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Techie Dreams

Updated on November 19, 2016
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Welcome All

The house is quiet, even Quigley has made her nest for the night. Me well just another of those nights when one gets somewhat inspired. You know what they are like. Welcome to the Fireside and please make yourself at home. No matter what time you arrive know that you are welcome here.

It has been a day filled with writing. I have been editing my last book in the series Checkers Corner. It is nearly complete and it will be nice to move it out of the way. It is a three book series and they are all over the 60 K word count. The story has come together nicely.

I have a very good start on the next called "The Fallen Barn". It has been unfolding as I type. I guess that is one of the beauties about writing fiction. It can go any direction at any time. I have the perfect picture I took several years ago of a rather famous landmark here in Alberta Canada that I will be using to design the cover.

The next while will be in search of a temporary place to live for the winter months or at least that is the plan. Time to start looking at getting away from the snow and cold. At one time I used to enjoy the change of season, now well I suppose you could say I have gotten soft and almost to a point of great distain for the white stuff.

Gather around and get comfortable. Help yourselves to the treats and hot drinks and be blessed.

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The Cabin

First several have asked about the cabin I spend time at and I thought I would slip this picture in. It is very rustic, without power and water or washroom. All it has is an outhouse and a wood stove. It suits me just fine, brings out some old memories of years gone past while I lived in the Yukon.

Things have changed a little though I must admit as I take all the Techie Toys with me now. The basics such as water and food need to be brought in. Techie, well I suppose a small generator, Mac Book Pro, a converter so I can recharge with either 12 volt or 110 volt. As well the cabin is right on the very fringe of the Internet and I can run online off my portable Internet USB device. Hard life you know. The cell phone is questionable unless I stand in the right place.

The interior is wonderful and very comfortable once a fire is started and the place is heated. I have included a picture for you as well. There that should be the show and tell for the day. So this is roughing it Rolly style... smiles. A far cry from the old days.



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The Old

Years past would have seen me carry in every book I ever wanted to read with good intentions but today with the two Kindles I have well I can slip it into my pocket and have them all at hand. They are telling me I can put as many as 3500 books on each one. They both come with Internet capabilities anywhere in the world.

I often look at Technology and wonder what on earth we did without it. It is amazing the rate we have moved forward at. My cell phone is a great example with such a vast amount of storage space for pictures and data. Far larger than some of the first computers I owned. I will carbon date myself and share with you I cut my teeth on an old Commodore 64 and I thought that was something. The iMac I have runs a full tera bit of space and the Mac Book Pro I will never fill. Incredible when you think of it.

Life certainly has taken a change from the days of my childhood. If you are anything like me you do need to stay up to speed on this stuff if not you will fall far behind in no time.


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He Has made It All

No matter what the technology nothing can outdo what God has created for us to enjoy. I look at old tree growth such as this and wonder what kind of stories it could tell. All that it has seen over the years and it managed to stand tall through it all. I have estimated this one to be in the 100-120 year range according to an old trick I was taught years ago by measuring the girth of the base and doing some calculations. All I know is it is special and deserves to stand tall.

I have learned many things of nature as it can and will teach us if we are willing to take the time to stop and study what it is telling us. Nature is fragile, just as fragile as we are in many ways. Take something as simple as a leaf on a tree. Stop and study it closely and you will see an entire world hidden within. It like us becomes fragile with age. When the tree is finished with it it falls to the ground and eventually becomes nutrient for new growth.

The wilderness has so much to offer. She is a teacher of all class sizes from one to several hundred. She is soft spoken and yet can be fierce and cruel at times. She is one to be respected as once we are out in the elements we are at her mercy. It is always advisable to keep your wits about you. Yet she is gentle to the smallest of small creatures she keeps. Each has a function and a purpose hidden deep within.

We are much the same and we all find ourselves in a wilderness setting whether it be in a major city, urban sprawl or hidden far back as is where this cabin is. Life can be cruel at times. The words we hear. The words we speak. The actions we take or the ones that are taken against us. It is hard to find peace these days. I encourage all to take a few minutes and allow nature to speak to you. If left alone nature will continue on without the help of man. It is our desire to rob, steal and destroy that has changed the environment in so many ways. We call it progress and yet looking at the damage we have done is a sobering thought.

An old native taught me something years ago that works so well in the summer when you are tired. Rest your back against a tree of size and it will recharge your energy. Close your eyes and focus on being a part of the tree. I have for years and it is amazing the effect it can have on your body and mind. Try it and you will see. Nature provides many natural cures to common health issues. They are there all we need to do is explore them. Juniper berries can cure a headache, an upset stomach. Moss such as the moss in the next picture has some of the most powerful healing powers if applied to an infected wound. Even the common dandelion has something special. You can make coffee with the roots. Once pulled, washed and dried then crushed it will give you a coffee that in my books rakes up with the best you are paying 2-3 dollars per cup for. Yet another thing for you to try.

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Rest

When I see this picture it reminds me of the day I found myself here. A hot day in July, I had stopped for a drink of water at a mountain fed stream close by. I lay down in the moss and slept for three hours. It is times like these I strive to find where I find peace. It is places like this the Father above speaks to me of His love and tenderness He has for His children.

Take the time today to find your peace. Set aside all the Techie stuff and just rest. Even if it is in your mind to a place as inviting as this. It is what we are called to do. Set aside sometime for yourself today and above all know that you are loved.

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      William Kovacic 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Rolly,

      As long as you're heading to Arizona, I think you ought to take a "side" trip and find your way to Pennsylvania. I'll leave the light on for you!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Rolly, I love your cabin, what a lovely little haven of peace and quiet. And I totally agree with you about nature, its funny you mentioned a tree making you feel better, I always feel drawn to trees and have to sit down with my back to one every time I go down to the river, the trees always make me feel calm, and I love watching nature going on around me, I have had a really bad cold over the last few days, so when I feel better I am going back down the river to balance myself again, take care nell

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      Tim Mitchell 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Thanks I will. Awesome!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Reading this and looking at the beautiful pictures induces peace. What a relaxing article. I intend to find a nice big tree to sit against when the weather warms. Thanks for writing this and sharing your thoughts. Voted up.

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      Susan Ream 5 years ago from Michigan

      Rolly, Did you write this hub just for me? I have been going a million miles per hour and need to slow it down and rest. Thanks for the encouragement to do so. The picture where you stopped to rest is lovely .. I can get lost in it just looking.

      Thanks for sharing your love Rolly, you mean so much to many of us .. but especially me. :0)

      God Bless my Buddy!

      Mekenzie

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Wow, Dandelion coffee, that's a new one. While reading your words, I was reminded that God really has provided for us. The stream where you rested, the fruit trees, all so wonderful. Thank you Rolly. I always receive a calmness when i read your thoughts. Best Wishes My Friend..

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi lifegate... would love too sometime in the future. Dad was born in RI and I would love to see the eastern side of the US. I will be sure and let you know when I plan on coming that way.

      Blessings

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Nell... so glad you have noticed the effect they can have. Not many have taken the time to know or feel the energy a tree can give off. Praying for te bad cold... stay warm and dry and drink plenty of tea with honey and a touch of cyan pepper.

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi tsmog and welcome... enjoy as it truly is a wonderful feeling.

      Blessings

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Thanks tillsontitan for the comment and the interest... Indeed do wait for warmer weather as trees are asleep right now or at least they should be.

      Blessings

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      My Buddy Mekenzie... great to see you stop in and say hello. We need to chat again soon. Keep missing each other except for te smatterings here and there on FB. Trust all is well with you and Hubby... Rest Girl... Rest.

      Hugs as always

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Always... the stream was one which you can drink directly from. Clear and cold off a glacier only three miles from this spot. So blessed to hear you find some peace here and yes God does provide rest for us the weary traveler when we seek it.

      Blessings and Hugs from Canada

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      lmmartin 5 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      One of the things I love best about my little Florida home is that my house is surrounded by huge oaks with Spanish moss hanging down. Everywhere I look I see life and nature, from the ferns that find a home high up in the branches, the amazing air plants and the tumble of vines and ferns on the ground level. And of course the birds, squirrels and lizards. The sound of insects is a constant. So you see, it is not always necessary to go far away into the bush to feel the peace of nature. I live with it all the time. I wouldn't dare to lay down or rest against these trees, though. I'd be eaten alive by ants.

      Thanks for this glimpse into your life.

      I think you really should check out Florida for your winter home. Arizona is all beach and no water. Lynda

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Lynda... Thanks for the glimpse into your backyard oasis. It sounds lovely and so very distant from the thriving metropolis. I have spent a little time in Florida and love what I have seen. This trip is just a starter to have a look around a little. The economy is strong here with oil prices climbing and the prospects according to what I have seen and heard is it will soon explode driving house prices etc high. The plan was to stay on here for the nest fifteen years then sell and look around. Just scouting the prospects for te time being.

      Just a thought about ants and a good way to control them is with a simple sprinkling of corn meal. They eat it readily and once ingested it expands and well the result is a fast end to the problem. The thing I like best is it is organic, cheap and with no harmful chemicals.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Enlydia Listener 5 years ago from trailer in the country

      Hi Rolly, you have put credibility to the idea of tree hugging. Now I am willing to try using the energy of the tree...at least when it gets warmer out.

      Your hubs have been soothing for me today. I often heard His Voice say "enter into my rest"...I know He wants us to rest in Him. It is not so easy, since we feel we need to be busy and in control most of the time. Blessings.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning again Enlydia... I love your sentence if I may quote you "It is not so easy, since we feel we need to be busy and in control most of the time."

      Those few words wrap up so many of our lives do they not. Busy is good, productive is better but we have so much we fail to find what it is that gives us peace and rest.

      Always a pleasure to have you visit. You are always so insightful. Quigley sends you her best kisses... lol

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Rolly, I truly enjoyed my visit to your cabin. The time there was very tranquil and serene. I'll be sure and stop by again to visit:)

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Sunshine... door is always open, just rest. Good of you to stop around and say hello...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Rolly, I wish I had an answer to what you need to do to pass the assessment policy, but this piece is beautiful, the writing and the pictures are perfect. I can't imagine what more HP needs. God's speed...

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      Rolly A Chabot 6 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Ruby... I have all but given up on how HP grades what we write... I just write and love doing it. At the end of the day when I receive comments like you have so graciously left it is all the reward I need.... Thank you Miss Ruby...

      Much love and many hugs as always from Canada

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