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Did they paint the barn to match the truck

or buy the truck to match the barn?

Did they Paint the Barn to Match the Truck

 

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There is something about replacing gadgets with new gadgets that makes men slightly obsessive.

 Like Bill absolutely had to have a new e-book thing this year even though he already had an older new one.

The newest version he has now is thinner and a little bigger and may have one or two new functions.

He has a smart phone too of course.  Like I said – “gadget mania.”

One day I walked by his den and overheard him shouting, “I’ll have a ham sandwich please!”

Since we don’t get delivery service out here in the boonies, I asked, “Who were you talking to?”

“I was translating English to German.”

Huh?

Fortunately, when Bill upgrades, I get the hand-me-downs.  Or maybe UNfortunately.  Even used gadgets require trial, error, and screaming urges to throw the durned things away.   My hand-me-down Kindle is one of those aggravating things but that’s another blogging story.

THIS story is about the POSITIVE side of technology to achieve physical fitness!

Computer Step Tracking

My wonderful son and family gave me a brand new FitBit thing for Christmas that is now my constant companion!

  You wear it on your wrist like a decorative bracelet and it records your steps.  I have it set for a daily goal of 6,000 steps and will work up to 10,000 steps, at which time I will be regressing in years and gaining stamina and achieving eternal youth and beauty.

But really – there is something about the little FitBit wrist band that is inspirational.

You just tap it to see where you are.  And then on the computer you can access the FitBit Dashboard to see exactly how many steps were taken today, yesterday, or the day before, and how many total for all days.

Because this amazing bracelet is always wirelessly watching and counting, I  am now walking in strange places just to add more steps.  For instance, today I walked around a hospital parking lot while waiting for a friend to be released.  Would you believe there is a barn right on the edge of the hospital complex?

Barn at the edge of a major hospital.

Barn at the edge of a major hospital.

I even sleep in my FitBit because I might move my legs in a walking dream and maybe add extra steps!

There are other functions it performs too, like recording calories in and calories out, and sleep patterns.  But I just let it count steps.

I am step-by-step stepping my way to fitness with a brand new gadget that actually works with only a minimum of setting up frustration and no urges to throw it away.

Note:  Please don’t hold me to these lofty aspirations.  It’s only January and I have been known to abandon fitness goals by February 1st. 

I have even abandoned a 10 minute Vibration Machine (supposedly a substitute for a 10 hour workout)

in favor of  curling up by a warm fire with a good book and a few chocolates.

Isn’t technology wonderful?

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I went for a ride with my visiting friend, Scott, this afternoon down a country road not far from home.

We drove to the end where we found a study in contrasts and he snapped two photos.

“Out with the old and in with the new,” I thought.  And then I thought again about the interesting comparisons on a working farm.

There is the old rusty truck.  Somehow I think it will still start up and still haul things, but it may be on the verge of settling into the weeds and soon into the soil.

Beyond the truck is a newer vehicle and a new barn or storage structure – obviously built to meet new challenges.

And there they stand together in a study of contrasts – old versus new.

But that was not all.

Beyond the new barn is the old barn, surely crumbling and ready to fall.  And as I look closely, there is another modern vehicle behind, and inside there is some equipment too.

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“This is the original American way,” I thought and “still working.”  These are the small farmers  who carefully save  (not only money but farm tools, equipment and structures), and hone all to greatest capacity to assure success.

Oddly enough, all these contrasts in one little area at the end of a road made me feel proud to be an American.

And though I didn’t voice this feeling to my friend, I think Scott felt it too.

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I Feel Pretty
Music: Leonard Bernstein/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

I feel pretty,
Oh, so pretty,
I feel pretty and witty and bright,
And I pity
Any girl who isn’t me tonight.
I feel charming,
Oh, so charming –
It’s alarming how charming I feel,
And so pretty
That I hardly can believe I’m real.
See the pretty girl in that mirror there:
Who can that attractive girl be?
Such a pretty face,
Such pretty dress,
Such a pretty smile.
Such s pretty me!
I feel stunning
And entrancing.
Feel like running and dancing for joy.
For I’m loved
By a pretty wonderful boy!

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Daily Prompt:  Singin’ in the Rain

Safe inside, toasty warm, while water pitter-patters on the roof…describe your perfect, rainy afternoon.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us RAIN

We had just attended our granddaughter’s high school graduation.

The diploma was in her hands.

The family luncheon was a happy occasion

And there was joy all around

We were driving the long way home.

I love rain minus thunder and lightning and this is what came down.

 I didn’t know it would be a deluge as we drove on,

so for this single moment , all was well

and the rain was a symphony of sights and sounds.

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Barn Charm Memories

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I was a barn once.

And a barn I remain

but with a less lofty goal,

ashamed of my doors

hanging off the frame,

now a barn with a long lost soul.

There were better times

in the Olden Days

of farm fresh milk

in the Golden Days.

I  was a landmark barn

on a country road

now a highway for folks in a hurry,

but I’m still a barn

and that’s sweet life –

 I’m a barn with a haunting story.

Don’t pass me by without a look.

  Think of me with a vivid past

of  bucolic scenes now in some old book

of a barn with a working cast.

 

 

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Sometimes I miss the most beautiful vistas “right under my nose”.  This is a friend’s old barn.  She says it was constructed around 1850, just before her farmhouse was built in that same era.  The barn is still in use for two horses. How did I miss photographing this before?  The view from the road is like looking back in time.  I hope she will allow me to photograph her house too.  Wish I had a fancier camera!

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Phebe's Barn Built in 1885

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Barn Beauty 2

Isn’t she lovely?  Reminds me of a song!   I do love the way the owners painted this sweet little barn in white and then added contrasting blue trim.  Maybe it was a woman artist.

There is pride in evidence, but  I think this barn is no longer in use.

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