Sunday, July 5, 2020

Grandson, Science Nerd

I tend to not be a worrier -- even at times when a does of worry might be well placed to spur some beneficial action. 

My grandson started middle school last fall and he really seemed to like it. It appeared that he had made a nice connection with his science teacher in particular.
He was excited about the subject and asked for a microscope for his Christmas present.

When schools closed for the pandemic I wasn't worried that he would not keep learning. When he gets interested in something he goes all in.

Now, I don't remember if I wrote about my eyes bothering me early this year. It was an allergic reaction to the glaucoma drops I was using. It was painful and ugly. I was walking around with bloody eyes for way too long.

And, my grandson? He was So excited to show me microscopic pictures of the "tiny arachnids that live in your eye lashes."

I won't traumatize anyone by including the picture he sent me. My eye doctor confirmed the information and suggested I tell Dane about water bears. (He already knew all about them, but he and my eye doctor are two of a kind.)

So he got his microscope but in the future I will try to think more long term when indulging his interests.

I gave him a rock-hounding kit for his birthday in February. Because I like rocks a whole lot better than bugs.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

The Times

This sign was on the desk in my hotel room last month when I was driving to VT from Florida. I suppose it is a sign of the changing times we live in. I had not seen a sign like this before.

Friday, June 26, 2020

No one has ever accused me of being high maintenance.  

I do consider it a treat to have my nails done but I can give myself a manicure/pedicure easily enough and since I get charged the same when I confound the staff by insisting "no polish" nail salons do not make it anywhere on my list of essential services.

I need a haircut though.

There is no way I am going to take scissors to my own hair as the results would be something like this:

Parents share funny photos of kids who cut their own hair | Daily ...Google image that captures it!

I miss Joseph, who does cuts my hair and sings while he does it. I miss my short and shorter hair.

Yeah, I need a haircut . . . or at least a comb!

Monday, June 22, 2020

Heat Wave

I returned to Vermont just in time for the 2020 heat wave. There have been eight days in a row now that have reached temperatures in the 90's. It is somewhat unusual to have eight days that reach that high through an entire summer as a rule.

Of course I was used to hot weather having arrived from Florida. The big difference is in the ubiquity of air conditioning in Florida as opposed to the occasional window units here in VT.  I have a small window air conditioner that I put upstairs. Fans and window shades keep the downstairs cool enough for me -- not cool enough for most people probably.

I met up with my friend Donna M. (I have an unusual number of same-named friends) who is my walking buddy and we walked for two hours. She talks pretty much the whole time and I  kind of drift in and out of listening/being lost in my own thoughts.

My first walk after returning to Vermont is always rude. There is a difference between breathing at sea level and breathing in the mountains. It takes an adjustment!

I Don't Sweat, I Sparkle! That's what you call Liquid Awesomeness ...I was sparkling!

Thursday, June 18, 2020


My trip from Florida to Vermont was uneventful, which is what I hope for in most any trip. The traffic was steady but not also moving right along. I stopped for gas and twice at state welcome centers for a stretch break.  I packed all my meals. I had my masks and sanitizers. I had disposable gloves for the gas pumps. I did stay at two hotels -- one in South Carolina and one in Pennsylvania.  I was careful and wore my mask when there was any possibility of interacting with others. 

The protocol for Vermont is a two week quarantine for anyone coming from out of state, but residents/returning snowbirds can quarantine for one week and then get tested. I will do that and can feel safer having contact with family and doing the grocery shopping. Don has taken care of provisions for the interim. And he took wonderful care of my house plants in my extended absence.

It is somewhat strange because usually I am back for a VT spring and get to see the lilacs and the crabapple blossoms and the green buds. It is full summery VT now, much like late winter/early spring in Florida and so it is a bit disorienting.  And spring cleaning needs doing but it is so hot! 

Vermont...The Green Mountain State | Vermont mountains, Green ...

This is why it is called the Green Mountain State

Thursday, June 11, 2020

On the Road

I will be on the road for the next three days. I am armed with masks, disposable gloves, a bottle of disinfectant and a roll of paper towels!

Good news!! I did get to see two of the butterflies work their way out and eventually take wing. That made me happy.

Monday, June 8, 2020

The Good Time

If I cast my mind all the way back to the beginning of the year, I recall that I was having high hopes for 2020. Almost all of the things I had planned continue to be falling apart.

Before all the lockdowns, though, my son was able to make his planned visit. It seems so long ago, but we had such a great time together. He only had a long weekend but we managed to pack it with hiking in at the Mabry Carlton Preserve,
biking along the Intracoastal Waterway, a kayak trip through Sarasota Bay, good seafood meals, a visit to Historic Spanish Point and a trip to the beach to catch the sunsets in the evenings.  It was wonderful just to have him here, but I always appreciate having someone to play with too.

So good to see that smile!