Monday, January 30, 2017

Killer Virus

I think after this past week, I can say without a doubt that the end of the world will come about from the tiniest of enemies....a virus. When I woke up at 11:00 Wednesday night, I struggled to ignore the rumbling tummy and drifted back to sleep hoping to wake up to a better feeling. Well, that didn't last long....two hours later I was awake again and very aware that this twinge in my stomach was not getting better, only worse. So began my fight with the "virus" that kept me in bed for two days, stripped me of both my health and my dignity, and left me as weak as a kitten. Unfortunately I passed it on to my family, or they got it from wherever it originated from. Poor Evan is home sick today and I am helpless to take away his misery!

Well this post is just full of optimism isn't it?  Well, you know how I love stories and I could totally see a world eviscerated by our tiniest enemies...the virus. I mean everyday people go to the doctor, so sick and walk out with it's a virus and thus has no treatment. I didn't even bother as I could barely lift my head from the pillow for longer than a couple seconds!

The good news is....that now I'm five days out and I can sit up but I still can't eat much or I start to feel a little queasy. So if you come down with this dreaded virus....hold on for a bumpy ride but don't give up.......slowly but surely your body will overcome the merciless invaders.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Blank Slates: Writing the Story of Life

I usually muse about this much earlier in January and alas I did but I'm just now getting around to blogging it. Every year I am presented with the awesome reset of a new year, a blank slate in which we all have opportunities to paint the canvas of our year. Some of us start with grand resolutions that usually fade by the end of January, some of us start with One Little Word to live for the year, some of us just slip into the new year without a lot of forethought.

This year I picked Fearless for my One Little Word. It's not necessarily a word of power but rather one of confidence and resolve. In life, at times, we let our own uncertainties keep us from doing things we would really like to do, whether it's finish that novel, travel through Europe, or start a new degree.  Being fearless is not the same thing as being foolish, care and consideration are always a wise combination but it is the starting point for jumping out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary.

I think the true lesson to learn in 2017 is that what we focus on is what we bring into being. So if we focus on the negatives in our lives those things will grow in stature. However if we focus on the positives and the direction we want to head then the energy of our thoughts will bring those things into being.

I'd love to hear about your blank slate, your one little word, or what you plan to write in the story of your life in 2017.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Squak Mountian

Squak Mountain is a 1545 acre park outside of Issaquah Washington, which is about 15 minutes from Seattle. You might perhaps recognize the name of Issaquah as the place where Ted Bundy abducted two women from Lake Sammamish Park. Yes, Washington and specifically the area around Seattle is known for its serial killers.  But that's a story for another day.
We headed to Squak Mountain on January 2nd, 2017 after walking the Green River Trail (think Green River Killer) the day before. We didn't intend to be on a serial killer "path", it just happens sometimes. None the less Squak Mountain was awe inspiring although certainly isolated.
The fact that we had some lingering snow made it all the more beautiful.
There were places where the green ferns were completely free of snow and other spots like in the photo above the snow glistened and sparkled like a fairy wonderland.
The isolation was both wonderful and a little spooky at the same time. The landscape was a feast for the eyes. The trail was worn but also a bit cumbersome as we maneuvered tree roots, rocks, and the occasional horse droppings.
The trees went on forever, tall and majestic.
The trail went on for miles and we encountered a few other hikers and some horseback riders but not many. As you looked around you got a very real sense that you were the last people left on earth. Alone and silent, the woods stood in testament to the wonders of creation.
We hiked for about two hours and every curve brought new beauty to absorb. A very soul lifting experience and a great way to start 2017.

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