Friday, November 7, 2008

Sunset over Biscayne Bay

I have started to walk again...well, sort of. My broken toe is healing, finally, and I am getting out in the late afternoon to walk around our small island. Needless to say, the exercise is absolutely necessary! Even the weather is cooperating and is much better; some days it's even cool! So, armed with my iPod, with music that can keep me moving...I walk every afternoon. There are such memories in that!

I get out of our building's pool area and into the walkway....turn right and go. Most people move the opposite way, but I want to see the open water and the sunset....alright, you'll say I'm walking Eastwards.... so what sunset? That's the beauty of it...the sun cannot be seen over the buildings that now cover the other side of the water. The Brickell area is a concrete jungle...but Mother Nature has found a way. Above and between the buildings and into the bay spill the colors of the retreating sun....and what colors!

Once I turn into the side of the island along the Miami River, I can see the port of Miami and the end tail of Miami Beach and farther on Fisher Island. The tall buildings on the far side reflect those colors in a wonderful way. Golds, reds and violets, yellows and oranges shine blindingly on the glass windows and doors. The sky turns pink or gold and color surrounds you. It is breathtaking!

As in other places I have walked, very few people lift their heads up to look....what is it with them? Am I the only one that still likes sunsets?

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Back to Panama....

Yes, plans have changed yet again. A trip to Panama is necessary and soon! Don't know how this is going to happen....I just can't do this at this time. Since my mother had her stroke, it seems the only place I visit is Panama. Haven't had time for any vacation, have been only once to see my daughter in London, had to cancel my trip to Curaçao....what next?

I received a frantic call the other day: one of my mother's nurses got a job at a hospital and is leaving. As if getting professionals to move in with my mother and care for her is not hard enough. So I immediately asked my cousin to start looking...have some candidates lined up by the time I get there. Screening and interviewing and deciding....not my idea of a relaxing trip, which is what I really need at the moment.

This will be also the time, I hope, to take a hard look at the situation. Is this the best we can do for her? is it possible that my mother needs to be in place where she can socialize with others her age? maybe have a more interesting life? Right now, she lives on her own with the people that care for her. It was the easiest solution since neither my sisters nor I live in Panama. It has worked so far...but who knows? More decisions, and this time so close to the Holidays. Let's see what happens....