Saturday, 6 October 2018

This is not about ostriches

Ostrich hens do not bury their heads in the sand to avoid conflict.

 Far from it.  They dig nests in the ground to provide a safe place for their eggs.

When they are seen with their heads in the sand they are in fact turning the eggs to create equal and safe incubation for each one.

My head is in the sand (a place of equality and safety) as I ponder the ghastly and horrid U.S.Senate vote today to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as a Justice on the Supreme Court.

What did I find in that sand?  I found a place to centre my heart and soul.

It's from a bit of Christian scripture from Paul's letter to the small church in Phillippi.

As a would be Christian I try to find the centre of of my heart and soul in these words which have been with me all day),  (from the King James/Authorised  version  as I learned it all those many years ago in Sunday School).

Philippians 4:8 King James Version (KJV)

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Centering is tough! 

Friday, 5 October 2018

Everglades City in Woe

Yesterday I posted some photo's of Florida's Everglades City in Weal(I plan to be there next week with family members who will be visiting from England.)

Here are some photo's of Everglades City in Woe after Hurricane Irma came through in September 2017.

This small City is not for those with weak knees and faint hearts

Mud in 2017 after Irma.  This is the Motel where we will stay next week

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Everglades City in Weal.

Everglades City is about half way between Naples and Miami.  It is south of Alligator Alley, just off route 41 - the Tamiami Trail.

It has a population of 409.  I think that it is an absolute treasure. My family members, who are visiting from Bristol U.K., will be there with me for a twenty four hour visit next week,

Here are some photo's of Everglades City in weal.  Tomorrow I'll post pictures of it in woe.

Collier County Courthouse .  Everglades City was one the County Town (now it's in Naples)

Rod and Gun Club. Everglades City is a mecca for hunters and fishers,

Tourist Observation Tower.

Old passenger depot for the furthest south terminal of the former Atlantic Coast (RR) Line

Bank of the Everglades.

Community Church

This Post Office is not far away. It claims to be the smallest Post Office in the U.S.A.
Ten Thousand Islands
Everglades City School, serving Pre -K to 12 Grade. Total of 196 students enrolled in 2018

"Ten Thousand Islands off Everglades City. Maybe not 10,000, but we'll take a boat trip to enjoy unspoiled beauty and to see (we hope) Manatees and Dolphins)

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Truth in advertising

My sister Ruth, her partner of many years Dennis, my nieces Leah and Beth , together with my fabulous great niece Bree (aged 10)   

are in the U.S.A.  They are visiting from the U.K.  As I write they are loving life in Orlando.  They will come to see me next week.

I have planned some adventures for us.  One will be to go down to Everglades City FL -  once the county town for Collier County - now a town which time mercifully forgot.,_Florida

Ruth, Dennis and I were there for a brief visit two years ago.  We liked it very much

While we are there we'll have an Everglades Air Boat tour which promises to take us into the "real" Everglades  (we'll see,  some of these tours are not as wonderful as their on line advertisements suggest). 

We will also take a boat trip into the so-called Ten Thousand Islands area.

Ruth, Dennis and I did this in 2016.  There are many islands  (not 10,000) but it is so wonderful to be out on the water with not a high rise to be seen, and with manatees and dolphins in abundance.



I love this, from a Roadside Cafe in the area, (which we will not have time to visit),


Blue Crab Cafe ~ Owner: Joanie Griffin
Parking Lot Public Transit: 1/4 Mile East Of Ochopee Post Office,
just about 3 1/2  miles past hwy 29 on the Tamiami Trail.

     “If you want fast food, go to Miami or go to Naples.”
    Both, by the way, are 50 miles and a half-century away.


    Don't you just love it!

      Tuesday, 2 October 2018

      Confined to quarters all day

      Following red light dermatological procedure yesterday I've been confined to quarters during daylight hours, and will be until Thursday.

      Zion and I had two good walks before daybreak today.

      Neighbour Barbara has taken him out for two day time pee walks, dog sitter and unofficial dog whisperer Chris has taken him out for an evening poop walk.

      Thank goodness for Anna Quindlen. She's taken me to New Jersey for the day.

      Isabel Allende will be my Wednesday companion.

      Monday, 1 October 2018

      On Line Dating

      At my advanced age I have decided that I am ready for on-line dating.

      Here is my profile photo'.

      A winner for certain! Maybe an EMT will date me!

      In truth this is what I looked like after stage one of my red light dermatological treatment this morning.  The squamous cell carcinomas were treated with some chemical or other, then decked in these protective wraps. Then I was free to go home  before returning for the red light procedure itself two hours later.

      Each of three malignancies were treated for ten minutes with very hot red light. 'Tis not painful but each spot (two on my forehead, one on my scalp) needed to be spritzed with cold water to abate the heat.

      After all that here's what one of the spots looks like

      Hardly dramatic, but you can see that my forehead is redder than usual.

      Now my part is to stay out of the sun until Thursday morning, and to keep the spots lubricated with Aquafor (a step up from Vaseline)
      Ain't medicine wonderful?  Aren't I lucky to have good doctors and great health insurance?

      More Red Light Therapy

      First treatment at 10:00 a.m. today.

      Second treatment at 1:00 p.m. today.

      Then out of direct sunshine until Thursday morning.

      Dog walkers arranged, two good books to read, good supply of comestibles, more than adequate supply of wine.

      And flight checking all day.   Five of my family members are in the air, traveling from LGW to MCO.     They'll have a week in Orlando/Disneyland, then a week with me in SRQ.