~(this was thursday)~
|the roof outside my window|
and then today (it's actually friday now) there was hail... a lot of it and it went on for 1/2 hour or so, with bright sunshine interspersed. and it was really cold this morning... 36F when i left home at (believe it or not) 7 freaking a.m. and i got up at 6a.m. and it was DARK, baby, DARK. so i guess i haven't been missing anything by sleeping til 9a.m. most days. yes, retirement is marvelous! the only reason i was out of bed at this horrific hour was an 8a.m. appointment in north portland with my pulmonologist, routine visit and the only time he had available before we leave. i most likely would not have gone in if his office hadn't called me 3 times in the last 2 months to tell me it was time for a 6 month follow-up visit. his office really stays on top of things... and this is Kaiser. and i don't care what people say about HMOs and Kaiser, i think it's damn good medical care!
|close-up of the hail|
here's Bloumosifi taverna where we'll be eating dinner a week from tonight!
and this is Yanni, our favorite waiter at the taverna. we met him about 3 years ago when he had just come to Vamos from Syria. my heart goes out to him for what's going on in his country, where his family is. i'm really looking forward to seeing him.