Friday, October 31, 2014
actually, this was thursday morning...
either my internet or my computer is in distress mode,
so I gave up trying to post last night.
the morning walk was hilarious,
with these funny egrets
lined up along the harbor.
the fishing was so good
that the schools of fish
were jumping out of the water.
as always, there were the usual
ones fishing from the sailboat lines,
I took enough photos to make a filmstrip (remember those?)
reluctantly, I finally left them
to fix my own breakfast,
and turn on the computer for the day's work.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
karma must be on a different schedule...
a 5 am wake-up and walk.
yes, I went back to bed,
then up to get the villa ready for our cleaning person
(we are that lazy).
to mom's to see how her day was going...
it was a quiet one,
she said hi before falling asleep.
there was an article to written,
another to be edited,
and another to plot out for next week.
stopped for some groceries...
I was out of practice, made three spins around the store
to find most of what I wanted.
(I digress: why do they ask when you check out
if you found everything? wonder if I said no
if they'd go find the missing item while everyone in line waits?)
actually cooked a real dinner,
fresh cod, fresh beans, salad
....and we sat inside by the open doors (so nearly outside).
it was a rather good day....
especially nice to be back home.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Saturday, October 25, 2014
we flew into north carolina on wednesday...
to celebrate our son's latest achievement in his Army career and
to enjoy his Army buddies, a tight group that has seen a lot of the world
in their young lives.
eggs bene made by capt and sgt
our daughter arrived friday evening
so we were nearly complete for a day and a night...
we are lingering here until monday
enjoying this lovely spot our son and his wife now call home.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
karma and I were out before the sun this morning...
everything was blue and soft.
a full day of edits to meet my deadline at the end of the week,
with two trips to mom's...
first in the morning to meet with her hospice nurse,
a young energetic woman...
then for dinner to join my brother (he is leaving tomorrow)
and my sister who just arrived (so we were three out of four for a few hours)
on the way over for dinner, I stopped for some of mom's favorite gelato....
we gathered in her room and sang an early happy birthday (her 95th approaches)
and enjoyed the sweetness of the salted carmel
and lots of smiles!
Sunday, October 19, 2014
a full weekend...
of family, visiting mom
of meals shared
the morning walks...
always something new to see in the harbor,
sailboats and kayaks this day
and some attempts at editing in b&w
for a photo challenge...
the boy with his big fish is my favorite
and there is always the sunset
the perfect ending,
and beginning for a new week...
Friday, October 17, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
there's miss K, getting used to me
with the camera again...
what a goofy face!
there is breakfast outside now
that it is cooler, only 80!
and I linger, listening to the constant thunder
in the distance....
lots and lots of it...
our little path to the car
there's always a glorious sunset...
and neighbors to join at sundown
catching up on everyone's comings and goings...
Monday, October 13, 2014
so quickly I returned to our routines,
karma was ready to go out this morning,
and what a glorious morning of brilliant blue sky,
warm air, though less humid than when I left....
I just soaked it in
and had breakfast on our deck
before diving into work....
I am so happy to be home with my beloved and miss K!
Sunday, October 12, 2014
I returned south today,
following that mighty river below...
changes, looking forward to those big welcome home hugs,
and karma's little whining routine...
she stayed in my lap for the entire drive from tampa
flight is so amazing...
a time warp, tonight I sit here in florida,
like I was never gone,
this morning I was contemplating the beauty of fall in the midwest
Saturday, October 11, 2014
as I prepare to return to our florida home this weekend,
I take in the details of our minnesota home,
favorite quirks, like the mailbox
with the original owner's name....
the woman who built this beautiful home
in 1950 and lived her until her death
in the 1990s. living here I think we
have gotten to know her in some subliminal way....
I would love to sit with her over tea or coffee
and share stories of this special place she built.
when we moved here, I said I would never move again.
that's the problem with "never"!
we have loved this home, its gifts
and its stories, and now we let go
for someone new to make their home...
and hope it is loved as we have loved it.
of course, we have yet to sell it...
so it remains ours for a while longer
and we plan to return next month to
truly begin the unraveling....
so today, I just soak in its goodness,
looking forward to returning to our new home,
to E and miss K, to my beloved beach....
it is all so good, really.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
waiting for the boiler guys,
early this morning,
captured the brilliant light
on my little corner...
the rest of the story was,
to put it mildly, exasperating,
I used other words
when at 6, I still had no heat.
back they came,
someone forgot to turn on the return line....
don't you guys use a checklist I asked,
finally, the house is cozy and warm!
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Friday, October 3, 2014
I hope you have not given up on me this week.
(I truly have missed this space and all of you!)
last friday, I flew to our "old" home in saint paul,
to assess what we need to do to get it on the market,
just before winter, right?
I was prepared for the flood of feelings.
the moment I walked through the door,
it felt like we had never left.
but we have, and soon, it took hold
that I am ready to let go of sweet saint paul.
it's been my home for thirty years.
longer than that for E.
we raised three kids here...
and shared two homes.
earlier, I had cancelled our internet service provider,
having no idea it would take more than a week to get it re-established.
so I have worked from coffee shops all week....
but I did continue
to capture my days,
so here is my week in brief....
friday's sunset flight
awakening to the magical light
in our tree-house bedroom
on saturday morning
on sunday, I surveyed the yard,
so green from all the extra rain this summer,
and so overgrown, with creeping charlie and lots of other uncontrollables
monday, I needed this quiet moment
after learning we need a new boiler,
and it would be days before I could get an internet connection
worked all day tuesday at my favorite coffee shop,
but had this wonderful moment
of deer in our yard....love them, but wish they would eat only the weeds!
wednesday was a total blur
of medical tests and screenings,
the usual annual stuff....and then the relief....all good for another year
thursday, I allowed myself a day to recuperate
....a very good day to stay in....as it poured all day,
so in the evening when I had no photos, took this with my iphone and played with it in snapseed
namaste! it might be monday (when I finally get internet at home)
before I'm back....so enjoy your weekend.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
visiting mom this morning....
good morning, she greets me.
how are you?
slow, she says.
well, you have earned that.
she does not open her eyes
and soon falls asleep.
I stay in her room for a while and work.
then leave for an hour for another project.
when I return....
you're late! she says.
well, now that was a new one!
her caregiver tries to say I'm not late,
but I laugh...
yes, I am often late and she remembers!
she dozes off again,
and I say my good-byes for the day,
taking with me
those precious bits of conversation.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
it was a blue and white morning....
the water was a deep blue,
the morning sun was barely peeking through the grayish blue cloud cover....
and there were the egrets, snowy and great whites,
all lined up fishing,
hovering for the catch, back to the rocks to eat....
it is an amazing sight,
and they are there every morning....
a glorious awakening to my day!
* can you see all five in that first one?