nn                                                                                                                                                           Слава Україні! Героям Слава!

                 Which is Ukrainian for "Glory to Ukraine! To the heroes, glory!"

There you have it, so now let’s get on with the retelling, but first “Céad Míle Fáilte” -- "A hundred thousand welcomes" All caveats now observed. So dear reader, despite it all’n’all what remains clear is this: God does indeed have a plan TBTG himself, which is no doubt unfolding as it should; nevertheless, ourselves and all ALTAIRs I’m sure, are striving to find our place and our way. For our part, we strive to do as much as we can in the time that we have TBTG, and none more so than Gloriously Glamorous, Occasionally Gluttonous, Gleefully Giddy, Gloria in Excelsis Geo, who’s dirt digging designs delightfully decorate our 2.5 green acres, from her two new-found pear trees to the Marine haircut she organized for our eight apple trees, to hundreds of bulbs now popping into flowerhood wherever you look, G2OG4iEG is giving the Garden of Eden itself a run for its money (no snakes!). On rainy days, she’s in the “carriage house” (fancy word for barn) content to dive into unopened boxes from moves long forgotten with such merriment and delight you’d think it was Christmas Day! And betwixt and between all dat, she’s next door at the golf course swinging and swilling clubs and suds in that order, and why not? But, her greatest delight of RY21, all things compared, had to be the installation of her two full-size, fully functional, water wells one of the wishing variety in stone and wood, and one classic 19th century iron hand pump! Who knew running to water would make her so happy? And the most attentive among you who tolerate Facebook will know that Gloria has taken to cruising with caloric abandon accompanying Mike on tree, count’em, tree Viking Ocean cruises no less from Malta to the Greek Isles, including Santorini, from Barcelona to Buenos Aires, with a much Omicron-adjusted itinerary, which took us to places we’d never willfully go but having gone are happy we went, and from Los Angeles to French Polynesia at the height of their summer dontcha know! So now we’re on the Whole 30 diet (no, not name 30 favorites and eat the whole thing) and have cut back considerably on the cocktails toward the doctor-recommended daily allotment. We still allow ourselves a glass of wine (the glass it comes in) with dinner, but we are behaving, mostly to get in shape for the next cruise!   MORE BELOW