Just the two of us

Rehema and Jacky, Ruhunga, Tanzania

I have been sleeping in lately. With school behind me at least for now, there seems to be nothing much to do around here. See, I have done my Christmas shopping and wrapped all the presents. So, I start my day with a nice cup of coffee and while I enjoy every sip, I cannot help but contemplate how I will spend the rest of the day. I offer to cook dinner, but dinner is seven hours away and I am already feeling restless. I decide to do laundry and attempt to read my new poetry book by Pablo Neruda, (great book by the way). Then, I walk in the garage and notice her hanging there by the wall, and before long, we are off whirring through the breeze, through the traffic, and in the orange groves, – just the two of us. I am suddenly alive! she may not seem much at first, except for a few frames here and there, but she truly is a wonder. And just like that, I am back on routine and I like it.

Published by Msdedeng

At 41, I am still figuring out life: my place in society, my career path, a family of my own, any many others things. Heck, I am still trying to make friends in California; a place I moved to 3 years ago. I am currently in a Community College to make up for the many years I missed school while in Africa (Uganda). I intend to transfer to university next year and double major in History and English. I lead a very ordinary life; a normal day is spent doing school assignments, hiking, or reading. My favorite thing to do is walk! Short walks or long walks it does not matter. Walking allows me to think about things - anything! My love of walking comes from where I grew up, a small village in northeastern Uganda. It is still one of the most remotest areas I will ever know, and couldn't even start comparing what life is like there to say a place like California. Walking was all I did while growing up! I walked for miles to school, to church, to the shops, to the borehole to fetch water, and to the market. It was quite an adventure unlike any other - so you now understand my love for walking.

47 thoughts on “Just the two of us

  1. There’s some peace that comes with cycling especially if it’s been long Since the last time one cycled. The rush, breeze, nature and endophines.


  2. That’s exactly where I live is in Norco!! Haha, and to have found you from across the world through Uncle B! Hmmm…. Did he have a plan? Makes one wonder connecting us like he did! πŸ˜€ He sure makes me SMILE!! Good to meet you! 🀠

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  3. This is such a lovely note, Diana, thank you. Yes, nothing beats the outdoors. The closest I am to horses is Norco, but I have actually never ridden on one. I am sure it is much fun though. Beaton is awesome, love his blog. Thank you so much for checking me out, I sure appreciate.

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  4. I so enjoyed your post. I LOVE the outdoors, walking and riding my horses! I live in southern CA and live in a horse town with many miles of horse trails. I love how you hopped on the bicycle and away you went. Lovely photo too! I found you on Uncle B’s (Beaton) where he has featured some of his favorite bloggers for 2020. I hope you had a wonderful New Year, can’t believe it is now 2021. ~Diana πŸ˜€


  5. Aww, you are kind. Thank you!
    It was taken by my husband back in 2004. Unfortunately, the little girl passed away five years later. They were the kids who kept him company the most, and taught him the Swahili language. Thank you for appreciating the picture. I love this picture too.

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  6. Pablo Neruda: one of the greatest poets the world has ever seen. You’re on to something with this. It’s easy to get back to our routine, much easier than we think but it’s about starting on the path and just doing it. Have a great start to your year!

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  7. Haha. Sorry,did not say that it’s a different bicycle, but I am glad you tried to imagine a garage in an African village. Ah!
    I bought Neruda’s book because his name popped up a lot while I did my research on what book to buy. Margaret, you owe your readers a tea post still πŸ˜‰

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  8. πŸ™ˆ see from comments is your bicycle. At first thought photo at top of post was at home. Thought then was painting of that scene as β€˜hanging’. 🀣
    Is it same bicycle in pic that you rode through town?😱
    I need to get on mine as loved cycling.
    First came across Pablo Neruda in β€˜Africa’ monthly magazine. Must look for poem stuck in journal.
    Haven’t forgotten about tea post β€οΈπŸ’πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸŽ„

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  9. Cycling tours help you keep your balance. The pandemic prevented everyone from implementing the plans.
    Keep healthy, love loved ones and joy.
    Take care of yourself.

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  10. always thanks Angela, daily meditation is so grounding … there is heaps of volunteering around, try different things! I help a service group at their markets πŸ™‚


  11. Kate, you have touched on all the things on my list. I have been looking to volunteer, but no one taking me up on the offer. Well, I guess schools are virtual, so makes it a little hard. Meditation is still on my list, I just have to learn a few things, then start.
    I hope you are keeping well πŸ™‚

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  12. Keith, thank you for your musical words as always. You do know I had to write something after you touched on the subject? Yes, thank goodness I can still ride a bike in a month most people cannot.
    How have you been? any plans for the holidays? what are you cooking up your slip? I cannot wait to see what you come up with for the holidays.

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  13. Charming story, Angela!

    Not long after Christmas and New Year escape, many people complain of listlessness. Nothing to do, it seems, but to wait for spring. You and your old friend have the perfect antidote to the winter doldrums, though. If the calendar doesn’t provide holidays, you’ll make you own!

    Especially perfect a solution for SoCal, where 360 days each year are good bike days. Whereas it’ll take most people until late January to find useful activities, you already have yours.

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  14. What a lovely comment, Katelon. Thank you.
    I am in Riverside, CA., and you are totally right about the driving here. The freeway still freaks me out, haha.
    Humans are good at adapting to their environments, you would too. πŸ™‚
    Yes, just getting started on Pablo Neruda. I bought his book because he got a lot of mentions on a small research I did on books to buy. He was a good bet.
    Happy Holidays to you my dear friend.

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  15. What a sweet photo and story. I can’t imagine going from living in Uganda to living in CA. I don’t know what part of CA you are in, but when I got down to San Diego on this long on the road journey of mine, I just learned quickly to pray while driving. Everyone was driving so fast and just as soon as you get on a freeway, an exit is right there so you have to manage to get over several lanes quickly…..but not too many or you might be thrown off to the left to another freeway. Even in neighborhoods it seems that people drive fast. Hope you are safe on your bike wherever you are riding!

    Thanks for the Pablo Neruda mention. I still haven’t read him but he keeps coming up in books I read.

    Happy holidays!

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