Wednesday, June 27

My Little World

I must be getting well—cabin fever has returned, and so has creative thinking. July is stretching out in front of me and Grands 1 & 2 are unable to come this summer after all. They’re a teen and a tween after all, and they have busy schedules. So I need some projects.

I decided Grand #3, Savannah, age 4, will get a new quilt for Christmas. I found these panels online yesterday; the theme is flower fairies—one is night, and the other is day. I liked them both, so I got them both, and I decided that the quilt will feature night on one side, day on the other. Reversible. The panels are 24” x 44” and there are sweet companion fabrics to make my life easier.

I also want to do something with this. It’s a real raven, not just a crow that thinks it’s a raven.

Still no golf. I haven’t played in over a month. There is an Independence Day tournament at my club next week, but I’m still being gentle with myself until I’m completely over this. I don’t need a setback. No sir.

At PGA West this morning, they are punching the greens. The red machine punches holes in the soil not unlike a meat tenderizer, then someone rakes up the detritus. Another truck will come by later and lay down sand. The sand sinks into the empty spaces. This keeps the roots healthy. Otherwise the roots get tangled up and the grass keeps getting thicker and thicker, and it wouldn’t be good. If you’ve ever slid your hand across the felt on a pool table, that’s what these greens feel like. They are very hard and smooth. Sometimes too smooth. Just sayin.

We’re off to the movies and happy hour today. We need an outing. And tomorrow the ladies come to clean my house. All good stuff.

Monday, June 25

Good News, Bad News, etc.

Been sick. We both caught a hellacious virus cold in Alaska. The good news is, it kicked in on about the last day of our trip so we didn't miss anything. The bad news is, it kicked our butts. The good news is, we're coming around. I think JJ has taken his last morning nap and I have watched the last afternoon romantic comedy. We have gone through four boxes of tissues, but I'm going whole quarter-hours now without using a tissue. So it's looking good!

Wednesday, June 20

North to Alaska

Hi Y’all, I have not fallen off the planet. I have been traveling. We went on a cruise to Alaska with my girlfriend Carol, whom I have known since first grade, and her friend Pat. It was pretty cold, but we had a blast.

We rode helicopters.

And dogsleds.

And floatplanes. Here’s a view of tiny Ketchikan from above. The ports in Alaska are overrun with jewelry shops now. Sad.

This is what it looks like to be pulled by a team of dogs across a glacier.

We saw otters.

But we did not see many bears. This one was at the Wildlife Conservation Center.

I captured some shots of a raven.

And an eagle. Aren’t they magnificent birds.

We went fishing for salmon and rainbow trout on the Kenai River. This is our cousin Chuck. He lives in Cooper Landing—a beautiful place. He goes on about fishing holes like I do about golf holes.

We ended the trip in idyllic Homer. This is the Homer Spit. I was coming down with a cold this day and took very few photos.

And then we saw a moose.

It’s good to be home where it’s warm.