• BLOG 127—Chocolate Chip Cookies?

    (Do you wander or just wonder?)
    With my words, I hope to throw some oblique light upon your life.
    I want to inspire you to see life in a different and/or better way.
    Also, that you find joy how you can.

    *** Remember, to read past blog posts, go to >> kitsummers.com/blog/
    *** If you are reading this through Facebook, check out my blog on my website.
    *** If you are not my Facebook friend, yet, please, befriend me.
    *** The freedom I am experiencing in my travels is a marvelous thing!
    *** Going where I want, when I want, and seeing wonderful places and people.
    *** I will have places to show you and tales to tell.
    *** I will have secrets to unfold and good news!

    I WANT TO TAKE YOU AWAY WITH ME
    ON WONDERFUL ADVENTURES!

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

    INTRO TO THIS WEEK >>

    Beth and I have been discussing a few questions that can affect life.
    How can they apply to your life?
    Write answers to each how you can.
    How can you put these into practice—NOW?

    1. Is there anything you’ve longed to do with your life, yet you haven’t?

    2. What’s the most important value you would teach to a young person?

    3. What advice would you give your younger self?

    4. Are you “truly” happy?

    5. What makes you get out of bed in the morning?

    6. Where do you feel most at peace and east outside your home?

    7. What’s one quality you wish you had that you don’t?

    8. What is something you try to actively avoid in life?

    9. What change did you make in life that you are most proud of?

    10. At the end of life, what’s one thing you’d regret not having accomplished or lived?

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    WORDS TO INSPIRE YOU! >>
    Inspirational quotes and motivational sayings have an amazing ability to change the way we feel about life and can change our thinking. This is why I find them so interesting, challenging, and important on our path to joy and happiness and finding ways to inspire ourselves.

    Inspirational quotes and ideas provide us with a quick and timely burst of wisdom to get our focus back, offering the inspiration needed for the day or occasion.

    I hope to inspire you with my words.
    Words have power.
    At any age, you ca
    n (and should) make changes to make your life better.

    You see, the way you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible for you, determines everything that happens in your life. It all derives from your quality of thinking.

    When you improve the quality of your thinking, you change the quality of your life—sometimes instantly!

    Just as positive words can make someone smile, and/or, a well-timed amusing quote can make someone laugh, your own thoughts react to the world in real-time. You have this control! In fact, you have complete control over only one thing in the universe — your thinking — and that’s where motivational quotes come in!

    To keep your motivation, you have to use each day as an opportunity for improvement, to be better, to get a little bit 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!

    Self-talk is so important—THINK RIGHT!
    Motivational words, yes, they’re just words.
    But they’re positive words; they will keep you on track.

    I hope the words I pick do help you.
    *************************
    BE INSPIRED BY THESE WORDS>>

    Having passion in life can add so much to your life. Have you ever developed a strong passion for something? While being passionate about something obviously makes you curious to know details about it, the same holds true that you can spark interest in something. Use your mind to find the right passions to pursue.

    At any age, you can make the change and aim your life anew.
    Now, it’s time to get out there and do
    something incredible that you can rejoice in!
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    MY DAILY JOTTINGS >>

    8/1As I have written before, at times I like to attend a church and see what they have to offer. Journey Community Church in Evans, GA was calling, so away we went.
    http://www.journeycommunity.net/
    Being as many of the other churches I go to, this one had nothing new to offer. 

    Perhaps you know from my past writings, after attending hundreds of church services in various faiths, I have never heard anything that sank in to change my mind to the idea that there is a god overseeing humans.

    Beth attended church for much of her young life, she fell away after she carefully read the bible and truly thought about the idea of a god.

    Great to see the joyfulness and passion in most people at Journey Church. Organized religion is a nice social connection for people; a good thing.

    In talking with believers worldwide, I have not found anyone to answer these two questions, can you?

    1. Please tell me the five best realistic proofs for your God?

    2. Let me know five reasons I should believe in your God?

    In your answers, you cannot refer to any religious books or texts.

    8/2—Beth and I surveyed the yard to see where we want to start our vegetable garden (do you have one?) American’s love their lawns—I think it is a waste of land and time. If you have kids, yes, a yard is a great resource for kids to play on. Instead of a lawn, if everyone grew vegetables, there would be plenty of food available for everyone.

    8/3—Visited the horses next door along with Jemma the dog. I don’t think she had ever come nose to nose with a horse, good to see.

    8/4—Did things to improve the home we live in. When was the last time you worked on improving your home? It does not take much money to improve things, do it, it will make you happy.

    Also today, I made a batch of my chocolate chip cookies. I put together a good recipe for the best cookies. The recipe below will make many cookies, you may want to cut the recipe in half. Let me know how yours turn out.

    Chocolate chip cookies

    4 sticks butter

    1 1/2 cups sugar

    1 1/2 cups brown sugar

    4 tablespoons Kahlua

    2 tablespoons vanilla

    4 eggs

    5 cups flour

    2 teaspoons baking soda

    1 teaspoon salt

    325 for 15 minutes

    8/5—Hope this day went great for you.

    8/6—This evening Beth got together with four other ladies for a “Ladies Night Out.” I wanted to join them so I put on one of Beth’s dresses and went with her to meet with them. Comedy for everyone.

    I would love to hear from you!
    Either through Facebook or email –
    kitsummers@gmail.com

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    MY CHALLENGE FOR YOU THIS WEEK >>
    Seems that things might soon be closing down again. Before they do, go to a nursing home, with flowers, and visit someone. This might be the best thing that happened in their life in months.
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    NEXT BLOG>>
    I need to get out to the wilderness, somewhere.
    You will learn how I found this.
    How can you find this freshness of nature and the wilderness for yourself?
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  • BLOG 126—Getting things done

    (Do you wander or just wonder?)
    With my words, I hope to throw some oblique light upon your life.
    I want to inspire you to see life in a different and/or better way.
    Also, that you find joy how you can.

    *** Remember, to read past blog posts, go to >> kitsummers.com/blog/
    *** If you are reading this through Facebook, check out my blog on my website.
    *** If you are not my Facebook friend, yet, please, befriend me.
    *** The freedom I am experiencing in my travels is a marvelous thing!
    *** Going where I want, when I want, and seeing wonderful places and people.
    *** I will have places to show you and tales to tell.
    *** I will have secrets to unfold and good news!

    I WANT TO TAKE YOU AWAY WITH ME
    ON WONDERFUL ADVENTURES!

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

    INTRO TO THIS WEEK >>

    Not a lot happened this week to write about for my blog. I am including inspirational ideas and photos of my past travels, I hope the words help. I would love to hear from you about what I have been writing.

    With the included photos, I forget what part of the country they were taken at, if you can see where, please let me know.

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    WORDS TO INSPIRE YOU! >>
    Inspirational quotes and motivational sayings have an amazing ability to change the way we feel about life and can change our thinking. This is why I find them so interesting, challenging, and important on our path to joy and happiness and finding ways to inspire ourselves.

    Inspirational quotes provide us with a quick and timely burst of wisdom to get our focus back, offering the inspiration needed for the day or occasion.

    I hope to inspire you with my words.
    Words have power.
    At any age, you ca
    n (and should) make changes to make your life better.

    You see, the way you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible for you, determines everything that happens in your life. It all derives from your quality of thinking.

    When you improve the quality of your thinking, you change the quality of your life—sometimes instantly!

    Just as positive words can make someone smile, and/or, a well-timed amusing quote can make someone laugh, your own thoughts react to the world in real-time. You have this control! In fact, you have complete control over only one thing in the universe — your thinking — and that’s where motivational quotes come in!

    To keep your motivation, you have to use each day as an opportunity for improvement, to be better, to get a little bit 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!

    Self-talk is so important—THINK RIGHT!
    Motivational words, yes, they’re just words.
    But they’re positive words; they will keep you on track.

    I hope the words I pick do help you.
    *************************
    BE INSPIRED BY THESE WORDS>>

    (From my book series, “Beyond Your Potential”)

    Imagination
    If there is one thing that exclusively sets humans apart from all the rest of existence on earth it would be our ability to think, to be creative and to use our imaginations. Being content with routine thought patterns allows us to do the many things we need to do without having to think about them, but we must go beyond the routine to make the world better for ourselves and for those who will follow after us.

    Use your mind, think, and discover new ways that will advance your life and, hopefully, will advance the world. At times, we have to temporarily forget what we think we know because our minds get muddled with convenient answers. We don’t take the time to think that there might be another way to go about things. Sometimes we need to take the time to rethink a situation and to break our routine patterns.

    The Better Way
    Creativity is more than a mind full of new ideas. Creativity is also being able to implement new ideas with thought, judgment, and selection. An innovator is constantly changing and challenging the rules, thinking in new directions and trying new ideas. There is always a better way to do most things. Use your mind to come up with new uses for old ideas and maybe even redevelop a product.

    Change the Question
    Sometimes, if we change the wording of a question in our own mind, we can come up with a way to solve the question in a different way. Over time, almost every advancement in business, science, technology, juggling, art, medicine, and almost every other field has occurred when someone challenged the rules and tried a different approach.

    Use your drops and losses to get better
    Like you read before about juggling, when you drop, pick up and try again. Things may not turn out the way you planned, but don’t get discouraged or quit. Try again, but find a new path or a new way. Failure is never the end, but only the first stepping stone to new ideas.

    Combine
    Creative people are people who pay attention to small ideas. These ideas, or a combination of ideas, can blossom into a big breakthrough, or something that will take off. Sometimes, what you can do is take the basic idea for one situation and apply it to another. The people who have creative ideas are looking at the same things as everyone else – then they think something different from everyone else.

    Learn About Everything

    The key to creativity is curiosity. To increase your curiosity and creativity, don’t just be concerned with how to finish first in the rat race or how to beat the system. Be enthralled with the world around you and ask questions. The creative individual wants to know about all kinds of things.

    Such as:

    What is life and why are we here?

    What happens after death?

    What is the natural life of a frog?

    What is the lifespan of a frog in captivity?

    Is it going to rain today or just stay cloudy?

    How does one juggle 5 balls?

    Be that curious person. Ask questions and learn all you can about everything. Use your creative mind to put two (or three or five) ideas together to come up with something new. Successes are waiting for you, open your mind and make changes happen in your world toward the success you desire.

    A Storm in the Brain
    Rekindle your childhood curiosity. Remember the spark that went off in your head when you would see something that amazed you or scared you or just didn’t make sense to your inexperienced mind? Out of your curiosity will grow the desire to see ordinary things in a new way, thinking this way will open your mind.

    Curiosity, at its hub, is all about noticing and expanding on something that means something to us, that we find interesting, that we can latch on to personally. Once your curiosity is in gear, use the technique of brainstorming to enhance your creativity. Brainstorming is the method of writing down all the thoughts and ideas that come into your mind related to a question or problem no matter how trivial or absurd it might seem.

    The Storm Continues
    When brainstorming, write or type as quickly as you can without stopping to evaluate what you’ve listed so far. When you are look over what you have written, you will see that some of the ideas were silly and dumb, but many times, even silly and dumb ideas can grow into something good and productive. I used brainstorming to help me to write this book and the others in the series. I started by writing down all the ideas and words that I had and then later developed what I thought was the best material to help you.


    Try Different Ways
    Be flexible with the so-called rules of life. Sometimes, you will have to break out of one pattern in order to discover another one. You can be creative in just about anything that you do, even if it’s something you’ve been doing exactly the same way for twenty years be it signing your name, taking out the trash, or washing the dishes. You can transform even mundane, dull, mechanical task into fun and meaningful ones by being asking questions, brainstorming, and embracing your creativity. By trying new ways to do even simple things, your enjoyment in life will increase, and you may think of a better way to do something.

    You Are Creative, Yes?
    Some people are better at creating new ideas than others. Some seem to be born with a natural inclination toward creativity like artists, poets, composers, philosophers, and jugglers. Remember though that you can develop your creativity. While it may not come as easily for you as for say a painter, remember that even the natural painter will continue to develop their creativity by practicing.

    See Things Differently
    The analytical mind, which competes with the creative mind, is often wrong as that part of our brains is primarily guided by what has happened to us in the past and how we have interpreted prior events in our lives. There are ways, though, to actively engage the creative mind to overpower the analytical part of our brains.

    The knowledge that we might gain from previous experience isn’t always accurate given that our interpretations of things might not always be correct, especially interpretations we may have formed during childhood. Ideas received through the creative part of the brain are often more reliable interpretations of our outside world.

    When we are curious, we look at things differently, use our powers of observation more fully, and we are more likely to put away our self-image that often hinders us from seeing things the way they truly are.

    Productive Work
    Being creative and having a good sense of humor in your job or career can bring you many opportunities for promotion and advancement. Yet, many managers and executives seem to operate under the idea that work should be serious and they want their employees to keep their nose to the grindstone and not make changes. These managers have eliminated fun and humor from the workplace. With an atmosphere of fun and play, employees are usually able to accomplish more.

    Your Fun Working Environment

    Along with having a childlike attitude to spark your creativity, a fun working

    People who like where they are working are much more likely to find new and better ways of doing things that can save companies thousand and millions of dollars. If you are a manager, I encourage you to foster creativity that any of your employees may exhibit. As an employee, make the environment in which you work pleasant for you.

    Take a Chance
    Taking a risk requires constant confidence building. Risk takers must have confidence in their ability to bounce back and recover if things don’t go right. The thing that separates people who reach their dreams from those who don’t is that those who were able to realize their dreams took calculated risks and chances in their life. Be daring and take risks to advance your life. There is no way to succeed without exposing yourself to risk.

    Curiosity to Bring on Learning

    While being passionate about something obviously makes you curious to know details about it, the same holds true that you can spark interest for something

    At any age, you can make the change and aim your life anew.
    Now, it’s time to get out there and do
    something incredible that you can rejoice in!
    =================================

    MY DAILY JOTTINGS >>

    As I wrote in the Intro, not a lot happening this week to write about. We are going over Beth’s house with a fine-tooth comb, looking for ways to improve where we spend the majority of our time.

    When is the last time you went over your abode with a fine-tooth comb? Make a daily habit to improve what you can. It does not even have to cost anything.

    Living in a nicer atmosphere will add much to your life. Teach and work with others to find this brilliance for themselves, too. This will do wonders to advance your thinking and happiness.

    This includes your place of work. Both of these places, your home, and workplace, you spend all of your life at. If you are in an office or cubicle, make it magnificent. Bring fresh flowers for yourself now and then to beautify the place. Do what you can to live and work in brilliance.

    I would love to hear from you!
    Either through Facebook or email –
    kitsummers@gmail.com

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    MY CHALLENGE FOR YOU THIS WEEK >>

    Start cleaning your home and workplace and make each a place of splendor.

    NEXT BLOG>>

    I need to get out to the wilderness, somewhere.

    You will learn how I found this.

    How can you find this freshness of nature and the wilderness for yourself?

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    NEXT BLOG>>

    I need to get out to the wilderness, somewhere.

    You will learn how I found this.

    How can you find this freshness of nature and the wilderness for yourself?

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  • BLOG 127—In the Semi-Wilderness Currently

    (Do you wander or just wonder?)
    With my words, I hope to throw some oblique light upon your life.
    I want to inspire you to see life in a different and/or better way.
    Also, that you find joy how you can.

    *** Remember, to read past blog posts, go to >> kitsummers.com/blog/
    *** If you are reading this through Facebook, check out my blog on my website.
    *** If you are not my Facebook friend, yet, please, befriend me.
    *** The freedom I am experiencing in my travels is a marvelous thing!
    *** Going where I want, when I want, and seeing wonderful places and people.
    *** I will have places to show you and tales to tell.
    *** I will have secrets to unfold and good news!

    I WANT TO TAKE YOU AWAY WITH ME ON WONDERFUL ADVENTU RES!

    INTRO TO THIS WEEK >>****************************************

    Each week I look for and try and make things happen to include in my blog words for you. This gives me reasons to “make” things happen. Do you, can you, live your life in that way—Make things happen to make a bigger life?

    I’m enjoying living with Beth in the semi-wilderness. Turtles, dogs, cats, raccoons, hummingbirds, yellow jackets, it’s a real zoo.

    As you know, being now with Beth is a big change in my life. I’ve missed being in a relationship so much. Not just “another person”, Beth is a special lady and we add much to each other’s life.

    Since starting a romance involves the (enthusiastically!) consenting participation of another person, it’s not altogether under your control. But it’s also worth considering the many ways in which getting into a relationship is under your control.

    When I’ve not been in a relationship in the past, life was not as fun, in any way. Relationships, for me, have added so much to my life. This has made me sad when I am not with a partner.

    Included here are ideas to find and develop a relationship. Also, these ideas can be used to help and add to the relationship you are currently in?

    There are things you can do that will affect how easy it is for you to find your romantic partner. If you’ve been struggling with that lately, as I had been, well, read on. With the right attitude, 2021 could be your year. Or, if you are currently in a bad relationship, is it time for a change?

    1) LOOK AT YOURSELF AND GET YOURSELF RIGHT.

    I mean, taking your physical fitness more seriously, working on your wardrobe and grooming routine, cultivating your talents and interests. Become as attractive as you can for another person.

    Whatever it is that you do, if you’re working on making yourself the best version of yourself, you’ll build confidence and people will start to notice you more and think of you differently. So, aim for excellence how you can.

    It’s true that not everyone has charm, money, good looks, or the other common qualities many people think they need in order to find someone, but it’s also true that if you’re feeling unlovable, unattractive or simply undateable, it’s important to.

    Whatever angle you choose to work on (and you can choose several), there’s not much that’s more attractive than a person with the humility to recognize their faults and the ambition to improve themself.

    2—THINK ABOUT HOW YOU APPROACH PEOPLE.

    If you put in some work to check — and maybe change — your perception of others and treat them as fellow humans who deserve equal rights and t+o be taken seriously, you’d be surprised at how much easier it’ll be to find someone who wants to be in a relationship with you.

    Try talking to people you know or are close to about their experiences with sexism and misogynism. Try reading books or online advice about how to be a better person, and put into practice what you learn.

    3—TRY OUT A DATING SERVICE

    If you’re not signed up for an online dating service or site, you’re your chances of finding a relationship are quite low. Over the past decade or two, online dating has skyrocketed in popularity. 

    If you’re genuinely looking for a relationship in 2021, sign up for at least one online dating option. If you’re wary of hookup-oriented apps such as Tinder or Grindr, there are a lot of sites tailored for basically every interest, demographic category, and niche subculture out there.

    4—GET OUT THERE WHERE THE PEOPLE ARE!

    If you are shy when it comes to dating, set a goal and do your hardest to hit it. Whether it’s swiping right on more people, messaging more people, or asking people out more, you should be shooting to reach out more. Above all, aim to make new friends with people.

    Opportunities to be in relationships stem from making connections, and if you’re not doing the basic stuff like saying, “Hey, let’s go see a movie” or “Want to grab drinks?” you might never end up at a point where you have the “Let’s be exclusive” conversation.

    5. BE HONEST ABOUT YOUR FEELINGS.

    Maybe the thing holding you back from success is that you haven’t tried hard enough. This is a long shot, but if you have a crush who you’re too scared to ask out, it might be time to give it a try and be honest about your feelings. Become friends, first.

    It’s easy to find yourself trapped in a cycle of “Now’s not the right time to bring it up,” but the truth is that if you really want to make something happen with someone, it’s better to shoot your shot.

    Make 2021 the year you find out if your interest likes you back. It’s a win/win —either they do (win) or they don’t, but you’re no longer trapped in a state of emotional suspended animation (also win) and you can start to move on and find someone new.

    6. DON’T BE SCARED OF FAILURE

    At its core, struggling to find a relationship often involves the fear of failure. If you skipped through all the above advice, take this to heart: Try your best not to let fear of failure prevent you from seeking happiness.

    A lot of people are content to go through life without pursuing their dreams because they fear trying and failing more than never trying at all. If your goal in life is to never share any beautiful moments of love and passion, then that’s fine! You do you. 

    But if you’re pretending you’re OK with being alone because it’s easier than trying to find someone and getting shot down, you’re doing yourself an immense disservice.

    Whatever it takes, remember and repeat to yourself: “2021 is the year I try to find a relationship.” Sure, you might fail. You might find yourself reading an article just like this one a year from now. But it won’t be for lack of trying.

    7. DON’T SEEK ROMANCE, SEEK FRIENDSHIP.

    Romance is for dates, and it’s fun to have on occasion in your marriage, but it’s friendship that will get you through the rough times. Don’t look for someone who sweeps you off your feet, look to become a friend, first.

    8. HAPPY PEOPLE ATTRACT BETTER PEOPLE—YOUR TYPE.

    Maybe the biggest issue in not being able to find love is that you’re not feeling good about yourself. Like yourself and like your life — really work on that, Schwartz advised. You have to be the person that you’d want to meet. Find the right person for you, it might be the best thing you ever did for yourself.

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    WORDS TO INSPIRE YOU! >>
    Inspirational quotes and motivational sayings have an amazing ability to change the way we feel about life and can change our thinking. This is why I find them so interesting, challenging, and important on our path to joy and happiness and finding ways to inspire ourselves.

    Inspirational quotes provide us with a quick and timely burst of wisdom to get our focus back, offering the inspiration needed for the day or occasion.

    I hope to inspire you with my words.
    Words have power.
    At any age, you ca
    n (and should) make changes to make your life better.

    You see, the way you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible for you, determine everything that happens in your life. It all derives from your quality of thinking.

    When you improve the quality of your thinking, you change the quality of your life—sometimes instantly!

    Just as positive words can make someone smile, and/or, a well-timed amusing quote can make someone laugh, your own thoughts react to the world in real-time. You have this control! In fact, you have complete control over only one thing in the universe — your thinking — and that’s where motivational quotes come in!

    To keep your motivation, you have to use each day as an opportunity for improvement, to be better, to get a little bit 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!

    Self-talk is so important—THINK RIGHT!
    Motivational words, yes, they’re just words.
    But they’re positive words; they will keep you on track.

    I hope the words I pick do help you.
    *************************
    BE INSPIRED BY THESE WORDS>>`

    Whatever you say you are, be the best of whatever it is.

    At any age, you can make the change and aim your life anew.
    Now, it’s time to get out there and do
    something incredible that you can rejoice in!
    =================================

    MY DAILY JOTTINGS >>

    7/17—In the yard today was a raccoon eating some cat food we put out that was extra and older. This raccoon scarfed the food down; good to see. Later I saw that Beth’s dog, Jemma, was after something in the yard. I looked and found a turtle digging.

    The Eastern Box Turtle was a wonder to see. Beth has had many turtles in the past and knows how to take care of them. We found a box (for the “box” turtle), and put in spinach, lettuce, and even put in two live worms (the worms were consumed quickly.)

    We will only keep the turtle (named “Steve”, after my friend, Steve Mills) for just a few days, then she will be returned to the wilderness out back of the house. Turtles stay within one mile of the area where they were born. If they are removed from their home, they will spend the rest of their lives trying to get back to their birthplace area.

    So, we moved her about 20 ft away into the woods. Amazingly, this turtle found her way back to the same area where I first found her; when we returned she made her way back into the dog yard. She started digging a hole. Now we will have to protect that area.

    This common turtle can have a carapace length of about 6″ (15 cm). They are usually brown or black with radiating yellow markings on each scale. The scales on the turtle’s body may be yellow, orange, or reddish.

    Box turtles are called box turtles because they can withdraw their arms and legs, tail, and head into their shell and close up tightly like a closed box. A hinge on their shell allows them to do this. This shell is called a “Plastron”. Males have a concave plastron, reddish eyes, and the cloaca is closer to the tip of the tail.

    Box turtles are the most terrestrial of any turtle in South Carolina. They are most often encountered during spring or summer after a rain shower. They are active during the day, wandering through forests or fields in search of food—earthworms, berries, mushrooms, etc.

    During the fall, box turtles move to valleys where they bury themselves under the soil or leaf litter. They hibernate in a shallow burrow in the soil. Like wood frogs and several other reptiles and amphibians, box turtles can survive freezing and very cold periods during the winter.

    Box turtles, like most turtles, have very long lifespans. They can live for well over 100 years. However, most probably do not live longer than 30 or 40 years in the wild.

    A major cause of death for this turtle is automobile traffic! Thousands and thousands of box turtles are killed by cars every year, though no one knows how this affects the species as a whole.

    Individual box turtles usually have home ranges about the size of a football field. As I wrote, this amazing turtle was able to make it back into the yard and has started digging a hole to lay eggs in. I will let you know the progress of “Steve”, the turtle.

    7/19-23What a life I am leading. Often I do not even know what day of the week it is. The days sort of flow together into a magnificent life. I hope you find the same magnificence in your life.

    Loving where we live—partial wilderness and close access to a city, Augusta, Georgia. Quiet and nice, only one other house on this street.

    Even though I am not traveling and spending more time in the wilderness, I will still write you and try and motivate you with my words.

    I would love to hear from you!
    Either through Facebook or email –
    kitsummers@gmail.com

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    MY CHALLENGE FOR YOU THIS WEEK >>

    Summer is coming, have you prepared yourself to get into the best shape you have ever been in? Start with stretching and work up to weights and running how you can. It’s time, start today.

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    NEXT BLOG>>

    This week out to the wilderness.

    One place will be Parsons Mountain

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OBR9s6srDQ

    Also, Badwell Cemetary,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf1HoCKB7gk

    and

    Long Canes Massacre Cemetery.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efnumDtu418

    Both said to be haunted, wish us luck.

    Hope I will still be around to write next week’s blog.


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  • BLOG 126—In the Semi-Wilderness Currently

    (Do you wander or just wonder?)
    With my words, I hope to throw some oblique light upon your life.
    I want to inspire you to see life in a different and/or better way.
    Also, that you find joy how you can.

    *** Remember, to read past blog posts, go to >> kitsummers.com/blog/
    *** If you are reading this through Facebook, check out my blog on my website.
    *** If you are not my Facebook friend, yet, please, befriend me.
    *** The freedom I am experiencing in my travels is a marvelous thing!
    *** Going where I want, when I want, and seeing wonderful places and people.
    *** I will have places to show you and tales to tell.
    *** I will have secrets to unfold and good news!

    I WANT TO TAKE YOU AWAY WITH MEIn
    ON WONDERFUL ADVENTURES!

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    INTRO TO THIS WEEK >>

    Each week I look for and try and make things happen to include in my blog words for you. This gives me reasons to “make” things happen. Do you, can you, live your life in that way—Make things happen to make a bigger life?

    As you know, being now with Beth is a big change in my life. I’ve missed being in a relationship so much. Not just “another person”, Beth is a special lady and we add much to each other’s life.

    Since starting a romance involves the (enthusiastically!) consenting participation of another person, it’s not altogether under your control. But it’s also worth considering the many ways in which getting into a relationship is under your control.

    When I’ve not been in a relationship in the past, life was not as fun, in any way. Relationships, for me, have added so much to my life. This has made me sad when I am not with a partner.

    Included here are ideas to find and develop a relationship. Also, these ideas can be used to help and add to the relationship you are currently in?

    There are things you can do that will affect how easy it is for you to find your romantic partner. If you’ve been struggling with that lately, as I had been, well, read on. With the right attitude, 2021 could be your year. Or, if you are currently in bad relationship, is it time for a change?

    1) LOOK AT YOURSELF AND GET YOURSELF RIGHT.

    I mean, taking your physical fitness more seriously, working on your wardrobe and grooming routine, cultivating your talents and interests. Become as attractive as you can for another person.

    Whatever it is that you do, if you’re working on making yourself the best version of yourself, you’ll build confidence and people will start to notice you more and think of you differently. So, aim for excellence how you can.

    It’s true that not everyone has charm, money, good looks, or the other common qualities many people think they need in order to find someone, but it’s also true that if you’re feeling unlovable, unattractive or simply undateable, it’s important to.

    Whatever angle you choose to work on (and you can choose several), there’s not much that’s more attractive than a person with the humility to recognize their faults and the ambition to improve themself.

    2—THINK ABOUT HOW YOU APPROACH PEOPLE.

    If you put in some work to check — and maybe change — your perception of others and treat them as fellow humans who deserve equal rights and t+o be taken seriously, you’d be surprised at how much easier it’ll be to find someone who wants to be in a relationship with you.

    Try talking to people you know or are close to about their experiences with sexism and misogynistic. Try reading books or online advice about how to be a better person, and put into practice what you learn.

    3—TRY OUT A DATING SERVICE

    If you’re not signed up for an online dating service or site, you’re your chances of finding a relationship are quite low. Over the past decade or two, online dating has skyrocketed in popularity. In fact, I used pof.com, to connect with Tina, my partner for about eight years. This is a good site, which is free.

    If you’re genuinely looking for a relationship in 2021, sign up for at least one online dating option. If you’re wary of hookup-oriented apps such as Tinder or Grindr, there are a lot of sites tailored for basically every interest, demographic category, and niche subculture out there.

    4—GET OUT THERE WHERE THE PEOPLE ARE!

    If you are shy when it comes to dating, set a goal and do your hardest to hit it. Whether it’s swiping right on more people, messaging more people, or asking people out more, you should be shooting to reach out more. Above all, aim to make new friends with people.

    Opportunities to be in relationships stem from making connections, and if you’re not doing the basic stuff like saying, “Hey, let’s go see a movie” or “Want to grab drinks?” you might never end up at a point where you have the “Let’s be exclusive” conversation.

    5. BE HONEST ABOUT YOUR FEELINGS.

    Maybe the thing holding you back from success is that you haven’t tried hard enough. This is a long shot, but if you have a crush who you’re too scared to ask out, it might be time to give it a try and be honest about your feelings. Become friends, first.

    It’s easy to find yourself trapped in a cycle of “Now’s not the right time to bring it up,” but the truth is that if you really want to make something happen with someone, it’s better to shoot your shot.

    Make 2021 the year you find out if your interest likes you back. It’s a win/win —either they do (win) or they don’t, but you’re no longer trapped in a state of emotional suspended animation (also win) and you can start to move on and find someone new.

    6. DON’T BE SCARED OF FAILURE

    At its core, struggling to find a relationship often involves the fear of failure. If you skipped through all the above advice, take this to heart: Try your best not to let fear of failure prevent you from seeking happiness.

    A lot of people are content to go through life without pursuing their dreams because they fear trying and failing more than never trying at all. If your goal in life is to never share any beautiful moments of love and passion, then that’s fine! You do you. 

    But if you’re pretending you’re OK with being alone because it’s easier than trying to find someone and getting shot down, you’re doing yourself an immense disservice.

    Whatever it takes, remember and repeat to yourself: “2021 is the year I try to find a relationship.” Sure, you might fail. You might find yourself reading an article just like this one a year from now. But it won’t be for lack of trying.

    7. DOB’T SEEK ROMANCE, SEEK FRIENDSHIP.

    Romance is for dates, and it’s fun to have on occasion in your marriage, but it’s friendship that will get you through the rough times. Don’t look for someone who sweeps you off your feet, look to become a friend, first.

    8. HAPPY PEOPLE ATTRACT BETTER PEOPLE—YOUR TYPE.

    Maybe the biggest issue in not being able to find love is that you’re not feeling good about yourself. Like yourself and like your life — really work on that, Schwartz advised. You have to be the person that you’d want to meet. Find the right person for you, it might be the best thing you ever did for yourself.

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    WORDS TO INSPIRE YOU! >>
    Inspirational quotes and motivational sayings have an amazing ability to change the way we feel about life and can change our thinking. This is why I find them so interesting, challenging, and important on our path to joy and happiness and finding ways to inspire ourselves.

    Inspirational quotes provide us with a quick and timely burst of wisdom to get our focus back, offering the inspiration needed for the day or occasion.

    I hope to inspire you with my words.
    Words have power.
    At any age, you ca
    n (and should) make changes to make your life better.

    You see, the way you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible for you, determine everything that happens in your life. It all derives from your quality of thinking.

    When you improve the quality of your thinking, you change the quality of your life—sometimes instantly!

    Just as positive words can make someone smile, and/or, a well-timed amusing quote can make someone laugh, your own thoughts react to the world in real-time. You have this control! In fact, you have complete control over only one thing in the universe — your thinking — and that’s where motivational quotes come in!

    To keep your motivation, you have to use each day as an opportunity for improvement, to be better, to get a little bit 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!

    Self-talk is so important—THINK RIGHT!
    Motivational words, yes, they’re just words.
    But they’re positive words; they will keep you on track.

    I hope the words I pick do help you.
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    BE INSPIRED BY THESE WORDS>>`

    Whatever you say you are, be the best of whatever it is.

    At any age, you can make the change and aim your life anew.
    Now, it’s time to get out there and do
    something incredible that you can rejoice in!
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    MY DAILY JOTTINGS >>

    7/17—In the yard today was a raccoon eating some cat food we put out that was extra and older. This raccoon scarfed the food down; good to see. Later I saw that Beth’s dog, Jemma, was after something in the yard. I looked and found a turtle digging.

    The Eastern Box Turtle was a wonder to see. Beth has had many turtles in the past and knows how to take care of them. We found a box (for the “box” turtle), and put in spinach, lettuce, and even put in two live worms (the worms were consumed quickly.)

    We will only keep the turtle (named “Steve”, after my friend, Steve Mills) for just a few days, then she will be returned to the wilderness out back of the house. Turtles stay within one mile of the area where they were born. If they are removed from their home, they will spend the rest of their lives trying to get back to their birthplace area.

    So, we moved her about 20 ft away into the woods. Amazingly, this turtle found her way back to the same area where I first found her; when we returned she made her way back into the dog yard. She started digging a hole. Now we will have to protect that area.

    This common turtle can have a carapace length of about 6″ (15 cm). They are usually brown or black with radiating yellow markings on each scale. The scales on the turtle’s body may be yellow, orange, or reddish.

    Box turtles are called box turtles because they can withdraw their arms and legs, tail, and head into their shell and close up tightly like a closed box. A hinge on their shell allows them to do this. This shell is called a “Plastron”. Males have a concave plastron, reddish eyes, and the cloaca is closer to the tip of the tail.

    Box turtles are the most terrestrial of any turtle in South Carolina. They are most often encountered during spring or summer after a rain shower. They are active during the day, wandering through forests or fields in search of food—earthworms, berries, mushrooms, etc.

    During the fall, box turtles move to valleys where they bury themselves under the soil or leaf litter. They hibernate in a shallow burrow in the soil. Like wood frogs and several other reptiles and amphibians, box turtles can survive freezing and very cold periods during the winter.

    Box turtles, like most turtles, have very long lifespans. They can live for well over 100 years. However, most probably do not live longer than 30 or 40 years in the wild.

    A major cause of death for this turtle is automobile traffic! Thousands and thousands of box turtles are killed by cars every year, though no one knows how this affects the species as a whole.

    Individual box turtles usually have home ranges about the size of a football field. As I wrote, this amazing turtle was able to make it back into the yard and has started digging a hole to lay eggs in. I will let you know the progress of “Steve”, the turtle.

    7/19-23What a life I am leading. Often I do not even know what day of the week it is. The days sort of flow together into a magnificent life. I hope you find the same magnificence in your life.

    Loving where we live—partial wilderness and close access to a city, Augusta, Georgia. Quiet and nice, only one other house on this street.

    Even though I am not traveling and spending more time in the wilderness, I will still write you and try and motivate you with my words.

    I would love to hear from you!
    Either through Facebook or email –
    kitsummers@gmail.com

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    MY CHALLENGE FOR YOU THIS WEEK >>

    Summer is coming, have you prepared yourself to get into the best shape you have ever been in? Start with stretching and work up to weights and running how you can. It’s time, start today.

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    NEXT BLOG>>

    This week out to the wilderness.

    One place will be Parsons Mountain

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OBR9s6srDQ

    Also, Badwell Cemetary,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf1HoCKB7gk

    and

    Long Canes Massacre Cemetery.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efnumDtu418

    Both said to be haunted, wish us luck.

    Hope I will still be around to write next week’s blog.

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  • BLOG 124—We Saw Some Superb Jugglers this Week

    (Do you wander or just wonder?)
    With my words, I hope to throw some oblique light upon your life.
    I want to inspire you to see life in a different and/or better way.
    Also, that you find joy how you can.

    *** Remember, to read past blog posts, go to >> kitsummers.com/blog/
    *** If you are reading this through Facebook, check out my blog on my website.
    *** If you are not my Facebook friend, yet, please, befriend me.
    *** The freedom I am experiencing in my travels is a marvelous thing!
    *** Going where I want, when I want, and seeing wonderful places and people.
    *** I will have places to show you and tales to tell.
    *** I will have secrets to unfold and good news!

    I WANT TO TAKE YOU AWAY WITH ME
    ON WONDERFUL ADVENTURES!

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

    INTRO TO THIS WEEK >>

    Enjoying my time with Beth, and, it looks like we will be enjoying our time together for the rest of our lives.

    After Tina left me a few years ago, I thought I would not be able to find anyone to be with; I saw a solo life in my future. I am so happy Beth and I met and fell in love – this adds so much to my life.

    This week Beth and I went to see Niels Duinker in Myrtle Beach. A few other great jugglers were there at the time, too. One of which was Albert Lucas, a fantabulous juggler.

    After the show, Beth and I started the four-hour drive back home. I found a place where we could sleep in the van between the growth of many trees. It takes some time to set up the van for sleep for two people.

    It ended up that we set the small inflatable bed outside the van on the grass. I slept in the van and Beth on the mattress outside the van. This was the first time she had slept in the wilderness and the first time sleeping outside under the stars. We both slept well.

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    WORDS TO INSPIRE YOU! >>
    Inspirational quotes and motivational sayings have an amazing ability to change the way we feel about life and can change our thinking. This is why I find them so interesting, challenging, and important on our path to joy and happiness and finding ways to inspire ourselves.

    Inspirational quotes provide us with a quick and timely burst of wisdom to get our focus back, offering the inspiration needed for the day or occasion.

    I hope to inspire you with my words.
    Words have power.
    At any age, you ca
    n (and should) make changes to make your life better.

    You see, the way you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible for you, determine everything that happens in your life. It all derives from your quality of thinking.

    When you improve the quality of your thinking, you change the quality of your life—sometimes instantly!

    Just as positive words can make someone smile, and/or, a well-timed amusing quote can make someone laugh, your own thoughts react to the world in real-time. You have this control! In fact, you have complete control over only one thing in the universe — your thinking — and that’s where motivational quotes come in!

    To keep your motivation, you have to use each day as an opportunity for improvement, to be better, to get a little bit 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!

    Self-talk is so important—THINK RIGHT!
    Motivational words, yes, they’re just words.
    But they’re positive words; they will keep you on track.

    I hope the words I pick do help you.
    *************************
    BE INSPIRED BY THESE WORDS>>

    We all go through hard times and setbacks. After you have gone through the change, even if left-over after effects exist, LET GO of these memories.

    Letting go will release your freedom. This, “FREEDOM”, is the only condition for your happiness to return and grow. As you let go of bad thoughts and memories, your life is sure to advance.

    At any age, you can make the change and aim your life anew.
    Now, it’s time to get out there and do
    something incredible that you can rejoice in!
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    MY DAILY JOTTINGS >>

    7-10—Still working on Beth’s roof and around the house. She found a sofa, a huge one, that we had to retrieve with the van. So, I took everything out and we made three trips to get the big pieces.

    7/11—Albert Lucas was there, as was Niels Duinker, Slim Chance (David Hirschi), and Deena Frooman (helping to run the International Jugglers Association—The IJA). Along with other jugglers from the area. So, some good representatives of the juggling world.

    We were all there to witness Niels’ act at the Wonder Theater in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The audience was there only to see Niels’ show; he was the only one in the show. Afterward, I gave him some ideas to improve what he does, he did like my ideas.

    Watch and be entertained >>

    Niels — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91rPNSvo5Bc&t=65s

    Albert https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91rPNSvo5Bc

    Slim — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZUtR2Lyj9A

    Deena — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAfRp0Bfvp4

    The show was from 4 in the afternoon until about 5:30, after, all of us went across the way to BarLouie. A classy place, all had a good time there. Then, Beth and I started down the road to home. While driving I was looking for a place to park for the night so we could sleep.

    Kit signing books for jugglers. 

    At the entrance to a big field there was a break in the trees; this was our place for the night. I started to set the van up for us to sleep, Beth told me to just put her inflatable mattress out on the ground. She told me this was the first time she had slept out under the stars.

    7/12-16Not much happening these days. Working on Beth’s home and lands, making things better and better. It surprises me that people often do not make improvements to their living situation. Make even small improvements daily and they will add up to a better life.

    I would love to hear from you!
    Either through Facebook or email –
    kitsummers@gmail.com

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    MY CHALLENGE FOR YOU THIS WEEK >>

    Do you ever write and send a letter the old-fashioned way, with a pen and mail by post? This week, write to three people, letters written by hand and sent with love.

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    NEXT BLOG>>

    I will send you some photos of Beth’s house to show you the efforts I am taking to improve things.
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