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Walk to Rivendell... and Beyond! May 7
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grammaboodawg
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May 8, 4:13am

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Greetings Fellow Walkers!

Welcome to our weekly base-touching and the lovely month of May :D Ahhhhh... it's finally deep into Spring here in my neck of the woods. I mowed the grass for the first time!!! :D Ask me how wonderful it is in a few more weeks. My riding lawnmower sailed into the West, so it's the little push mower I've called into duty. *sigh*

How are you doing on your Quest? Do you find it more inspiring when you have a goal or a set plan... or when you just "follow your nose"? I always make plans just so I can either forget them or ignore them altogether. Great intentions... poor execution. :(

Bilbo, Gandalf and I are still on the long road up and around the northern tip of Mirkwood instead of cutting through the Woods on the Elven path. No repeats even if you DO have the boss of the land's leave. Thranduil has proven to be a pretty decent bloke, but... no thanks!

So tell how you're doing! :D There's always room on the Road even with 6 feet betwixt all :D *waves fondly*




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CuriousG
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May 8, 6:03pm

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And I ain't no runner, but walking is deemed supportive as well: #IRunWithAhmaud. I'm still in the Old Forest and will be for awhile. Stay well.


grammaboodawg
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May 9, 2:10pm

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What worthy walk! It really makes a difference. It will definitely help get you out of the Old Forest. Just be careful if you find a river and start feeling sleepy. :D




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CuriousG
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May 13, 4:40pm

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I saw this a couple days ago while walking on a rainy day (I hoped I'd beat the rain but got caught in it). So aside from foolish me, there was literally no one around. This wasn't a toy a kid had put down for a minute to play with something else; I could only conclude that, since it was on a normally busy path, someone left it there on purpose as their social message. Hence to honor their sentiment:




dernwyn
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May 13, 9:24pm

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grammaboodawg
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May 14, 10:50am

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I think you're right! Literally a warm fuzzy... and a wonderful hug for the soul. Thank you for taking the shot for us... rain and hug ;)




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grammaboodawg
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May 15, 1:21am

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Greetings Fellow Walkers!

Welcome to the middle of May. *blink* Did you miss it? Those first 2 weeks? *blink* It goes by just that fast! At least it feels like it nowadays. Slow-motion in action.

How are you coming along on your Quest? Have you gotten used to your new norm... which may also mean new goals. While the situation is bizarre, it gives us a unique opportunity to be creative. What do you look forward to doing the most? Are you following any of the charts? That's the beauty of this Walk, you do it your way on your own timeline. How often do you get to do that? :D Do tell on your progress and what adventure you've had this week!

Bilbo, Beorn, Gandalf and I are still walking along the northern border of Mirkwood on our way to Beorn's. I don't know about those guys, but I'm ready to get home to my recliner and DISH Hopper. New batteries in the remote and I'm ready to veg. Hmmmm.... some veggies, too!

Meanwhile, I'm still playing in the yard. I just finished 2 of the 3 yard projects I've got going. 1) Fix drainage to stop basement flooding; 2) Clear out the huge circle of dirt left behind from a railroad tie delivery decades ago; 3) Re-grade my yard from the house foundation out into the yard (started). I decided to take a shorter route with the drainage when I realized the outlet wouldn't work. So I veered stage right and ended up in the farm field beside me.

They're all tied together which is so my style. Complicate things as much as possible! For your further punishment on wading through my projects, here are some pics so far.


15' diameter overgrown RR tie dirt.

Almost done.

Pickle supervises.

Drain from gutter to field

Wizard supervises. His name is Wizard because he's grey & white and comes & goes as he wants.

Sod scraped from yard to be buried.

After the pile is gone.

After the sod is laid.

The dump truck delivery of topsoil. Pickle dominates the pile. Little dogs love being high up!




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dernwyn
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May 15, 2:09am

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Gramma's dishing the dirt! [In reply to] Can't Post

That's a lotta shoveling around! But the sod went back on nicely, didn't it. Smile

What's that white pipe coming up out of the yard - is that the septic location?


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grammaboodawg
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May 15, 4:43am

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T'is my water well. Goes down about 140 feet! And putting the sod pieces together was like a giant, live, lumpy puzzle.




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CuriousG
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May 15, 7:12pm

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That's hilarious with Pickle playing king of the hill. [In reply to] Can't Post

You're as busy as the Shire hobbits restoring the Shire post-Sharkey. Bravo! Looks like a lot of work, but you have helpers, and I'm sure it will be worth it. Especially the drainage part--I had to that with a house I once owned. Dry basements are such a nice thing!

I'm still in the Old Forest, and the walking charts make me appreciate how much Tolkien the author and me the reader just breeze over the miles that people walked. Actually doing the walking is not so breezy.

Enjoy the walk along Mirkwood's edge, and don't take any wooden nickels from hobgoblins! (I'm going to have to google that now. Who in the world would ever mistake a wooden nickel for a metallic one? Unless maybe the wood was covered by metal. Otherwise, it's kinda like saying "Don't set your hair on fire, because it hurts." I mean, who needs that advice?)


grammaboodawg
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May 17, 1:54pm

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Pickle is fearless! [In reply to] Can't Post

He's always on top of things. Happens when you're really short-legged. ;)

You've had the same reaction I have with referring to those charts.


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I'm still in the Old Forest, and the walking charts make me appreciate how much Tolkien the author and me the reader just breeze over the miles that people walked. Actually doing the walking is not so breezy.



You really get more of an appreciation of what the Fellowship went through when you cover the miles yourself! :D *high five* That walk through the Old Forest is like reading the Council of Elrond... it goes on and on and on! I'll definitely watch out for wooden nickles if you'll watch out for a forced nap-time anywhere near an old, nasty willow ;) ONWARD! and WELL DONE!!!! :D

*watches ground for curious fundage*




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grammaboodawg
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May 21, 1:35pm

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my photobucket account is having hiccups :( To Be Continued... ;)




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grammaboodawg
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May 21, 1:41pm

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Greetings Fellow Walkers!

For many of us, the warmer weather has finally made its way! The only thing bad about that is that I don't have time to do inside housework... darn ;)

How are you coming along on your Walks (and other activities)? Even with the isolation, it seems like the days are flying by now! What are you doing to gather your mileage? I'm going to post a couple more Resource conversion charts with other ways to accumulate your mileage... so hopefully there's something there that can give you some options and information.

Bilbo, Gandalf, Beorn and I are still walking home from the Mountain to Beorn's home on the other side of Mirkwood; but we're taking the scenic route ;)

*waves fondly* Stay Safe and I'll see you on the Road!




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grammaboodawg
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May 28, 12:22pm

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Greetings Fellow Walkers!

Here we are at the last WtR for the month of May. ZOOM! The days are flying by... STILL! I hope you all are doing well and have some great projects to keep yourselves busy and moving along! Have you got any goals in the back on your mind? "I'll get some Ice Cream once I ........ [fill in the blank]." You've GOT to have a reward at the end of an effort. I mean, even my pup Pickle gets a nubby carrot when he's been a good boy! Yes. Dogs LOVE carrots! I get the bag of mini carrots just for him. He loves them cold and fun! Sometimes, he shares with me :)

I finally conquered Mount Pickle! That huge truckload of topsoil. It's all spread out and in place. After a bit of tweeking, I'll be putting down grass seed and covering it with some bales of straw shredded to cover it from birds and wind. In a couple of weeks, I'll hopefully have some newly-grown grass to hold the soil in place and begin shedding the rain/snow-melt away from the house.

Bilbo, Gandalf and I are still travelling with Beorn to his home on the other side of the woods. I'm SO ready for this to be over; but I know it's going to be a long while still before I'm in my own chair in front of my own fireplace. I wonder if there's a remote or tv waiting for me, too?

Have a wonderful week! And I'll see you on the Road!


“Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don't have the strength." – Theodore Roosevelt


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grammaboodawg
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Jun 5, 2:28am

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Greetings Fellow Walkers!

Here we are in June, and the grass needs to be mowed all the time! I hope you are doing well on your Quest. I love the versatility of how we can build our mileage; bicycling, walking, gardening, *urp* cleaning, whatever squeaks your duck! I'm moving on to my next project of resurfacing my chimney. I finally finished my topsoil spreading and seeding of my yard. I raised the level of ground just over 4 inches at the foundation with a pretty constant slope away from the house and out into the yard.

What have you been up to? Are you using any of the Fellowship's journeys? Again... make YOUR journey your own :)

Bilbo, Gandalf and I are still travelling along the boarder of Mirkwood on our way to Beorn's home before the cold winter sets in.

*waves fondly* See you on the Road!



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grammaboodawg
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Jun 11, 12:22pm

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Greetings Fellow Walkers!

How are you coming along on your Quest? Come, come... give us a shout on what you're up to and how you're going to get there :D Are you following the Fellowship or are you a Ranger loose in the Wild? Or a Wizard with a purpose? Or just a bloke or blokette trying to get through the day ;) Here you'll find "Fellowship" with like-minded Walkers.

We had quite a storm pass through mid-Michigan yesterday (June 10). No, not the flooding we had a couple of weeks ago from 2 broken dams, but a 70 mph microburst horizontal wind that slammed into our area. I stood in the back door (facing West) looking out on the farm fields when I heard the trees shaking with the rising wind. I saw a wall of silver glass (truly!) rushing along the fields straight at my house. WHAM! The house shuddered! Instantly I saw the first two 20-foot trees crackle and tip over heading for the house as I tried to slam the backdoor shut... but couldn't! The wind was so strong I had to ram my shoulder into the door, plant my feet and push to get the door shut! Then I ran to the front door and heard more cracking as my huge Maple tree next to my newly-built mailbox split in two and crash onto the road completely blocking it!

The whole drama lasted about 30 seconds... all that was left was a light steady rain and about 10 mph wind. I went out to survey what happened, and found 4 large trees down and 2 smaller (10-ish feet each). The one that fell toward the house landed less than 3 feet from the roof, but it did fall over the propane tank (my heat source). I checked that first in case it was damaged. That's when I saw the second tree hovering overhead. Those 2 trees that fell over it straddled on either side of the tank with just the edge leaves touching it. *whew!* But you couldn't see the tank unless you moved into the branches.

Then I checked my beloved Maple tree out front that shaded my stack-stone mailbox. I couldn't see the box anywhere. My road was completely blocked like it was done a'purpose and the mailbox was buried; but I had to laugh when I saw that the split trunk and branches from the half of the tree broken off also straddled the mailbox! Didn't touch it, but was impossible to get to.

I called the County Road Commission and reported the downed tree (one of hundreds in the area blocking several roads). They were there within a few hours with a front-loader (tractor). The operator carefully lifted the broken tree as 3 County Workers chain-sawed the branches. They didn't touch the mailbox and had the road cleared within 30 minutes. Of course, I'm salvaging as much of the wood as I can in hopes of making furniture/crafts with it.

So for the next few weeks, I'll be busying myself with my chainsaw as I clear away the broken trees that completely cover the yard behind the house. The backyard trees will mostly be firewood. *sigh*

The miracle is that I never lost electricity! For miles all around me (especially to the North), thousands are without power! But for an outage for about a minute, my power lines survived all of those fallen trees and wind damage!

Meanwhile, back in Middle-earth, Bilbo, Gandalf, Beorn and I are still walking along the Northern border of Mirkwood on our way to Beorn's home and a friendly roof over our heads :)

*waves fondly* See you on the Road!



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CuriousG
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Jun 11, 2:01pm

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Whew, that was some microburst! And OMG--the loss of those trees! I was reminded of Gandalf at the Hollin Gate:

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But you're still still standing, and it's a near-miracle you have electricity. And glad that other things didn't get hit and damaged, like the roof and propane tank. I'm glad you are armed with a chainsaw to clear the rest. I remember instant storms from living in Kansas, and how a minute later, there would be a gentle sprinkle and a light breeze, and all the destruction from a tornado was "forgotten" by the weather, which just makes it more surreal.

As for me, I'm still walking in the Old Forest. With summer weather here, it's made being outside so much nicer. This is the kind of weather I live for.

Stay safe!


dernwyn
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Jun 11, 3:54pm

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*jaws drops* Omigosh, gramma, it's a miracle you and the house and furry friends are unhurt! [In reply to] Can't Post

I was looking at pics of some of the damage from the storms earlier, y'know one hears about microbursts and how they're like tornadoes, but to see one happening in front of your eyes...!

Everyone was safely inside at the moment? No damage to roof or Hobbity?

I know you've had trees downed by storms in the past, but this has got to be the worst that's happened!

Can you plant another maple where the old one was? Did they leave the stump, or uproot it?

*hugs* I'm just so relieved that you're okay!


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CuriousG
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Jun 11, 4:33pm

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You meet all kinds of oddities in the Old Forest.




grammaboodawg
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Jun 12, 10:47am

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Step out onto the Road, and you never know who you'll meet! FANTASTIC! :D I'm so glad the weather is making your trek(s) more enjoyable. It makes it easier to notice the little things... like GEORGIA! Tally Ho!

I made short(ish) work of the Maple (lots of wood!), the Cherry tree and Pickle's pen Box Elder (the small trees lost); but then again, the Maple and Cherry weren't a total loss... just badly damaged. Now on to the biggies.



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grammaboodawg
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Jun 12, 11:28am

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In my opinion, they're as bad as a small tornado; but at least tornadoes are a cyclone covering a path. These microbursts are miles and miles wide! This one covered at least 5 counties in length and moved across the whole state without losing potency. It stopped doing damage when it hit Lake Huron (one of the Great Lakes), a 3-hour drive from here.

Thankfully, no damage to buildings or Hobbity. Actually, at the time I wished I had left Hobbity outside for a seriously good washing ;)

Also thankfully, the whole Maple wasn't lost. It was nearly split in two! The trunk is intact, but it has a HUGE open wound... probably 7 feet long and 5 feet wide where one of the main branches peeled away. I'm going to paint it a matching colour to try and save it from insect damage and decay. I'll get some pics around :)



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CuriousG
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Jun 12, 4:07pm

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Glad your buildings are intact.


grammaboodawg
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Jun 19, 4:31am

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Greetings Fellow Walkers!

I hope you're having fun on your journey... or at least feeling like you're achieving your goal! Have you gotten into your Summer routine? Actually, we've had about 2-3 months to get into a routine! Are you on a journey or working on a project or just perfecting your binge-watching technique?

I'm finishing up on my tree-cutting from the big storm last week. Bill the Trailer was SO helpful and brave as I loaded it up with these massive tree parts. It's so great to have it done!!!! Of course there's always a bit more to do, but I'm really just so done with this!

Meanwhile, back on the trail, Beorn, Bilbo, Gandalf and I are still STILL on the trailer along northern Mirkwood's border on our way to Beorn's home. I'm so ready for THIS to be done, too; but I'm really enjoying these guys when they get to telling stories at the evening's camp. :D

See you on the Road!



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CuriousG
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Jun 19, 12:07pm

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I only thought of this too late for it to be any good, but I guess you didn't find any wizard to summon some Huorns to clean things up overnight? Though as Huorns go, they might have made you disappear too, so maybe that's just as well.

I am still in the Old Forest. On my last walk I saw two sets of goose parents, one pair with definite "teenage" geese almost fully formed as adults while another pair had the little goslings that followed them quite obediently and without a hint of teenage rebellion or sleeping in until noon after a night of partying. And alas, the swans are still hiding their swanlings from me, I suppose at boarding schools far away. I would think that with 30-40 swans on the river near me, at least two of them must be raising chicks, but I never seem them, not like I do with ducks and geese. Or maybe storks drop them off? I dunno.

I was snapping bird photos with my new phone, a Samsung, after my Motorola's screen came unglued and various little things went wrong, so a repair was going to cost about the same as a new phone. It's odd how phones can use Android as their operating system but still have their own set of "swipe for this, not for that" rules, so I'm still learning the dang thing, particularly after 8 years on an iPhone, where things were different too. Remember when a phone was attached to the wall and you just picked it up? NOT that I want to go retro, but confessing to being confused by your phone in 1975 or so would have scattered people away from you like admitting to leprosy.

Have a good walk, and don't follow any rabbits down holes, even if they're late for important dates.


grammaboodawg
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Jun 20, 2:42am

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It's a fowl place you walk past all the time. AWESOME! I love it when the little ones follow along behind. My Mom had a pond behind the house with a nest of swans that returned every year. They do have little ones following along behind in the water just like their cousins... so keep your eyes peeled!

Have you seen any Huorns in the Old Forest? That's as long a walk as mine around Mirkwood! Good thing we're not in a hurry.

So you finally came unglued? At least your phone did. That's nasty! I haven't had a smart phone yet. I'm still trying to master texting! It sounds like your new phone does some good pics, though. Stay Safe and beware of protective feathered parents!

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