.

Friday, June 12, 2009

A New Hobby

I'm making a crazy quilt minus the crazy stitching. Here are my first two blocks. We all know about yarn stash. Well, Mom has fabric stash that I am using for this quilt. It is fun rummaging through her stash putting different fabric combination together to get just the right combination. These are 5 3/4 inch blocks. The pattern came from the internet. I am making a quilt for my twin size bed. The inspiration comes from two quilts given to my parents when dad was first diagnosed with cancer.

Happy Quilting!!!

Saturday, June 06, 2009

A Piece of Knit One North

A chair from Knit One North has a new home in my home with a new 'customer' relaxing in the seat.  Angel quickly claimed this as hers.  I was pleased when I turned around and saw her laying in it.  She is rarely seen on the furniture and does not like change(s), so I was very surprised to see her take to this chair so quickly.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

The scariest moments of my life

I truly experienced the scariest moments of my life nearly 24 hours ago.  I raised the window in my 100 year old building to move the storm window up and bring the screen down.  I placed my hands down near the ledge to move the storm window up and the the heavy window came slamming down on top of my fingers locking them under the window.  The pain was excruciating.  The fear horrible.  I could not leverage my hands to raise the window.  I finally was able to wiggle my left hand free but my right hand was still locked under the window.  With my left hand I tried to get the window up in order to free my right hand but it would not budge.  I stood silently facing the window thinking: I am going to be stuck here forever.  I cried out to God to help me and i finally managed to get the window up enough to free my right hand.  I immediately laid down to recover.

I went for x-rays and nothing was broken.  Three fingers are bruised.  One nail is black.  One finger throbs.  The other two hurt.  Truly the worst moments of my life.