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Running, fitness, and Joy.

I must say, I really feel good after running. I feel cleaner than ever after sweating then a shower. As it is, I seem to only find time to run when it’s dark, either in the morning or in the evening. You would think it would be dangerous to run at night, but as it turns out, if you roll your ankle and/or fall enough times, you figure out how to do it without hurting anything. I am completely comfortable running in just enough light that I know I am on trail.. and running down the wooded (but paved) greeneway that follows an old rail bed in the dark with the moon filtering though the trees is… Magical. Truly beautiful. Joyful. I mean, as I’m running I’m saying to myself… “This is like a movie dream” Sometimes there are little patches of fog (not even as wide as the path, “little”.) sometimes there are deer out on the path that just stare at you as you go by, It’s just magic. I wish everyone could experience it. Another thing that happens is your sense of smell goes to 11. I can tell when people are doing laundry as I run over manhole covers. Sometimes, if everything is just right in the mornings, I can smell animals on the trail, (or more likely their scat) Interestingly enough, It’s not unpleasant. I have been running for almost 3 years now, (3 in December) and the experience of having the trail to yourself and nature is really the best part. The feeling of fitness is an awesome bonus.
As I write this, It turns out Chicago received their largest November snowfall on record today, and I am reminded of, as a kid, going out and riding in ~2″ of fresh snow at night, snow that has not had any car tracks on it yet. While it’s still snowing. The silent kind of snow. That was pure joy too. Might be the only thing that beats this. I really am looking forward to my kids experiencing Both. :)


Posted on 22 November '15 by , under Activities. No Comments.

Holloween Halloween this is Halloween.

After COMPLETELY disappointing the girls, and missing a chance to see a intimate live performance of Rocky Horror Picture show Thursday. (We were 6,7,8 in line, and there were only 5 tickets left.. grrr.)
We tried to do some fun stuff anyway. Friday night, I took the older girls to a couple of abandoned houses. One was formerly a house of a wealthy local individual that died a year or so ago.. the family has not emptied it out yet, and its becoming decrepit.. paint peeling and wood rotting.. yet not a single window is broken. It is still a house. And therefore we were hesitant to go in. But we did anyway,,, just to check out the library! We took nothing and did no damage,, just looked around. We did not want to use much light, as to notify the person in the garden (guard) house that we were there…. So we did not get to see much. But it was still fun!


A little reconnaissance.. here is the library during the daytime though a window.

Then we decided to go to an old confederate cemetery in the woods in Beech Island. It is the private plot of the people that used to own the Redcliff Plantation.. sorta’ spooky!

Then we came back to North Augusta and went into the house down the street at 813 Georgia.. It’s been abandoned and gutted all the time we have lived here.. But you can’t tell from the outside! (Otherwise all the neighbors would have complained by now, right?)

Ghost call, it’s for you!

Then, Saturday night, after we all went to the biggest Jack-o-lantern Jubilee EVER! (38 special played.. what a crowd. First year they sold alcohol helped I am sure.) Melinda went to a Halloween party at a friends house. When I went to pick her up, a friend of ours, Chris Flecheck, was picking his daughter Raven up too. He decided we all should climb the huge dirt hill that is across the street from the party. I think he might have been drinking.. lol. But I am glad we did! It was fun!

Melinda was the first to the very top..

Friends join in.

All the girls gather, (or should I say stumble, because I don’t know if they ever got to a full standing position..) on the smaller hill. They were cracking up the whole time.

Posted on 1 November '15 by , under Holidays, kids, seasons. No Comments.

BMX, Writing finger, Young makers. Much Rockwell

Rockwell gets the most attention this post. It’s been a while since we raced. Melinda, Rockwell and I went to practice last Wednesday, and went surprisingly fast on the new hard track.. Melinda did 56 seconds I think? That was a really good time. And Rockwell did his first sub 50 second time ever, even after not practicing for a while.. Go figure. Melinda did not want to race this week. However, Rockwell and I raced, and tonight, Rockwell actually won the first heat, and won the main too. Good job Rockwell!

Here he is winning the First heat.


Biggest trophy yet!


He crashed trying to jump a double AFTER the race… whacked his wrist too.

Commercial photographer was there too:

One more.

Here is something off topic… Melinda and Hannah have calluses… from so much writing!

Rockwell got to do some soldering at young makers this week. Learning something new is good!

The end result, With our friend Xander.

Posted on 25 October '15 by , under Awards, BMX, makerspace. No Comments.

Rockwell science class project “Nitrogen”

Rockwell said he had to make a atom for science class. He decided on Nitrogen. I don’t know why.

So, I helped him make an atom of nitrogen.

OK, what is the saying? “When you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail?” Or something like that. Most of my solutions these days seem to revolve around metal. That’s what I got’, that’s what we will use.

OK Rockwell cut some pieces of metal….


OK, now weld the metal together.


OK, weld more metal together…


OK, paint metal. As he was painting, he said “man, this thin is like a weapon! I might get in trouble for bringing it to class… ” And I said, “If they say anything about it being a weapon, you must reply “Yes! its a NUCLEAR weapon!”.. ” The look he then gave me… lol.


In between here he painted up the balls that make the 7 protons and 7 Electrons.. Did not get any pictures of that.
I’d say he made a FINE Nitrogen atom!


Posted on 18 October '15 by , under Activities, projects, school. No Comments.

September Activities.

Hannah practicing before a football game. She is in the drum line.. because Bassoon does not do marching band.. She is clearly not excited I’m taking pictures.. lol.



We went Geocaching one evening.. Found this face hidden in the woods.




Rockwell had a dance at his school.. He ended up being quite popular behind the cotton candy machine.IMG_6317


The girls wanted to go to a Bernie Sanders rally in Columbia.. We ended up bing the ONLY people to bring a sign! They let us in, but only if we “removed the stick”..


While I did not see the local news, I know we were in multiple shots that evening!




On the way home, we stopped at a McDonalds that had an automated Kiosk. It was not that pleasant to use.IMG_6379


Young Makers! Charles showed how he made a program on A Raspberry Pi. THe kids wre really interested! More than this picture shows. :)IMG_6423



Posted on 30 September '15 by , under Activities, kids. No Comments.

Mountain biking in the rain!

Rockwell and I hit the Fork Area Trail System (FATS) this weekend. Got a little (ok, a LOT) wet and muddy. By the middle of the 8 miles, it was raining pretty hard and some of the trails were streams.. I’m surprised the trail holds up as well as it has.. you would think it would be rutty. The sun was shining by the time we exited though! We also came across two people from Columbia with really nice rigs.. single wheel trailers that held their, what looked like 2/yo and~4/yo kids behind them, while they navigated the (not always easy) trails. Impressive, dedicated riders! IMG_6260

Posted on 31 August '15 by , under kids. No Comments.

The summer “To Do” list..

Oh boy.. I am just going to publish this the way it is, as I am never going to catch up and cover all the stuff we have done this summer.

This has been a BMX summer.. Melinda and Hannah, Early in the season before little Hannah broke her collarbone (On a skateboard, not bike) ..

Found Melinda in the Airport…

Rockwell and some friends at the track!

Rockwell working on scavanging wood. Making him work!

The summer of frozen bananas

Pictures I need to find:

Rockwell coming in first in the main.
The new house on the back back yard
Ice cream

Rockwell at the FATS Trails


More pictures I need to find:

Melindas BMX race where she beat a boy and made the main, but the scorer did not write down the results right
Rockwell working on Moms chairs
Hannah’s visit to UofC
Melindas Birthday bowling
Visit to the woods near brick pond

Melindas summercamp at SCGSAH


Gaypride in Augusta






Eds uphill 5k
Rockwell’s birthday.

Posted on 31 July '15 by , under 5K, Activities, Birthdays, BMX. No Comments.

A special week!

I am in the middle of watching Reverend Pinkney’s Eulogy by President Obama.. Just, wow. I am moved to tears. It’s something awesome. So so special. So glad I got a chance to watch it live. He broke out singing! Amazing Grace.. just awesome.

This whole week was for the record books. First the republican attempt to kill Obamacare and remove many people off the insurance rolls was repudiated by the SCOTUS, Then the Battle flag was essentially voted off the capital grounds (no official vote yet, but it will happen), and then The SCOTUS votes that Gays are allowed to marry, then this Eulogy. Just an amazing week.

The kids are doing well,. Hannah was at art class last night , Rockwell and I attended the Olympic day BMX race, and Melinda is still at SCGSAH in her writing camp. She had to make a public presentation and she said she did well.

I must go out of my way to remember times like these.. Such special times.


Posted on 26 June '15 by , under Messages to friends and relatives.. No Comments.

School and stuff.

Everyone is getting out of school. So far, Hannah did not want to go to her awards ceremony, and receive her multiple academic awards for whatever reason I am not sure, I missed Rockwell’s awards ceremony yesterday where he received 4 awards. I am a terrible parent. Melinda’s ceremony is tomorrow, I will try and not disappoint.


Posted on 3 June '15 by , under Uncategorized. No Comments.

Happy Birthday Hannah!

My eldest is now a 17 y/o. Still just as awesome as always.

Happy Birthday sweetheart!





Kathi too her and her friends to the trampoline park. Clearly had a lot of fun!



Posted on 1 June '15 by , under Birthdays. No Comments.