• BLOG 275—Time Marches On (and on and on)

    “KITTING AROUND”
    BLOG 275—Time Marches On (and on and on)
    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 that 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 — TIME!
       
    Time management?
    You cannot manage time.
    Time is just there, it is how you use the time you have.
       
    I was at the top of my performance, achieving world-class efforts with my juggling and performing.  Because I went through my accident and 37-day coma, I lost my juggling ability and much time. We have a finite time on this earth, there are so many more things I want to do in this life to add to your life.
         
    I’ve mainly been self-employed most of my life. When I found it difficult to get back to my juggling and performing, I knew I had to find another way to find success and provide income. I developed a fresh homemade salsa that many people liked — much. I knew I had to find a way to make money with my salsa.
       
    My business grew fairly quickly. After building a stand to sell salsa at, packaging the brew in 16-ounce clear containers, and getting labels made, off I went. I sold through six different farmers markets, at festivals and fairs, as well as through 15 stores — I sold thousands of salsa and made a lot of money. This went on for about twenty years. Take a look here >>
    summerssalsa.com
       
    After getting hit by a second truck in 2012 and much of my body was broken, I had to close down my salsa business. Like with my juggling previously, salsa was my passion. When you find something you love (HI Beth), your passions, thoughts, and time have to be directed toward that.
       
    Finding passion is good for you. Pursuing a passion is beneficial for your overall well-being as long as it doesn’t become obsessive. When you pursue your interests, you’re actively choosing to spend time on your passion. Use your passion as a driving force.
       
    We have a limited time on this earth.
    What do you want to accomplish before your demise?
    FIND YOUR PASSION!
    Starting today!
    Now!
    To fulfill these opportunities!
       
    We kill time.
    We save time.
    We rob time.
    We get robbed of time.
    We lose time.
    We have no time.
    We have all the time in the world.
    But no one of us is powerful enough to stop the march of time or slow it down.
       
    Timekeeping technology has come a long way from the beginning, like ancient Egyptian sundials. Then,  with it, we have the ability to wake up at whatever precise time might be needed for work, school, or appointments — even if we often ignore a ringing alarm in favor of snoozing for just 10 more minutes.
       
    While the demands of modern society are certainly more rigid than they once were, people have long had various reasons to keep a tight schedule, and at times they had to rely on more than just the crow of the rooster or the chirping of birds at dawn to make sure they were up to meet the day.
       
    The most basic way people woke up before the invention of alarms was strictly biological in nature. Long before the advent of mechanical clocks or artificial light, people lived in harmony with the natural rhythms of day and night.
       
    Two biological processes dictate this natural sleep-wake cycle: your homeostasis and circadian rhythms. Homeostasis governs our body’s drive for sleep, which increases the longer we’re awake and dissipates once we fall asleep, eventually signaling when it’s time to wake up. Circadian rhythms, meanwhile, control alertness and drowsiness throughout the day, influenced by light (more alert) and darkness (sleepy time).
       
    Timekeeping technology has come a long way from ancient Egyptian sundials, and with it, so has the ability to wake up at whatever exact time might be needed for work, school, or appointments — even if we often ignore a ringing alarm in favor of snoozing for just 10 more minutes.
       
    While the demands of modern society are certainly more rigid than they once were, people have long had various reasons to keep a tight schedule, and at times they had to rely on more than just the crow of the rooster or the chirping of birds at dawn to make sure they were up to meet the day.
       
    The most basic way people woke up before the invention of alarms was strictly biological in nature. Long before the advent of mechanical clocks or artificial light, people lived in harmony with the natural rhythms of day and night. Two biological processes dictate this natural sleep-wake cycle: homeostasis and circadian rhythms.
       
    Is it something far beyond our control?
    The answer is–no.
       
    While we cannot influence the flow of time, we can still make the most of it. Becoming a wise time manager can sometimes be similar to mastering sorcery, but the results are worth the effort. Such as, I only need a little sleep each night.
       
    What did humans do before clocks and alarms to awaken? The most basic way people woke up before the invention of alarms was strictly biological in nature. Long before the way of mechanical clocks or artificial light, people lived in harmony with the natural rhythms of day and night.
     
    How about this, native American warriors could determine in advance their hour of rising by regulating the amount of water they drank before going to bed.” Of course, these bodily functions still exist for you today as natural wake-up calls.
       
    Another method of awakening involves water, though not drinking it in large quantities. In the fourth century BCE, the Greek philosopher Plato notably refined the timekeeping tool known as the “clepsydra” or “water thief” into a primitive alarm clock.
       
    Throughout the night, one basin of water would empty into another. When the water rose to the desired level, it was then siphoned into another container, emitting a whistling sound and ensuring neither Plato nor the students of his famed academy slept through his lectures. What a way to wake up. 
       
    Another system had water flowing through its system of wheels, hooks, pins, shafts, locks, and rods. The wheel made a full revolution every 24 hours, and different sounds occurred at specific times—a bell chimed every hour, and a drumline beat sounded every 15 minutes.

    WHAT TIME IS IT, REALY?

    During Britain’s Industrial Revolution, the shift from agriculture to factory work created a demand for reliable timekeeping for more people than ever. Urbanization meant fewer people waking to the rooster’s crow, so instead, they depended on factory whistles, or, for those who could afford it, on “knocker-uppers” to ensure they woke up on time.
       
    Knocker-uppers were people who carried sticks, poles, or peashooters to tap on windows and wake the sleeping humans who had hired them as personal alarms. The knocker-uppers themselves were often night owls, waking for the day at 4 p.m. and retiring to bed after getting the laborers off to work. Eventually, electric alarm clocks became readily accessible to most people.
       
    Being the master of your time means getting more done, staying energized, and doing more things you enjoy. Use your time the way you want, not as dictated by others

    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 >>
       
    “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” – Leo Tolstoy
       
    “Time is money.” – Benjamin Franklin
       
    “Yesterday’s the past,
    tomorrow’s the future,
    but today is a gift.
    That’s why it’s called the present.” — Bil Keane.
           
    “Never leave till tomorrow that which you can do today” — Benjamin Franklin
       
    “Don’t count every hour in the day.
    Make every hour in the day count” — Alfred Binet
       
    “Your future is created by what you do today,
    not tomorrow” — Anonymous
     
    “Life,
    if well lived,
    is long enough” — Seneca
       
    “Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments” — Rose Kennedy
       
    “Yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream” — Khalil Gibran
       
    “Time is like the wind,
    it lifts the light and leaves the heavy” — George Orwell
       
    “They always say time changes things,
    but you actually have to change them yourself” — Andy Warhol
       
    “Time does not change us.
    It just unfolds us” — Max Frisch
       
    “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late” — William Shakespeare
       
    “If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it” — Anthony J. D’Angelo
         
    “Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend” — Theophrastus
       
    “Your time is limited,
    so don’t waste it living someone else’s life” — Steve Jobs
       
    “For the present is the point at which time touches eternity” — C.S. Lewis
       
    “Don’t watch the clock;
    do what it does.
    Keep going” — Sam Levenson
         
    “Time waits for no one.” – Folklore
     
    “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.” – William Shakespeare
       
    “Lost time is never found again.” – Benjamin Franklin
         
    “Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.” – Theophrastus
       
    “Time is the wisest counselor of all.” – Pericles
       
    “The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.” – Stephen R. Covey
       
    “It is the time you have wasted on your rose that makes your rose so important.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
       
    “Punctuality is the thief of time.” – Oscar Wilde 

    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.
       
    6/1–It just turned 4am and I have been up for about an hour. You might be wondering how I write my blog each week. As you’ve seen, I have core words that are in every blog. I go through and delete words from the last blog like quotes and words on the past subject. The main thing is to pick a new subject to write about each week. 
       
    This week, the subject could be cows.
    Or bicycles?
    Or walking?
    So ways of success?
    Or happiness?
    Or, how about time?
       
    As you know, there are billions of subjects to write about. When I have a topic, I read up on it and choose words to appear in the blog. I look for quotes that are appropriate for the subject. Then, of course, I write about my daily happenings (which I hope inspire you).
       
    Next, I pick photos that would fit in and save those. Finally, on Friday, I will do the layout of the blog and how it will look to your eyes. I do hope what I write entertains you and inspires you to always reach for more in your life.
         
    Today I moved my body wrong and brought on pain in my ribs, perhaps disturbing a rib that was broken in the past. I have no doubts that my body will do what it needs to to stop the pain.
       
    6/2–Early again, awakening at about 3am, up for the day I am. Sadly, I had put a frying pan on the stove heating up to make hash browns. I forgot about the pan, and it partially melted, so I turned the fire alarm on. This woke Beth and I got upset at myself. Not a good start to the day.
    Memory?
    Brain Injury?
    I wonder?
    In the future, I will remain in the kitchen when cooking.
       
    Beth went to a graduation party for her library director’s daughter, who she watched grow up.
       
    6/3–A pouring rain today, but I did work around the house and in the garden. Like me, I hope you are always aiming to improve your current settings. 

    As Beth awakened she watched the birds at the feeder outside our bedroom window. This is seeing the birds within a meter of your eyes. The birds were even stopping by on this rainy day.
      Beth and Author William Rawlings who wrote The Columbus Stocking Strangler

    With these rains, the ground is easy to work in. So, we planted Asparagus, as I’ve never grown it. Beth and I both love this veggie, so we had to plant some.
       
    6/4–I’m off to Augusta today to have my teeth checked. I made an unannounced visit to my dentist, who happened to be in a lengthy procedure and could not see me. I was told he would call me.
     

    Beth took this wonderful sunset photo today. 

    While down there, I stopped by Costco and picked up a few things.
    They always have the best price for gas, so I filled it up.
       
    Beth’s ex-husband is not doing so well. Both Beth and I still care about Eddie, so while I was away, she went to visit. For a night and a day, he had been choking on some meat that was in his throat. Beth took him to a hospital and he got fixed. We let him stay the night here in the spare bedroom.
       
    6/5–I am working on my blog in the early morning. It’s 5:45 a.m., and I’ve been up for hours. 

    Yes, it is strange to have Beth’s ex-husband sleeping in the same house, the spare bedroom.
        
    Rather than seeing it go bad, every once in a while I bring my van in and have it thoroughly checked out. Today was the day. I took it: https://jiminy-fixit.com/ ; Jimmy is a good guy and does me right. If you are anywhere near, you must go see Jimmy about your vehicles.
       
    I told Jimmy to hold on to my van for a few days if needed. I brought my bike to ride the couple of miles back home. Yikes —I am in such terrible shape. I will need to start working out more. Also, it never got this bad previously; my asthma came on strong. So, there is that, too.
     
    At about 3:30pm Beth and I had to go pick a new bunny. She will give another away later because her heart is set on this new black bunny.
       
    6/6–Up at my usual time, about 3am, up for the day I am.
     
    I throw leaves and organic material on the lawn, then mow it. I use a catcher on the back of my mower. Everything I catch goes into the garden. The leaves and grass will hold water in the dirt and eventually compost. You’ve read before how I mow my lawn. I still want to have less lawn.
       
    6/7–Like usual, awake and up at about 3am. My recent rib pain is down now, a good thing

    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.
     
    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 >>
    Summer is here.
    Time to start working out.
    Start with stretching and go on to biking or running. 

    ALL OUR LIFE, WE MUST CHALLENGE OURSELVES! 

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    NEXT BLOG >>
    No matter what age you are, you can still find accomplishment!
    The next blog will have much on finding success at an older age. 

    AND WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING FOR YOUR UPCOMING WEEK?


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  • BLOG 274— Imagination vs Intelligence

    “KITTING AROUND”
    BLOG 274Imagination vs Intelligence
    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 that 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 — Imagination vs Intelligence
    Think about it:
    Can you imagine a future and then use your intelligence to make it happen?
    Intelligence is the ability to understand and perceive what is.
    Imagination is the ability to perceive what “could” be.
       
    Albert Einstein once said, “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.” This statement is full of wisdom and invites us to consider the immense power of imagination in shaping our world. You have a brain—use it!
     
    Einstein also said >>
    “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” Use your imagination to grow your life beyond what you think is possible.
     
    The difference between imagination and the ability to think is that imagination is a creative process that uses imagination to generate ideas and think outside the box, while thinking is an analytical process that involves logical reasoning and using facts and evidence to reach a conclusion.
       
    As a human, you are a reasoning creature. Nature has supplied you with the capacity to think and decide. Humans can imagine, which might require intelligence. Imagination acts as the nourishment for the intellect to work with.
       
    As I was lying in a hospital bed unable to move, I started to gather my mind back together to truly think. After lying asleep for over a month, I started to get my mind back together. Much of my recovery was in “THINKING I WAS BETTER”, then making it happen.
       
    Imagination leads to unique ideas beyond reality in present circumstances, but you may also need to see the future through the development of better methods, technology, and intelligence. Thus, intelligence and imagination are connected and codependent.
       
    To achieve anything, you need to be able to imagine it first. For example, if you want to juggle better, you have to imagine it first and see yourself improving. I think the greats tend to imagine big things and alternative things other people don’t imagine. I imagined myself juggling 7 clubs, and then I made it happen!
       
    This is meant to be one reason why the rich get richer and the poor stay poor.
    It is easier for the rich to imagine being rich.
    It is easier for the poor to imagine staying poor.
    Think yourself better!
    You bring about what you think. 

    YOU HAVE IT IN YOU, CAN YOU IMAGINE THAT? 

    We learn much more from people who challenge our thought processes than those who agree with our suggestions. Intelligent people engage with their critics to make themselves look stronger. Weak leaders quiet their critics and make themselves weaker. This reaction isn’t limited just to people in power.
       
    Imagination allows us to go beyond the barriers of what we already know. It enables us to explore new ideas, see possibilities, and generate innovative solutions to complex problems. You must stretch your thinking to reach your imagination.
       
    My high school friend Daniel Powell imagined becoming a millionaire before he turned twenty. Through real estate, he made that happen. He has gone on to acquire more wealth as he helps more  and more people in the world. YES, you can make it happen.
       
    Knowledge, on the other hand, is limited to what we have learned and experienced in the past; our thoughts and memories. It provides the foundation, but it is imagination that builds upon that foundation and propels us forward.
       
    True intelligence is ingrained in imagination—the ability to think creatively, explore new possibilities, and challenge beyond the status quo. We both know you have a good brain and think well. Use your magnificent brain to take your life to a higher level. 

    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 >>
       
    1–“The power of imagination created the illusion that my vision went much farther than the naked eye could actually see. – Nelson Mandela
       
    2–“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein
     
    3–“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it, we go nowhere.” – Carl Sagan
       
    4–“The world is a canvas for your imagination. You are the painter. There are NO RULES. Get to work!” – Henry David Thoreau
       
    5–“The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.” — J. Krishnamurti
       
    6–“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” — Albert Einstein
     
    7–“The intelligent man is one who has successfully fulfilled many accomplishments, and is yet willing to learn more.” — Ed Parker
     
    8–“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald
       
    9–“Action is the real measure of intelligence.” — Napoleon Hill5–“Laughter is timeless, imagination has no end and dreams are forever.” – Walt Disney
     
    10–“The man who has no imagination has no wings.” – Muhammad Ali.
       
    11–“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” Albert Einstein
       
    12–“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.” – Lewis Carroll
       
    13–“What is now proved was once only imagined.” – William Blake
       
    14–“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” – William Arthur Ward
       
    15–“Imagination is the soil that brings dreams to life.” – Anonymous
       
    16–“Your imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” – Albert Einstein
       
    17–“We are more often frightened than hurt, and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.” – Seneca
       
    18–“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.” – George Bernard Shaw
       
    19–“Bring ideas in and entertain them royally, for one of them may be the king.” – Mark Van Doren

     

     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.
       
    5/25–Awakening at 2am, off to life. Beth went to a wedding a couple of hundred miles away. Her sisters will be there, a good thing.
     
    Worked on many projects around the house. I hope you are constantly making improvements to your humble abode.

    Started work on the back deck.
    Another project that should add much to the house.
     
    5/26–Today’s temperature reached 85 degrees. I am all right with the heat; I did not turn on the air conditioner. Jemma was alright, and happy, too.
       
    5/27–Happy Memorial Day — Do you remember?
    Did work on the gardens, we will eat well.

    Beth did find some mating ladybugs.
    Hmm, I guess one of the ladies is a male?
    5/28–As you might know, I have three daughters. I haven’t heard from any one of them, but I hope they are doing well. My love will always be strong for them.
       
    5/29–Went to visit Gary on his land which is on Stevens Creek. What a wonderful burst of landscape it is. I brought some tools to make pathways sharper and better; never did that work. Aaron had brewed up a wonderfully tasting stew and gave me some right away.
       
    Aaron soon departed, and I drove back to be with Beth. Gary is staying some days. He has a great tent setup and will sleep well.
       
    5/30–I just woke up from a dream I was having. I seldom remember dreams, so I am surprised I vividly remember this one. I was in Mexico walking around. There were chain-link fences everywhere. I had to use the “el baño” (bathroom), and I could not find my way to one. Finally, I came upon a cop who spoke good American English. We started talking, and he surprisingly pulled out three tennis balls and juggled them for me. Good morning.
       
    I’m off to the nearest big town today, Greenwood. They have a Lowes and Walmart near each other, so I went to both. Stuff for the garden is always needed. Thinking more about it, we, basically, live in the wilderness, I do like it here. You’ve seen the photos, what do you think?
       
    5/31–Awakening at about midnight, I could not return to sleep. My legs get like all the nerves are going off and I cannot relax enough to return. So, I guess I am up for the day. Do you have any suggestions that could help me?
       
    Beth and I have been gathering food, as all of us should do. At this point, we have enough food and water to last us, perhaps a year. With the way the was the world is currently heading, it may be necessary to become more self-dependent. Are you putting food away for your future?
       
    I just heard from my friend, John Fox, who has been performing, teaching, and living in Japan for many years. I think I initially got him in contact with someone from RBBB Clown College in Japan about teaching there and that is how he ended up in Japan.
       
    John sent me a link to Bob Rosenberg, a juggler and performer who was one of my main influences at the beginning of my juggling career. Here is the YouTube link >>
    https://youtu.be/pFMDEQ4bOK8?si=Oc57aE25hM3zwt-G
     
    As you might know, I was featured on the national show, The Gong Show, with host Chuck Barris, in 1976. I received 30 points and first place—a great start to my juggling career. The judges were Peter Lawford, Arte Johnson, and Eva Gabor. I do not have a copy of this show. Do you have any ideas on how I could obtain a copy of The Gong Show I was on?
     
    A strange tiredness within me today. As I wrote, I awoke at about midnight and did not get back to sleep. 

    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.
       
    The broccoli is about done. We picked what came up; tasted great. We had enough to give some away. In fact, we have had plenty of various veggies to give to many. Are you hungry? I will lbe planting more broccoli to see how it does.
     
    Also, lettuce needed to be replanted, so I did.
     
    As we move from cold weather to spring, we will have to change some things we are growing. Remember, there are cold weather crops as opposed to warm weather.

    Also, lettuce needed to be replanted, so I did.
    Why look, there is a baby cucumber. We will have many.

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

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    YOUR CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK >>
    Have you started your garden? This week will be a perfect time to start. Start with a few tomato plants in a planter and grow from there. Numerous links can be found on the internet to get your garden growing. And, I am here to help; let me know . . . 

    ALL OUR LIFE, WE MUST CHALLENGE OURSELVES! 

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    NEXT BLOG >>
    I just planted more lettuce and broccoli.
    You will find out how it is doing. 

    AND WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING FOR YOUR UPCOMING WEEK?

     


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  • BLOG 273— DO YOU RIDE A UNICYCLE?

    “KITTING AROUND”
    BLOG 273— DO YOU RIDE A UNICYCLE?

    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 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 that 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 — RIDING A UNICYCLE!

    Riding a Unicycle
    The unicycle is the highest symbol of freedom—with the adversity of only having one wheel, there is a struggle to keep moving forward. When you grow more comfortable with your knowledge of the mechanics of the cycle and the lay of the land, you learn to maneuver gracefully on any terrain life can throw at you.

    “UNI”
    The Latin prefix “uni” gives you a clue about the meaning of this word since “uni” means “one,” as in one wheel. In unicycle, it’s combined with “cycle,” which comes from the Greek word kyklos, circle, or wheel. And–below is the hard part — learning to ride the thing.
       
    Uni, bi, tri
    The prefix “uni” is one, as in unicycle.
    Then “bi” is two, which is a bicycle.
    And “tri” is three, tricycle.
     
    1973
    In 1973, at age 13, I saw someone riding a unicycle. It looked like so much fun. I talked my mom into getting me one, so we bought one at Sears. I rode this unicycle hard and learned, but the unicycle could have looked better after I learned. Sears had a good return policy, so I could return the cycle and get all the money back. It’s free to learn that way.
       
    Big Driveway
    I learned in a big, flat driveway. I also practiced on a basketball court, which led to riding further around the area. Everyone in Ocean Beach, San Diego, knew me and my unicycle. Riding up and down hills, through parks, to school—it was my first passion. Later, I rode my 7-foot unicycle around OB and to high school.
       
    One-Foot?
    As I was really into mastering the single wheel, I learned to ride backward, lifted off the seat, ride with one foot, and worked on using my hands on the peddles. 
     
    The Builder
    While in high school, I built many different unicycles in my metal shop class. One was chain-driven and had a four-inch wheel. Another was 14 feet tall! I rode this much–way up there. Yet, after the third time I fell, I gave it to someone else. I hope he survived any falls.
       
    24 Hours?
    Also, in high school, the track team was set up to do a 24-hour distance relay while running with ten people. I talked with my friend, Jon Held, and we decided to do the relay on a unicycle I built—just the two of us. This cycle was geared up, chain-driven, and about five feet tall. You could go very fast on it.
     
    Jon Held
    One rode for a time, then a trade-off. Because of the tire, a trail was formed on the dirt track. We talked later and discovered that we each stuck to this track when we rode. Jon and I completed 231.5 miles in 24 hours and were pleased.
     
    Toe Clips?
    I put toe clips on my pedals (very dangerous) so that I could jump rope on the uni. I did this in many, many shows. If needed, I could quickly pull my foot out of the clip, and the jumping rope on the unicycle added much to the show. While performing at Ballys, my crank broke once; I made it funny after it happened.
         

    Down the steps?

    Mentally
    Surprisingly, riding a unicycle is excellent exercise. It mainly works the quad muscle group, located in the thigh area. Physically, unicyclists need strong legs, a sense of balance, and quick reflexes. Mentally, you will need the will to try and try again. Keep practicing–Focus–You can do it!

    Jon Held, John Jenack, Kit Summers in 1977

    Benefits
    Unicycles are relatively inexpensive, suitable for exercise, compact, and can be taken anywhere. Furthermore, recent scientific research has demonstrated that unicyclists improve their concentration, balance, and motor coordination. This activity plays a vital role in physical and mental development.
        

    Just know that, at any age,
    “YOU”
    Can learn to ride a unicycle! 

    Lisa
    My friend, Lisa Polinari, has been riding and performing on unicycles for many years.
    Learn more about Lisa here >>    https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/magazine/1992/07/05/what-a-wheelie/9f35a911-9db5-4f2e-ac04-63d5457ebb4f/
     
    Learning
    Learning to ride the unicycle was difficult for me, but I persisted. The average time needed to learn unicycling is 10-15 hours, about an hour a day for two weeks. Unicycling is generally not dangerous; I did no damage to myself or anything. As with any physical activity, like riding a bike, expect to fall now and again, especially while learning.
       
    Jasmine and April
    I taught my daughters, April and Jasmine, to ride when they were young.
    They got to be pretty good and stopped advancing because of many other things.
           
    A Video for You
    Here is one video on how to learn >>
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=6NT8upwdMQo
    YouTube has many videos on learning to ride on one wheel.
    Search for riding a unicycle and unicycle tricks.
       
    Getting Ready
    Once you obtain a unicycle, adjust the seat height so that your knee on the down pedal is slightly bent while on the seat. A seat that is too high or low makes it very difficult to ride. A 20” wheel is the easiest to learn to ride. Many quickly give up, so there are used unicycles you can find for cheap.
       
    Balance
    To maintain balance, you must keep the wheel moving under you–SO keep moving! Finally, after many attempts and one week after starting (practicing about 30 minutes per day), I managed to keep my balance and move forward. It was exhilarating and a lot of fun.
       
    Your Life
    I discovered that unicycling is indeed an excellent metaphor for life. You must also get out of your comfort zone and fail again as you learn. You also need to adjust and try different positions. Most importantly, you must keep moving to keep your balance.
       
    Learning Again?
    Learning again after my accident was quite challenging. I am an exception in that respect. After over twenty years, I still can’t ride like before my accident. But don’t let that stop you from trying. There is so much to learn besides just riding forward. Check out YouTube videos to learn more.
       
    How to Balance
    No matter what age you are — you CAN learn to ride! There is no handlebar; the cycle is steered by gripping the seat with the legs and twisting the body. Riders keep their balance by moving their arms and controlling their speed while peddling.
     
    Your Core
    Riding a unicycle engages your whole body. Once you start riding a unicycle, you will likely be surprised by how much it engages your core. There is a misconception that unicycle riding is mainly about your legs. Besides adjusting backward and forward progress, it’s about your core muscles.
     
    Around the World?
    You may have seen his videos on YouTube.  A British man is celebrating after becoming the first person to unicycle around the world. Ed Pratt left Curry Rivel, near Taunton, Somerset, in March 2015 to embark on a 21,000-mile one-wheeled adventure when he was only 19.
    Watch this video of Ed, invigorating, I must say >>
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWfoZKOmLfs
       
    The Challenge
    Some of these challenges will be obvious, like balancing on shifting surfaces. Some might need to be more prominent, like how much more difficult it is to crank a unicycle than to ride a bike. Not all of those challenges are physical—some are mental.
       
    4” Wheel?
    It was quite fun. I rode another cycle I built in high school—a chain-drive uni with a four-inch wheel. I used this in many performances. I finally sold it when I knew I would be traveling. I wish I still had it, but it’s too late.
     
    WHEN YOU RIDE >>
    Keep your chin up and back straight, look ahead, and SMILE!
    Remember to use your hips and thighs on the seat to steer.
    Control your forward and back pedaling.
    Know that a battle of wits accounts for the physicality of it all,
    Look forward and not down.
    Keep your weight on the seat.
    If you stand up or put too much weight on the pedals, the unicycle wobbles as you ride.
       
    How about This >>
    That I may fall,
    Flat on my face
    And it’ll be ok
    I’ll be fine—trust me.
    Because equilibrium’s non-static state
    Ends sooner—Rather than later.
    What’s Balance but a second before falling?
    What’s Balance?
    But a second before needing more Balance. 

    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.
     
    BE POSITIVE!
    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 >>
       
    “Why be a third wheel, like on a tricycle?
    When can you be number one — unicycle?”   Kit Summers
       
    “Murray sounds like a blindfolded man riding a unicycle on the rim of the pit of doom; the men facing the danger are all so taciturn that you might as well try interviewing the cars themselves.” Clive James
     
    “A person riding a unicycle on a tightrope doesn’t worry about being likable; they’re doing something amazing that very few people can do.”  Ted Alexandro
     
    “Owned a unicycle with one pedal and a missing seat. It was stolen by a one-legged man, with no butt, and an incredible sense of balance.”     David Hammons
     
    “I wonder if Harley-Davidson makes a unicycle.”  Michael Hedges
     
    “A person riding a unicycle on a tightrope doesn’t worry about being likable; they’re doing something unique that very few people can do.”   Ted Alexandro
     
    “I love motor learning because it’s elementary and primal—much of what I like to learn correlates with the opposite of what gets you laid. I can ride a unicycle, and I can juggle. These are unimpressive things to know.”    Demetri Martin
     
    “Yes, okay, it’s cool to be quirky. Do some puzzles, make puzzles, or learn how to ride a unicycle. That’s cool when it’s on the side, and you have a plan. What happens when you remove the plan? What you’re left with is a guy who likes to do anagrams. And doesn’t have a job… Sweet, that’s a catch.”    Demetri Martin

    “If something is too hard, it’s not worth doing. You just stick that guitar in the closet next to your shortwave radio, your karate outfit, and your unicycle, and we’ll go inside and watch TV.”  Matt Groening
       
    “I love motor learning because it’s elementary and primal—a lot of what I like to learn correlates with the opposite of what gets you laid. I can ride a unicycle, and I can juggle. These are unimpressive things to know.”      Demetri Martin
     
    “Everyone stops for a giant on a unicycle.”   Kimberly Willis Holt
     
    “So here we are, talking about Roman unicycles and alien sandwiches and my sister’s Italian misfortunes, while hanging in between us is: MY EPIC FAILURE TO CARPE. What’s wrong with me?”    Laini Taylor
       
    “I used to entertain myself – I taught myself to use stilts and juggle and ride a unicycle. But I was never immediately interested in theatre.”        Tobias Segal

    WHEN 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 remember 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.
       
    5/18–Still cloudy, tiny drops of rain. Not a very nice day.
         
    We went to see the puppies! Tiffany lives somewhat close; she took three of the pups. What a wonderful thing; they each seemed to remember us. I lay on the ground, and they could not stop licking my face. What fabulous torture it was.
       
    5/19—For some reason, I thought today was Monday. It is Sunday, and now I have an extra day—what to do, what to do?

    Beth got a turtle!
    She is always looking for something.
    I’m glad to be her only human.
    And, the next week she got another bunny!
    The bunny and turtle are helping to take the place of the puppies we had.
     
    THE CICADAS–For some time, we heard the constant hum of a bug called “Cicada.” Whenever you went outside, you heard them–they were everywhere. For some reason, at the time of the cicadas, birds did not come to our bird feeders, but now birds are back, and the bugs are gone.
     
    A constant hum-noise for weeks, not hearing it anymore. They have mated and are back underground. Depending on the species, they spend most of their lives—13 or 17 years—in larval form, burrowed beneath the soil and feeding on fluids from plant roots (do they have a calendar, or what?).
         
    They emerge from the soil in springtime and complete their final molt into adulthood. Each individual in a brood emerges within weeks of one another.
    Watch this to learn more >>
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjLiWy2nT7U  
           
    5/20/24--I aim to get as much done as possible each day when I awake. It does not happen, but it is my aim. Today, I finished some writing and saw Gary in his land at Steven’s Creek. I was not there long but improved paths and helped Gary carry up some things from his vehicle.
     
    Contact Gary if you would like to visit >>
    https://www.facebook.com/gary.duteau.10
     
    Beth made a dish tonight with freshly picked green beans from our garden. Garbanzo beans, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, red onion, mozzarella cheese, and tomato were mixed in. Tastes great, and good for you, too.
       
    5/21–Woke at about 2am, yet again. I am all alright with limited sleep, though. A quick stop visit with Gary on his land. Gary had made some lasagna, which was a quick meal for me.
         
    5/22–Tending to the gardens today. Much growth in the plants. As I train them when they are young, I can have them grow how I want before they produce the produce (why are those two words the same, yet mean different things?)
     
    And because I am writing this blog, I have to get on my unicycle and see what I can do on it.
       
    I did a lot of work on the bathroom today. I had to put some drywall where the old medicine cabinet was and put in the Joint Compound to seal things up. Tomorrow, I will touch up where necessary and paint the job I did. Lastly, I will put up the new medicine cabinet. You will see photos.
           
    I’ve done this kind of work before; I learn as I go. I’ve written before that you can do anything another person can do; you just have to find a way. Successful people are no different from me and you; they just find ways that work for them.
     
    You do not need to call a home repair person to do the work for you—it is very expensive. You can do it yourself and do a better job for much less. First, you must trust yourself and what you can do.
       
    5/23–I slept in until about 4 a.m., which is late sleep for me. It’s a bright sunny day today, so I expect to get much accomplished.

    We found a gob of worms today.
    Have a look at the photo.

    The worm are great for the gardens, so in they went.

    I thoroughly cleaned my van today. Some cars I see have the backseat and front seats packed full of stuff. Take the time to organize your vehicle. Once you have your car of truck clean, you will feel better.
    This only took an hour or two, do yours this week.
    Took everything out.
    Vacuumed well.
    Wiped the dash and all.
    Used a hose to wash the outside.
    Cleaned the windows.
    Smiled.
     
    We went to see one of the puppies today. This one (there were seven) lives with David deep in the woods in a house with three other large dogs. They all get along great in the gated yard and continue to give each other licks and kisses, as well as us.
     
    5/24–The main part of the bathroom is complete. But I shouldn’t write that because I am always making improvements to my work. It looks good right now, but I like to improve. We still need to put in a floor and a ceiling. You will find some photos of how it looks right now.

    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
    The vegetable plants grow each week. You can see more photos every Friday. The tomatoes should get very large; we await. We’re still not sure how Jerusalem Artichokes will be. I’ve read that they taste like artichokes, hence the name. You eat the tuber, like the root. You will learn later, then you can grow some next summer.


    It will be a massive tomato harvest!

    Amaranth.
    I have never consumed this plant.

    I will let you know.
    It’s a beautiful plant.
    Do you eat the seeds?
    Do you know?
       
    There has been plenty of rain this week, so adding more water is unnecessary. I have a rainwater collector that I use to water the garden when it needs it. I also have three rainwater collectors I could use. These are always full; we get enough rain.
     

    Cucumbers Galore

    Do you have a rainwater collector yet?
    It may be necessary for your future.
    The price has gone way down.
    Take a look >>
    https://www.amazon.com/s?k=vingli+rainwater&crid=1EWFZVASAC0RJ&sprefix=vingli+rainwater+%2Caps%2C140&ref=nb_sb_noss
     
    Go from your rainwater gutters and direct the downspout pipes to feed into your rainwater collector.  Have a screen on your container to filter out leaves and debris. I built a stand and put my collectors five feet up so that gravity could release water from a hose.
       
    I have two 100-gallon collectors, one 50-gallon rainwater collector, and a tote that holds 375 gallons. Eventually, I want to get another 375-gallon tote to hold water. We plan on filtering the rainwater to drink it. Are you thirsty?
       
    A self-supportive life can be a better life.
    A garden would be a part of that life.
    You must look into it.
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    YOUR CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK >>Don’t give up on juggling this week. 

    This week, learn to ride a unicycle!

    If you can already ride, learn to ride backward! 

    If you can already ride backward, learn to ride sideways!

    ALL OUR LIFE, WE MUST CHALLENGE OURSELVES! 

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    NEXT BLOG >>
    Beth is going to a wedding this weekend, I will be here alone.
    You will learn about the wedding. 

    AND WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING FOR YOUR UPCOMING WEEK?

     


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  • BLOG 272— CAMPING AT STEVEN’S CREEK


    “KITTING AROUND”
    BLOG 272— CAMPING AT STEVEN’S CREEK
       
    Don’t sleepwalk through life.   
    I hope to illuminate your Life with my Words.
    I WANT TO INSPIRE YOU TO LIVE DIFFERENTLY OR BETTER!
             

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    *** 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.
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    *** 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.
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    *** You will find secrets to unfold and good news!
    *** What are you passionate about?
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    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 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 that 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 — Camping at Steven’s Creek

    Do you ever go camping? There are so many benefits to being in the wilderness. Starting years ago, I was a Boy Scout and went camping every month or so. I am happy I did; it added so much to my life. I even attended the 1973 National Boy Scout Jamboree in Farragut State Park, Idaho.
    https://nationalboyscoutjamboree.com/1973jamboree/1973BoyScout-National-Jamboree-Page1.html
       
    The lessons learned added much to my life. You can start learning about the wilderness and camping to grow your life. Going to the wilderness is real life, necessary for better vitality. When they were young, Mary Ellen and I took our daughters, Jasmine and April, camping, and they loved it.
     
    For over six years, I lived in my van and traveled to every national park and state in the US. What a significant part of my life! The parks and the wilderness are such a draw for me. Currently, Beth and I live in the wilderness, somewhat, and we love it here.
       
    Beth and I live in a house that is basically in the wilderness. We have forest, animals, and wilderness right outside our door. I presume you’ve seen some photos in my blogs. Have you been here? You will have to stop by for a visit sometime. 
     
    For a week starting on May 12, Gary Duteau invited people to camp with him at his land on Steven’s Creek. Below, in the Daily Jottings, you will read more about Gary’s event. This week did not turn out so good. There was a lot of rain—yikes.
       
    Gary is the reason Beth and I met; let me explain. Gary and I were friends on Facebook. I had been living in my van and traveling. Gary told me about his annual get-together, and I decided to join him. To get online and plugin, I would most often go to libraries.

    Beth had only a few weeks left until retirement; she worked at McCormick Library, the nearest library to Gary’s setup. I met Beth at the library, and we slowly fell in love. We got closer and closer, and on 2/22/22 at 2:22, we were married at Gary’s land. Here is a link to a video about the wedding; enjoy>>
       
    Our love has grown big and continues to grow. We were about the same age, 63, when we met, so that worked out well. I can’t say it has all been peaches and cream. We had to learn about each other from the start. Yes, times have been difficult, but most of the time, things are beautiful.
     
    You must get out to the woods, the wilderness, regardless of age. Even living in a big city, take the time to get away. The benefits are phenomenal.
       
    HERE ARE SOME BENEFITS OF CAMPING >>
       
    1–CAMPING REDUCES STRESS.
    Leave your overbooked schedule at home. When camping, there is no place to be at a particular time, and nothing interrupts you or competes for your awareness. The natural outcome of this type of setting is stress reduction and relaxation you can’t find anywhere else.
     
    2–THE FRESH AIR HAS MANY BENEFITS.
    You must realize how scarce fresh air is in your day-to-day life. When you go camping, you get the wondrous scents of the outdoors and the smell of dinner cooking over an open fire.
     
    3–CAMPING WILL IMPROVE RELATIONSHIPS.
    One of the best and most important aspects of camping is how it helps you build and reinforce relationships. Going camping with friends or family lets you talk and visit without distraction, even into the night.
       
    4–CAMPING ENCOURAGES PHYSICAL FITNESS.
    Camping is a time for exercise. You set up a tent, gather firewood, and go for a hike. At home, we often lead inactive lives that do not promote physical fitness. When camping, you can’t help but engage in physical activity and get your heart rate up.
       
    5–THE QUALITY OF YOUR SLEEP WILL BE BETTER.
    When was the last time you rested late without an alarm clock to wake you up? When camping, the only alarm clocks you have are the sun and the birds chirping. Waking up with nature rather than an alarm clock is an experience everyone should have often.
       
    6–CAMPING LETS YOU UNPLUG.
    Camping is an excellent chance for everyone to unplug and escape their screens. In the great outdoors, you don’t find computers, tablets, or televisions; there’s so much else to do that does not require electronics.
       
    7–CAMPING GIVES YOU THE CHANCE TO ENJOY GREAT FOOD.
    Food will taste better when made in the outdoors. There’s something about cooking food over a campfire, a campsite grill, or a kitchen in a cabin that just can’t be replicated when you’re eating at home.
       
    8–GET THE CHANCE TO CONNECT WITH NATURE.
    When you are camping, you get a chance to get in touch with nature, find wildlife, and see the stars away from the bright lights of the big city. There’s nothing quite like it. Make sure you and your family have the chance to connect with nature when you explore all the benefits of camping.
     
    9–DEVELOP NEW SKILLS WHEN YOU CAMP.
    You can’t help but create new skills while camping. Everyone on the trip will contribute, and it’s a great chance to learn new things. You may not know how to set up tents, tie knots, start fires, cook a new meal, etc. These skills are essential, yet we don’t often get a chance to develop them during our busy schedules. While camping for adults also applies to young people, several benefits are specific to younger campers.
       
    10–YOU WILL FIND MANY EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS WHEN CAMPING.
    For kids, camping is time spent learning, which is one of the reasons scouting programs are so valuable. They encourage camping experiences built around kids learning new things—fishing, cooking, hiking, tying knots, fire-starting, safety, first aid, and much more. 

    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.
     
    BE POSITIVE!
    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 >>
       
    “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” – John Muir.
     
    “All good things are wild and free.” – Thoreau.
       
    “Camping is about re-connecting with our primordial selves. The reason that cooking humble food around a campfire, surrounded by family and friends, feels so good is that for eons, that was the definition of life in the tribe. It is woven into our very DNA.” – Anonymous.
         
    “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few are dirt” – John Muir.
       
    “May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” – Edward Abbey.
       
    “I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere. Then I ask myself the same question.“ – Harun Yahya.
       
    “Camping is a chance to live with nature and learn valuable life lessons from her wisdom.” – Paul Kortepeter.
       
    “Camping turns strangers into lifelong friends around a campfire.” – Walter Winchell.
       
    “Camping is the ultimate way to disconnect from the chaos of the modern world and reconnect with what truly matters.” – Rachel Carson.
       
    “Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” – Henry David.
       
    “Camping is a journey back to the simplicity of our ancestors in the embrace of Mother Nature.” – Ansel Adams. 
       
    “A great many people, and more all the time, live their entire lives without ever sleeping out under the stars.” – Alan S. Kesselheim.
       
    “Camping – because therapy is expensive.” Anonymous
       
    “A great many people, and more all the time, live their entire lives without ever once sleeping out under the stars.” – Alan S. Kesselheim.
       
    “Camping is about re-connecting with our primordial selves. Cooking humble food around a campfire, surrounded by family and friends, feels so good because, for eons, that was the definition of life in the tribe. It is woven into our very DNA.” – Anonymous.
       
    “If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live much differently.” – Bill Waterson.
       
    “To be whole.
    To be complete.
    Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.” – Terry Tempest Williams.
       
    “The woods are lovely, dark, and deep.
    But I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep.” – Robert Frost.
       
    “Camping is where the adventure begins.” – Anonymous.

    WHEN 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 remember 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.
       
    5/11–We picked our first zucchini today! Many flowers are coming up, which will become a tasty summer squash. Do you want one? Generally, zucchini is considered a vegetable, but botanically, the definition of zucchini is the immature fruit, the swollen ovary of the female zucchini flower.
       
    The last puppy is at a new home. I’m sad because they are all gone, but I’m happy they all have good homes. At times, it was a little much for Beth, who took care of so much. I’m sure she will miss them, too.
     
    SOLAR–Today, Dave Majzner stopped by to tell us more about the company he works with. He showed us that going solar would cost less than the electricity we currently use through CPW. Eventually, there would be no cost once the solar collectors are paid off. The monthly fee we pay for electricity will go toward our solar panels now. Seemed logical to have, so we did. Learn more about Dave here:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-majzner-b033851/
     
    Of course, while here, I taught Dave to juggle; he liked his new skill.
           
    5/12–Off to meet up with Gary and the camping week. Learn more at >>
    https://www.facebook.com/gary.duteau.10
       
    Yet, I am still working on the bathroom, so I did that before I left. I came up with some ideas for the new medicine cabinet (thanks, Eddie, for helping me remove the old one). The bathroom should turn out excellent now. How about you? Are you making improvements to your abode?
     
    When I arrived at Gary’s Stevens Creek location, the weather was fabulous, the path was clear, and the falls were flowing—PERFECT! Only Gary and his cousin Bob were at the camp when I arrived. I was told that about 25 people should show up. Gary started this in 2013, calling it Chef Rendezvous (because so many chefs are attending).  

    Starting with one beer, a smile appeared on my face. THEN IT STARTED—The food began with David bringing many hoagies for everyone to consume. I had half of one; the taste was fantastic. I brought a lot of salsa, which I made a few days ago. The salsa was instantly a hit.
     
    The camp is about 275 meters above the falls, and the constant sound of water going over the falls is very comforting. We have all stared at a waterfall; it never stops. Where does all the water come from? This is water from past rains in the area that feeds into tributaries and joins other water sources. This Stevens Creek keeps the same flow constantly.
       
    I forgot to bring my sleepie pad, so I will take the seven-mile drive home to sleep the night. It is a lovely drive. I will get the pad and sleep at the camp tonight.
     
    Aaron built a permanent “bar” right next to the enduring fire, which stays lit most of the week. Aaron will be kept busy. So far, at 2:22 in the afternoon, there are seven here. More tents are appearing and being set up all the time. There are happy people everywhere. It should be a great time. This is my third year attending; I love it. Gary started this get-together in 2013.  

    Some people just showed up with kayaks. Kayaks and people are driven upstream, dropped off, and float back to the camp. I went down in a canoe with someone else a few years ago. The water was low, and so many rocks were apparent. We had to get out often and walk the canoe until we could float again. It was not a fun time.
     
    When doing things like this, I mainly keep to myself.
    I am all right with that.
    It has been that way for most of my life.
    Small talk wastes time, and I have no interest in it.
    I am a friendly conversationalist, don’t get me wrong.
    But I am still a loner.
     
    I am hand-writing this on a small yellow pad.
    Later, I will type it on the computer (as I currently doing).
    Do you ever resort to handwriting?
     
    Aaron has been busy making drinks for guests. He had all the necessary ingredients and assembled a tasty margarita for me. The excellent taste of the drink, combined with the tequila, gets me going (whatever that might mean).
     
    But I am careful; my mom was an alcoholic, as well as my two brothers. One older and one younger,  they liked to drink a lot. Mike and Gary both died from being hit by vehicles after being involved with alcohol and/or drugs—a sad thing. So, all of the Summers boys were hit by trucks; I am the only one who survived.
     
    As they say, “Alone again, naturally.” Which I am now, and I am all right with that. I like intelligent conversation, as I found out with Ethan Brock, Aaron’s brother; Aaron mans the bar (after all, he is a man). In real life, Ethan sells wines all around the country and in stores in the area. He is a wine expert, and we talked a lot about it.
       
    I learned that Italy is the most significant area for wine production. And the world of wine is growing constantly. Even areas of China are delving into wine-making and growing grapes, making beautiful wines. You see, wines are all about the grape; new ones are always coming up.
       
    Ethan told me he sees that he wants to change his future. He likes teaching art to young people, which he has done before. This would be more fulfilling for him. A passion for teaching, and I like that. I hope he keeps pushing toward this end. Can you help Ethan toward this end?

    Back with Beth for the night, a good thing.
     
    5/13–Today, I left quickly and forgot to grab my sleepie pad yet again. So, I’ll be back home to sleep tonight or find a way to sleep there. I will let you know.
       
    When I arrived, breakfast was served at noon—hmm. A few people downed Bloody Marys; they liked their early drink. At times, rain was gently falling. We would duck under the tents and into the bar to avoid the drops. But it was just raining now and then, which was not bad.
     
    In the afternoon, I had a glass of Riesling Wine. This was a special wine from Graacher in Germany, in the Mosel area. The lands there are great for growing the Riesling grape, and the taste is fantastic. Now I will have to take a trip to Graacher.
     
    The fire today was well-kept and a great flame. With so many chefs here, we are going to eat excellently. They are starting the dinner; it will be quite a feast. I helped build the fire; did that help it improve? Everyone works together to achieve excellence.
       
    THE FOOD HAS STARTED!–I was just handed a slice of a quesadilla, and the taste was fantastic. I told David how much I liked it. He replied, “It’s going to make a fantastic poop.” Everyone laughed at that one. And I have just tried a wine called “Beaujolais” from southern France. Very smooth, with a different taste.
     
    Overall, it was a great time and an outstanding experience. Wine, food, and good conversation—what more could you ask for? All the food is cooked directly on the wood fire. Currently, Gary is cooking cabbage, which is not a dish but an addition to other food. For example, it will go into the Pasta Primavera, which should be fantastic.
         
    So, I have my computer at the camp today and am typing directly for this blog. I have some hours of battery time, which is a good thing. I look right down and see and hear the big stream. Again, being so lovely here makes me smile.
     
    My left elbow continues to hurt a lot.
    I will go to the doctor soon.
    Yes, it hurts that much.
    Is it arthritis?
    I will find out when I see Dr. Wiggins.
    Surgery on my elbow?
    I would be all right with that.
     
    There is supposed to be a lot of rain tonight. I did not bring my sleepie pad or tent, so I will stay home tonight. As I wrote before, the drive is excellent. Right now, it is 5:15 p.m., and no rain is coming. As night comes, I expect the rain to start up again.
     
    The pasta primavera is cooked and tastes delicious. Next, steaks are on the grill directly over the fire. They look appetizing. Everyone is looking forward to the upcoming meal. Now, it is 6:11, and there has yet to be much food. I am not hungry, having been eating various things all day.
       
    No one seems to care when we eat, but that’s ok. I am not hungry at all, but the thing is, I am never hungry. I am thinking, again, about not eating at all. I will lose weight, and that is good for me. Four more people showed up as the evening came, so a big gang was here now. Drinks and food are provided for everybody, and everyone has a good time.
     
    After the meal, it was back to Beth to sleep at home.
       
    5/14–I could not sleep and woke up at 1:30am. I have a dental appointment at 1:30 this afternoon. This is about three root canals I need taken care of.
     
    This was with a different dentist. He does root canal work. I need three root canals. I’ve had this procedure before, but the dentist did not remove the whole root, which can become infected. When I was young, I did not take very good care of my choppers.
     
    With the help of insurance, the bill came to about $800; it only took an hour or two–an unbelievable price! I told him and the staff that I would teach them to juggle the next time I was there. They are looking forward to it (and no, I will not charge eight hundred bucks for the lessons!–but I should.)
     
    After exiting the dentist, I read words from Beth, letting me know she needed a hug. I was going to go directly to Gary’s get-together, but, of course, Beth always comes first. Once she calmed down and settled, it was off to the camp.
       
    Arriving at about 4 p.m., I had to set up the tent I had brought. There were a couple of bent connectors, but they went together. I even put the rain fly on, just in case any rain was coming (I did not expect any—boy, was I wrong).
     
    When I arrived, I was the only one there. People were off kayaking and such. Individuals soon started showing up. Looking out at the falls, Gary and I noticed that there seemed to be more water falling than usual, which was interesting.
       
    I forgot to bring my computer and left it at home. It’s a good thing I did; otherwise, it would have gotten soaked with the upcoming rain showers (a little hint about what is coming up). Once again, I am hand-writing words that will later be put onto the computer. Writing by hand can be challenging, as deciphering what I wrote earlier can sometimes be challenging.
     
    THE FOOD IS STARTING!
    Bratwurst on the grill.
    The chicken will be fried up soon.
    Leftover pasta-primavera.
    Someone even brought a great many crayfish.
     
    When I was a youngster, my sister, Sandy, her husband Tommy, and their son Wally, took my brother Gary and me to get crawdads (crayfish) when I lived in Oregon. We spent half a day at flowing rivers and got many little crustaceans. Sandy would cook them up later, and we ate well.
       
    The crayfish today were mainly small. After you remove the shell, there is hardly anything left to eat. The main meat is in the tail, which is very small. I did consume a couple, but they had little taste. They were hardly worth the effort.
       
    Aaron made me some drinks with Kahlua, vodka, and other ingredients. They were very tasty and did not affect me much. Aaron told me what he made for me was a White Russian. Earlier, beers and wine were flowing for many.
     
    Gary is currently serving up sections of a very large rib-eye steak he acquired and cooking it at the right temperature. It will take a while to cook. Also, I had him put on some of the leftover primavera pasta. It should be a good meal for all.
     
    The fire is burning well. I’m sure you have stared at a fire before (like staring at waterfalls). I’m unsure what the draw is for our eyes and minds, but it’s interesting. While the group was at the fire, some raindrops fell, and there was nothing to be concerned with (yet). 

    As the day went on, I rolled into bed early, having awoken at about 1:30 the night before and up since then. Because of the rain that came, I could not write; you will read below what the night consisted of. No sleep tonight for me.
       
    5/15–First, today, I had a dentist visit. This specialist performs root canals, which are very expensive here. The cost today would be around $800; I am not even sure what this includes.
       
    These words are about what happened last night–I just awoke from that nightmare. It started light, but more giant raindrops were on the way. I got a few hours of shuteye, but what occurred would not allow me more sleep.
       
    Where I had my sleepie bag, the rain came through the top of the tent, gentle drops, but enough to annoy me. I moved my bag to the other side of the tent, which was better. The rain was relentless, and I could not get away from it.
     
    Lately, for some reason, I have, off and on, been getting painful cramps in my legs. Tonight, the cramps were merciless; there was much pain. I had to force myself to relax–complicated for me. Knowing I would not get any sleep if I stayed, I got my things together and got on the path back to my van.
     
    What a night.
    Getting wet.
    Having cramps.
    The tent is leaking.
    My sleepie pad is deflating.
    My sleepie bag unzips on its own.
    The lightning and thunder started–big.
    Boom, Boom, Boom.
    Rainwater everywhere.
    No sleep.
    Not a good night.
       
    I decided I would drive home. Aaron and a few others were still at the bar, even at this late hour. When Aaron saw that I would be walking to my van to depart, he walked with me to ensure my safety. What a nice man he truly is. Few cars were on the road at this hour, so I breezed right home.
     
    Of course, I awoke Beth upon arrival. Jemma was right there, giving me big licks and kisses. I slept for a few hours; I don’t need much rest.
     
    If I go to the camp today, you will be reading further.
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    Arriving at the camp this afternoon.
    Stories were going around.
    I was not the only one who suffered.
       
    Aaron and Ethan are brothers, and their father turns 70 today. They went to be with him on this special day. Those two bring much life to the camp; they will be missed. They will return tomorrow or the next day. Only Gary and Gary’s cousin, Bob, and I are around.
       
    Soon, Gary and Bob will go with the kayaks on the river for a few hours. So, I will head home at that time.
       
    Nice to be with Beth this evening.
    Terrible memories of last night.
    Goodnight, for now.
       
    5/16–Sleep is often a problem for me. Today, upon awakening at about 1 a.m., my mind went to yesterday’s dentist encounter. I had to get on the computer to write a review of my bad time there. I want help from the dentist, but I was not pleased with my time there yesterday. I must write a review to get it off my mind.
       
    Arriving at the camp at about 11:30, Gary, Bob, and I were the only ones there. Gary fried potatoes, onions, peppers, fresh Portabella mushrooms, and some leftover meat from yesterday. It tasted fantastic and was a great start to my time here today.
       
    Aaron returned from his father’s 70th birthday. It sounds like his father is physically and mentally well, although Aaron told me his father is showing his age. I told him we are all on our way to old age like that and then comes death. Are you ready?
       
    5/17–Not again! Awakening about 1am, up for the day I am. Getting back to sleep can be challenging, so I stay awake and work on stuff. This morning, I lay on the sofa and got a little more sleep; that surprised me.
     
    Now, at about 9 a.m., Beth is still in slumber. Sometimes, I wish I could sleep that quickly, but life continues. With limited sleep, I feel more down throughout the day. But is it to my detriment?
       
    I am working on various projects today—office, garden, bathroom. There is so much to be done, but I am doing it. As you might know, I learn as I go and can do almost anything at a high skill level. Anyone can achieve like others can do; they are not unique; they knew the correct way to do something. 

    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
    The vegetable plants grow each week. You can see more photos every Friday. The tomatoes should get very large; we await. We’re still not sure how Jerusalem Artichokes will be. I’ve read that they taste like artichokes, hence the name. You eat the tuber, like the root. You will learn later, then you can grow some next summer.

    Also, the Amaranth we are growing.
    I have never consumed this plant.
    I will let you know.
    It’s a beautiful plant.
    Do you eat the seeds?
    Do you know?
       
    There has been plenty of rain this week, so adding more water is unnecessary. I have a rainwater collector that I use to water the garden when it needs it. I also have three rainwater collectors I could use. These are always full; we get enough rain.
     

    The Jerusalem Artichokes are taking OFF!

    Do you have a rainwater collector yet?
    It may be necessary for your future.
    The price has gone way down.
    Take a look >>
    https://www.amazon.com/s?k=vingli+rainwater&crid=1EWFZVASAC0RJ&sprefix=vingli+rainwater+%2Caps%2C140&ref=nb_sb_noss
     
    Go from your rainwater gutters and direct the downspout pipes to feed into your rainwater collector.  Have a screen on your container to filter out leaves and debris. I built a stand and put my collectors five feet up so that gravity could release water from a hose.
       
    I have two 100-gallon collectors, one 50-gallon rainwater collector, and a tote that holds 375 gallons. Eventually, I want to get another 375-gallon tote to hold water. We plan on filtering the rainwater to drink it. Are you thirsty?
       
    A self-supportive life can be a better life.
    A garden would be a part of that life.
    You must look into it.
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    YOUR CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK
       
    Go to the out-of-doors this week, into the wilderness.
    If you can, camp where you can go out in the trees with the animals.
    Make it a habit to return to nature when you can. 

    ALL OUR LIVES, WE MUST CHALLENGE OURSELVES! 

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    NEXT BLOG >>
    On one wheel.
    Can you ride a unicycle?
    Next week, learn about one-wheel wonders. 

    AND WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING FOR YOUR UPCOMING WEEK?

     


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  • BLOG 271—You CAN Be Your Doctor?

    “KITTING AROUND”
    BLOG 271—You CAN Be Your Doctor?
       
    Don’t sleepwalk through life.   
    I hope to illuminate your Life with my Words.
    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 hope I am helping to guide you. Coaches like me wish to lighten the path on your road. Remember that it is up to you to generate your journey toward excellence. I’m not trying to show you “the way”; I am trying to help you find “your way.” Writing this blog every 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 that 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 — You CAN be Your Doctor? 

    I’ve seen many different doctors over the years. Sometimes, they have helped, but there have also been visits that were simply a waste of time. Most doctors have attended school, and many are good thinkers, but some are made out to be like saviors; they are not. 

    YOUR HEALTH AND HAPPINESS ARE
    THE MOST ESSENTIAL THINGS IN YOUR LIFE! 

    You must find ways to get better and better. Don’t put all your time and effort into finding doctors; educate and decide your own future. The computer is such a great tool; use this resource for a better life. Decide what is best for you—NOW.
       
    Reason, observation, human understanding, and courage make good physicians. They often wear the white coat with pride and indignity, in that serving the public as a physician is an honor and privilege. Always remember the privilege of being a physician.
       
    Did you know most doctors don’t often treat themselves or their family members? However, it may be acceptable in limited circumstances, emergencies, or isolated settings where no other qualified physician is available. For yourself, work along with your doctor! 

    A DOCTOR IS NOT THERE TO “CURE” YOU.
    THEY ARE THERE TO “HELP” YOU. 

    Yes, many doctors are quacks (and not the duck type.) Quack, in the sense of a medical impostor, is a shortening of the old Dutch word quacksalver (spelled kwakzalver in modern Dutch.) This originally meant a person who cures with home remedies and then came to mean one using false cures or knowledge.
       
    At times, you must study for yourself and make yourself better. With the internet, this is getting easier and easier. Search the web about your symptoms and learn for yourself what can make you better. You must also study and learn about your ailment along with your doctor.
       
    In most countries, becoming a doctor requires attending medical school. Medical education is a rigorous and highly controlled process that typically takes at least five to eight years to complete. But don’t just trust doctors and take their word for it; diagnose yourself, too. It is your body and your mind, after all. Do the right thing to live a better life, whatever that might be. 
       
    Many people think doctors are brilliant, but not their intelligence got them where they are; instead, it is their drive and discipline. For most great doctors, care and wanting the best for others are essential. You must work “with” your doctor to heal yourself.
     
    Think about it: anyone can become a doctor; you just need determination and drive. If someone is truly disciplined and puts all their efforts into studying to become a doctor, it will happen! Just know you don’t have to become a medical doctor to treat yourself.
         
    Figure out what you need to do to get better, THEN DO IT! If you want to become a doctor, always keep the idea of helping people in mind. Apply yourself and reach excellence! It’s captivating. We can accomplish anything we put our minds to, and it has no say in our level of intelligence. Yes, you CAN be a doctor.
       
    I’m not saying just to rely on yourself; doctors are here to help. Without medical intervention, I could never have come back from my accident and 37-day coma. Or the second time I was hit by a truck, and much of my body was broken. 
     
    Yet, there are good doctors and bad ones. I had to go through seven strabismus operations to get my double vision cured. Finally, I went to a specialist in NYC, and she got it right; I am forever grateful. You have to learn and study for yourself whatever ailment you might have and take action! 

    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.
     
    BE POSITIVE!
    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 >>
       
    “So many doctors practice medicine.
    But, the thing is, they practice.
    Some never seem to get it right.” –– Kit Summers 
       
    “A doctor gave a man six months to live.
    The man couldn’t pay his bill,
    so he gave him another six months”  ––  Henny Youngman
       
    “I want to experience the most beautiful adrenaline rush of my life.”  ––  Unknown

    “Doctors and nurses will never understand your romantic feelings. Because for them, the heart is only there to pump blood throughout the body, they cannot see anything beyond their nose. They also cannot point to the source of love in the body.”  ––  Mwanandeke Kindembo
           
    “Wherever the art of medicine is loved,
    there is also a love for humanity.”  ––  Hippocrates
       
    “Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.”  ––  Erma Bombeck
     
    “The moment you doubt you can fly,
    you forever cease to be able to do it.” ––  Unknown
     
    “The power of a female doctor lies in her resilience and determination.”  ––  Unknown
       
    “Doctors who want power will do anything to get it;
    healers will do anything to escape it.”  ––  Aude Mermilliod
     
    “Failure is not fatal, and success is not final:
    the courage to continue that count.”  ––  Unknown
     
    “We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.”  ––  Martin Luther King
     
    “You have to be odd to be number one.”  ––  Dr. Seuss
       
    “Your time is limited; don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown your own inner voice. Most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition; they already know what you want to become. Everything else is secondary.”  ––  Steve Jobs
     
    “Do your best.
    One day,
    you will be someone’s hero.”  ––  Unknown

    “Whatever you do, do it with determination. You have one life to live; do your work with passion and give your best. Whether you want to be a chef, doctor, actor, or a mother, be passionate to get the best result. –– Alia Bhat
       
    “Not all angels have wings;
    some have stethoscopes.”  ––  Unknown
       
    “Success is not the key to happiness.
    Happiness is the key to success.
    If you love what you are doing,
    you will be successful.”  ––  Unknown.
       
    “Never give up on practicing medicine,
    for that is the place and time when the tide will turn.”  ––  Unknown.

    WHEN 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 remember what you did last Monday?
    Do you remember what you ate for dinner last Sunday?
    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.
       
    5/4–I start a new life every week by writing this blog. I look ahead to the next seven days, and I plan things to report back to you. You could start a blog and bring on the same drive.
       
    It Rained all day today, which is great for the gardens.
    The rain will also refill all our rain savers.

    Beth has been ill but does not want to see a doctor about her feelings or symtoms. Perhaps you feel like she does when she does not want her body to be invaded by a doctor about her condition. That’s understandable; I know a doctor is there when necessary.
       
    5/5-6–Sitting on the rain-soaked ground, pulling dandelions out. That marks my day. I put up a new medicine cabinet in the bathroom. Every place that sells a product must get the words they use written better in the instructions.
     
    It ended up that the old cabinet was not aligned with the sink. And it was challenging to knock off the wall. Beth suggested I screw the new cabinet directly onto the old one. After I did that, I saw that when old cabinet was not aligned.
     
    5/7-8–The puppies have all found homes, and we are happy. These guys were great, though. They couldn’t get enough of playing with toys, with each other, and with us.

    Beth gave away four more of her rabbits, bringing us down to a responsible number of four bunnies. Beth finds something to cling onto, like rabbits or puppies–and when she does—she puts everything into it. She had many succulent plants, for example. Eventually, she fades away, liking whatever it is, and we continue.
       
    5/9–Awakening to a thunderstorm and knowing this rain is good for the plants, a smile came upon my face. Rain most of the week is great for growing produce. Words intrigue me; how did growing vegetables get the name “produce?)
       
    I performed for the people at the local senior center (yikes! I am one of them). Every day, they have lunch available, and I performed right before feeding time. I talked about driving toward the future, regardless of your age. Keep making plans as you get older.
       
    Also, because of today’s topic, I talked a lot about working with your doctor to get better, to learn and study any symptoms you may have, and to help heal yourself. Don’t depend too much on the medical field; you must participate in your health.

    Later, another puppy went to a new home. Now, just one pup is left, and it looks like they will have a new home tomorrow. It is fascinating to see the pups grow from when they were first born to what they are now—and they will keep growing.  
    5/10–In the garden today. Things are looking great. With the tomatoes, I’ve found out that it is best to cut (I use my thumbnail) the bottom branches. They say that leaves on dirt will be bad for plants.
     
    Beth made more chocolate chip cookies. I can’t resist–death by chocolate chip cookies?
     
    We will have that one last puppy until tomorrow, then be free again. Jemma doesn’t like this little mutt; she growls at times. 

    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
    The vegetable plants grow each week. You can see more photos every Friday. The tomatoes should get very large; we await. We’re still not sure how Jerusalem Artichokes will be. I’ve read that they taste like artichokes, hence the name. You eat the tuber, like the root. You will learn later, then you can grow some next summer.
     
    Also, the Amaranth we are growing.
    I have never consumed this plant.
    I will let you know.
    It’s a beautiful plant.
    Do you eat the seeds?
    Do you know?
       
    There has been plenty of rain this week, so adding more water is unnecessary. I have a rainwater collector that I use to water the garden when it needs it. I also have three rainwater collectors I could use. These are always full; we get enough rain.
       
    Do you have a rainwater collector yet?
    It may be necessary for your future.
    The price has gone way down.
    Take a look >>
    https://www.amazon.com/s?k=vingli+rainwater&crid=1EWFZVASAC0RJ&sprefix=vingli+rainwater+%2Caps%2C140&ref=nb_sb_noss
     
    Go from your rainwater gutters and direct the downspout pipes to feed into your rainwater collector.  Have a screen on your container to filter out leaves and debris. I built a stand and put my collectors five feet up so that gravity could release water from a hose.
       
    I have two 100-gallon collectors, one 50-gallon rainwater collector, and a tote that holds 375 gallons. Eventually, I want to get another 375-gallon tote to hold water. We plan on filtering the rainwater to drink it. Are you thirsty?
       
    A self-supportive life can be a better life.
    A garden would be a part of that life.
    You must look into it.
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    YOUR CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK 
       
    If you have to see a doctor for something this week, diagnose yourself and figure out what it would take to get better. Still, go and see your doctor, but educate yourself first; if you don’t have to see a doctor, figure out how to better yourself. 

    ALL OUR LIFE, WE MUST CHALLENGE OURSELVES! 

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    NEXT BLOG >>
    I will be joining Gary DuTeau at Stevens Creek.
    There should be about 25 people showing up.
    Many are professional cooks; we will eat well. 

    AND WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING FOR YOUR UPCOMING WEEK?

     


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