When winter break came, I couldn’t get out of here fast enough. I hadn’t seen my family/friends since my grandmother passed away and there was no place I would’ve rather been than with them. It was a quiet, but lovely and important time to step back and realize once again what is truly important to me. There will no doubt be many more trials and tribulations along the way, but with these people in my corner and me in their’s, I like our chances.
*Be forewarned, most of these are of Eddie (mom’s real son).
Classic Florida sight.
Missed these skies!
And there’s Aunt Valerie, always smiling!
I’ve always loved this pond.
Frank and George, aka ‘The Miami Griingo.’
My goodness this guy can get comfy quick!
That George is always on the alert!
Eddie in…’The Hunter!’
On the lookout.
My uncle made this many years ago. Imagine having this as a kid? Or now even?
Don’t worry, Jared, mom’s got em.
J-Rod’s worst nightmare realized. *not a dog lover.
My younger, better half and me.
Bienvenidos a Tampa!
Rene G, Me and J-Rod.
Dad, Brenda, Cody and I.
The infamous ‘Land-Shark!’
Frank and Debbie’s doggie hangs with Kimberely.
More than a grandfather to me.
Weston’s family cat has seen it all.
Weston family farm.
Dad’s birthday party girls.
The first dollar I ever earned (legally).
Thick as soup.
And the most huggable dog award goes too….
Lion vs. Tiger(s)
Welcome to Mama Stewart’s!
It appears Cody shares my interest in candid photography.
The Lamb boys.
I’ve always wanted to make one of these, but I settled on watching this time.
I don’t think he liked this very much.
‘Wild Wild Weston’s’ family logo for their honey.
The Lamb twins.
And he’s down again.
Mom and Aunt Laura discuss.
Eddie and Cody bonding.
From another angle.
‘Blurred, but beautiful’
Pre-Christmas birthday party at Aunt Sharon’s.
Part seal, part dog, all love.
Christmas morning at Aunt Valerie and Uncle Mike’s.
Love this one!
Aunt Linda made this for me when I was a baby.
Eddie and his Christmas coat.
Dad’s lil Helper.
One more by the tree…it was such a good one!
So THAT’S where the treasure is buried!
Surprise visit from the Gonzalez(s)!
Mom’s friend’s dog in the Christmas spirit.
What happens when a tree falls on your truck. Sorry Gayle!
This is why the snowbirds come.
Father, Daughter, dog.
As I touched on in the last post, it’s been a challenging year, but it’s been a wonderful winter break and I’m hopeful for 2018. I’ll put up some photos next time, but for now, let me wish you all a prosperous, healthy 2018!
It’s now Dec 20th, 2017. I’ve been home in Florida for just over a week. Before I arrived here however, I made a four night stopover in Blue Ridge, GA for a bit of a reunion. I’m not going to lie, given the amount of work I had for school, I probably should’n’t have gone. That said, I’m THRILLED I was able to make it!
Going from the desert to the heavily wooded East is always a trip (no pun intended), and I fully anticipated the visual adjustment. What I/we did NOT expect however was a snowstorm, but that’s exactly what we got! It couldn’t have been more beautiful, truly. Having to still do my final and grade papers for my job was a bit of a drag, but despite that, it was an increadibly special trip and I want to thank the entire crew, especially Renster who booked and paid for the place. Thank you all for also providing me with some much needed laughs! Here are (more than) a few photos from the trip…
‘I’m just waiting on a friend.’ – Rolling Stones
Big John (Hint: left) makes Rene and I look like kids.
‘We didn’t start the fire.’ No, really, we didn’t.
I woke up in the middle of the night to snow!
That beautiful, cursed fireplace!
Mike and my servants quarters.
The twin’s first sight of snow.
‘Don’t-Care Bear’ was on the prowl!
Pick a tree, any tree!
The Gonzalez Family – Rene, Cameran, Avery & Nancy.
The few from our hot tub….ah…..
Big John strikes a pose.
It got even colder than this, yikes!
‘Back in the tub! From L-R, Moi, John and Mimi.
‘A room with a view’ – this was mine.
Even harder to tell them apart from behind.
The main porch.
‘Frozen Totem Pole’
‘Dinner time!’ Mimi and John made pasta
The frozen fire pit.
More rocking chairs.
We’re still trying to work out what these are?
This was a cute candid shot.
It’s finally clearing up!
Mr. Mike, a.k.a. the better half of the ‘Househusbands of Blue Ridge, GA.’
Snow kept coming.
The wood that refused to light.
I’m not sure if this was formerly a spiderweb, but it caught my eye.
I really should’ve brought a jacket.
The hot tub area.
I looked forward to these morning coffees.
Ah yes, now I remember why I wasn’t here….
I want this for a Christmas tree!
Mike’s oven S’mores. I put a Twix on one….no bueno.
John scrambles dem’ eggs.
And I also should’ve brought shoes.
Friendly game of foosball? I think not!
Pool helped lower the BP after foosball.
Palm Beach County’s best.
‘Back to work, boy!’
After three days in the cabin, we were ready for the snow to stop.
This is our hood.
‘Yes, I’m listening!!’
Mike and I decided to go out for the sunrise.
Cold, yes, but….
It was completely worth it!!!
‘Demented Snow Thing’
Another shot of the cabin.
One of the twins having some reflection time.
‘Girl talk’ – it stopped when I walked in the kitchen. :oD
Mike having a moment.
We took three of these and I messed them all up.
Some seven inches of snow was reported.
More icicles in town.
Just a quant shop.
‘Blue Ridge’s train’ – you can go on scenic tours.
Any moment now it will begin to pour again. This pleases me. For one, a good rain always seems to remind me of Florida, which in turn reminds me of my family and the other people I miss and care for there. It also provides me an excuse to sit still and collect my thoughts, of which there are many. Moment’s ago I put some rice on, snatched a beer from the fridge and got the tunes going.
*this is the one that’s playing as I type this. Cherokee turned me on to it many moons ago. I recommend putting it on in the background. It’s a nice one!
While I wait for my rice to finish, I thought it would be a good opportunity to throw up a few more photos from my last couple of months here.
Hope you all had a nice weekend!
It’s been a (very) hot, quiet summer here in Tucson, AZ. This is my second go around and I’ve learned the hard way that it’s best to avoid the peak of heat when you can. Many a movie has been seen, gallons of iced coffees consumed and the A.C. has been working overtime in my Casita. Fortunately, there’s been a little relief this past week in the form of rain. Monsoon season is officially here, but thus far, it’s been a lot milder than I anticipated.
In exactly one month I will begin my schooling at the University of Arizona. I’m anxious, but excited. It really has been some time since I’ve studied on a college campus, and while there have been some significant (creepy?) cultural shifts regarding human interaction (Tinder anyone!?), it’s the actual thought of being back in a classroom that I’m fixated on. Again, I’m very excited about it though. I’ve needed a kick in the bum for a long while and I already feel the tip of the boot, which is a good thing.
Here are a couple photos from this past week. Hope you all are enjoying your summer!
Will this be the day it touches down!?
An evening stroll through Himmel Park.
After the first rain.
Revisiting my outdoor court a year later.
Rainbows are the theme this week.
A day or so after I pulled up to Tucson, AZ, I found myself sprinting off to Phoenix to board a plane. I was tired, but also full of excitement for the week ahead. This was a very big moment for ‘Primo,’ a.k.a. Matt Borden. He and his fiancee May, whom I had not met yet, were tying the knot and, soon after, flying all the way to Jakarta for Primo’s new job. Also, this was my first time back to the Bay since I left at beginning of 2016. The area and people there hold many memories for me, both bitter and sweet, and I was curious to see how I would feel when I landed. I won’t lie and say there weren’t some weird flashbacks had, but I will tell you that I’m absolutely thrilled I made the trip! The wedding was lovely, the catching up with friends was grounding and I had more laughs in my week there than I’d had in the last….???
Here is some of the trip in photos, enjoy!
A few weeks old now, but I made my 5th cross-country road, this time from Florida to Arizona. All in all, a really great time, highlighted by, as per usual, catching up with friends along the way. Incidentally, a big thank you all for putting me up/putting up with me! :o)
Here are a few shots from the trip…
Quality time with George and Sarah.
Aw…going to miss this little guy!
Not my first rodeo.
Sean showing me the sights from the jeep.
Now this does NOT look familiar?
Tallahassee has some new tricks.
As the sun goes down in Seminole country.
Lake Ella…fond memories!
Sean’s homemade gym. I got in a few reps.
A snapshot of the Ruanes…such a lovely family!
Me and the man.
Frisbee golf anyone?
I hit this one the way out of Dodge, as per Sean’s suggestion. It was stunning!
And pretty dang cold, but if it keeps me young…
‘Roots’….goodbye for now!
Not my sweet home, but making progress.
My bicycle/underwear dryer.
Victoria and her buddy took me out for the night in Louisiana and the drive through Daiquiris joint was first our first stop.
That was not my bullseye. :o/
Looking at River Walk from up top.
Hit up ‘Frank’ for a nutritious snack.
Let a sleeping dog lay, or is it lie?
This one was strictly for Zoe.
They really did an amazing job with this area.
This has been one of many great tunes I’ve been driving to.
A lucky Texas ladybug at the gas pump.
‘Texas Black’ (a.k.a. Marcus) and I off for a beer.
Last morning in El Paso.
A very interesting perspective by Dr. Seuss, by way of my buddy Bill.
Arizona, I’m back!
A welcome message awaiting me in the Casita. :o)