Wednesday, January 31, 2007

On the Beach with Nigel

It is good to be back home. After the car, even 90 degrees at home feels, well, not cool, but better. I think we are now both committed to air-conditioning in the next vehicle. Of course, this one is half ever-ready bunny and I think it may outlast me-at least here in Au.

The Blue Mountains were beautiful and beautifully cool! It rained all one day and I wore jeans! I even was OK in jeans on the day we went horseback riding. Yet, I’m NOT looking to relocate. The spiders in NSW made ours look positively puny! Egads! We had two in the house. The first Kevin saw in the bathroom and warned me about. (Woke me UP to warn me- bless him!) “You might want to shower in the other bath.” I made Kevin run shotgun for me on my trip down the hall to the toilet- past the big creepy that was now in the upper corner of the hallway. In the morning, we moved out of “The Homestead” – which was pretty old and decrepit and into the renovated home “The Cottage”. New paint. New fixtures. New furniture. I told Kevin it wasn’t the sort of place for spiders. The Homestead, yeah. They belonged there…but the next morning we had a big spider (though smaller than the prior one) lurking behind the toaster. Glad to be eating oats!

Kevin volunteered to trap and release it. He chased it up onto the ceiling so he’d have a flat surface, then threw himself with a box lid onto it. Well, onto one leg. The rest of the spider dropped.


We ALL screamed and half of us jumped up onto furniture. I was so concerned we’d lost it. I’d rather KNOW where it was. As it turns out, Claire saw it skitter up under a chair. So, we took that chair outside. And left it.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007


I received the following in an e-mail from my friend, Susette, who recently gave me the most astounding gift of driving to Versailles from NYC for one evening's visit(driving back the next day). Wow. I thought I'd post it here with photos of SOME of my sisters- in thanks.

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A young wife sat on a sofa on a hot humid day, drinking iced tea and visiting with her Mother. As they talked about life, about marriage, about the responsibilities of life and the obligations of adulthood, the mother clinked the ice cubes in her glass thoughtfully and turned a clear, sober glance upon her daughter.

"Don't forget your Sisters," she advised, swirling the tea leaves to the bottom of her glass. "They'll be more important as you get older. No matter how much you love your husband, no matter how much you love the children you may have, you are still going to need Sisters.

Remember to go places with them now and then; do things with them.
"Remember that ’Sisters’ means ALL the women... your girlfriends, your daughters, and all your other women relatives too.”You'll need other women. Women always do." What a funny piece of advice!' the young woman thought.

Haven't I just gotten married? Haven't I just joined the couple-world? I'm now a married woman, for goodness sake! A grownup! Surely my husband and the family we may start will be all I need to make my life worthwhile!'

But she listened to her Mother. She kept contact with her Sisters and made more women friends each year. As the years tumbled by, one after another, she gradually came to understand that her Mom really knew what she was talking about. As time and nature work their changes and their mysteries upon a woman, Sisters are the mainstays of her life.

After more than 50 years of living in this world, here is what I've learned. Time passes, life happens, distance separates. Children grow up. Jobs come and go. Love waxes and wanes. Men don't do what they're supposed to do. Hearts break. Parents die, Colleagues forget favors,

Careers end BUT.........

Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how many miles are between you.

A girl friend is never farther away than needing her can reach.

When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you have to walk it by yourself, the women in your life will be on the valley's rim, cheering you on, praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf, and waiting with open arms at the valley's end.

Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk beside you...Or come in and carry you out.

Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters, daughters-in-law, sisters, sisters-in-law, Mothers, Grandmothers, aunties, nieces, cousins, and extended family, all bless our life!

The world wouldn't be the same without women, and neither would I.

When we began this adventure called womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or sorrows that lay ahead. Nor did we know how much we would need each other.

Every day, we need each other still.

Pass this on to all the women who help make your life meaningful.