My Daughter’s Mother

Part of what is hard about living in Spain, so far away from family, is that when they are sick or injured you can do nothing to comfort them or ease their pain. I haven't felt this helpless since we moved here. Yesterday, I woke up to pictures on my phone of Emilie's ankle, and … Continue reading My Daughter’s Mother

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

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?

A Peek Behind the Curtain

Jeff has a rich inner life. One I'm not always privy to. Periodically, he gives me glimpses into it. More now than in the beginning. Usually, it will start with 'I've been thinking...' or 'I've been doing some research...'. And it means that he's been thinking about, and finding ways to solve, whatever it is … Continue reading A Peek Behind the Curtain

It was a dark and stormy night

Well, it was actually a dark and stormy afternoon. And it was the day that I realized the theme of this week should be 'The Appointment to Make the Appointment'. We hit the ground running this week.Our first annual medical exams since we've been here - actually, we were way past due before we left … Continue reading It was a dark and stormy night

It takes a Village

It's Christmas in October! Carol Joyner - you are amazing! Today, all the way from Spain's Northwest coast, a package arrived containing the English version of the Spanish driving regulations. And, as we all know, there are a lot of them as evidenced by the thickness of the tome of all things trafico. I'm taking … Continue reading It takes a Village

Teaching the Test

I'm all over this driving test thing. Every day I'm taking the actual Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT) tests online. In the beginning, I was getting discouraged. I was successful somewhere in the 70% range and it was a morale killer. But I have persevered and now I'm either passing the actual tests or coming … Continue reading Teaching the Test

The Boob Tube

I'm not sure the genesis of the American expression 'Boob Tube' but my Dad used to call the TV that, mockingly when we were kids. Television in our house growing up, wasn't something that was on most of the time, unless it was the news. And then it was usually news about the Vietnam war … Continue reading The Boob Tube

If a Tree Falls in the Woods…

The good news is I'm upright! Actually standing and almost totally vertical. Sure, there is still a little pain but I'm going to take a short walk today because I'm going stir crazy in the house and we're going to Madrid tomorrow. No one ever accused me of being a patient person. And on that … Continue reading If a Tree Falls in the Woods…

Yup – It’s Purple

They say never do anything at the last moment before you travel or have an important event. I was once at a Spa in Chicago and there was a woman there getting a facial the morning before her afternoon wedding. She came out looking like she'd been beaten up and was crying. She hadn't told … Continue reading Yup – It’s Purple