• BLOG 280—Water, Water Everywhere

    “KITTING AROUND”
    BLOG 280—Water, Water Everywhere
    Don’t sleepwalk through life.   
    I hope to illuminate your Life with my Words.
    The Wanderings of Kit (Do you wander or wonder?)
    I WANT TO INSPIRE YOU TO LIVE DIFFERENTLY OR BETTER!         

    *** This blog looks best when viewed on a laptop or desktop computer.
    *** The joy I experience in life is a wondrous thing!
    *** I was hit by two trucks, but I remain happy.
    *** Going through a 37-day coma–Yikes!
    *** I want to help you to get the most out of life before you die.
    *** If you read this through Facebook, see kitsummers.com/blog
    *** I lived in my van for six years, visited all US national parks, and met Beth.
    *** Beth and I married on 2/22/22 at 2:22.
    *** Thanks, Beth, for editing and adding to each weekly blog.
    *** I will have places to show you and tales to tell.
    *** You will find secrets to unfold and good news!
    *** What are you passionate about? 

    BE TAKEN AWAY WITH ME
    ON WONDERFUL ADVENTURES!

    ********************

    WHY I WRITE THIS BLOG
    You will have many in your life who assist and teach; I am helping to guide you. Coaches like me wish to lighten your path toward excellence. It is up to you to generate your journey toward merit. I’m not trying to show you “the way”; I am trying to help you find “your way.” Writing this blog each week is new and different for me—I love it!     

    I WANT TO INSPIRE YOU WITH MY WORDS –
    WORDS HAVE POWER!
    Are you accomplishing what you want before your eventual death?
    You can (and should) make changes to improve your life–at any age.
    Start today, and you can build the life you desire.

    YOU ALREADY KNOW
    You already know much about what I write, and I want to remind you of these ideas and show that my views can provide additional thoughts, along with yours, to help you.

    MY EXPERIENCES
    Much of what I write about is taken from my experiences.
    I have gone through much.
    I hope to spread ideas so that you can live a better life.
    Remember, only you know what is best for you.
         

    EVEN IF YOU START LATE,
    ARE UNCERTAIN OR DIFFERENT ––
    YOU CAN STILL FIND SUCCESS!
    Don’t forget–you are only as young
    as the last time you changed your mind!

    HAVE FUN!
    Keep your thoughts and self-talk fun and productive, and always reach for more advancement

    VERY LITTLE IS NEEDED TO MAKE A GREAT LIFE! 

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    TOPIC FOR THIS WEEK — Water, Water Everywhere
          
    LIFE
    Water is life. “EVERY” living thing requires water to grow, reproduce, and stay healthy. The human body is made up of nearly two-thirds water. Water helps the body perform all its functions, such as breathing, growing, digesting food, juggling, and moving.
       
    DRINK UP!    
    Drinking water is like washing out your insides. It cleanses the system, fills you up, decreases your caloric load, and improves the function of all your tissues. Drinking water is essential to a healthy lifestyle.

    A DRINKING PROBLEM?
    YES, I have a drinking problem. Sometimes, I miss my mouth, and the water dribbles down my shirt. There are other kinds of drinking problems; I hope you don’t have the bad kind.
       
    WATER INTAKE
    Drinking water daily is crucial and becomes even more critical as you age. Adults over 60, for example, are at increased risk of dehydration due to natural drops in thirst and body composition changes. While everyone’s hydration requirements differ depending on their health factors, they recommend consuming about 50-68 ounces (6 to 9 cups) of water daily.
       

    These are Multnomah Falls near Portland, Oregon.
    Yes, I have been there a couple of times.

    DIET COKE?
    When I was in my twenties, I drank two or three cans of Diet Coke each day. I read up on it and discovered that this drink was awful for me. Since then, no drop of soda has ever gone down my throat. Find out what is bad for you and stay away from it. I hope you also resist the draw of sugary drinks like soda.
     
    TWO BIG CUPS!
    No more Diet Coke; I drink two big cups of green tea daily, sweetened with a little pure maple syrup. This is healthy for me and provides the hydration I need. Nutritionists found that green tea rehydrates, as water does, and it can also protect against heart disease and some cancers. Tea leaves are a rich source of flavonoids, a class of naturally occurring plant mixes that function as antioxidants.
     
    GREEN TEA?
    Green tea is packed full of health-promoting compounds. Regularly drinking green tea can help you lose weight and reduce your risk of several diseases–including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Drinking three to five cups of green tea daily will help with health benefits.
       
    FAST? (how quick?)
    I did not eat for a week, a few times, and only drank green tea. This cleared me out, and I felt great. Have you ever fasted (not eaten) for a length of time? Try it for a few days or a week, and it will change your thoughts about eating.
       
    I NEED WATER!
    Dehydration can occur when we must remember to drink the recommended amount of liquid daily. It occurs when our body loses more water than it takes in. Variations in the balance of electrolytes in the body, especially alterations in sodium and potassium concentrations, can accompany dehydration, which is something you don’t want.
     
    DRINKING FROM A LAKE
    In the old days, when things were cleaner, I loved to drink water from a flowing creek or stream. Somehow, it tastes better, natural and all. Something strange started when I was at Crater Lake in Oregon. With the clean water, I liked to dive down about six feet and drink some water. I’ve only been able to do this in a couple of other lakes that were clean enough.
       
    YOU ARE WATER!
    Did you know your blood is mainly composed of water? When you don’t drink enough,  your body knows, and it becomes concentrated, which can cause an imbalance of vital minerals that are key to the correct functioning of your heart. Controlling heart rate and blood pressure is essential because your circulatory system constantly supplies oxygen and nutrients to your body’s organs.
       
    ANYTIME
    Whether you are a juggler, competitive athlete, or office worker, achieving the proper fluid balance has a decisive influence on your well-being and daily performance. Dehydration can slow circulation and affect the oxygen flow to the brain. The body uses water to eliminate toxins and waste products that are not needed.
       
    DRINK OFTEN
    Drink often for your health. Lack of fluid intake can make your heart work harder to pump oxygen throughout your body. All that expended energy can make you feel tired, sluggish, and less focused. Along with green tea, I drink lite beer or wine.
       
    DEHYDRATE?
    In addition, when approaching a state of dehydration, the body decreases muscle performance, which causes tiredness. Drinking water is essential for your body to function properly all day and throughout all your activities.
     
    SWEAT?
    When your temperature is too high and environmental conditions don’t help to reduce body heat, you sweat, and evaporation regulates your body temperature. The sweat that evaporates has a cooling effect on our bodies. Drinking plenty of water will help you produce sweat when needed, which will cool your body when required.
     
    PROBLEMS?
    Your body needs water to digest food properly. If you don’t drink enough water throughout the day, you may experience irregular bowel movements, gas, bloating, heartburn, and other discomforts that can affect your quality of life. Drinking after a meal helps the body break down and process food so that you can absorb nutrients.
       
    CLEANS YOU OUT
    Drinking adequate amounts of water daily can help dilute the concentration of minerals and reduce the likelihood of stones. Water also helps flush harmful bacteria from the bladder while preventing urinary tract infections.
         
    SODRINK UP!IT’S GOOD FOR YOU

    YES, YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO FIND YOUR SUCCESS!
    THINK  — AND THEN THINK AGAIN.
    WHAT NEW STORIES ARE YOU READY TO WRITE? 

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    WORDS TO INSPIRE YOU! 

    Inspirational quotes and sayings have a unique ability to change the way we feel about life and can change our thoughts. They are attractive, challenging, and essential on our path to joy and happiness and finding ways to inspire ourselves and others.
     
    THE BURST!
    Inspirational quotes and ideas give us a quick and timely burst of wisdom to regain our focus, offering the inspiration needed for the day or occasion. I hope the words below bring a smile to your face and drive you to make this day and every day a fantastic event.
       
    BE POSITIVE!
    Just as positive words can make someone smile, and a well-timed amusing quote can make someone laugh, your thoughts react to the world in real-time. You have this control! You have complete control over only one thing in the universe—YOUR THINKING!—and that’s where motivational quotes come in!
       
    “YOU”
    How you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible, determines everything in your life, and it all derives from your quality of thinking. Use quotes to move ahead in your life.
     
    SELF-TALK IS SO ESSENTIAL—THINK RIGHT!
    To stay motivated, you have to use each day as an opportunity to improve and get closer to your goals. It might sound like a lot of work—and with your busy schedule—next to impossible. But you can do it! Motivational words, yes, are just words. But they are positive words; they will keep you on track.
     
    QUOTES WILL BENEFIT YOU!
    Positive and inspiring quotes can be like beams of sunshine on a cloudy day. They inject optimism into our thoughts, brighten our mood, and help us focus on the good in life. They remind us that even in the face of adversity, we can see the silver lining and embrace a positive attitude.
       
    PEARLS OF WISDOM
    In a world filled with challenges and indecisiveness, the power of inspirational quotes cannot be exaggerated. These pearls of wisdom uniquely uplift our spirits, can spark positive change, and fuel our motivation often when we need it most.
       
    I HOPE THE FOLLOWING WORDS ADD TO YOUR LIFE >>
    1–“Water is the driving force of all nature.”
    — Leonardo da Vinci
       
    2–“Water can flow,
          or it can crash.
          Be water, my friend.”
    — Bruce Lee
       
    3–“Water is life, and clean water means health.”
    —Audrey Hepburn
       
    4–“Empty your mind,
          be formless,
          shapeless – like water.”
    — Bruce Lee
     
    5–“The body is purified by water.
          Ego by tears.
          Intellect is purified by knowledge.
          And the soul is purified with love.”
    — Ali ibn Abi Talib
       
    6–“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.”
    — Bruce Lee
       
    7–“If there is Magic on this planet,
          it is contained in water.”
    — Loren Eiseley
       
    8–“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.”
    — Lao Tzu
       
    9–“Love, like a river, will cut a new path whenever it meets an obstacle.”
    — Crystal Middlemas
       
    10–“If cloudy water settles, it will become clear.
    If you let your upset mind settle,
    your course will also become clear.”
    — Buddha
       
    11-“Writing is magic,
    as much the water of life as any other creative art.
    The water is free.
    So drink.
    Drink and be filled up.”
    — Stephen King
     
    12–“The idea is that flowing water never goes stale, so just keep on flowing.”
    — Bruce Lee
       
    13–“Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love. There is a spring in the depths with all the water your heart is thirsty for.”
    — Rumi
       
    14–“In the abundance of water – the fool is thirsty.”
    Bob Marley
       
    15–“It doesn’t matter if the glass is half-empty or half-full.
    All that matters is that you are the one pouring the water.”
    — Mark Cuban

    YOU IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF YOUR THINKING,
    YOU CHANGE YOUR LIFE’S DIFFERENTIA—SOMETIMES INSTANTLY!
    COMPOSE A NOBLE BOOK AND WRITE A BEST-SELLER.
    YOU ARE AMAZING—PLAY YOUR PART!
       
    YOU CAN TURN THINGS AROUND FAST AND ACHIEVE YOUR
    WILDEST DREAMS NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE IN LIFE! 

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    MY DAILY JOTTINGS >>
    Each week goes by so quickly, don’t you think?
    It seems like time is going by faster and faster.
    You must live joyfully, daily, for each day!
       
    Do you know what you did last Monday?
    Do you remember what you ate for dinner last Thursday?
    Keep track of your doings for a few weeks; you will see your time differently.
    Remember, the quality of your life depends on what you do each day.
       
    7/6–This week, I will start limiting my food intake. I am drinking a lot of green tea. You must think about every bite you take, everything that will pass your lips. This is important for a better life.
       
    7/7–I went to Tires Plus to have an alignment check. I had paid for a lifetime alignment for my van. They found over one thousand dollars in repairs they say are needed.
       
    When I returned home, I could not find my computer—yikes! I called and left it at Tires Plus. I seldom make mistakes like this; I must be more careful.
       
    As you will read below, on 7/11, I completed all the work on my van for under a hundred bucks.
       
    Today, my friend Phyllis sent the following words about my last blog. NICE WORDS!
    Author: Phyllis Lynch
    https://www.zillow.com/profile/PhyllisLynch

    “This was an AMAZING blog!!! Loved EVERYTHIIINNNNGGG about it!! TIME is a thief, and although I work most of my waking hours, I have learned to enjoy my family to the nth degree every chance I get and make HUGE attempts (or which I usually do succeed) to spend time together OFTEN. So glad that you and Beth connected!! I love the simplicity you have found in life and your love for nature, animals, home-grown veggies, etc.  Thanks for this blog! I love to save and read them when I have a nice clear brain so I can digest every word. Thanks, my friend, for the positive inspiration you always share!!! Have a wonderful week!”
         
    7/8–Hmm, now what did I do on this Tuesday?
    Better yet, what did you do on this day?

       
    7/9–Today, I received these words via email about my book, Your Brain >>
    We are pleased to inform you that your book is one of the 53 titles that passed the in-house screening process of Writers’ Branding. We shall strive to play a special role in encouraging the free exchange of ideas and developing an economically vibrant approach to making yourself known as the potential of the next best-selling author.”

    So great to receive these words. They have over ten million readers, so my books should take off! How exciting is that?
       
    7/10–I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies.
    This is a recipe I came up with some time ago.
    Make some; you will love the taste.
    A few of the ingredients have been tweaked a bit.

    Chocolate chip cookies
    Three sticks butter
    One and 1/2 cups sugar
    One and 1/2 cups brown sugar
    Two tablespoons Kahlua
    One tablespoons vanilla
    Four eggs
    6 cups flour
    Two teaspoons of baking soda
    One teaspoon salt
    325 for 15 minutes
    Please let me know how they turn out.
     
    7/11–Attention to van day! I had an 8 a.m. appointment at Walmart for an oil change (they have the best price), so I went off. Recently, I learned at Tires Plus that I needed front brakes. So, next was El Amigo Tires for new front brakes. The cost for the brakes and installation was about a hundred bucks, a fantastic price to keep me on the road. 

    How fabulous for a great price on front brakes. Yes, I will be rolling right. I have new brakes and an oil change. I feel fantastic about my van. Within a month or so, I will be off to see my daughters, Jasmine and April, near Lititz, PA. Do you live anywhere between SC and East PA? Let me know. I would love to stop by and visit you.
       
    7/12–Finishing the lawn mowing was first. Although you know that I would prefer to have no lawn and just grow edible vegetables, I do put the grass clippings on each compost pile to hold water and eventually turn them into compost.
       
    A Mexican luch, again. I could eat that for every meal, and it turned out great. Then, there is always the cleaning up of the kitchen, which is an ongoing project. We do keep a nice house, I must say.
       
    Today, I made a batch of my Summers’ Salsa. It turned out as good as usual.
    Have you made some yet?
    You must!
    Here is the recipe >>
    How to make Summers’ Salsa:
    Use one can of corn
    One can of black beans (or a can of mixed beans)
    One can of sliced peaches or three fresh peaches
    One bunch of coriander (also known as cilantro)
    One a 20-centimeter (8 inches) square of Roma tomatoes (same as plum tomatoes)
    One large onion
    One lemon
    One lime
    Four cloves of garlic, minced
    Chili powder–one spoon
    Garlic salt–one spoon
    Organic Maple Syrup–two spoons
    One or more jalapeno peppers (depending on the heat level you desire)

    Use a food processor to chop up the tomatoes into small bits, about 1 or 2 centimeters (quarter-inch squares).  Peel the outside of the onion, cut it into quarters, and put these in the food processor; chop so that they are about the same size as the tomatoes.  Drain the can of peaches and put them into the food processor. Chop the same size as the tomatoes and add to the bowl. Drain the cans of corn and beans, and then add them to the bowl.   Hand chop the coriander into small bits (about the same size as tomatoes) and add this.  Squeeze the juice of the lemon and the lime into the bowl, and add some pulp if desired.  Add the chili powder, garlic salt, and Maple Syrup.  In the food processor, chop one or more Jalapeno peppers into very tiny bits and then add them.  Mix all of these ingredients together well and enjoy your fresh salsa.

    For a spicy salsa, leave out the honey and peaches, add more jalapeno, and add habanero peppers for the desired heat.   

    DO SOMETHING NEW–DAILY!
    THEN, KEEP DOING IT FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE!

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    THE GARDEN THIS WEEK
    A self-supportive life can be a better life.
    A garden would be a part of that life.
    You must look into it.

    My garden needs more tending to.
    This week, I will have to focus on the garden.
    And how is your garden growing?
       
    There was some good rain this week, and my plants welcomed that. Because I built the above-ground gardens, we do not have many weeds growing because they cannot reach the level of the dirt. Have you ever built any gardens like I have?
         
    People often say I have a Green Thumb.
    Yes, I do gardening, and I am good at that.
         
    The heat has come down on us, and the plants are withering, which is sad to see. I water thoroughly each morning so I know they get enough H2O. Hmm, do I have a green thumb?
       
    Yet, no need to rush me, your green-thumbed friend, to the doctor — the expression simply means that I am excellent at growing plants. The term was first recorded in the Ironwood Daily Globe as “horticultural slang” in 1937.
         
    I am bothered when people put their grass clippings out for the trash. This is the perfect ingredient for compost. Also, fresh-cut grass should always be placed in your garden around growing plants. It will hold water for the plants, keep weeds out, and eventually become compost for garden growth.
       
    Things are starting to mature and become edible. We are enjoying lettuce, broccoli, zucchini, and tomatoes. The red vegetable will be a bumper crop (whoever thought of the word bumper to mean many, hmm.) Did you know? Tomatoes are botanically defined as fruits because they form from a flower and contain seeds. Still, they’re most often utilized in cooking as vegetables.
     
    I look out my office window, where I do most of my typing and blog work. All I see is nature, the garden, growing things, and wildlife. What a lovely view every time I am on my computer. 

    START YOUR GARDEN TODAY!
    IT MAY BE NECESSARY FOR YOUR LIFE! 

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    YOUR CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK >>
    Keep track of how much liquid (water) you drink this week.
    Mark is down.
    Are you getting enough?
    Can you get too much? 

    ALL OUR LIFE, WE MUST CHALLENGE OURSELVES! 

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    NEXT BLOG >>
    Are you a leader?
    Or a follower?
    In the next blog, you will learn the benefits of being the leader that you are. 

    AND WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING FOR YOUR UPCOMING WEEK?

     


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  • BLOG 279—The Flow of Time

    “KITTING AROUND”
    BLOG 279The Flow of Time
    Don’t sleepwalk through life.   
    I hope to illuminate your Life with my Words.
    The Wanderings of Kit (Do you wander or just wonder?)
    I WANT TO INSPIRE YOU TO LIVE DIFFERENTLY OR BETTER!         

    *** This blog looks best when viewed on a laptop or desktop computer.
    *** The joy I experience in life is a wondrous thing!
    *** I was hit by two trucks, but I remain happy.
    *** Going through a 37-day coma–Yikes!
    *** I want to help you to get the most out of life before you die.
    *** If you read this through Facebook, see kitsummers.com/blog
    *** I lived in my van for six years, visited all US national parks, and met Beth.
    *** Beth and I married on 2/22/22 at 2:22.
    *** Thanks, Beth, for editing and adding to each weekly blog.
    *** I will have places to show you and tales to tell.
    *** You will find secrets to unfold and good news!
    *** What are you passionate about? 

    BE TAKEN AWAY WITH ME
    ON WONDERFUL ADVENTURES!

    ********************

    WHY I WRITE THIS BLOG

    You will have many in your life who assist and teach; I am helping to guide you. Coaches like me wish to lighten your path toward excellence. It is up to you to generate your journey toward merit. I’m not trying to show you “the way”; I am trying to help you find “your way.” Writing this blog each week is new and different for me—I love it!
        

    I WANT TO INSPIRE YOU WITH MY WORDS –
    WORDS HAVE POWER! 

    Are you accomplishing what you want before your eventual death?
    You can (and should) make changes to improve your life–at any age.
    Start today, and you can build the life you desire.
         

    YOU ALREADY KNOW

    You already know much about what I write, and I want to remind you of these ideas and show that my views can provide additional thoughts, along with yours, to help you. 
         

    MY EXPERIENCES

    Much of what I write about is taken from my experiences.
    I have gone through much.
    I hope to spread ideas so that you can live a better life.
    Remember, only you know what is best for you.
         

    EVEN IF YOU START LATE,
    ARE UNCERTAIN OR DIFFERENT ––
    YOU CAN STILL FIND SUCCESS!

    Don’t forget–you are only as young
    as the last time you changed your mind!
          

    HAVE FUN! 

    Keep your thoughts and self-talk fun and productive, and always reach for more advancement.
            

    VERY LITTLE IS NEEDED TO MAKE A GREAT LIFE! 

    *******************

    TOPIC FOR THIS WEEK — WHAT TIME IS IT, ANYWAY?  
    Time Management–HA!
    You cannot manage time.
       
    Because I went through my accident and 37-day coma, I lost much time. And, having to relearn everything, that took even more time. You cannot replace time; you can never get it back once it is past. I knew I had to become more efficient with how I spent my time and limit wasting the time I have left. 

    WE CAN ALL FIND WAYS OF BECOMING MORE EFFICIENT! 

    Being a professional juggler, I have found flow essential for life. Understanding and managing time is usually vital for both personal and professional success. Regardless of your profession, learning about how people perceive time and the value of using it correctly can help improve our efficiency.
       
    Improving your time management skills can significantly impact your work quality and job satisfaction. Plan out your daily routine the night before and do this every day. As things change and grow, you will live a great life.
         
    Reading and processing this blog can help you realize that time is finite, and you will improve your time management. Doing so will improve your focus, reduce anxiety, and give you more time to spend on the things you enjoy. Life is short; you must do what brings you the most fulfillment.
       
    Efficient often describes what can produce desired results without wasting materials, time, or energy. While the word can be applied to people and things, it is far more commonly used to systems, machines, processes, and organizations.

    DO YOU WISH YOU HAD MORE TIME IN YOUR DAY?
    COULD YOU USE AN EXTRA HAND?
    HOW ABOUT AN EXTRA BRAIN? 

    If your work-life balance is out of control, and you are doing everything possible to fulfill every need. Sometimes, a minor task consumes you, eating away at the time you need to spend on activities that generate family time away from the chaos of the workplace. Pick and choose how you spend time.
       
    Identify the most crucial task on your list to execute. Start the task immediately — don’t procrastinate. Break tasks into smaller, manageable steps, and keep focused. Concentrate on completion rather than perfection.
     
    THE FOLLOWING IDEAS CAN HELP
    HOW MANY OF THESE WILL YOU ACCOMPLISH? >>
    Identify your goals and desires.
    Organize your work into smaller chunks.
    Assign deadlines to each task.
    Attempt to wake up a little earlier each day.
    You can start a cleaning routine.
    Set personal/work boundaries.
    Start and end the day on a good note.
    Only some days go as planned.
    Keep track of your time.
    Amp up your downtime.
    Dedicate a distraction-free zone.
    Do one thing at a time.
    Learn from the best (and the worst).
    Avoid unnecessary meetings.
    Hire someone to do it for you.
    Finish what’s almost done.
    Track How Much Time You’re Spending.
    Schedule Your Time Appropriately.
    Start Delegating More Work.
    Avoid Multitasking.
    Plan for Your Day.
    Make simple decisions once and make them fast.
    Use your commute wisely.
    Do your critical tasks before everyone else’s.
    Turn off your notifications.
    Set an agenda for your meetings.
    Embrace and leverage technology.
    Learn how to say no.
    Outsource where it makes sense to.
    Keep a planner.
    Set a timer.
    Schedule your hours.
    Set short-term and long-term goals.
    Use your energy wisely.
    Focus on the most important tasks first.
    Cultivate deep work.
    Keep a distraction list to stay focused.
    Break tasks into smaller pieces.
    Take breaks.
    Make fewer decisions.
    Eliminate inefficient communication.
    Find repeatable shortcuts.
    Learn from successes as well as mistakes.
    Plan for when things go wrong.
    Work before you get motivated or inspired.
    Sharpen the axe.
    Manage your energy (not just time).
    Get better at saying “no!”

    YES, YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO FIND YOUR SUCCESS!
    THINK  — AND THEN THINK AGAIN.
    WHAT NEW STORIES ARE YOU READY TO WRITE? 

    ********************

    WORDS TO INSPIRE YOU! 

    Inspirational quotes and sayings have a unique ability to change the way we feel about life and can change our thoughts. They are attractive, challenging, and essential on our path to joy and happiness and finding ways to inspire ourselves and others.
       
    THE BURST!
    Inspirational quotes and ideas give us a quick and timely burst of wisdom to regain our focus, offering the inspiration needed for the day or occasion. I hope the words below bring a smile to your face and drive you to make this day and every day a fantastic event.
       
    BE POSITIVE!
    Just as positive words can make someone smile, and a well-timed amusing quote can make someone laugh, your thoughts react to the world in real-time. You have this control! You have complete control over only one thing in the universe—YOUR THINKING!—and that’s where motivational quotes come in!
       
    “YOU”
    How you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible, determines everything in your life, and it all derives from your quality of thinking. Use quotes to move ahead in your life.
     
    SELF-TALK IS SO ESSENTIAL—THINK RIGHT!
    To stay motivated, you have to use each day as an opportunity to improve and get closer to your goals. It might sound like a lot of work—and with your busy schedule—next to impossible. But you can do it! Motivational words, yes, are just words. But they are positive words; they will keep you on track.
     
    QUOTES WILL BENEFIT YOU!
    Positive and inspiring quotes can be like beams of sunshine on a cloudy day. They inject optimism into our thoughts, brighten our mood, and help us focus on the good in life. They remind us that even in the face of adversity, we can see the silver lining and embrace a positive attitude.
       
    PEARLS OF WISDOM
    In a world filled with challenges and indecisiveness, the power of inspirational quotes cannot be exaggerated. These pearls of wisdom uniquely uplift our spirits, can spark positive change, and fuel our motivation often when we need it most.
       
    I HOPE THE FOLLOWING WORDS ADD TO YOUR LIFE >>
       
    “You MUST make time for what is important to you!” – Kit Summers

    “For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity” – C.S. Lewis
     
    “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time” – Leo Tolstoy
       
    “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs
       
    “Life, if well lived, is long enough” – Seneca
       
    “Time is money” – Benjamin Franklin
       
    “Time waits for no one” – Unknown author
       
    “Time is the wisest counselor of all” – Pericles
       
    “Punctuality is the thief of time” – Oscar Wilde
       
    “The key is in not spending time, but in investing it” – Stephen R. Covey
       
    “It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
     
    “Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend” – Theophrastus
       
    “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late” – William Shakespeare
       
    “Never leave till tomorrow that which you can do today” – Benjamin Franklin
         
    “For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity” – C.S. Lewis
       
    A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life” – Charles Darwin
       
    “Tough times never last.
    But tough people do” – Robert H. Schuller
       
    “Time is more valuable than money.
    You can get more money. 
    But you cannot get more time” – Jim Rohn
       
    “I never think of the future.
    It comes soon enough” – Albert Einstein
       
    “Time and the hour run through the roughest day” – William Shakespeare
       
    “The trouble is, you think you have time” – Jack Kornfield
       
    “The common man is not concerned about the passage of time.
    The man of talent is driven by it” – Arthur Schopenhauer
         
    “They always say time changes things. 
    But you actually have to change them yourself” – Andy Warhol
       
    “One can find time for everything if one is never in a hurry” – Mikhail Bulgakov
       
    “Prioritizing is an important aspect of productivity. Listed tasks should be things that matter: things that are in alignment with your objectives and do not distract you from what you really should be doing” – Romuald Andrade

    YOU IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF YOUR THINKING,
    YOU CHANGE YOUR LIFE’S DIFFERENTIA—SOMETIMES INSTANTLY!
    COMPOSE A NOBLE BOOK AND WRITE A BEST-SELLER.

    YOU ARE AMAZING—PLAY YOUR PART!
    YOU CAN TURN THINGS AROUND FAST AND ACHIEVE YOUR
    WILDEST DREAMS NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE IN LIFE! 

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    MY DAILY JOTTINGS >>
    Each week goes by so quickly, don’t you think?
    It seems like time is going by faster and faster.
    You must live joyfully, daily, for each day!
       
    Do you know what you did last Monday?
    Do you remember what you ate for dinner last Thursday?
    Keep track of your doings for a few weeks; you will see your time differently.
    Remember, the quality of your life depends on what you do each day.

    6/29—Beth trusts me with her hair—can you believe it? Her hair gets long quickly. I cut it evenly, and it looks good. As you know, I cut my own hair with my hair clipper (or Beth does it for me.) We save a lot of money that would go to a hairstylist. We have style, so we do it ourselves.

    6/30–I am up early and already working on the blog for this week. Beth and I worked on little things around the house. Beth is making a nice dinner for us using cucumbers and tomatoes that we grew. Eating homegrown food is always lovely; we have much to eat from our garden. Did you ever start your garden?

    I built a new shelf for Beth’s bathroom nicknacks (and my one juggling ball).



    7/1–We have a good amount of land here. This morning, I was clearing out some areas. We might eventually bring in a mini-trailer to put there. Someone could easily live on our land on their own. I would run water and electric lines out so they would have everything they need to live independently. Beth is hoping her daughter, Elissa,  will move here.
     
    Some years ago, when I was thinking about building and living in a tiny house, my plan was to buy a home, put my tiny house somewhere on the land where I would live, and rent out the house out. The income from the house would pay the mortgage and some of my expenses. Also, I would live free while paying off the house. Can you use this idea?
       
    7/2–It’s Nice to look out the window and see blue skies and bright sunshine. I just did my morning plant watering. It is best to water plants in the early morning. If you water it later, it can dry up from evaporation.
       
    It’s a hot one out there today—yikes. The thermometer outside says it is 90. We keep the house’s high air conditioning temperature at 78, which is comfortable. The cost of maintaining the air conditioner is high, so we keep it at a higher temperature.
       
    7/3–Right after awakening at about 3am, I went to the computer and saw an article entitled “Elderly Man Defends Against Young Carjacker In Florida, Stops Crime.” This guy was 66 years old. I am 65 now, and I never thought of myself as “elderly.” That’s scary. As I turn 66, will I suddenly become an elderly person?
     
    With a clear sky and bright sun, I will improve the garden today. As I’ve written, you can always improve anything; just take the time to make it happen. Today, I will brew up some homemade fertilizer—two different kinds: one with dry yeast and sugar, one with Epson salt and baking soda. It is much cheaper to make your own.

    I went to Gary’s Paradise Camp. We sat and talked briefly, Gary telling me what he wanted to do with the land, which would make it a money maker for him. I brought some lasagna that Beth made; a good meal was prepared for each of us.
       
    7/4–Neither Beth nor I really care about this celebration day. Fireworks mean nothing to either of us, especially when watching on TV. The Fourth of July is a holiday, as you know. In the past, when Beth had many dogs, they hid from the sounds of fireworks. My dog, Spotty, did, too.  It was not a fun holiday.

    Many people are glad they get this day off. If you are at a job where you are so excited about getting a day off, you are in the wrong job! I can’t wait to do the work when I work, no matter what. You must find a way to love your occupation.
       
    When I work, I give it my all. I sometimes practiced my juggling for 12 hours a day to improve and be the best. In my recovery from both accidents, I let nothing hold me back. I drove forward, always aiming for the best.
       
    At times, when I made my famous salsa ( summerssalsa.com), I was up at 3 in the morning making the brew, if needed. Now, my passion goes toward writing this blog. How am I doing? I do hope you have a great day today.
       
    What is more important?
    One day off?
    Or the job you “should” love?

     
    PASSION!      You must find and bring passion to your life. Whatever you have in your mind, you must burn to find a way to be THE BEST. Be in a job, career, sport, partner, or whatever you see in life–You must drive toward passion! Aim beyond excellence.
       
    In fact, if you don’t love your current job, things have to change. If you want to stay in that field, you must study and learn as much about the career as possible. Become an expert about what you do. You will not only do better work and get a raise but also love your job.
         
    Kit takes care of the garden, as Beth takes care of the animals. ? Yet, I do feed our pooch and the five cats every morning. At this point, Beth has 6 rabbits (I remember when there were over 30!) and 20 parakeet-type birds. She will keep a few of each and give or sell whoever is left. How about you? Do you want a rabbit or a bird?
       
    For this special day, our friends Lee and Frank Haskins had us over for dinner, which was cooked on the grill. It was a very tasty meal with friends; I liked it.
       
    7/5–HAPPY FIFTH OF JULY! Isn’t this a special day, too?
    A lazy day at the Summers’ home. I prepared the stand for another rain barrel.
    This, along with work on the garden.

    Why lookie there, we have a new bunny >> This bunny’s name is Stella (be sure and say HI!)

    Beth went to get more finches.

    Beth and I talked about age. I still feel young and like I have much to do to help the world, but a guy can only do so much. I still plan on living past 100. It will be interesting, age-wise, to live through the 70s, then the 80s, then the 90s, and then the inevitable death

    DO SOMETHING NEW–DAILY!
    THEN, KEEP DOING IT FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE! 

          
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    THE GARDEN THIS WEEK
    A self-supportive life can be a better life.
    A garden would be a part of that life.
    You must look into it. 

      
    People often say I have a Green Thumb.
    Yes, I do gardening, and I am good at that.
         
    The heat has come down on us, and the plants are withering, which is sad to see. I water thoroughly each morning so I know they get enough H2O. Hmm, do I have a green thumb?
     
    Yet, no need to rush me, your green-thumbed friend, to the doctor — the expression simply means that I am excellent at growing plants. The term was first recorded in the Ironwood Daily Globe as “horticultural slang” in 1937.
       
    I am bothered when people put their grass clippings out for the trash. This is the perfect ingredient for compost. Also, fresh-cut grass should always be placed in your garden around growing plants. It will hold water for the plants, keep weeds out, and eventually become compost for garden growth.
       
    Things are starting to mature and become edible. We are enjoying lettuce, broccoli, zucchini, and tomatoes. The red vegetable will be a bumper crop (whoever thought of the word bumper to mean many, hmm.) Did you know? Tomatoes are botanically defined as fruits because they form from a flower and contain s

    eeds. Still, they’re most often utilized in cooking as vegetables.
     

    New Zucchini coming up

    I look out my office window, where I do most of my typing and blog work. All I see is nature, the garden, growing things, and wildlife. What a lovely view every time I am on my computer. 

    START YOUR GARDEN TODAY!
    IT MAY BE NECESSARY FOR YOUR LIFE! 

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    YOUR CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK >>
    Think about your job or occupation and if it is right for you.
    Do you continue to learn and grow as you go?
    What things do you love to do?
    How can you move into the job doing what you love?
    Don’t forget, we only have this ONE life.
    This is your life, and you must love it. 

    ALL OUR LIFE, WE MUST CHALLENGE OURSELVES! 

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    NEXT BLOG >>
    Water, water everywhere.
    I will write about our need for water for life.
    You will read of my drinking problem.
    You will learn about your liquid consumption. 

    AND WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING FOR YOUR UPCOMING WEEK?

     


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  • BLOG 278—WRITE BETTER!

    “KITTING AROUND”
    BLOG 278—WRITE BETTER!
    Don’t sleepwalk through life.   
    I hope to illuminate your Life with my Words.
    The Wanderings of Kit (Do you wander or just wonder?)
    I WANT TO INSPIRE YOU TO LIVE DIFFERENTLY OR BETTER

    *** This blog looks best when viewed on a laptop or desktop computer.
    *** The joy I experience in life is a wondrous thing!
    *** I was hit by two trucks, but I remain happy.
    *** Going through a 37-day coma–Yikes!
    *** I want to help you to get the most out of life before you die.
    *** If you read this through Facebook, see kitsummers.com/blog
    *** I lived in my van for six years, visited all US national parks, and met Beth.
    *** Beth and I married on 2/22/22 at 2:22.
    *** Thanks, Beth, for editing and adding to each weekly blog.
    *** I will have places to show you and tales to tell.
    *** You will find secrets to unfold and good news!
    *** What are you passionate about? 

    BE TAKEN AWAY WITH ME
    ON WONDERFUL ADVENTURES!

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    WHY I WRITE THIS BLOG

    You will have many in your life who assist and teach; I am helping to guide you. Coaches like me wish to lighten your path toward excellence. It is up to you to generate your journey toward merit. I’m not trying to show you “the way”; I am trying to help you find “your way.” Writing this blog each week is new and different for me—I love it

    I WANT TO INSPIRE YOU WITH MY WORDS –
    WORDS HAVE POWER!
    Are you accomplishing what you want before your eventual death?
    You can (and should) make changes to improve your life–at any age.
    Start today, and you can build the life you desire

    YOU ALREADY KNOW
    You already know much about what I write, and I want to remind you of these ideas and show that my views can provide additional thoughts, along with yours, to help you.

    MY EXPERIENCES
    Much of what I write about is taken from my experiences.
    I have gone through much.
    I hope to spread ideas so that you can live a better life.
    Remember, only you know what is best for you

    EVEN IF YOU START LATE,
    ARE UNCERTAIN OR DIFFERENT ––
    YOU CAN STILL FIND SUCCESS!

    Don’t forget–you are only as young
    as the last time you changed your mind!  

    HAVE FUN!
    Keep your thoughts and self-talk fun and productive, and always reach for more advancement

    VERY LITTLE IS NEEDED TO MAKE A GREAT LIFE! 

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    TOPIC FOR THIS WEEK —WORDS AND WRITING
       
    ADDING TO YOUR CAREER
    Writing well is a form of effective communication, which many employers see as an essential job skill. Strong written, verbal, nonverbal, and visual communication is among the nine common employability talents employers seek in job candidates.
     
    THE BENEFITS
    Regardless of your role, good writing skills can help you translate your ideas into meaningful messages, allowing you to share your ideas, build relationships, and strengthen your professional image. Good communication skills will help you in all aspects of your life.
       
    ENGLISH?
    This is written mainly about speaking and writing in the English language. In the past, I wrote a blog entitled “Write Right.” This current blog will add to and advance the blog I wrote before. The English language has many nuances and techniques that make it a complex language to navigate. So write right–you have that rite!
       
    DO YOU KNOW THE WORD “NEOPHYTE”?
    Do you want to try an activity, sport, or hobby? Maybe you’re interested in taking a cooking class, learning to ski, driving, or juggling, but you’re worried about being seen as a ” neophyte .” If that’s the case, don’t worry! We’ve all been neophytes in different aspects of life, even when learning new words.
    There is no end to the words you can learn in a lifetime!   THE KEY TO GREAT WRITING
    Read as much as you can to learn about spelling and sentence structure. Find well-written books by famous authors and learn to write as you read. The more reading you do, the more advanced your writing can be.
       
    GRAMMER OR GRAMMA?
    Grammar and spelling form the basis of good writing. Writing with accurate grammar and spelling communicates your professionalism and attention to detail to your reader. It also makes your writing easier to understand. Knowing when and how to use less standard punctuation, like colons, semicolons, and em-dashes, can unlock new ways to structure sentences and elevate your writing. Your gramma knows about writing, remember?
     
    GET YOUR POINT ACROSS
    I have written various things all my life. Writing this blog has taught me much about writing and getting your point across. I hope my words have added to your life. Please let me know your thoughts on my writing and how I might improve my word choices and use.
       
    EDITING–YES!
    I was told early in my life that editing what you write is the most important for good writing. Good over what you write numerous times, you will be surprised at the number of changes you will make to your original script.
       
    THE BEST WRITING
    Writing is often a day-to-day task in many professions spanning diverse industries, from sending emails to preparing presentations. Writing skills go beyond grammar and spelling. Accuracy, clarity, persuasiveness, and several other elements ensure your writing conveys the right message.
       
    GOOD WRITING SKILLS WILL INCLUDE: 
    Grammar
    Vocabulary
    Spelling
    Sentence construction
    Structure
    Research and accuracy
    Clarity
    Persuasiveness
       
    THORNY?
    With strange, age-old rules and numerous oddities to those rules, English grammar is just plain thorny. People ignore the more obscure decrees and focus on daily rules that make regular communication easier. Yet, when you’re writing to impress, it means you need to write with passion!
       
    SAY THINGS LIKE THEY ARE
    I write like I speak. Verbs and nouns mean nothing to me, and there are writing programs that help me get this correct. However, below are some ideas to help you with your writing. Remember, if you can communicate well, you can get anything you want out of life.
       
    YOUR SKILL LEVEL
    Writing skills include all the knowledge and abilities to convey yourself through the written word. They also include a sound experience of language through grammar, spelling, and punctuation. People with excellent writing skills can tailor their tone and word choice to different circumstances and people.
       
    20%?
    American English is the primary language I am writing about. About half of the world’s population speaks at least two languages, but the emphasis on learning multiple languages isn’t as prevalent in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, sadly, only 20% of Americans speak a second language.
    Başka bir dil konuşmayı öğrenecek misin?
     
    MASTER THE FIVE “C’s” OF GOOD WRITING
    CLEAR: Make sure your purpose and intent are clear to the reader.
    COMPLETE: Include all the necessary information.
    CONCISE: Welcome only necessary and relevant information.
    COURTEOUS: Could you address the reader politely?
    CORRECT: Unscramble your wording each time.
         
    START EARLY
    Research supports the idea that there is a critical age period for maximum proficiency in learning a new language — the younger, the better. A language student who begins studying before the age of 10 has a chance of becoming as proficient as a native speaker, but learning after age 10 makes it nearly impossible to become that proficient.
       
    OTHER LANGUAGES
    I would love to learn to speak German or Russian, but taking the time is hard. Learning a new language at any age is still possible, but children have an advantage. Adults are explicit learners who are better at intentionally learning a new language through lessons. They also have longer attention spans and more literacy skills. To master the language, I would need to live in a foreign country.
               
    AGE 10?
    Those between the ages of 10 and 18 still have a higher retention rate than older learners, especially when learning new grammar. Researchers aren’t sure why retention rates drop so dramatically after age 18. Still, it could be due to cultural and social changes at this age (such as moving out of the family home) or biological reasons (changes in brain plasticity).
       
    YOUR SECOND LANGUAGE?
    Any second language with a different alphabet or sentence structure will be more challenging to master. Additionally, some languages are tonal (English is not), meaning that the pitch of a word conveys (and changes) its meaning, something English speakers need to be used to. This is the case in many Asian languages, including Vietnamese, Chinese, and Thai.
       
    ADVANCED WRITING
    Advanced Writing focuses on the higher-level writing skills that college students may use in their fields of study and future careers. Its authors share their expertise using a personable writing style and engaging instructional design. I didn’t graduate from college. I write words that go together well, I think. What do you think?
       
    IDEAS FOR YOUR FUTURE WRITINGS
    Start a journal or a blog (I’ve done mine for some years.)
    Join a class or writing workshop.
    Practice free writing.
    Write letters to friends or family or Kit.
    Put together an opinion piece for your local newspaper or publication you like.
         
    HERE ARE SOME STRATEGIES FOR DEVELOPING YOUR WRITINGS
    Review grammar and spelling basics . . .
    Grammar and spelling form the foundation of good writing . . .
    Study what you want to write . . .
    Proofread. . .
    Get feedback . . .
    Think about structure . . .
    Write . . .
    Poofread again . . .
    Know some common fixes.
             
    PLAYTIME!
    The main thing is to learn to play with words, writing, and speaking. As your writing efforts increase, your command of communication will take off. Now, start using your writing skills to send me an email letting me know what you think of my writing.
    kitsummers@gmail.com

    YES, YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO FIND YOUR SUCCESS!
    THINK  — AND THEN THINK AGAIN.
    WHAT NEW STORIES ARE YOU READY TO WRITE? 

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    WORDS TO INSPIRE YOU! 

    Inspirational quotes and sayings have a unique ability to change the way we feel about life and can change our thoughts. They are attractive, challenging, and essential on our path to joy and happiness and finding ways to inspire ourselves and others.
     
    THE BURST!
    Inspirational quotes and ideas give us a quick and timely burst of wisdom to regain our focus, offering the inspiration needed for the day or occasion. I hope the words below bring a smile to your face and drive you to make this day and every day a fantastic event.
       
    BE POSITIVE!
    Just as positive words can make someone smile, and a well-timed amusing quote can make someone laugh, your thoughts react to the world in real-time. You have this control! You have complete control over only one thing in the universe—YOUR THINKING!—and that’s where motivational quotes come in!
       
    “YOU”
    How you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible, determines everything in your life, and it all derives from your quality of thinking. Use quotes to move ahead in your life.
     
    SELF-TALK IS SO ESSENTIAL—THINK RIGHT!
    To stay motivated, you have to use each day as an opportunity to improve and get closer to your goals. It might sound like a lot of work—and with your busy schedule—next to impossible. But you can do it! Motivational words, yes, are just words. But they are positive words; they will keep you on track.

    QUOTES WILL BENEFIT YOU!
    Positive and inspiring quotes can be like beams of sunshine on a cloudy day. They inject optimism into our thoughts, brighten our mood, and help us focus on the good in life. They remind us that even in the face of adversity, we can see the silver lining and embrace a positive attitude.
     
    PEARLS OF WISDOM
    In a world filled with challenges and indecisiveness, the power of inspirational quotes cannot be exaggerated. These pearls of wisdom uniquely uplift our spirits, can spark positive change, and fuel our motivation often when we need it most.
       
    I HOPE THE FOLLOWING WORDS ADD TO YOUR LIFE >>
    1–“They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream by night.”
    — Edgar Allan Poe
       
    2–“The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power.”
    — Toni Morrison
       
    3–“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
    — William Wordsworth
       
    4–“The writer is an explorer.
            Every step is an advance into a new land.”
    — Ralph Waldo Emerson
       
    5–“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking.
    What I’m looking at.
    What I see.
    And what it means.
    What I want and what I fear.”
    — Joan Didion
     
    6–“Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself…
    It’s a self-exploratory operation that is endless.”
    — Harper Lee
       
    7–“If you have built castles in the air.
    Your work need not be lost.
    That is where they should be.
    Now put foundations under them.”
    — Henry David Thoreau
       
    8–“Significant moments in everyone’s day can make literature. That’s what you ought to write about.”
    — Raymond Carver
     
    9–“You fail only if you stop writing.”
    — Ray Bradbury
       
    10–“If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.”
    — Isaac Asimov
       
    11–“I’ve written because it fulfilled me. Maybe it paid off the mortgage on the house and got the kids through college, but those things were on the side — I did it for the buzz. I did it for the pure joy of the thing. And if you can do it for joy, you can do it forever.”
    — Stephen King
       
    12–“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
    — Toni Morrison
       
    13–“We write to taste life twice,
    in the moment and in retrospect.”
    — Anaïs Nin
       
    14–“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; (and) don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”
    — Franz Kafka
       
    15–“Just write every day of your life.
    Read intensely.
    Then, see what happens.
    Most of my friends who are put on that diet have enjoyable careers.”
    — Ray Bradbury
       
    16–“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”
    — Henry David Thoreau
       
    17–“What is written without effort is, in general, read without pleasure.”
    — Samuel Johnson
       
    18–“90 percent perfect and shared with the world always changes more lives than 100 percent perfect and stuck in your head.”
    — Jon Acuff
       
    19–“You can’t fail if you don’t quit.
    You can’t succeed if you don’t start.”
    — Michael Hyatt
       
    20– “Write something worth fighting over.
    Because that’s how you change things.
    That’s how you create art.” — Jeff Goins
       
    21–“Inspiration may sometimes fail to show up for work in the morning, but determination never does.”
    — K.M. Weiland
             
    22–“Exercise the writing muscle daily, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, or a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”
    — Jane Yolen

    YOU IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF YOUR THINKING,
    YOU CHANGE YOUR LIFE’S DIFFERENTIA—SOMETIMES INSTANTLY!
    COMPOSE A NOBLE BOOK AND WRITE A BEST-SELLER.
    YOU ARE AMAZING—PLAY YOUR PART!
       
    YOU CAN TURN THINGS AROUND FAST AND ACHIEVE YOUR
    WILDEST DREAMS NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE IN LIFE! 

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    MY DAILY JOTTINGS >>
    Each week goes by so quickly, don’t you think?
    It seems like time is going by faster and faster.
    You must live joyfully, daily, for each day!
       
    Do you know what you did last Monday?
    Do you remember what you ate for dinner last Thursday?
    Keep track of your doings for a few weeks; you will see your time differently.
    Remember, the quality of your life depends on what you do each day

    6/22–After seeing the second video below, I wrote to Peter Davison,
    Here is a video of Peter >>
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcHEqsMN_V0 

    about this dancer, I saw >>
     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auYSu5exnp8  

    Peter wrote that he does some of those moves.
    He also said he enjoys reading my blog, which is excellent.

    My teeth are not hurting as much today. I hope my mouth heals right and I will have no more pain. Yet, that is age; you lose your hair, you lose your teeth, you lose your life. That is just how it is. I am comfortable with the end, the loss of life, but at 65 now, I think I will still wait a couple of decades until that endpoint—timing to reach at least 100.
     
    I will keep going, but did you know that in 1800, life expectancy was no more than 40 years in any part of the world? This was somewhat due to high infant mortality rates, which remained at 25% until 1800. Diseases like typhoid and scarlet fever also impacted life expectancy in the 1800s and early 1900s.
         
    6/23–We watched a movie today that Beth found called “Lucky.” It was about a 91-year-old man who doesn’t believe in any god. He was well known in the small town he was in. It bothered Beth that he was old and basically alone.
       
    Using fresh-picked cucumbers, Beth made a salad with Cukes, our home-grown tomatoes (yes, they are ripening), red onions, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and spices.
       
    6/24–Once again, last night, very little sleep.
    I think clearly still, even with no sleep.
       
    It’s a perfect sunny day for solar power. Yes, we are having solar power put on our house right now. Dave initially contacted us about solar energy. His presentation was excellent; he showed us how we currently pay about $150 monthly for electricity. Our monthly solar bill to cover the insulation cost is around $120, so we are already saving money. In the end, we get to keep the solar on the roof.

    I was concerned that the solar would not last through the night. I thought we’d have to have a battery. In talking with Dave, I found out that extra power generated by our solar is sent to the power grid/electric company. Then, at night or in the winter, we can use that solar power we put into the grid. It works out perfectly for us and is suitable for you, too.
     
    Here is Dave and Homestead Solar:
    https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61554005559497
    952-484-0040
    david.majzner@gmail.com 

    It would help if you looked into solar energy, preferably through Dave or any solar company that can help. I think it’s great to have solar power at our house—it’s free electricity! Once again, you look into it for your home.
          
    6/25–I woke up at about 1am and don’t know why sleep is so hard.
       
    Terry, who lives next door, lost his dogs the other day, they are huge dogs and can’t be missed. We will help him find them by posting flyers and posting them on the Internet. Rex and Luke always come back when they get out, but it has been four days, and they haven’t returned.

    Being so close to Beth
    Adds so much to my life.
    I remain happy.
       
    6/26–I recently discovered my daughter’s business is off the ground and growing.
    Check out her website >>
    https://shoprevu.com/
    And, here is about Jasmine >>
    Jasmine thrives when working at the intersection of product, people, and story. She began her career as a fashion designer in New York City but pivoted to marketing and communications after living and working abroad in Cambodia. In her international development work, she expanded programming alongside strategizing and repositioning in-country branding and communications for a nonprofit organization that operated a fashion incubator and workforce development center in the capital city of Cambodia. There, Jasmine witnessed the true impact that clear communication, proper branding, and innovative marketing can provide.”

    “As the founder of her circular fashion brand, Revu, Jasmine possesses an entrepreneurial spirit and is excited to experiment with innovation in the occasionwear space. In her client work and business, Jasmine is solution-oriented, adaptable, and resilient—attributes that have taken her from corporate to nonprofit and into the agency world.”
     
    This impresses me.
    I am so proud and happy for my daughters.
    Jasmine and April.

         
    6/27–Starting with the garden, as soon as the sun had risen, I was off to the races with work around here. It will only be 90 degrees today, and Beth says it feels like such a relief! She despises the heat. We moved her older rabbit into the house in a spare cage. She wants to bring them all in. That is just not possible.

    In the afternoon, I planted many seeds: new spinach, lettuce, green beans, broccoli, cucumber, cabbage, zucchini, and tomatoes. We have been pulling much from the garden, but new plants must grow. So, how does your garden grow?
       
    6/28—The big debate took place last night. Rest instead, I didn’t watch it, but I knew videos featuring the highlights would be out today.

    DO SOMETHING NEW–DAILY!
    THEN, KEEP DOING IT FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE! 

          
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    THE GARDEN THIS WEEK
    A self-supportive life can be a better life.
    A garden would be a part of that life.
    You must look into it. 

    People often say I have a Green Thumb.
    Yes, I do gardening, and I am good at that.
         
    The heat has come down on us, and the plants are withering, which is sad to see. I water thoroughly each morning so I know they get enough H2O. Hmm, do I have a green thumb?
       
    Yet, no need to rush me, your green-thumbed friend, to the doctor — the expression simply means that I am excellent at growing plants. The term was first recorded in the Ironwood Daily Globe as “horticultural slang” in 1937.
       
    I am bothered when people put their grass clippings out for the trash. This is the perfect ingredient for compost. Also, fresh-cut grass should always be placed in your garden around growing plants. It will hold water for the plants, keep weeds out, and eventually become compost for garden growth.
       
    Things are starting to mature and become edible. We are enjoying lettuce, broccoli, zucchini, and tomatoes. The red vegetable will be a bumper crop (whoever thought of the word bumper to mean many, hmm.) Did you know? Tomatoes are botanically defined as fruits because they form from a flower and contain seeds. Still, they’re most often utilized in cooking as vegetables.
     
    I look out my office window, where I do most of my typing and blog work. All I see is nature, the garden, growing things, and wildlife. What a lovely view every time I am on my computer. 

    START YOUR GARDEN TODAY!
    IT MAY BE NECESSARY FOR YOUR LIFE! 

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    YOUR CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK >>
    Just today, I looked into Beth’s eyes and said,
    “Thanks, you’ve made my life much better.”
    This week, in private each time.
    Say these words to people you love. 

    ALL OUR LIFE, WE MUST CHALLENGE OURSELVES!

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    NEXT BLOG >>
    The solar panels are up now.
    They have yet to be connected.
    Next week, I’ll let you know how they work.
    And how much we are saving.

    AND WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING FOR YOUR UPCOMING WEEK?

     

     


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  • BLOG 277—YOU are a survivor!

    “KITTING AROUND”
    BLOG 277—YOU are a survivor!
    Don’t sleepwalk through life.   
    I hope to illuminate your Life with my Words.
    The Wanderings of Kit (Do you wander or just wonder?)
    I WANT TO INSPIRE YOU TO LIVE DIFFERENTLY OR BETTER!
             

    THE PHOTO ON THE RIGHT IS OF A JUGGLING WORKSHOP I
    PRESENTED IN JAPAN >>
    *** This blog looks best when viewed on a laptop or desktop computer.

    *** The joy I experience in life is a wondrous thing!
    *** I was hit by two trucks, but I remain happy.
    *** Going through a 37-day coma–Yikes!
    *** I want to help you to get the most out of life before you die.
    *** If you read this through Facebook, see kitsummers.com/blog
    *** I lived in my van for six years, visited all US national parks, and met Beth.
    *** Beth and I married on 2/22/22 at 2:22.
    *** Thanks, Beth, for editing and adding to each weekly blog.
    *** I will have places to show you and tales to tell.
    *** You will find secrets to unfold and good news!
    *** What are you passionate about? 

    BE TAKEN AWAY WITH ME
    ON WONDERFUL ADVENTURES!

    ********************

    WHY I WRITE THIS BLOG

    You will have many in your life who assist and teach; I hope I am helping to guide you. Coaches like me wish to lighten your path toward excellence. Remember that it is up to you to generate your journey toward merit. I’m not trying to show you “the way”; I am trying to help you find “your way.” Writing this blog each week is new and different for me—I love it! 

    I WANT TO INSPIRE YOU WITH MY WORDS –
    WORDS HAVE POWER! 

    Are you accomplishing what you want before your eventual death?
    You can (and should) make changes to improve your life–at any age.
    Start today, and you can build the life you desire. 

    YOU ALREADY KNOW

    You already know much about what I write, and I want to remind you of these ideas and show that my views can provide additional thoughts, along with yours, to help you.  

    MY EXPERIENCES

    Much of what I write about is taken from my experiences.
    I have gone through much.
    I hope to spread ideas so that you can live a better life.
    Remember, only you know what is best for you.

    EVEN IF YOU START LATE,
    ARE UNCERTAIN OR DIFFERENT ––
    YOU CAN STILL FIND SUCCESS!

    Don’t forget–you are only as young
    as the last time you changed your mind!

    HAVE FUN! 

    Keep your thoughts and self-talk fun and productive, and always reach for more advancement.      

    VERY LITTLE IS NEEDED TO MAKE A GREAT LIFE! 

    *******************

    TOPIC FOR THIS WEEK — SURVIVING TRAGEDY
    As we all have, you’ve gone through significant changes in your life. In a time of change, do something, anything, to move forward and away from, or along with, the change.
     
    Surviving tragedy is never easy for me, and perhaps you too. Whether it’s a catastrophic event that affects thousands of us or something we experience on a personal scale, as I have a few times. Our residual feelings of fear, grief, and resentment often far outlast the tragedy itself, and it can be challenging to carry on while they plague our lives.
       
    You are not alone in going through these changes. And whatever you are going through, you are never alone. We all go through something or another. Sometimes, it brings us tremendous pain, but we have to get back on that unicycle no matter what the pain costs us.
       
    The many lessons you learn can enlighten those who overcome tragedy. Many of you can pass on these lessons to others to spread messages of inspiration and hope. My weekly blog inspires you to always reach for more and improve your life.
       
    Yes, it’s hard to fathom that a tragic event could transform our world into a new place we may not recognize. Many of us take time to adapt to this new normal, which may be difficult and deeply uncomfortable at first. My changes have taught me a lot, so look for lessons to learn as you go through difficulties.
       
    Sometimes, we may even feel like strangers to ourselves during this process. But during this personal journey, embracing acceptance and forgiveness is crucial, as it can help us move on and grow in the wake of such challenging events.
       
    I’ve found that when I get down and depressed about significant changes I have gone through, I find that when I help or inspire others, it will help me. Help others as you can, and it will get you through.
       
    HOW TO KNOW YOU ARE A SURVIVOR >>
    1–You keep getting back up every time life knocks you down.

    2–You do what should be done no matter how you feel.

    3–You are the kind of person who would help a friend at any time.

    4–You can read a room within seconds of walking in.

    5–You automatically know when you can trust someone.

    6–You can tell when someone is upset; you change to calm them.

    7–You somehow know when someone is not telling you the truth.

    8–You are the first to show up where you work and the last to leave.

    9–You see and offer to help out before being asked.

    10–You see what needs to be done and take care of it.

    11–You cannot stand by and watch anyone be mistreated.

    12–You often go above and beyond what is expected.

    13–You give second and third chances to people.

    14–You protect the people who are weaker and more vulnerable.

    15–You often overcommit, saying yes to just about everything.

    16–You refuse to let fear stop you from doing what you must do.

    17–You’ve been broken open in the past to the point that your goodness pours out to others.

    18–You see opportunity in every challenge and make things happen.

    19–You notice the people or services that go unnoticed.

    20–You are resourceful and creative because you have to be.

    21–You see the obvious choice in complicated matters.

    22–You focus on a person’s behavior beyond their words.

    23–You are the best promoter for something you are passionate about.

    24–You run toward difficulties rather than away from them.

    25–You are the strongest person you know by far.
       
    Many have told me I should be thankful to God for helping me through what I have had to endure. I could not have gone down this path because I had never believed in any of the gods humans have developed. So, who am I to thank for allowing my accidents to occur in the first place? 

    YES, YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO FIND YOUR SUCCESS!
    THINK  — AND THEN THINK AGAIN.
    WHAT NEW STORIES ARE YOU READY TO WRITE? 

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    WORDS TO INSPIRE YOU! 

    Inspirational quotes and sayings have a unique ability to change the way we feel about life and can change our thoughts. They are attractive, challenging, and essential on our path to joy and happiness and finding ways to inspire ourselves and others.
       
    THE BURST!
    Inspirational quotes and ideas give us a quick and timely burst of wisdom to regain our focus, offering the inspiration needed for the day or occasion. I hope the words below bring a smile to your face and drive you to make this day and every day a fantastic event.
       
    BE POSITIVE!
    Just as positive words can make someone smile, and a well-timed amusing quote can make someone laugh, your thoughts react to the world in real-time. You have this control! You have complete control over only one thing in the universe—YOUR THINKING!—and that’s where motivational quotes come in!
       
    “YOU”
    How you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible, determines everything in your life, and it all derives from your quality of thinking. Use quotes to move ahead in your life.
     
    SELF-TALK IS SO ESSENTIAL—THINK RIGHT!
    To stay motivated, you have to use each day as an opportunity to improve and get closer to your goals. It might sound like a lot of work—and with your busy schedule—next to impossible. But you can do it! Motivational words, yes, are just words. But they are positive words; they will keep you on track.
     
    QUOTES WILL BENEFIT YOU!
    Positive and inspiring quotes can be like beams of sunshine on a cloudy day. They inject optimism into our thoughts, brighten our mood, and help us focus on the good in life. They remind us that even in the face of adversity, we can see the silver lining and embrace a positive attitude.
       
    PEARLS OF WISDOM
    In a world filled with challenges and indecisiveness, the power of inspirational quotes cannot be exaggerated. These pearls of wisdom uniquely uplift our spirits, can spark positive change, and fuel our motivation often when we need it most.
       
    I HOPE THE FOLLOWING WORDS ADD TO YOUR LIFE >>
     
    We must always take sides.
    Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.
    Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
    Elie Wiesel
    Elie Wiesel was a Holocaust survivor whose parents and sister tragically died in Nazi concentration camps, though he was liberated in 1945. Upon being freed, Wiesel became an inspirational political activist and author, detailing his harrowing experiences in the critically acclaimed 1956 memoir Night. For many decades after, Wiesel made it his life’s mission to travel the globe and deliver speeches defending human rights and the Jewish people.
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    “We are imperfect mortal beings, aware of that mortality even as we push it away, failed by our very complication, so wired that when we mourn our losses, we also mourn ourselves, for better or worse as we were. As we are no longer.”
    Joan Didion
    Author Joan Didion endured profound personal tragedy in 2003 when her husband died suddenly of a heart attack just days after her only child was hospitalized in a comatose state. Part of Didion’s emotional recovery came through writing when she penned her monumental 2005 work The Year of Magical Thinking as her account of these tragic events and the following year. This work is considered a literary masterpiece that deals with loss and mourning.
        ======
    “Saying farewell is also a bold and powerful beginning.”
    Aron Ralston
    Aron Ralston is a motivational speaker whose arm became trapped under a heavy boulder during a climbing expedition 2003. Ralston was left with no choice but to personally amputate his arm to escape, enduring unimaginable pain in the process. However, Ralston still managed to hike to safety successfully, and his perseverance and courage inspired countless others in the forms of his 2004 book Between a Rock and a Hard Place and the Oscar-nominated movie 127 Hours.
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    “I raise my voice — not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard.”
    Malala Yousafzai
    At the age of just 15, a young Malala Yousafzai was shot on her way home from school by Taliban extremists in her home country of Pakistan. She was targeted as an outspoken advocate for girls living under the oppressive Taliban regime. However, the attack failed and only emboldened Malala to grow into an even more inspirational force. Yousafzai overcame this great personal tragedy en route to becoming the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate, earning the distinction in 2014 at 17.
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    “When Americans lend a hand to one another, nothing is impossible. We’re not about what happened on 9/11. We’re about what happened on 9/12.”
    Jeff Parness
    Jeff Parness was a software venture capitalist in Manhattan on September 11, 2001. Though Parness was lucky enough to survive the cataclysmic terrorist attacks that day, thousands of other Americans were less fortunate. In the wake of these tragic events, Parness — who started the “New York Says Thank You” foundation — noted how inspiring it was to see Americans come together as a community to support one another.
        ======
    “Many brave things were done that night, but none braver than by those few men playing minute after minute as the ship settled quietly lower and lower in the sea … the music they played serving alike as their immortal requiem and their right to be recorded on the rulls of undying fame.”
    Lawrence Beesley
    Beesley was an Englishman who survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912. The event was among the most shocking catastrophes of the early 20th century, as the “unsinkable” ship suddenly descended to the ocean floor mere hours after colliding with an iceberg. Beesley and the many others who survived the event always acknowledged the courage of those who didn’t.
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    “I wish to preach … that highest form of success which comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph.”
    Theodore Roosevelt
    Long before he became President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt suffered two incredible losses on February 14, 1884. He lost both his mother, Mittie, and his wife, Alice. Roosevelt wrote in his diary that day, “The light has gone out of my life.” Despite these incredible losses, Roosevelt overcame adversity and went on to achieve the highest of highs in the world of American politics.
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    “Forgiveness has to be complete. If you hate somebody, it’s like a boomerang that misses its target and comes back and hits you in the head. The one who hates is the one who hurts.”
    Louis Zamperini
    Zamperini was a veteran of World War II whose plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean in 1943 while searching for a downed aircraft. He then drifted on a life raft for 47 days before being captured and taken to a Japanese POW camp. Upon his release, Zamperini cast aside resentment and embraced the idea of forgiveness, even for his captors. Zamperini went on to preach this message for the rest of his life.
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    “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”
    Wilma Rudolph
    Rudolph was a four-time Olympic medalist, winning three gold medals in track and field at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. But it took a long time for Rudolph to reach that moment, as she suffered from pneumonia, scarlet fever, and infantile paralysis as the result of polio in her childhood. Rudolph even wore a leg brace until she was 12, as her family — like many other Black residents — struggled to receive health care in rural Tennessee. After years of treatment and with a determined attitude, Rudolph overcame these early ailments to become one of the greatest athletes in history.
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    YOU IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF YOUR THINKING,
    YOU CHANGE YOUR LIFE’S DIFFERENTIA—SOMETIMES INSTANTLY!
    COMPOSE A NOBLE BOOK AND WRITE A BEST-SELLER.
    YOU ARE AMAZING—PLAY YOUR PART!

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    MY DAILY JOTTINGS >>
    Each week goes by so quickly, don’t you think?
    It seems like time is going by faster and faster.
    You must live joyfully, daily, for each day!
       
    Do you know what you did last Monday?
    Do you remember what you ate for dinner last Thursday?
    Keep track of your doings for a few weeks; you will see your time differently.
    Remember, the quality of your life depends on what you do each day.

    6/15–I woke up at about 1 a.m. and could not get back to sleep. Yet, I was tired while at the computer. With Beth away, I was able to lay back down at about 3 a.m. and awoke at about 6 a.m. I am happy I could get back to sleep, as sleep often avoids me (or me, it). Jemma dog was with me from room to room and did not sleep well.

    The area where my teeth were extracted hurts much today. I guess when the area is healed, the pain will go away. It’s too late now, but I wonder whether I should have removed these teeth. I had no pain, but I was told by Dr. Cook I would have pain eventually.
           
    Do I regret having my teeth pulled? Well, I am glad about the two that had already crumbled. I was told the tooth toward the back might have pain one day, so I had it pulled. Dr. Cook only did what I wanted, but I wish I had that tooth. The extraction of the tooth was my decision. Regrets, regrets. 
         

    ME AND DR. COOK

    6/16–Today, Father’s Day, I heard from my daughters, Jasmine and April, which made me happy. April is currently in Puerto Rico with her husband, Jake. I had a great talk with Jasmine today. Unfortunately, I haven’t heard from Leah, and I don’t expect to hear from this daughter of mine ever.
       
    Our bathroom was done and turned out great. Yet, the floor needed to be finished. I checked, and we had black paint and a clear coating for the top, which was taken care of. In the future, we will install a new floor. Take a look at the photo and let me know what you think.
         
    6/17–Awakening with a smile, I like my life.
    Yet, see directly below and learn of my pain.
       
    6-18–When I went to see Gary at his Camp Paradise (I came up with the name, Gary likes it). I went to a food bank earlier in the day, and one of the things I got was a frozen meatloaf. I gave him that and several other items, too.
     
    Having been a chef for part of his life, Gary knows how to cook things well; they taste superb. To cook the meatloaf, he boiled it in French Onion Soup, then added sauteed onions and a few other things to the mix. The meatloaf tasted excellent and could never be duplicated how it was.
     
    6/19–Beth will return from seeing her parents later in the day. I cleaned the house well and mowed the lawn. When Beth returns, she will find that everything looks very nice here, and it will be great to have her back.
       
    I even got out there and mowed the lawn. The temperature is up there–a hot one today. From what I hear, it will be even hotter this weekend. You will read about that later.
       
    6/20–The house continues to improve. I do a few things daily to enhance our home. Do you do this at the place where you spend most of your time?
     
    Before, it was a pain in the elbow; today, it is a pain in the knees (why does that word have a “K” in it?). I guess it is age that brings on various pains. Having various pains throughout the day has opened my eyes to others who have constant pain. I hope it is not you who has much pain; if it is, I hope my words help your life.
       
    6/21–Garden, bathroom, backyard>>
    Always work on the horizon.
    Currently, I hear an Eagle out in the trees; what a pleasant sound it is.
    I’m heading to Gary’s Camp Paradise tonight; Aaron will be there, so it should be a good time.

    THIS IS YOUR LIFE — MAKE YOUR LEGACY HAPPEN!
    DO SOMETHING NEW–DAILY!
    THEN, KEEP DOING IT FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE! 

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    THE GARDEN THIS WEEK
    A self-supportive life can be a better life.
    A garden would be a part of that life.
    You must look into it.

    Jerusalem Artichokes Blooming

    People often say I have a Green Thumb.
    Yes, I do gardening, and I am good at that.
       
    Yet, no need to rush me, your green-thumbed friend, to the doctor — the expression simply means that I am excellent at growing plants. The term was first recorded in the Ironwood Daily Globe as “horticultural slang” in 1937.

         

    LOOK AT THE TOMATOES, WHAT A SURPRISE!

    Things are starting to mature and become edible. We are enjoying lettuce, broccoli, zucchini, and soon tomatoes, which will be a bumper crop (whoever thought of the word bumper to mean many, hmm.). 
       
    I look out my office window, where I do most of my typing and blog work.
    All I see is nature, the garden, and growing things.
    What a lovely view every time I am on my computer.

    START YOUR GARDEN TODAY!
    IT MAY BE NECESSARY FOR YOUR LIFE! 

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    YOUR CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK >>
    This week, look at your life differently. Remember the difficulties you have gone through and see them differently—as a learning experience. Then, with a smile on your face, go forward, ready to confront any problem or difficulty.
    ALL OUR LIFE, WE MUST CHALLENGE OURSELVES! 

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    NEXT BLOG >>
    It’s so fun to use words and get your thoughts across.
    I hope I am adding to your life.
    Next week, I will write about words and how they can add to your life. 

    AND WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING FOR YOUR UPCOMING WEEK?

     


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  • BLOG 276—Age and Success

    “KITTING AROUND”
    BLOG 276—Age and Success
    Don’t sleepwalk through life.   
    I hope to illuminate your Life with my Words.
    The Wanderings of Kit (Do you wander or just wonder?)
    I WANT TO INSPIRE YOU TO LIVE DIFFERENTLY OR BETTER

    *** This blog looks best when viewed on a laptop or desktop computer.
    *** The joy I experience in life is a wondrous thing!
    *** I was hit by two trucks, but I remain happy.
    *** Going through a 37-day coma–Yikes!
    *** I want to help you to get the most out of life before you die.
    *** If you read this through Facebook, see kitsummers.com/blog
    *** I lived in my van for six years, visited all US national parks, and met Beth.
    *** Beth and I married on 2/22/22 at 2:22.
    *** Thanks, Beth, for editing and adding to each weekly blog.
    *** I will have places to show you and tales to tell.
    *** You will find secrets to unfold and good news!
    *** What are you passionate about? 

    BE TAKEN AWAY WITH ME
    ON WONDERFUL ADVENTURES!

    ********************

    WHY I WRITE THIS BLOG

    You will have many in your life who assist and teach; I hope I am helping to guide you. Coaches like me wish to lighten your path toward excellence. Remember that it is up to you to generate your journey toward merit. I’m not trying to show you “the way”; I am trying to help you find “your way.” Writing this blog each week is new and different for me—I love it! 

    I WANT TO INSPIRE YOU WITH MY WORDS –
    WORDS HAVE POWER! 

    Are you accomplishing what you want before your eventual death?
    You can (and should) make changes to improve your life–at any age.
    Start today, and you can build the life you desire. 

    YOU ALREADY KNOW

    You already know much about what I write, and I want to remind you of these ideas and show that my views can provide additional thoughts, along with yours, to help you.  

    MY EXPERIENCES

    Much of what I write about is taken from my experiences.
    I have gone through much.
    I hope to spread ideas so that you can live a better life.
    Remember, only you know what is best for you.

    EVEN IF YOU START LATE,
    ARE UNCERTAIN OR DIFFERENT ––
    YOU CAN STILL FIND SUCCESS!

    Don’t forget–you are only as young
    as the last time you changed your mind!

    HAVE FUN! 

    Keep your thoughts and self-talk fun and productive, and always reach for more advancement.      

    VERY LITTLE IS NEEDED TO MAKE A GREAT LIFE! 

    *******************

    TOPIC FOR THIS WEEK — AGE AND SUCCESS! 
       
    No matter what age you are, you can and will find accomplishment!
    Yes, you have time — MAKE IT HAPPEN!
       
    While in my twenties, I started summerssalsa.com, which I found notable success with for twenty years. Who would ever think–from successful juggler to 37-day coma to delicious salsa maker. Always aiming for excellence, what will be Kit’s next direction?
     
    Age doesn’t really matter. I’ve always felt I was 23, no matter how old I get. Age is a mind thing; think young, and you will be. As I get older, I get younger. At the age of 63, Beth and I found love at an older age.
       
    Before meeting Beth, I really thought I would be alone for the rest of my life. Falling in love at an older age is fantastic. We were both old enough to know what we wanted and didn’t want. We were married on 2/22/22 at 2:22pm. Beth has added so much to my life, and I never see it ending.
       
    As we age, the difference between our documented age and how old we feel is called our “subjective age” or “perceived age.” People tend to feel younger than their actual age as they age, and this tendency increases with age.
       
    I always thought that people over 60 were almost dead. Now, at age 65, I am finding that I have so much more to do in my life. Yet death is unavoidable; we will all reach that point. Do all you can now to add to your life and others’ lives until the endpoint. Get out there—with a smile on your face—and get things done.
     
    A survey found that 80% of people felt mentally younger than their actual age, and 56% felt physically younger. On average, people over 40 feel about 10–20% younger than their actual age, and even people in their 80s and 90s often feel substantially younger. This tendency is larger for women than for men.
       
    The age difference between how old we are and how old we feel can often be measured in light-years—or at least a number of old-fashioned Earth years. Many adults over 40 perceive themselves to be, on average, about 20 percent younger than their actual age.
       
    Although society often places a disproportionate emphasis on attaining certain milestones at a young age, success is possible at any stage of life. Age brings with it unique insights associated with our lived experiences, which can lead to innovative ideas and solutions.
     
    But it’s not just a matter of having more experience—as we age, we may also become more resilient and more committed to our goals. Like me, overcoming challenges and setbacks earlier in our lives often equips us to successfully navigate the obstacles that come later.
     
    As we all continue to learn, grow, and evolve throughout our lives, we may find our priorities and aspirations shifting as we grow older. The new skills and interests we develop can help us succeed in our pursuit of long-held ambitions or newfound passion projects. Research shows that success has nothing to do with age; it’s a combination of personality, persistence, intelligence, and luck.
     
    So, while achieving success is a personal journey with no one-size-fits-all definition, we hope these quotes act as a reminder that it’s never too late to pursue your dreams.
       
    Studying for a degree, starting a business, juggling at a high level, or darting off on a long-deserved gap year, today’s sexagenarians (people in their 60s) have ambitious plans and the confidence of people in their prime. There have always been high achievers between 60 and 100 who crowned a career with their best-ever work or chose a whole new life and nailed it.
       
    People are finding success at an older age worldwide. Now that the age limit on student loans to cover tuition fees has been lifted, more people are going to college after retirement, but some folk have more catching up to do than others. 

    HERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO ARE FINDING SUCCESS AT AN OLDER AGE >> 

    At 92, Marjorie Liggins from Sheffield married her 86-year-old dancing partner Norman Camm.
    The wedding took just six weeks to plan – at 92 who needs a long engagement?
     
    Gloria Steinem, who claimed, “A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle,” finally married for the first time at 66.

    Priscilla Sitienei, a great-great-grandmother and former midwife in Kenya, enrolled in primary school at the age of 90. Think of the guts it took to walk into that classroom if you are worried about being the oldest student on campus.
       
    Charles Darwin published his book On the Origin of Species in 1859 when he was 50. This book laid out the theory of evolution. Darwin had previously failed as a doctor but enjoyed natural history.
       
    Taikichiro Mori was an academic who became a real-estate investor at age 51 when he founded Mori Building Company. His brilliant investments made him the richest man in the world in 1992 when he had a net worth of $13 billion.
       
    According to The Guardian, Roslyn Menaker, 103, stresses the importance of having a positive outlook for longevity. She finds joy in her daily walks and her stylish wardrobe. “I love to look at beautiful clothes and eat out,” she said. “I have an amazing caregiver. She gives me manicures and pedicures and colors my hair.”
       
    Ray Kroc wanted to build a restaurant system famous for providing food of consistent quality and uniform preparation. At 52 years old, he did just that. That is how McDonalds started.
       
    Laura Ingalls Wilder spent her later years writing semi-autobiographical stories using her educated daughter, Rose, as an editor. She published the first in the “Little House” books at age 65 in 1932. They soon became children’s literary classics and the basis for the TV show “Little House on the Prairie.”
       
    “I try to walk every day without excuse,” says Idelson, who’s 94. “I look forward to it. I’m often a little down and I say, ‘Let me get out and walk,’ and I feel so much better,” he says. Research indicates that walking 10,000 steps a day for 30 minutes at a brisk pace may help you live longer and lower your risk of severe disease and death.
           
    Champion runner Fauja Singh, from Ilford, even has a British Empire Medal and a telegram from the Queen. At 100 his marathon time was a little over eight hours so he’s slowed down somewhat since he was 92 when he could do the 26 miles in five hours, 40 minutes.
         
    Stan Lee created his “first” hit comic, “The Fantastic Four,” just shy of his 39th birthday, in 1961. In the next few years, he created the legendary Marvel Universe, whose characters such as Spider-Man and the X-Men became American cultural icons.
       
    Jack Weil was 45 when he founded Rockmount Ranch Wear, the most popular cowboy-wear brand. He remained its CEO until his death in 2008, at age 107.
       
    Rodney Dangerfield is remembered as a legendary comedian, but he didn’t catch a break until he made a hit appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” at age 46.
     
    “Keep your body in good shape and your mind in good shape,” Ruth Sweedler, 103, says. “Then you’ve got it made.” Through five practices, she and her sister, Shirley Hodes, swear by, the two have both lived beyond the age of 100. They walk often, build connections with people, and stick to a balanced, low-fat diet.

    Staying positive is just as important: “I’m interested in everything, and I’m in the here and now,” says Sweedler. “I don’t look back; I look forward.”
       
    Wally Blume had a long dairy business career before starting Denali Flavors, an ice cream company, at age 57 in 1995. The company reported revenue of $80 million in 2009.
       
    Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison wrote her first novel, “The Bluest Eye,” at age 40 while working at Random House as an editor. She won her Pulitzer Prize when she was 56, and her Nobel Prize in Literature at 62.
       
    Arianna Huffington founded her namesake news publication, The Huffington Post, at age 55. While she worked as a political commentator and writer in her early career, the success of her digital media publication made her a household name. HuffPost was later sold to AOL for $315 million.
     
    Harry Bernstein spent a long life writing in obscurity but finally achieved fame at age 96 for his 2007 memoir, “The Invisible Wall: A Love Story That Broke Barriers.”
       
    Martha Stewart, the home and kitchen icon, didn’t find real success until her first cookbook was published at age 41.
       
    Vera Wang was a figure skater and journalist before entering the fashion industry at the age of 40. Today she’s one of the world’s premier women’s designers.
       
    Betty White was one of the most award-winning comedic actresses in history, but she didn’t become an icon until she joined the cast of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in 1973 at age 51.
       
    Donald Fisher was 40 and had no experience in retail when he and his wife, Doris, opened the first Gap store in San Francisco in 1969. The Gap’s clothes quickly became fashionable, and today, the company is one of the world’s largest clothing chains.
     
    Gary Heavin was 40 when he opened the first Curves fitness center in 1992. It evolved to become one of the fastest-growing franchises of the ’90s. 
       
    Sam Walton had a fairly successful retail management career in his 20s and 30s, but his path to astronomical success began at age 44, when he founded the first Walmart in Rogers, Arkansas, in 1962.
       
    Henry Ford was at the old age of 45 when he created the revolutionary Model-T car in 1908.
       
    Jack Cover worked as a scientist at NASA and IBM before he became a successful entrepreneur at age 50 for inventing the Taser stun gun in 1970.
       
    At 72 aviatrix Margaret Ringenberg completed the Round-the-World Air Race.
       
    Jessamine Skuse smelled smoke from her neighbor’s home in Bristol one evening, forced her way in, and dragged him to safety before the fire could take hold. She was awarded a Royal Humane Society bravery award at the age of 92.
       
    Daniel Defoe didn’t write his successful book, Robinson Crusoe, until he hit 60!
       
    Hardinge Giffard, 1st Earl of Halsbury, sat down to pen a 20-volume encyclopedia of English law when he was 90.
       
    Peter Roget didn’t even start working on his thesaurus until he was 61.
       
    Patrick O’Brian only hit his stride as a writer with his Master And Commander sea stories when he was 65.
       
    Mary Wesley wrote 10 bestsellers including The Camomile Lawn after she was 70.
       
    Colonel Harland Sanders – Established the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant chain at age 65; nine years and 600 franchises later he sold his share for millions.
           
    Laura Ingalls Wilder – Began writing “Little House on the Prairie” at the age of 65; it later became a beloved television series.
     
    Estelle Getty – After years as a relatively unsuccessful actress, she achieved widespread fame at the age of 63 as Sophia in “The Golden Girls” television series.
       
    Grandma Moses—The American folk artist whose work was featured at the MoMA in New York and who graced the cover of Time in 1953 didn’t begin painting until she was 78.
       
    Yuichiro Miura—In 2014, he became the oldest person to reach the top of Mount Everest at age 80 and has said he would like to try again at age 90.
       
    Rosemary Smith – A rally race champion in the 1960s, she became the oldest person to drive a Formula 1 car in 2017 when she was 79.
     
    Doris Self – Recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “oldest video game champion” at the age of 58 by scoring 1,112,300 points in the arcade game Q*bert.
       
    Momofuku Ando is an inventor and businessman famous for inventing instant noodles, at the age of 50! His next invention, at age 61, was the cup noodle. He packaged his instant noodles in a polystyrene water-proof cup. All you needed to do was add water!
       
    Smoky Dawson – Known as Australia’s first cowboy and a pioneer of Western music, he became the oldest person to compose, record, and release a new album at 92 years old.
       
    Mohr Keet – This WWII veteran became the world’s oldest bungee jumper in 2010 at the age of 96. And, he didn’t begin jumping until the age of 88.
       
    Harriette Thompson—A cancer survivor who ran her first marathon at the age of 76 and, at 91, completed her 15th marathon, becoming the second-oldest marathon runner in U.S. history. 

    YES, YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO FIND YOUR SUCCESS! 

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    THINK  — AND THEN THINK AGAIN.
    WHAT NEW STORIES ARE YOU READY TO WRITE? 

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    WORDS TO INSPIRE YOU! 

    Inspirational quotes and sayings have a unique ability to change the way we feel about life and can change our thoughts. They are attractive, challenging, and essential on our path to joy and happiness and finding ways to inspire ourselves and others.
       
    THE BURST!
    Inspirational quotes and ideas give us a quick and timely burst of wisdom to regain our focus, offering the inspiration needed for the day or occasion. I hope the words below bring a smile to your face and drive you to make this day and every day a fantastic event.
       
    BE POSITIVE!
    Just as positive words can make someone smile, and a well-timed amusing quote can make someone laugh, your thoughts react to the world in real-time. You have this control! You have complete control over only one thing in the universe—YOUR THINKING!—and that’s where motivational quotes come in!
       
    “YOU”
    How you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible, determines everything in your life, and it all derives from your quality of thinking. Use quotes to move ahead in your life.
     
    SELF-TALK IS SO ESSENTIAL—THINK RIGHT!
    To stay motivated, you have to use each day as an opportunity to improve and get closer to your goals. It might sound like a lot of work—and with your busy schedule—next to impossible. But you can do it! Motivational words, yes, are just words. But they are positive words; they will keep you on track.
     
    QUOTES WILL BENEFIT YOU!
    Positive and inspiring quotes can be like beams of sunshine on a cloudy day. They inject optimism into our thoughts, brighten our mood, and help us focus on the good in life. They remind us that even in the face of adversity, we can see the silver lining and embrace a positive attitude.
       
    PEARLS OF WISDOM
    In a world filled with challenges and indecisiveness, the power of inspirational quotes cannot be exaggerated. These pearls of wisdom uniquely uplift our spirits, can spark positive change, and fuel our motivation often when we need it most.
       
    I HOPE THE FOLLOWING WORDS ADD TO YOUR LIFE >>
    “People are capable,
    at any time in their lives,
    of doing what they dream of.”
    Paulo Coelho
     
    “Age is no barrier.
    It’s a limitation you put on your mind.”
    Jackie Joyner-Kersee
       
    “No star is ever lost we once have seen.
    We always may be what we might have been.”
    Adelaide Anne Procter
     
    “Seldom does an individual enter upon highly creative effort in any field of endeavor before the age of forty.”
    Napoleon Hill
       
    “If success comes early, it can mess with you.
    As rough as my early days were,
    I wouldn’t change five seconds.”
    Edie Falco
       
    “The time for action is now.
    It’s never too late to do something.”
    Carl Sandburg
       
    “I’m very grateful at my stage of the game to have all this happen.
    It makes me laugh and laugh; it’s ridiculous,
    because underneath I’m the same person I’ve always been.”
    Iris Apfel
       
    “There is a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”
    Sophia Loren
       
    “It is never too late or too soon.
    It is when it is supposed to be.”
    Mitch Albom
     
    “There is nothing better in life than being a late bloomer.
    Success can happen at any time and at any age.”
    Salma Hayek
       
    “All I have done before the age of 70 is not worth bothering with. At 75, I’ll have learned something about the pattern of nature, of animals, of plants, of trees, birds, fish, and insects. When I am 80, you will see real progress.”
    Hokusai
       
    “By being authentically who you are, you might be a little slower in becoming successful, but you’ll slowly gather people who are your tribe, your kind of folks.”
    Chloé Zhao
       
    “Luckily for me — and anyone who’d have to tolerate my antsy early retirement — our research reveals a deeper paradox that offers true hope: We older folks don’t have to assume we’re has-beens. That’s because creativity itself has no age.”
    Albert-László Barabási
       
    “Perhaps I would have preferred to start off at 20 or 30, but I don’t think I would have been anywhere near equipped to know what it takes to be in business.”
    Vera Wang

    YOU IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF YOUR THINKING,
    YOU CHANGE YOUR LIFE’S DIFFERENTIA—SOMETIMES INSTANTLY!
    COMPOSE A NOBLE BOOK AND WRITE A BEST-SELLER.
    YOU ARE AMAZING—PLAY YOUR PART!

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    MY DAILY JOTTINGS >>
    Each week goes by so quickly, don’t you think?
    It seems like time is going by faster and faster.
    You must live joyfully, daily, for each day!
       
    Do you know what you did last Monday?
    Do you remember what you ate for dinner last Thursday?
    Keep track of your doings for a few weeks; you will see your time differently.
    Remember, the quality of your life depends on what you do each day.
       
    6/8—It’s 3 a.m. awake time again. I’ve been thinking about the way I write my blog and my wife Beth, who is still asleep, of course. She is such a big part of my life, and I do not show that enough in past blogs. We are together, we are a team. I will be writing more about our time together and how we help each other. I’m so happy we are connected, I can’t express that enough.
       
    As I’ve seen my weight gain, it’s time for change. For a number of days, I will only drink green tea and eat nothing. Will you join me in this life change? It’s time to get in better shape. So far I’ve only been drinking green tea. I plan on going for at least a week.
       
    6/9–My second day of not eating. As I wrote before, I am drinking green tea. I have not been hungry and there has been no need to eat anything. The process of eating takes so much time, if you really think about it.
       
    Now it is in the afternoon. Just because of habit I had asked Beth what we were doing for dinner. She reminded me that I am not currently eating. I still feel fine, not hungry at all. Still not sure how long I will continue not eating, and I’m doing it very fast (get it?)

    We were in the backyard, there is much we want to do with the land we have. Eventually a fire pit will go out from the deck I built. And, we will start growing more edible things back there. With the limited sunlight, not sure what that will be.
       
    I have just found that the process of eating takes sooooo much time. From deciding if you are hungry, to deciding on what to eat, to going out to a restaurant or making it yourself, to cleaning up, to getting rid of what you ate and drank, and more and more. Think about your eating and how much time you are consuming.
       
    6/10–Storms and rain are coming through today, which is great for the garden.
       
    It’s the third day without food entering my mouth, and I’m not hungry at all. I’m drinking green tea this morning and throughout the day, which is alright with me. This is interesting. We all take eating and food for granted. Have you ever stopped eating for a day or a week? It can open your mind to the way you consume nourishment for your mind and body.
       
    I woke up at about 1 a.m. again, up for the day. Right away, I wanted to eat; it is such a habit. I looked out at the garden and celebrated the growth and vegetables. I am looking forward to eating again from the garden.
       
    You must try fasting, or not eating anything. (how quickly can you fast?)
    After three days I feel cleaned out and I am losing weight.
       
    In fact, we have the zucchini gown already in our garden. I looked up zucchini parmesan, and I will be making some later. I will start by eating a little fruit and going on from there. When you fast, always start eating again with fruit to get your body used to eating again.
       
    Yes, I have a little hunger now, the afternoon of the third day.
    Did you fast? If you haven’t, you must.
    Fasting will get you to really think about what you ingest.
    Start with just one day of no eating (but you must drink liquid.)
       
    To introduce myself back to eating food, I started with two small tangerines. This filled me up and tasted good. This not eating has cleaned me out and I feel better.
       
    As you may know, I grow zucchini in my garden. I didn’t know how to cook the zucchini. I looked up a recipe for eggplant parmesan and then checked zucchini parmesan—it turned out excellent. You must make some. 

    ZUCCHINI PARMESAN
    This has become one of my favorite ways to make use of our garden zucchini during the summer. The preparation takes a little bit of time before you assemble it in the casserole dish and bake it, but the effort is SO well worth it.

         
    Start by slicing your zucchini into about quarter-inch slices. After cutting, they need to be placed on paper towels to help them dry. Since zucchini is 95% water, they need a topping of salt to help dry each slice. Salting extracts a lot of this moisture, which gets absorbed by paper towels on the top and bottom of the zucchini rounds.
       
    Salting keeps your zucchini dry and solid. You need firm, sturdy zucchini bites with a limp and watery consistency. After putting them onto a paper towel and salting, let them sit for at least 30 minutes to extract the maximum amount of moisture. If time allows, I let them sit for 1.5 hours.
       
    I dip the zucchini in egg whites, it allows the zucchini to hold on to the breading, but isn’t heavy enough that the egg will bleed through. From the egg it goes into a seasoned breadcrumb/flour mixture with a bit of Parmesan cheese mixed in.
       
    Keep the zucchini crisp: Place the slices on a cooling rack after frying/baking/air frying.

    Using egg whites for breading is a nice, light breading that will complement the thin slices of zucchini well when done. 

    Dip each slice into beaten egg whites & garlic powder. Then transfer to the breading mixture and coat generously. Dipping sliced eggplant into egg whites and breadcrumbs before baking or frying for zucchini parmesan. Don’t let them sit too long after being breaded. Give them another dip in the breading mix if any moisture starts to creep through before they’re fried.

    Fry in preheated 350° olive oil until golden brown on each side. Transfer to a cooling rack. Breaded Zucchini Parmesan before and after being fried. 

    Spoon a spaghetti sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 13 casserole dish. Add a layer of fried zucchini and top with marinara and mozzarella. Keep layering breaded Zucchini Parmesan with marinara sauce and cheese in a casserole dish. Sprinkle fresh parmesan over the top before baking. 

    Then, add additional layers of zucchini, marinara, and mozzarella until you’ve used all of the zucchini. You can do this in clean stacks or overlap them within the casserole dish.

    Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes, until the cheese is melted and begins to brown slightly. Smile and serve!

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    Make sure the oil has reached 350° (medium-high heat) before you add the zucchini. If it’s not hot enough, the breading will fall off. You can then adjust up/down during cooking as needed.

    Watch them carefully as they fry; once they start to turn brown, it happens quickly.

    6/11–I had to get a copy of a receipt from Costco, so off I went. Best Buy and Costco in Augusta today. Seems I get down there about once a week. I arrange it so that I get to Costco about lunchtime, and that’s what it is for me.

    Many birds at the feeder today. 

    6/12–Down to the dentist today, so back to Augusta. When I was young I didn’t take good care of my teeth (I do now, though.) Now I am paying for it, though. I have three teeth on my bottom jaw that need to be extracted today. I will miss them, I must say. I’ve had those teeth in my mouth for over sixty years. Having them removed was so draining on me. My whole body got tired.
       
    COMEDY WITH DR. COOK
    As I was getting comfortable in the dentist chair and knew I was there for a three tooth extraction, I jokingly asked if the seat had any seat belt. He had a great comeback saying, “No, but be careful, it is an ejection seat.” I had to laugh at that one.
       
    Dr. Cook says that he will fit me with a partial denture later for the missing teeth. This is something that I will have to wear always (or when someone will see my teeth.) I expect I won’t have it in often. Later I can pay for tooth inserts, which are permanent, later.
       
    If you are in the Augusta, GA, area and need help with your smile, look up Dr. Cook. He will do your mouth right.  
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    Through Facebook and MarketPlace, Beth had bought some purses for an excellent price. We were to meet the seller at a church location. It was a small church setting, and they were meeting tonight. It turned out that her dad was the pastor of the church.
       
    Beth explained that we were both atheists. It seemed the pastor didn’t want to hear about that. As we talked, he brought up the line, ” Well, you just have to have some faith.” That was my clue. I asked him what the definition of “Faith” was. Of course, he gave me the Bible definition.
       
    I said, “No, what is your own description of the word? Of course, this shut him up. It seems that when you start asking believers pointed questions they have no answers. I will battle with a pastor or anyone concerning belief.
           
    6/13–Up early and at the keyboard, as usual. Did some things around the house, always improving our humble abode.
    Beth and I got new glasses today. Do you like them?
     
    6/14–Beth leaves today for five days away. She is going to visit with her parents, about a two-hour drive away.
       
    Today I went to help Gary on his land.

    THIS IS YOUR LIFE — MAKE YOUR LEGACY HAPPEN!
    DO SOMETHING NEW–DAILY!
    THEN, KEEP DOING IT FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE!
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    THE GARDEN THIS WEEK
    A self-supportive life can be a better life.
    A garden would be a part of that life.
    You must look into it. 

    People often say I have a Green Thumb.
    Yes, I do gardening, and I am good at that.


    Here are potatoes in the ground. 

    Yet, no need to rush me, your green-thumbed friend, to the doctor — the expression simply means that they are excellent at growing plants. The term was first recorded in the Ironwood Daily Globe as “horticultural slang” in 1937.
         
    Things are starting to mature and become edible. We are enjoying lettuce, broccoli, zucchini, and soon tomatoes, which will be a bumper crop (whoever thought of the word bumper to mean many, hmm.).
     
    I look out my office window, where I do most of my typing and blog work. All I see is nature and growing things. What a nice view every time I am on my computer.
       
    Before, it was a pain in the elbow; today, it is pain in the knees (why does that word have a “K” in it?) I guess it is age that brings on various pains. 

    START YOUR GARDEN TODAY!
    IT MAY BE NECESSARY FOR YOUR LIFE! 

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    YOUR CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK >>
    We all have a father. My dad died when I was only six years old, so I could not get to know him. You have a father, visit or call him on this Father’s Day–you must. I’ve not heard from any of my three daughters, Jasmine, April, or Leah. I hope I hear from each of them on June 16.
       
    A second challenge this week >>
    Do not eat anything for a full day, or go for a week.
    Make sure you drink plenty of fluid, though. 

    ALL OUR LIFE, WE MUST CHALLENGE OURSELVES! 

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    NEXT BLOG >>
    In the next blog you will learn ideas in dealing with change and tragedy. 

    AND WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING FOR YOUR UPCOMING WEEK?

     


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