I'm not what people call "a language person". I speak English fluently because it's my mother tongue. I had trouble learning Spanish in high school and college, but I know enough to get by when I travel to Mexico or other Spanish-speaking countries. I learned some Hebrew, too, but my memory only holds a few traces of the content I learned from 10 years of Hebrew school (purple, king, money, bird, and dog, and the numbers 1-10 are the only words I could recite to you now).
As I've mentioned before, my father has a green thumb. We grew up with fresh fruit, vegetables, and flowers coming out of our ears. So what's the best thing to do with all of our peaches, oranges, blackberries, plums, grapefruits, etrogs, lemons, apricots, cherries, apples, pomegranates, grapes, and peppers? Make jam, of course!
Have you ever been skydiving?
Neither have I!
For those who have read the other blogs in my adventure series (Have you ever been... bungee jumping, hang gliding, in a hot air balloon, on the flying trapeze, or on a BBQ donut?), you know that I would sooner jump off a bridge with a cable tied to my back than set foot in a small airplane. So skydiving is not an option for me.
The first time I went in a hot air balloon was when I was 9 years old. The excursion was a gift from my father to my mother for her birthday. Our whole family got to go. It was an unforgettable experience! The second time I went in a hot air balloon was in 1997, when I took a visiting college friend on a tour of my home town San Diego. Again, it was totally unforgettable.
My hubby and I went to New Zealand for our honeymoon in September 2004. It was idyllic -- calm, peaceful, beautiful scenery; beautiful beachers; a slower way of life; and bungee jumping...
Is there anyone on this planet that doesn't want to join the circus, even for a day? As a child, I loved going to the circus to see the clowns, the dancers, the animals, and especially the trapeze artists. How graceful they were, swinging from bar to bar right above our heads! They reminded me of monkeys at the zoo. No wings or feathers, but still able to bound through the air for a few seconds of airborn freedom.
A few years ago I had the opportunity to visit Brazil for work. Mostly I was in a small town called Sao Mateus in the state of Espirito Santo, but I had to fly in and out from Rio de Janeiro. I stayed a few extra days on my own and my husband Matt met me there. The beaches... Sugar Loaf... Corcovado... everything was stunning. A highlight of our trip was a tandem hang glide over the beautiful coastline.
The Star of India is the world's oldest active sailing ship, and it resides right here in my hometown of San Diego! She is an iron ship that first set sail with the given name Euterpe (after the Greek muse of music and poetry) from Britain in 1863. Her first two voyages were disasters...
How well do you know your backyard plants? Maybe a more appropriate question is: how well do you know my backyard plants? I live in San Diego, California, USA. It is a dry, temperate climate in the chaparral biome. We can grow a variety of plants here. Some of my favorite flowers are showcased in my previous blog The Flowers and Trees of my Home, Sweet Home.
Let's see if you can identify some of the more beautiful speciments in my backyard.