2020.10.31

Gulf Coast, Naples FL

When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take this for granted, or with gratitude. C.K. Chesterton

Halloween 2020. Three years ago, we had terrible news delivered to us. My mate was diagnosed with cancer. He focused on researching his condition and the best options for treatment.

Since then, he has been through surgery, radiation and hormone therapy. All of this happening as we continued living as nomads. He entered the world of cancer without knowing much about it at all. Today, he continues to stay on top of the many treatment developments.

From what was then the worst day of my life to today… I am so grateful to be standing on the beach with MAO and taking this video.

Grateful for all the doctors and their teams that worked with him, for being in North America and having access to excellent care, for the gratitude we each have for life that carried us through the tough times, and for love.

2020.10.18

Garden outside San Francisco de Asís Mission Church, Rancho de Taos, NM

Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good. Maya Angelou

Not too far from where we are staying is a famous church and the best New Mexican food. Very glad that we made it to Rancho Plaza Grill, and that I now know what a sopapilla is!

After lunch, we walked around the church taking photos and wandered about the mostly empty plaza. In the parking lot, a woman engaged me in conversation. 86 year old veteran from Rancho de Taos. She had lots to say about the Royal Family – theories on Harry and the church with its history of pedophiles. Without a doubt the most interesting parking lot conversation I’ve ever had.

Grateful today for Martie – our neighbour at Casa Gallina who mentioned the restaurant, the parking lot conversation, and for a moment at an historic spot.

Moon River

Savannah Street

After a lovely stop in St. Augustine,FL we arrived in Savannah, GA.  
Early afternoon check-in and then out to the streets…
And what lovely streets they are!

Passed Moon River Brewery on our walk, and started humming as we walked…
Stopped to take a photo of a statue in a park…
Turned out to be a statue of Johnny Mercer – composer of Moon River.

A warm evening for a walk along the river, and through the beautiful park squares.
Loving the preserved architecture, history and plaques along the way…
Spanish moss in the trees, with colourful azaleas everywhere…so lovely.

Grateful today for
a safe drive here – made it through 2 tornado emergency alerts,
walking with my mate and exploring a beautiful place together,
and for a fun set of jazz that started early!

My Irish Charm


My Irish Charm

As we drove from Brevard County, our phones went off…
Emergency Tornado Alert… What?!!
Thankfully no incident and we made our way to St. Augustine.

Enjoyed walking through historic St Augustine.
After lunch, we continued on our way to Savannah, Ga.
Another Emergency Tornado Alert! with lightning striking the highway!

Got off the highway to wait out the storm, and then decided to carry on.
30 minutes later, we were in sunshine, and made it safely to the hotel.
Whew! No doubt, my Irish charm had something to do with it!

Grateful today for
making it to Savannah without incident,
the beautiful place that we are in – so looking forward to more exploring…
and for another city to do my favourite thing…
– hold my mate’s hand as we walk, explore and experience new places.

On the road again…

The BreakersLeft Pompano Beach this morning via the scenic A1A, aka Ocean Drive.
A leisurely drive to West Palm Beach,
where we stopped for lunch at The Breakers.

This was our second time at the Breakers,
the first time a few years ago to see D+K.
The perfect place to stop,
as we were on our way to visit them.

Loved our moment with D+K and their family.
Such a joy to meet their grandkids,
and all the others – son, daughter, mom and son-in-law.

Grateful today for
our place on the beach – a perfect place for my mate to recover,
time to take leisurely drives,
and for D+K – Thank you so much for your hospitality and a lovely visit! xxoo