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These are my thoughts and opinions about life in general. I also get daily prompts from DSP which inspire me to write. If I throw in some scrapbook pages I've done, photos I've taken, and stories about me, you will have an idea about my loony life!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

If I Only Had Courage

Blog Prompt: Feats I'd attempt if I had the courage.

I am usually a scaredy cat about a lot of things but lately I’ve been looking at these rock climbing walls. You know, the ones where they put the harness around your and let you climb up this fake wall. It is usually set up at fairs or in front of malls or fundraising events. I have been thinking that I might like to try it. As of right now it is still in the thinking stage and may never get to the actual doing stage.

Another thing I really want to try is to roller blade. I have the helmet, the knee pads, elbow pads, and the roller blades. I tried it one time on the side walk with my hiking sticks and made it down the sidewalk in front of my house and thought I wouldn’t make it back home. I think this fall that I might actually try it again. Surely I can do this. At least I think that when I see other people roller blading past me.

Rock wall picture: Original image: 'david in motion' by: Benjamin Chia
Note: I had a terrible day today. We planned to go hiking with our hiking group and I was so excited! The lunches were made and the car was packed but my hubby decided to use the bathroom before we left (like a good boy should!) when he noticed we had very little water pressure. I didn't know why we had little pressure but I checked in the house and decided to walk around the flower beds to check outside faucets. Sure enough, the one in the back yard, as far from the house as you can get, had a busted water pipe and that corner of the yard was ankle deep in water. Since we are supposed to have storms arriving soon (possibly Hannah), we called the plumber right away and didn't go hiking. Part of me wanted to just cut the water off and deal with this tomorrow but we had to cut the water off at the road and I know we couldn't go without water comfortably for a few days. Then what if the plumber couldn't come out and it took many days to fix, so I bit my lip and didn't even whine. We went outside to dig up the mud away from the busted pipe so the plumber didn't have to spend so much time doing that which would save us money. In between digging and letting the water recede, we decided to trim dead branches out of the tree and cut back others which were shading my rose garden. My wonderful hubby grabs a branch and pulls it back hoping it will break off at the dead spot and come down. Not only did it break off but it broke off close to the trunk and the limb was about 12 inches thick, knocked my husband over, threw him in the bushes and landed on top of him. At first I thought he broke his leg but his ankle has some abrasions and he is a little bruised but luckily in one piece. We will need to go out with the chain saw to cut this limb in pieces in order for the city to pick it up, but we will save that for another day's adventure. Needless to say, I didn't get anything done today because I just didn't feel like it.


Meg said...

Now Pat, go inside and sit down on the couch VERY CAREFLLY!! I'm so sorry your day took such a bad turn and I hope the water issue isn't a bad/spendy one!

On the roller blades, have you roller skated lately? Emma and I have been going to a roller rink this summer and having a BLAST! I don't think they've redecorated since the 60's, but it is so fun! And I use quad skates, not inline. Those inlines can do horrible things to your ankles if you don't get them just right.

loonyhiker said...

Meg: Thankfully the plumber only charged us $91! We saved a lot of money by digging the mud up ourselves I think and he appreciated it too.

Anonymous said...

If you ever want to try climbing, give me a ring. It's one of my great passions! Got some great rock up here if you're up for a road trip!


Tink said...

Sounds like you got a lot done today whether you think so or not. I know it wasn't hiking, but at least you will have water.

Stephani said...

I am SO sorry you had such a horrible bad day. That sounds awful. I am so glad your DH was ok and not hurt worse that is scary. I hope you have a better day tomorrow and from this point on. I think it is very smart you thought to dig to the broken line before the plumber got there. I never would have thought to do that. I bet that saved you a fortune.

CC said...

Sorry about your day :(

I'm also too scared to try those things!

Meg said...

Hi Pat, me again!

When you come to Seattle in April, plllleeeeeaaaaasseee let me know in advance so we can figure out somewhere/time to meet! I live about 4 hours south of Seattle (if traffic is moving), and would be more than happy to drive up there, I love the whole state of Washington!

If you end up renting a car, you probably won't need it during the week you're at the conference. I'm assuming you'll stay somewhere nearby and most people walk or ride metro, parking is atrocious. But Seattle is a very cool city and the Olympia area is GORGEOUS! We lived in Lacey for a couple of years and explored all over (pre-kids, mind you)!

Let me know when time gets closer. Oh, and the weather? Unpredictable. Probably rain in April, but everything will be blooming!

karen(karooch from scraps of mind said...

I tried abseiling a few years ago Pat. And as someone who is afraid of heights, it really freaked me out. But I have to say that the personal sense of achievement that I felt after I had abseiled down a 40 foot slope was fantastic. it was very mu7ch a personal hurdle. So think about your blading and climbing a little bit more and then book in somewhere so you'll feel a sense of commitment. Then go for it.