Daily Archives: August 17, 2014

Clicking Off Items on the Bucket List….Up, Up and Away….

Clicking Off Items on the Bucket List….Up, Up and Away….

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to take a ride in a hot air balloon.  I have done this, in a small way, in that I went high into the air in one years ago, but the balloon  was tethered by a long rope.  Soon, my Auntie and I will be embarking upon the real deal, by floating high above the Napa Valley in an epic photo opportunity among the clouds.


The first hot air balloon launch was in September of 1783, when a scientist named Pilatre De Rozier,  lauched the Aerostat Reveillon.  The balloon’s passengers were a sheep, a duck and a rooster.   The balloon stayed in the air for a grand total of 15 minutes before crashing back to the ground, and I read no accounts of how the animals fared…but I hope they survived.


My former husband (and still good friend) and I used to go to the Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta to see the spectacular and creative air ballet danced by balloons in the wildest shapes and colors!  It was always so beautiful and exciting to see what people would come up with.


There were balloons shaped like trains and cars and airplanes.  There were balloons shaped like houses and animals.  There were star shaped balloons and psychedelic balloons.  It was always so much fun to see them drifting by.    There was great music there as well.   It would play as the sun went down and all of the balloons would light up creating a fantasy wonderland of colorful whimsy. 


Of course, I’m a little bit nervous about the flight.  Accidents do happen….but I prefer not to give those thoughts my energy.  I anticipate a smooth, beautiful ride with a chance to see the Valley from a perspective that I have not seen it before.  It will be fun to do this with my favorite Aunt, who is also a fun loving individual.  I’ll be sure to take a lot of photos, and will let you know how it goes! 

Up, up and awaaaaaaaay!!!!! 





Serenity At Its Best



This was a good day…a quiet one, with no visitors, no pressing issues to attend,  and perfectly perfect weather.  I meditated at the far end of the pool for a long time this morning, then stretched out on the diving board and read for hours.  John was nearby with is laptop, working on his class.  One more week here, then a couple of days on the Pacific at the Oregon coast, which I really look forward to….then back to work and school as I head into my final year. 

This afternoon, I decided to make some pasta out of butternut squash that I picked up at the Farmer’s Market the other day.   I was planning to do a Beurre Blanc sauce, but John got hungry before I did, so he made a concoction of different kinds of mushrooms, garlic, and kale with some excellent, aged Parm-Riggiano. It was outstanding, and I was grateful to him, because I truly did feel like being lazy by that time.   I seldom get any rest, and this was much needed.


I took Maddie for a walk and saw a herd of deer just across the road.  They were so beautiful.  One of them had a big rack…huge, actually, and I felt a wee bit threatened, because they were all such big animals, and Maddie and I were standing there out in the open.  That feeling quickly passed, however.   I responded to them respectfully and they responded to me in kind.


I tended the lovely flower gardens in the front of the house, which is something I truly love doing…and I also tended the herb garden on the side of the house, harvesting some rosemary to infuse in some olive oil for cooking. 

It truly was a good day…a little romance in the afternoon…skinny dipping….a wonderful dinner with some world class wine…and now, we’re going to watch a film together…so night all.