Why does it seem that winter lasts longer every year, even here in a moderate clime? Perhaps it was the Significant Birthday last month, one ending in a 0. Or perhaps it was the two-week break we made to visit family in southwest Florida.
|A sandy beach on the Gulf of Mexico.|
Colour me happy.
It was a lovely break in every way: spending time with the youngest BIL and his lovely wife; basking in warm weather and sunny skies; visiting historic locations and blasting through a mangrove canopy on an airboat. *deep sigh*
|Home away from home for two days in Key West.|
I didn't realize how far it was to drive from home base near Fort Myers to Key West, but if one is going to celebrate a Significant Birthday, mein host was in the wish fulfillment business. Bless him!
|Ships coming home at dusk, Key West.|
Not the glorious sunset that everyone hopes to see,
but simply getting my saltwater fix is enough.
|One of the famous Key West roosters,|
pushing the boundaries for one barkeep.
It's against the law to harass the boys and their ladies.
|Of course, a piece of the famous Key Lime pie -|
I was willing to tempt fate with my GI system for this.
|Banyan tree at the Edison/Ford Winter Estate in Fort Myers.|
There are many, many (MANY) more photos but I've not picked through them yet. Sort of hit the ground running and haven't had much time to raise my nose much above the water line: modelling for life drawing classes; doing public spinning demonstrations; year-end account books for The Husband's business and our tax filing in general; writing for the next issue of Boulevard Okanagan; curling, both evening league and some small bonspiels; a volunteer project in town. Last but not least (in fact, a priority) is time with the Little Man who apparently every day we were gone was heard to ask "Grandma's house?"
Curling season is almost finished. The accounts are almost ready to send off to the accountant. The writing is at a good place right now. Spinning is back to production work, as shearing is soon upon us. I'm looking at some WIP stuff in the sewing room and thinking it's time to get serious about it.
But today - today was a Boy Day. He helped Poppa feed the quail and other wild birds. Then we went to visit the animals at Historic O'Keefe Ranch, requiring some washing of outerwear upon our return. It's all good.
I hope you've come through your winter in relatively good condition.