A Long uphill battle……

Up this morning feeling pretty good after sleeping all the way through the night…. Electricity was still on when we got up, so that was a plus~! A slow casual start until pings on the phone started coming in about island kids needing to borrow a truck, needing some help at the shop….. yadda, yadda, yadda…… other than giving up my truck for a while (and I wasn’t going to need it anyway) – none of it impacted me – so I left my Bride to contend with her part of it. I strapped on my walking shoes, inhaled a nuked biscuit with a smidge of butter/honey and a hard boiled egg – and I was off to places unknown for a walk-about. Had no idea where I was heading when I started out, but soon formulated a path quickly into my walk. This particular walk was going to take me up a hill…… a big hill….. how big?  DAMN big~! About ½ to ¾ way up it – I done figured I bit off a tad more than I could chew…… but being the hard headed stubborn old goat that I am – I pushed myself. Admittedly – I finally had to stop once in a while and get some air and let my heart rate slow down for a bit…. but I kept going….. making it by my guesstimate 9/10ths of the way up the hill. I wanted to top it – but didn’t honestly didn’t think I had it in me, so I quit while the quitting was good and started back down the slope. I got some awesome pictures from ‘up there’ but a little depressed I didn’t ”top” it. Better safe than sorry is the only logic I can come up with that made me feel a little bit better about myself. Tomorrow is another day. I was really looking forward to that walk back down it, until I got started. I’m guesstimating [again] that, that was about a 25° – 28° slope and it didn’t take but about a couple dozen steps to realize going down, wasn’t going to be the breeze I thought it would be either. Dammit Emmit~! I finally made it to mostly level ground and things returned to semi-normal….. Wow….. several lessons learned on todays journey……. I chatted briefly with a ‘local’ about halfway down the hill…. mentioning [as I patted my belly] that I was trying to work off some of that beer to make room for more. He laughed and said if I ‘do’ this hill a couple of more times – ”You’ll be good”. Words to live by I guess.  😉

I got my new camera up and running and played with it for a little bit. That little beggar is apparently a WHOLE LOT smarter than I will ever be – but OH the capability it has. ( It has a 166 page manual to it~!) I’ll put up a couple of the pictures I took today while ‘playing’ with it to give you an idea of what I’m talking about. I can’t wait to get it under water. We wound up going to Blues when my Queen got off of work….. but that’s whole other blog.  😉

Good Night Ya’ll + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + Thankx for stopping in~!

Something about this ditch being cleaned out was very satisfying for me to look at~~

Again – something about this big ole tree just intrigues the hell out of me….

I guess imagining what all it has been through and seen…..

One of my resting places… [sucking air] – HARD~!

My hike today…….

Extreme close up of my mechanical pencil

Close up of Papaya ‘s

Pretty little flowers

Close up of flowers
Comparison so you have an idea of just how small flowers really are

Note the small bug – middle left of picture (enlarge picture for clarity)


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Born in Germany as an Army brat - I moved permanently to the United States about the time I was ready to start school - Dad put to me to work when I turned 13 tearing off roofs and packing shingles.. I did that, DE tasseled corn and bucked hay all the way through high school. After graduation, moved down South for a year or so trying to figure what I wanted to do. Finally came home and joined the Air Force serving almost 5 years - which included a 3 year tour in Germany, where I met my Queen. Came home and started working as a roofer. Economy went to crap and I knew I would not be able to support my growing family the way I wanted to, so I pestered the HR department at General Electric until they hired me. A very quick almost 34 years, 4 Daughters and 9 Grandkids later - here I am .... waiting as patiently as I can, to start the next chapter of our life - romping around in the Caribbean Sea checking out the various islands that we have not been to yet. Holy $hit what a ride~!!!! ;-)

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