Monthly Archives: August 2015

FROM PHILLY TO SOUTH DAKOTA

Tuesday, August 25 to Friday, September4 2015

We decided to start this journey someplace that would be awesome, and that neither one of us had ever seen.  Mount Rushmore was the winner.  So we hitched the trailer to the truck, and headed west.

Our selected route took us through

Centralia, PA –  the city that burns underground due to a mishap in a coal mine.  Where thousands of people used to live, now only several families hold on

Washington, PA – city where the first crematory in the US was built – LeMoyne House.

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Bear Run, PA – the town in which  Frank Lloyd Wright built “Fallingwater”

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Logan, Ohio – Home of the Pencil Sharpener Museum, with over 3,200 sharpeners on display.  The fabulous Sunnyland Washboard Factory, the last washboard factory in the US.

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www.columbuswashboard.com        They also sold washboard instruments.  I always swore I’d learn to play an instrument, so I bought a kit complete with washboard, wooden spoon, kazoo, a few thimbles and a how to play booklet.

Iowa – corn anyone?

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota – pretty water fall that is the namesake, and  SculptureWalk, an art installation in down town.

From Sioux Falls we drove 289 miles to Wall, which is a gateway to Mount Rushmore, and other South Dakota Treasures.

WHY “TAKIN BREEZE”

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Welcome to my new blog. This is my first post ever. I’m really excited about this. It gives me the opportunity to let you know what’s important to me, and maybe it’s important to you too. And if not important, maybe just interesting. So, why this title? Well, I lived in the Caribbean for a number of years with my husband Tim, and our two sons Gene and Chris. Some of those years were spent on land, but most of them were spent living on a sailboat. While there, I learned a phrase from a lady from Nevis.  It was time to repair a damaged sail that blew out in a storm, and we were waiting for Junie to start the repair. “Where’s Junie?” “He’ll be back soon, he’s out on the dock ‘scratchin’ and takin’ breeze’.”  I had  never heard that expression before, but I loved it.   More than chillin’, limin’, coolin’ out, or relaxin’, for me, ‘scratchin’ and takin’ breeze’ is a lifestyle, a state of mind, a meditation. It is the ultimate down time!  “Takin Breeze” is dedicated to the notion that we all need to change the rhythm of our daily grind. Not being lazy mind you, but being a slave to wages is no way to live either. Some of us work with golden shackles, the salary and benefits are just too good to leave behind. Even though you experience waves of nausea when the alarm goes off, you get up and go anyway.

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“I just can’t stop now – but someday I will.” For most people, the deferred life plan just doesn’t work. I’m afraid you are on what I like to call “The Gerbil Wheel of Life”.

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Sometimes you think it might be ok, because everyone you know is on the same wheel. Trust me, it’s not ok. Many of you will just keep running, getting no where. No down time, little vacation, and certainly no drastic change in lifestyle. You will either become too old, too tired, or lose interest. “Someday” is a soul snatcher that will ensure your dreams go with you to the grave. Life is way too short, so it’s time to start living it. I know it’s tough.   But where there’s a will, there’s a way. “Someday” can be today! Don’t worry if you aren’t exactly sure of the how. The road will reveal itself as you go. Yep, this is pretty risky business. But go on – choose uncertainty over unhappiness. Instead of working 8 to 12 hours a day for 40 or 50 years or more, it’s time to cut your losses and get a move on. Start living. Shorten your work week, change your profession, move to the warm, move to the cold, take a vacation, see the world, change your lifestyle. Do the things you’ve always wanted to do. Get a paper and pencil and start planning. Maybe you won’t be ready to leave for a month or a year. It doesn’t really matter, just start planning. It’ll make you feel great! Go on, set that “go” date.

We set the date, hitched the trailer to the truck, and hit the road.

That’s it for now. I hope you enjoyed my first post.  Check back when you can and see how we’ve been “takin’ breeze.