Saturday, August 29, 2015

Marvel at the Moon

When I told my youngest son that I was going out to take pictures of the moon, his response was "like you haven't seen that before."  
(He said the same thing when I took tons of pictures of bees this summer.)
And when my husband called while I was out and I told him what I was doing, his response was "You and the moon." 
So  my family thinks I'm crazy.
I'm okay with that.
As Briony of Crafty Cats Corner commented on my previous post ...

We should never be blase about nature, it is just simply the most wonderful thing. Every leaf, flower, bird etc has its place in the world and should be appreciated.
For most people, we often marvel at the beauty of a sunrise or the magnificence of a full moon, but it is impossible to fathom the magnitude of the universe that surrounds us.
Richard H. Baker
Have a good night!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Painted Sky

The rich fire of the orange sunset gloriously announces
the coming night.
(Susan S. Florence)

Before heading to Denver, we stayed overnight with my dear friend Angela in New Orleans again.  The evening we arrived, we headed to the store for some refreshments and upon returning home, were greeted with this beautiful sunset just over the levee at the end of her street.
The very same levee that flooded during Katrina and displaced so many, including Angela.
 Needless to say, I rushed up the hill with my camera to get the full view.  Angela was laughing at how awestruck I was.  She said they see sunsets like that all the time and take them for granted.
There's a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they're absolutely free. Don't miss so many of them.
Jo Walton
Where you see the wood sticking up from the water, there used to be little weekend fishing shacks that have never been rebuilt.
Peaches did a happy little dance for us as we watched the sunset sky,
A reminder to be joyful and savor every moment.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

My Birth State

Even though I was born in Mississippi, I don't consider it "home".  We moved away when I was in 2nd grade and only returned to visit family during the holidays.   My childhood was spent bouncing back and forth between Texas and Louisiana every three years because of my dad's job in the oilfield business.
I do still have a cousin in the town where I was born.  She and her husband bought the property our great grandparents owned and are building a house.
My mom and brother live a short distance away in Hattiesburg which is the home of the University of Southern Mississippi where they both graduated from.
Every single night, my brother feeds all of the feral cats on campus.  They all have names and they all know him.  Some even follow him around as he goes about filling bowls with food and water.  We always had cats growing up and now we are both feeding feral cats in our respective communities. 
 I always enjoy doing my own historical walking tour when in small town USA.
The facade of the National Bank of Commerce built in 1895 has been left standing though the building itself is gone.
One day we headed to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, which is where I used to go on weekends to hit the beach during high school.  Ironically, the distance from Slidell, LA to the Gulf Coast is half the distance it is from Hattiesburg, MS.
Since we had to drive over an hour to get to there, we decided to visit Beauvoir, The Jefferson Davis Home.  The last time I was there was with my ex-husband in the mid-80's.
Mississippi doesn't have any major sports teams, but it's obvious which team these homeowners support.
My youngest son thought 5 days in Mississippi was more than enough. 
The next leg of our trip takes us to Colorado to see our college boy.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Visiting Val

Val of Yarni Gras and I have been blog friends for a while and were able to meet 2 years ago when we took our oldest son to college.
This time we got to meet her new furbaby Osa, who was a little shy at first,

but after a few visits and a walk, we were the best of friends.
 Val is a fantastic cook
and all around crafter.
We met at Starbucks for a little charity crochet which resulted in several hats being donated to @hookinforacure.  Sydney is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award and would like to collect 2,000 hats by the end of the year (sizes 12 months, 18 months, toddler, child, teens).
Donations go to children with cancer in Minnesota hospitals, so if you crochet or knit and would like to donate, you can send the hats to:
Gold Award Sydney
1058 Roma Avenue
Roseville, MN 55113

Thanks Val for your friendship and hospitality.
Hugs and blessings,

Saturday, August 22, 2015

First Stop

My old stomping ground of New Orleans.
Before coming to Kuwait in 1994, I worked downtown at a law firm for several years.  It's where I met Angela and we have remained steadfast friends ever since.   Although she and her family were displaced after Hurricane Katrina and moved to Ohio for awhile, she and her husband returned to their roots, unable to imagine living anywhere else.
We had a great weekend of food and merriment, walking the city and catching up.
And I just love her sweet little poodle, Peaches.  Her left paw has been deformed since birth but that hasn't stopped her from bouncing all over the place.  She is the teeniest, cutest little thing.
I worked in New Orleans but lived in Slidell and commuted every day to work.  Angela is actually the only person I am in touch with from that period of my life so I find it quite ironic that all these years later, I meet a blog friend on and offline who lives in Slidell.
Next we head there for a visit with Val.

Sometimes you meet a person and you just click, you're comfortable with them, and you don't have to pretend to be anyone or anything.

Happy weekend!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

5 Weeks

That's how long I've been away.
July 10th, we departed Kuwait via Washington to New Orleans for the first leg of our trip.
July 13th
Spent time with blog friend, Val, in Slidell.
July 15th
Headed to Hattiesburg to spend time with my mom and brother.
July 20th
Back to New Orleans for a flight to Denver on the 21st.
Road trips to Alamosa, Colorado.
Moab, Utah.
 Salt Lake City, Utah.
Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
Back to Alamosa.
And then to Denver for the return.
In between, there were many little sidetrips.
And, finally, after a 24 hour flight delay in Washington, we are now back in Kuwait.
We drove 2,257 miles and walked many, many miles during our hikes and wanderings around each new town.

It's good to be back home.  We are ready for a regular routine and to eat homemade food again.
I never take a laptop while I am away, so look forward now to catching up with everyone.
Hope you've had a great summer.
Best wishes,
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