Ara.2 NM

Monday, July 29th, 2019

“The most spiritual men, as the strongest, find their happiness where others would find their destruction: in the labyrinth, in hardness against themselves and others, in experiments. Their joy is self-conquest… Difficult tasks are a privilege to them; to play with burdens that crush others, a recreation.”
~ Friedrich Nietzsche ~

Ziggy 1 xxx

           Juvenile Delinquent…

I had a strangely funny thought that came upon me the other day not long ago.  As so much has changed since here now for two years [hard to believe!] and had to embark myself on some many different paths with the hope that they would merge and lead me to a common plateau, I thought of myself as "Ara.2"!!! It is true. I am the same person, I carry the same weight as I had before [not physically though having shed 48lbs and maintaining!], but the locks have been changed to keep me safe from anyone knocking. They are new doors which were non existent on the road as all the thresholds were wide open crossing them in multitude by an awaken curiosity. There is not much curiosity these days as I know, while being exposed, what awaits on the various landings I keep empty.

Karr Canyon xxx

     Only minutes away…

Ziggy 2 xxx

My main goal and I think I am doing a pretty good job at it, is a defense towards all negativity which would love to infiltrate my Life. Our Life. Ziggy and I… It is all over the place. If only one could flip the switch moving all this negativity on the positive stage instead! Why do so many have to stab everything around them? As little as I am on the Internet these days it seems that the “screen warriors” have multiplied ten fold. The wounds inflicted are the worse ever these days and hope you know what I am talking about. They have to hurt many, they have to no doubt bring up feelings of resentment, of wanting to get even, raising the temperatures of the mind seemingly too often boiling over with no accomplished results ever. Why? why? why?… More questions which will never be answered yet encompassing greed, ego… “Am I not always better than my neighbor? Don’t I stand taller? Look at me… my self importance is now so inflated and… we are all going to soon explode!” As I say jokingly… or is it? Should I profess that Society is mostly defective! Look around you. Mostly. Not completely. Can you handle the truth?

Traeger Grill xxx

Baby Backs xxx

Traeger pellet grill and the result… My latest addiction!

Life has been calm. It is a nice description. Calm! Peaceful… Much cooking even if only for one as my pellet grill has been a Life changer, house cleaning with Ziggy always thinking we are playing [!!!], drives up the mountains discovering more new roads and a daily morning workout which is the best thing I could have ever done for myself in parallel with a healthy diet. I am not trying to live longer, I am trying to live healthier. It is all good… It is still all new… to me!

Planet Fitness xxx

Every morning… Compliments of Medicare.

The calm however could be so quickly destroyed by outside urban elements if I let it. Something likely foreign to the many who have lived their whole Life in cities and end up being in the midst of the brouhaha. I often wonder how they do it? How do you do it? Barrage of noises, traffic, an atmosphere I cannot quite  define, only with the word "heavy". I have to fly as they say "under the radar" as much as myself have to mix in often if it is only for food shopping or a Dr appointment. I am lucky I live on the North end of town with a quick escape route to the mountains! A few actually…

Bean salad xxx

     The start of a Black Bean Salad…

Chicken Curry

                        The start of Chicken Curry…

They are little things which I project humor upon them. It is my only way to deal with them. Others sitting on the workout machines for half an hour using them as a seat to check their emails. These smart phones sure have disturbed in such a great scale our present society. A driver sitting in her car through the car wash tunnel whose cycle ended up fifteen minutes ago. I honk and honk as she finally gets off her phone and moves on… Funny, right? As we are then parked side by side drying our cars she apologizes, kind of, that she was on the phone and did not realize her car wash cycle had ended minutes ago. I could not reply. It would not have been nice. One more. No one knows what a stop sign is around here. Who goes first or who goes last… I have all day, I wait! I smile… I think about opening a driving school.

Blue Cheese Burgers 

     Blue Cheese Burgers…

Stay well, Ara and Ziggy

R.I.P. Spirit 04.04.218

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8 Responses to “Ara.2 NM”

  1. Cindy Stinson Says:

    Last time we visited, you said you were tired of cooking. Glad to see you back at it, doing your creative thing in the kitchen. Your dishes always look so bright, cheerful and delicious! Sounds like you have found your happy place again with your health, Ziggy and the forest. Take care and hope to talk soon!

  2. Charlie Says:

    Woods pictures look great, glad you and Ziggy can go out and enjoy them.
    Old gym rats like me would be growling especially if they were holding us up, once you are in thew rhythm people getting into your way destroy the endorphins you have accumulated and send you to the non happy side and you don’t want to be around! Of course most of those go to a complete different gym!
    Did they get those chairs from the set of Beatlejucice?

    Glad to hear you and Ziggy are getting on together
    Mom and I are well
    Mom and Charlie

  3. Nicky Says:

    You and I seem to have been having some similar thought patterns recently. My home is fairly isolated when compared to city dwellings. The place nearest to where I live is a diner that had been empty and a couple rented it hoping , of course, that it succeeds. Last week was their opening day, so I stopped in a while before their closing time to see how it had gone for them. Their response was telling me about one neighbor lady who was angry with them for not letting her bring her tiny dog inside. That is precisely the point at which negativity can begin to spread, or be dispelled so peace can reign…

    Having noticed the woman they mentioned had just left, and knowing she had gotten home from work not long before that, I hoped to help them understand her being so irritable during their short encounter. First, I complimented them on how nice the place looked, on their menu, and kind dispositions. Then I told them about the woman’s likely day… up early, rushing, working too hard, getting home hot and tired… beloved dog scratching at her legs, whining to go out as it needed to go potty , she stops in hoping perhaps to sit a few minutes sipping cold iced tea…Instead she’s asked to leave.

    Had she been relaxing all day she would have likely said ” Okay, let me take my dog home, I’ll come back without her” . Anyway, I reminded them that it’s easy and will make everything ( business, community relations, hearts at peace) go better if they let the incident go, and greet her in a friendly way the next time they see her walking by.

    Would that folks could see with their hearts and not just their eyes, would take a few moments to discern another, speak softly and gently explain, instead of “knowing the facts and bluntly stating the rules” … You have maturity to match your age, Ara. That’s quite rare and refreshing. I hope you and Ziggy are continually more happy to have each other.

  4. Judith Says:

    Nice to see that things appear to be going along well with you and Ziggy. Certainly some beautiful food….Hope the peace continues..

  5. Ara & Spirit Says:

    Thank You Judith… Will try our best!

  6. Carolyn/Caddie Says:

    Oh yes, Ara, you know what’s best, what’s needed for real life! A picture is worth a thousand words – as your are well aware Please share more of you and your buddy, Ziggy. His age? Oh, so he’s a juvenile delinquent? (smiling)

  7. Carolyn/Caddie Says:

    Oh my goodness! I wish your would come cook for me. You make beautiful art.

  8. Ara & Spirit Says:

    He sure is… Lucky for me, well behaved most of the time. No complains…

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