Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The Non Event

It's difficult to explain what one feels like after a non hurricane. It's hardly even depression-y in Key West. It rained harder this summer with no warning, which makes getting everything together and the kids being out of school for 3 days... just bothersome. But it beats flood abatement.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Blogging Ernesto - 2

This is what a squall looks like coming in off the ocean. Taken from the front yard - just behind those houses across the street is the canal to the Atlantic. It's not raining right now, but am certain that is short lived. Posted by Picasa

Blogging Ernesto - 1

It's just beginning to rain. We have been having intermittant squalls but so far no lightening or wind. This is off the corner eaves on the lanai. I will continue to bore (or excite! or worry...) until I get tired of it, or lose power. Whichever comes first. Posted by Picasa

Monday, August 28, 2006

how cute are we.

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Thursday, August 24, 2006


I have always really loved it that my kids have always liked nesting in my bed. Snuggling in the morning, wasting away on sick days, finding a place to be alone in a sometimes noisy house.

I rethought this the other morning when i woke up with light-bright pieces embedded in my back and legs.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Hippo at Busch Gardens

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Monday, August 07, 2006

Lanai, and other things.

We spend a lot of time on our lanai. For those of you who don't live in Florida lanai means porch. Here is a photo of our lanai. It's sort of a mess this morning but I twisted my knee and was unable to tidy yesterday.

Please note the houses on the other side of the fence. We are close neighbors here in Key West! We are in a very neighborhood-y place. Which is why it was curious one evening to hear a horse whinney. There was simultaneous distraction from books with matching looks of "why I do believe I just heard a horse whinney, but that seems an unlikely thing to hear in Key West so shall ignore it forthwith".
Until the next day. See there by the grill? Behind that fence someone is keeping a Shetland Pony. I have neither a ladder or the inclination to violate my neighbors privacy so at this time do not have photographic evidence of said pony, but just asks my daughter who "checks on the horse" (and promply reports the location and activities) approximately every eight minutes.
I've a wide variety of thoughts on this, from "How... eccentric" to "Is it mean to have a little pony in this heat? Are ponies indigenous to Florida?" to "I suppose it's not worse than having a dog" to "Where the hell are these f&*#!@* flies coming from? Oh.". I am fairly certain there is some sort of ordinance but given that it is Key West where there are actually city commission meetings about protecting the chickens that are all over the place here, who knows?
People here bring giant lizards and parrots into the supermarkets with them. There is a man who rides a big harley davidson with a parrot on his head. All the time. Iguanas on leashes. I've adjusted to lizards all over the place all the time (we like them! they eat bugs), cockroaches (not palmetto bugs as the Florida Tourism Council would have you belive) laying on thier backs all over the house.
I have even adjusted to scorpions in that I no longer scream in terror, but rather just jump on the furniture and do the whisper scream/whimper/cry thing that is more comforting to the neighbors. Hey! This is a perfect time for a "Should You Ever Find Yourself Living in a Tropical Environment Tip". Tip #1 - Plastic market bags and 2 litre soda bottles in the cupboard under the sink make excellent scorpion traps, if you're into that sort of thing.
So why shouldn't there be a pony next door, who is right now at this moment, in the shade looking at my daughter through the fence. So you know.

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Saturday, August 05, 2006


He's put up with me for another year. We are going to have dinner here and hopefully it won't rain. (We've had brillant luck with hurricanes so far but it's been very weathery all summer.)

I love the husband so much it's silly. So easy to do, though.

Happy Anniversary, Papi.