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“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  George Santayana 

I’m grabbing this shot from my Las Vegas trip in November. We had driven up to Rhyolite – the old ghost town on the edge of Death Valley.  This house is completely built out of bottles and cement.  That’s a lot of bottles!  I don’t know if they are wine bottles, or beer bottles.  I just thought it was an interesting design.  

I’ve had a lot going on since we’ve returned home from our two months away.  One thing that is consuming my time is that I’ve decided to move my two blogs over from the WP.com format to a self hosted installation.  It’s been one issue after another, and I’m still working on it . . . but hopefully I’ll have both Blogs seamlessly working on the new host soon.  Meanwhile, there should be no disruption in your ability to access my content on the WP.com platform.  

I’m also nearing the end of my 365 Project.  I can’t believe that a whole year has gone by, and I have a written and visual record of it.  Stay tuned for what’s next . . . 

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“Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.”  Bern Williams

We got up bright and early this morning hoping to catch the sunrise on our way down to the airport in Lihue.  Unfortunately, it was raining cats and dogs so we missed the sunset.  We did however find this really neat spot near the airport with this old pier that is mostly in ruins.  The rain stopped and the sun even came out quite briefly while we were there.  We spent some time wandering and watching the surf crashing on the levy.  Fisherman were out with rods in the surf, and turtles swam in the bay.  We finally had to pack up the camera gear and head for our flight back to the mainland.  Three and a half weeks on this Island = bliss.  We’re going home well rested and ready to take on whatever the New Year has to offer.  

Bring it on!

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“We make the world we live in and shape our own environment.”  Orison Swett Marden

And . .  . today is our last day in this gorgeous paradise.

It’s been a wonderful adventure for us, with lots of new discoveries, visits to old haunts, and just plain relaxation and kickin’ it!  Tomorrow morning early we head back to San Francisco Bay area for Christmas with family.  I think I’m ready.  The only reason I could stay longer at this point is if family could join us.  That’s not possible, so we will go to them.  Because there is nothing more important to me than my family.  It will be a magical Christmas this year with our little 2 year old Grand Daughter.  How can I possibly miss that??

I can’t and I won’t!

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“When summer gathers up her robes of glory,
And, like a dream, glides away.”
~ Sarah Helen Whitman
 

It’s a bit sad to be taking the pool down . . . a sure sign that the warm days of summer are over.  I’m already noticing a few leaves turning on some of the trees in the neighborhood – which seems awfully early to me.  We’re still getting temps from 18-25 degrees Celsius, but it cools down quite a bit at night so that the water in the pool is not holding the heat.  The Little’s were in it the other day, and were chilled within minutes.  Will have to look in to getting a cover that retains the heat for next year.  Anyway – for now pool season is over.  Ahhh Summer . . . it’s been fun while it lasted!!  Oh well . . . here comes Autumn – my second favorite season. (Don’t let Summer hear this but Spring is my favorite!!)

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