Saturday, August 27, 2011

hello loyal blog fans

this is the end of the line for "Thinking Too Much"

I have blogged for years (since 2007 be exact) under the title, "Thinking Too Much"
"cause my dad always said that was my problem

recently a friend told me that what he liked about me was that I thought for myself.

so a new blog, not negative and critical of thinking but positive

 "Thinking for Myself"!!

hope to see you there......

Monday, August 22, 2011


we are selling our house in Mexico

we are living in Florida now and can only love one house in the tropics
at a time

if you know someone who might be interested
please send them this link

it's an affordable, livable house in Cuyutlan
a nice little beach town 30 miles south of Manzanillo
on the pacific west coast of Mexico

it is summer now for you pacific north westerners and northerners
but it will be winter again
and it's nice to have a warm place to go......

will consider all offers, especially from friends
and friends of friends

this property wants someone to love it

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


a Saturday night drum at our beach in Englewood

Beth and her awesome new friend Becca came and brought the kids

the girls had a great time and joined in

this is a drum that I made with Reba back in Port Townsend
too many years ago
thanks Reba!!
 I have the one that Cam made with her too
they hang together on my wall at home

it was fun having them there

Arlo loved it
 I was amazed at his attention span

we drummed until the sun went down


Sunday, August 14, 2011

anniversary part II

we saw a performance of
Cirque du Soleil in Fort Myers on the way home!!

"A baroque ode to the energy, grace and power of youth"

Ah - La - Gre - Ah

"Alegría is a mood, a state of mind. The themes of the show, whose name means "jubilation" in Spanish, are many. Power and the handing down of power over time, the evolution from ancient monarchies to modern democracies, old age, youth—it is against this backdrop that the characters of Alegría play out their lives. Kings' fools, minstrels, beggars, old aristocrats and children make up its universe, along with the clowns, who alone are able to resist the passing of time and the social transformations that accompany it."

"The White Singer is the storyteller who echoes in song everything she sees around her. She sings of melancholy and despair, of joy and happiness. Her luminous white gown is exquisite – underneath a bodice and skirt-frame adorned with jewels and pearls, is miles of flowing crinoline. In her dress and long white gloves, she moves like a delicate porcelain doll in a jewelry box."

she had the most wonderful voice and she sang in French which was so refreshing
one could feel the music instead of trying to understand the words

"The nymphs are youthful and ethereal. Their exuberance is infectious and their enchanting dance can melt the hardest of hearts. These gentle creatures exude sensuality and beauty as they glide across the stage."

"The nostalgic Old Birds observe the goings on as though they were still young and beautiful and the future was still theirs. They admire their reflections in mirror-less frames but are only empty shells, shadows of their former selves. They are the old aristocracy, still convinced of their power and beauty. But they are twisted, deformed and ugly. They wear fanciful hats and hide behind their flamboyant costumes in rich tones of mauve, green and gold, covered with lace, jewels and embroidery."

and of course the aerobatics were mind bending

they made it all look so magical and easy

not to mention the costumes were amazing

there are 22 Cirque du Soleil shows going in the world right now
I hope to see another one soon

ps these are not my photos, you knew that
and the quotes are from their website

oh and do go see this show when you get a chance!


as a side note of slight interest, my great grandfather was an aerialist in Germany 
before he came to this county
he was friends with the Flying Wallendas and my mom remembers when they came to town to perform
they would come over to her grandpa's house later to drink and play cards

(I am not sure she said "drink", or "cards" actually....)
I was young when he died and do not remember those stories

and by chance my other grandfather on my fathers side was a gymnast in the Olympics
like 1920 or something
when he came over to visit he always made us do hand stands in the yard and work on our back flips
I learned to do it but I did not learn to love it

watching Cirque made me wish I had paid more attention to my grandfathers!!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Happy Anniversary to US!

16 years!!

we went down to Sanibel Island for a couple days
about 50 miles south of us and just west of where my parents live

we decided not to drive a long way to vacation
when there are so many really nice beaches nearby
plus it is off season and us thrifty locals got more than half off on the room....

we took our kayaks and put in at the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge
as pointed out on the above map

we paddled out to an island and saw about 20 Rosetta spoonbills sitting in a dead tree
they were spectacular
and no this is not my photo, wish

Sanibel is known for it's shells
talk about abundance!

this is where Anne Morrow Lindbergh wrote, Gifts from the Sea

the hotel was about where the "o" is in National Wildlife Refuge on the map above
we had a great view from our room
through the screen of course - this is Florida in the summer

we stayed at an older property, that had lovely access to the beach
and had some real history and charm

and the beach was gorgeous

16 years and counting!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Sunday, August 7, 2011

4 generations

the best part of living in Florida is living near my mom
and having Beth and the kids here makes it perfect

we all went to the children's theatre at the Broadway Palm dinner theatre
to see "Aladdin"

it was a lunch matinee
and there was a buffet of all the kid favorites
mac and cheese, hot dogs, french fries, jello, cool-aid
and a big salad bar for adults

here is Em with Princess Jasmine

with the Sultan.....

they had great costumes
it was cool that they were all in the lobby after for pictures

but it was Mr. A. who stole the show for us!!