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Grateful

It’s Thanksgiving.  Again.  Time seems to move faster and faster all of the time.  I don’t know.  Which would be worse?  Movement or stagnation?  It’s a question I ask myself often. 

Today will be a quiet day.  We’re hosting the dinner here at our place.  My whole family is scattered about, so Frank’s sister, niece and his folks will join us later around 1:00.  We’re doing the turkey, potatoes and rolls.  It’s an easy day.  Every one else will bring pies and veggies so it’s all good. 

It’s been a bit since I’ve sat down here to actually blog.  Why you say?  Because.  My husband gave me a Blackberry and I can check my e-mail while I’m driving down the road.  Did I really just say that?  Yes I did.  And I’m just kidding.  Sort of.  Checking e-mail, maybe.  Responding, no way.  I like having it.  I spend less time here at my computer so I’m free to do the things I need to do without being in the office.  It’s a good thing.

I ended October with a yoga retreat.  This was the 4th year one of my favorite teachers came to town.  We had a great weekend of yoga, meditation and pranayama as well as an organic, catered, vegetarian lunch.  He’ll be back again next October.  And in fact he’s stopping by for a day practice in April.  He’s also seasoned in astrology and I find that stuff interesting.  So when he returns I’m going to have him do a reading for me.  I was born on October 31, 1966 at 3:30 a.m.  Sounds kind of creepy to me.  I can’t wait to see what the stars say about when I was born.  Who knows?  It might be something lame, like I was a homely milk maid.  Or perhaps I was an ax murderer?  It will all be in good fun though.

My brother was also here the end of October.  He brought his girlfriend.  She’s from Bulgaria.  We stayed up super late catching up.  I hadn’t seen him for two years!  They’d recently been to Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria.  We headed to Canton Inn for Chinese food and then finished the evening with wine and authentic Turkish delight candy.  Good stuff!  I’d like to see them again soon, but every one has their own lives and their own sort of busy-ness.

Evan and Kirsten.  Dig that Turkish Nike Shirt?  This was taken around one in the morning!

Irina and Evan.  Halloween.  Think “I’m not quittin’ you!”  Love it!

My free yoga class presented me with the most beautiful birthday card.  Inside was a gift certificate for a massage at Zen 3.  Wow.  I about fainted.  I hadn’t had a massage in a very long time.  I took advantage of this last Saturday after meditation class.  I still have money left on the card so I hope to return again in December.  Zen 3 is a beautiful place in a quaint area of town.  The massage was great.  Another student baked me a pretty, round loaf of peasant bread.  It was perfect.  It actually looked fake it was so perfect.  And how did it taste?  Not fake that’s for sure.  It was amazing.  We didn’t have to freeze any of it.  The four of us chowed that down pretty quick-like.

The kids are staying pretty busy.  Jordan is getting ready to start off-season track.  And the college search is on.  He has yet another visit this coming week.  I hope we can get this finalized soon.  It’s actually really exhausting just talking about it.  I know he would like for it to be over with too.  And he can’t quit thinking about it, he’s obssessed.  Lauren is busy with her girlfriends and the latest thing they’re into are Shrinky Dinks.  She loves the plain paper where she can create her own.  She really likes tiny, little things.  Whenever she works with clay, it’s the same way.  She’s been creating the tinest, littlest monsters I think I’ve ever seen.  Cute stuff!

Lauren’s new hair cut.  She’s looking so grown up, and she looks exactly like her father.

Jordan –  Go Parkview football!

Frank will be very busy at work starting tomorrow until Christmas.  In the meantime on his days off, he’s been deer hunting.  I won’t say anymore about that, because if get started it will be a long, negative rant.  And I’d rather not go there on Thanksgiving.  What I would like to do, is dump out this pot of coffee and start again.  This has got to be the shittiest coffee I’ve ever made.

Have a great holiday!


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Myakka Gator Sighting

While I was busy enjoying my day in a bathing suit, the girls were with my mom and dad checking out the alligators at Myakka State Park.

Mady and Lauren.  They took a boat ride and saw a few gators.

They also stayed busy painting some plant tables the other day.

After their work was half way through, they took a dip in the pool.  There’s that bird again!


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Haunting in Eureka

I took off.  For three days.  I found subs and split with some friends to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. 

Eureka’s a lovely little, old town. 

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I hadn’t been to Eureka in a long time.  Not much has changed.  The food is still good, the shops are still quaint and the ghosts are still there.  I’m totally not into victorian decor, but I do love to look at the homes anyways.  Some of the homes have been updated from pastels to hues of greens.  I failed to get a shot of my favorite home, so their little outbuilding will have to do.  This place was arts and crafts style and it was absolutely amazing.  This is just their “little studio” in the side yard.

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Yellow victorian beauty.

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I traveled with Darlene, Carrie and their friend Eve. 

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I met Darlene and her daughter Carrie (pictured left) when they came to my family yoga class five or so years ago.  Carrie and my daughter Lauren are the exact same age and became fast friends.  Carrie is really into ghosts (so is Lauren) and the last time they were in Eureka, they experienced some weird stuff.  They also got some odd photos.  I also get into this sort of thing on occasion.  After all my birthday does fall on Halloween.

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We didn’t stay at a haunted hotel.  We stayed at a really, really nice Best Western with a huge pool, waterfall and outdoor movies.  We traveled with a complete bar which we enjoyed while floating in that big pool. 

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We shopped.  We stopped at all the springs.  We hiked great distances throughout the town.  We even splurged on an expensive meal at the Grand Central.  Highly recommended by the way.  They all had the pan seared scallops and risotto.  I ordered the salmon in pistachio butter.  I know.  Sounds like an odd combo, but it totally was not.

 Eve, Kirsten & Darlene on the balcony of the Basin Park Hotel.

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Carrie and Darlene took the ghost tour of the Basin while Eve and I enjoyed wine on the balcony.  We watched the moon start to rise.  Darlene and Carrie didn’t experience anything out of the ordinary on their tour. 

I shot this photo of the Basin the first day we were there.  Is that an apparition in the window?  Is it a woman with a headband, a hat or a veil?  Is it John Wayne?  Who knows.  It’s on the left of that a/c unit on the lower level of windows.  I have two photos of this.  This one is more of a profile, the other one is more head on.  Odd eh?  The moon was full what can I say?basin ghost

 On the way out we stopped at the big 75 foot Jesus statue, because you know, after all of this ghost chasing, it seemed like the thing to do.  Plus, Carrie had never seen it.

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We also stopped at the Magnetic Spring and dipped our feet into the cold water.

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I think we all arrived home without any ghosts in our suitcases.

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Eureka’s a great little town.  I was a bit disappointed that the shops closed so early.  Some were closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and some were closed on Wednesdays.  Also, most of the shops open at 10:00 a.m. only to shut down for lunch at 11 or 11:30 a.m.  Hello.  I cannot give you my money if you’re not open.  We also found one of our favorite eating places closed on Wednesdays as well.  Give yourself more than one day, or you’re sure to miss quite a bit.  Lots of buildings were vacant.  I’m sure the economy could be the cause of that.  But if you’re thinking of investing in property, whether it be a home or a business, this might be a good time to do so.