Wednesday, November 26, 2014




Tuesday, November 25, 2014

more winter


acclimating to the colder weather,
warmer clothes,
white on the ground


I always find winter beautiful,
but this one will be short for us

as we will be heading back south
in two or three weeks.

meanwhile we are trying to sort out our lives,
what part to leave behind, what to take south!


Monday, November 24, 2014

oh yes, there was snow


no balmy weather this day....

the madison forecast this morning
was rain starting at 10, snow at noon

which was quite accurate.
we drove through the winter storm system

to the other side, where it stopped
about an hour out from saint paul

arriving safely
just before dark

more later....

Sunday, November 23, 2014

sunday at the farmette

sunday at the farmette

the balmy weather held
and we arrived in madison
at our friend's farmhouse
right on time....

we talked nonstop
the whole evening
before sleeping off
the fatigue of the long drive....

sunday at the farmette

the rains began this morning,
but we did not care....
we spent the day
eating wonderful, fresh food....

writing, planning trips....
discussing the arrival
of our first grandchildren,
who are due one month apart

sunday at the farmette

sunday at the farmette

in the evening her daughter,
soon-to-be mom, and husband
came for their sunday night family dinner....
more great food

tomorrow, we head further north
to our destination....saint paul
today, was the most wonderful
respite in our travel

thank you Nina and Ed!!

sunday at the farmette

Saturday, November 22, 2014

on the road II

karma took over!

900 miles behind us
in southern Illinois
a balmy, sunny 45

the cozy, warm farmette
to visit the cheepers 
and their caretakers

Thursday, November 20, 2014

on the road


as planned, we left in the early afternoon,
our goal was to get the long drive up the florida coast done,
before stopping for the night
at a dog-friendly holiday inn
where the internet is marginal...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

fishing and surfing

cold morning

it was a morning for those truly dedicated
to what they do, fish or surf
those were the only activities of this
cold blustery morning

karma and I ran, not walked,
our usual route,
giving our morning a nice
energetic start

cold morning

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


breakfast out

up early (for us) this morning,
to get the car in for servicing,
then we treated ourselves to breakfast

we are heading into the polar vertex
on thursday and hoping our
old van is up to the job

just to get us a bit acclimated
to the REAL cold,
even florida was cooler today (in the 40s)!

breakfast out

Monday, November 17, 2014

blue skies, briefly


this might fool you,
yes, we had a beautiful, as always, morning walk....

but the wind was blowing in a big storm system
and it rained...hard...the rest of the day

still, my door is open so I can hear
it coming down...

and it is not cold
outside...just very wet.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

this day

morning walk

morning walk

morning walk

morning walk

morning walk

every morning
on my little circle
around the jetty....

I walk the path along the canal,
gaze out at the gulf to see and feel the wind patterns of the day,
breathe in the fresh air blowing off the water....

flowers in bloom,
light patterns,
always something to delight my day....




evening at the beach,
(actually, the winds have changed
and we have no beach, just a bluff)...

I watch the sun
as it turns the sky
into its brilliant colors...

never the same,
always mesmerizing,
just one more click to capture the perfect shot...


Saturday, November 15, 2014

saturday night


a quiet evening with
a glass of rose.

Friday, November 14, 2014




greeted us
this morning
out on the jetty...

a good day
for little tasks
and just relaxing...

miss k

Thursday, November 13, 2014

and so we gathered

on november 11
to celebrate with our mom
her 95th birthday


the day began as always,
with an early morning karma walk,
but then it was off to celebrate

we three of four offspring gathered
with our spouses, a granddaughter,
and two beloved caretakers

(the fourth joined us on the phone)



two very special women

we sang happy birthday,
she smiled,
we laughed and told stories

she said "WOW! I don't want to be that old!"


we walked the beach at sunset
to honor her love of all things in nature
and dad's special love of the beach

sunset beach walk


and gathered at her dining table
for a feast of her favorite meal...salmon,
gelato with candles

and a final singing of happy birthday MOM!

mom's favorite meal


Monday, November 10, 2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014


morning walk

morning walk

last night's rains left us
with overcast skies for our morning walk...

these dark blue boats reminded me
of boating times in our own much smaller blue one in my early mama years!

morning walk

family times

dinner at san marco

dinner at san marco

it appears that our mom will be with us
for her 95th birthday on tuesday....

we planned to gather to celebrate this milestone
even if she had departed....

but she has not....she smiled when I reminded her
and she told me she didn't want to be that old!

I said, sorry, you have no choice!
so we gather, and dine, and laugh

and celebrate her long, beautiful life
this week....

dinner at san marco

Saturday, November 8, 2014

saturday morning


sat with mom for a while this morning....
she was in a talkative mood,
counting, and wondering, and trying to figure out,
just where her mind was taking her.

good to see her animated
after a week of few words and wakeful moments.
so I sat, and nodded, and said a few words too....
she teaches me every day about living and dying

Thursday, November 6, 2014

coffee date


oh, what a week we have had,
sorting and purging....

this morning it was time
for a coffee break

to get away from the decisions
about stuff

coffee date

we have a little place
here in florida

where they make the most delicious scones
full of fresh berries

and often, as this morning,
they are still warm from the oven....

it was the goodness we needed
to make us smile and relax

coffee date

Sunday, November 2, 2014

yes, I wore a jacket


for our blustery walk this morning...

the temperature was at 48 when the day started,
but of course the warmth of the sun got us to the mid-60s
by afternoon.

we spent the day sorting and purging,
we both find it challenging to let go of things
and we both agree we have too much...

so little
by little,
we are trying!

*karma waiting by the window for E to return!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

oh, the wind

the surfers were out

november announced itself today
with high winds
and a temperature drop of twenty degrees...

they called it a "cold front"
but having lived through many minnesota winters,
it seemed a bit extreme to use that term that I associate with severe cold...

after a brisk walk
and lots of wave watching
(and birds who seemed suspended mid-air by the wind)

karma and I returned for breakfast,
then E and I headed out on a technology run...
a new phone for him that will make calls from inside the villa

miss k
wind-blown karma

and some troubleshooting with the geek squad
about my internet issues...
of course, the computer worked fine in the store.

back home, the problem still existed,
it seems we needed to change the radio frequency on the modem,
why it affected one computer and not the other is beyond my comprehension

but I am happy to report I am posting
directly from my computer tonight,
without any work around

the south jetty...
the deserted jetty