January, 2013 – Marco Island, Florida

We are spending most of January and February in Marco Island, Florida. It is a chance to enjoy warm weather, play tennis and visit with my sister, Peg. Both Sarah and Jon will visit while we are here – Sarah in January and Jon in February.

We move into our rental on January 5. It’s kind of out-dated and could use a real sprucing up but it is two blocks from Peg and 2 blocks from the YMCA where we play tennis. It has four bedrooms and two bathrooms and is adequate for our needs.

Our rental in Marco Island
Our rental in Marco Island
Best part of the house? The view on the canal and the infinity pool
Best part of the house? The view on the canal and the infinity pool
John at our makeshift media center
John at our makeshift media center
I miss my gas stove!
I miss my gas stove!
We use one tiny bedroom for tennis! Shoes, bags, towels, etc. have a home here.
We use one tiny bedroom for tennis! Shoes, bags, towels, etc. have a home here.

An osprey sits out on the pilings with its catch
An osprey sits out on the pilings with its catch

The first couple of weeks we play a lot of tennis and get acclimated to our new surroundings. I twist my knee and have to bow out of the tennis round robins. But John and I still go out for a hit in the afternoons and I limp around the court.

The highlight of January is Sarah’s visit. She wants to play tennis every afternoon. We oblige. We have family dinners with Peg and Ted and with Ted’s sister and her husband. We visit the Edison home in Ft. Myers. It is a great 10 days.

Dinner with Nancy and Jesus includes a beautiful sunset
Dinner with Nancy and Jesus includes a beautiful sunset

Sarah and Peggy
Sarah and Peggy

John looking at the setting sun
John looking at the setting sun

Sarah on the tennis court really keeping her eye on the ball
Sarah on the tennis court really keeping her eye on the ball

The Edison home in Ft. Myers
The Edison home in Ft. Myers

Edison's office
Edison’s office
The laboratory
The laboratory
Giant fig tree on the property
Giant fig tree on the property
Sarah under giant fig
Sarah under giant fig
Mary standing by the enormous banyan tree
Mary standing by the enormous banyan tree

Next thing to really look forward to? Jonathan’s visit on February 18!!

December 29, 2012 – Hanging with Eileen and Jim in Sausalito

Eileen and Jim are in the Bay Area for the holidays and to spend time with family especially new arrival, Eli. Part of the time they are here, they are staying in a houseboat in Sausalito. Sausalito has a large houseboat community – some houseboats are pretty forlorn while others are quite upscale.

We have a great lunch at the restaurant, Fish. The fish is fresh and good and the surroundings rustic. Long lines stretch from the counter where ordering is done. Then you grab a picnic table and enjoy.

Mary and John outside the restaurant, Fish
Mary and John outside the restaurant, Fish

After lunch we take a walk around the houseboat community. It is a pretty cold and raw day so we take along coffee and tea to help stay warm.

Eileen with a cup of tea
Eileen with a cup of tea

Jim on the docks
Jim on the docks

Mary and John at the end of one of the piers
Mary and John at the end of one of the piers

We have a great day visiting with our friends. Here are some pictures of the houseboats of Sausalito.
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Looking out towards Mt. Tam
Looking out towards Mt. Tam
All sorts of people live here
All sorts of people live here
Lots of shrubbery
Lots of shrubbery
Victorian houseboat
Victorian houseboat