Monday, July 23, 2007

Post-Calamity Recovery
Calamity Kim sure can leave you awe-struck and speechless. Maria and I were wearing our aprons all weekend. She wore her tulle headband to the park and grocery shopping. Our pennant made our time in the backyard seem festive and grand, though we were only kicking a ball around. Every day, all day I was reminded of Kim's amazing package and I am still trying to wrap my mind around the kindness and generosity of it all. (Tee-hee... Look! It's my first time in Florida! LOL!)

Oh, and by the way Kim, your beautiful aprons and goodies received an invitation to a dinner party at my friend Anne's house. I'm invited too. I may borrow Maria's tulle...

We were at the park with Geoff. We played H-O-R-S-E. I L-O-S-T, but I played with style and pride.

William had his first official 2 hours behind the wheel lesson. Geoff and I were forced to wait at home and let the trained, experienced, emotionally detached, heavily accented stranger take him away in his specially equipped Sentra. It was nerve wracking (wrecking?) We were fine. Our boy did fine.

With nearly 22,000 photographs in our iMac, we are looking at getting an Apple Pro, or is it a Mac-Pro... something Pro, because I can't even download new photos without pleading and begging, hot-wiring, and bribing our machine. It's just too overwhelmed with my shutter bug habit. It crashes, it churns, it shudders, moans, smokes and sparks... actually, I shudder, moan, spark and fume. It's embarrassing how thoroughly addicted I am to my computer. During my last I hate iPhoto temper tantrum, William, calm and cool, asks, "What if you had no iPhoto? Would you feel better with all your digital files just sitting on your desk?" NO! I love my iPhoto! ((Hugs)) Thank you William, for keeping it real.

Alex and Max have a week of digital photography camp, and I expect them to come home and teach me valuable information. They'll get to use Photoshop. Sigh. You know, I think I could list about twenty big ticket items that I would love to possess + endless hours of guilt-free time to enjoy them. A house, Photoshop, a garden, chickens, a sewing room, a printer and scanner... I like to think I have simple tastes and unselfish desires, but sometimes it's amusing to fantasize.

What is this? Just a little fantasy of mine... a dream coming true. More later. Life is cutting in to my free time!


  1. You always wanted a beer keg? Are you having a kegger party for MNO? Don't keep us waiting too long!

  2. Your flower photos are beautiful. You deserve a superfast computer with gigs and gigs of storage for all your amazing photos. Thanks for this cool post. If that's a wine barrel, I'll be over w/ my straw.

  3. OH, are you starting your own wine making maybe? Garage Mahal Vintage 2007?? If that is wine, I'm there! :o) LOVE your flower photos. You take the most marvelous photos! No, wait power tools are your latest hobby supplies? When do we get a hint of what you're up to...hhhmmm ;o) ((HUGS))

  4. I just found your blog through the Calamity Kim blog. I love your photos. Just stunning! And your stories about your wonderful life and family.

  5. Natalie...

    Oh my goodness, the photos are just beautiful! Ummm... what are you up to with that barrel...



  6. Hmmm, I didn't get the last picture...


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