I’m here. I haven’t forgotten my blog and my blog friends. I am just busy.
My dear cousin Deborah has been visiting with her “boyfriend”. The quotation marks are because it’s difficult to know what to call that sort of arrangement when you get past 60. “Partner” sounds like a business arrangement, “significant other” is a pretentious mouthful, “friend” could mean anything, so I’m left with “boyfriend” which has a teen-agerish ring.
He, Charlie, retired recently from being a physics professor. I had not met him before, because until he retired they lived on different continents, and although they were frequently together on one continent or the other I just never happened to visit Deborah when he was around. More about their visit in my next post.
As soon as Deborah and Charlie left Jerry and I started moving the furniture out of my middle daughter’s sadly foreclosed house here on the island. She and her fiancée have gone back to school (divinity school – and that’s another story) and can no longer afford the big payments. Before the economic downturn they were able to sustain the payments by renting it out as a vacation home, but that market has dried up.
Jerry and I are preparing to head north to Alaska in less than 2 weeks. You might wonder at the rationality of going north into winter just as spring is springing here. It’s a compromise. Jerry longs for Alaska and I HATE mosquitoes. So spring and fall are the times we go. Last summer we spent the whole summer there. Every time we went out we were surrounded by clouds of mosquitoes. Besides, it rained far too often. Here on the island the summer weather is perfect – sunny, cool, and mostly mosquito free.
I am not sure how I will get on line in Alaska. We will be there for 2 months, so I will have to find a way even if it’s expensive. Last year we were able to get connected when we went to the Washeteria to do our laundry. That facility in run by the Native Council, and it has recently changed from one group to another that is less friendly to the community at large. We may have to buy our own dish and service subscription.
I am working on a long post; this one is just to let you know I’m alive.