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My husband and I , with our dog, Tate, moved to Buenos Aires, 8 years ago. 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.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Dog Worship Day

Dog Worship Day in Nepal.

Why don't we have one in the US ?
Or even just Care About Animals Day ?

I made the mistake of looking at a website for animals who are on "Death Row" .. shelters just cannot take care of them all. So they die.

People do hideous things to dogs and cats and they die or they are found and put into shelters.
But then they end up dying because the shelters have no more room .
A terrible situation all around.

I think people should be punished for the brutal things they do to animals. ( a dog was found with a piece of metal piercing his leg .. he was chained to a pole, the owner just jammed the chain lock through the dogs leg. )

Minette the kitten was found with a dead cat ( possibly the mother) in the snow and ice, under a huge bridge over the Hudson River. Some people would say God works in mysterious ways.
That she was even found .. that she was still alive ( she was weeks old) .. that a few weeks later I just walked in to Animalkind to get an idea about adopting a kitten. Did I want to do it ? Was it a good idea ?
My husband and I had talked about it ... a lot.
I knew I wanted a dog .. a "watch dog " kind of dog but also a family dog, a dog hopefully as perfect as our dog Tate was .
My husband loved Russian Blues and from the love we had for our cat, we also loved Abyssinians.
This would be the first time I had gotten a pet just for myself ..

I realized one day that a dog would prevent me from traveling , visiting my friends and family .. I would have to walk it in winter here ... big deterrent.
So I figured, I will get the kitten first.

I walked in the door at AnimalKind and this tiny blue kitten jumped out of the perch she was on and walked along beside me, inside her glass room. She had eyes like headlights, bright yellow eyes in this tiny blue kitten.
They told me, open the door, pick her up.
So I did.
And we are living happily ever after  ... if she would only stop knocking things off of everything and walking on the stove and counters and let me cut her nails.

I think this is not a good time to get a dog .. not yet. I might move.
She might kill it.
But I am still daydreaming of a place where I have a dog , where I walk it each day, play with it, and let Minette play Who's Boss with it.

For now, though, it will have to be Cat Worship Day at my house.
She insists.
What do you have at your house ?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Staying Cheery

It is chilly, dreary, raining and gloomy out.
Minette and I are going to do what we can to stay Cheery.
She is picking out the music now.

Monday, October 20, 2014

October 20th

Autumn used to be my favorite time of year. That changed last year, on October 20th.
Everything I loved, everything that I enjoyed and knew and wanted ... changed. Most of it was lost.
I am better, I guess I am stronger, I am still grieving and still wonder what is going to become of me.
But I have Minette and my children . I lived through this first year ... I count those as the positives.
Thank you , you know who you are, for the notes and sweet thoughts.
We muddle through life, whatever it throws at us or takes away from us.
Be happy. Enjoy your life and the ones you love .. kiss them and tell them you love them .. every day.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Autumn has hit full blast.
The gardens are over the ankles deep in leaves, the geese fly over in squadrons, honking and the chipmunks are crazy with busyness ...
I throw out whatever I think they might like, fatten them up for the months ahead ... so far they do appreciate pistachios in the shell, no salt .
Not to mention the bird seed that gets thrown out ... some days I look out the windows and see cardinals, blue jays and doves, little sparrows and chipmunks .. all noshing on seeds.
A Peaceable Kingdom ... with Minette watching every move, tail twitching, the rest of her still as stone.
I wonder what she would actually do if she were out there ... she has no idea she is so small.
In her mind, she is a lion walking around the house .. she is so brave, my little tiny cat.

Today I grabbed her off the bed and swooped her up in the air and she made the tiniest of little sounds .. eek !
I held her close and apologized, she must have felt like she was flying .. or being thrown.
So we had a lovely little love -in on the bedroom floor , which ended when she bit my nose.
That kitten has the sharpest teeth, my hands are covered in tiny red dots .. my arms too.
I wonder what people think when they see my arms .
I don't care what people think when they see my arms.

I have been nesting.

I have recipes.
1,000 recipes.

Today will be pastries wrapped around tomatoes and gouda.
It will go nicely with the homemade soup.

Have to go now, the kitten just fell into the sink.

Don't ask.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Early Days

Buying an apartment in Buenos Aires is so very different from anything we had imagined.
Beginning with the fact that it is done all in cash .. cash that you bring to the table and everyone around that table counts it .

Which calls for the closing to be in a very secure building with a lot of bullet proof glass and guards with rather large guns and automatic locks on all doors .. it sort of had me terrified but I was so excited about the fact that we had finally found our home, my sort of dream home.

Finally we could have the movers deliver out belongings that had been sitting for months somewhere in BA , waiting for a home ... hoping no one had broken, lost, stolen anything ..

We had made friends with a man who owned a company that renovates homes so we just had to choose  few things and make some ideas known to them...
We wanted to live in a home that was as authentic an Argentine home as possible. No modern, (North) American fixtures and styles.

We spent hours each day, wandering the streets where furniture shops waited for us.
San Telmo , where miles of Antique shops tempted well as vendors outside on weekends.

We went to Avenida Belgrano where furniture was piled high in vast rooms.
We ended up with some lovely things .. a sofa, that is still great .
We went to the Thonet showroom and bought a dining room table and chairs.
We bought antique chandeliers in San Telmo then had to have them rewired and installed but wow , they were the perfect touch in those old rooms with 18' high ceilings.

Our days were full, adventures, laughing, kissing and loving where we were and what we were doing .. and Pup was enjoying everything too.
He liked his new found popularity.

To Be Continued:


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