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To all my Sparkie Buddies:
Just wanted to let you know that we leave for our retirement travelling tomorrow (early!) - we're beginning with a farewell tour across the US, and then we fly from Seattle to New Zealand at the end of October.
So if you don't see me around... Read more
So there I was dancing at Office Max.......
You know how some music just makes you DANCE??? You do it subconsciously, the music just gets into your bones and your soul and you dance without thinking - you know that kind of music?
Doesn't take too much, I love to dance. (I've danced... Read more
To all of our friends on St. Thomas:
We love you, and we've had a wonderful 20-25 years with you. And we know that you want to spend time with us before we leave on our travel adventures.
But please, can we stop with the meals already?
We've had the se... Read more
We survived Isaac, but there's Joyce......
and something that is an "area of possible development".........and who knows what else.
Such is life in the tropics!
We had a fair amount of rain and some wild wind, and spent most of yesterday in our little hotel. Last night we went... Read more
Tropical Storm Isaac is heading toward us
He'll probably be a hurricane about the time he gets here - only a category 1, so while we may lose power we probably won't lose trees, or roofs, or buildings.
Here's the historical track - I had to add an arrow so you have an idea of where... Read more
An evening of JERKS
Jerk #1 - we came to the hotel on Wed. afternoon, and ate at the outdoor restaurant that evening. There was a jerk who was smoking at his table, despite VI code/regulations/law and a clearly marked smoking area (and nonsmoking elsewhere). DH w... Read more
It has been a CRAZY couple of days
You know how sometimes weird and crazy things just happen? This has been the week:
Wed.: The guy who moved our furniture came by to move the king-size bed and the huge entertainment center for the lady who bought them. While he was strugg... Read more
Clothes and luggage, part 2
I realized that after Peace Corps, I managed to travel for three months and diametrically opposed climates with only a large backpack. Not even a giant hiking backpack - no, this was maybe 18" x 24", if that big.
I left Liberia, West Afr... Read more
I have too much clothing for my luggage!
I tried putting everything for the trip into my biggest rolling duffel - which I was hoping NOT to take on the trip. And everything fit, except toiletries, which could go in my day pack.
I'm going to have to weed out clothing. And I can't... Read more
What IS it with men and dirt??????
Are they all little boys? Or am I just married to a slob? I swear, he just doesn't even SEE the dirt!
Today we had the big furniture moved out - it will be on consignment at the synagogue's auction, and we hope to get some money next Marc... Read more
"You aren't as big as you think you are"
I know what size I wear if I buy clothes from specific designers. My clothes range from size 14 to 18, or XL to M, even some petites, depending on brand and fit.
And I have a bunch of clothes that I'm NOT taking for travelling, or saving... Read more
DH laughed at my improvisation
Sometimes, we have to improvise. Make do with what we have, but be creative so that we can achieve the results we want. Anyone who is a public school teacher has learned to improvise!!!
I didn't want to spend money on a gym. ... Read more
To the people coming to look at/buy our furniture
Dear people -
I'm trying to be fair on pricing. Yes, some items will be inexpensive and priced to move. No, I will not split up a set of dishes and sell you only the bowls. Yes, the prices on the antiques are firm - an antique only incr... Read more
Retirement craziness with our government
Okay, mostly I need to vent. So this is going to be the place. Plus I need to get the story straight.
About 20 years ago, the teachers' union (and the administrators' union, and some other unions) negotiated contracts with the local gov't... Read more
Sparkie lessons from gardening in the rain
Uh huh - I'm serious.
I decided that today would be the day I prune the lantana and bed of pentas and creeping lantanas. (Pretty flowering plants that the local butterflies like.)
And when I started, it was cloudy but not raining. Th... Read more