Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Backyard accessories

These are 2 of 3 bar stools. They are roomy and swivel for all around view.

The brown chairs are part of a full set and come with their own foot rest piece not shown here.

This is paradise in the making. We shall be in the water soon.


Saturday, July 26, 2008

Norms, values, and mores

Groups devise values, which in turn influence norms.
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Mores are rigid, and force conformity. Hopefully Tia Carmen will become enlightened.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Grass Land

I am so excited about my backyard grass. It's finally in.

In rolls.

It goes down in rows.

Yep, I feel the grass!

I have never had a yard with grass.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Fantasies and Deadwood

I first saw these cards known as Pondering Pool, at Changing Hands bookstore. I like visual interpretations of ideas and philosophies, and these even come with a touch of humor.
This one is me: "Chopping up useless thoughts... clearing room to dream."

Being one with the earth

I cherish being able to place my hands in dirt, even if my nails take 2 weeks to recover from the experience. The front yard and I have standing dates 2 or 3 times a year. I bring out the trash bags, the cutting tools, the rake, and the broom.

This fern has been with us for years, loving the shady spot it calls home.

This other fern also likes shade, as does the brand new palm that Grasshopper had to have.

These are more of that fern, and aloe.

These yucas have to be thinned out and cleared of the dry, dark pieces. I can sit with it for hours until they look pretty.

I also pitch forked countless ruelia roots away from the walls in preparation for their washing and painting.

It's garden nirvana.

Friday, July 18, 2008

They will call me from the garden

Echeveria (Ruby Blush)


For our ongoing but almost finished backyard project, I envision having a few of these delights. In Mozambique, we were surrounded by lushness, plenty of fruit trees (fig, papaya, lemon, peach, coconut, guava, mango), and many gorgeous blooming bushes. The desert is a bit more challenging. I have slowly adjusted, albeit kicking and screaming as my mind's eye wouldn't let go of the greenery of the east coast. Yet, the desert holds beauty, that the mind's eye can see only if it is flexible.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Stop that now!

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Couldn't have described this better myself.

Getting Ready for Some Fun

An upcoming opening has prompted us to get supplied with some goodies for summer fun.

Got the goggles.

And the toys. Just a little longer to go.

Saturday, July 12, 2008


The where we all shared meals together before, and after you both were gone.

With Love,

Wednesday, July 09, 2008


These tables are staples in all Portuguese social clubs and cafes. The sounds of the game are unique.
We are novices, but this level of expertise must take many years to develop.

The game was invented by this guy, and there's also a human version. Some people are really fanatics.

All in all, this is part of my childhood experience which I can share with my family as we did at a party yesterday.

A woman for women

She's one of those people that enriches anyone in her presence. She's an ordained minister in the Methodist Church and it was fun for me, a Catholic raised girl, to get to know her. She's moving back to her beloved Maryland to work here.

Farewell friend.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Dusk in The Desert

This compensates for the unbearable heat found around these parts this time of year.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

The Heat is On!

Monsoon season is upon us. Just step outside at 8:30 AM and see how it fells. Gasp, where did the air go?

Note to self: Must carry water bottle.