Tuesday, November 25, 2014
acclimating to the colder weather,
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
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
just before dark
Sunday, November 23, 2014
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....
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
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!!
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
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)!
Monday, November 17, 2014
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
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,
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,
just one more click to capture the perfect shot...
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014
Thursday, November 13, 2014
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)
we sang happy birthday,
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
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!
Sunday, November 9, 2014
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!
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
Saturday, November 8, 2014
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
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
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
Sunday, November 2, 2014
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
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...
we are trying!
*karma waiting by the window for E to return!
Saturday, November 1, 2014
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
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 deserted jetty