Thursday, August 26, 2010


No, it's not a word.  But it'll do for a post title.

Some time in reflection helps lower the anxieties of the moment.  I'm on a far more even keel than I was earlier in the week.  'Bout time.

And, a visit with a good friend helped as well.  Goodness me, a good visit.  Thank you G., for kind attention.

On the left is a picture from the Blue Ridge Parkway of the amazing bridge that skirts the side of Grandfather Mountain, known as the Linn Cove Viaduct.  An incredible structure, built to do as little harm as possible to the surrounding environment.  You feel as if you're hanging in the air when traveling its brief span.  Links will give you better photographs, but this is one I took myself!

Then, on the right is a bear.  I know, you can see that.  But it's a bear at our porch.  We haven't seen as many bears this year, but we've seen plenty of the evidence.  If the bird feeders are brought in at night, they are likely to be in the woods by morning.

Of course, the bears don't always wait for the night to do some foraging.

Click on the pictures to embiggen them.

I say "our porch" but in fact it isn't mine.  It belongs to my dear friends, C & S who have housed me (and often fed me) for over a year.  I've paid a bit, sure, but not nearly enough.  All the money in the world wouldn't be enough to express my deep gratitude to them for their very kind hospitality.  We get along quite well, and they have been very understanding of my situation.  It has been so great to come home to some hugs and company in the evenings.

My commute to work is over 30 minutes.  (Don't laugh. I know there are many of you who'd love to have only a thirty minute commute!  And the traffic isn't even that bad). I am so blessed! But the time is coming soon when I will need to have my own place, something closer to work, and some place I can put my stuff in. (It's all in storage at my place of business.  And we may need that room back.  Plus, I've missed some of it).

My work is odd and my hours unusual. So that makes the commute a bit strange sometimes.  No two days are alike, except when they are.


behrmark said...

Lovely post. I want to hear about the other type of foraging bears that you encounter. *wink*
Behr Hugs.

Ultra Dave said...

Glad to hear you are doing well! Hope to get up there this fall to Biltmore again! It would be great to see ya again!

Neil said...

Yes, cheers to C & S!

Lemuel said...

Your days are alike in that they are unalike! :)
I'm happy to hear the volume has been turned down a bit in your life.
Give your hosts a big hug from us, too, because we appreciate what they are doing for you as well.

A Troll At Sea said...


your work can only be SO odd, right? I admit the hours are unusual, as are the persnickitiness of the customers.

But, hey, you chose customer service, right? with at least one eye open?

Hang in there

Donald said...

A home of one's own... happy hunting!

Ur-spo said...

That all sounds lovely, other than the impudent bear. I suppose he is a nuisance but he sure looks cute.

Anonymous said...

I used to think irregardless wasn’t a word either. A friend informed me that it is in the Merriam Webster online dictionary. However, the Merriam Webster dictionary advises to use regardless.

Ice John's World said...

30 minutes of commute is really not bad at all. Hope that you can find your own place soon. Always nice to know that you are doing well.