And a bit more…

The view is still spectacular but the leaves are scorched on many trees and bushes. They've changed from brown to reddish-brown since last week.

After 12 hours of sleep, things are looking more clear to me now!  The view from the verandah is still wonderful, despite the salt-sprayed, scorched vegetation below.  Some trees faired pretty well and others are stripped clean.  It almost looks like fall back home with the reddish tints to the dead leaves.

Darin & I hit the road early and stopped by some GeoCaches that needed to be moved.  We always meet friendly people along the way.  This morning we met a man from the local florist who was on the Railway Trail cutting and snipping various leaves for a floral arrangement!  Ferns and tropical leaves that we would pay a fortune for are free for the picking on every corner.  He knew what he was doing though and crept through the bushes finding the exact number of leaves of each species to make his floral design perfectly Bermudian.   I wish I could show you all the plants that grow wild here…like a weed…but, that we consider a valuable plant!

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Just a Bit More Bermuda…

Our first view of the island was through the clouds.

Life sometimes throws you some curves.  And in this instance, death does as well.  Darin and I have found ourselves back in Bermuda only days after leaving the island.  Nannie’s sister, Kate, passed away early Monday morning.  Fortunately, Mom & Tim were still here and cancelled their outbound flight (again).  The funeral is tomorrow.

Darin did some fancy footwork to get everything arranged while I was busy at the clinic.  But by Tuesday evening we had childcare (thanks Grandma & Grandpa!!), tickets to Bermuda and staff to cover my absence!   All I have to say is DON’T ask for a “bereavement flight” from any of the airlines…it will cost MUCH more than a normal flight while they’re making you feel fortunate to get what they have leftover.  It’s a rip-off. Continue reading

Bermuda Vacation 2010: Day 18 – Back Home

Now THAT's what I call hurricane damage...!!

I had no idea that hurricane damage would reach as far as Oklahoma!  Wow…did you see that pile of stuff!  It took me ALL day to  get clean clothes in their proper place, dirty clothes through the washer, suitcases stored away and the mail sorted through.  I’m almost sure that Igor came home in one of those suitcases….it was devastating.

But, back to reality we are…our biological clocks are still on Bermuda time..waking at 5:30 a.m. to figure out that we’re up too early!

Back on “the rock”, Mom & Tim finally have power.  Belco arrived Thursday afternoon around 4:45 p.m. to start repairs and by 8:00 p.m. they had electricity again.

In the meantime, The Royal Gazette called Mom wanting to interview her for an article about her power outage.  Remember that Darin had called Belco telling them a “senior citizen with a handicapped son” needed power.  Well, Tina posted a similar comment on Facebook that got picked up by The Royal Gazette and the next thing we know Mom’s being interviewed for a story and they’re asking to use a picture of the kids off the Blog!

Mom was already in the newspaper once this week.  Although they incorrectly spelled her name, she was featured in an article complaining about the bus service being suspended on Tuesday.

This is getting interesting!!

Back home, we’re just trying to stay out of trouble.  Braeden & Brock had an orthodontist appointment to get their braces ready for their upcoming surgery.  They’ll have their wisdom teeth extracted in October and then their jaw surgery in December.  Jacob had a broken retainer, so that took time to address.  Jesse had mowing to do…lots of mowing.  Ian had some fishing to do (I know..tough life) so we went to the bait shop and bought some worms and some minnows.  He didn’t catch anything but it’s always fun to talk about the ones that got away.  Ali, well, she’s just happy to be home to ride her bike and play with her toys.

I’m off to work tomorrow.  We have a couple of surgeries scheduled so I’m diving back in hand-first!  That was funny….hand-first!  I just thought of that.

Darin is meeting a mason later today to discuss the new tile for our new addition.  If all goes well, we might be moved into our new portion of the house in   4-6 weeks!  That is good news.

Ruthie…she’s good.  The horses are good. The goats are good.  The chickens are good and laying lots of eggs.  The donkey is good.  The cats are good.  I’m thinking we’re all just pretty good.

Bermuda Vacation 2010: Day 17 – Going Home…

The sunrise through our neighbor's 2nd story verandah.

Wow…can you believe I’m writing this while flying across the United States somewhere over Georgia?  Or is it Tennessee?  By the time I get done it will probably be Oklahoma!

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Bermuda Vacation 2010: Day 16

Our house is on the top, in the center. What a climb!

It was like waking up in a new location!  The winds are calm, the birds are singing, the traffic is on the road and there are no white caps on the water.  However, I was quickly brought back to reality because the transformer is still on the ground!

The transformer would make a nice planter...or end table.

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Bermuda Vacation 2010: Day 15

Horseshoe Beach early this morning

Today started a little earlier than I had planned.  I woke up at 3:00 a.m. because everything was too quiet!  The room had gotten warm and all I could hear was the hum of the ceiling fan in the kitchen.  I got out of bed and looked out the slits in the shutters and the plants in the courtyard were standing upright!  WOW…that was a strange sight!  We have   a miniature oleander and a rosemary bush in the flowerbed and those poor plants have been leaning to the west for over 24 hours!  I was so happy to see little “rosemary” doing well.

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Bermuda Vacation 2010 Day 14: The Day of Reckoning…

The view to South Shore looks ominous.

Well, we’re either ready or we’re not.

The day started with wind and rain. By 9:15 a.m. our power was out due to the first hard squall line.  The power came back on within 5 minutes according to the neighbor but we had the generator up and going by then (I believe we were called “American weenies”).  We turned the generator off 45 minutes later and within minutes the 2nd squall came by canceling out the power.  This time we waited patiently for the power to return because the neighbor said we’re always the last to lose power.  Or sometimes we’re the first!  My cousins in Paget still have power….

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