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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.

Monday, August 29, 2016

The H Word

Well, it has been said ... the "H" word ... Hurricane.

It is gorgeous out .. blue skies, bright sunshine, a wee bit of wispy clouds here and there.
But apparently a storm is on its way and they named the damned thing.

I refuse to listen to the weather and will not care what the storms name is ... I just want to see sunshine and blue skies and not one tree falling, not one roof tile flying by or a girl with a little dog in her arms ..

I have no basement.
I have no storm cellar or shelter.
I do have many large windows and glass doors.
I will get in the car with the cats in their crate and sit in the car , in the garage and talk to the cats and make plans on where we want to live next.

You know, in all the years we lived in Buenos Aires, there was no hurricane. Not one tornado.
It snowed for a few minutes the first winter we were there and it was magical ...
Imagine, a public holiday, the parks full of happy people, cold and raw and grey ... then a snowflake fell. I told my husband and he laughed at me. Then he saw one. Then other people saw them. Then everyone saw them .. laughing, catching snowflakes on tongues, showing babies the snow .. it was the best ...

I can live without seeing snow in Florida.
I can live with heat and humidity.
I left the land of year- long   winters with snow storm after snow storm.
But I cannot live with tornadoes... and I do not want to hear about hurricanes either.

Minette, go get your suitcase, bring Merlins too.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

I like it

You would have thought that I would have had some time adjusting to being here in Florida.
The weather first of all ... it has been gorgeous, not too hot and no rain. I know the hot and the rain are on the way but I see it as a change of scenery, not a punishment or ordeal to get through .. as I remember the way we felt when we lived here years ago.
I like it.

I love the nights with the stars bright in a very dark sky, with no city lights to interfere, no smog or dirty air to fuzz things up ... it is clear and blue in the day and clear and dark at night.
Yet I know I am not all alone on a country road, there are people living all around me.
 I like it.

The condo is lovely. It is perfect for someone who has come from large homes. Adjusting to living in an apartment can be a chore .. but this place seems as large as my NY house !
There is an upstairs and downstairs and attached garage and a very large/as large as the living room, lanai.
I walk out there, through glass doors in a glass wall that overlooks green green grass and a forest.
Pine trees and birds and a squirrel now and then and a surprise visit by a small armadillo.
I like it.

The cats are very happy here.
They have the sun to lie in , in their little kitty- cat comas of heat and contentment.
They have a large bed with Mama,  with a/c at night / and little cat beds all over the place.
There are a few bathrooms here and they all have litter boxes.
What more can a cat ask for ? They like it.

I can shower or soak in a tub in a choice of bathrooms.
I have a laundry room upstairs ( you know the one where the pipe broke and I had a flood downstairs - shuddering at the memory)
The garage is attached, the neighbors are so quiet I sometimes believe there really is no one else living here.. but then the empty headed man with the hysterical Toy Collie walks by and I know I am not completely alone on the planet.

My daughter is getting ready to move into her own new home.
Which is just about a walk from where I live ! It was not planned, it just happened.
I love where she is moving to and love that it resembles the way my condo is laid out too ..
While looking at her new home, I noticed the condos next door to hers ... they are very appealing to me. I have to get inside and see what the story is there .. they have that outdoor look of a cabin in the mountains .. dark wood .. porches with railings .. streetlights, trees .. part Disney and part Woodsy.
I like it.

I thought we were going to have bad weather courtesy of a fizzled out hurricane but the sky is bright blue with no clouds.
I guess I will make the beds and go to the market and then browse the shops .. I am in the mood to shop. It will get my mind off of my stiff back.

I guess the only adjustment I have had trouble with, is finding my way.
I get lost.
Most of the time.
I drove here alone from NY but I get lost finding the supermarket a few miles away.
Oh well. They deliver :) And I like that !

Today the cats will have their naps in peace and quiet, my back is too stiff to do anything but lay on the sofa and read a book.  I like that.

Friday, August 26, 2016



You might want to reconsider what you have heard and thought of when you hear the word Tibet.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday ..... Catday ....

I have come to the conclusion that I am indeed, a Cat Lady.
Hopefully not a Crazy Cat Lady but I will admit that I am more fond of my cats than I am of most humans  and they bring me more enjoyment than most humans.

They are also loyal and are not known to be back stabbers or liars.
And they never use excuses for not visiting, writing or calling.
They never need them, they are there, 24/7 .. and usually purring.
And they are honest.
Although I have seen the little drama kitten Minette go into the Starving Kitty routine enough to know that while she is honest, she is not above a good exaggeration when she smells Fishy Cat Food cans being opened.

Moving them to Florida was a good thing. Forget about what it means for me, the cats are in Kitty Nirvana .. imagine if your main goals in life were Warm Spots for Naps ... lots of Naps ... food at regular times and if it stinks to high heaven of canned fish, Even Better.

Then there is the  Human to pet you, brush you, cut the tangles out and to trim your nails so you don't get hung up on those gorgeous linen drapes .... someone who never complains to you about your joy in flinging litter as far as possible ... just for the hell of it.
A human that whispers loving things to you, using    words that you don't know  but you definitely know the touch and sound .. a sound that can only be replied to with the sound of purring.

So yes, I am the Cat Lady ... and glad of it.

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