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The continuing adventures of a cruising sailor/family lawyer, his wife (also a lawyer), and their young children.
New Hobby
Spring in Tucson
04/05/2010, Kitchen, Boulder Canyon

I went to a Farmers Market a week or two ago and bought some canned beets and pickles. They were really good, but kind of expensive. So I got it in my head this past weekend to make pickles myself. I went to several stores looking for the ingredients and supplies and in the end it probably would have been cheaper to just buy them already made, but now I have 8 jars of home made spicy gardenia mix in the fridge. The spice comes, in part, from a habanero pepper cut into two and put at the bottom of each jar. There's also a few cloves of garlic in each one, some red pepper flakes, mustard seed, dill seed, dried minced onion, and a mixture of cider vinegar, white vinegar, sugar in the raw, and salt that I boiled and poured in the jars as the brine. I'll test them in a week or two and see how they're coming along.

Things are going pretty well with Jake and I. He's outside licking his paws and enjoying the cool pleasant morning, which is one of his favorite things to do. I'm inside having coffee that I roasted myself and ground and press-pot brewed earlier this morning.

Believe it or not, its been almost two years since I departed for the sailing trip. This time two years ago I was closing up the law practice and longing every day for the month of April to pass quickly so I could be gone. Now I'm longing for April to pass so it will be May, the month of my wedding to Sarah.

This is the perfect time of year to be in Tucson. It's warm outside, but not hot, cool in the mornings and evenings, but not cold. The flowers are in bloom and you wouldn't know its a desert for 6 months of the year.

New Hobby
Spring in the Desert
04/05/2010, Kitchen, Boulder Canyon

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The End of the Beginning
Keith, early, early spring
03/02/2010, Backyard of Boulder Canyon

Thank you for those who sent such kind and thoughtful condolences after Anne's loss. Sarah and I took her ashes up to her favorite hiking hill this past weekend, the same place we were engaged, and sprinkled them around a large saguaro growing at the top of the hill. Good 'ole Jake came along and made it up and down the hill without much trouble. He's done fine without Anne. I think he enjoys the extra attention. He doesn't seem to realize he is an old dog. I have been taking him with me most everywhere so he doesn't have to be alone.

You know, I was pretty sure when I closed my law practice and went sailing that I was done with the law, done with Tucson, done with everything I had build internally and externally. Turns out it wasn't the end after all. Rather, it was the end of the beginning.

Since I've been back I've done some of my best law work, I've settled dozens of other people's cases, I've taught law better then ever before, and I've found a human to share my life with. Giving up the good to go for the great has played out a whole lot differently than I ever imagined, but in a good way.

If There Is A Doggie Heaven
Keith
02/02/2010, The house at boulder canyon place

I'm so sad to report that Anne has been put to eternal rest. She developed an enlarged heart in the last 6 months and eventually the medication was not enough to control the disease. In the last few days it became hard for her make it from the truck to the wash without stopping a few times to rest. Her breathing was getting more and more labored. I had to put her down to prevent her from suffering. I am so sad that my dear Anne is gone. The house is empty without her presence. I've still got Jake and he is resting comfortably on the couch, largely oblivious for now. I miss her so much. She was such a sweet and loving animal. I went through the blog and looked at the pictures of her. So alive and happy and full of life. That's the way I want to remember her. If there is a doggie heaven... Now its just Jake and I, like before Anne arrived into our lives. I'll try and keep him with me as much as possible so he doesn't have to be alone too much.

I hope this entry finds all you blog groupies well. There's a new adventure starting this summer. Its called marriage. Perhaps more of that later. For now, my thoughts are with my precious Anne. I miss her and her loss brings me to tears. But she lived a great life, a life of adventure and companionship and love for nearly everyone she met. What a sweet and wonderful dog.

Evidently Not, but...
Keith, Fall, nice.
11/13/2009, Kitchen at Boulder Canyon in Tucson

Considering I haven't blogged since early June and it is approaching six months since my last entry, it would seem that not much has happened. Maybe my dear blog-groupies have gone on to other pursuits, and rightfully so. But a lot has happened in my little world. I got engaged, started litigating again, and I'm in the process of trying to reserve a Morgan 41 Out-Island for a week out of La Paz. A few other things are happening too. I'll try and put some pictures or something up. In the meantime, this is all what came with this new computer.

End Of An Era
06/17/2009, Kitchen at Boulder Canyon

The Rebounder was sold yesterday. I just wasn't using enough to justify keeping it. Like big sailboats, motor homes require maintenance and upkeep and degrade over time. Instead of letting it continue to bleed me of money and devalue as it got older, I fixed it up, cleaned it up, put it on craigslist, and it was sold within several days of advertising it. It was bitter sweet. So many adventures, so many good times in that magic carpet. It is, admittedly, somewhat of a relief to transfer the responsibility of the complex machine to someone else. The money I got for it and the money I will save from not owning it will also come in handy, hopefully to transfer to an appreciating asset. As for adventuring, well I'm taking a 20 day tour through Spain and Morocco with my girlfriend later this summer. We'll be staying in nice hotels instead of boats or trailers. I've also been thinking of getting back to basics and doing some tent camping out of the back of my huge truck. There are lots of places the truck can go that the motorhome can't. Time will tell. It's amazing how I accumulated so much material baggage during the height of my litigation practice. These days I get the same feeling of satisfaction when I get rid of a toy that I did years ago when I obtained one. Can one live a great life - one worth blogging about - without boats and motor homes and 5 motorcycles, we shall see.

Three New Trees
Hot
05/28/2009, Backyard, Boulder Canyon

I finally completed the dwarf citrus tree project in my back yard that I started two years ago. This picture shows the last three I planted this week along the view fence (one of the initial plantings is on the far right). I was starkly reminded why they call this street Boulder Canyon. I must have dug up 100 rocks for each hole. The holes were so hard to dig I had to break it up into three separate sessions over four days. They do look good now, I must say. 10 producing varieties of dwarf and semi-dwarf citrus, including lemons, limes, oranges, blood oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, and kumquats. I chose dwarfs so they wouldn't block the view too much. As part of the project I inspected the drip irrigation lines going to each of the plants. Sure enough, the few plants that weren't thriving were deprived of water and some had grown too big for their previous set-up. Its amazing the 7 I planted in 2007 survived during the 8 hot months I was sailing as they had no attention whatsoever except for whatever bit of water they were getting from the automatic drip system and the scant rainfall we get in the high desert. Now they've each got plenty of water coming on a regular basis and they are beginning to look great. Symbolically, I guess you could say I'm starting to set down more roots. By the way, that's Anne with her almost completed summer shave-down.

Stick Bug
hot again
05/24/2009, Screen Door, Boulder Canyon

I've been seeing some really interesting wildlife in Tucson these days. This guy has been on my screen all morning. Just got back from a 25 mile bike ride on the Rillito River trail. The first hour is always fine, its the second hour that gets tough, especially with the wind against me and the heat kicking up. But I'd rather have hot weather than the rain we had the last several days. Not much is happening these days. Doing work around the house, cleaning the Rebounder, which is sitting in my driveway. I took out the honda 2hp outboard engine that was sitting in the motorhome for the last year and I couldn't get it to start - even after adding oil. Not that I need the engine - but if I'm going to sell it for anything decent I've got to get it working. Got started shaving Anne yesterday (its a two day job). Jake is next. With their advancing age and the heat, summer shaving is pretty much a matter of being humane. I'm pretty exhausted from this morning's work-out so I'm making myself a little lunch then perhaps a rest before jumping into the afternoon's activities.

Keith's Homemade Everything Bagels
rainy
05/22/2009, My Kitchen at Boulder Canyon

I made a double batch today (my 3rd batch thus far), which amounted to a baker's dozen. It would be a lot easier to just pick up a dozen at the bagel shop, but then they wouldn't be homemade now would they. There will come a time, perhaps, when I look back fondly on these days and think about how I had the time to make homemade bakery items before things got hectic again. OK, time to head off to walk the dogs in the rain... again. Then back home to feed the dogs and pop one of those crusty, chewy gems into the toaster for breakfast. Could be worse... I could be living on a boat during this weather and slogging to and from shore with the dogs in the rain.

Rain In the Dry Season
05/22/2009, View South from my Kitchen Window

We've been having the most peculiar weather in Tucson the past several days. Reminds me a lot of how things were frequently on the east coast of the US last year... Normally I'd be up and at 'em first thing in the morning but its been raining hard enough to discourage going out to walk the dogs in the early mornings. This is usually a time of year when it gets hotter and hotter and doesn't rain a drop until the monsoons start in early July. Well, as they say, no use complaining about the weather. I've been busying myself at home making bagels (see above post), helping my parents with their properties, paying bills at the office, and taking things pretty easy otherwise. I'm finally picking up the Rebounder from the shop this morning. New awning, new tires, 100 hour oil change on the generator. It should be in good mechanical condition as I've done pretty much everything I know to do on it. Now the question is, will I start to head off on adventures or will I drop it off at the consignment shop... stay tuned.

 

 
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