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Saturday, September 16, 2017

I'm baaaack

My trip to Alaska was awesome.  The end of August and beginning of September is the perfect time to go.  Except for one rainy morning the weather couldn't have been better.  I can even say the I belong to the 30% who actually saw the mountain (Denali). Glacier Bay was phenomenal.  The skies were clear and we were able to stay longer than usual.  I'd post pictures but my sister was the photographer this trip.  No calving while we were there. It's kind of sad to see how far the glaciers have retreated.  While staying at a lodge in Denali National Park we did the tundra trip starting at oh god thirty in the morning and were blessed with sightings of Dall sheep, a bull moose, bears, ground squirrels, and an eagle.  In Ketchikan my brother and I went crabbing.  Not literally but did get to go out on a crab boat, then feasted on Dungeoness crab.  Juneau saw us at the Mendenhall glacier.  It too has receded a great deal.
Unfortunately there were folks on the trip who had horrendous colds and coughed a lot, especially on the bus.  One in particular was sitting right behind us and my sister ended up sick the last three days of the trip.  When she got home she went to Urgent Care where they treated her for pneumonia!  I really felt bad about it since she had never done a trip like this before.  My sister-in-law was also sick so that put a bit of a damper on the trip.  I'm lucky (so far) that I haven't come down with anything.  I credit the vitamins, etc. that I take, particularly Vitamin C.  I take a lot of that.  I don't understand folks who lie on the form before they get on the ship.  They can still get on the ship but they might have to wear a surgical mask to prevent the spread of germs.  Inconsiderates!  Plus there's hand sanitizer all over the place.  Sooooo, if you are in a large party touring Alaska make sure to take plenty of Vitamin C  before and during the trip and use hand sanitizer!
If you do a land/sea trip be sure to do the land part first.  You'll understand why I say that.
I haven't covered every little bit but you can get the gist of the trip.
I got home in time for Irma.  Was without power for a few days but that gave me the excuse to sleep.  The time difference kinda puts me out of whack.  I think I'm still running on Alaska time which is four hours behind here.  Was concerned about all the folks in Texas and hope none were too badly affected.  Didn't have much chance to watch the news so those of you Texans who read this I would like to know how you fared.
Blessed be.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Goin' away

I'm taking a trip with my sister and brother starting tomorrow.  We are all going to Alaska for a land/sea trip lasting two weeks.  Because we are getting older we have all pretty much decided that a yearly get together would be nice.  In the past we have not been close.  There is quite an age difference between us.  My brother is 5 1/2 years older than I and I am 11 years older than my sister.  All of our parents are gone.  I'm looking forward to this trip.  Who knows when we'll all be together again?  Although I've been to Alaska this trip will take me where I've not been before.  Denali is one of the stops and we'll be there for three days.  Hopefully we'll get to see plenty of wildlife.  We'll be cruising the second week and will get to see glaciers.  There is no blue like glacier blue.
My friend A will be taking care of my kitties while I'm gone.  I sometimes think they like her better than me.  Maybe that's because she gives them more attention while she's here.  Or treats.  I'm glad she's able to do it.
Time to get crackin'....lots of stuff to do before I leave.  Yes, I'm packed, but there's always last minute stuff to do, like clean, laundry, etc.  I like coming back to a somewhat at least clean house and clean clothes.
Y'all have a safe day and remember....when you throw in the towel you're just creating more laundry.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The eclipse

I happen to live where the eclipse will be total.  We expect a hoard of people in the area.  In fact, all the hotels, motels, and campgrounds are booked solid.  I plan to stay home and off the road 'cause sure as shootin' some idiot will be driving and look at it and cause a crash.  And speaking of idiots, a friend of mine overheard someone whine..."why couldn't it come on the weekend?"  And this person votes?
My daughter has a dental appointment so is bringing the kids up so they can see it.  She has access to the good glasses to view with.  I plan on recording it on the tv.  That way I can enjoy it as many times as I please even though seeing it for real will be cool.  There is a possibility of cloud cover here but the effect will still be there with the sky going dark.
It will be interesting to see if the animals react to it.  My two cats will probably think it's time for bed and will want their treats.  Surprise!
Anyone out there going to do anything special?

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Travel

I love to travel.  There are some countries I won't go to, which I won't mention, just because I wouldn't feel safe.  There is a map on the wall in front of me which has pins stuck in it showing where I've been during this life of mine.  As I look at it I realize that there is much of this country that  I haven't seen, particularly the middle. I just may have to remedy that. Of course, it would be nice to have a travel companion.  I selfishly often wish my daughter did not have children.  We travel well together and I love her company.  That being said, the children are pretty good when on the road.  Nowadays they have portable video players and cell phones to keep them occupied.  Perhaps we could do a trip north stopping at Williamsburg and other historical sites.  My goal would be to end up in Maine at the same time as the lobster festival in Rockland.  We would, of course, have to stop in Bangor and visit the Duck of Justice, perhaps meet T.C.  I doubt I will live long enough to do all the traveling I want to do.  My bucket list has only one item.  That is to go back to Australia and once again visit Uluru (Ayers Rock).  Maybe throw in Coober-Peety (sp?) and see what it's like in that town underground.
Of course, if wishes were horses beggars would ride and if frogs had wings they wouldn't bump their asses when they jumped.  I shall be content to squeeze in what I can while I'm still upright.
Anyone out there have a special place you want to visit?
Y'all have a delightful day.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Friends

There's a group of us that get together on Fridays at a local gallery.  Some are willing to run the front desk some not.  We tell people coming in that we are "playing" in the back room and they are welcome to come back, especially if they have any questions.  Otherwise we leave them to themselves to walk around and browse.  Meanwhile we are in the back room doing whatever.  Some do pottery, some paint, some sew or knit.  I mainly knit but will sometimes make jewelry or do hand sewing.
Last Friday Sue decided that, since her husband was going to be out of town this week, it was time for a dinner get together at her house. So last night we got together and had a lovely time.  We each brought something.  That way Sue didn't have to provide the whole meal.
I have a difficult time making myself go to social functions.  More than once I've come up with an excuse as to why I can't go.  Lately, though, I have been making myself get out of the house because I realize that when someone invites me it means they would like me to be be there, they aren't just being polite.  Also, the older I get I realize that socializing is a good thing.  It used to be that I believed people invited me out of pity because I live by myself.  Or that I didn't get invited because I'm single and they're married.   Either way, I usually stayed home.
I believe our group is special.  If one of us needs help it is there.  It's beginning to restore my faith in friendship because I know these friends are true.

Monday, July 17, 2017

We Are in Trouble

My brother send the following link to me.  It may not work as it may have been pulled but if it hasn't you are in for a shock.  This girl has just graduated from Harvard?

http://eheadlines.com/wp-content.uploads/2017/06/StraightOuttaHarvard.mp4

I fear for our future.

Friday, July 14, 2017

The pond

Yesterday my friend D came over early and we went down to the pond with some Pond Master and a super soaker to try to get the weed killer on the lily pads that have taken over.  I wouldn't mind so much if they would flower but they don't. Only a small area of the water is visible.  I'm pretty sure the carp I put in there a while back are gone, either by suffocation or blue heron.  The reason for the super soaker is that it will spray 30 feet whereas a normal sprayer only goes about 10 feet.
I have not been down to the pond in quite some time.  The last time I went down there (about 2 years ago) alone, I broke my leg.  That's another story.  Needless to say the vegetation has taken over and needs to be dealt with. My friend D doesn't want me to go down there by myself and, actually, neither do I.  Anyway, she had the day off yesterday so she came over early and down we went.  The super soaker worked like a charm and it was actually somewhat fun to let the lily pads have it.  Hopefully the solution soaked into the pads and started to work.  We did have a brief shower in the afternoon so we'll see if that affected the stuff.
As for the dam, I'm going to try to get the guy who mows for me to go down and take care of cleaning that up.  A number of sweet gums have sprung up and they need to be gone along with the rest of the weeds, which are knee high.  It isn't surprising that things are a mess since it's been neglected all this time.  The overflow pipe is still clear enough for water to go into it even though there is growth around it.  That kind of acts like a filter I guess.  If all else fails I'll make up some non-toxic weed killer and go down when it's a clear day and let the weeds have it.  Would really rather not have to though.
"Owning" property (I really feel that I don't own it, but rather am caretaker) can be hard work.  I'd rather that than rent.  At least I can pass it down to family.
If any of you out there in the blue nowhere have any suggestions as to how to get rid of the lily pads please give me the information.  Thanks!
Y'all have a loverly day and remember:  today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.