Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Greetings from Colorado

It is actually warmer here than in Florida. The snow resides only in the mountains and the Front Range views are very scenic. But all is to change tomorrow with BELOW ZERO weather moving in and SNOW. Not sure how much but enough to make it lovely. We don't fly home until Friday eve so are not too worried. And, if we should happen to get stuck here, it would be a good thing. We have our knitting, our various electronic toys and plenty of good company.
Speaking of good company, or at least interesting house mates.... Normally, I regale you with grandkid pictures but today I will introduce you to the other inhabitants of this large house.
Guess what Becca and Lizzie are examining?

This is a Russian Tortoise, Lizzie's gift for Christmas. It's name is Shelly and lives in a very large cage in her room. Each morning, it needs to be awakened and warmed in water so that it will eat. ( That conjures up various images and comments for the human gender but I will let it slide....)
Next, is Top Dog, Queen Bee, The Princess Roxie. She is maltese/yorkie mix and controls the house. Today she is rather plainly dressed but has quite a wardrobe.
Jake (a bichon) and Sammy (a labradoodle) are mostly confined to the large kitchen area due to bad habits. Jake is getting old but still rambunctious.
There are 3 large salt water fish tanks in the family room and they are a beautiful glimpse into an underwater world. My favorite are the Clown fish which come in black as well as the familiar Nemo orange. They are in front of the anemone named Marley ( for obvious hair similarities ).
Next up is Charlie, a Green Cheek Conure. He doesn't speak but just looks pretty.
And finally, meet Billy.... He is the star of the family room with a vocabulary bigger than mine. He sings, he whistles, he barks, he meows (there used to be cats here also). He also mimics the sound of the kids voices when he calls out their names. He answers Hello when the phone rings and laughs loudly. This is not a good picture of him as he didn't like me so close and kept moving. He is an Blue Front Amazon parrot and will live forever.
So, with 4 wonderful kids, 2 great parents, assorted friends stopping by, and the above menangerie, this home is a busy lively place to enjoy.
Maybe snow pictures tomorrow.....................Plus, I'll share what a perfect gift we got.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tis the season.......

I'd like to say that the blog has been put on the back burner these weeks because of all the Christmas preparations.....but ............the preparations are still in their boxes so that excuse won't work. Yes, the house looks like it did in tree, no trimming, no cookies (except for those who took pity on us and gifted us tasty little treats). I found that we are not alone in not decorating this year and sometimes a break is a nice thing. The best part is that I don't have to UNDECORATE.

Our trip to the north allowed us to be a part of the December rituals and we went along on the hunt for the perfect tree. Jones Tree Farm is quite the impressive operation with over 15000 trees sold during the season. It was rainy and cold but these two didn't mind one bit. After much searching, the
perfect Blue Spruce was found.....
Part of being the dad is getting to lay on the soggy ground and try and cut the trunk with a dull saw.

It had to stay in the garage for several hours to dry out but then came in to be
adorned by the little elves. It is a perfect, beautiful tree for a beautiful family.

Meanwhile, down in the land of sun and warm, the golf game has improved and we won our Couple's match yesterday. We'll spend Christmas Day with other orphan neighbors and with Aunt Romayne. Soon, we will wing our way West to hug those growing grandbaby's in Colorado.......Is Nicholas really 21 ???? And Becca a college sophomore and Alex will drive soon and Lizzie a Tween ??? Wow, we really are old!!
But life is very good and we wish all of our thousands of readers a Wonderful Holiday, A Merry Merry Christmas and a New Year of blessings .

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Baby it's cold outside............

Because it wasn't cold enough for us in Florida, we decided to go where it really is. We got up Thursday morning at 3 AM !! and drove to Tampa International . There we went thru the naked body scanner device and one of us got a 1/4 body pat down (that would be moi). Then we flew (one of us slept) for 2 hours, enjoyed the 45" ride into Manhattan, soaked in the busy atmosphere at Grand Central (thank you Jackie Kennedy for reburbishing it) and ate a sandwich on the train north. Then , a quick hug and kiss for the boys and we were off on a 2.5 hour drive( NYC traffic !) to the JFK area for the NAA gathering of pilots, current and retired. ...... then a 2 hour ride home (one of us refused to stay in a hotel due to the possibility of encountering BEDBUGS) and a collapse into bed at 1 AM. A looooooong day for the old folks. I didn't take a single picture at the party but others did and I hope someone sends some along so I can share them. But it was so great to see the familiar faces and catch up once again.

On Friday, plans were made to cook kabobs on the one

told the weatherman of our plans but at least it wasn't me that had to stand out there and cook.

The boys love to play games on the they are ignoring everything and everyone and deep into Angry Birds. It is addicting and time consuming and I love it too.............

We will stay here for another couple days before heading back home where it is predicted to be 50 degrees on Monday with a low in the 20's.........I think we will move to Costa Rica.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Looking for someplace warm

It is very cold here. After last winter, I thought we might not have to endure another 50 year cold spell for awhile. We are to have freezes for the next couple of days and highs in the 50's and windy. This time we are not covering or moving or doing anything to save the plants. If they can't put on their own coats, they will have to suffer the consequences. Luckily, I have no golf scheduled.
The Apple geeks at the Genius Bar fixed my computer in less than 2 days. !! I went with a spring in my step and Freida at my side. The place is quite lovely during the season and it was exhilarating to be loose among the glitter and glamour. I found these pillows at Pottery Barn. I think they are just perfect but will have to think about it. Maybe one would be better in a frame. I love magnolias but found that they turn brown shortly after picking.
Remember when I mentioned that our friends , John and Freida bought the new Droid X phone? John had a 3Gs iPhone but they were interested in the Verizon network.
After about 2 weeks, they were terribly frustrated with the phones and returned them.
They now have the new iPhone 4 and life is back to normal. I think the Droid X is a very nice device with good apps and comparable to the iPhone in many has gotten good reviews . And if it were your first Smart phone, it might be a good choice. BUT, trying to switch from an iPhone to anything else would be impossible for me as it was for them.

Living here in 'the bubble', we have constant entertainment options. Most is OK and some is less than that but there is something for most everyone's taste. Usually , we get groups that are familiar names from years past. Sometimes they are still good, mostly they are 'past their prime', just like the crowds they are playing to.
Anyway, we went to the John Tesh show the other night. It really was a mixed bag.
Much of the program was light Christmas music and his 6 piece band is very good. The background lighting and graphics were excellent. When , at the end, he played one piece, you could imagine him at Red Rocks doing what he does best. He should stick to music and forget the selling of his book and boring stories of his teenage daughter. All in all, it was a nice evening. Addendum: The concert was almost 2 hours, no intermission, and ended on a very rousing number. The audience applauded vigorously for 2 seconds and then got up and walked out. No sustained applause and no encore which I thought was very surprising. Seems like most everything gets an encore these days and I was kind of looking forward to one of his better arrangements. I wonder if I had continued clapping, would they have returned JUST FOR ME ???

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

When last we talked................

........................... we were enjoying a Thanksgiving with family on the left coast. We had a great weekend, despite cold weather and rain. We flew home on Sunday night on the red-eye. Actually, I did sleep on the flight, a rare occurrence for me but not for my seat mate who is usually asleep before they close the door.
Coming back to the warm weather was like crawling into a pre-heated bed after being up all night. It was delicious. Only problem is that I'm just now beginning to wake up from the time changes and long flights.
My computer is currently at the Apple clinic getting it's mousepad reworked. I have never been in an Apple store that is not packed with people buzzing over the tempting display of products.
I'm typing this on the Vaio that Paul uses and I really, really, really miss my .Mac. It won't come home for about a week. I'm actually using my iPhone more than this computer to do my usual computer stuff. I spoil easily.
The only good thing about the Mac being away, is that I have to go get it and it is at the Mall of Millenia Apple store so I will just have to wander around a bit and get my mall fix. The shopping around TV is pretty lame and sometimes a dose of upscale over- abundance is just what a girl needs.