The Road Beckons

National Road Monday (69)_edited.jpgThis image makes me reach for my atlas. It’s from a delightful road trip where I spent a morning chasing the sunrise and capturing pictures of old barns, pretty fields and cool signage. I had a destination but all day to get there and no pressure at all.

It was the best day. 

This road beckons to me and makes me yearn to pack my bag and set out for some adventure. That sounds great but I better go to work if I hope to have money for more travels!

Have a great day!

 

Spinning Out Of Control

My record buying has officially spun out of control.

I’ve collected off and on over the years, buying and listening to them in spurts. I might go a year without buying a single record. Right now, I can’t seem to make it a week without dragging home at least one or two. Ok. That’s a lie. More like a dozen a week. Sigh.

There’s a great little record store called Apollo over in Chillicothe and a host of nice antique malls in the area that have records. My hope to buckle down on spending this month failed miserably, mainly because of records.

My music tastes are all over the place so that hasn’t really helped to keep a handle on things either. This week’s haul included everything from classic Conway Twitty to the Flying Burrito Brothers to Paul Revere and the Raiders to eighties Ronnie Milsap.

The best part of collecting records is that you can find them in some of the oddest places for a dollar and up. The bad news is that it’s easy for them to pile up really quickly.

My goal this week is to not spend any money on records. Think I can do it?

Yeah…. I don’t either.

 

Birds Of A Feather

My yard continues to be a haven for the birds this year. I love having them but they don’t love my camera. A few let me take their pictures yesterday so enjoy this collection of pictures of my feathered friends.

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Winter Hike

I am fortunate to live close to several Ohio State Parks but have struggled to get outside this winter. Rain, cold, early darkness, my busy life and occasional laziness have largely kept me inside.

This week I’ve been dying to breathe some fresh air and stretch my legs. There’s nothing like a hike to clear the mind and help reframe troubles into something better.

So I headed out to Old Mans Cave in the famed Hocking Hills yesterday. There were flurries in the air and it wasn’t quite thirty degrees but proper layers kept me warm enough. Unfortunately, the entire park was basically a sheet of ice. There’s no preparing for that.

I hiked about 2.25 miles and didn’t fall despite the fact I was wishing for ice skates most of the way.

It was a short hike but quite challenging and indescribably beautiful. I’m glad I went and was equally glad to get out safely.

People often say they don’t like winter hiking because of the cold and I’ll never understand that. Despite the cold and ice, yesterday’s hike was far more pleasant than the hot, humid ones of summer in Ohio.

If you’ve never done it, my advice is to layer up and plan to reward yourself with some pancakes afterward like I did!

Hiding In Plain Sight

You ever drive by a place dozens of times and then one day really see it? I mean, truly see it and notice details that were hiding in plain sight?

That happened to me this week after leaving a business meeting in downtown Chillicothe. This vintage advertising pretty much made my day. I hope it brightens yours too!

Moments Like This

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Once in a while, life presents moments so extraordinary they feel magical. I had one of those moments last fall while visiting my friend Nichola in Pittsburgh. It was inside this church, Saint Mary of the Mount, that we encountered a man singing “Danny Boy.” The church was empty save for me, Nichola and the lone singer.

Part of me felt like we were intruding. Part of me wished to pull up a seat and listen longer.  All of me hopes that I never forget this moment as long as I live.