From the Passenger Seat

In all of my adult years, every trip I have made through Washington State on I-90 has either been after dark, or when I am driving — or both.  However, when Amoeba and I traveled to Spokane last week, he drove and I got to sight see, and I saw some sights I had never seen before.

Wild Horses Monument

This is the Wild Horses Monument. It overlooks the Columbia River near Vantage, WA. I saw it for the first time on this trip. Amoeba was driving up the grade after we’d crossed the bridge and I saw two people standing on the side of the barren hill and staring up. I thought, “What on earth …” and followed their line of vision.

When I saw the monument I got all excited and pointed it out to Amoeba — who knew it was there and couldn’t believe that I didn’t. Of course he stopped so I could photograph it. The monument is a 200-foot line of life-sized charging horses titled, Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies. It was created 1989 by David Govedare of Chewelah, Washington for Washington State’s Centennial Celebration. The 1 inch thick steel ponies symbolically depict the Great Spirit releasing a herd of wild horses on a ridge above the Columbia River’s Wanapum Lake.

Follow the Leader

I had an appointment this morning with the island’s former Avon Lady.  She not only placed a nice order, she directed me to one of her former, very loyal customers — who placed an order and directed me to one of her friends, who directed me to one of her friends, who directed me to one of her friends.

Not only that, but when I got home today I had a phone message asking me to call someone else who had picked up a book at the fair.  She placed an order, too!  In the last two days I have gained 5 new (ordering) customers and 6 potential customers, plus I’ve doubled my highest order to date.  Now I just need a plan to keep this momentum going.  Anyone have any ideas?

Tomorrow I am taking a book to a clerk at the grocery store and I’m giving her an extra to leave in the break room.  I’m also going to stop by the local clinic and put a couple of Avon books in their magazine piles.  I’m thinking I might do the same at the dentist’s office. Another friend said she’d put a couple on the benches in the ladies locker room at the gym. I already leave books in both the coffee shops and the laundromats.  What am I missing?

New Profile Pic

Yeah, that’s a new profile pic.  That’s my real hair color — dull brown, gray and white.  And those are my real wrinkles.  I’d like to pretend they were worse because I was squinting at the sun, but truthfully, I was trying very hard not to squint.

Back to my hair — other than the multicolored thing, it looks pretty darn good don’t you think?  Avon has a mousse and a hair spray that provide excellent hold, yet are still natural-looking and flexible.  Amoeba ran his fingers through my hair and said, “Well, I can tell there is product on it, but I am not sticking to you and you’re not crispy or anything.”  That’s very nice, but what I really like about these products, is that my hair looks as good on day two as it did on day one.

There’s a Monster in The Shower

I opened the shower door the other day to step inside and found some weird, hairy creature huddled by the drain.  I slammed the shower door and ran for the light switch.   Our bathroom is very light and I seldom turn the in-shower light on, but this was a special occasion.

Light on, I cautiously approached the shower stall and peered through the glass door.  The creature was motionless.  Was it dead?  Would death make it any less dangerous?  Ever so slowly I opened the shower door, all the while watching the creature.  If it so much as quivered I was out of there.

The light was on, the shower door stood open wide, and the thing hadn’t moved.  I just wished I could see it better without getting closer.  That’s when it dawned on me to put my glasses back on.  Without taking my eyes off the immobile lump of fur, I felt the bathroom counter behind me until I found my glasses.  I put them on and … realized I was cowering from a huge lump of Amoeba hair.

Amoeba sheds.  It is not something either of us are enjoying.  Amoeba is afraid of losing his manly good-looks.  Personally, I will love him whether he has hair or not, but I am getting tired of having to shave the bathroom every week.


I Live in a Temple

The Message Bible 1 Corinthians 6:19

Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.

How About a Workout Program that Promotes Faith?
Body Gospel calls itself a “party with a purpose” and claims it can get me moving to uplifting, contemporary Christian music and get my body, mind and spirit in shape.   You know, if I could incorporate exercise into my daily devotions as an act of worship, I might be able to make it past the spot where I always quit.  Sure I’d be exercising, but this says the exercise isn’t the focus, praising God is.  I have a couple of other Christian Workout DVDs, but they are just the same old exercise routines set to Christian music. Body Gospel puts the emphasis on praising God.

My body is God’s temple.  I know it but I don’t live it.  I know I am capable of losing weight, but I can’t do it on my own.  I need a workout buddy — and who is more faithful than God?

What qualifies Donna to be your instructor?
Donna Richardson Joyner is a former National Aerobics Championship silver medalist and is a member of the National Fitness Hall of Fame. She served on the President’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sports in 2006 and was a delegate to the 2007 Pan American games in Rio. The Oprah Winfrey Show® chose Donna as one of the “Top 5 Fitness Video Instructors.” Donna has starred in numerous video workouts including the Buns of Steel™ series and the Sweating in the Spirit series. She wrote Let’s Get Real! and is a guest columnist for both Ebony and Gospel Today magazines. Donna is the producer and host of the Donna Richardson ’s Mind, Body & Spirit Show, which airs on TV One, and the Sweating in the Spirit program which airs on Word Network. In addition, Donna was the former co‐host for the ESPN Fitness Pro’s Show and fitness expert on the NBC Weekend Today Show. And to top it all off, she also holds the Guinness World Record for leading the world’s largest line dance, with over 50,000 participants.