"I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable ... but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing."
There is room in everyone's life for positive thoughts. Life goes on more smoothly, efficiently and with greater zest when you think of the "half full glass". I hope to keep a record of my world as I see it. As I feel it. As I hear it. As I live it... Carpe Diem!
When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for both acceptance and understanding becomes glaringly apparent.
The above was taken from a local realtor's solicitation sent to our home. The original work came from Donella H. Meadows who published the original 'State of the Village Report' in 1990. It took the current world statistics and reproduced them as they would appear in a village of just 100 people. The village of 100 people reflects all the variations of the real world, but in values we can understand. Google "State of the Village Report" to see even more in depth statistics about these 100 people.
I had problems with cracked, caloused soles and toenail fungus. I had medicine
but it did not go very far....one of the items in the medicine was Urea which I
believe is a by-product of urine.
SO..........I started soaking my feet in
my own urine and WOW!, IT CLEARED UP THE CALOUS, THICK SOLES AND THE TOE NAIL
My brother and Jackie releasing their butterflies. Every survivor got one at the dinner and they were told when to release them.
Living in the moment. Taking it all in...
On the survivor lap...my brother and my friend Jackie.
Here they are coming up on the last curve of the lap. They look like true survivors...warriors for the rest!
These gentlemen were holding up the rear. They had the Relay banner and everyone else joined in the walking behind them.
This is my friend Jackie with me. She walked the survivor lap with my brother.
Another picture of my brother, sister and I along with my sister's husband and my son, KJ. He doesn't look happy but he is inside. (He's 15!)
The luminaries that they set up for the 9 pm lighting. It was really nice. The rain slowed down enough for the candles to stay lit through the ceremony.
Kent got a glimpse of a teammate folding up one of the tents. It was near the end...I think around 10:30 am. I was still walking!!!
I walked with many different people during the hours I walked. This was Mitch (Mitchell Wade Salons). What a nice guy! We had a very nice chat. His booth had Mardi Gras as their holiday, hence the beads he was wearing.
Karl came with Kent to carry a few things back home (via car) that were needed for the team booth. I think he was proud of me. (At least, I hope he was.) I was tired!!!
Paint The Town Purple was an incentive for local businesses to get involved. For every $100 donation to the American Cancer Society, the business received a large purple ribbon to place on their door (or in some prominent spot). There were many throughout Oviedo.
This was how my first pair of shoes looked after the walk. I wore three pairs altogether but these were worn the most hours. They were my old running shoes from back in the day (I believe it was a Wednesday!) when I could run in races. Now, my shin splints remind me of my age and limitations. The other two things are tally marks on the sleeve of my t-shirt to keep track of all the laps. I know I missed a few as I got distracted talking to new friends. The three markers were used - one for each hundred laps.
A close up of my shoes. They were very good to me especially in the rain. My feet stayed dry the entire time it rained and even afterwards as the grass was drying off. New Balance are awesome!!!
Another view of the tent. Notice all the red, white and blue.
My brother and my friend Jackie coming into the Survivor seating area for the opening ceremony.
The HHS drumline marching in with their signature cadence (my younger son is the first base drum).