Thursday, November 28, 2013

Snowy Thanksgiving

I shoveled for the first time this season, Whisper went out to inspect my work, abruptly remembered that snow is very cold on his precious little paws, and was right back at the door. Not happy with having to wait for the photographer to finish, either.

Have to say that I really missed seeing Ruby greet the first big snowfall with that joyful way she always threw herself on her back and wiggled wildly, all legs waving in the air, and ending by standing and giving a vigorous shake.

We're celebrating with my mother at the Arbors today, then visiting a few other relatives, and cooking our feast tomorrow at home tomorrow.

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

Thursday, November 14, 2013


I finally had a minute tonight to download my flying photos. 

This is the actual plane we flew to Florida in

And look at this! I'm telling you, we were so high we made orbit! I swear, we really did! I mean, look at these photos! Seriously!

I'll never be the same again!

Sunday, November 10, 2013


Oh, I am so jetlagged!

Dennis keeps telling me that jet lag only happens if you fly East/West. I just give him "the look."

Believe me, I have jet lag.

Tampa Airport

Just hanging, looking cool on my laptop waiting for our flight.

(Why do I think I'm probably not convincing anyone?)

I will be most glad to be home. Not that I"m nervous about flying adventure part two. We've got another half hour to wait, but we're through security and I managed not to trip any alarms or trip over anything. Benefit of travelling with a disabled person -- we were waved to the front of the line and they were very nice to us. Going to be a long way home. We arrive in CT at three (hopefully) and then a five hour drive home. Then I'll have to do some laundry. And snuggle my kitties.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

More Florida

We're on the 19th floor, on the bay side

The sunrise this morning

I love palm trees

Manatees swimming by

Where I start my mornings

Friday, November 8, 2013

Saturday, November 2, 2013

It's Snowing!

Yes, officially. Just looked outside and there was white stuff coming down, mixed in with the rain. We are SOO not ready for winter yet. But I do have my snow tires on! (okay, I'll admit it -- I never had them taken off last spring. I just ran them all summer knowing that we're going to trade my car this fall.) And we actually started car shopping this afternoon. Holy cow, cars have gotten fancy. They're like driving computers around, they've got so many screens in them. I mean, my car's ten years old and our van is the cheapest, most base model we could find to cart Dennis's drums around in. We've never had a car that even told us the temperature. Now we're looking at cars that show you what's going on behind you when you're backing up and have places to sych in your iPod! Creepy. (Okay, my iPod is one the girls cast off years ago and Alaria told me NOT to ever bring to school if I wanted to keep my cool factor intact. And while I'm on the subject, I still have a stupid phone. Not like I want an iPhone or anything!!!

And we're getting ready for another flash trip to Florida. While we're on the subject of my deficiencies, I haven't flown for thirty years. Really. I've traveled a whole lot, but always by car, usually with camping gear, kids, and pets. And my last flight was back in the days when all you had to worry about was your plane crashing. It's a little overwhelming, the lists of what not to bring and how to pack what you can bring. And everyone is telling me that I'll be red flagged since I'm not in the security system yet. It will be good research for future stories. Yup.

Anyway, we're going to the Celebration of Life ceremony for our dear friend George Peters, my long time summer next door neighbor and my summer father. I still can't believe he's gone, but I'm utterly convinced that he's sailing between the stars now to his heart's content.