Sunday, February 13, 2011

Revisiting America

Well, I missed the rain.  Friday was overcast and windy all day, but we didn't ever get a drop of the promised rain.  Then Saturday afternoon, Lou and I went into Key West.  It started raining, not hard, as we pulled out of the driveway, and was over by the time we got home.  So I still haven't seen or heard the rain hit the water and the palms.  Maybe before we leave.
Friday was one of those days when we did some housekeeping, played cards, watched a movie on TV, and looked for Iggy.  He didn't show himself.  Guess it wasn't his favorite kind of weather.  He seems to prefer bright sunshine and gentle breezes.  Me, too.
Saturday, when in Key West, we visited Walgreen's, K-Mart, and Publix.  This you can do in any part of the country so it wasn't particularly geared toward Key West. But these stores are located on Roosevelt Boulevard in the southernmost city in the US, and you see the Gulf, the Atlantic, and lots of palm trees. The day was considered a winter's day by the locals because the temp was below 60, the sky was overcast, and the wind was blowing pretty hard.  When we talked to our family in Birmingham, the temp there was 17 a couple of nights before and remnants of snow still remained in shadowed places on the lawn.
Today, the weather is still a little bit cooler, the wind is merely a breeze, the sky is blue, and the sunshine is bright.  We went to church this morning at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Duval in Key West.  The sanctuary was very beautiful and the service was "high church" which was a little confusing to Lou and me, being the Baptist-raised Southerners that we are.  Still, we enjoyed the experience very much.  For the first time in my life, I saw a dog in church.  The lady who brought her (a golden retriever named Amanda) is training her as a service dog.  Amanda was very well behaved all through church and also during her trip to the altar while her trainer took communion.  I thought it was wonderful.  The congregation seemed to accept her and, again, she was a very good dog.
Our visitors from Alabama who came to New Orleans are coming to Key West later this week.  Lou and I are really looking forward to seeing them.  They are loads of fun and we can use a break from seeing only each other almost 24/7.
There are still a lot of activities coming up for us here before we leave.  We have lists of things we want to see and do.  The list would be a lot longer if we had more funds.  Such as, taking a side trip to Cuba which is only 90 miles away.  So near and yet so far.
More later this week.

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