The Doors Calvin Opened

The trademark of an official Floridian is that one will not go in the ocean during the 'winter months because one thinks the water is too cold. After 18 months, I am officially not a Floridian.  Though the water is chilly at first some days, if you stay there a wave or five, it is warm …

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Cleaning Day!

I have never in all of my life been excited about cleaning.  When the cleaning is complete,  the calm, orderly, put-back-in-place, sometimes even shiny space I live in, makes me happy.  But excited about the cleaning itself - never. Until tonight. Next to my desk is the stairway down to the front door of our …

Day 21: Sal, The Boys, And A Rainy Day

Grocery Shopping is my staple happy space.  It was distressing when I didn't find happy in the space people do grocery shopping nearby.  It's not possible to pinpoint all the reasons why, but the grocery stores here are different enough in price, people, & etiquette that I would describe my early shopping as uncomfortable and unpleasant. …

Top Ten List of Things I Didn’t Expect, Part 2

I did not dream about this list.  On one of my daily potty walks  with Calvin, (I walk, Calvin potties), I realized there were below the surface things I didn't expect.  Here is the deeper counterpart to the list in part 1.  (see July 23, 2012) 1.  The rhythm is missing.  Seasons of weather give …

We Bumbled Upon The Famous Beach

"Hot; Outrageous; A bit bizarre, always friendly, very flashy, sometimes cheeky and often risque.  A most fashionable and photgrahed area of Miami.   A Mecca for the rich & famous, the young & beautiful."   - Travel Channel "South Beach is the quintessential Miami beach experience. It’s the place to see and be seen and …

Just Say No To Edward Scissorhands

I mean it.  Just say no.  Even if he says he is a well-known salon owner and pretty well know instructor.  Even if he hands you a magazine that has an article published about his patented cutting style.  EVEN if he recently cut ladies' hair at the White House (including President Obama's secretary) who then …

Pausing For The Parents

Mary and Andy from MN and AZ are in FL with us.  What a treat - we are having a great time in our temporary dwelling. But, they are distracting me from writing. They're forgiven though,  because today they gave me the perfect gift....a lighted compass for my car.  Direction!  It's still great to get …