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

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

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’

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

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?

You Got This

The first day on my Camino - walking out of St. Jean, in southern France at the foot of the Pyrenees, I had no idea what I was in for. I had not really trained. But within an hour it would be abundantly clear to me I was in over my head. I stood at … Continue reading You Got This

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