Thursday, June 6, 2013

Catching the Moment

Weird dreams don't usually wake me up, but i had a doozy.  A group had figured out how to steal people's computer passwords, and i had figured out how to stop them.  Apparently while i was calling attention to the authorities in my dreams, i was also thrashing around and Sweetie woke me up.  That was 3am, and that was all the sleep i got.

My sunrise walk was the cloudiest yet, but still pretty.  We spent our morning swimming and playing and doing the laundry and running the dishwasher and running up and down and everywhere around.  By about noon, i rounded up everyone who wanted to go to the Naval Air Museum, and away we went.

Going aboard the Navy Base is always interesting, and on this day they had some kind of an event that had just ended, and the Museum was very crowded.  We had a blast, especially Dre.  His father had been more than happy to send the kids to the museum so he could have some time off, so while Bryn and Little Girl wandered to see what they wanted, occasionally meeting up with #2 Son and Bigger Girl, Dre and i played.

He is a hands on kid.  Everything he could climb into, he did.  Everything he could go up the stairs to get closer to, he did.  Everything you are allowed to touch or mess with, he did so.  When we got to the exhibit that shows a typical town during WWII, and i told him that this was what things looked like when Doc and Miss Prissy were very young, he was fascinated.  He ran me all over that place for a couple of hours, and we had so much fun.

When we had all seen everything we really wanted to see, the girls headed out to do a few things on their own, and i took the boys back with me.  Dre was ravenous, so i fed him chips and a corn dog and candy.  He asked if he could eat the candy first.  Not a problem, i told him, you aren't my kid, i get to spoil you!  Ah, the fun of being the aunt.

After i took him back to his dad at the pool, i got back upstairs to find a pink flamingo in my bed.  Her name is George, i was told by Bigger Girl, and she is mine.  For many year's i've threatened to get a pink flamingo and take pictures of it all over whenever we go on vacation, and now i can actually do it!

By evening, i was tired of chores and running up and down with everyone and all of the crazy mess that is our vacation, and i really wanted a "piece of quiet" as Dolly from The Family Circus always says.  So i sent a text message to Di that read:  Help -- i'm being held captive by a family that can't fend for themselves for more than five minutes!  She texted me back inviting me to go visit her place, and as soon as i could get away, i took her up on the offer.

Her directions were interesting.  Get on the island and take a right, then there will be a stop sign after a while and take another right, and then a right at the fire station, and when you get there call me and i'll walk down to the road to meet you.  Reminded me of the people who tell you to turn by the old tree that used to be at Such-and-Such road, you know the one.  Anyway, i managed to find it (it's not that big an island, i think you would drive around in a circle and eventually get back where you started anyway) and i got to see the house she is house sitting.

Also, i got to meet the dogs, Lulu, the geriatric Golden Lab that lives there full time, and the dogs that belong to the girl she nannies, the mutt Doodle, and The Terrorist Terrier, a Yorkie who actually adores children (most of them don't).  All three are friendly, and somewhat crazy.  We had to walk next door to get them when they decided that children next door meant it was time to go visit, and Di says she spends a lot of time bathing them because they play in the sand and won't stay out of the water.  The vegetation around there is not lawns, not on the beaches, but it is tall, taller than the Terrorist Terrier who disappears into it, then pops up to see the lay of the land, runs a ways further, then pops up again to have a look see, looking for all the world like a rabbit hopping up from behind bushes.

Di and I sat on the porch and talked "of shoes and ships and sealing wax and cabbages and kings."  Well, kings anyway, specifically Crusades, and Richard the Lionheart, and how history is written by the winners.  We discussed families and friends and ideas and events and watched as the light faded from the sky.

It's that moment you never catch.  You look up, and there is light, and the sun is going down, or it has but there is still that glow and color, and the next moment, after you've looked down and looked back up, the dusk is gone and the stars are out.

Same with good times with friends, or with an eight year old nephew, or with a daughter whose sense of humor provides you with a pink flamingo named George.  You enjoy the times, and wish they could last forever.  All you can hope to do, really, is catch the moment.



Today is:

Bonza Bottler Day

Chicago Blues Festival -- Chicago, IL, US (the largest free blues festival in the world; through Sunday)

Curwood Festival -- Owosso, MI, US (over 40 events commemorate the life and work of James Oliver Curwood, the Owosso-born author and conservationist; through Sunday)

D-Day -- 69th Anniversary

Drive-In Movie Day*

Fardagar -- Traditional Icelandic Calendar (time when farm workers moved from one farm to another, the time to settle debts, and until the 20th-Century, the day to start the fiscal year; always the Thursday through Sunday of the 7th week of summer)

Helicopter Day -- the first one was tested in Berlin on this day in 1936

Hyun Choong Il -- South Korea (Memorial Day)

Judgement Day -- Fairy Calendar (Petal Hats)

June Bug Days -- Baldwin, WI, US (music, tractor pull, free outdoor movie night, and more; through Sunday)

National Applesauce Cake Day

Nationaldagen -- Sweden (National Day)

National Gardening Exercise Day -- because gardening is good for the body and soul

National Huntington's Disease Awareness Day -- US

National Yo-Yo Day -- Donald F. Duncan, Sr.'s, birth anniversary; go get out your old Duncan and see if you still remember how to go around the world (but not near Great Aunt Mabel's antique lamp she left you, please)

Shelburne County Lobster Festival -- Shelburne County, NS, Canada (celebrating the Lobster Capital of Canada; through Sunday)

Shirane Takogassen -- along the Nakanokuchi river bank in Shirone, Japan (kite flying and kite fighting; through the 10th)

Stevenson Depot Days -- Stevenson, AL, US (bringing back the days when the Iron Horse of the Rails was king of transportation; through Sunday)

St. Norbert of Xanten's Day (Patron of peace; Bohemia; Madgeburg, Germany; against birth complications)

Superman Celebration -- Metropolis, IL, US (only in Metropolis, right? through Sunday)

Teachers' Day -- Bolivia

Winnipeg International Children's Festival -- The Forks, Winnipeg, MB, CA (a premier family festival with incomparable entertainment and activities; through Sunday)


Birthdays Today:

Staci Keanan, 1975
Max Casella, 1967
Ena, 1966
Bjorn Borg, 1956
Sandra Bernhard, 1955
Harvey Fierstein, 1952
Robert Englund, 1947
Gary U.S. Bonds, 1939
Thomas Mann, 1875
Nathan Hale, 1755


Today in History:

Twenty-four wagonloads of Talmudic books are burned in Paris, 1242
The Qing Dynasty Manchu forces led by the Shunzhi Emperor capture Beijing during the collapse of the Ming Dynasty; the Manchus would rule China until 1912 when the Republic of China is established, 1644
The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, opens as the world's first university  museum, 1683
A devastating fire destroys one-third of Moscow, including 18,000 homes, 1752
Napoleon's brother, Joseph Bonaparte is crowned King of Spain, 1808
The Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) is founded in London, 1844
More than 100,000 inhabitants of Bombay are killed as a cyclone in the Arabian Sea pushes huge waves into the harbour, 1882
The eruption of Novarupta in Alaska begins, the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century, 1912
The Chrysler Corporation  is founded by Walter Percy Chrysler, 1925
*The first drive-in theater opens, in Camden, New Jersey, United States, 1933
A new Instrument of Government is promulgated making Sweden a parliamentary monarchy, 1974
Mongolia  holds its first direct presidential elections, 1993
A near-Earth asteroid estimated at 10 meters diameter explodes over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya with an estimated force slightly greater than the Nagasaki nuclear bomb, 2002
Tamil is established as a Classical Language in India, 2004

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  4. More fun! And this is a perfect week to see the Naval Base, today being D-Day Anniversary and all! :)

    I love pink flamingoes, and i want to see pics of George at the beach! She can be just like Flat Stanley.

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  8. This was such a fun read! Seize those momens and oh by the way I celebrate National Gardening Exercise Day every day all summer long. So where's George right now?

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  9. I am going to take the grandsons to NAS next week. I know that it will be a fun trip. I love the museum, but the boys love the old forts. Barrancas is one in a chain of forts that protected the upper Gulf coast. There is Ft. Massachusetts on a barrier island off the Ms. Coast. The only way to visit it is by boat. Ft. Gaines is on Dauphin Island, from there you can reach Ft. Morgan by car ferry. Then there is Ft. Barrancas onboard Pensacola NAS and then Ft. Pickens on Santa Rosa Island (Pensacola Beach) One of these summers I am going to take the kids to all of the Forts and do a photo composite of them. There may be more in the chain but those are the ones with which I am familiar. Next time you visit Pensacola NAS be sure to allocate time for the Fort and the Redoubt. They are nice places to visit. The other forts have admission fees but the ones on NAS are free.

    I enjoyed our visit, I love sitting on the deck while the sun sets. It's just a relaxing end to the day and being able to share it with a friend was delightful.

    Di.

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  10. Oh, and BTW I love the idea of GEORGE! A friend of mine had pink flamingos, but they kept being kidnapped and tortured... Photos were sent of their demise. I hope that dear George fares better. I can't wait to "meet" her via photos!

    Di

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