A very long time ago, my sister sent the loudest, scariest chicken toy to Mia along in a box full of wonderful stuff for us. After at least a year of terrified attacks, Mia suddenly bonded with the chicken. Now, anytime of the day you will spot them hanging out together. But never at night. The chicken goes in its own cage at night. When shaken it crows like the sun is heaving over the horizon right then & there. Not a problem after dawn, but a huge problem at, say 3am! Does your pet have a preferred toy?
Just a sweet little bit of sewing today, a flannel blankie for a tiny sweetheart who cannot be without her blankets. Pondering embroidery vs applique tonight…
Excellent day. Lunch bayside with my favorite girl of all time. Coconut Curry inspired the cake tonight – Coconut Creme Cake. The house smells delicious! Can one ever have too much coconut? I think not!
Weekends are full. This past weekend was even fuller than usual.
I took a dozen of my cadets up to Marathon (60miles up the island chain) to work an EAA Young Eagles event. They did flight line marshaling, I coordinated their free flights in either a sharp blue helicopter or some amazing planes that were available.
Two pilots each carried 3 cadets from Key West to Marathon bright and early in the morning and then 6 different cadets home that afternoon.
The Coast Guard sent a baby C-130. I cannot for the life of me remember what it’s called but I arranged for the cadets to get a personalized tour of it. The most impressive feature according to one? They have a coffee maker on the plane!
So yes, the cadets had fun I would say! Free hot dogs and hamburgers, loads of liquids and it being the hottest day of the year – sunscreen by the gallon. We had to shed the blouses by 10am when it climbed over 85 degrees on the tarmac.
I proudly wear my tee sent to me from the soldier I supported in Afghanistan and I had cash offers to buy it right off my back. So sorry! It is NOT for sale!
And something I haven’t mentioned on the blog; I was awarded Member of the Year for the southern portion of Florida! I don’t even have my plaque yet but they sent a van down to us for our use. 🙂
So yes, a busy weekend.
Something unexpected and marvelous happened to me over the weekend. I was presented an American flag that had been flown on an American C-17 over the skies of Afghanistan. This flag was given to me for my support of a deployed serviceman while he was serving in Afghanistan.
What sort of support? Home baked cookies, letters, lots of jerky, cards, a couple of magazines and more letters. And color. I try to find the most colorful cards and stationary I possibly can. Nothing sand colored, I figure they all see enough of that shade over there!
They’re simple things; a quick note of encouragement or having a cookie baking party over the weekend with Marianna, picking up a guy magazine rather than my knitting one. All they take is a bit of time, a stamp, a thought.
The result? One serviceman who knows that he and his service are appreciated and definitely not forgotten. Those can be trite words, easily thrown around on patriotic holidays or dashed off in an email to an elected official but how many times do the people whom we are talking about actually get to hear those words? After a parade while milling about in their spotless dress uniforms? While rushing through Atlanta’s terminals to catch a plane? I do not take my freedom for granted and this is one small way I have found to take action.
And the serviceman? He’s home safe now enjoying the cool Autumn weather with his family.
If you’d like to know more about volunteering yourself, just drop me an email at jenletts_at_gmail_dot_com or leave a comment requesting more info!
It is August. August in Key West is rather like February in New England, I suppose, a month to be endured. It is a watching month. One sits and watches hurricanes grow and strengthen and wobble and shift on the news. One sits and watches dragon flies and swallows swoop over the meadow in the golden evening light. One sits bayside and watches storms grow over the Everglades, as they get closer the rumble of thunder rolls across the water and strikes you full in the chest reminding you to breathe. The air is heavy and thick, filled with the smell of rain or mangroves or plumeria or jasmine. Thick odors, in your face smells, things you cannot ignore for the only way to do so is to stop breathing. Stretched out poolside, towel damp beneath you, the sharp smell of chlorine in your hair, you try it. What is it like not to breathe? Pressed flat by the sun, cement hot beneath your wet towel, you try it. Breathing slower and shallower, then slower still you feel your heart beat settle till every breath feels like you are holding the sun nestled between your breasts, heavy and hot. What is time to August? Nothing. The longest month in the tropics. How long? Breathe. Once more, now twice, now deeply. Raise the sun from your chest. Throw it skyward. One more day. One day closer to September.
I love a day off! Especially when it just happens to providentially bump into the weekend.
Things I’m pondering today over lunch:
- Google+ What do you think? I LOVE the way it is set up! I’ve been reading the GeekMom Guide to G+ and have to agree, the only apparent down side is the lack of people I love hanging out over there. On the up side? No games, no ads – need I say more?
- Food Yes, I’m thinking about food over lunch. I am so, so uninspired right now and have been for at least a month. Generally, I cannot even be bothered. I’m sure this has nothing to do with the deadly heat of summer but bleh, who wants food now? The greenery in my mojito surely counts as a salad, right?
- Scuba It has been far too long since I’ve been, it’s in my sidebar list to address this year and I really, really want to soon! I really need to update that list anyway and cross off some of the things I’ve done and get started on some of the things I haven’t done.
- Summer Is it just me or is it slipping by way too fast? Florida indie rock band Surfer Blood’s song, “Swim” just might be my song of summer, what’s your Summer 2011 song going to be?
Things that are making me quite happy on this quiet Sunday – new polish on the toes, lounging poolside, writing letters. When the seagulls fly over the pool their white feathers turn blue.