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City Sonnet: Home. April 05, 2020

“Home is a shelter from storms-all sorts of storms.” William J. Bennett

A bedroom in a San Diego lighthouse
Room for chaplain at USS Midway Aircraft Carrier, San Diego
Making friends with the logging community in a recreated outdoor home
Gorilla family at Safari Park Zoo, San Diego

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Welcome to my blog! My name is Esther and I'm so happy you are here. I'm an avid nature photographer and a daydreaming thinker. My posts revolve around photos of nature's beauty, homeschooling adventures with my 2 kids, sporadic reflections on my child's heart condition, Bible reading reflections, gardening feats, and other mish mash things. Hopefully you'll leave encouraged, pensive, or smiling at the simple things of life. Thank you for stopping by and hope you'll find some interesting posts to read!

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      1. I had a boss one time who had been in the Navy and it seems like I remember him saying he was stationed in San Diego. I read once that San Diego had the most-perfect weather in the entire United States. Any state that does not have Winter would be perfect for me. I do not like snow/ice and don’t like to drive in it. Because I took the bus for so many years and just walked down the street to catch it, my Winter driving skills are not very good at all.


      2. San Diego is beautiful and a very mellow place! The weather is mild and the beaches beautiful. I think there’s a lot of military ties down there. They have that navy ship museum and a navy base there. I wrote about my experience at that museum. If you have time, you could check it out. This is the link:
        Your winters must be cold and snowy compared to the CA one. And yes, the driving slippery. But we get cold when it’s 50 degrees and get all bundled up. Rain makes CA drivers go crazy.
        Then, you see some people from the east coast over here wearing shorts and t shirts.
        Hope spring comes soon in your town!


      3. That was very interesting at the naval museum – I read your former post and also went a little into the actual website. That would be a fun tour – I would like that as well. We had a naval ship dock in Detroit when I was working downtown. It was at the time I was working for the attorney who had been in the Navy. He mentioned it to me and he was going down to the Riverfront to check it out at lunch hour. Another secretary and I decided to go … big mistake as we had no dress code (no pants) and were wearing dresses and there was a lot of climbing so we skipped some parts of the tour. We saw the galley/dining area and the sleeping quarters. It was interesting. We also went to the River and toured one of the Tall Ships when it was in town – that was fun as well. My boss does labor work for a few freighter clients. I was on one of the freighters. I can see there as well as the Naval ship how you could be claustrophobic and you have to remember to step up when going from “room to room” too.

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      4. Touring navy ships is an endeavor! Tight spaces, low ceilings, lots of narrow stairs. I would’ve done the same if I were wearing a skirt. And what about dress shoes?!
        Thank you for checking out my post about the navy ship! It’s one of my favorite places to visit in San Diego, and like I mentioned, the volunteers have shared history with the actual ship. The volunteer told us that on occasions the sailors would work under deck for 2 weeks or so. When they finally go up deck, they get disoriented.
        Oh, and rhey also had a tiny jail cell.
        If you visit SD, this is a must sightseeing place. I totally sound like a salesperson…this is unpaid advertisement and personal review. 🙂

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      5. We luckily had switched to flats, but it was not a place to go in a dress- we had a dress code and just heard about it that morning.
        When I was on a tall ship (Christian Radich) back in 1976, we took a tour and saw the small spaces inside – it was quite amazing. I can imagine they would be quite disoriented seeing daylight and out of tight quarters. We had replica ships of the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria come to the Wyandotte riverfront and I could not tour it as it was a weekday, but I went to see them before I started work (tours were after 11:00 a.m. and the line was long) … anyway, they must all have been very short as my neighbor went on it and said the ceilings were only about four feet tall, so they had to bend over to walk around once they were adults and really packed the crew members in like sardines. You are a one-person tourist bureau – you made me a believer it would be a fun and interesting place to visit.

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      6. Thank you! I’m so happy that I have marketed well this tourist site. And another interesting fact about this place is that the mess hall is open 24 hours However, whatever you get on your plate, you have to eat it all. I hope you do visit!
        The real deal or replica tours of old sites are full of history and character! I’ve always been a fan o these particular sites.

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      7. That is interesting that they must eat everything – that sounds like when I was growing up – I was taught to eat like a clock, around my plate as the clock hands moved and when I was finished, I was allowed dessert. You are are a good ambassador for them Esther!


  1. It’s probably due to food shortages that can happen at sea and to make people accountable for the food they put on their plats. I think planes would drop off supplies and would be difficult. Wow, it sounds like you grew up on a balanced diet. We are all over the place…because we need Ellis to gain weight, we have an open pantry policy. Not good for the rest of the family and we have to practice serious self control.
    Thank you! curtsy…curtsy…
    Have a great start to a new week!


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