Feet On the Ground

Speculation, is just what it is–speculation. Anyone can speculate at any time about anything.  That’s why I take all predictions with a grain of salt.

After seeing vacation pictures from Australia, last evening, where our daughters enjoyed barbecue from an eatery down under; I speculate that was the reason, we had BBQ takeout, from one of our local restaurants, tonight.  Just saying.

“Just saying.”  That’s another overused expression, I could do without.  It’s an unnecessary, pseudo-defensive, conversation filler.

Planning for our upcoming trip to Australia is well underway.  I’m like a kid in a candy store, where choosing itineraries are concerned.  There are limitations, and I don’t wish to blow the budget.

I want to see the coastline,  the mountains, local favorite hangouts, absorb some area history, view flora and fauna.  Most important, is to see our daughter, in her new place of residence.

 

 

Circumstances

I’ve been away for a few days, due to circumstances beyond my control.

The planned trip to the “Big Easy” didn’t turn out to be easy in most respects.

Sometimes complications get in the way of human interaction. That’s all I’m at liberty to say at this point.

New Orleans, especially the French Quarter, is gritty, grimy, and out-of-control at times. We took a couple that had never been–and they were a little shocked at the realism.

Anyway, we made it back–last night at nine PM. It’s been hotter than normal for this time of year. The effects of which were felt by all participants.

Too much activity packed into one day.  Good night!

Exploring New Surroundings

What would it be like to reside in Australia?

There would be some major differences. It’s the Southern Hemisphere, seasons are reversed.

How long would it take to adjust to the time difference? Twenty-seven hours ahead of central daylight time.

Driving on the left, I could handle, with concentration.

I’ve always wanted to visit Australia. Another place on my wish list is Alaska.  Perhaps some day these visits will happen?

Anything’s possible.  Never thought I’d make it to Hawaii, either.

Rainy Days and Primaries

Morning skies were bright red-orange. Weather radar indicated storms were inevitable today.

The worst weather possible for primary elections. Turnouts today, would be even lower than usual. Which would mean runoff elections and more trips to the polling station.

To make things more difficult, the new designated location was five miles away, instead of just around the corner.  I set out with umbrella at the ready.  The new location found, with only one wrong turn into a golf course subdivision.

The ballot was a full slate of candidates for state, county, and local offices. Other than gubernatorial, state supreme court, and a few county judges–the rest of the candidates  were unfamiliar. Not the best way to make informed decisions.

Countdown

Countdown to vacation continues. The glitches are popping up with regularity. Most are minor things, that seem out of proportion.

Annual wellness visit has been scheduled, for after my return. The one-size-fits-all questionnaire has yet to be completed. Those of you retired, and on Medicare, can relate. The questions seem bizarre to me, but are purposed to identify those with special health needs.

The fire down below: Kilauwea, on Hawaii’s Big Island, is again erupting.  It was readily apparent on our visit in 2012, the volcano never rested.  On our helicopter ride, the fiery lava could be seen in fissures, below the surface.

More work gets done before and after vacation, than at any other time of year.  Much more to do on this last weekend’s countdown.