what I’ve been up to…..

This blog has been sorely neglected for such a long time. Of course, sometimes I think it is just a narcissistic “oh look at me” kind of thing and nobody reads it anyway. I actually have no idea how to find out how many of you subscribe. I should find out. I’ll add it to my to-do list……

So this is what I’ve been up to for the past few months. My youngest daughter and I got a lot of work done on cleaning up a beautiful treadle singer and it’s cabinet. It’s not quite done yet.

One of my older daughters (both live out of state) was home for several weeks. She misses the beach so we went.
We all really, really love the beach.

Hubby and I were wearing jackets. I flew my stunt kite and looked at the water. One girl ends up digging and digging and digging every time we go. The boys end up upside down. You should see the flips they can do bouncing off that buried yoga ball! 

Lest you look at this and the upcoming posts and think I spend all my time in leisure and art-making, let me assure you; I don’t.

I live a very real and very full life. I am blessed. But my life is full of every day struggles as well. Keeping difficult relationships going. Lots of doctors. Torn tendons. Failing grades. One sunny for every six grey and drizzly cold weather days. I even spent quite a bit of time with a friend in a mental hospital last month. (A very good hospital with caring doctors, and she is finally stable. Don’t get me started on the lack of adequate mental health care in this country. Just don’t.)

So – even if it is only for my own benefit – I post the beautiful things here to remind me that they exist. I am grateful for them. 

travel: greece – the water in katakolo

Spring of 2015 was one of the most amazing times of my life. My daughter Avia and I traveled in Paris and Greece. I managed to blog about part of our time in Paris (you can peruse those photos here – lots of museums, lots of food, lots of cathedrals!) Then life got crazy again and hasn’t stopped. Today I’m practicing the ultimate in procrastination and avoidance of a serious deadline and am reminiscing about our time in Greece.Katakalo_beach07
It’s a billion degrees hot with humidity like a steam room here in North Carolina. I’m taking a morning to remember the glorious azure waters of the southern mainland of Greece… the cool crispness of the water and the dry heat of the air. Enjoy this little video while I get back to work.

We visited before the Syrian Refugee crisis took over. I wonder what it was like the rest of the summer. And I wonder where all of those people who have suffered so much are now. The Greek people have the biggest hearts. Even suffering their own economic straights they welcomed those who have and continue to suffer beyond belief. I love them.

I looked up some current facts through MercyCorps if you are interested… 

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joie de vivre

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