Saturday, December 23, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Wednesday, December 6, 2006
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
Monday, December 4, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Thursday, November 9, 2006
Tuesday, November 7, 2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Cleo graduated from pre-school today. She won a first place in the "longest stay" and second in "musical sits" and in "fastest come". It would have been an easy victory in the sit competition except that she did not like the music - Pomp and Circumstance played on a computer speaker with no bass and very squeaky. It freaked her out, which meant a lot of jumping all over me, and trying to climb into my arms. Still, she has some pretty ribbons to wear, plus she got a new halloween squeaky toy and some special cookies made with liver.
On to kindergarten in Georgia.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
My brother John came to visit us during the first week of September. It was great to have him here. John hadn't played golf for a while, but he managed to put together four pars in a row. That's pretty impressive considering that he never hit any woods. We also took a fun ocean cruise on the Sea Screamer and saw a huge pod of dolphins just off the coast near Sunset Beach. We spent a pleasant day at Brookgreen Gardens and had a burger at the famous River City Cafe. Heidi and Cleo also had a great time with Uncle John.
Friday, September 1, 2006
My brother is coming to visit us in a couple of days so I hope we'll have better weather for him.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Friday, July 14, 2006
Cleo's official name is "Miss Cleopatra Twinkletoes" - Miss because she's a true southern girl, Cleopatra because of her color and regal stature, and Twinkletoes because she has two white toes on each of her back feet. Lisa's Dad used to call her "Twinkletoes" and Steve always thought that was funny.
Friday, July 7, 2006
Back in my not-so-wild teenage years, I worked at Marriott's Great America in Santa Clara as an attendant in the Engine Company Skeeball arcade. You might think that making change all day would be boring, but we had a good time, mostly because we had a fun group of people. I especially remember Ron for his great sense of humor, featuring Get Smart quotes and semi-factual historical references. We went our separate ways during college, but a while ago he tracked me down using the internet (that's a warning to you bloggers with shady pasts). It was nice to hear from him after all these years. He's back in California again, and we'll probably get together next time I visit my family in San Jose. Ron sent me this picture to share with the world.
Sunday, July 2, 2006
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
On Sunday, June 18th, our family gained a new member. Her name is Miss Cleopatra, Cleo for short. She is a Great Dane, 9 weeks old, 19 pounds, all black except for a white patch on her chest, four white toes and white patches on the backs of her ankles. She is utterly adorable as you can see.
Monday, June 12, 2006
Sunday, June 11, 2006
On Sunday, June 4th, we left Calabash for Williamsburg - the start of a 5 day touring vacation. First we drove to Yorktown and visited the National Park and town. The most interesting part was probably walking around Redoubts 9 and 10, although the movie at the visitor center gave a good summary of events to give us perspective. Next we walked around Colonial Williamsburg down the main street and through Merchants Square.
On Monday morning we drove to Washington D.C and spent a couple of hours wandering around the National Arboretum. It is an amazing place and we could have spent a lot more time there. Definitely a place to return to. Next it was on to Annapolis. We visited the State House, the US Naval Academy and took a boat ride around the harbor on Watermark cruises. The State House was also, for a brief period, the home of the Continental Congress (Nov. 1783 to Aug. 1784) and is now the oldest State House still in active use. The Naval Academy Chapel is very picturesque, particularly the dome. We enjoyed a good meal on the outdoor terrace at Phillips Seafood at City Dock. Lisa went for the true Maryland meal and had Cream of Crab soup followed by Crab Cakes.
Unfortunately, the next morning, Lisa had a bad case of food poisoning. We postponed our departure for Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania for a couple of hours until she finally felt she could manage the drive. It turned out she was a little optimistic! After a brief relapse during the journey, she did feel quite a lot better and so we drove on to Longwood. We spent the afternoon wandering, slowly, around the gardens and waterfalls and conservatory. They are wonderful. After a short rest and a dinner of bread and saltines (for Lisa) we returned to Longwood for an evening outdoor concert featuring Time for Three, a young trio of musicians playing violins and double bass - very entertaining. We rounded off an extremely long day with the illuminated fountain display at Longwood - well worth the wait (but we were glad to have brought our lawn chairs with us).
We decided to change our route on Wednesday. Lisa was still not feeling great and we were supposed to drive to New Jersey to visit a friend and then back to Philadelphia, where the highlight of our stay was to be dinner at Susanna Foo. Instead, we spent the morning at Kennett Square (near Longwood) and then drove on to Hershey to see Chocolate World. We ended up in Gettysburg where we stayed for the next couple of nights and relaxed the pace a little. It was disappointing not to see Len, and missing our great meal, but we will go to Philadelphia some other time.
In Gettysburg we toured the battlefield and visited the National Cemetery and Cyclorama. We had a good lunch at The Pub, sitting outside right on Lincoln Square (which is actually a roundabout). Lisa was getting more adventurous and had a grilled cheese sandwich. We (mostly Steve) also ate at the Dobbins House (so-so tourist trap) and the Gingerbread Man (better).
We returned home on Friday to find that Calabash had been experiencing violent thunderstorms all week. The weather gods had looked kindly upon us on our trip and kept us dry and comfortable.
Sunday, May 28, 2006
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Today we made the difficult decision to have Bertie put to sleep. He has been ill for a few days and there no longer seemed to be any chance that he could recover. There has been a recurrence of his mast cell disease and he was unable to eat.
He died peacefully in our arms at 5 o'clock this afternoon. We have spent twelve wonderful years with him. He will never be forgotten and will always be missed.
Rest in Peace, Bertie, we will love you forever.
Friday, April 14, 2006
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
At ER Bradley's Saloon we thought we had found a really good Happy Hour - with the purchase of two drinks you got a free buffet. Great until we got the bill for the most expensive beers we have ever had. Still, it was a great place to sit and watch the world go by and they did have a pretty garden too. For dessert we had really, really, good ice cream at Sloan's on Clematis Street. We also tried out the Trolley bus service.
We enjoyed a morning exploring Worth Avenue with all its interesting shops, alleys and courtyards. Lisa found some Sheffield Silver and got some good ideas for landscaping containers. Lunch was a complete change of pace - a brew pub aptly named "Brewzzi".
Of course no trip would be complete without Chinese food and this time we found a nice place called Singing Bamboo - a bit of a drive but well worth it. Our favorite part of West Palm Beach was City Place however. We had a great dinner at Il Bellagio and did a little shopping. We found another fantastic ice cream place at City Place - kind of a whipped up foamy gelato with really intense flavours.
On our last day, we went to the West Palm Beach Green Market (farmer's market) which was a big affair. In addition to the usual stuff, there were a lot of plants and flowers. Lisa bought a Staghorn Fern (Platycerium bifurcatum) which we then had to nurse all the way home in our cooler. It is now happily transplanted and lives in our screen porch. We are not quite sure where it will go for the winter!