Thursday, April 1, 2021

Hello April

A new month is upon us, again. 
Where does the time go when there's a whole lot of nothing going on?My feelings regarding the current state of the world and things happening around me continue to be all over the place.  Some days I'm energized and productive; some days I'm a couch potato and only do what's necessary.  Creativity also comes and goes depending on the mood of the day.
There's been a lot of down days lately.
My friend, Aruna, left Saturday to India and won't be returning.  She was born in Kuwait and raised her family here but her husband's company enforced a mandatory retirement age of 60 which means they had to return to their "home" country even though this has always been home.
The country implemented a new law concerning expats over the age of 60 which means my husband, although also born in this country, now has to provide certain documentation in order to renew his residency.  It's proving to be a lengthy process since everything has to be managed long distance at a time when nothing and no one is working at 100%.
I'm pretty much fed up and frustrated with a whole lot of stuff.  Then I feel guilty because I know I should be grateful for so much but, on the other hand, I also don't think it's wise to deny how I'm feeling.
Make sense?
Some days I really just want to unplug and retreat from everything.  
All pictures in my post were taken on my long walk yesterday.
Found this funny little smiley face when I was crossing the road.
I need lots of reminders to smile.

Have a good Thursday.


Dee said...

Your post makes perfect sense. I think a lot of us have had the same feelings over things in our lives too. I am so sorry for Aruna and her family. I can't imagine HAVING to leave a place that you love.

kathyinozarks said...

I am in agreement with you-and we need to rant once in awhile. years ago our friends from the Netherlands were forced with early retirement as well-they were lion and tiger trainers so they came to the usa where we was able to work for many more years before he went back home--a little different situation but your post reminded me of them. lovely flowers

Betsy said...

Oh Tammy, I have been thinking of Aruna over the past few days. I hope she can find happiness in her new home. How terrible to be forced to leave a place that you love and have always been.
I really believe a lot of us feel the same as you. I have been feeling hopeful the past few weeks with getting vaccinated and then I saw the news last night about Brazil and the terrible situation there and it deflated me. Will this never end?
I think it's important to be honest about how we're feeling and I'm very glad you shared with us. I'll be praying for you my friend.
Blessings and big hugs,

Linda said...

Hi Tammy,
Have you and your husband thought of moving here to the U.S.? There seems to be so many regulations there and I feel for you and your frustrations.

Jim and I just returned from a little vacation to southern Illinois - a cabin that we've stayed at before with 60 private acres. That's our kind of scene - just us and no other people though we do love to be with Sarah and Dakota. Sarah received the results of her genetic testing at the beginning of the week before we left on our travels and thankfully she had a weekend of travel to Memphis to stay with her friends during that time as well, to take her mind off of things. I won't go into all of the details here in my comment but it's bad news. Very bad, pertaining to the BRCA1 Gene Mutation, which caused the cancers and deaths of so many women in her family on her Dad's side. Her whole life now is different. It's also changed my perspective yet again or maybe further cemented it that the pandemic is not everything. That there will always be things that greater affect some of us and this is our thing now. So, we will continue to live our life to the fullest because that's all we can do.
I always appreciate your pretty photos both here and on IG.

linda said...

I totally get how you're feeling Tammy, it must be so frustrating for your husband to have to get the paperwork together at a time like this, and why have they started this new law as if there wasn't enough to worry about. I feel so sorry for your friend it must be awful to be uprooted like that and have to start your life all over again somewhere else when you don't want to. I hope she finds happiness and settles ok, it must be hard for you too having to say goodbye to a good friend. Beautiful flowers always lighten the heart. Have a good weekend. Xx

Teresa Kasner said...

Gorgeous flowers you shared. Sorry Aruna had to go but hopefully they will find something wonderful in India and be glad they are there? I'm sorry your husband is having those issues. I know you would probably love moving here to the US!

((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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Delighted Hands said...

It was smart of you to take a walk and focus on the beauty right in front of you--I recognized hollyhocks (I think) and enjoyed seeing all of the flowers. There are sad times we all go through--you can't deny it. It's hard to say goodbye to friends.

Melisa- pinkernpunkinquilting said...

Such lovely flowers; the bees seem quite happy. I have some of the same feelings of ups and downs with the state of the world in the past year; it can be somewhat draining, but I try to stay positive. So sorry your dear friend had to move. Hopefully you all will be able to stay in touch.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
Glad you at least did write about some pent up thoughts that weigh you down... A lot of people suffer from that, to the point that so many (young) people committed suicide! It is awful for being stripped of personal freedoms by a new tyranny.
So sorry for the fate of your friend Aruna, sounds so unfair.
But let's stay alert for the little miracles around us.
Both of us have not been bored so far, still catching up on so many things that we never had the time for doing. One thing we never can do; stopping the time... it races on, way too fast.
Sending you sunny Easter greetings even though we have had an extremely cold, near freezing night and will have another one. So I've changed our airco settings from cooling back to heating. Too bad, we just had changed our cotton flannel duvet cover to a normal cotton one; too early! But with some added kitty blankets I stayed warm.

Angie said...

Tammy - I think you are wise to acknowledge how you feel. Repressing feelings is bad news for long-term mental health. I hope you can find your way past some of the events/circumstances that are bringing you down. I am thinking of you often, my friend!

Mini said...

You have all the right reasons to feel down...sorry about Aruna leaving, can't imagine leaving a place where you lived whole life because of silly political reasons.
I have always wondered how the expat kids who were born in Kuwait feel about calling returning to India etc. even though it is not home.
Have you thought of a country you would settle in if you are forced to leave Kuwait?
Stay positive.

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