and random musings……..

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are…..

It took me most of the day yesterday but I finally convinced him to come out from behind the tree.
He’s still is too shy to speak to me so I don’t know his name yet.

I’ll keep trying to find out.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Monday, April 14, 2014

I'd Rather Draw It Than Make It!

It happened slowly…..ever so slowly.
First it was an online class.
Learn to draw imaginary creatures.
Then it was a watercolor class.
Then it was faces…..
And more faces….
And even more faces.
And then one day she noticed….
the unmade bed and the way the sheets draped down the side…..
She grabbed her Tablet and drew it.
That’s when she knew she had the disease.

She had been bitten by the bug…..

Friday, April 11, 2014

Tank Traps

Who knows what goes through the minds of little boys.

When they were small the boys had a giant (to them) plastic shovel.
Husband used to bring it when they to the beach.
The boys would spend hours digging huge holes in the sand that they called ’tank traps’.
When it was time to pack up and go home Husband made them fill them in so people wouldn’t fall in and break a leg. 

Great exercise for the kids, great entertainment for the adults! Win/win! 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Better Late Than Never.....

My belated birthday celebration with the boys.................
Went to the DaVinci Machines exhibit and then lunch at the beach on Anna Maria island.
A perfect day...........

Then, less than a mile from home, this happened.......
A paver stone smashed into my windshield!  :(
If Husband hadn't been so quick thinking it could have been MUCH worse. He swerved at just the right moment to keep it from coming through the side window and right at his head! Whew! 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Zombies

We’re lucky enough to live in a part of the world where people come to spend their vacations.
Our neighborhood is a mix of permanent inhabitants and ‘snow birds’. 

Directly across from our lanai is one of these rentals.
Far enough away for comfort but yet close enough that we can see one another.

It’s been entertaining from year to year.
One time it was a group of single, middle age ladies who enjoyed cocktails and raucous laughter.
That was comical! 

This season Husband dubbed it ‘the year of Mr. & Mrs. Zombie’.
It went something like this:

Each morning at seven AM Mrs. Zombie came out for her morning cigarette.
We wouldn’t see them again until the afternoon.
Then they would come out, sit on the lanai and play silent cards.
I swear we never heard them utter a word.
I thought maybe they were deaf but they never used sign language either.
When the card game was over they would turn their chairs towards our house and sit and stare straight at us.
Again, never saying a word to one another.

It took us several weeks to finally figure out they weren't staring at us but watching the sunset! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Totally Random Thoughts

When I was about nine I read the biography of Helen Keller. I was overwhelmed with this incredibly brave young woman who overcame such isolation in a time when society’s solution for anyone not ‘normal’ was to lock them away and pretend like they didn’t exist.
I used to walk around the house with a scarf tied around my eyes; cotton stuffed in my ears and try to imagine what it was like to be deaf AND blind. (I know, weird kid….)
In high school I once had to write an essay on whether I would rather be deaf or blind and explain why. (I don’t remember which I chose.)
When I was in college I took courses in ASL (American Sign Language.)
I thought I might teach the deaf, or maybe become a translator.
(When the teacher pulled out the video camera I bailed…….just a side note!)
There is no point to this……just my mind wandering as I try to get the world in focus this morning.

So I put it to you….if you had a choice or going blind or deaf, after having had the gift of sight and hearing, which would you choose?