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Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
My Datebook, September 22
September 22, 2008, 1:51 pm

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Outside my Window...
the construction workers are drilling (underwater, Marianna tells me) for the new Med. Moorings along the seawall.
Science today: How sound travels through saltwater.

I am thinking...
about the new school year. Today is our first day!

I am thankful for...
the time I was able to spend with my mother last week.

From the kitchen...
scallop stew for lunch.

I am creating...
our new rhythm. How should the school year flow?

I am going...
to sort through my clothes this week. St. Vincent de Paul's Feast is Saturday, what a great way to celebrate by donating to the local Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Thrift Store? (or a local thrift store if there happens to not be a SVdP one nearby)

I am wearing...
new autumny brown and red plaid shorts for the day.

I am reading...
the Penderwicks of Gardam Street with Marianna.

I am hoping...
to begin a new crafty project with Marianna this week.

I am hearing...
planes, A/C, drilling, Sirius Pops

Around the home...
I lit my favorite candle for the first time today - Ember. So spicy!

One of my favorite things...
the Fall butterfly migration.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...
Italian for Padre Pio on Tuesday, Ember Days on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, traditional Brazilian Caruru for Saints Cosmas and Damian on Friday (and it's shrimp so fits in with the Ember Day), and finally I think a nice French peasant soup and crusty bread might be nice for Saint Vincent de Paul (and Ember Day) on Saturday.

Here is a picture thought or I am sharing with you:


What a pretty (unknown) bug!
Blue and orange still scream Broncos to me.


Meme
My Datebook, September 1
September 1, 2008, 11:13 pm

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Outside my Window...
is a swarm, a cloud, a scourge of mosquitoes!

I am thinking...
Last week I was thinking about Hurricane Gustav and a September pattern that I was afraid might be developing. Well, I'm afraid it has. This stinks.

I am thankful for...
Wunderground and Jeff Masters' Blog.

From the kitchen...
Hal has been marinating a tri-tip in chipotles and limes for dinner. I have bacon-topped, cheese-stuffed jalapenoes ready for the grill.

I am creating...
Still working on creating order aboard. Gustav rocked us a bit and threw around a few things - silverware, the vaccuum leapt out of its locker - and I'd like to be a little more lashed down, a little more polished up by Friday when Hanna is due in town (according to the Key West Forecast).

I am going...
to embrace Autumn this week! Look for a change in tunes in the sidebar here at the S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen. The summertime songs will be replaced by something a bit more autumnal, but New England autumnal, not Key West autumnal as that'd be nothing but hurricane songs!

I am wearing...
a pink tank and white and pink shorts this morning. I'm ready to clean!

I am reading...
the latest Victoria!

I am hoping...
to do a bit of fun shopping this week. I saw a really cute purse the other day. I wonder if it is still there? :)

I am hearing...
Hayden's London Symphony

Around the home...
Never mind that right now.

One of my favorite things...
this sounds odd, but I love stepping off the boat and smelling fish. A strong odor of fish usually means that the dolphins are around. It is always so exciting to see our local pod! There is a little one this summer that is so enthusiastic, always jumping and tail slapping, it's so very cute!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...
I'm thinking either a cherry tart or cherries and cheese on Wednesday for Saint Gregory of Gregorian Chant fame and Indian Curry and Mangoes with Chai for Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta on Friday.

Here is a picture thought or I am sharing with you:


Have a lovely day!


Meme
My Datebook, August 26
August 26, 2008, 8:10 am

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Outside my Window...
Honestly, I haven't even looked outside this morning!

I am thinking...
about Hurricane Gustav, yuck! I think we've developed a weather pattern for September that I don't even want to think about.

I am thankful for...
My dear husband, a man of great patience who entered JoAnn's this past weekend with me and had much to say on the project we were there for.

From the kitchen...
I'm thinking a salad tonight with cold shrimp and crusty bread.

I am creating...
order. I was in Kansas City, I evacuated, I house-sat for a week, I only returned to the boat late last night and I work the dayshift today. I really need to spend some time with the Mari Hal-O-Jen but really, why should I??? We're just going to get everything ready for another blow again!

I am going...
to embrace exercise again. Too much travel lately, I feel stiff!

I am wearing...
a khaki skort and a green tank with sparkly beads in one slim line about the neck.

I am reading...
Cooking Light

I am hoping...
that I find the time to figure out my new flash for the camera. It's a tall black thing that sits on top of the camera and has lots of buttons. That's all I know.

I am hearing...
The A/C providing lots of white noise that is a perfect B flat. I discovered this frustrating fact while trying to tune my guitar!

Around the home...
Never mind that right now.

One of my favorite things...
A garden fresh tomato. We rarely get them here in the Keys but some friends received a box of tomatoes in the mail from his brother and actually gave me a lovely large Ugli tomato. Wow! An Indiana farm grown tomato! It is so nice and heavy and smells so good...

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...
St. Monica - one of my favorites. :)
St. Augustine - her wayward son.

Here is a picture thought or two I am sharing with you:


Have a lovely day!


Meme
My Datebook, July 30
July 30, 2008, 4:24 pm

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Outside my Window...
Girls are swimming. I was just up there reminiscing on how I used to sit on the very edge of the boat in my deck chair waiting for something tragical to happen to my little swimmer, something involving large jaws. :) Now I pitch carrots at any swimmers for their snacks.
Carrots float.

I am thinking...
about restringing my guitar for the first time and my sister has me terrified to do it - thanks, Vanessa!

I am thankful for...
Marianna, she was a trooper today and completed so many tasks while I was at work. You are Awesome, Girl!

From the kitchen...
One of her tasks actually, country-style pork ribs in BBQ sauce that we'll finish on the grill. They smell divine right now!

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I am creating...
this entry! Truly, I began this on Sunday anticipating getting it up before work on Monday, tried to finish it after work on Monday night, shelved it when dh came home, he had the computer on Tuesday and now I guess this Daybook should really be called a Weekbook! LOL!

I am going...
to town tomorrow for a huge shop, I've been creating that list and planning menus and even debating on the merits of a small cooler for the trunk vs. those silvery bags that are supposed to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Any opinions?

I am wearing...
a jean skirt and my only Anthropologie shirt which I alternatively love or hate depending on how well I tie it. It is a teal and green on white tropical print all tie shirt. It ties at the shoulders and at each side and is made so well, nicely lined with sequins in the center of each flower. But untill I get it tied just right it is gap-y and tug-y and annoying as all get out. Once it is tied right it is so perfect I am constantly tempted to make 6 additional ones for each day of the week.

I am reading...
just finished The Rivan Codex.

I am hoping...
to browse through that Anthropologie site. I caught a glimpse of it when I linked above - the Enlightenment of Lace - yes please!
Sign me up.

I am hearing...
Vivaldi - Summer, and the A/C providing lots of white noise to hide the lobster mobsters gunning their engines on this first day of lobster mini-season. Idiots.

Around the home...
Baby's Breath and Roses. I love my husband.

One of my favorite things...
A night out with my dh. We split dinner at a new place and then caught a movie all by ourselves. For once I didn't research the movie to death, we just spontaneously chose to go. For our spontaneity we were treated to a movie that had obviously been filmed during the writer's strike.
Plot lines? Who needs 'em!
Closing huge storylines that have left people pondering for years? Let 'em wonder for years more!
Little green men? MIA!
Great special effects? Substitute inane conversation!
(see above writer's strike...)

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...
Today - the feast of a Doctor of the Church, St. Peter Chrysologus, known for his sermons (now called "the golden word" for the wisdom contained within) one of his symbols is a beehive. I plan on drizzling honey over berries tonight.

Tomorrow - St. Ignatius of Loyola. I did not know a cannonball struck him in the leg putting him on bedrest where he read good books and turned to God rather than a brilliant military career. I happen to have some bon-bons tucked away that we just might have to eat tomorrow as they totally remind me of cannonballs being black and round and the whole idea makes me smile. Gotta do the things that make ya smile!

And finally, Lammas! Keep it easy and eat some bread - yum!

Here is a picture thought or two I am sharing with you:


Have a lovely day!


Meme
My Datebook, July 15
July 15, 2008, 11:59 am

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Outside my Window...
Wind and waves, the boat is jerking today!

I am thinking...
About really changing up our ed plans for 8th grade. I'm trying to listen closely to Marianna this time around and she seems to be telling me to challenge her!

I am thankful for...
My 3:15 appt to pick up my new glasses!
ETA: Aaargh! Just cancelled!!!

From the kitchen...
Grilled Chicken Breasts marinaded in Raspberry Chipotle Sauce over lettuce tonight.

I am creating...
A little fun with Kathryn!
They don't come more succinct than this. All answers to be a single word. No more.

1. Where is your cell phone? Planner
2. Your significant other? Awesome
3. Your hair? Honey
4. Your mother? Literary
5. Your father? Mathematical
6. Your favorite thing? Candles
7. Your dream last night? Sewing
8. Your favorite drink? Lemonade
9. Your dream/goal? Guitar
10. The room you're in? Saloon
11. Your church? Catholic
12. Your fear? Hadephobia
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Published
14. Where were you last night? Domicile
15. What you're not? Magician
16. Muffins? Cranberry
17. One of your wish list items? Rug
18. Where you grew up? Colorado
19. The last thing you did? Grammar
20. What are you wearing? Cut-offs
21. Your TV? Non-existent
22. Your pets? Non-existent
23. Your computer? Lovely
24. Your life? Incredible
25. Your mood? Varigated
26. Missing someone? Perchance
27. Your car? Pontiac
28. Something you're not wearing? Hat
29. Favorite store? Anthropologie
30. Your summer? Torrid
31. Like(love) someone? Yes
32. Your favorite color? Cerulean
33. Last time you laughed? Today
34. Last time you cried? Winter
35. Who will repost this? ????


I am going...
to wash dishes. Again. Oh joy.

I am wearing...
Faded cut-offs and a white tee with turquoise flowers on the hip, my new tiny miraculous medal on a beaded necklace and jangly bracelets.

I am reading...
A Victoria. Again. :)

I am hoping...
To figure out this new speedflash thing that Hal bought me.

I am hearing...
Chopin's Polonaise for Piano #6

Around the home...
Beads, bracelets, pendants, anklets, locket, chains, chains, chains! I just untangled a monster mess of a jewlery box.

One of my favorite things...
Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries...any berry!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...
A trip up the Keys late in the week, perhaps even meeting up with a friend somewhere or a visit to Bahia Honda perhaps!

Here is a picture thought or two I am sharing with you:


First go at Bowlingo


Meme
My Datebook, July 7
July 7, 2008, 3:51 pm

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Outside my Window...
Towering clouds, rumbling thunder, no rain yet though!

I am thinking...
about Hurricane Bertha, she is intensifying so much quicker than they were predicting.

I am thankful for...
Wunderground

From the kitchen...
the St Paul's Sandwich again - egg foo young patty with bean sprouts and minced white onions; white bread, plenty of mayonnaise if Marianna has anything to say about it; and various toppings, hopefully lettuce, tomato, and pickle. So addictively good.

I am creating...
A summer Nature Study course using the Outdoor Hour Challenges from Barb at Handbook of Nature Study.

I am going...
to get my contacts on Wednesday! So happy!!!

I am wearing...
Gosh, I'm wearing the same outfit I had listed from the last Datebook I'd posted! A buttery yellow ribbed tank and khaki shorts.

I am reading...
Between books currently, haven't quite decided what I'm desiring next. Suggestions?

I am hoping...
to get together with some friends this evening for cocktails under the tiki hut.

I am hearing...
the wind picking up, the halyards are beginning their rhythmic whacking on the masts nearby.

Around the home...
Nature Journals and watercolor pencils, I've been taking stock of what we have and what may need replenished soon!

One of my favorite things...
Taking photos!
Speaking of photos, have you heard of Renee's Scenes from a Summer's Day Photo Challenge? Isn't that the prettiest, summeriest button ever? I've got to get it loaded into my sidebar today. Renee, I'm totally in for the challenge, should be a hoot!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...
It is the beginning of the month, time for the cleaning to kick into high gear again!

Here is a picture thought or two I am sharing with you:


The pastry chef and her blueberry galette.



The pièce de résistance.


Meme
My Datebook, June 23
June 23, 2008, 4:26 pm

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Outside my Window...
Brilliant sun,
a very little wind and intense sun,
sparkly water and ummm...have I mentioned the SUN?

I am thinking...
That summer has arrived with a vengence.

I am thankful for...
A car with Air Conditioning this year.

From the kitchen...
Brats on the charcoal grill tonight with some really great grainy rolls.
Something cold and icy, probably Gin & Tonics with key limes.

I am creating...
I found my IRL Journal! I set it aside over Thanksgiving and never got back into it after the holidays. It was like meeting up with an old friend again unexpectedly. I've got so much to say!

I am going...
To melt.

I am wearing...
A buttery yellow ribbed tank and khaki shorts. Hair is in a high bun and no jewelry today, too hot. Oh, new polish on the toes though, icy silver sparkles. My effort at "coolness" today.

I am reading...
Intimate Home ~ Creating a Private World by Victoria. This book actually makes me want to go work on the place in Richland, can you believe it? I'm sure it has nothing to do with the heat today and my memories of the deep and cool porch with two perfect porch swings.

I am hoping...
To make it through this last week of the horrifying glasses episode and that there will never be another month like this ever in my life, ever, ever again. Ever!

I am hearing...
Reggae on the Sirius, I'm alternately embracing the tropics by listening to Margaritaville and seeking escape by listening to BBC Radio 1 from London, it's gotta be cooler there.

Around the home...
Clean dishes drying, fans whirring, cookies tempting.

One of my favorite things...
Fighting the risk of malaria with Gin & Tonics.
I feel so proactive, let me tell you!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...
My last dental cleaning appointment on Wednesday - hurray! You won't see me again for YEARS if I have anything to say about it.
(I can dream, can't I?)

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you:


Neighborhood teens coming to see if Marianna can come out to play.



Meme
My Daybook, June 16
June 16, 2008, 9:16 am

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Outside my Window...
Bright sun, puffy clouds, bulldozers and jackhammers. Yes, they are still working on the seawall and docks by the beach.

I am thinking...
About meeting a friend in town today at Ft Zach. This is one of those playdays that just kept getting bumped back and back but not today! We'll have a ton of fun, I know!

I am thankful for...
Fathers.

From the kitchen...
Coffee, need you ask at this hour?

I am creating...
A pretty lime-green cover for Marianna's dinghy this week - oops! Still hoping to make that cover!

I am going...
To switch back to French with Marianna. Spanish was a failure from the get-go and she is enthusiastic about French. Time to stop fighting it.
Tu peux m'aider?

I am wearing...
A turquoise peasant skirt with sparkles, a black tank and a beaded necklace with matching bangles from my dear sister (thanks Michelle! Still love it after all this time!). A straw bucket hat and silly sunglasses will complete this outfit. Oh, and shoes. I guess I'll need some shoes to go into town. Perhaps dark blue sparkly sandles with a woven straw bottom.

I am reading...
Marianna and I are reading aloud Surviving the Applewhites. Hilarious homeschooling book!

I am hoping...
for a crafty, crafty week. Perhaps even teaching Marianna to knit. Wouldn't that be fun?

I am hearing...
Jackhammers. Yuck. Oh great! Did you know that if an F-18 flies over a construction zone it actually will drown out the noise?

Around the home...
Bin of 7th grade work that I need to organize into a binder some time before 8th grade. :)

One of my favorite things...
The smell of the caper berry bushes in bloom.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...
Easy week, it feels like this might actually be the first week of summer for us. I wonder why it feels different this week from last? Maybe its me. Maybe I've finally settled into summer mode.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you:


Certain books call for crunchy apples.
Little Women is another.



Meme
My Daybook, June 9
June 9, 2008, 9:35 am

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Outside my Window...
Low and ominous clouds, I can see sheets of rain falling into the ocean to the north (between us and the Everglades) and to the south (between us and Cuba).

I am thinking...
About my plans to cook liturgically this summer. It has been fun to plan out menus for the next few weeks taking into account what is going on calendar-wise.

I am thankful for...
A phone call I just received.

From the kitchen...
I found a recipe for bannocks on the stovetop. I'd love to try and make them for St. Columba's Feast Day today. I do have to work at 4pm though, so we'll see...

I am creating...
A pretty lime-green cover for Marianna's dinghy this week.

I am going...
To meet my husband in town today for lunch at Paradise Cafe, reknown for their incredible monster-sized subs.

I am wearing...
White peasant skirt with sparkles, lavender tank and a moonstone necklace.

I am reading...
In the midst of Pride and Prejudice.

I am hoping...
That the rain I see will cool the air this afternoon.

I am hearing...
A tern hover fishing behind the boat.

Around the home...
Suntea brewing on the deck, cockpit freshly cleaned by Marianna and our stained-glass sarongs that double as sun curtains on the bimini billowing in the breeze.

One of my favorite things...
I watching the storms roll in during the summer.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...
An intense dental day is planned for Marianna later this week. We had to schedule this one 3 months out to coordinate between the orthodontist who will pull her wires and the dentist across town who will do the cleaning and then back to the orthodontist for new wires. Did I mention that the orthodontist only works on Thursdays? Must be nice.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you:


An earlier storm.



Meme
My Daybook, June 2
June 2, 2008, 6:17 am

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Outside my Window...
Orchids, palm trees, redwinged blackbirds, green parrots, and the requisite mourning doves. We're watching our friend's place today and we're on the second story lanai. Love being at the same height as the treetops, there's so much going on up here!

I am thinking...
About my sister's wedding!!! I am so excited!!! Can't wait for more details, Michelle, *hint, hint* (as Marianna types! LOL!)

I am thankful for...
Good friends. We've had a wonderful weekend catching up!

From the kitchen...
Cookies and muffins and baked lasagna, oh my! Marianna is utilyzing this oven quite well.

I am creating...
Music! I actually have some guitar lessons for me lined up for the summer!!!

I am going...
to Miami later today for an eye appointment. I haven't been able to wear my contacts for weeks now, my eye itself is swollen and cherry red, and that would explain why the photos on this blog have slowed to a trickle. It is much harder to take a great photo when you cannot see clearly!

I am wearing...
Faded denim skirt and a grey and silver slouchy shirt that I love. The silver bits are swallows swooping around dark grey roses and there is one more rose unexpectedly appearing on my left shoulder blade. Clear crystal earrings, a silver bracelet and royal blue sparkly sandals for that jolt of color.

I am reading...
I was going to start Sense and Sensibility for my intro to summer, but after chatting with Michelle I think I may go with Pride and Prejudice, then Bridget Jones' Diary, followed by Persuasion and BJD II. I've never actually read and compared them that close to each other, it should be the perfect beach literature course!

I am hoping...
That the eye dr. has a magical drop that will allow me to wear my contacts home. Barring that scenario, I'd go with good traffic through Miami today.

I am hearing...
A mockingbird running through one of the most extensive song repertoires I've ever heard.

Around the house...
This house? Newly painted creamy walls with chocolate moldings soar to the high, high ceilings. New chocolate throw rugs and cooresponding malachite green pillows with darkly framed photos taken by the owner make this a very warm and welcoming place.

One of my favorite things...
Getting to play with her extensive orchid collection here... and are they ever blooming this time!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...
I'm taking my sewing machine back home to the boat. Lots of little things need mending or pitching but after that perhaps I'll find a fun project or two!

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you:




Meme

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