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 12, 2016

The Arrival

Thank you everyone who commented and sent emails with sweet words of comfort and sympathy.
The cats were so confused by me reading emails then crying that I took a wee break and unpacked some, watched the house painters and took naps with Merlin.
We have a house of girls now- Merlin doesn't know what to do ... actually he just naps and purrs.

So sweet not - so - little Honey snuggles and lolls in the sun and eats and purrs. I talk to her about Mom and she purrs. She probably has some great stories to tell me about Mom too.

Merlin and Minette wonder who this young cat the size of a dog is ... but they don't seem too bothered by her.
I keep a close eye, she is huge, she could just squash little Minette ..

They all have their favorite nap spots and all is peaceful so far.

I hurt my back   .. moving heavy boxes, bending, etc.
I try to baby it but I get so bored.
And lonely.

My sweet daughter takes me out to lunch , hangs out with me when she can and generally makes me wonder at how nice a person she is. She is a lovely young woman with a huge heart.

I like my townhouse and will remain for the year but then I will see if there is perhaps a smaller bungalow kind of little home out closer to the beaches.
I was there today.
I got lost.
It has its charm... that area.
Driving down streets where the driveways disappear into trees with moss hanging and no sign of a house. With the sound and scent of the ocean nearby ..

I have spent hours with nice young men in Dubai ... the computer just got all messed up with the internet etc but we seem to be fixed now. Or at least that is what the latest person just told me..He called me Miss Candice ..  We will hope he knows what he is talking about.

I am getting my fill of fresh farm produce, good for you foods and an occasional bakery treat .. the food is quite good .
My childhood favorite fried dinners are just as I remembered ... fried fish, hushpuppies and french fries with a coke ..  Good thing I was too thin when I got here .. that won't last.

So let's hope the computer connection remains intact and I am not forced to spend an afternoon on the phone with Dubai .


Taste of France said...

It sounds like you're getting into the groove. Walk a lot--it will help your back (my physical therapist says it moves your back enough to keep from getting stiff, the way you would if you just rest, but not so much as to injure it more).
Good luck with Dubai!

NotesFromAbroad said...

Thank you,)
So far my back is not good but I have no need to call Dubai so I take the good news where I can😋

NotesFromAbroad said...

Today it was a man in Chicago and he actually figured out the problem so my back and I can relax.
It is hot and sunny and the cats are napping.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Happy to read you are back Candice. The world around us moves on, oftentimes blissfully aware of our trials and tribulations.
Back trouble is something I could write a book on, I never take mine for granted, and often try to do less than more these days.
A house full of cats should keep your mind occupied :)
Sounds like you have raised a delightful daughter, I'm glad you are spending time together.

NotesFromAbroad said...

I give most of the credit to my husband, he was the Best of Dads and the sort I wish I had had.
Sometimes both of my "children" show signs of seeing things the way he would .. which delights me.
The cats are keeping me busy indeed .. today the big girl decided to pick on the little girl.
Now I have to keep an watchful eye on things.

Bystander said...

I hadn't checked in here for such a long time, although I often wondered how you were coping alone. We both had to face the world alone the same year, almost the same month. So I am glad that you seem to be pushing back against that loneliness and have perched (I won't say settled!) in Florida. The best of luck to you in your new home with the cats.

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