Too Much Junk in the Trunk

You can already tell the days are getting longer. The afternoon light has started to get that honey colored glow. The afternoons are in the 60's and even 70's this past weekend. Spring is arriving in January in Valencia. Even my beleaguered pepper plant - that I failed to bring in all winter - has … Continue reading Too Much Junk in the Trunk

Fresh Squeezed

It's a cool crisp morning here in Valencia. Surprise! We woke up to fireworks. Shades of Fallas - reminding us it's coming and we need to book some rooms out of town for that week. First, it rained and then the sun came out like it inevitably does. A day without sunshine here, in some … Continue reading Fresh Squeezed

Zen and the Art of Learning to Drive in Spain: ‘This is why we can’t have nice things’

I don't know much. But one thing I have learned after two driving lessons is that driving a stick is no big deal. Yup - only killed the engine once in an hour and a half, after stopping at a light and trying to start forward in 3rd gear. Another thing I learned is that … Continue reading Zen and the Art of Learning to Drive in Spain: ‘This is why we can’t have nice things’

Finding Room

Being back in Spain has proved busy. In an effort to make more room for our creative pursuits, Jeff and I have been out and about exploring. Jeff has repeatedly been frustrated with the availability of supplies related to the things he likes to do. Whether it's sea kayaks or technical fabrics. Not to mention … Continue reading Finding Room

The Sun Also Rises

Time smooths out the rough edges of memory. Sometimes it makes the past seem rosier than, perhaps, it really was. We are home from Ireland. We were excited to spend Christmas in New Years in weather that felt like so many holidays of the past. Especially all the years we spent in Seattle. And it … Continue reading The Sun Also Rises

It’s a Mixed Bag

We've been up since 2:30 am. When you move to another country - 9 time zones ahead of where your US cell phone number's area code happens to be - any old reminders for a dentist, veterinarian or prescriptions is going to come to your phone at a time that is based on that old … Continue reading It’s a Mixed Bag

Cookies – Numero Dos

We have our landlord and workmen coming today. So I needed to get up and get the Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls dipped. I couldn't do it yesterday because I had other cookies on racks cooling, and my kitchen - being of the Barbie Doll House variety - counter space is at a premium. Finally found … Continue reading Cookies – Numero Dos

Fa La La La La…

Chopping nuts with my Great Grandmother's nut chopper. Listening to the greats - Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra - singing the Christmas songs from my childhood about Santa, drummer boys, and SNOW!! Flour and powdered sugar everywhere, and cookies on every surface. It must be Christmas! Mom's recipes and GG's nut … Continue reading Fa La La La La…

Did You Order Something?

When the door buzzer went off this morning, we did what we always do. We looked at each other immediately and said simultaneously 'Did you order something?' There are two reasons for this. 1) The person who did the ordering has to go to the little phone in the kitchen, say 'Hola!' and then try … Continue reading Did You Order Something?

Remembering Why

It struck me a few months ago that I had gotten off track. Moving to a new country came with a lot of things to do. And meeting new friends and having new experiences - which was great. But I wasn't myself. I felt like I was tagging along, too many times, with other people … Continue reading Remembering Why