If you think I am in my usual position consisting of couch, coffee, blanket and laptop you are correct. I slept late this morning – late for me. It is weird how one night I can sleep a solid 12 hours and barely move in my sleep and then there are nights like last night where I toss and turn and sleep like crap. I feel like someone hit me with a sledge-hammer right in the middle of the chest. Cough, cough, cringe, cringe. Sipping my coffee waiting for the drugs to kick in.
Lately when I go for a hike I usually end up picking up a stick to help me along because the ankle/foot is still killing me and gives out every once in a while. A couple of weeks ago I kept the stick I had picked up, brought it home, took the bark off of it, sanded it down a little and started to paint it. When I was with Mini Me the other day I told her I was “pimping my stick out” which she thought was hysterical. Anywho – I have been working on the stick for a couple of weeks and it is still not finished. It stands – I think – a little over four feet and when I am done I will put a top coat on it of some kind to seal it. I am digging the way it is coming out.
Mr. Sweetwater left me the most beautiful comment the other day – true or not – it brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my face. When I started this blog I had no idea people would actually read it let alone comment on it. I also didn’t think I would connect with anyone. If you think about it – the internet is easy to hide behind – makes it easy for people to say things they might normally not say in person – I keep thinking of all those teenagers out there being bullied on here. I am happy to say I have not experienced that and since starting this blog I have made some connections (however small they may be) with what I believe to be some pretty great people.
What Mr. Sweetwater had no way of knowing is the whole longitude and latitude thing has a special meaning for me (that goes back years.) It was something I had been thinking about for some time and I have been contemplating having one of these made (picture below.) I first saw them on a search I did years ago when the whole longitude / latitude thing happened. I wanted something to remember it by and now I think I will but I think I will be putting a whole new set of coordinates on it.
I don’t know why Mr. Sweetwater and I connected the way we did. I know we both like hiking and painting. I know we share some points of view. But the comment he left me meant more to me than he will probably ever know. I don’t think I will ever be able to explain it here. But I want him to know how very much it meant to me and I just know that if we knew each other in “real life” he would be a friend and not an acquaintance – and hopefully he will know what I mean by that.
I thank you Mr. Sweetwater from the bottom of my heart.