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Lemons Way
The continuing adventures of a cruising sailor/family lawyer, his wife (also a lawyer), and their young children.
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.

Home Made Waffles
05/16/2009, Home

Did you forget about my food pictures? With time on my hands, I've been able to cook for myself frequently. I've gotten into healthy eating - lots of fruits and veggies, whole grains, nuts and seeds... that sort of thing. This morning I made honey whole wheat waffles from scratch. They came out great, but not as sweet as the ones that come frozen from the store. I've been cutting out a lot of sugar lately. When I had a big bowl of honey nut shredded wheat cereal yesterday I didn't understand why I had a headache afterward until I read the ingredients; sugar is the second ingredient - and the milk is full of sugar too. I know these home-made waffles are healthy and I can pop them from the freezer to the toaster in the mornings when I want them. Pity the picture can't convey the aroma. I made bagels a few weeks ago and they came out great too. I'll do up another batch in the next week or so and show it off on the blog. In the meantime, the recipe for the waffles depicted above is located at http://www.mrbreakfast.com/superdisplay.asp?recipeid=619.

Thimble Peak View
05/16/2009, Morning Walk with Jake and Anne in My Neighborhood

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Jake and Anne Are Still Happy
05/16/2009, Morning Walk Around the Neighborhood

Don't you just love Golden Retrievers. Note [Grandpa] Jake's snow white head.

The View From the Saddle
05/16/2009, Arizona Trail Mt. Lemmon near Molino Basin

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The Famous Traveling Retrievers
Not too hot yet
05/16/2009, The Back of the Truck at Molino Basin

Its Saturday morning and that means Mt. Lemmon hike with Jake and Anne. I took them on a shorter hike than last week since Jake nearly passed-out going up Bog Springs trail. This time we took our usual hike from Molino Basin up to the saddle and back.

 

 
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