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My husband and I , with our dog, Tate, moved to Buenos Aires.. 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.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Small Things Mean So Much

Recently, someone from my Other Life ( in Buenos Aires), asked me about My Christmas.
How was it, what did I/we do, where did I go ... did the cats get a lot of presents ?
All the Fun Holiday stuff that Americans do for holidays ...
It was mildly embarrassing and very saddening for me to answer ..
I was alone for Christmas. I got presents for my cats. They liked them. I got no presents. 
I had no visitors, well one that night and there was nothing Christmassy about it.
When my husband died, it was October. That Christmas is a hazy dream that I try not to remember.
But family drove from far away and not so far away and spent time with me and kept me from feeling like the only person left on the planet.
Well, here I am ... the only person on this planet. With cats.

So ... I got mail. 
One piece of mail in the mailbox, right after Christmas.
A card. 
The only Christmas card that I received this year.
It was from my bank. But the sweet thing about it was that every single person who works at that bank, signed it. I can't imagine they do this for every customer and even if they do, it was my only Christmas card and it was lovely. And I can never really tell them how much it meant to me. 
Funny, the last place / person you expect to make your day brighter can do a perfect job doing such a small thing ..

Blogging may be sporadic or manic, can't tell yet but I am going to be busy doing Things that I will blog about later ... when things are more confirmed.  

Monday, February 20, 2017

A Florida Day

It's a Florida Day.
The sun is shining, there is a cool breeze and the rooms are filled with light .. sun puddles on the floor, light cool air floating in through open windows.. silent except for the occasional sound of a distant siren or more cool, a jet taking off from the base nearby.
I am reminded of  the sunshine and blue skies of Buenos Aires, where I wish to be ..

I will put all thoughts of sadness, hurt and meanness behind me and enjoy the day with the cats.
I will continue with my plan.
This will keep me cheerful, looking forward and busy.

I wish you all a lovely day, a Good Monday and some kind of nice surprise, even if it is a tiny one.
Surprises when good, are little Treasures found.

Parque-Buenos Aires .. photo:notesfromabroad

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Way Down Here in Florida

So, Honey wanted to know last night if she could go outside and play today.
There is no making a cat understand the word "No" ... so we did something I consider dangerous.
I carried Honey ( who weighs at least 10 lbs ) around the house then we stepped out of the lanai and went right back inside.
She seemed to have been satisfied, she has not asked me again.
Now Minette, I have to watch out because it takes a lot to scare her.  .. And I ... well, these days, I might be more easily scared than I used to be.
Partly because I used to feel so safe and secure. Someone who knew what they were doing, was in charge.
Partly because I worry that  I forgot a really important reason why something is a good idea or not.

And that is what I am dealing with these days.
If something is a good idea.
You know how it is, if you really want something, then you can think of all the reasons why it is a good idea.
So the cats and I have been laying low and also ... waiting to see if anything changes.

So was a gorgeous day ... no a/c needed but bright sun and blue skies.
All I can hear is distant airplanes sometimes, (AF Base) and an occasional car going by.
Today I heard a dog bark ... why mention it ? it is the first time I have heard one since I have lived here.

The cats looked puzzled and went back to sleep.
I looked slightly curious then went back to my book.

All is quiet and well , way down here in Florida.

My beautiful boy Merlin ... he has gotten more energetic as the day has gone on ... I am willing him to remain with me ...

Saturday, February 18, 2017


I am running out of things to blog about. The subjects are limited... cats, large cats, small cats, little blue cats, very large very sweet cats, one very old and very precious cat .. you see what I mean.

I picture my head with a glass panel so you can see what is happening inside.
The best description I can think of is a Gerbil on a Treadmill. non stop.

Of course, it is interrupted with cat issues, cat discussions, cat kisses, and just snuggling with one or four cats and that is totally enjoyable.

Last night the new pastime reared its head ... Sephora ... and now .. Anthropologie .. I am waiting for pretty things to arrive. Things that remind me of things I bought in Buenos Aires ... that I still have but I felt like 1- Shopping 2- Wearing something new ..
I am sure the clerks at Publix are sick of seeing me in the same things all the time.

The cats are great about it ... as long as I am happy, they are happy.
Sounds like a Good Husband doesn't it ?

So I am sitting here with the sun blazing into the room, right on me ...
The cats are lying around here and there. I made my bed, that was great fun for all. Now they are resting from all the fun ...

Of course, Honey mentioned that playing games uses up calories and she was feeling a little peckish.

Next I am going to start with the closets and drawers and see how many movers boxes there are and get going.
If I don't blog for awhile, it will be because I am packing, playing with cats, taking a break , playing with cats ..

Do write, do comment, I will see you later .. Have a Fabulous weekend.

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