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I think Ringo is cheating on me – I have had suspicions since he left a few weeks ago, casually strolling off and then I didn’t see him for two days – two very long and worried days.  In our years together, he has never done that. Why is it I am attracted to those bad boys with flashing blue eyes?  He IS fixed, (and then again, so was my ex-husband.) Somehow, both my ex and Ringo reached middle age and started exploring.  I could kick out a philandering husband,  but a cat – how do you tell a pet to go and not come back? Isn’t gonna happen.
Ringo left again last Thursday night after I came home from Tampa and didn’t show up till this morning, (Sunday) then he was all rubs and love. Typical ‘lost’ male syndrome, don’t admit to anything and try and smooth things over with an abundant show of love. 
He came in, ate, rested, then wanted back out. He’s snoozing on the porch for now. Wonder if he will go off again tonight? And for how long?  Maybe it’s because I was gone away for over a week, (though Adam is always here,) or because he’s not getting fresh fish, (I can’t help it that fishing has been terrible),  maybe some other family is spoiling Ringo with better food, I know they couldn’t love him any more than I do.  I don’t get it, I’m just not good at reading the male species anymore and I’m too old to play games,  but this is not normal Ringo behavior so what can I do? I love that crazy cat and do forgive him, but I hate when he disappears for so long.  I realize I can’t hang on to something still feral neither men nor cats. At least with Ringo, I don’t have
have any legal filings if he splits, a sign will do! 
Have been taking up the slack from being out of town. Guess reality means paying the bills and getting things back into order.
For two days it has been raining on and off, I love it, the oncoming dark clouds and penetrating thunder.  
The sky blackens and threatens and the rain comes down beautifully beating. When I returned everything was so dry, this rain has been just what was needed.         How about my new camera’s panorama view!  I am enjoying my new Sony Cybershot HX1. It has many wonderful features, but the viewfinder and macro modes are not one of them. It’s quite inferior to my Kodak and makes me miss that camera which suddenly went black, literally, you turn it on and there is nothing but a black screen, I have checked everything on it. I think it’s dead. I will have to contact Kodak and see who services them. And speaking of Kodak, I got the photo book I made, ‘Crow Tao‘  from their site. I was so disappointed, the cover was off center and the binding very cheap looking.
My Sony Alpha is still being repaired, so I am learning more and more about the Cybershot.
I am still lost in space regarding how to sell art. Are brains patterned to stick in neutral? Mine seems to want to just make art, take pictures and the thought of prepping the work, setting up the website, doing PayPal and all the detailed work freaks me out. I will do stupid stuff like tell myself each week, okay this is it, I am going to get things started, then I am lost again on a tangent of sameness, and getting nowhere.  Organization skills have never been bred into me! I might as well just buy a Lotto ticket each week instead of dreaming of selling my art, better odds with the Lotto!
The wildlife around here is minimal. The heat is turned up to broil, they say it is one of the hottest June and Julys on record in our state of Florida.  The sun stares you down as soon as it rises and there is only escape into stores and homes. Once you open the door on your vehicle, it’s like being submerged inside a La Brea Tar Pit – you feel drenched and exhausted when you shut the door and wait for the air to cool it back down. The only backyard sights  I see are redwing blackbirds, bluejays, a few squirrels, doves, dragonflies and grasshoppers. here’s the view:    Those grasshoppers are still everywhere.    The turtles are still looking for a handout at the lake
young redwing blackbirds.   Lily pad.

The cranes come to visit and go after old Miss Sealy   but
she escaped.
Papa crane makes his throaty noise.    Crow

And that’s the weekend, maybe by Tuesday or Wednesday I will be able to show more or tell you I have accomplished something. Right now it is Monday morning, the rains are supposed to continue, (a good thing) and I will leave you with a few views from inside and out my window at 8:14am :    The sun is literally a disk up there.   the red passion flowers finally back to taking over the fence
mocking bird on roof
AND, me cleaning off window to take a picture of the  inside – have a great week!  

She’s arrived!  
As many of you know, I have been waiting for the birth of my first grandchild.  The due date of this baby was August 12, but the doctors were  afraid the baby needed to come out sooner because it was very small. The doctors decided to induce and last week they did.
At 5:30am when the kids left for the hospital, the moon was beaming and so was I.  I figured I would go to the hospital when labor got active.
They broke the water and then contractions began and around 10am the epidural was given. I headed on over to the hospital and met them in their room.  Leila looked radiant, Aaron looked ready.
I was the “monitor watcher”,  checking readings on heartbeats for both Mother and baby and the blood pressure too.  At one point the baby’s heartbeat suddenly went from 145 to about 50 and 60 and you never saw such a quick response of nurses coming in and giving oxygen, shifting body position and it stimulated the baby’s beats right back up again. We were all so relieved.   That was very scary! Each labor room is assigned with a team and our head nurse was Rachel and we all just thought she was the best!
Labor moved along with Leila not even hardly feeling the contractions, I would tell her as they came and went.  Aaron fell asleep,     men and labor, it just wears them out, haha!
Leila’s Dad came over around noon when she was pretty well dilated.   He took over monitor duty.  Shortly after 2:oopm  they said Leila was dilated and gave the go ahead to push. After only 25-30 minutes of that, we had our baby!  I was so lucky to see her come into this world!  And what a baby! We expected to see some ‘Prem-mie” weighing less than 5lbs, with undeveloped lungs needing to be in NICU, intensive care. Not our baby! She came out looking full term and weighed 5lbs 9oz. Her skin was rosy, her cry strong, and she got a perfect Apgar score of 10 upon arrival — touchdown! Leila made it look like a walk in the
park!  She was so lucky! Here’s a few pics:
Big cries!  The nurse looks over our newborn,  As does the Doctor.    The happiest parents!   The relieved Fraternal Grand mother and Maternal GrandFather.   

Aaron and his new daughter check each other out. She was so very alert!  She had a good cry!           She got a Vitamin K shot and wailed, then came a few tests and eye medicine and then she was allowed hugging time.   To us she is a perfect angel! 
Later that day when they moved the kids into their room, we got much more one on one time.  The baby was so very alert and kept looking at us so intensely it seemed.  The visitors came and went, Leila and Aaron’s friends are just wonderful and caring.  Andrea and Adam came over too, they were so happy and excited to be a big part in her life!

Here’s a few pics of my days spent with the new baby – I am so proud! And proud of how fast the kids are adapting to parenthood! Nothing fazed our macho Aaron at all about diapering, dressing or mixing a bottle and feeding. He is hands on I am proud to say and he is totally hypnotized by his baby!  Leila too, completely smitten with love, she is a  loving and nurturing mother. This baby is loved loved loved like crazy!   After this blog, I will settle back into nature and art, but for today, here’s some more pics:  Day Three – Home coming
Aunt Andrea is in love!    And so are   Maternal “Grands”, Lynette and Mark.
Sasha is convinced it might be a kitten from it’s cries.  Bella is just an attention needy dog who thinks everyone is coming to see her!   
The next week brought more family and friends and a celebration of life.      Uncle Adam holds his first newborn niece.
Day one and checking out the scenery.
Smiling while listening to Daddy’s heartbeat   and also conversing in his lap

Warm hugs from Mom.  
The happy family!  

The first evening stroll outside with Dad, Mom, “Gam” and Bella.

Daddy is so tired he is walking in his sleep.   

And that’s just the beginning of a new life, we all feel so fortunate and ecstatic!  I guess I will be a busy grand mother traveling back and forth —   Thanks a million to my kids for this gift of total love,  the big question still is, do I move???


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