Posted 29 May 2008 - 06:17 AM
I too, met Jim and Lise through some mutual friends here in South Florida, also members of the IPS. They visited South Florida often, and would always make a point to call when in town. I can remember one time, in the heat of the summer, the cumulus clouds were building just west of Miami, and as we were driving, thunder roared in the distance. Jim about cried at the sound of a true tropical thunderstorm and the impending downpour. "We don't get rains like this in San Diego!!!" He would have leaned out of the window to catch rain drops had I let him. Having never been to California at that time, I thought his behavior was a bit strange to say the least!
Upon a visit to San Diego, my first to California, both Jim and Lise met me and my native Floridian friend with open arms to their home and garden. I was amazed....both at the plantings, palms, garden art, color, texture, and especially the kindness and hospitality from them.
Jim, I hope that your garden and all of the times that you both spent nuturing it, bring some sort of solitude to you during this difficult time. I can't imagine a loss such as yours. Just rest knowing that many of us were touched by Lise in a way that does not often happen. You were blessed having so many wonderful memories with her...and they live in your garden still.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Average Annual Low 67 F
Average Annual High 84 F
Average Annual Rainfall 62"
Riverfront exposure, 1 mile from Atlantic Ocean
Part time in the western mountains of North Carolina
Gratefully, the best of both worlds!