Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Landing Life

Stella made her second appearance in our neighborhood magazine, Landing Life.

My little supermodel was last featured in 2015.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Our Daddy Needs a Kidney Dot Com

Meet my good friend Matt Fischer.

He is an exceptionally kind, gentle giant who adores his children Madeline (age 7) & Charlie (age 7) - whom he & his wife Ilona, adopted as infants. He is a development manager, who builds software for hospital information systems. Nothing holds him down. He never misses a day of work, nor a chance to support his kids.

While Matt looks fine, he is in end-stage renal failure. His kidneys are functioning at less than 5%. LIVING DONATION IS THE ANSWER. Living donation is a voluntary gift of one kidney (we only need one) by a person who is able. Donors are thoroughly tested to ensure a SAFE & HEALTHY outcome for both the donor & the recipient. All medical expenses, travel, lodging & time lost at work will be covered.

Matt’s blood type is A. He can receive a kidney from an A or O donor. The antigen match is no longer an issue. The transplant will take place at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville – one of the leading healthcare facilities in the world – where over 100 kidney transplants are performed each year.

Living donation is a proven, safe & effective way of giving the gift of life to another person. Kidney donation is not right for everyone, & not everyone can donate.


We are searching for a living donor. Donation is a proven safe and successful procedure. A kidney donor is someone who is able and willing to give the gift of life. Thank you!

Please share Matt’s story.

OurDaddyNeedsAKidney Facebook
OurDaddyNeedsAKidney Website
Mayo Clinic Living Donor Program

After work, I shot some family pix we're using in a campaign to help Matt get a living kidney donor.





Saturday, September 16, 2017

Baby Reveal

We all got together today at Mitch & Anna's house for a baby reveal party.

I finally got to meet their puppy, Huck! Of course I didn't come empty-handed!

Huck looked great against the unfinished floor.

Awwwww!

Time for the baby reveal cake. It's a ...

I'm not sure if Huck wants a piece of cake ... or if he just wants to know what kind of sibling he's gonna get.

... BOY!

Penny was so tired after all of the excitement.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Museum of Contemporary Art

Tonight we went to MOCA to hear internationally acclaimed photographer Gideon Mendel talk about his ongoing project ‘Drowning World’ & his experience over the past few days photographing the devastating effects of flooding in Houston, TX & Jacksonville. Awesome!



Times-Union photographer Bob Self was there to show his images of flooding in northeast Florida. Great stuff!

In the 30 foot tall atrium at MOCA, there was a cool optical art installation by artist Gabriel Dawe called Plexus No. 38. It consisted of thousands of strands of brightly colored, polyester sewing thread.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Hurricane Damage

Chris came over to shoot drone photos of my roof damage. Overall, the hood looks pretty good.

I lost some tiles in 2 areas of my roof.




Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Homeward Bound

Emergency response vehicles were on the road, heading south.

Rest stop

There was an osprey on my bulkhead dismantling a fish when we got home.

Roof tiles were spread around the yard. Ugh!

The seals were broken on a lot of windows. The fogging on this one looks like a jeep & a bull lol.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hurricane Irma Evacuation Day 6

We got to watch the iPhone X announcement in our cabin.

When the weather cleared, we took the pups for a hike around the lake.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Hurricane Irma Evacuation Day 5

It was pouring but Mary took the pups for a walk ... luckily Stella had her raincoat!

Stella & Google relaxed in their bathrobes after a walk in the rain.


When we lost power, Mary made my mom a lantern using an LCD headlamp on a jug of water. Pretty cool!

We reheated leftover pasta in the fireplace.

Stella is always mesmerized by the fire.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Hurricane Irma Evacuation Day 4

We checked out of the cabin at Lakepoint & headed to Chewacla State Park in Auburn, AL


Our stone cottage was one of 6 built in the 1930's the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). They have all been renovated & feature hardwood floors, stone fireplaces, new bathrooms, modern kitchens & TVs.

We were so happy when the Governor of Alabama announced State Parks would allow dogs in the cabins for hurricane evacuees.


On the way back from our hike, Google wanted to be carried across the footbridge.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Hurricane Irma Evacuation Day 3

Today we went to a really cool Drive-Thru Museum in Seale, AL



Entrance painting

Bo Jackson

Which way should I go?






After the museum, we walked around the town of Hurtsboro.

Google & Stella enjoyed the community park.




Stella was exhausted after a long day of sightseeing so we headed back to the cabin.

For some reason, Stella was in Google's bed & Google was in Stella's. They switched in the next pic, but so did my mom & Hank LOL.