Queen of the Hill

Green turtle nest

Green turtle nest

Now THAT is one big turtle nest.  Most of the turtles nests on our beach are loggerhead nests but every so often we get one made by a Green Turtle.  Greens are endangered and not too plentiful in southwest Florida and so it’s always exciting when we find one of their nests.  They’re easy to spot.  They look like a bomb went off on the beach…huge crater and tons of sand.  This poor mama crawled all the way up the dune, into the vegetation, dug her nest, laid her eggs and threw huge amounts of sand all over to cover her eggs.  I’m standing in the “crater” and we’re just getting ready to locate those eggs.  Thank heavens, Zoe, one of the leaders of our project, came to help us decide where to dig. (and to take the picture!)  The photo made me think of the old game we used to play on snowbanks…hence the title of this post.

It turned out to be a long morning.  We had two, not one, green nests and a loggerhead to verify.  And many others to record.  We started around 6:00am and I think we left the beach at 9:30 am.  I was pretty wasted for the rest of the day.  I’m not as young as I used to be.

Jerry and I leave for San Diego tomorrow.  Erin and her family are already there.  They set out Friday from Texas and drove there via the Grand Canyon.  Even before they saw the Grand Canyon, the kids were blown away by the mountains.  They are so deprived living in Texas which is nearly as flat as Florida.

We’ll be staying with Erin for a couple days (they rented a house for the week) and then move into the hotel on Thursday to get ready for Sean and Carly’s wedding. It makes me cry just to think about it.  I will NOT cry at the wedding.  I’m getting a professional makeup job for the wedding and am determined not to ruin it.

I am just so happy that Sean found the perfect woman to share his life with, so happy that he’s so happy and so happy that we’re pretty crazy about that woman too.  I’m looking forward to seeing family and wish more of them could have come .  San Diego is so far away and so expensive.. we’re so grateful to the ones who are going to be there.

We did have a little glitch already…Jerry went to polish his shoes yesterday (please note that I am all packed and he has barely begun)   Problem was he couldn’t find his shoes.  Last time he saw them was at the tailor’s where he had his suit altered.  He checked both cars; we looked under beds, in closets, EVERYWHERE.  He figured he left them at the tailor’s but I also had this weird feeling they MIGHT be at Goodwill since I had dropped off a bag of assorted “stuff”  on Saturday. Anyway, they WERE at the tailor’s.  She hadn’t called because she never noticed them until the end of the day and had no clue who might own them.  I had visions of Jerry heading to the mall this afternoon to buy shoes.  Or skipping Lego Land in San Diego to go shoe shopping.  Not my idea of a good time but better than Jerry showing up for the wedding in loafers or flip flops.

I love the photo below. The Grand Canyon is so magnificent (and so are those three kids!)

The Littles at the Grand Canyon

The Littles at the Grand Canyon


14 thoughts on “Queen of the Hill

  1. Wow – – Love that adorable, triumphant picture of you, Mary. Considering what you have gone through . . . it is like a success poster for MD Anderson-Mary Ginley! More good times ahead for you . . .

  2. Oh Mary, how exciting! Enjoy every minute of the wedding. It goes by in a blur. Thank God for all of the photos. It is such an emotional and joyous day. Wishing you and your family the very best day.


  3. Enchanting!!!!

  4. Have a great time at the wedding!!

    Sent from my iPad Joy Kennedy


  5. Beautiful – all around: Grand Canyon, the littles, Sean and Carly, you and the turtles. Lucky you!

  6. Barbara Greenberg

    Mary you look absolutely beautiful standing on that hill! Thanks for sharing these photos.

  7. Wow…love the picture of the Grand Canyon

  8. Wendie Highsmith

    Mary-What wonderful pictures of you and the Littles at my favorite National Park.

    Have a wonderful time at the wedding!


  9. What a happy family time! Enjoy and don’t worry about the makeup. Please, send a picture before tears! You will look so lovely!

  10. All I can say is I am so happy for you. Standing triumphantly on the top of the hill beaming beautifully seems a metaphor for all the blessings in your life. Enjoy the wedding and your sweet Littles. Mazol Tov!

  11. Deirdre Christman

    Love both photos! You look so healthy and happy, and the littles look so adorable.

    You must be beside yourself with excitement right about now! Of course you can’t cry at the wedding! Work yourself up just a little earlier, maybe before or after the rehearsal dinner (the rehearsal itself is perfect), cry it all out, and look radiant at the wedding. Can’t wait to hear all the details and see the photos!!!

    Loved the story about Jerry’s shoes. Russ got a kick out of it too.


    Oh, Mary…… I love your letters, love you, love seeing pictures of the Littles, love your stories. it’s been a while since you made me cry (I am feeling a little emotional b/c I am tired and sad to see family go …. ). Reading about Sean getting married made me cry. Emotional tears. Tears of joy that you made it through your cancer ordeal and will be there to share that special moment in his life. Enjoy every minute and treasure the time with those cute little guys. As you know, they will always be cute, but they won”t always be be little. Can’t wait to see the pictures!!! Now tell Jerry to pack those shoes!! Going to the Chapel, Going to get married ….

  13. Ditto on the two photos…love them. Deirdre’s idea regarding the crying is great and I can’t wait to hear all about the wedding. The Grand Canyon photo really makes me want to travel to that area again and take the grandkids! Have a wonderful time!

  14. Laura O'Connor

    Happy, happy wedding!! What a special time for your family. Enjoy!

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