We all walk ancientrails. Welcome to the journey.

20,000 Miles Over the Sea (and some in the air)

Samain                        Moon of the Winter Solstice According to the cruise log provided by the ship, we traveled 12, 800 statute miles by sea.  Counting the six thousand plus from Rio to Atlanta and another thousand to New York to get started, we covered over 19,000, close to 20,000 miles in 40 days.  That’s a long […]

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Packing

Fall                                                    Waning Autumn Moon The packing has begun.  Items have been sorted for relevance, need and weight.  A long trip that extends through several time climactic zones, from equatorial to sub-Antarctic, combined with a small space, the stateroom, makes challenges inevitable. Should I take the table-saw just in case?  Hmmm.  No.  How about four pairs […]

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Details

Fall                                                       Full Autumn Moon Off to the city of Andover to get stakes marked with orange fluorescent paint.  Why?  We exurbers put these to mark the edges of our lawn so the city snowplows plow the street and not our frontyards.  This is what comes of not having sidewalks. Usually I don’t put these in […]

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Distracted By The Future

Fall                                                         Full Autumn Moon Just realized I’m going to have change my headings once we’re south of the equator. Seasonal reversal in the Southern Hemisphere. I knew about it, of course, but hadn’t factored it into the blog. These days I have my eye on the National Hurricane Center. Right now it says what I […]

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At Sea

Fall                                            Waxing Autumn Moon The zone.  Kate and I have reached the under 2 week zone for a cruise we booked in March.  We each have particular tasks to get done.   Things to do.  Tomorrow we’re going to go through our clothes and clean out closets and, oh by the way, set out what we […]

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On The Move

Fall                                           New Autumn Moon While we slept, the busy folks at English Gate Academy in Saudi Arabia were solving Mark’s visa snags.  Dr. Ahmed called a person he knew at the Saudi Embassy in DC.  Mark submitted two new forms, a letter certifying that he lived in the U.S. and a copy of his ESL […]

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Traveling

Lughnasa                                                 Waxing Harvest Moon Another fine day with that clean blue sky we borrow from our Canadian cousins this time of year.  When my family used to go to Stratford, Ontario for the Shakespeare Festival, I came to associate these skies with those crown topped highway signs, the ones that always told me I was […]

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Please Let Me In

Lughnasa                                                              Waxing Honey Extraction Moon Mark went to a hospitality industry job fair in St. Louis Park.  I took him, then went on out to Minnetonka Travel in Wayzata.  I picked these folks almost at random to help with the cruise, but I gotta say, they’re pretty damn good. Today we set up the processing […]

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Senescence

Lughnasa                                                    Waxing Honey Extraction Moon Walked in the garden alone.  Yep, it’s an old time spiritual, much loved in the churches of my youth.  It also describes my morning turn among our vegetables and in our orchard. The garlic has come out already.  The potatoes have a while yet to go.  The beans have gone […]

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Friday Journal

Lughnasa                                                            Waxing Honey Extraction Moon Got excited during the Graphic Design class and ordered Adobe Creative Suite 5.0.  It’s cheaper since it’s behind the latest iteration 5.5.  I’ll be able to do my own eBooks, website, manipulate photos.  It’s more software than I need, but I like to have the best tools when I’m ready […]

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