What keeps you going?

My morning road ride got me to thinking, what keeps you going?

As the hill loomed ahead, I was stopped at a safe side of the road resting and catching my wind.  Having come down Kenneth, the road was clear but as I rested I could hear the train getting closer to crossing at 159 and Kenneth. As I looked up the long hill, I realized this is going to give me extra needed space on the narrow road.  Quick!! time to get back on the bike and start peddling.  Push.  Don’t stop until the top. You can do it.

My head said I could do it!  My legs were doubting my head.  My breathing was ready to agree with my legs.  My head kept us going.  Just a little further.  You can do it.  and suddenly we were there. Head exploding and legs saying I told you so, but still we were there at the top of that little Kansas hill. As i got off the bike, a jeep passed me on the way down.  He looked me straight in the eye and gave me a thumbs up.  I smiled and thumbs up back that I was a-okay. yeah!!  I made it!! Thumbs up is right!  In the distance you could hear the train guards dinging that they were about to go up.  That was the end of my break.  It was time to get back on the bike and finish my ride.

As i’ve trained these last 12 weeks, I’ve broken down the “I can do it” into small increments.  If can run just to the next signpost.  I can do this hill and then take a break.  I can get to the gym even if it is only for a smaller workout.  I know I will feel better after accomplishing my goal.  Even if it is that smallest goal of running to the next sign post.  I did it.  And that means the next goal won’t be so insurmountable that I won’t try.

So then.  What keeps you going?  What do you want to try next?



Just how long does it take??

the older you get the longer it seems to take to get back into full swing.  It doesn’t matter if you are sick, sleep deprived or injured.  It takes the amount of time it takes.  I do find that my patience for letting my body heal has grown over the years.  I am not in such a quick hurry to jump back him.

Let yourself recover and your body will tell you when it’s ready to go full steam again.

Merits of Scouting by a Troop 10 Eagle Scout, Steven Madigan

I wanted to share the following article with you.


I can certainly attest that Steven has grown so much though the program.  We are very proud of the young man that he has become.

The Worst Job

This morning’s “daily post” prompt asks us to write about the job you could never imagine doing.  The more I thought about that question, the more angry I got.  I have had nightmare jobs & unimaginable bosses, but there was never a job I couldn’t image doing.  Maybe that I had not thought enough yet that job wouldn’t occur to me, but never “not” doing.  Not Working has never been an option.

I’ve baby sat, done yard work.  I’ve cleaned houses, I’ve cleaned offices.  Cleaning offices led me to small accounting jobs.  I’ve served ice cream and I’ve sold sheets & linens.  I’ve answered phones and done payroll.  I’ve written copy for a small advertiser and I’ve done home mortgages.  I was hired to do office work but ended up packing electronics.  I’ve made collection calls and i’ve managed large multi-million dollar projects.  I’ve even owned my own business with my sis-in-law.

My worst job wasn’t the one with the boss that hit on me and thought it was okay to show off playboy magazines.  The worst was the silicon valley business that asked me to call the labor department to see how they could officially change work holiday hours so they wouldn’t have to pay their hourly employees a holiday wage.  They fired me and then lied to the labor department that I quit so they wouldn’t have to pay unemployment insurance.

My feeling on bad companies is that they are a lot like bad people.  You may not see them get their “due”, but what goes around always comes around.

Lessons learned from all of those jobs??

  • If it pays the bills, take the offer.  You can always trade up our out in the future.
  • Show up & WORK!!
  • Always do your best job.
  • Always be honest and follow your ethics.
  • Treat people the way you want to be treated.  No one is “beneath you”.  period
  • Acknowledge and thank the cleaning lady for keeping the restroom or locker room clean each and every day.
  • If someone gives you too much change you always give it back as they have to “tie” out their register sometime.
  • No one treat’s your business as well as you do.
  • Until you have had to meet your own payroll, don’t complain about the boss.
  • Never, Never, Ever complain about your company in public.  You never know who is listening.




Toad Stools

Some time you need to yell stop so you can jump out of the car to capture a shot. As we were leaving the cemetery and chatting about the civil war battle that occurred on the south side, I saw these toad stools on the grass. The were HUGE!!!


To get this shot, I used the wide angle lens at 10 and laid down on the grass to get the perspective.
All that was missing were the fairies zipping around scolding the ghosts for partying too late into the night.