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 prompted 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.