Blog Action Day 2010 – Water

Today is Blog Action Day.  A day that is set aside each year for bloggers to help bring awareness to an issue that is of global importance.  This year the choice was “water”, and perhaps more specifically safe, drinking water.  Do you know that 1 in 8 people do NOT have access to safe drinking water?  1 in 8.  When I read that I was, literally, dumbstruck.  1 in 8.  It is echoing in my mind.  Think about the water most of us use daily.  For example, I get up and take a shower every day.  I brush my teeth several times a day, flush the toilet, cook with water, clean with water.  And drink water.  I am one of those people who loves to drink water, and I drink a lot of water.  But even those of us who don’t drink their water “straight” may find out they too consume a lot of water products — coffee, tea, instant cocoa, etc.  Take a moment and think about how water is involved in your life.  Now try to imagine not having safe water to even drink.  Can you do it?  I really cannot imagine life without safe water.  We all need to do what ever we can not only to conserve water, but to to help others have a source for safe drinking.

To this end I invite you to visit a couple of blogs.  The first is the son of my blog-friend Cate.  He does work for a water charity and even travels to places that do not have safe drinking water to help dig wells.  Isn’t that perfect?  (And Cate, how proud of a Mum you must be!)

The second is the sponsor of Blog Action Day.

Remember:  1 in 8 people on this planet do not have access to safe drinking water!

August Break -3

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Visit other participants of August Break here.

The above was taken today near Texas Canyon in Arizona.  Chelsea did well in her surgery – no complications – and was released late yesterday afternoon.  Chelsea’s surgeon knew that we needed to get her back to university at San Antonio, and so Chelsea was released for travel yesterday.  We are pacing the trip as slowly as we can with still arriving on Monday.  Yesterday we went 4 hours to one of my daughter’s and spend the night.  Tonight we’re in Deming NM.  Tomorrow our goal is Ft Stockton TX and then on into San Antonio on Monday.  So far so good!

August Break — and a bit more

Today is Day 1 of August Break.  What is August Break you ask?  Well, simply put, it’s a very loose “challenge” where you can publish a photo a day (or whenever you want – remember it’s loose!).  It is the brain child of Susannah Conway, and I thought it sounded fun.  Not only that, but lately I find myself scattered and feeling drained.  I don’t know if it’s the time of year or what, but I find myself without focus.  I’ve always thought it would be great to have my life theme song be Queen’s “I want it all (and I want it now)” but I’ve come to accept that it’s more of the Stones “you can’t always get what you want, but you just might find you get what you need”.  Lately, however, it’s more like Jackson Browne’s “Running on Empty“.

Work is crazy, crazy busy.  I want to enjoy more time with my family – the days are too short.  This coming Friday my youngest and I will begin another road trip – this one in the truck back to San Antonio so she can start year 3 of university.  I have taken up several hobbies this past year; candle making, soap making and quilting.  And my passion for photography keeps growing.  This fall I am hoping to take a couple of courses at the local community college – one on photoshop for photographers and another for web development (html and css).  And, with the end of September being the end of the US Government fiscal year – and me working in procurement – my job is going to take up more and more of my precious time.  Sigh…  But enough whining.

I think if I can devote a few minutes each day to August Break then perhaps, even if those few moments, I will feel like me again.  It will be my meditation for awhile.  And so, here is my entry for Day 1:

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Why not pay Susannah a visit and see who all is taking part?

Lessons in Patience

Well, here it is Tuesday night and I am still not a home owner.  I was supposed to close Monday, but the appraisal lady didn’t do her job.  So, late last week we rescheduled for Tuesday.

Yesterday (Monday) morning I got a call that we couldn’t close today either.  The appraisal revealed broken window panes and the mortgage company required them to be replaced.

And so we are tentatively scheduled to close at 10am Friday.  Sigh….

Sometimes things do not go as planned, but they are probably going the way they should be.

Aruba (Day 3)

We awoke this morning already docked.  It was overcast and hazy, but it was still a great sight.
After breakfast we headed out into town – and enjoyed looking in the windows of the shops.  But, since diamonds, emeralds or rubies were not on my “must buy today” list, we decided to take a van-tour around the island.
Aruba is very arid – and has some huge cacti.  It was not what I expected, but perhaps that made it all the more fun?  We saw the sights and our tour guide was a young, enthusiastic man who shared all sorts of island information with us.  Whose to say if all of it is true or not, but I can promise you it was entertaining!
For example, we learned that drugs are not an issue here in Aruba.  And why  is that so?  It is, according to our guide, because this fantastic light house has cameras all around and the police (of which there are 200 on the island, and they only come out at night) can stop the Columbians from bringing in the drugs because they capture them on film.  And to prove the point, up to the light house we went.  I’ll let you decide…
Traffic was held up a bit in both directions while this fellow made it safely across the road.  Do you think he was going home?
And finally it was time to return to the ship.  As we left Aruba it was with a feeling of having experienced something a bit unexpected and exciting.
I wonder what tomorrow’s journey to Curacao will bring?
We awoke this morning already docked.  It was overcast and hazy, but it was still a great sight.
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After breakfast we headed out into town – and enjoyed looking in the windows of the shops.  But, since diamonds, emeralds or rubies were not on my “must buy today” list, we decided to take a van-tour around the island.
Aruba is very arid – and has some huge cacti.  It was not what I expected, but perhaps that made it all the more fun?  We saw the sights and our tour guide was a young, enthusiastic man who shared all sorts of island information with us.  Whose to say if all of it is true or not, but I can promise you it was entertaining!
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For example, we learned that drugs are not an issue here in Aruba.  And why  is that so?  It is, according to our guide, because this fantastic light house has cameras all around and the police (of which there are 200 on the island, and they only come out at night) can stop the Columbians from bringing in the drugs because they capture them on film.  And to prove the point, up to the light house we went.  I’ll let you decide…
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Traffic was held up a bit in both directions while this fellow made it safely across the road.  Do you think he was going home?
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And finally it was time to return to the ship.  As we left Aruba it was with a feeling of having experienced something a bit unexpected and exciting.
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I wonder what tomorrow’s journey to Curacao will bring?