Monday, May 11, 2020

That Full Moon - The Flower Moon - Comet SWAN

I became very cagey and felt compelled to get the flock out of town. So I navigated my way up the foothills in order of cross paths with the beautiful Amber. I love spending time around her secluded compound as its rich, alive, and rejuvenating. Plus, the dinosaurs enjoy my company and the extra hand full of scratch helps. So Thats Cool

This Dinosaur Loves Me 
The outdoor garden is just coming on as they are about a month behind us. The indoor veggies have been thriving! Just look how lush everything is. The red leaf lettuce was absolutely mouth watering. And the arugula was fire tasty like a red radish. So Delightful

The Legendary Amber The Human 
CYCLING:

Something that I have become aware of while cycling is how one quickly becomes in tune with Mother Nature and seasonal patterns. Having that connection refuels and feeds the soul. Its something I never truly understood or grasp from behind the wheel of a large automobile. To me, its more than just a bike ride. Its a moment of real life experiences, appreciating the vivid desert flowers busting open for pollination, or evidence that we collectively are going through something. Flashing Peace Signs

Kicked My A$$ Head Winds 
That split second to connect with the fellow human race, all because of a simple hand gesture. That peace sign grants us the opportunity to be apart of something. Its a real conscious decision maker. A quick acknowledgment that possibly eases the headwind pain cave for a minute or two. Today, the weather was not friendly at all. Lightning strikes to the north along the Bookcliffs, stressful cross winds, and tiny pea-size hail aided in my adventure. Crazy Negotiations

Saturdays River Runners 
I was burning the cardiovascular system the other day on a back farmland road and a healthy sized dog gave chase from the safe side of the fence line. As I dug deep for more raw power, I gave thought to how we treat animals so differently from our fellow humans. Human barks and its on. Dog barks and we console with treats, rubs on the head, or a quick toss of a ball to show how cool we are. Play Time

I Love My Backyard 
It has become so easy or even the normal to hammer back with an arsenal of justifying words or just plain out be mean through social media outlets. The person that leaves the disrespecting comment carries on throughout their daily routine without any care what so ever. The person who reads that comment begins to ponder or dwell if you will. We are all guilty of this behavior from both sides of the coin. What I find so difficult is how hard it is to be my authentic self when these challenges arise. I really want to be reactionary and spew it back. However, I choose not to say something that I can't take back.

Yes, I Dressed Up That Spoon - Xmas Gifts About 5 or 6 Years Ago
I find myself asking these questions when a text or comments comes my way. Is my response kind? Is it true? Is it even necessary? What do I want to represent? And only then I act with intention. The world has become so polarized and holding my anger provides nothing. Nada. Zippo. How did life change us so quickly that it is very arduous or problematic to become the better person? Be The Better Person


Then I become excited about how the UK claims to have injected $2 billion pounds into their cycling infrastructure. And even more importantly!! The UK changed the laws of liability and presumed liabilities!! That is such a new age of cycling. If I understand this correctly?!?! If you are on your bike and are struck by a car, the DRIVER is at fault until proven otherwise. The idea is making cycling part of the traffic flow and drivers becoming aware of their own proprioceptions. Meaning, the dimensions and ramifications of all automobiles. YES

12:34 Baby 
So these are just some of the randomly odd thoughts I have while cursing around this glorious desert valley floor. Then, The Colorado River distracts me from that thought process. A lovely herd of horses kick about while man serves the cattle fresh cut hay. Catching a bird of prey as it effortlessly soars in flight. Baby goats!! Baby goats are so damn cute. All while simply pedaling along and daydreaming. And then, a passerby flashes the peace sign. Righteousness


REPERCUSSIONS:

My "Stimulus" check arrived by snail mail. Now, those bastards are implying that this is not taxable income but it sure A$$ Hell isn't free Phuc-N money ether. So I made the decision to divide the $1200 four equal ways and donate it to four separate non profit outfits here in the grand valley. Actually, one non profit company is technically a national company. Sure, usual bills linger over my head. Most of my May payments were covered but come June, who knows. But my choice of giving unconditional support carries more merit in my heart than a few of my unpaid bills that will return again in June. Those same bills will arrive this July as well. So Take That Donald. He Can Kiss My A$$



The Donald clearly knew of my strong hatred towards him by the fact that he did not sign my check. He Is A Real Cock Sucker

DISC GOLF:

Been on my game! Only took 8 weeks to figure out my SH*T. To the best of my knowledge, I started playing disc golf ( we played the game like a game of horse and didn't not refer to our game as Disc Golf ) in the spring of 1976. We only played six holes and those holes consisted of a concrete cinder block with a wooden post stuck through it. We had the one regular beach throwing style frisbees back then. Later that summer, someone used orange construction tape to make the official target area between the top and mid area on the post. They also added three more holes for a "proper" 9 hole course.


The summer of 1978, Morley Field in San Diego California was created. The original 18 hole course with proper concrete tee pads and baskets. None of that hippy dippy nonsense. So I have unofficially been throwing plastic for four decades and JUST NOW discovered my preferable playing style. Classic

The Dude Is Getting All Kinds Of Cheeky With It 
There is always something to be Grateful Dead about. While The Dude & I were discussing how well used the park has been during this time, he announces he wanted to make a thank you card. A thank you card for the park? He brought over a roll of construction paper, multi-colored sharpies, and the creation was under construction. Together, this is what we came up with. Elementary Yet Cool

Cutting String For Hanging Sharpies With 
Not only was it not ripped down BUT all kinds of park users signed it. Talk about stoked. I didn't think the sign had a chance but one week later, Tada


And how does this happen?? I could literally throw my putter a thousand more times and never produce this undesirable result. Yes, not in the basket so it doesn't count as in. Had to snap off a photo because we both just stood there in disbelief.

From A Possible Elusive Birdie To A Ridiculous Par 
ASTRONOMY TIME:

While looking towards the night sky, beauty is everywhere. The full moon, The Flower Moon, the other night rose amongst the high cirrus clouds and illuminated our Mother Earth. Bike riding the streets quickly became tranquil. No daily programed sounds interfered with the serenity of night time cruising. Only little unobscured sounds filled the airwaves. Like when the Colorado River currents dance off the pillars of the bicycle bridge. And soon, Comet SWAN will be seen by the naked eye. Naked. Early mornings will be conducive for witnessing such a brilliant interplanetary iceberg as it dazzles in the East-Northeastern sky line.

This photo/diagram is from space weather dot com 
And if that's not enough, Mr Moon will be part of a face in the predawn hours on the 13th and 14th of May. Jupiter and Saturn will accompany Mr Moon to create a happy little face. Kinda Cool. But speaking of Planets, Neptune, Mars, Jupiter, And Saturn will line themselves across the sky as Mr Moon approaches form the north. Keep Looking Up

GOALS:

  1. Act With Compassion 
  2. Paint And Post Latest Acrylic Pieces 
  3. Bust Out The 575
  4. Stretch And Hydrate
  5. Ride Like Nobody Is Watching 

Stay Focused And Think Of Others First,
Cheers

57 comments:

  1. You see more when riding a bike, become aware of the scenery, landscape, flowers as one eye keeps on the path.
    Your garden is coming along nicely, soon be rather fruitful.
    That's a nice thing you are going to do with your cheque (Australian way of spelling).
    Take care.

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    1. Exactly My Friend - Seeing Is Believing - Amber Can Grow Any And All Of It - Giving Artichokes A Run For Their Money This Year - Share That Cheque And Stay Happy

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  2. Hi the Padre! Thank you so much for sharing your insights and news for the past few days. I am very much inspired and had myself thinking on your insights about comments whether they can be negative nor leave an impact to those we comment on. I very much agree with that. Because as much as a comment can make my day with a lot of those I get filled with so much love and care and thoughtfulness, some can also be a bit saddenning (hope that's a word) and can leave a mark to the one given to. I just hope I wasn't able to leave such comments unintentionally. I am very touched by what you did with your stimulus check Padre. Thank you for being such a caring person to the world.

    Sending you hugs dear friend!

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    1. Right On And You Are Very Welcome - Random Thoughts For Sure - Love And Care Brother, Nice - The World Needs More Stevenson Que's - Stay Strong

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  3. ...the Flower Moon, I missed it like all the rest of them. I was asleep getting my beauty rest, which really doesn't work very well. I didn't know that you were a horticulturalist. Our checks appeared in our checking accounts, but we received a letter from the Asshole in Chief! Stay strong dude!

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    1. Didn't That Letter Make You Proud - Like Worthy Of A Frame - Hanging Along The Hallway Wall - Be We'll Sleeping Beauty

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  4. A great post and you are so generous. I try to be kind in comments and even if I disagree, I hope I can say it nicely.

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    1. You Are Always Welcome To Speak Your Truth Here Brother Man

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  5. The greens look lush! And yes waiting for the day when cyclists take over the road!

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    1. I Dream Of Cyclist Overtaking The Automobile Filled Roads

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  6. I so wish I could ride a bike but back issues prevent it. Ride on Padre. I am envious...not in a bad way!

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    1. Will Ride An Extra Loop In Your Honor - Sending Vibes

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  7. Hi The Padre. From your post it seems that you have such a fascinating bunch of interests. It is really cool that you donated your stimulus check to charities.

    I will be on the lookout for Comet Swan.

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  8. Oh, WOW, that is a wonderful place you have there!
    I´ll give my first try with veggies on the balcony this year,or herbs, not sure yet.
    Ideas are welcome :-)

    We used to cycle, too, but I always had to stop to take pics, plus these e-bike-riders flip you off the path, on foot now over here.

    I often think twice what to publish, geee, Monty Phython was such a thing... publish, don´t?
    When you can´t take a comment back think first, I agree!
    What a spoon! Love it.

    What do you want to represent. When my Hubby was severly sick I told no one here. One real hug and I´d broken down.
    But my blogger-friends, they knew and hugged me in their way and kept me going.
    Support, I wanna represent.

    Worse here. A cyclist clearly came at high speed from the wrong direction, bumped into my left side - Germany here - I had to pay.
    For his bike and my company car. How is that fair?

    I think Donald can... ;-) Lots of kissing he can do!

    Golf. Hm. Car wise I´m the Volkswagen Golf generation, that´s all! Love that Thank you card.

    Mr. Moon?! I thought in English it´s a she and the Sun is the Mr.? Now I´m confused,help,please?

    Didn´t get #3?

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    1. #3, You Will See Soon - Doesn't Sound So Fair In Germany - Sure Hope That Your Husband Is On The Mend - Pleased That You Are A Thinker - Keep On Walking - All The Best With The Veggies This Time Around - Rock On

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  9. You have a great place there, and the vegetable greenhouse is great too! I also have a greenhouse in my large garden ... I will be posting pictures soon
    Cycling in the Netherlands is very popular, we only take the car when it is rain or we have to go far away. Normally I do the daily shopping on my bike! I have an electric bicycle.
    I like the bridges, in calm weather it is beautiful on the water
    The spoon is very special, but difficult to clean, right? LOL
    I'll find out where the Comet Swan is ... I have on my phone the astronomical app Star Walk 2. I love to watch the sky.
    I think of your goals list points 4 and 5 should also do:
    4. stretching and moisturizing
    5. Drive as if no one is watching ... LOL

    Cheers πŸ₯‚

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    1. Looking Forward To The Photos - Netherland Folks Know How To Live - Congrats On The eBike - They Are Fantastic - I Learned A Lot From Those Spoons - Keep Looking Up

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  10. Your friend Amber not only has a green thumb but looks like a really lovely person too, friends like this are precious πŸ’™ I have never understood why some people feel the need to be so nasty, I feel a bit sorry for them, they obviously don't have a happy life. What a super thing to do with your cheque Padre, I can't believe that miserable excuse for a human being had to have his name on each one! Cyclists have right of way on our roads also, I think the only time I get fed up is when they ride two abreast on a busy road leaving no space to pass. Looking forward to No 3 also πŸ˜€ Take care.

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    1. Amber The Human Is Beyond Dynamic - I Swear That Stupid People Take Mean Pills In The Morning - Good News On The Cyclist Rights There - We Have Disrespectful Riders As Well - Thanx For Checking In

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  11. The greenhouse would make Himself's heart go pitter-pat. He's not able to do traditional gardening anymore, but put some lettuce in a horse trough he can reach from the sun room windows. We had some red leaf lettuce before a frost warning set in for the weekend through today. We did have some lettuce before the frost. He covered the plants with a clear plastic trash bag. Hopefully, it will act as a greenhouse and save the lettuce. The picture of the "dinosaur" made me laugh. Thank you for that. Awesome sign at the park. I love the lettering and how other park goers signed in, too. Our stimulus check was deposited electronically. Technically, I don't think the CS had the right to sign the paper checks. We did get a letter from the IRS on the stationery of the WH with a letter signed by the CS. The letter happily went in the shredder. Stay safe and have a great day!

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    1. Felt Good To Shred A?? I hope That Your Make Shift Hoop House Protected Enough For The Night. Have A Wonderful Weekend You Two!!

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  12. The sign was a great idea - and so cool that all of those people took the time to sign it! Sounds like a great place to ride out there. I've never biked in Colorado, but I do love skiing there!

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    1. The Dude Is Full Of Brilliant Ideas - Colorado Is Wonderful In Every Way, Shape, And Form - Ski On My Dear

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  13. You have some wonderful random thoughts, Padre. Love your garden, fresh veggies all the way! Nice what are are doing with your check, the non-profits will appreciate it. I love your sign, very cool indeed. Great post, thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week!

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    1. Bizarre, Crazy, And Random Thoughts For Sure - Been Enjoying All Of Your Outings Lately Mr Bill

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  14. Spending time outdoors does help in connecting with mother nature. Now that the weather has improved I try to spend as much time outdoors and in the nature as possible. I really do need break from the screen time. What you wrote about cycling and connecting to nature really resonated with me. I don't cycle often but I find that spending time in the nature relaxes me. Hiking is much alike to cycling in that respect I think.

    Those gardens you showed are wonderful. I'm assuming that the chicken is the dinosaur you were referring to? Lovely plants and greenery. I wish I could figure out how to grown my own vegetables.

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    1. It Sure Does - An Activity Is A Grounding For Sure - Yes, The Chicken Dinosaur - Just Imagine Massive Dinosaurs Walking The Earth With That Chicken Head Jerk - Way Cool If You Ask Me - Grow Grow Grow

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  15. I so agree that a bike ride is not just a bike ride. I see so much nature and so many details that I'd never see from behind the wheel of a car. I love it. I can tell that you do too.

    We are donating our checks too. I don't want Donald's money.

    I, too, often say nothing when social media stuff gets ugly. There's no point. And most people have already made up their minds so why try to reason with them?

    I hope that you're having some fun this week.

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    1. BLK Dog Picked You Two For A Reason - You So Rock - Car Rides Are For Dogs, Bike Rides Are For Humans

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  16. Watching night sky is so extremely relaxing, we can see Venus from our window, so pretty! Stay safe and healthy everyone ☺

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  17. Another brilliant post!!😊😊
    I really like the way your mind travels when you are cycling. I do the same when I'm out walking...my feet are on the dusty track...but my mind is pretty much everywhere!πŸ˜‰
    And WOW, those gardens are really stunning...wish I were there...

    Have a great day...and stay safe!

    Cheers from England πŸ‘

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    1. We Have Having Wondering Minds - Its A Classic Just Before Drifting Off To Sleep And Remember A Fragmented Thought

      Be Well In The UK,
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  18. i would like to get away too, i dream of so many places. one with a garden like that would be on the top of my list!!

    you asked how my biking was going, and it's going pretty well. one fall, not too bad, the ankle was pretty swollen, black & blue (beautiful colors) but otherwise, i survived!! no one saw me fall, except the hubs, that is even better!!

    i am memorized by the food with the egg on top, what is that!!

    good goals today!!

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    1. I Did Ask, Little Falls Will Happen - Stay Strong And Ride On - The Dish Was A Non Mayo Based Potato Salad

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  19. Love your spoon, Padre!
    My fav goals is #1. Yes, I do.

    Take care!

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    1. The Spoons - Made About Two Dozen And Gave Away About A Dozen Or More - Supper Easy To Make And Rather Gratifying To See Again

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  20. I love your description of arugula (or "rocket," as it's called in England) as "fire tasty." So true!

    I can't speak to cycling laws here, but I can tell you that the UK has invested massive amounts of money into making cycling both safer and more convenient. Some of the cycling projects have actually been quite controversial, because drivers feel valuable road space is being taken away from them. (Poor things!)

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    1. Right On - I Am So Glad You Saw This - Yes, Safe For Everyone - Sure Do Enjoy Your Photos - Keep On Keeping On

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  21. Well, where to start? I had a really unpleasant encounter with a physician in my office (clearly he watched Fox News before I came to the office) who attacked me, unprovoked on the topic of abortion. Made it personal and I walked away. Better person, right? I like to think that before Trump made it "ok" to call people out on whatever, that this wouldn't have happened. Ugh. I despair that this behavior has become commonplace.

    The peace sign is how I greet other runners! Love it. Keep it going.

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    1. Its Becoming Disheartening For Sure - I Am STILL Wishing The Human Race Prevails In Learning From All This - But We Are Witnessing Such Odd Behavior Lately - Sending Positive Vibes Your Way - You Are Not Alone

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  22. Hello, That indoor garden looks great, soon we may wish we all had our own food sources. Hubby and I took a walk in the nearby forest, over 5 miles of Mother Nature's beauty. It is good for the soul. I try to keep my comments nice and neutral. Your number one goal is great, it should be everyone's goal. Happy cycling.. Enjoy your weekend..

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    1. Had A Blast Of A Weekend - Thanx For Checking In

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  23. I hope that the beautiful Dinosaur is safe and doesn't risk the .... pan!

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  24. Nice photos. I love nature. In May I managed to spend a few days in the countryside. It was wonderful.
    Best wishes :)
    P.S. Sorry for my English. It's bad ...

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  25. Your friend's place does look like a super place to get recentered. I hope you had a great time laying in the grass and getting reconnected to the good parts of the world.

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