Friday, August 21, 2015

Ducky Dwelling

Today I woke up alive with a roof over my head and food in the pantry. What more could I want? Life is magnificent!

Thank you for showing up at my blog. I am oh so blessed.

Just to be sure, I went outside to witness the sun coming up. My mind was racing in a hundred unconventional ways while my body moved at a snail's pace trying to ache and complain while I shushed it up. The world seemed silent. No human noise,no vehicles, no birds twirping, Just silence.

Splish splash. A dozen or so ducks just magically appeared, paddling across the lake. I flailed around for my camera, found it inside the RV then came back out.  I was a few hundred feet away, trying to move quietly. I managed to snap a few quick pics without taking time to fiddle with the camera settings because the ducks were paddling fast out of my range.

Suddenly something jumped out of Hartwell Lake. I have no idea what, I didn't catch it in the photo, but it startled the ducks. They flew off in a hurry with squawking alarms.

hartwell lake, ducks, campground lake hartwell state park

hartwell lake, ducks, campground lake hartwell state park

hartwell lake, ducks, campground lake hartwell state park


Many folks have emailed, written, phoned and posted lots of advice and creative solutions. The hardest thing about receiving advice, is to shut up and listen. It might be good, it might be bad, it might be worth mulling over a long time before it sinks in that perhaps that was some very good advice indeed. Take it. Use it. Some advice is very bad, some is brilliant, sheer genius. How to tell which is which? Either way,  it's good to hear lots of options, think outside the box and look at all the "what ifs".


Throughout my life numerous bizarre opportunities have briefly presented themselves. It's probably how I've ended up  traveling so much, working unique occupations and living a lifestyle that is off the beaten path.  Often those opportunities had a very brief window to accept or decline. Sometimes they ended in near disaster and other times it turned out to open up a fascinating wondrous world to enliven my tiny little brain.

Older Folks...

In my younger days (mid teens and 20's) I lived a lifestyle that isolated me from peers my own age and thrust me into a world of people much older than me by decades. I must have seemed like a hungry dry sponge anxious for water because I wanted to know what they knew, what worked for them, what didn't work. How to get along in this massively complicated existence? Sure they told me things I ignored and wish I had not and other things, I held onto every word as gospel. Some advice I took didn't turn out to be a good deal after all, yet other advice I took lead me onward to a happy adventurous blissful journey. It's live and learn. Trial and terror.


It seems so many of my trusted cohorts, those I loved dearly that loved me too have passed over the rainbow far too soon. Now as life moves on seemingly aging me rapidly, there is this strange bewilderment of loneliness. When did life go from being laboriously slow to rapid changes that seem to leave me in the dust scratching my head feeling like I can't keep up with the breakneck speed of day to day living?


Much of my life has had ample solitude and for this I am grateful. Other times, I fancifully wish to have a few trusted living souls around for comfort and laughter. But what happens when your nearest and dearest are living over the rainbow? Floating on lofty clouds, sending messages in my sleep, poking my soul, whispering in my ear.

Fitting In...

I don't know where I belong. If I did, I would stop traveling and settle there. I may be picking a place sooner rather than later and I am clueless. Life is goof.

Heaven help me. It will all work out, I have faith.

I woke up alive and that's good enough to celebrate all day long!

Life is ducky


  1. Are you sure those are ducks? Seems to me they have longer necks than anything I've seen identified as a duck. Geese? Swans? Cranes?

  2. maybe it is geese, I was sleepy and dreamy when it all happened so fast. haven't seen them since

  3. fAdvice: sometimes it just means somebody cares and wants to be helpful. Take it with a grain of salt and do what you think is best for you.

    I like the thoughts you started with. What more could anyone want.

  4. martha calls them all ducks. if they are right next to each other, well then they are long neck ducks. by the way it is toad/frog, also. she grew up in the city. i spent the summers in the country. hence long neck ducks. she does not take well to being corrected.

    ice cream. raz


Life is goof!