This Old Dog

They say you're only as old as you feel. But, as I've discovered, that's not necessarily true. You're actually as old as you are. And there is no way around that. I have been playing on a women's futbol (soccer) team here in Valencia. We practice every Monday and Wednesday. It took me a couple … Continue reading This Old Dog

Fin de Semana Delicioso

A Gorgeous weekend in Valencia. Saturday was windless on the beach. Micro waves, no wind. And it was warm enough to be out and about until the mid afternoon without a jacket. And the water wasn't too bad after you got used to it. It's nice to get back to normal. Or what feels like … Continue reading Fin de Semana Delicioso

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

No Passa Nada

I know some people who moved here after we did. They had been reading my blog and told me, on more than one occasion, ‘All we had to do was ask ourselves ‘What would Kelli do?’ and then do the exact opposite’. Sure, I’m pretty clear I’ve made some mistakes, but it’s all learning. That’s … Continue reading No Passa Nada

And Now We Wait

This morning I made my way to the Autoescula across town, where I have been taking my driving lessons. At 10 am we went to the starting ground for the practical driving exam. It was time. On a wall I saw 'Nunca sabras de lo que eres capaz hasta que lo intentes.' by Charles Dickens. … Continue reading And Now We Wait

Perfectly Imperfect

I read somewhere that in Japan they have a tradition. When a bowl or a plate is broken, it is repaired, but with a thin layer of gold along the crack. They don't try to fake it with super glue or send it out to a master ceramicist to refire and repaint it, so it's … Continue reading Perfectly Imperfect

Roller Coaster Sunday

'God takes care of fools and little children.' It's been my motto my entire life. So far it has worked for me nicely. I've toddled my way through things and while there were potential dangers - I mostly ignored them. I just kept toddling. But I digress. I'll start at the beginning. We left the … Continue reading Roller Coaster Sunday

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’

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