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Travels With Maggie: Witnessing the Wonder

Updated on November 6, 2019

It’s That Time of Year

You don’t like the weather? Wait five minutes and it will change for ya! Welcome to the Pacific Northwest in October.

You are in for a treat today if you joined us. This is one of those days we dream about in our neck of the woods, 55 degrees, clear, and windy. Maggie and I are primed and ready to go.

The Wonder of It All

As we start out I’m reminded of an old Catholic school joke: What’s black and white and black and white and black and white? A nun rolling down the stairs! Today the joke goes like this: What is red and orange and yellow, red and orange and yellow, red and orange and yellow? A copse of Big-Leaf Maples in a stiff wind! It is raining leaves as we begin our walk, huge leaves, colorful leaves, a banquet for the eyes, Mother Nature putting on a show, and Maggie is loving it. She runs ahead of me, catching them as they fall, shaking her head, spitting one out, and immediately catching another, and of course I have to give it a try, raising my snout, opening my mouth, trying in vain to catch one and feeling like a kid again in the trying, remembering back to days long ago, and the silliness and lack of concerns associated with those days, running wild and free for no particular reason.

A Trip Home

Bev and I took a drive to Tacoma this past weekend, twenty-five miles to the north, to see my old home and neighborhood. By chance the current owner of my childhood home was there when we drove by, so we stopped and chatted with her, told her about the home’s history, listened to her, the pride evident in her voice, and I left that meeting feeling good knowing a home I once cherished . . . still cherish . . . is in such good hands. What a great neighborhood that was, the perfect area for a kid to grow up in, the old brick home, post-war construction, solid and friendly and welcoming, and I’ll stop here before I sound like some old codger reminiscing to no one in particular, trapped in his vault of memories.

I go see the doctor this coming Friday, my annual check-up, and I have no doubt all will be well, this energizer bunny body of mine just keeps on truckin’ down life’s highway, family and friends taking earlier exits, short on fuel and mechanical breakdowns, but Bill keeps on keeping on. The doctor will ask me how I’m doing and I’ll respond “fine, Doc, just adjusting to the new normal,” and that really is what getting older is all about, the new normals, the adjustments we make as our range of motion declines, as our stamina declines, and as our will-to declines.

My pace on these walks is evidence of the new normal, shorter strides, more purposeful strides, making sure of solid footing, in no rush to experience a broken ankle or broken hip, not at this age, recovery being a flaming bitch I can do without, thank you very much. And Maggie seems to understand it all. She races ahead but then stops, looks back at me, and then returns, always within sight, always within a quick return, for I’m her human and she’s my dog, and that bond ain’t changing anytime soon, pardon the poor grammar.

Home sweet home
Home sweet home

Look, up Ahead and to the Right

Not a dust devil but a leaf devil, hot air rising in the field, meeting cooler air from the low-pressure system, a vortex is formed and the result is a vertical column of leaves, twirling for our entertainment, about ten feet in height, and Maggie is off and running towards it, stopping five feet short, barking up a storm at this wondrous vision, and I’m just in awe of how cool nature is, the forces all around us, a miniature tornado of leaves putting on a performance just for us. If Toby had been with us, he would have run right through that column of twisting air, but Maggie and me, we are content just watching it and allowing the awe to spread through us. And that’s really what these walks mean to me, contentment, reflection, and a chance to re-visit those things which somehow became camouflaged over the years, camouflaged by responsibilities and jobs and bills, by heartaches and illnesses and loss. I am more a child than an adult these days, on these walks. I am willing to just be. I have no desire to change what I see. I absorb it all, accept it all, and find wonder in it all, and all the thanks go to Maggie for making it happen.

Cold-Hearted Orb

The sun makes an effort but it is weak at best, distance sucking the heat from her, like some jilted lover you meet in the grocery store, a reminder of the original attraction but lacking the warmth. Late fall and winter are like that, nothing much more than a promise of things to come, or a reminder of the “warm and fuzzies” left behind. I make a mental note to wear my fleece-lined jeans tomorrow. Maggie, she doesn’t much care about the temps, wrapped in a fur coat, oblivious to the elements, looking for another puddle to splash through.

Maggie does this strange thing again as she runs ahead of me. When she is “jogging,” she runs crooked. By that I mean she actually runs in a straight line, say north and south, but her body is angled diagonally, like northeast and southwest. It’s adorable and weird, all at the same time, a bit disconcerting, an illusion which always leaves me feeling a bit off-center. Look for it the next time you join us and tell me if you don’t feel a bit of vertigo while watching her run.

And I trip again! It happens probably every other day, in this field, I’ve come to expect it. Look closely and you’ll see the offending party, a thin red runner from a native blackberry plant. They are all over the field, no thicker than a piece of string, giving the impression of frailty and impotence, but they manage to snag hold of me on a regular basis, their thin threads tripping up one-hundred-and-sixty-five pounds, and I find that so remarkable, how something so thin, so insignificant, could trip me. But then isn’t that just like life in general? How many times are we tripped up in life, oftentimes by small matters which really are fairly unimportant? Making a typhoon out of a glass of water, that’s what my mentor once told me, “Bill, not everything is life and death, so take a chill pill and relax!”

Truth!

Time Is Changing This Weekend

The end of Daylight Savings Time happens this weekend, a weird custom if you ask me, spring ahead, fall back, messing with the natural order of things, random decisions made by well-intentioned men and women, fine-tuning this and adjusting that, all for what? I’m sure they’ve got their reasons but man alive, there are bigger fish to fry in society, don’t you think?

“I think they should tackle some real problems, Maggie, and not worry so much with what time the sun rises,” and my girl looks at me and nods her beautiful head in agreement, for Maggie knows that the sun always rises, day in and day out, every damned day of the year, and it does so according to a schedule of its making. Man may think he’s in control, but that’s just folly to the nth degree, and I’m reminded of an old Lakota saying about Daylight Savings Time:

"Only the government would believe that you can cut a foot off the top
of a blanket, sew it to the bottom, and get a longer blanket.”

Me and Maggie, we don’t worry much about such things. We just walk. We just enjoy each other’s company and get some much-needed exercise. That’s good enough for us.

The cold is definitely coming. Preparations are being made all around us, the squirrels, the birds, the weasels, possums, and raccoons, all know it’s on its way, all are busy taking care of business on this postcard day in Olympia. I fire up the truck, pat Maggie on the head, give her the last treat, and steer us for home.

Thanks, always, for joining us. These walks are enhanced by your company. You can find us next week, and every week, where the pavement ends and the wonder begins.

Bill

2019 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      6 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Sorry about that snow, Heidi, but what are you going to do about it? Not a darned thing, and if you like it the more's the better.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 days ago from Olympia, WA

      it was lovely,Nithya! Thanks so much for joining us. You are appreciated.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 days ago from Dubai

      Enjoyed the walk through the colorful falling leaves. It must have been great to go back to your old home and get to know that it is being looked after well.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      7 days ago from Chicago Area

      Well, we've been having a lot of "wait 5 minutes" weather here in Chicago. We had a "Snowlloween" and we're already having a "Snowvenmber" for a second year in a row. The leaves, green ones, are still on the trees. So we'll be raking leaves for Christmas... if the snow even melts.

      The pups love this time of year and, frankly, I do, too. Thanks for sharing your walk with us!

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      Bill Holland 

      8 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Becky! I wish your son could stop by and download mine from my phone. :)

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      Becky Katz 

      9 days ago from Hereford, AZ

      Bill, My son came to visit me the other day. He built my computer. I handed him my phone and told him I didn't know how to download my photos to my computer and I wanted them on my computer. He did it for me, while giving me a lesson. That works for me. I remembered halfway through the lesson, that I knew how to do that. He also told me he would load them onto my flash drive if I brought it with me when I visited. I put all my photos on my flash drive. That way, I don't lose them if my computer dies. I lost many photos over the years that way. I don't lose photos any more. I have been through 5 computers over the years, since I have had one since late 80s.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 days ago from Olympia, WA

      So much work, Sha! lol I'll give it a try...for you!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      9 days ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I think if you plug your phone into your computer, as you do a camera, you can upload the video to your YouTube account. It's worth a try. If nothing else, read the manual or download it. It seems today's tech doesn't come with a manual; you have to do a Google search and download what used to come with all products. Bummer.

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      Bill Holland 

      10 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Li-Jen! I hope one day you can experience autumn as well. You have an open invitation to come visit us any time you wish.

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      10 days ago

      Hi Bill, readers can enjoy the walk in autumn. I wish I could see autumn in real life next time. Good to have your old home in good hands! I like how you make sense of your surroundings with the help of Maggie! Thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 days ago from Olympia, WA

      I take my phone with me, Sha. I'll try to remember. Then I'll have to figure out how to download the video. I'm not kidding, I don't know how to do that. lol Old dogs and new tricks, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank God it isn't just Maggie who does that, Shannon, or I might be worried. :) It's the strangest thing to see, but I feel better knowing other dogs do it too. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      11 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Same thing yes, Chris! It's pretty cool to see. As for tripping, I hate to say it, but I think you and I are getting older. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      11 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, you people deserve a break regarding air quality. Best wishes to you.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for the British primer, Ann. I should know these things. I've watched enough BBC and you would think I would be talking like a London native. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      11 days ago from Olympia, WA

      You and me both, Mary! Relaxing and slowing up is very enjoyable.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you always Devika! You are always welcome.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 days ago from Olympia, WA

      I do too, Sean! It is such a blessing to be able to commune with nature on a regular basis. Your idyllic setting sounds wonderful.

      Blessings always

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      11 days ago from Central Florida

      What a beautiful walk today! I love the color of the trees. The leaf tornado must have been awe-inspiring. When you describe the terrain in your neck of the woods, I'm envious of the various stages of beauty Mother Nature puts before you. That's one of the downfalls of living in Florida. There's no changing of the leaves before they drop and leave nothing but spindly limbs in the Winter. What really hit me about the metamorphosis of the seasons elsewhere in our country is when you said tomorrow you'd have to wear your fleece lined jeans. That statement put reality into a different perspective for me.

      I'd love for you to take a video of Maggie jogging and post it here. Do you take your phone with you on your walks or do you leave it at home?

      Thanks for another wonderful experience, Bill and Maggie!

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      Bill Holland 

      11 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for your kind words, Nikki! Cushion up for sure. We have a fire in the wood stove this morning as the fog settles over us.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 days ago from Olympia, WA

      No it would not, Bill! I would probably quit walking if Maggie couldn't join me. I'm hoping she outlives me. :) Happy Weekend my friend.

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      Shannon Henry 

      11 days ago from Texas

      Several things jump out at me this time. Here are some of them:

      1. What poor grammar? Haven't you heard, ain't is in the dictionary now? LOL.

      2. I love your description of the fall season. That's one thing I do miss. We don't get much of a color show for this particular season.Or the cool "fall" temps. It's more like either spring or winter temps. Sometimes it drops at least 20 degrees in one day. We don't get much of a fall season at all, for that matter.

      3. About Maggie running sideways. I know exactly what you mean because my German Shepherd does that too! It's such a strange thing to watch, isn't it? I thought it was unique to Daisy, but I guess not. Now I'm even more curious about why they do that.

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      Denise McGill 

      12 days ago from Fresno CA

      Another walk with you and Maggie. It was good seeing the leaves changing and falling in a dancing death to the end. Our leaves are only beginning to change around here. I'm so glad the air quality is getting better.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Chris Mills 

      12 days ago from Kettering, Ohio through January, 2020

      Bill, leaf devils caught my attention. We have the same phenomenon out on Lake Michigan called a water spout. It's the same interplay of warm and cold air, just a different medium. Don't talk to me about tripping. When I go for a "hike" it is more like tripping through the forest.

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      Ann Carr 

      12 days ago from SW England

      I guess skew-wiff is just a version of askew; it's common in the south of England but I'm not sure about all over. I suppose, too, that scuff up is like scuffing your shoes except that you do it to make the leaves hide your feet and then send the leaves swirling.

      Glad to have added to your vocab, bill!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 

      12 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Audrey, and yes, Maggie is my best four-legged friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 days ago from Olympia, WA

      We really should, Flourish. I'm a lucky man for sure. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much, Marlene! I hope your weekend is filled with wonder and love.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 days ago from Olympia, WA

      John, good for your state, voting down that ridiculous legislation. It just makes no sense to me other than profit...someone is getting rich from it and you can quote me on that. :) Thanks my friend!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 days ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree with everything you said, Meg! Thank you!

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      Mary Norton 

      12 days ago from Ontario, Canada

      It's always a joy to walk with you and Maggie. I feel so much in tune with what you do. I am enjoying being old and relax and no longer pining for many things, just enjoying life.

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      Devika Primić 

      12 days ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A great experience and nothing like sharing your special walks with a friendly community such as Hubpages.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 days ago from Olympia, WA

      I will gladly take all of those, Dora, so thank you very much.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, look at you, tossing new terms at me....skew-wiff....that's a new one for sure, and I love it. Scuff up? Never heard that one either but it's perfect for what it means, don't you think?

      Thanks for the language lesson, my wise, playful friend, and I wish for you a cavalcade of pleasant memories today.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      12 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rodric! We enjoyed having you join us. You are welcome any old time.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Becky, that place in the mountains sounds lovely. As for your dog and coyotes, I'm sure glad she survived. We have a lot of coyotes in this area and people are always losing cats and small dogs to them.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, it is always a pleasure having you join us. Thank you...happy about the no broken bones. :)

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      12 days ago from Greece, Almyros

      My dear brother, Bill, we are blessed, all of us who can live with Mother Nature every blessed day experiencing wonders like those you describe! Making long walks in the forest with my four sons, or having family picnics on the Dragon's lakes on the mountains is real happiness for me! I wish all people could live something like this.

      Blessings and gratitude for the company!

      Sean

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      Nikki Khan 

      12 days ago from London

      I love your walks with Maggie, you both make a good company Bill, I’m sure. Seasons are changing, on a quick note. Can’t believe yet, freezing is starting. Time to cushion up well, and stay indoors if nothing important to do outdoors.

      Maggie seems to settle up well in the house, picture of your house is great.

      Thanks for sharing your travels with Maggie with us.

      Blessings my friend!

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      Linda Crampton 

      12 days ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The colours of autumn can be beautiful. It sounds like you and Maggie had another lovely walk. Thanks for sharing your experiences and thoughts. It's always nice to read about your walks with Maggie (and with Toby when he's with you).

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      Bill De Giulio 

      12 days ago from Massachusetts

      What a great day for a walk. Definitely my kind of day. Fall is my favorite season. Unfortunately, most of the leaves are already down here. You are very lucky to have Maggie joining you on your walks, wouldn’t be the same without her.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      12 days ago from California

      This is my favorite time of the year. I love it when the seasons change and when the leaves fall. Maggie seems like she has really settled in with you!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      12 days ago from USA

      Your reflections on the changing seasons of nature and of life were inspired. We should all have a buddy as good as Maggie.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      12 days ago from USA

      The colors of the maple tree in the fall never dissapoint. The tree in your photo is absolutely gorgeous. Living in the moment, Bill, is what makes life easy. I love how Maggie is the part of your life that allows you to be free to be you, even if you just want to be like a kid again. Have a wonderful rest of your week.

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      John Hansen 

      13 days ago from Queensland Australia

      What a lovely day for a walk, a that maple is just beautiful. It was great to hear you got to visit your old home and actually met the current owner so you know it is in good hands. I stopped visiting my old homes as was often disappointed by what had become of them.

      Our state doesn’t have daylight saving thankfully. They tried it out one year in the 70s and no one liked it and it’s been voted down ever since.

      See you and Maggie next week.

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      DreamerMeg 

      13 days ago from Northern Ireland

      I am glad you feel so positive about your annual checkup. I think Maggie has a lot to do with that. It's great as you get older to be able to re experience some of the joys of childhood.

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      Dora Weithers 

      13 days ago from The Caribbean

      Peaceful, magical, vivacious, and I know I still don't have the right word to describe the feeling in my spirit, which results from reading your article. Beautiful picture at the top!

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      Ann Carr 

      13 days ago from SW England

      What a fabulous walk. I could feel the air around you and the earth beneath your feet.

      The wonder of everything is augmented on such a walk, don't you think? Having a dog with you accentuates it even more, as they are so fine-tuned to nature, and I've seen my dogs running skew-wiff too!

      I love swirling leaves and large puddles, both of which invite us to jump in and scuff up. It's great being a kid again, and why not? If we can't get back to basics then it's a sorry state we are in.

      I thoroughly enjoyed this walk with you (as I always do) and look forward to the next one. It's a quiet wisdom you conjure up here.

      We've also had several weathers today! That's why I love Autumn, but mostly because of the rich colours.

      Have a wail of a Wednesday with your watchful waggers, bill!

      Ann

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      Rodric Anthony 

      13 days ago from Peoria, Arizona

      This was a nice walk. I enjoyed all of it. I especially enjoyed the imagery of the leaves blowing in tornado-like fashion. I enjoyed the description of Maggie running sideways in a straight line. And I enjoyed the brisk weather that you described. It felt like I was there

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      Becky Katz 

      13 days ago from Hereford, AZ

      Enjoyed the walk this morning. I guess I need to go up the mountain to see some changing color. I don't even have real trees where I live. I have mesquite that my son prunes up from the ground to look more like trees. They are pretty and they are green year round, but they have thorns all around them.

      I go up on the mountain and go to a spot with a creek running down the mountain. I sit on a rock in the middle, listen to the water running, and listen to the birds. It is a magic spot and my son loves to go camping there with his almost 4 year old boy. That child is like an energizer bunny. My dad used to talk about bottling the energy of a child and making a fortune. I would laugh then, but wish for the same now.

      I have a 6 pound dog that doesn't go more than a few feet from me. She is afraid of the wild animals. A coyote got her a few years back, so she has reason. She made it through the attack with just 6 puncture wounds. I heard her yelp and ran to the rescue. The coyote heard me running through the house and out the door. It let go of her and ran. She is wise though. She listens and if she hears a large bird, she will duck down a rabbit hole in our yard. Yes, she is the size of the cottontail rabbits in my yard. I have seen her do it more than once.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      13 days ago from Southern Illinois

      I woke up this morning and all of my vining Clematis was dead, so we had a hard freeze. sigh! I enjoyed our walk this morning even though it was cold. No broken bones, I was careful. Until next time.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Good news on those fires, Eric. It's about time you guys settle into a nice safe routine. Hard to play in the dark when fires are burning all around you, right?

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      Bill Holland 

      13 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Same time next week for sure, Zulma, as long as these old legs will carry me. Yes to catching snowflakes...that is one childhood pleasure which is timeless. I see no reason to stop doing it now.

      Here's hoping you can experience some fall color soon before the first snows fall.

      Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 days ago from Olympia, WA

      It really is, Nell! There is so much of it I never noticed until recently. It was always there for me to see, but somehow I missed it.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 days ago from Olympia, WA

      You make me laugh, Linda, and I thank you for that. Osteoporosis? Sorry to hear about that. We'll stay on the pavement next time we take a walk, my friend.

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great stuff Bill. I wake up at 3:30 instead of 4:30 these days. Maybe another week. Gabe and I are having fun "playing in the dark". We are a weird breed.

      Whahoo down this way. major fog and clouds. That don't burn nothin. I get to take the extra provisions out of the car today. Doctors, I always tell them how horrible I am doing and they laugh.

      Maggie is a nice rock to have this time of year.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela, I'm very sorry for your loss. Losing a pet is painful for sure. I'm glad you joined us today. Maggie enjoyed your company.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      13 days ago from United Kingdom

      What a wonderful walk. So nice to see such colour in the world. The leaves here haven't really turned much. They haven't even started falling yet. A few yellow leaves here and there, but nothing to write home about. Thank you for this.

      Trying to catch leaves on the fly? I bet you used to catch snowflakes as a kid when it snowed. lol I still do that. Simple pleasures.

      Daylight Savings Time. I'm sure it served its purpose once upon a time, but yeah, do we still really need it? My body clock pays no attention to that. I wake when I'm all sleeped out and go to bed when I'm tired. You're right though. There are bigger fish to fry out there.

      Once again, thanks for the lovely walk. Same time next week?

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      Nell Rose 

      13 days ago from England

      I wish I could step through the screen and join you on your magical walk with Maggie. In fact I feel like I have, nature is awesome isn't it?

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      Linda Lum 

      13 days ago from Washington State, USA

      Leaves and lop-sided dogs and lingering bramble vines--beauty and laughter and peril all in one afternoon walk. If that isn't the story of our entire lives in a Readers Digest condensed version, I don't know what is.

      Those big leaf maples are a wonder unless you happen to have 3 of them in your front yard, and then the wonder is "I wonder why I haven't cut those darned things down." But, they are beautiful in the autumn and offer an amazing cool canopy in the summer.

      Daylight Savings time--I hate it! I wish they would just let us leave the clocks alone and let what happens naturally happen.

      I am glad that you got yet another good report from your doctor. Mine tells me that I have osteoporosis, so I best take care the next time I join on one of those walks--I can't risk a tumble. Thanks for letting me join you.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      13 days ago from Sunny Florida

      The temperature is perfect for this lovely walk, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I did not trip this time. I have learned many lessons through the years when I have over reacted to something that really was not a big deal. I don't sweat the little stuff anymore.

      I just lost my precious cat, Oscar, this morning that we have had for 13.5 years. So, the walk with you was a wonderful diversion.

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