Recent books read. Diagnosis: bronchitis.

Recent books read

An avid reader, I have decided to include in this blog a description of books that I read. I’ll try to continue doing that over time. I read using the Kindle app on my tablet for the most part, and Elaine uses Kindle on her tablet as well. Our Kindle library currently has 896 books, but we also read some for free and they do not show up in our library. Continue reading Recent books read. Diagnosis: bronchitis.

Dirty white boy no longer. More decorations down. Panic.

Kerby before
Kerby before his bath and grooming
Kerby after
Kerby after his bath and grooming

A week overdue, Kerby and Gizmo went to Danielle’s home shop today for grooming. We were shocked when we returned home from our trip to see how dirty Kerby had become. He always gets dirty legs, but this time they were even dirtier, as was his belly. With so much white hair it really shows on him, where it doesn’t on Gizmo with his black/grey hair. Continue reading Dirty white boy no longer. More decorations down. Panic.

Twelve Days of Christmas – decorations down. Breakfast in the Park.

Twelve Days of Christmas

Today is the Day of Epiphany, and the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas. I have traditionally left Christmas decorations in place for those twelve days, so today they started coming down. Pete Petersen helped me take down the icicle lights today and I have them all bundled and ready to store. Tonight I turned off the controllers that turn on and off our outside lights, and tomorrow we will continue taking down decorations. Our house always looks so plain once our violet lights and the decorations are gone. But they will be back next year! Continue reading Twelve Days of Christmas – decorations down. Breakfast in the Park.

Boys are happy. First day home.

We arrived home around 12:15 am this morning, via Uber ride from the Phoenix airport. We got out of the car and Elaine headed for the house while the driver and I got the luggage out from the rear. She says she walked in the door and it took a few seconds to get a reaction from the boys, but then Gizmo and Kerby were all over her. They followed her into the kitchen, excited as can be, with Gizmo dancing and Kerby being as excited as his old body would allow. In a minute or two Gizmo headed for the door to see if I was there, too. Continue reading Boys are happy. First day home.

Cold, windy, cold, long.

at ATL
A sunset sky through the D Terminal windows at ATL tonight

The day dawned bright and sunny in Lucaya, Grand Bahama, but with a fairly strong wind blowing as it was yesterday. We started with a temp of around 54° this morning, a far cry from the more salubrious temps in the 70s we had last week. This drop was due to the severe chill that also affected the Atlantic coastal areas and brought snow to parts of Florida. By flight time – 1:30 pm – it had warmed to 58° with the wind even stronger. We got checked out of Lighthouse Pointe in good order; it was easy. The Bresters, Alvin and Angel, had arranged for a taxi to the airport, which we shared with them. Continue reading Cold, windy, cold, long.

Weather or not. Last full day at Lighthouse Pointe.

Elaine, Kenley, deck chairs
Elaine and Kenley enjoying the sun on the pool deck

Our day started with overcast and winds, though it did warm up from yesterday’s cooler weather – 72° instead of 68 or so. There was a light rain this morning so we kept under cover on our way to breakfast. But by mid morning the clouds had blown away and it turned sunny, so off to the pool area we headed where we joined Taylor and Kenley and later Morgan and Ryan. We got a good three hours of sunshine in before another storm rolled in and the wind blew harder and the rain came down. That was a good break, though, and we got to enjoy the last of our full days here at Lighthouse Pointe. Continue reading Weather or not. Last full day at Lighthouse Pointe.

Dinner with Shauna and Casey

Shauna and Casey dinner
Dinner with Shauna and Casey tonight

We got to spend their last night here with Shauna and Casey, and for something special we went to the small off the menu restaurant, Capri, here at the complex. Unlike the buffet Italian restaurant next door, Portobello’s, you have to be more than casually dressed to eat at Capri. So we got on long pants and shoes that were not sandals, and headed there for supper. It was a great meal, and we enjoyed the company!  Continue reading Dinner with Shauna and Casey

A tour of Grand Bahama Island

Grand Bahama Island

Grand Bahama from space
This photo from space shows the central and western portions of Grand Bahama Island. The Lucayan resort area is in the darkish area just to the east of the lower curve of the island. (WikiCommons File:EFS highres STS091 STS091-731-32.JPG)

I kicked myself (figuratively) when I realized toward the end of our tour of Grand Bahama Island today that though I had my smartphone in my hands most of the time I failed to take one photo! We had arranged for a tour with a driver (Brice) and I got so involved in asking questions and listening to his answers and to seeing the things he was describing that it never occurred to me to take photos! What I did use my Galaxy S8+ for was to display a constantly-updating Google Map, so I could see where we were on the Island. Continue reading A tour of Grand Bahama Island

Junkanoo: an extravaganza. Dolphins: nah.

Disney head float
The head float of the Disney group

If you are around the Bahamas on Boxing Day (December 26th), New Year’s Day (Jan 1st), or in the summer you will have the opportunity to experience a cultural extravaganza unlike any other – Junkanoo. Though the name might suggest a parade of old, beat-up cars, don’t let it fool you! It is anything but! Various groups compete for cash prizes for best costumes, best music, and best overall group performance. The groups vary in size from a few dozen to several hundred, but the imagination and skills that go into their presentations are beyond belief. Continue reading Junkanoo: an extravaganza. Dolphins: nah.

TayKen wedding.

The newlyweds, Mr and Mrs Brester

Taylor and Kenley are wed. It was a beautiful ceremony in a beautiful setting and we enjoyed it immensely. The wedding took place a little after 4:30 pm in a special park setting on the grounds of the Grand Lucayan Resort in Freeport, Bahamas. The gazebo where the ceremony took place had been tastefully decorated by family members under, I am sure, Taylor’s directions. She knew what she wanted the occasion to be like and had an excellent plan. The minister provided a wonderful ceremony that added meaning to the event, and Taylor and Kenley added their own comments and vows to the ceremony. Continue reading TayKen wedding.