Are you ready to ride?

Posts to this blog have been few and far between lately; Not for a lack of things happening but more because of the speed and wild emotional shifts that accompany the many things happening.

When I started this blog several years ago, it was early summer just before my 50th birthday. Dear Husband and I had begun training for our 330 mile bicycle trip from Pittsburgh to Washington DC via the Greater Allegheny Passage and the C & O Canal Path. This blog became a way to share the new adventures and new attitudes of my life in this next more mature season.

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With the end of this school year, our family begins preparations for a new, big adventure along with the next level of season change.

Honorable Son #2 will begin his senior year of high school. When he graduates in June of next year, high school will be a thing of the past, college and transitioning into adulthood will dominate the conversations.

The speed at which this season of life seems to have gone by takes my breath away. Remembering the uncertainty of our education choices, Home-schooling/Cyber schooling was questioned by many around us, but Dear Husband and I felt guided and compelled to follow that different path. Many days, I too questioned our decision, feeling over-whelmed, over-worked, and under-qualified to give my children the education they needed to succeed in the world. It was most certainly God’s hand that “made our paths straight” when needed and kept my heart convicted to this education journey.

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We have begun making plans to set out on a challenging adventure and travel by motorcycle on the Trans-America Trail as a way to mark this new season and deposit a bucket full of family memories, raising each of us to a “different you” for our “next level.”

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TransAm Trail

“The TransAmerica Trail is the cross-country ride of a lifetime, with over 6,000 miles of mostly off-pavement travel and updates as needed from the creator, Sam, to keep the trail current. From scenic vistas and unique attractions to rough terrain and challenging conditions, the TAT presents every rider with the opportunity for an unforgettable journey and memories that will last a lifetime. Depending on the weather and location, riders may face challenges including mud, sand, snow, and rocks among others. As the trail is made up of dirt, gravel, forest, farm, and brief sections of paved roads, The TAT may be traversed using either a dual-sport motorcycle or a 4×4 vehicle.”

We have purchased our motorcycles, (2) Suzuki DR650, and (2) Yamaha XT250.

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Our decision to purchase (2) pairs of motorcycles was made based on rider comfort-size and weight of bike, and then spare parts-two different bikes opposed to four means fewer spare parts to pack for the trip.

The list of preparations is long. Besides the purchasing and packing for self-contained travel, leaving the farm for one month adds a whole page of non-trip related planning.

Despite the overwhelming lists, the excitement is building. I am making a concerted effort to enjoy the planning/preparation knowing that, like my bicycle trip, time blinks by quickly and even a month long trip will quickly become a memory. I will do my best to journal the journey.

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 Together, let’s enjoy the ride!

Inspiration

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. —Steve Jobs

After spending January in a much needed hibernation, I went into February wanting to continue keeping regular sewing hours. For most of the Fall season I had carved out sewing hours from 5:30a.m. to 11:00 a.m. each day after sending Dear Husband out the door to his job. As a result of dedicating those hours to just sewing projects, I had quiet, uninterrupted time to sew not only customer alterations, but also projects that were stirring inside my head waiting to be created.

In September and October those creations were fleece hats, mittens, drawstring backpacks, and rice pack hand warmers. All of these projects became the inventory for several Fall crafts shows.

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With fleece season coming to an end(although having snow in April, it didn’t end as soon as we had hoped), I turned my creative juices over to Spring thoughts and possible projects for Easter craft show shoppers.

Instead of fleece hats, fun, colorful, reversible bucket hats came to life under my sewing machine needle along with stuffed bunnies, embellished onsies, zipper pouch peeps and one giant hen.

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I heard a question recently that has been rumbling around in my head,

“From where does your inspiration come?”

A google search of that question led me to an interesting response by author  Robbie Vorhaus ;

“The answer is in the word itself: In Spirit, inspiration.  Inspiration comes from our connection to the Universe, the power that beats our heart. Prayer is when you speak to God, and inspiration, intuition and creativity is when God speaks to you.

Spirit is the invisible connection we have to all creation, and when we are in spirit, inspired, we are simply plugged in, connected, to the miraculous, complete force of all that is in form.”

I find something very comforting in the idea that God is speaking to me through these sparks of sewing inspiration that fill my thoughts, although it would be nice to have them planted during regular business hours instead of interrupting a perfectly good night of sleep!?!

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Another statement from that same site from Aaron Force ;

“In this sense, inspiration is a bit of a spiritual event after all. We begin to see the interconnectedness of the universe and how we relate to it.

When we make a connection we find inspiration; our sails get filled and we gain direction- the divine winds are breathed into us.”

While there is satisfaction in doing alterations, helping people take clothing that they have enough connection to they would invest a little more time and money to improve the fit; there is “direction” in sewing projects that were “breathed into” my thoughts. Each completed item becomes a visual representation of a divine conversation.

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I have never considered myself an artist. In my mind, artists are people that paint, draw, sculpt and have much more talent than I. But I am sure that the works of art that come from those talented hands came from “In Spirit,” from “divine” thought conversations born into the world for us, the viewer, to participate in.

So, although these hats/bunnies/chicks don’t fit into my definition of art, they are creations brought forth from “a bit of a spiritual event.”

I pray that these new fabric “art works” find others to bless, continuing God’s conversation with you. Or that you too get inspired today.

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