Sometimes – Widespread Panic

Like a locomotive wheel
Feelings real as steel
Hearts are just bound to break

Well, I’m off and on my way
Rolling night and day
Highway’s callin’ my name

You know sometimes
Maybe always
You know sometimes
I’ll be there

Well, I wish that I could say
Wish I could stay
But now April’s turning to May

If you see me in a while
Thank you for that smile
Talking ’bout an old friend

You know sometimes
Maybe always
You know sometimes
I’ll be there

Like a locomotive wheel
Feelings real as steel
Hearts are just bound to break

Well, I’m off and on my way
Rolling night and day
Highway’s callin’ my name

When you hear this highway song
I guess that’s where it’s goin’
Talking ’bout an old friend

You know sometimes
Almost always
You know sometimes
I’ll be there

You know sometimes
Maybe always
You know always
I’ll be there
Read more: WIDESPREAD PANIC – SOMETIMES LYRICS

The decline of society, homesteading, self-sufficiency and raising chickens…

Friday evening, I sat down to write and rant about the decline of society.  While I want to continue writing about this, I find myself wanting to write about the productive, fun and busy weekend I had.  At the same time, these writings also serve as time to perform my “weekly review” and prepare for the upcoming week.  Moreover, these are good times to simply gather my thoughts and spend time reflecting.   After today, my mind is racing.  I will attempt to capture as many thoughts as possible over the next twenty five minutes.

While I watch society decline, a large number of people appear to turn into mindless idiots ruled by the television and mainstream media.  They are fully contributing to the deliberate dumbing-down of society…but this is another topic for another time.  Most of society contributes to the decline of society while people like my parents, in their 60’s are making a difference in society and actively working to change their future and change their family tree.

While uncertain if this was their objective when they purchased their property several years ago…this is the result.  My parents were not satisfied with simply being cogs in the machine. Like many people, this is precisely what they did while raising myself and my two other siblings.  However, since leaving home and growing up into three successful, productive and happy adults, my parents were no longer content with living in the suburbs and keeping up with the Jones’ next door.  

They renovated and sold the house we grew up in and they purchased 20 acres in Medina County with the dreams of building a home and retiring there.  These dreams evolved into a hobby farm.  Within 5 years, my parents expect to be living on the property.  During this time frame, my sister will likely be boarding her horse on the property as well.  Their hobby farm, which is now slowing down after the second season selling at the Medina County Farmers’ Market is growing.  “Growing food and nourishing the body and mind” – as my mom likes to say…

Currently residing in the North County area of San Diego, California – I take all this into consideration as I plan my next move in life.  Lately I had been feeling a bit homesick.  While Southern California is a great place to live, I frequently find myself longing for home…missing the North Carolina and Ohio way. Recently, I had decided that within the next 2-3 years I will be moving from here back to one of those two areas to settle down.  My gypsy ways have allowed me to experience much over the years.  These experiences bring me full circle, longing for the places that brought me to where I am today.

With regard to the decline of society, I try to make efforts in my own life to make a positive impact on society.  I believe in humanity.  I love beauty.  I am proud and blessed with the ability to make a positive impact on society.  In an effort to contribute to positive change and for a myriad number of other reasons, including but not limited to a 15 year interest in homesteading and self sufficiency built on years of reading Backwoods Home magazine – I attended a workshop today at City Farms Nursery in San Diego about Raising Chickens.

City Farmers Nursery

Attending this little workshop was amazing.  It gave me a much needed “spirit recharge.”  To say the least, it was informative, educational and really got the gears grinding for a few hours as I learned about raising chickens and ultimately learning how to butcher one and bring it to table.  More on this hopefully next time I write.

Stay tuned.

 

Tragic Life / Fork In The Road

 
I’m a long way from home
I don’t know where I’ll go
I a’int slept in days
And the water’s running low

Got a posse at my back
And bullet in my side
Lord I gotta keep on movin’
Find a good place to hide

Well they tried to take me in
For shootin’ down a man
He got what he deserved
They’ll have to catch me if they can

I feel my blood runnin’ colder every day
I know that soon this old body be layin’ beneath the clay

I came home from the range
And the moon was shining bright
Saw two shadows moving
Like demons in the night

I felt my body tremble
As I saw them lyin’ there
A stranger with my wife
I drew the pistol that I wear

Oh, and I feel my blood runnin’ colder every day
And I know that soon this old body be layin’ ‘neath the clay

I shot him in the back
As he was makin’ for the door
I stood over a man
That I knew I’d seen before

His hand was on his chest
And I knew I’d gone too far
When I opened up his vest
And I saw that silver star

(break)

Oh, and I feel my blood flowin’ colder every day
And I know that soon this old body be layin’ ‘neath the clay
Oh, and I feel my blood flowin’ colder every day
And I know that soon this old body be layin’ ‘neath the clay

written by Jeremy Garrett, Andy Hall

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@Fitness – San Luis Rey River Trail Run

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Not the best run.

Goal of 7 miles, knee pain and upcoming half-marathon next week was just cause to stop running at 5.84 miles and walk the rest of the way back to the cars.  Looks like I’ll be spending more time with my foam roller – working and stretching my IT band.  The walk resulted in good conversation with running partner, Linda.

We made a decision to adjust training plans and plan on running the San Luis Obispo Marathon in April 2013.  We were originally discussing the LA Marathon in March, which would correspond with our current training schedule if we continued training after this upcoming long run of 13 miles and my first half marathon.

Looking forward to next week’s run at the Temecula Half Marathon as we run through wine country on a crisp fall morning.  According to the website, participants will “race up and down dirt country roads in vineyard territory, then raise your glass at a finish line wine tasting with live bluegrass music – all in support of local school gardens!!! ”   Sounds pretty good to me!

Stay tuned.