We managed to connect my Older Daughter with one of her very best friends, ever, "Mawi." Mawi's story is one of triumph, survival, resilience, and luck-both good and bad. The best piece of luck for her and for my Older Daughter was that they met 10 years ago. In June, they'll both be 20. Look at the love in their eyes.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
This is where I am most days. I'm not there now. I'm sneaking off, by myself, to Destination Unknown that will involve cold weather, mountain foothills, a college campus, and my favorite college sophomore. I'll be back Thursday. If I can, I'll post photos along the way. If not, I'll catch up next week. I love y'all. Seriously.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Gigi is on her third family. Her birth parents could not care for her, so she was adopted. Her adoptive parents could not continue to care for her, so she moved in with us.
She developed a relationship with her birth family bit by little bit over the years, and once she moved in with us, we encouraged her to spend more time with them. She spent 2 weeks with her first mom, D, in July. D died in September at 49. The tattoo on Gigi's left shoulder is her permanence with D.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
The bridge over the Mighty Mississippi between Tennessee and Arkansas is in the shape of what I call a "soft" M. There are 2 places in our fair city where there are gardens shaped like that, too, and they are both on my commute home. This one is planted by volunteer gardeners, and although you cannot see them clearly, these are lovely blue and yellow pansies, that are planted in November and bloom until June.
This shot has taken me months to accomplish, because you cannot get out of your car to take the picture. I pulled up next to it, rolled down the passenger window, and did my best. Welcome to my city. It has some very nice features.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Oh dear lord, it's been cloudy here for a WEEK! This afternoon at 5:30 I left my office, threw back my head, and took a picture of the sunny sky and part of my complex. It's sort of a boring picture, really, because who cares about my office building? But I like the horizontal shadows creating triangles, and I love the reflection of the sky in the window. Mostly, I'm just so happy to see my friend, The Sun.
It's supposed to be gorgeous here for the next several days. I'm ready!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
for·lorn /fɔrˈlɔrn/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[fawr-lawrn] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
1. desolate or dreary; unhappy or miserable, as in feeling, condition, or appearance.
2. lonely and sad; forsaken.
3. expressive of hopelessness; despairing: forlorn glances.
4. bereft; destitute: forlorn of comfort.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
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Wednesday, March 12, 2008
In a few more days, this will be in full bloom, and I'll try to photograph it and post it again. In a few weeks, the tree behind it, a white dogwood, will be in bloom and I hope to post that.
If I purposely drive through one of the most unfortunate neighborhoods between my home and my office, I get the treat of this tree. I wonder if the people who live there can look beyond the waste and marvel at the miracle of Spring.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Obviously, this picture was not taken today. Also, I did not take this picture myself.
This is my mother. The placid look on her face disguises the sparkle in her eyes and the fire in her heart. She was brilliant, funny, complicated, and dealt some raw deals. Through my own trials of late, I have thought often of my mother. She never gave up. I won't go into detail about her disappointments and sorrows; believe me, they were numerous. But through it all, she was the champion of the underdog-the forgotten child, the abandoned duckling, the sick kitten. Whatever strength and kindness I may possess came from my mother, who died 2 years ago today.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Our daughter, Gigi, came home for Spring Break last night. She got a ride to my office and spent the next 4 hours helping me finish packing and getting ready to move my office. She also cleaned off my car.
All the time, I thought, "HEY! I moved away from this crap!"
I hate snow, I hate cold weather, and I hate waiting for my car to heat up.
Last weekend, it was 72. What's this?
It does make for nice photos of my girl walking into the house, though.
It's been too quiet around here.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Have I mentioned that my dog is afraid of the camera? I was in the back yard taking pictures of the other two, and here she came, skulking by, trying to escape me. Poor angel.
I totally love this dog. She is sweet, beautiful, and devoted to me, even if she is a bit of a freak.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
The first fight my beloved Attorney and I ever had was in May of 2000. We had been dating for 6 months, and we drove by a Japanese Magnolia, also called Tulip Magnolia in Boston. I exclaimed, "OOOOH! Look at that Magnolia!" Being from Memphis, she scoffed at me and announced that THAT was not a Magnolia tree. "Magnolias are HUGE and have big, white flowers." I won't go into the whole argument. Let's just say it took some hard data to convince her that yes, truly, this is a Magnolia.
Spring has definitely sprung. We even have these trees here in Memphis. We laugh every time we see one.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
On Monday, I report to a new location. The complex is HUGE and the buildings are connected by walkways. This walkway leads from one building to mine, wherein sits my new cube.
I took family photographs over there today, to make it look a little more like my space.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Saturday, March 1, 2008
My close friend, Tall Pretty Blonde, usually comes for Thanksgiving. This past November, her only son was returning from college for the first time, and she naturally wanted to be home with him. We missed her terribly-the weekend was so different without her.
Instead, she arrived this past Thursday. She'll be here until Tuesday, and we are having a wonderful visit. Today it's in the 70's and as you can see incredibly sunny and beautiful. We walked the dogs in the park for a long time this morning, and in the early afternoon went to the Botanic Garden for lunch and to see the daffodils. Right outside the visitor center is this great fountain. It makes a lot of noise. TPB and I just stood there, watching and listening for a minute.