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“That awkward moment when the internet goes down so you have to use your book to find the answers.”  iliketoquote, on Facebook

We woke up this morning to no Internet  (GASP!) . . . apparently somewhere in the neighborhood one of the fiber optic lines was severed.  Don’t know how . . . but we had no internet all day.  A bit of a challenge as we run our business from our Home Office.  Cel reception isn’t the greatest here either . . . so I moved around to different spots in the house trying to find good 3G on my iPad.  I got a few bars here . . . We were down all day finally coming back on-line just before dinner.  I processed this a bit in Lightroom 4 to get kind of a gloomy feel.  

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“That’s the great thing about a tractor. You can’t really hear the phone ring.”  Jeff Foxworthy

We’re finally able to really get out and do some Spring Cleanup – despite the fact that it’s June already.  We had decent weather all weekend – on the cool side and overcast but no rain.  We did a lot of tree trimming, pruning, and raking up all the dead leaves from last year.  And of course there is something so cathartic about getting the yard in shape for the summer.  It’s all so green and lush right now as we’ve had a very wet Winter and Spring.  My favorite time of year . . . and a huge reason why I love where I live.

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“Well, of course, I’m the wrong person to ask. I like to dial numbers with one hand, and maybe I’m the only one.”  Bill Gates   (Asked if he would buy an Apple iPhone)

My husband had to take a business trip to California.  Since my cel is a Global Phone with two sim cards – one of which is a US cel plan . . . he took it with him and left me with his iPhone 4.  I’ve been wanting to get my hands on it!  

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“We can only make ourselves the victim.”  Gillian Anderson

We spent the day cleaning out, weeding and building new supports for the raspberry patch.  We started this patch a few years back, and have kind of neglected it, until this year.  We’ve added on to it . . . making it 50 feet long.  It’s gonna be one awesome raspberry manufacturing machine this year!  There are dangers of working around prickly canes tho – as the photo below shows.  Those canes got me pretty good in several places.  I was thinking that I could place the blame on those darn raspberries . . . those inanimate objects that grow protective thorns for a reason!  Isn’t that what we typically do . . . place the blame for injury or hurt on an external source, instead of taking responsibility for creating the circumstances in the first place??  So easy to do . . . lash out and feel better because “it’s not my fault!”  However, I’ve discovered over the years that taking accountability for my own actions is much simpler and easier in the long run . . . I made the choice to attack those raspberry canes without proper protection to prevent injury.  Those canes were simply doing what they were engineered to do . . . protect themselves!  I subject myself to their abuse, however, because I love what their ultimate offering is . . . delicious and juicy tart little fruits that will appear in the next month or so . . . nothing like fresh berries off the bush,  homemade raspberry jam, or fresh frozen berries to enjoy all year long!

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“Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.”  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

No matter how I feel about myself, how imperfect I perceive myself to be, I am responsible for my own results in my life.  If I’m not happy with what I see when I look in the mirror, I have control over  making whatever change is necessary, creating and achieving the results I want.  If I’m not happy, I have only to look in the mirror to see the source . . . 

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“Gardening requires lots of water – most of it in the form of perspiration.”   Lou Erickson

Isn’t that the truth though??  Weeding, raking, tilling, mowing, trimming and pruning, planting and on the cycle goes.  Spring brings with it much labor, cleaning up from the winter storms and preparing for the new growth from all the new plantings.  And I love this time of year – because of the promise it brings with all the renewal and new growth and freshness.  It just feels so great to finally be out in the yard putting things all back in order and preparing for what is yet to come.  

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