Lemons Way

Continuing adventures, observations, and images.

On the way to Oz

I've been here for two days now, in this amazing heat and humidity. Not as bad as August and September, but pretty freaking hot and humid nonetheless. Thankfully the upholstery guy rehabbed my bimini with new zippers and suede at the edges, allowing me to...

The Laser

If there is one thing you don't find much use for in these parts, it would have to be the Laser sailboat. And this is the second dinghy I've kept here. Definitely should get rid of it as we only used it once together and that didn't go too well, though we did...

The Leaf and a party saved by family

What can I say, the best car I've owned. And they are replacing the battery under warranty, so I'll get another several years or more to enjoy it. While the price of gas soars past $5 a gallon, the little Nissan Leaf, with its 80kw electric engine and 30kw...

The unbroken chain that links us one to another

Picking up the boy from summer camp at the J, I took a few moments to look at the old donor's recognition tree. It stands across the hall from the new one, now listing our children in honor of the contributions made by their mother, who serves as a community...

A perfect day

Yesterday I enjoyed a perfect day on earth as a human being. I didn't realize it was happening, as is often the case with such things. It felt full and busy and stressed at times, tired, unsure. It was one of those amazing days that only happen inadvertently...

Recent images from along lemons way

The $1.50 costco hotdog and diet Pepsi lunch with mom after shopping together for stuff we mostly didn't need. The flu the kids got early this summer, the early morning walk before it becomes stupidly hot and sunny, and the latest list of projects to maintain...

Life is meant to be lived

Wound up visiting my father's gravesite today, two spots from where my dead body is likely to end up one day. While there I looked at a number of neighboring deceased and recognized many names from my parents friends and aquantences. It reminded me poignantly...

There is raw nature here still

This family of deer walked past my backyard view fence at 530 this morning as usual. To live so close to a city while enjoying frequent and precious glimpses into the natural world around me is yet another blessing. Enjoying coffee outside while I watch the...

If you know you know

When it is hot enough outside, these bloom

It used to be cool and comfy outside in the mornings, but not these days. It's hot in the early mornings and continues relentlessly, requiring air conditioning all day and all night. And there are skeeters sometimes. I hate skeeters. What a gigantic blessing...

What matters most in life

This is it for me, Groupies. As documented in this blog, I had grand dreams of adventure in sailboats with family or solo. And maybe that will come to be in the future, but that dream seems less interesting to me these days. I am not the person I once dreamed...

A quick trip to Phoenix to visit family

Enjoyed wood fired pizza Bianco with family shortly after this photo, so good. Thank you to Nana and Aunt Kimberly for your ongoing generosity towards our children. Their closets and drawers are full. A great shabbat dinner with our family friends from the...

The summer of games and friends

Kind of a lofty goal for me, but for the sake of the kids, that's my aspiration. And we're off to a good start. Few things are more basic and wholesome than a game of Sorry with my 10 year old, who beat me fair and square. After a year of heavy use, we had to...

Over easy egg on toast with garlic chili oil drizzled on top

As Anthony says... trust me, you want this. The cure for what ails me at the moment.

Back at home...

Except... home seems to be where I am anymore rather than specific place. The photo above shows the early morning light off the sailboat yesterday morning. That was home for the last few days and for the 66 trips to OZ so far. It has been a faithful home away...

My la la land

Life IS good if we appreciate. Another pleasant night in OZ, air conditioning going all night long, now at $3 extra per night to use A/C according to Isabella, the marina Captain. Inflation hits here too. It's OK, I don't actually live aboard, just several...

A little motor excursion

I'm pleased to report OZ and I finally made it back on the water this morning before the wind kicked up. I ran her through her paces, meaning I incrementally ran the 25 hp diesel up to red line, keeping it there for quite some time without reaching 200...

Tremendously beautiful morning from the sailboat

Comfy sleep, good coffee, cool weather this morning and a sunny day ahead. With all our relatively petty troubles and challenges, we are still quite blessed. I count my blessings and appreciate the life I have.

A brief stop before heading up to OZ

To drop off some legal documents as I rarely get to meet my clients in person anymore. As I was leaving I noticed these sailboats. She painted them on the plates from images she liked. So exquisite. All sorts of people have a connection with sailboats and what...

Toasts, desert flowers, and a few pieces of advice

Enjoying good hot coffee in the backyard at B1 while the kids enjoy their first day of summer break. What a pleasure to pick them up from school, compliment them on their accomplishments, hit a few balls at the Ventana driving range together in the distinct...

What if...

Came across this monument on one of my recent travels. What if it were my purpose to experience this life in all it's glory and sorrow, as much as I can, while I can. What if it was never so much about my job or my friends or my personal accomishments, which...

My local hangout

Blessed to live 5 minutes away from Sabino Canyon, with access to this literally anytime. It is the simple things, the things that are always and have always been within reach, but mostly forgotten or ignored. We forget them and take them for granted. This...

Deep blue light before the darkness

Enjoyed time in and around my mom yesterday afternoon. This was the afterglow just before I left for home after dinner. Hit a bunch of golf balls at the driving range in 95 degree sun, then did some summer travel planning with my mom while we tried...

A moment in our timeline

These random photographs mean nothing to the world but define some of my moments in the last week. The children's school art fair, my morning meal from their breakfast leftovers, an inspiring thought. As I sit in the front garden at B1 enjoying the sounds of...

In it

In my sailing life it means away from the shore in the sailboat, in the sea. Also used now when I'm back with the kids. Except I am in it a lot more in the latter respect and that is my pleasure at this point in my life. In the meantime, OZ sits quietly and...

Home

It is morning as I write this. I am at peace watching the nearly full moon go down below the ridge from the backyard at B1. I've got my pour over coffee, the birds chirping, a cool morning with an ever so slight breeze, wearing my cozy sleep pants and sitting...

Dancing in Miami

Perhaps I do like social events after all, under the right circumstances. It's like people are starving for human connection and I am actually a human connector. We all are. Who would have thought. Be that as it may, this did turn out to be more fun overall...

What is it..

At a family wedding. I definitely do not love huge social events. Lots going on, but with respect to sailing, I can offer these few new thoughts. On the way over we flew over the gulf of mexico from Texas to Florida, then across Florida from west to east,...

The veggie burger wins

Let this be the last trial I conduct. Little did I know In & Out was rocking this incredible grilled cheese. Gonna have to try that, along with a regular one. What a crazy time this is. Kinda makes crossing the Sea of Cortez in rough conditions at night seem...

A look towards the entrance to Sonora Bay

I noticed there were no posts of the sea or sailboat from my last, short trip, only food. Thought I'd offer one up. We can all see I haven't been going out onto the water on Oz for a long time, just using her as a condo in paradise. There's a lot of ways to...

Let's step up the romanticism

Barbacoa Tacos from Johney's

I drove out of my way in Hermosillo to find the tacos I found last time. These were great, but not exactly the same. I ate them in little bites as I drove north out of town and each piece tasted better then the last. That was breakfast. Lunch was a big bag of...

51 and a half year old me at the beach near Marina Real

I have wrinkles on my face. Quite a few. A reflection of my life so far.

Morning from the land of amazing healthy cheap food

This is a caramello. Mexico's answer to the cheseburger. It come between two flour tortillas, with cheese, chopped carne asada, beans, guac, and an assortment of salsas. So good and hearty. Could only eat one and it lasted me. Dinner food for breakfast is...

Blue light morning

I'm sitting outside loving this early morning light, along with the sound of birds chirping and desert sounds, as I sip cafe bustelo. The moments after awkening are less and less difficult and I feel healthier and more myself each new day. The things I've been...

Three new chairs

The kids encouraged me to buy three of these super duper cheap $30 plastic chairs at Target, along with the $20 table. They are perfect for the space and our needs. We enjoyed a sunset together, then they joined me for my coffee the next morning, all three of...

Words for me to live by

If I am distressed by anything external the pain is not due to the thing itself but to my estimate of it and this I have the power to revoke at any minute.

Matza

Why post this? It has nothing to do with sailing, and even if I had some connection... Because it is a picture of my life. And this is a blog about my life. Mostly my sailing life, when there is something sailing related. My life clearly isn't entirely...

That special morning light

As I enjoy my coffee in my 'enjoy the journey' mug I got with the kids at Target, I am at peace. A full night's sleep in a big clean house up this hillside hundreds of miles inland from the sailboat OZ. Morning light washes over me around the foot of the hills...

Memories of four days in San Carlos through food

If we consider tortillas a form of unleavened bread... of all the mexican deliciousness by far the highlight of this trip was Johnny's Tacos in Hermosillo. The chili con carne tacos were extraordinary. I ate them at a table shared with a local college...

This magical place

The full moon came up and the calm water welcomed her from this incredible moment in this place in which I find myself now. How? Why? I can't fully explain. But I assure you this much. OZ will keep me safe and comfortable until morning.

Passover in OZ

Dear blog groupies, I'm back on the sailboat in Sonora, Mexico. Now I understand why so many people come here for this Easter holiday. The air temp is just perfect. It is not too hot and not too cool. Perfect weather. I'm enjoying the fading light on deck...

Finding connection in the human condition

This is Meowey, the jellicat monkey. It's an L thing. I have to give a lot of credit to humans. While it's a great experience, living a human life, doing so inevitably involves a lot of ups and downs. Sometimes the ups are really up and that is awesome....

Another night at Lazy Days

Went on a one night trip to our local Tucson Lazy Days with both kids. This is the camping place I said I would never go to because it is so commercial and hokey. Like my views on dock vs anchor, total 360 degree turnaround since then. Our little Aliner pop up...

It is that time again

All of the sudden, it seems, the bright yellow flower bushes are blooming again. People who think of Tucson as a desert don't understand or appreciate this time of year. The dwarf citrus trees in the backyard and other landscaping around the house are blooming...

La Comida

One of my favorite ways to love travel is through food and, needless to say, Mexico doesn't dissapoint. The concentrated coffee with leche, the morning sweetbreads, greasy red chozo, amazing tacos with parts of the animal I don't usually eat, but now I do. The...

Ciudad Mexico

Somehow I managed to find the will, at the bottom of the barrel of mourning and depression after my father’s passing, to take my first legitimate travel adventure in Mexico. My first serious travel adventure for as long as I can remember. I wasn’t sure I...

Planting for the future

This is a photo of the cover Sarah and I made for L's siddur. A siddur is a Jewish prayer book. I received mine from the same school he attends when I was in second grade. I still use that prayer book to guide me in the Friday night sabbath blessings. May L...

The real XX man

My dad was the real thing in many respects, truly a man's man, at least in the old fashoned kind of way. The most significant aspect of his life was his relationship with my mom. They were indeed best friends. I literally don't have time left in my life to...