Friday, October 31, 2014

egrets again!


all lined up


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the egrets were all lined up again this morning,
flying back and forth across the channel
to find just the right spot to fish...

I never tire of watching them,
nor of gazing out across the gulf...


sigh...

good morning


good morning


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.


good morning


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.


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

a wednesday


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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.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

home


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to sandals,
sundress,
sand,
and beach!

Monday, October 27, 2014

carolina morning


carolina morning


beautiful light greeted us this morning
as we departed for the airport...


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after our son left for his Army duties,
E and their big handsome boy enjoyed a few last minutes together


the dog whisperer

Saturday, October 25, 2014

sweet carolina


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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.


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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.


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

softness


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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

weekend


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a full weekend...
of family, visiting mom
of meals shared


b&w challenge::5/5


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


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and there is always the sunset
the perfect ending,
and beginning for a new week...


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Friday, October 17, 2014

morning walks


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it's deadline time again for work,
but the delights of our morning walks
carry me through the days


early morning


early morning


early morning

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

around here


miss k


there's miss K, getting used to me
with the camera again...
what a goofy face!


around here


there is breakfast outside now
that it is cooler, only 80!
and I linger, listening to the constant thunder
in the distance....


around here


there's rain,
lots and lots of it...
our little path to the car
requires wading


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there's always a glorious sunset...
and neighbors to join at sundown
catching up on everyone's comings and goings...

Monday, October 13, 2014

good morning!


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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

and so...


the mighty river


I returned south today,
following that mighty river below...
contemplating life,
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


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Saturday, October 11, 2014

bits of home


bits of home


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....


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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.


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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.


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

my little corner


my little corner


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

sunday's coffee shop


spyhouse coffee


spyhouse coffee


spyhouse coffee


coffee house
in northeast minnepolis
they call it "spyhouse coffee"

Friday, October 3, 2014

hello from sweet saint paul (or the week with no internet)


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dear friends....
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

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awakening to the magical light
in our tree-house bedroom
on saturday morning

magical morning light


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

overgrown


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

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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!

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wednesday was a total blur
of medical tests and screenings,
the usual annual stuff....and then the relief....all good for another year

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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

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namaste! it might be monday (when I finally get internet at home)
before I'm back....so enjoy your weekend.

ox

Thursday, September 25, 2014

bits of conversation


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visiting mom this morning....

hi mom!

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....

hi mom!

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!

ha!

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

those white birds again!


those white birds again!


those white birds again!


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those white birds again!


those white birds again!


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?