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.

Saturday, April 1, 2017


I was going shopping with my daughter.
I wanted to go look at Stuff in shops / boutiques, not that I need anything but it is fun browsing and my daughter is fun, so I know there would be a lot of laughs.
But ....
Merlin is not himself .. he is an old man. I cannot imagine him not being with me so I will stay home and watch over him and see if he is just having a bad day or not.
My hope is that a good nap and some stinky food will have him back to his old ... old self.
He is old. But I am not ready to say goodby so he has to snap out of it today  !!

It is beautiful out ... really beautiful.
Cloudless blue blue skies and not too warm, very comfortable. I turned off the a/c and have the lanai doors open ( this means that a set of 4 sliders are open so the wall of my living room is now open to the lanai which is very nicely screened with my old wicker furniture ..  Everything I have had from one home to another, one city, state, country to another, has fit in the next home .. amazing.
I even have my own laundry room so I really never have to leave this condo. I could live here without going out ... hmmmmm....
The cats would probably beg me to leave ... just for a while mama, give us a break  mama ...
They like their little Cat Chats.

My son and little family are preparing to go to Japan.
I guess Florida just didn't hold the same appeal :)
I kind of wish I was going too.
But then, if I have choices to make, Buenos Aires would be the next Big Trip.
New York would be the next Not So Big Trip...
The cats  would be much happier in a car for 3 days than a crate in a plane for 12 + hours ..

It is gorgeous out .. did I say that already ? yeah, it is worth repeating.

It is nice to be able to sit back and remember past homes, past places , compare various things you liked or didn't like, just remember what a variety of lives you live when you move from one place/home to another.
It is a tiny bit addictive I think.

Tell me about your Saturday.Where, what did you do and what is the plan for tomorrow.. Sunday/Funday .....

Minette the Beautiful 


Wu Walters said...

Daughters are so fun. I'm going with mine today to see Beauty and The Beast in 3-D. Even though she's 29 we still enjoy Disney type of things together.

NotesFromAbroad said...

Wu, my husband and I lived a couple of blocks from the multi plex cinema in BA
Every week when the cleaning lady came to our home, he and I would go to see a movie.
I miss that ... we were/I am Big Movie Buffs.

I totally love Disney still too. What is not to like ? :) *except the part where the milk wagon falls on Old Doc and you think he is dead so you run out of the movie crying *

can you guess which film that is ? :)

La Vie Quotidienne said...

My weekend mainly consists of lots of gardening. It is so beautiful here now, and with so many things blooming it is a joy to be working outside.

You should go and see Beauty and the Beast it really is good.

NotesFromAbroad said...

La Vie, I am going to see it. I'm sure it is good .. have you ever seen the Original Beauty and the Beast ?
Made by Jean Cocteau .. breathtaking.. especially when you remember the year it was made and the special effects etc .
I have seen it many times, it is so beautiful and what makes it so wonderful, one of the things, is when it was made and how perfect it still is ..

Alicia said...

Hi Candice! I live in BA (not the city, but the outskirts) and these days my 27 year old daughter and I are planning to go for a few days to NY. We have done that a couple of times and it was great fun! I love NY as much as you love BA!And I love you too. You are like family to me as I've been reading your blog for years!! Wish you the best of lucks now and always!! Big,big kiss! Alicia

NotesFromAbroad said...

Alicia, your sweet comment brought tears to my eyes, thank you so very much !
I hope I am back in NY when you visit ! If not, then I will see you in BA :)
Send me emails if you wish and if you have NY questions, ask me for help ... if I can I will be so very happy !
Tu familia es mi familia <3

Wu Walters said...

Re: Disney movies. Bambi and Old Yeller still have me traumatized 50 plus years later :(

NotesFromAbroad said...

Yes! Wu ...old yeller ...sob !
They don't do that to children these days, do they?

Wu Walters said...

I certainly hope not. Let's have a happy ending for all and no more traumatizing children for life Ha Ha

NotesFromAbroad said...

Yes ! No more cinematic trauma!!

AK Coldweather said...

Coincidentally... I slept until 2pm recovering from jet lag from a week in Japan. Just a touch too early to see the cherry blossoms in bloom.

NotesFromAbroad said...

Oh that is a long flight, my son is about to make it .. from here to there and back again .... I have no pity :)

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