Three Happy Things #2


The second installment in my Happiness Project. 

1.  The little people in my life
I am blessed with a lovely little girl, a handsome boy who often travels with me, and a precious new baby boy.  I love each of them and they bring great joy to my life.  It is amazing how different we all are.  It is equally amazing how much we are the same. 

2.  A 2001 black Jeep Wrangler Sahara soft top 
I didn’t buy it new.  It had almost 60,000 miles on it then. Now at 102,000 miles it’s still rolling through the dirt, mud, sand, potholes, rocks, and road traffic. It’s nice it is not new. I don’t have to note each limb that scrapes the side or each parking lot ding. As long as this beauty is cost effective to repair we will be partners on the journey. 

3. The Toca drum I found in a pawn shop
I am not partically musical but I think I can beat out my rhythm (however erratic it may be) on a drum. People have told me I travel to the beat of my own drummer. Now we know they are right. 

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I spent hours wandering the trainyard at The Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum in Calera Alabama.  I’ve been here many times and it’s a unique joy to take photographs at the museum. There is always something new to shoot.  
I miss seeing the caboose at the end of the train.  A train crossed the road in front of me yesterday.  It’s just not the same with just the light on the last car.  It makes me happy to see places like the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum preserving cabooses for future generations to enjoy. 
One of the many cool things here is riding the train. You can purchase tickets to ride in an open car or an enclosed car.   There are also tickets available to ride in the caboose or in the engine.  I think I should take advantage of one or both of those options while I am here.   

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Photos taken with an iPhone 6 and edited with Snapseed.  

Three Happy Things #1


The plan is to share three things, events, or people that brought a bit of happiness into my Now.   I am going to try and do this as a weekly feature.  OK, I know I’m a sporadic blogger but I can dream.  lol

I need to begin by clearing out the elephants in the room:  My lifestyle and I am not dead. 

I love my life.  Recently I had some sort of heart event. I was hospitalized for five days with a less than optimal heart rhythm.   I could have died but didn’t.  I guess it was not a good day to die.  Thanks to the miracles of computer technology, miniaturization, and modern medicine my life was prolonged. Without the pacemaker I might have been able to limp along for a few more years with a electric rolling chair and an oxygen tank, but probably not.  I’m very happy with the pacemaker they installed in my chest. It steps in when my heart’s natural pacemaker, the sinoatrial node, fails to maintain an appropriate rhythm.   Without the pacemaker I would have lost this lifestyle that I love. 

Speaking of my lifestyle, a couple of years ago I chose to live full time in an RV so I can travel, spend more time in nature and in the cities I love, be outside more, visit people I love, have and share new experiences, meet new people, see new places, explore, feed my curiosity, and tend to my wonder lust.  This lifestyle suits me.  It provides a variety of subjects for my lifelong addiction to photography.  This lifestyle also keeps me flexible. Change is a constant in all our lives. In my life it’s in my face reminding me daily that I have to adapt to survive.  I rarely get to pretend that life stays the same from day to day. 
For example, where is the grocery store?  Google it.  Where is the coffee in the grocery store?   Are my neighbors cool?  Yes.   Oh? New neighbors today.   Are they cool? Yes.  New neighbors again.  I know you get it. Where will I live in a week? Am I going to New Orleans?  What about Texas?  Memphis?  
I have to embrace change as a way of life. I have to stay alert.   It’s helps to be curious.  Right now I’m parked on the cusp of the cone of confusion. I spend a lot of time there. It’s one of my favorite spots. 

And lastly but not leastly there is this. 

Thank you for the IG love Erik Logan. 

Gratuitous Graffiti 

That’s my three for this week.  I’m hopeful there will be three more next week. 

Until next time: peace, love, and joy 

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    44 Odd Things You Don’t Know About Me


    1. Do you like blue cheese? Yes, it’s yummy. 
    2. Have you ever smoked? Yes.
    3. Do you own a gun? No.
    4. What is your favorite ice-cream flavor? Strawberry 
    5. Do you get nervous before doctor visits? Yes, I don’t trust them. 
    6. What do you think of hot dogs? They are unhealthy, but I like them with mustard and kraut.  
    7. Favorite Movie?  Currently it’s Dirty Grandpa 
    8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Coffee
    9. Do you do push ups? Not lately
    10. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry? I don’t own any.
    11. Favorite hobby? Photography 
    12. Do you have A.D.D.? I don’t think so. 
    13. What’s the one thing you dislike about yourself? I’m happy with me. 
    14. What is your middle name? Ralph
    15. Name three thoughts at this moment. 
    Trying to have a thought isn’t easy
    Thinking about thinking
    16. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink:
    17. Current worry?   Nada
    18. Current annoyance right now?  I need to have my house washed.  
    19. Favorite place to be? NOLA
    20. How do you ring in the new year? I usually sleep through it. 
    21. Where would you like to go? Alaska.
    22. Name three people who will fill this out? No one probably.
    23. Do you own slippers? Yes, they were a gift. 
    24. What color shirt are you wearing right now? Gray
    25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? No.
    26. Can you whistle? Yes. 
     27. What are your favorite colors? Black, blue, and red.
    28. Would you be a pirate? I am. 
    29. What songs do you sing in the shower? Religious songs
    30. Favorite girls names: Winnie, Starr, Belle, Christy 
    31. Favorite boys names: James, Jesse, Elliot 
    32. What’s in your pocket right now? Nothing
    33. Last thing that made you laugh? The Ducks and geese
    34. Best toy as a child? My bike
    35. Worst injury you ever had? I almost cut my finger off. 
    36. Where would you love to live? Somewhere warm year round. 
    37. How many TV’s do you have? 2
    38. Who is your loudest friend? Christy 
    39. How many dogs do you own? 0
    40. Does someone trust you? I’d think so. 
    41. What book are you reading? Be Here Now
    42. What’s your favorite candy? Mounds.
    43. What is your favorite sports team? Hard Knox
    44. Favorite month? May 

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    Gratuitous photograph
    Sunset at Rolling Hills Campground

    Happy Valentine’s Day 2017


    Here are some pretty flowers 🌺 for your Valentine’s Day enjoyment.

    Candy heart photos should go here, but I don’t have any of those today.  No cyber calories today. 

    On Valentine’s Day, the day about love and things of the heart, I am going to the cardiologist. Since I don’t have a sweetie this seems an appropriate substitute somehow.   I have V’day cards for them. Might as well make it an experience they will remember for a moment. 

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    Traveling Style 


    Someone asked if coddiwomple was my method of travel.  I immediately knew the answer was a resounding “Yes!”   I have notions of where I may go.  I like New Orleans.  I like to be warm.  I like new experiences.   I like the west.  I like seeing my family and friends. These things influence my journey.  All that being said, I often travel through the vast “cone of confusion” and that’s good too because it always goes somewhere interesting.  I’ve spent the last month or so in the cone of confusion and more is on the horizon. It is quite exciting.  So coddiwomple it is. 

    I have never been much of a “year in review” kind of guy. I am even less interested in looking back over my life for whatever one is supposed to seek out.  But as I started thinking about my travels as coddiwomple I realized that maybe my life was been one long coddiwomple.    

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    Towards the Cracking 


    “We are so afraid to change careers, to end relationships, to outgrow people or places—and that’s just growth. To me, choosing to go toward the cracking in order to keep expanding is the only way. The only way to get out of pain is to go through it. Pain is information—which I think is one of the most profound things anyone has ever said to me. It is literally a piece of information.” – Sophia Bush 

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    So May It Be For You & Me


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    Most Liked 


    Seems the thing to do is look back at what happened in 2016.   Here are my nine most liked photos on Instagram.  

    In some ways these photos summarize the 2016 of my life: the places I’ve visited, the places I’ve stayed, and the things I thought were interesting.  

    Renewal, a new waterwheel
    A holy place
    A butterfly
    My favorite hat
    A lonely, abandoned home
    The empty chair on the third floor
    Scratchy, graffiti, vandalism
    The old, Rice barn

    And clouds float above it all. 

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