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The Until We Meet Again Tour – 12 August 2016

Today’s¬†Until We Meet Again Tour¬†involved me staying at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. My friend Hazel came to see me with dinner and a painting she had made. Thunderstorms had begun wandering through the city in the evening. While they did not cut much of the heat and humidity, the storms did make me wary and the painting remains at my office until it can be brought home without concern for its safety.

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S is for Service Corps

Here’s the deal on the Service Corps at Ghost Ranch:
you pay half-price for room and meals;
you kick in $75;
you work 20 hours or more a week;
and you get a T-shirt.

Plus you get a week at the ranch!

Tricia and I took part last year.
We weeded.
Cut wood.
Rebuilt signs.
Made a supply run to Santa Fe.
Painted.
Met some great folks.

I took some pictures, too.

This was the first time we had done this.
It probably will not be the last.

On the one hand,
participation in the Service Corps involved paying
to do work that I go out of my way
to avoid doing at any of the places I call home.

On the other hand,
participation in the Service Corps provided an opportunity
to meet and work with amazing people and
to make a difference at a place that means a great deal to m

The other hand wins.

16 July 2011

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R is for Railing

True, no people appear.
But people were there.
The paint on the railing was worn.
Then Dennis and I came along
and transformed it into beauty.

Dennis painted.

I held the cardboard
to protect the stones.
Kind of a mindless job,
but it fit my skill set.
And someone had to do it.

15 July 2011

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H is for Hiking

Chimney Rock Trail

offers one of many

hiking possibilities at Ghost Ranch.

In the summer of 2011,

the Service Corps

repaired and repainted the

trail head sign.

14 July 2011

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The Shire is abuzz

Tricia arrived at the Shire this evening. She had been unbinding the church. She came through Louisville to pick up Eric and take him back to Bowling Green. It is nice to have a fuller than normal Shire. But they leave in the morning. But Jessica and Ricky arrive on Tuesday.

The goals were met. Step count totaled 10,323; 35 minutes on the treadmill at the gym; and eating well.

Painting moved into the kitchen, thus making cooking a bit of a challenge. So eating took place in restaurants (except for an evening protein bar). That was accomplished within the goals. It is very helpful to have menus with nutritional information posted online.

Very helpful to have Eric as a co-painter.

Watched the Steelers play their first preseason game online. No movie today.

See you along the Trail.

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Shire renovations continue

With Eric’s help work began on the kitchen. We painted the stain on the ceiling. We also prepped the walls and painted the walls under the cabinet. Moving the refrigerator led to the discovery of some pretty disgusting dirt. But that is no longer there. Tomorrow we will try to finish.

The three goals were achieved with 30 minutes at the gym (got there a bit late) and 10 minutes walking outside. Steps totaled 10,259.

Star Trek was the movie after the painting. Good stuff.

See you along the Trail.

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The rum is all gone

Well at least in the movie. There is some at the Shire.

I made it again today – 3 for 3: eating well, 40 minutes at gym, 11640 steps.

A doctor’s visit went better than I had hoped. But there is a great deal of work to do.

The movie of the evening is Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Always a fun ride. It’s my favorite of the series. Johnny Depp is quite good – something of an understatement.

The second room in the Shire is now completed. Eric has been helping with cleaning and getting the next room – probably the kitchen or dining room or both some how.

A new dishwasher is to be installed tomorrow. It has been a while.

See you along the trail.

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Two for three


Again, the day got away yesterday and I did not get (or make) time to post. I only met two goals yesterday – overeating in the evening – but at least it was on low-carb items. I did get to the gym and I made 10,437 steps.

The day saw the second coat of paint applied to guest room 2. The remaining task is to paint the woodwork and then start putting the room back together.

Today will be something of a challenge as I am working at the Shire. That could make it difficult to walk 10,000 steps. I will have to figure something out.

Eric arrives this evening. I will have to put him to work.

Broken Trail was the film of the evening – Robert Duvall good as always. Throughout the story, his character shows great courage in responding to physical threats and violence — but fear and avoidance guide his emotional relationships with women. At the end there is a powerful scene where, in his old age, he receives a letter from a woman with whom he could have pursued love but he chose not to do so. His face reveals his wondering – his yearning – his conflict – as he ponders what might have been.

Kind of adds new meaning to my closing.

See you along the trail.

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Making the fifth

I hit the wall last night around 9:00. All the Shire renovations, Shire Celtic Festival celebrations, and busyness of the day catching up to me.

I spent the day:

  • putting the first coat of paint on the second room
  • shopping – I purchased a toilet for the downstairs bath, hopefully it will be installed tomorrow, and I made a Costco run
  • listening to Irish music (“James Connolly” by Black47 playing right now)

This was also the 5th day for meeting all three goals – eating well, 30 minutes of exercise and 10,862 steps.

The weather remains nice – it is hot, in the low 90s, but the humidity has broken – so I walked to the gym.

Having gone to bed early, I am up far earlier than usual. I will do some work and then back to painting.

See you along the Trail.

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Shire renovations continue on day 4


Yet another day of meeting the goals – ate well; 33 minutes on the treadmill; 10,355 steps. The humidity broke today – still hot but much more bearable – so I walked to the gym.

The day also brought a renewal of the renovation project on the Shire. A ceiling was painted and the walls spackled. Hopefully I will be able to move in the morning.

At one point, I had planned to go to Dublin, OH for the Dublin Irish Festival. For a variety of reasons – including a desire to get moving on the renovations, I chose to stay at the Shire.

So instead of watching a movie or putting a movie on while working, I went with my Irish play list on my iPod. It ranges from Enya to the Pogues; the Clancy Brothers to the Dropkick Murphys; Kila to Eileen Ivers. And a whole lot more. The festival lasts all weekend so I will continue to listen. There are about 850 songs left. It should abide.

See you on the Trail.

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