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My husband and I , with our dog, Tate, moved to Buenos Aires, 8 years ago. Life has never been the same since ~ Back in the USA ... life is still not the same !
It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new.
But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful.
There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.
Alan Cohen
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
Groucho Marx
The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Times have changed



This is where I used to live. This is where I called Home. 
This is where my husband and I were happy.
This is where we walked our dog , Tate, every day, everywhere. 
We would sit in a cafe with Tate and while we had coffee or wine, the waiters always brought him water. Sometimes a treat too. Tate and my husband and I were so happy in Buenos Aires. 
I daydream about returning. 
I am cautioned that nothing ... Nothing .. would be the same.
Nothing is the same here too..
But some day , maybe in a year more or less ... I will go back and see for myself.

Right now I am waiting for a couple of people who saw my house, to talk to my realtor and hopefully make a nice offer.
When that happens, I will make my offer on my new little (old) house.
Lots of things happening, lots of ideas and hopes and dreams.
Lots of memories .. a few tears .. trying to look at the bright side, be brave.
Yesterday was a warm and sunny day, I got some new freckles on my nose , from messing around in the garden .
Today it is chilly and very windy and the kitten and I are happy to stay indoors and snug.
Blankets and good books and a squeaky toy are all we need.

I am going to go to a shelter to see a cat.
An elderly cat that might need us to love it for the rest of its life.
Once I am settled in our new house, a puppy will probably be moving in .. wait until Minette hears about that ! We won't say anything yet, there is plenty of time for that.. so much to do yet.
I am overdosing on magazines about homes.
Design, decorating, ideas ... oh ... my ... goodness... so many ideas !!
I will get a notebook and do it right .. be organized .. remember where the notebook is when I need it.
Time for tea.
In Buenos Aires, we would be walking to a favorite cafe, I would have my tea, my husband would have his glass of Malbec. We would be planning where/what was the story about Dinner.
Times have changed.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New Beginnings

Things seem to move so slowly then suddenly they are moving too fast to keep up.

The other day someone wanted to see my house.
I took a drive, they came to see the house, I came home.
The realtor never calls right away to tell me anything but she will if there is something I should know.
I think she protects me in a lot of ways, she knows my hopes get up , she hates to dash them.
People adore my house, they adore my property but so far, that is about all that has happened.
I have let a lot of strangers walk through my home and tell me how nice it is ...

A few days ago, my realtor told me about a house that she was just listing, she wanted to take photos for her website.
I went with her.
Kismet.

I am still going to wait to talk too much about it , not to jinx it.
But the realtor had some people come in and ask about my house.
Today she brought them to see it.
Apparently, it is perfect.
I think it is nice, but for me, it is not quite perfect.
It could have been at one time, but that time  is gone now.

So the people saw the house ..
Today they came back with someone else .. a contractor.
There was talk of decks and extending things and now I get to sit on pins and needles to see if they say they want it.

If they say they do ... then the Ball will begin to Roll.
And I will say that I want the Little House that was made for Me and Minette.
(god forbid I should leave her out of anything ...)

Tonight we had a major rain storm. Very large trees whipping around.
I worried that at this time of all times, a tree falling on the house was a bad idea.
Minette just wanted me to stop running from room to room to look out the windows and make strange sounds.
Like she doesn't do that too ?

So any day now I will be able to announce my badly kept news.
A New Beginning is close ... don't tell Minette but a puppy might be close too.


                                               No, you can't get much crazier than her.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Waiting For Things...

So I am sitting here waiting for things.
What things you might ask ...

Well,  I am waiting for the cat , no, not Minette.
The Lost Cat .. waiting for him to come sniffing around my back garden, to discover that those good stinky fish smells are coming from a bowl... in the back of that huge crate ... which will close when he enters it ...
Then I can call his mom and dad who are worried sick about him.
And they don't need worries.
Dad is getting ready to go spend a year in Afghanistan, Mama and baby will wait at home, here, with the cat.
So Calvin, if you are reading this , come home.
Minette wants to meet you  . So do I.

The realtor told me someone was very interested in the house.
I dropped the price and they will come tomorrow to look at it.
I can definitely wait if I have to but there are a couple of things that make me want to get this over with.
1- I hate Waiting for things.
2- I found a new house.
A new old house. An Arts & Crafts house that was built just for Minette and I ... many years ago.
It has everything I want ... especially the Fireplace .
The stone chimney .. the enclosed porch ... the Norfolk Pine trees that tower over everything.
The sweet little tiny bridge over a tiny stream in the back garden that leads to the meadow and woods.
There are no houses in front or behind ... there is a street in front... then woods . then  a stream and  then a forest.

This is pretty much the house I have been waiting for.
But now I am tired of waiting.
Let's sell this house already !

So Calvin the Cat ... hurry up and come home.
Your mama and daddy need you and I have to  Stop waiting and Start making lists.

I refuse to put on that list Things To Do If I Don't Get That House.




Pet Shop Switch

So if you missed the story in the news, here it is again.
A pet shop in Brazil, switched homeless dogs for pet shop dogs.
See what happens, what the people say ..














in case it does not open for you


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/little-shelter-animal-rescue-and-adoption-center/pet-store-switches-animals-for-shelter-pets_b_7258546.html

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