Thursday, April 23, 2015

Visit with daughter in Maryland

G and I just returned from a four day visit with daughter.  One of the highlights was a visit to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. G has been listening to a biography of Leonardo da Vinci so was thrilled to see a painting of his: Ginevra de Benci.  This is the only painting of his in the Western Hemisphere. Leonardo is one of Gerry's heroes.

A second hero of his is Einstein. 

Seems his daughter likes him too.

I enjoyed the museum and memorials but am always drawn to nature.  On the way to MD we chose a scenic route instead of on the toll road.  The leaves are just starting to come out in Ohio. This is Lake Tappan. 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

I will win!

As some of you know I am playing the Minimalist Game with my daughter, son and daughter-in-law. You can read about it here: .  Basically the rules are that you get rid of one item on day one, two on day two, all the way to 30 on day 30 ( or 50 on day 50 which my son has set up on the spreadsheet).  Today is day 18.  It is becoming a challenge.  After all there are other things to do in your life too!! My strategy is to collect everything of one category so I can choose what to keep and what to throw.  These pictures show what I did today. This first picture is the pile of everything.

The second is what I am keeping.

The last is what is going away.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Cheery Crocus

The other day I noticed the crocus were poking their heads through the straw so I removed most of it. This is what greeted me today.

When warmer weather comes, our upstairs windows are full of ladybugs.  I caught them and took them outside. This last picture shows one on the flower with a honey bee.

The warmer weather motivated me to do research on planting vegetables in the garden.  I made a calendar to help me know when to plant the various seeds.  The tricky part is scheduling the planting so they are not mature when we are on one of our vacations.  

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Windshield repair

I am sitting in an auto glass shop as I wait for them to install a new windshield. It seems that a rock hit it on our way back from Florida.  The crack had traveled about 24 inches already.  I am using the time to clear out old emails.  WiFi is great!

On a more somber note, one of my sisters, Marge, is quite ill.  She had a ruptured appendix and did not know it for a couple days. She had surgery but still is hospitalized.  I have not made a decision as to whether to go to Minnesota.  Relatives are great about keeping me informed.  The other family news is  that my Mom is now in a nursing home and will not be returing to independent living.  She is unable to walk on her own.  She is in a neighboring town to Mt. Lake as there are no openings in the nursing home in Mt. Lake.  She is on the waiting list for the local one. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Marie Selby Gardens

                                                                    Today I spent a few hours at Marie Selby Gardens in Sarasota.  The first picture is of a Bay Fig tree.

This is a Rainbow Eucalyptus.  I first saw these in Hawaii and was blown away with the colors in the bark.

The Koi in this pond were all coming to the edge of the pond since they are made to fast each Monday.  They are fed a specific diet and for some reason not fed once a week.

The Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow plant has flowers in three colors.  It starts out purple, then turns light violet and finally white as it dries up.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Vacation snapshots

On Valentines Day, we were visiting G's cousin in Georgia.  He bought flowers for her and me.  How sweet it was. 

While visiting A and V in Sarasota, they had a Wood Stork visit.  G went out and fed it and we were able to get really close. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Winter activities

Poor Hubby. He has had to blow the snow out of the driveway and yard two times in the last week. The cat has hunkered down in the shop, not to leave for a month it seems.  It is a good time for me to get caught up with inside the house work.  Yesterday I took a trip to the thrift shop, not to buy but to donate.  I also gave away two items on FreeCycle: a car seat that the grandchildren have outgrown and a set of dishes.  I am down to two sets of dishes now.  YEA!!

G is busy working on details for the Cousins reunion that he is planning for June.  These are cousins on his mother's side.  The date and location are chosen.  Now it is the many details to figure out. He is very good at doing all that.  Guess it is because he is excited to see all the cousins, some whom he has not seen for 40 years.