Monday, February 21, 2011

So Much for the Early Signs of Spring

This morning I woke up early to the sound of the snow plow rumbling by and opened the curtain to find out what was going on.  Snow was silently falling everywhere.

It is the kind of day that used to bring shouts of joy from our kids when they turned on the radio to find out that it was an official "snow day" and school was canceled.

The local school system is closed but not because of snow.  It is because it is Presidents Day, a national holiday, and many people are on spring vacation.  However, the public library  is supposed to be open today, but it  is closed owing to all the snow.

 I hope that this is the last blast of winter before spring sets in.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Carribbean Garden Show

We went to the Caribbean Garden Show at the New York Botanical Garden this last Saturday.  I wanted to see whether I could identify some of the plants that we have in our yard in the Abacos.  The Show had a lot of the plants that we have, for example, cocoplum, banana and papaya trees, a variety of palms including the sago, coconut palm, royal palm, the thatch palm and the common Palmetto (a type of Sabal palm).  However, the plants that I wanted to identify were not in the show.  Alas, back to work on identifying them.

One person suggested that we stop in Miami and visit the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden and that we might have a better chance of getting into the details and nuances of tropical plant life down there.  It is now a new item on my Bucket List.  

Our friend the staghorn was highlighted at the show.

Even though we didn't identify our plants this time around, the garden show was wonderful and we had a great time except for the part of walking between the car and the show.  The winds were blowing hard and it was unusually cold.  Ah well.  I think I am still missing the warmth of our Abacos.

Friday, February 18, 2011

What Happened? Did we Switch Channels?

As of February 13, we returned to New York.
Our scenes out the window in the morning, shifted accordingly.

The temperatures were chilly  when we got here but have been warming up ever since.

Probably the most complicated part of shifting back and forth between the Bahamas and here is remembering which side of the road to drive on, and to remember where the spatulas are in the kitchen.

The snow is still piled high in many places.
But there is much evidence that spring is on the way.  

There is not much one can do outside yet, other than take daily walks.  Because of the constant melting during the day, black ice is a consideration and one must walk cautiously across it to keep from slipping.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

To Do List - Entertaining Children in the Abacos

Take a relaxing outdoor shower.

Swim in the local pool.

 Try out our new summer dresses "Made in the Bahamas" of Androsia cloth.

 Take a walk with Grandpa and Grandma.

Search for sea stars.
 Find a sea shell.

Follow a hermit crab on one of his walks.

 Compare sizes of footprints in the sand.

Take another swim in the local pool with water warmed by the sun.

 Draw a picture for Grandma and Grandpa to hang on the wall.

 Ride a bike.

Camp in the living room.

 Good lord, how many sisters do I have?

 Eat outdoors on the patio.

 Play with a ball.
 Look pretty in our new dresses.
 Read a book.
 Check out information on the computer.
 Run a race with Mom, go swimming with Dad.
 Just chill.

A Treat for Children - Breakfast in Bed

Our grandchildren visited us in the Abacos.  They were kind enough to bring their parents with them.  Grandpa Joe offered them breakfast in bed.  As our eldest grandchild declared, "Mom and Dad have had breakfast in bed probably five times  This is my first breakfast in bed, ever".

The baking  pans managed to keep the waffles, strawberries and syrup in place.  No spillage occurred.  They had a wonderful time, as did we.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

They Call it "Life Leaf" in the Abacos

It grows along the edges of our back yard  between sun and shade.  Right now it is in bloom.

The leaf looks as though it were embroidered along the edges.

It is simply beautiful.

Added on 20 February:  Since writing this page I have found detailed information about this plant. It's Latin name  is Kalanchoe pinnata and is said to be used in the topics for medical purposes.   We are also warned that it can be invasive in some locations especially where the soil has been disturbed.  It is also said to be a popular house plant.