We had a nice rain last night and when I was walking Penny this morning, my first thought was, “Ah, it’s springtime!” The rain had freshened the air, birds were chirping and bushes were blooming. The lawn maintenance crew was firing up their weedeaters and lawn mowers. It felt just like spring in the Finger Lakes. Oh, wait, check the calendar! It’s the last day of fall in Tallahassee! We haven’t even had winter yet!
||What is this bush that began blooming in October and is STILL blooming in December?
It is interesting that after spending over twelve years living in the southeast, I still expect it to be cold in the evening when I go outside, no matter what time of year. And that I am still amazed when we have sunny seventy degree days during the winter. But then, that is exactly why I moved south.
Since this is the last day of Fall, that must mean that tomorrow is the first day of Winter and is also David’s birthday! He will be twenty years old! Unbelievable. He was my miracle baby, the one who seemed in a hurry to be born. Or maybe he just wanted his birthday around Halloween instead of Christmas. Either way, he was the reason for a great deal of worry and prayers twenty years ago. (Since his birthday is three days before Christmas, it is obvious that the worry and prayers worked!). Unfortunately, I do not think David has ever been in a hurry since then! He must have gotten it all out of his system before he was even born.
|I do not have a current picture of David. This one was taken over a year ago.
We will be celebrating David’s birthday today with presents and dinner out. Rumor is that dinner will be a Japanese Steak House, if reservations can be made at this late date. The reason for celebrating early is that tomorrow will be a travel day, driving to Atlanta to spent the weekend with my side of the family, who is all congregating at my brother’s house in Douglasville, just west of Atlanta. Sunday afternoon will be a busy, noisy, chaotic mass of people who last saw each other when we were all at the hospital awaiting the outcome of my dad’s by-pass heart surgery. Dad is doing great and we are all looking forward to getting together! I plan to take a lot of pictures!
Bill and I arrived home last night, road weary and glad to be back. It is an eight hour drive from Tallahassee to Fort Lauderdale and it does not seem to make much difference time-wise which route you take, Interstate or cross country from Tally to Ocala. At least the traffic was much less hectic yesterday than it was going down on Sunday, which was a good thing. I think our supper Wednesday night might have been loaded with MSG or something. I know I did not like my shrimp dinner and did not finish it, which is practically unheard of, me not finishing shrimp! But it just did not taste quite right and Bill said afterwards that his did not either. Whatever the cause, Thursday morning we both woke up with killer headaches and feeling very lethargic, like we were hung over (which we were not!). So that made for a very long drive home.
But the stay there in Fort Lauderdale (actually Pompano Beach) was very nice. I had a nice visit with a UL friend on Tuesday, Carol B. (Auntie Carol, for you ULers), and I took some cute pics of her granddaughter. Carol’s whole family was very nice and it was great to be able to put faces to names.
Here are some pics from our hotel balcony:
The beach on Monday morning, around 9 a.m.
A sailboat I watched on Wednesday afternoon when I was taking a break from writing. I am thinking of making a series of several of these sailboat pics framed above our couch.
And does anyone know what these flowers might be? They were blooming in the pool / courtyard area. I think they might be a variety of hibiscus?
Whatever they are, they were very pretty to look at first thing in the morning while eating breakfast!
I know, I know. All the non-HP fans around the world are tired of hearing about Harry Potter mania. I’m sorry. I tried not writing about it, truly I did. But since we are all immersed here in HP, I couldn’t seem to come up with anything else to write about.
Charles and I have been rereading the series in preparation of Year 7 coming out. I just began Year 5 yesterday and Charles is on Year 3. Both of us are determined to finish the series all the way through. We did that the when Year 6 came out and that is what we are doing again this time around.
Kat was visiting over the weekend (along with Miss Muchkin) and she became so caught up in our conversations about the previous books that she began to read the series. She had read the first three or four, but none after 2003. So she started Year 1 and took Year 2 home with her.
David, on the other hand, just dove in Saturday afternoon when our copy of Year 7 arrived and began reading. He finished Year 7 yesterday afternoon and now walks around with the smile of a superior being that knows how the series ends. And the frustration of not being able to talk to anyone about it!
It is amazing how many books this HP series has sold! The first twenty-four hours of its release it sold 5,000 books per minute! Per minute!!! Can you imagine? A book! A children’s book at that! It is simply amazing.
I would love to be reading the series right now, but as a responsible adult, I am doing adult things instead. I have taken my morning walk, balanced my checkbook, answered a couple of e-mails, and repotted several plants this morning. Instead of 10 African violets, I know have 15. I ran out of potting soil or I probably would have turned 10 into 18 or so, since I still have two plants which need repotting. Potting, Potter, hmmm… I do believe I have HP on the brain, a disease for which there is an easy cure. It’s lunchtime … I do believe it is permissible for a responsible adult to read during lunch! Cheerio!