Saturday, September 29, 2012
As I was leaving her booth, a man walked up to me and asked if I am "DJan-ity." I smiled and acknowledged that is me, all right. He said he never misses my blog and wondered how he might join our hiking group. I told him that he needs to join the Senior Center and meet us before 8:00am on Thursday. "Yikes! That early?" he said, so he may or may not join us. It is curious to realize that people I have never met feel like they know me because of my blog. It's not an unpleasant feeling for me, but it makes me realize that I need to be sensitive to what I write about others; privacy needs to be honored. I knew that already, but a reminder is always welcome.
I have taken some cold medicine and am now ready to nestle into my easy chair and read a book. My short excursion out of the apartment was enough to make me realize that I need to rest today, wrap myself up in a nice blankie and hunker down.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
|Dave, Tyson, Kevin (back), Linny, Christy, me (front)|
|Walking through the skydive|
|Snagged from Jason Richert's SkyDrive|
As it was getting late, I watched the video with the others and hurried to pack everything away in my car to begin the long drive home. Everybody else stayed and made at least one more jump and possibly two more, before sunset. I felt very fulfilled and smiled all the way home. This morning when I woke, I remembered the skydive and smiled some more.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
This morning was the first time I've joined the walking group in a couple of months, since my Saturdays have been filled with blue skies and week after week of being able to spend money at Skydive Snohomish. I just looked at the Harvey Field webcam and see that it's raining at the moment with skies that look similar to those around here. Although only 75 miles separate Bellingham from Snohomish, the weather can be completely different.
This afternoon I'm going to visit my Russian friends who have promised me they will have borscht made especially for me (vegetarian). I'm looking forward to it. Now that I have written today's post, I think I'll delve back into the book that is consuming me. It's Isabel Wilkerson's book about the Great Migration of blacks from the South to the North and West of the country. She follows the lives of three people, and although it's not a novel, it reads like one. The book is called The Warmth of Other Suns and I'm truly engrossed.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
|Al starting the counter-clockwise loop|
|Trailblazers enjoying Amy's celebratory cupcakes|
Sunday, September 16, 2012
|Still getting used to mirror image|
|Finally! An eggplant|
And my friend Judy and I just returned from seeing Arbitrage, a new movie with Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon. Not exactly what you might call an uplifting movie, because the gist of it is that if you are rich enough, and smart enough, you can get away with just about anything. However, this is the best work that Gere has done in years, and Susan Sarandon was wonderful but not a central character. If Richard does not earn at least an Academy Award nomination for this work, something is wrong with the way they do things. He was simply wonderful. Engaging, totally outside the moral world that anybody but the super-rich live in, and completely believable. I loved it. Not my favorite movie of all time, but well worth seeing.
Well, that's my "bit of this, bit of that," and I am happily drinking my glass of red wine as I write this. Yesterday I had one of the best days of skydiving I've had for awhile, and although the weather was perfect for more of the same, I was sated and happy to be doing something else with my day. After I finish my glass of wine, I'm heading out to water my garden with hopes that eggplant will continue to grow!
Thursday, September 13, 2012
|Terry, Al, Amy, Rita, Liz, Karen and Shuksan|
|Linda, Diane and Baker|
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
Our usual "extra" Trailblazers' hike that was scheduled for today was put off until tomorrow, since we expected the weather to be cloudy and rainy. Tomorrow should be beautiful, and I'll be busy taking pictures so I can share them with you, probably Wednesday morning since we won't be getting home until after dark. Until then, I hope you have fine weather and blue skies yourselves!
Thursday, September 6, 2012
|Stream crossing in the morning|
|Gina, me, Noriko, Peggy, and Norm|
|Our fearless leader Al, our hostess Jonelle, and Steve|