Friday, July 31, 2020

R.I.P. Mac

Hello, friends. Hope you are all well...and sane. 

My old Mac died. Mr. MW is gracious enough to share his laptop when he doesn't need it for work. I'm limited on visits and commenting. I don't have a phone...I know, I'm a dinosaur. I just don't need a phone. Anyone who wants to reach me goes through my email. 

I can't get to my photos. I was able to get some old ones from somewhere...out there in the ether.

Annie and I have been at home...and only home...since March 14th. We are keeping ourselves entertained and are making plans for our Halloween window. First, we have Annie's birthday celebration coming up in a little over a week. We are looking forward to the holidays. Thank goodness for Amazon and other on-line shops.

We finished up out sixteenth and final year on The Florida Bar Board of Governors. It's been an adjustment on top of everything else. Annie and I enjoyed all those lovely hotels and new a trip out of state every year. Every six weeks we were off to somewhere. Mostly, we miss our Bar family. Annie told me she is "devastated" not seeing all her pals. But, life goes on and she is a trooper.

Mr. MW does the shopping and is so proud of himself when he remembers something I forgot to put on the list. He loves to score a bargain and was giddy when he came home with four baskets of blueberries for $10. So funny. In a noble effort to keep me sane, he brings me roses every week. I've been drying them as they die and the rack above my sink, where they hang on ribbons, looks like an old Victorian postcard.

We have our first hurricane of the season approaching. Looks like it is turning and we are very grateful for that. Fingers crossed.

Hope to have a new computer soon. Our local Apple store has been closed for a very long time. It's not the computer that is the problem. I can get one on line, no problem...or even Best Buy. It's the setting it up and transferring everything from the old one. I will not go out...even with no one on one class like I had when I bought my last one. In the scheme of things...a minor inconvenience. It will eventually get resolved. 

To put things into perspective in difficult times, my mind always goes to Anne Frank and her diary. I've read and reread that book many times.When I was twelve, and read it for the first time, it made an impact on me that has stayed with me all these many years since. At the tender age of thirteen her world stopped and she became a captive of 
horrific circumstances. And yet, her life was so full of purpose. She left us a blueprint for making the best of a bad situation. May her memory be a blessing.

Have a good weekend! Stay well.

Enjoy the day,


  1. I too have been inspired by Anne Frank's optimism. If you have not been, I hope that you may venture someday to the building in Amsterdam where they sheltered in place for so long...It is moving beyond words. Stay safe!

  2. Hello, Kate. Although I have been to the Netherlands, I have not been to Amsterdam. There is a wonderful documentary on Netflix now with Helen Mirren narrating from the hidding place and survivors telling their stories. It is a jewel of a production. Thanks for visiting.

  3. Lovely to see a post - I always enjoy your writing and photos. The roses sound so pretty.
    Yes, the Anne Frank diary that many of us read first in jr.high is amazing. Always admired her bravery and wisdom - what a wonderful adult she would have grown to - tragedy.
    Cheers to all of your sweet family,

  4. Thanks for the kind words, Mary. My grandmother always said she wanted all her flowers when she was alive...not at her funeral...and I agree. Luckily, my husband agrees as well.
    Anne Frank has had an immeasurable impact on the citizens of the world. A life cut short is a tragedy for sure. The Netflix documentary is excellent!

  5. You are doing you are doing your part to stay healthy. I have to go out to work and hate it but in NH we are pretty low but if the numbers start to spike I am out we will figure it out. Anne Frank is a good book to read right now. I saw a model size of her house at a museum and a very large display of what it would have been like for her and her family.So very sad and still there are complaints from people today sigh....
    nice to see you post

  6. Hi Cathy,
    One in every fifty two Floridians has the virus...and it's going up every day. My husband works in his office with the door clients. When he gets home he takes his clothes off in the garage and then takes a shower. We do what we can to protect Annie. We can all learn from the fortitude Annie Frank displayed in her short life. Enjoy the weekend.

  7. Hey fellow Robyn.... good to see a post from you...and beautiful photos even if they are "resurrected" from ether. Funny you mention Anne Frank....I just saw that documentary a few months ago...and it was, indeed, moving. I also watched a movie version of her story and found it to be very accurate from what I know of the "facts." I have been to Amsterdam and saw her hiding house. It makes you stop and just leave you speechless knowing what happened there. But the analogy to life now is somewhat chilling. Hope you get a new pc soon!! ~Robin~

  8. Good to hear you are safe and healthy. Hope the hurricane is not that bad and also hope you get a new computer soon. Hope Annie has a wonderful birthday. Janice

  9. Oh that doll. Wonderful.

    I just bought an Android tablet which is like a big phone. Apps and apps and apps but I'm learning so if I do get a phone, it won't all be foreign. Not familiar with the i devices but will check them when I visit a Best Buy.

    Glad you and Annie are staying safe! You are both blessed to have Mr. MW.

  10. Thank you so much for sharing and for helping me to keep things in perspective...
    Blessings, Patti

  11. By this time I bet Annie's birthday is past, but happy belated... So good to read your post. This virus has robbed us of many things but we are making the best... Our grandchildren had an exposure at daycare so we have been away from them for 4 weeks. But alas Anne Frank had it so much worse. I will think of her when I am whining. Thank you for the reminder. Take care and sending Gods Blessings, Pat

  12. Hi, I was wondering if you ever researched the sampler by Amy Selby from Leicester? I own, and have reproduced, a sampler by Ada Billson from Leicester. She stitched her sampler in 1864 and I see lots of similarities! I wonder if they were connected? Perhaps attended the same school even? Best wishes, Christina

  13. Hope all is well with you and yours. I do so miss your wonderful posts and endearing thoughts. Looking forward to the better days ahead and hearing your voice once again. Best regards, Carol

  14. Thanks, Carol. We are well. Your kind words are much appreciated. Hope to be back soon. Take good care.

  15. Hi Robyn, I've missed seeing your blog lately and I thought that I would come and check in on you.

    Somehow I've missed this post all together. My apologies. I hope that you got your computer issue sorted out by now. How devastating for poor Annie to miss all the outings and seeing her friends.

    I've read the Diary of Anne Frank years ago and was greatly impacted by it also. I hope that your Annie, is slowly adapting to the new normal. There is so much more than Covid to adapt to now. The whole world has gone crazy.

    Wishing you courage and strength until we can breath a sign of relief again.
    Stay safe and well everyone.
    Hugs, Julia

  16. Hope you guys are well. Miss your posts...