Saturday, January 23, 2010

Vacation, part 1

Cabo San Lucas is on the tip of the Baja Peninsula. If you sail south from Cabo you won't hit land again until Antarctica. One of my GNO girls and her husband have a time share in Cabo. They very generously donated a week to our group for our girls get away. It was a lovely two bedroom, three bath condo. But the best feature was the beautiful balcony.

The view was looking out over the harbor on the gulf side

We had our morning coffee out there every day. Each morning two boats would arrive at one of the docks.

Members of the Mexican armed services (Navy maybe?) would march in formation to this platform

and raise the Mexican flag.

We also had a good view of the pier where the fishing boats came back to deliver their days catch. We saw this Marlin the first day and it the largest fish we saw all week.

In the evening we would enjoy an alfresco happy hour.

It leaves me wondering why in the name of all that is holy why I came home!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Once again...

Reports of my demise, and post-vacation coma, have been greatly exaggerated. I have four posts sitting in draft. Three with nothing but uploaded pictures . I'm just...I dunno, listless.

As always, I remain shocked at how much work is waiting for me after I've been gone a week. All the rigmarole that is "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it" (George Santayana) is lost on me it seems.

Anyway, I hope to rejoin the wold soon! Have a great weekend!

Sunday, January 17, 2010


Cabo San Lucas, Sunset

I'm home.
We had a wonderful time.
Daughters heading back to school today, more later.....

Thursday, January 7, 2010

What would make a girl?

What would make a girl go out in this?

And wade through this?

To go dump scraps in this?

My new border fork!

The Precious Daughters got this for me for Christmas. I love the short handle and the light weight. Perfect for work in the compost bin. I know come spring I'll find it helpful in the gardens as well. The Master Gardening site is a great source for good quality gardening tools.

As an aside to my fellow composters, do you see that bit of bright blue in the left of the photo?

That's a piece of a Sun Chip bag! Now 100% compostable! How cool is that? A chip that's not altogether bad for you and a bag you can compost!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Tidbits and Pictures

  • My sister came home from the hospital yesterday. She’s still very tired but she feels better than she has in a long time and she’s only on two prescription medications instead of eight as she was the LAST time.

  • Our fair city got something in the neighborhood of twelve inches of snow between December 24th and December 26th. We had another significant snowfall last week and we’re gearing up for another today. Temperatures have not been above the teens to low 20’s for weeks so nothing is melting. I don’t know where they’re going to plow the new snow.

  • We have a lovely sun room on the back of our house, which I adore.

    Unfortunately it does not have very good insulation in the ceiling and so we get a lot of icicles back there.

    HOWEVER, due to all the snow they are SPECTACULAR this year!

  • This is our weather forecast:

    Wednesday: High 24°F, Low 4°F

    Thursday: High 8°F, Low -6°F

    Friday: High 5°F, Low -8°F

    Saturday: High 11°F, Low 2°F

  • See that 2 degree low on Saturday? That’s when I’ll be flying to Cabo San Lucas for a girls trip with my GNO group. Winter? Can kiss my lily-white ass!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year

The bad news is my sister is still in the cardiac ICU. The good news is that she is at a different hospital than the last time and we have done a wholesale, and permanent, substitution of her medical team. We are not a litigious lot and for that her old medical team should be on their knees praying to whomever they hold holy.

She had a transesophageal echocardiogram (effective, but no fun) which gave a clear enough picture of her heart that they felt comfortable doing a defibrillation. For the first time in weeks her heart is back in rhythm and is her heart rate is well below 100.

She is too fragile to do the radiation treatment now, so we wait. But we feel much more confident that her health will be closely monitored and the procedure done in a more timely manner than before.

So to any and all who sent a prayer out there into the universe - I thank you.