SoCS: A Trail of Instructions

It’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday and Linda Hill is asking bloggers to do this: “Write instructions for anything you know how to do. As detailed or as rambling as you’d like.” Really? Write instructions for something I know? Gah! I’ve spent a few hours this week writing instructions for a Human Resources manual. I’ve spent a larger number of hours on this beast since the beginning of the year, assisting colleagues around the state who operate in the same position.Read more

Lately, Today

Not sure what to say today Lately, it’s like this most often rainy, dreary, no sun blah missing Vitamin D One day last week it appeared blue sky crispy crunchy air fading greens, bright yellows I walked the autumn path The morning sky soulful breathtaking at peace when there is sun The morning rain dark and inky gloomy moisturizing mottling traffic lights On a bright day the sandhills visit trumpet their song of migration then fly away She barely escapedRead more

In my Head

I had poetry in my head and then it was gone a faded background of orange, yellow, brown A pointed amber of light that would not help Where did the words go? Hiding in a glen of tallness or under cover of green canopy or hanging onto a noun with limbs I’m tired and can’t think My muse is here perky and sun-gold bright many spears standing at attention waiting for me to write something but nothing I did haveRead more

SoCS: The Cheers Poem

Cheers to air conditioning and the space that’s not too hot Cheers to capris and flip flops the short shorts…I cannot Cheers to coconut ice cream and lemonade in a glass Cheers to a swimmable lake and flopping down in tall grass Cheers to riding an orange bike and walking wooded trail Cheers to a frosty mug and its contents to inhale Cheers to blue sky and sun and the birds that chirp their song Cheers to childrens’ laughter and theRead more

One-Liner Wednesday: Bridges

I agree. We need many more bridges. While building personal bridges is up to the individual, communities can certainly come together to build physical bridges. The cities of Neenah and Menasha and the Village of Fox Crossing, Wisconsin, came together to do just that. There’s a new trail to follow called “Loop the Lake.” It’s been over a year in its planning, development, fund raising and completion. Loop the Lake opened this past weekend, allowing the community to walk orRead more

SoCS: All that is good

Dear Trail, You are the picture of life, of breath You lead me past spring mud and melting snow Into summer’s green and warmth Through autumn’s colorful splendor I adore you   You are the picture of happiness and joy Your path takes me on a pleasant journey Into forests of trees and places unknown Through bright sunlight and dancing shadows I admire you   You are the picture of all that is good You take me along the pathRead more

Last Ride Goodbyes?

I’m wondering if I’ll get out on the bike trail…one more time…before it turns too cold. We’ve had beautiful days in September and October, but not necessarily on the weekends. This is the time of year when Wisconsinites cannot be assured of biking-friendly weather. It can be stunningly gorgeous as it was on Monday and Tuesday when the high reached close to 70. Or it can be raining a cold fifty-degree dampness, like today. It’s hard to know when aRead more

One-Liner Wednesday: It’s Nice

“It’s so nice out today, I think I’ll leave it out.” ~Natasha’s brother~ With the exception of a short rain event on Monday, that was the existence of the weather this past Saturday through Tuesday – sunny, blue skies, temps in the 70’s. Beautiful. It prompted Natasha to spout one of the many one-liners she inherited from her family, and it prompted me to go for walks and a round-trip bike ride from home to work and back again. I wishRead more

The Sparse of a Farm

Daily Post Photo Challenge: This week, get inspired by the many connotations of the word “spare.” Earlier in May, when trees were still in “spring green” mode, I went for a walk on the Friendship Trail during lunch. This day, I drove to the gas station that’s a mile away, parked, and walked a different section of the trail in order to be surrounded  by different scenery. Along the way, I found a patch of sparse, courtesy of a localRead more

Trails, Tunnels, No Bears…Oh My!

Natasha and I had a blast! An absolute blast! Monday and Tuesday of this week, we explored the Elroy, WI, area with an SUV and our bicycles. The trees were beginning to change colors and we saw glorious hints of red, yellow and gold. We breathed in the fall odor of crushed leaves and purchased chocolate from an Amish bakery. The tires of the two-wheeled vehicle met gravel and fallen twigs and discovered the dark, dank interior of former trainRead more

An Able Dialogue

It’s your turn now: for this week’s challenge, bring together two of your photos into dialogue. What do they say to each other? A conversation ensues between bike and board… “I’m here, can you feel me?” Why, yes, I can.   The board engages the trail… “Will you hold us together for this bike?” Why, yes, I will.   The trail talks to the tree… “Are you able to show the way?” No doubt, able I am.Read more

She Moves

For this week’s photo challenge, share your interpretation of “on the move.”  When I’m done with a location move, thoughts will turn to a two-wheeled move of bike trail proportions. Soon!Read more