Tuesday, January 27, 2015


I checked in on FMS's blog for this month's Photo a Day prompts.

Today's prompt is "Morning".

We have a beautiful house on one hillside of a little valley, with traditional Swiss farms dotting the facing hillside. The end of the valley opens up to a view of the next town, where a castle stands on a hill above the village. Beyond that is the Swiss Alps.

It truly is breathtaking, and I really should get our "good" camera out sometime to document it. But for now I've just been savoring our beautiful corner of Earth without the pressure of recording it.

Here was the view from my bedroom this morning, looking at the facing hillside of our little valley, the trees individually crystallized after an overnight coating of snow:

Looking left a little further down the valley:

This one was taken Sunday morning, looking out our bedroom window all the way left to the end of the valley. Some cloud cover, and taken with a camera phone, but you get the idea. Swiss Alps:

In the above you can see the buildings in the next town and barely make out the white castle, I'll have to get a better pic one day.

Monday, January 26, 2015


A couple things promoted me to write here today. A friend told me she found my blog while searching the Web for baby ear piercing. That post has some of the most page views on this blog. I never understood why until now; parents searching the internet for information and personal experiences when trying to make this big decision for their children.

Then a  friend and relative posted an article to FB about the positive benefits of writing on one's well-being. I could use some of that right now.

It's cold and wintry here in Switzerland, where we moved the end of May 2014. A lovely place, but I find myself wanting more of something. Trying to figure out what to do with my life, etc. All those kinds of things. My family is great, home life is awesome, but what am I really doing is the question. Now that I have no readership, perhaps this can be a somewhat private journey taking place in a public forum. If someone sees me, that's fine, but I am not seeking the attention.

Maybe I will continue to write a bit on here for my own good. Some of the reasons I stopped writing this blog are: I just don't have the time, I don't have a convenient way of uploading pics so I don't take any anymore (and I feel the perhaps self-imposed pressure that a post must have a visual), and I don't feel free to say what I want. I can't say I won't invoke those excuses again.

I miss having a place to document all those little things and happenings that I would otherwise forget. I can't believe how big Nile is now, after looking back on that ear piercing post. And I have hardly blogged during Pilar's lifetime. Poor second child.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Neighborhood: Family Farewell Dinner

We had our penultimate dinner in AZ with all the family tonight.

Today's PhotoADay theme is neighborhood; the grandparents on both sides, and two of my sisters in law all have houses in the same neighborhood, so this picture represents the theme pretty well.

And it's just nice to see all the grandkids together!

Saturday, May 24, 2014


We happened to be at beautiful Riverview Park as the sun was setting today and since it was gorgeous and I already had a picture of the day's sunrise, I thought I'd snap and share a pic of the sunset.


Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you:
Sunrise, 5:23 a.m.

Now I'm going back to bed.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Botswana in Arizona

A group of us went out to the movies here in AZ for my brother in law's birthday. Before the movie started, we were seated, hanging out, eating our popcorn, talking and watching the pre-movie programming -- quizzes, Did You Knows?, behind the scenes, and a music video from a new Norwegian R&B duo, Nico and Vinz, for their hit single "Am I Wrong."

I nearly choked on my popcorn when images of pure, 100% Botswana unfolded on the big screen to the music. I really couldn't believe it!

I said incredulously to my sister in law, "That's Botswana!!" But I figured there was no way it was actually filmed in Botswana, so maybe it was neighboring South Africa?

Still, from the landscape, to the wire cars the boys are playing with (I have one, a souvenir), to the combi!!!! to the triangular red, white and blue pedestrian crossing sign -- featuring a silhouetted man wearing a wide-brimmed hat -- to the San bushmen!!! to the bus rank (station), to Victoria Falls, and the Delta ---- it was all so unmistakably Botswana!

I looked it up on my phone, and holy moly, it WAS filmed in Botswana!

So if you were ever wondering what the past three years of my life looked like, check out this video, it pretty well sums it up:

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Waiting II

Today's PhotoADay theme is "Free."

Nothing is free, so I am going to take this as a free day to post a photo of my choosing :)

The dogs were big news, but the other pic I was tempted to post May 20, PhotoADay theme "Waiting":

Nile and I waiting for our food at my FAVORITE Mexican restaurant, Tia Rosa. Crab enchiladas all the way, baby!