Home Again… Sunday, Nov 16 2008 

I have now been back home for one week.  It seems like just yesterday, but the calender tells me that it has been a week.  It has been difficult for me to reconnect again.  It seems that I have been in such a different world that I am a stranger here.  I am in the process of re-focusing on life here again.  I spent the day with my sister Doris today and that was wonderful.  We did Christmas shopping, lunch together at Calories; and then later went for supper with all of us at Tony Romas…the new restaurant just opened up in Stonebridge…that was great.  We reconnected with our Small Group tonight.  This is such an amazing group of people where we can be ourselves, warts and all, and most of all have some great laughs together.  Nothing does it for people as laughing together.  We also had some real serious conversations about deep issues going on in our lives and around us…things that often don’t have answers for, but is just life being lived.  It is good to know that we are not walking alone but together with others.  I have connected with a few good friends and am anticipating doing the same this coming week.  I am not ready to walk into a large group of people.  I’ve enjoyed the last 3 months with being anonymous with no one knowing me and not having the responsibility of doing a “job”.  It has been very freeing and I am fearful of being caught up again in that vortex of fear that I have to do and be successful and busy!  If we are not busy and driven in this life then we are not successful…and we all want to be looked at as successful don’t we!!!  Actually, at this point I am quite happy just to be in my home, reading some, cleaning some, cooking some, visiting some, talking to my kids some, just doing some!!! Actually doing “some” is all the success I want in my life right now!!!


Arrived in Palm Springs… Tuesday, Nov 4 2008 

After a long flight from Tokyo, I arrived in Palm Springs late Tuesday evening, Oct 28th, very tired but happy to be greeted with a “Welcome back Grandma” balloon by Joanne, Dwight and Jerry.  It is absolutely beautiful here and we have had some great days together.  Dwight and Joanne left us yesterday to go back home and Jerry and I are here until Friday, when I finally make my way home via Edmonton.  It has been some adjustment for me from the time difference and I have been missing my “two girls” very much.  It is hard to believe that 2 months passed in Sasebo, Japan with Tamara and then Tamara and Chela.  Benny is now home and they are getting ready to packout and head to California.  Chela is getting better and seems to be not quite as colicy as before.  Tamara says she is still throwing up, but is sleeping longer periods of time, which is great.  We spent yesterday and today at the pool.  It is in the low 80s which is perfect weather for me with a little breeze.  Have been doing some reading and listening to music on my ipod.  We did a mountain tour with Dwight and Joanne and that was amazing.  Palm Springs is surrounded by mountain ranges and we took a beautiful drive up the mountains and ended up in a little town “Idylwyld” which is simply amazing…made up of local artisans and quaint little shops…the leaves were turning colour and I got a chance to shuffle through fallen leaves…the weather in the mountains was very cool and we needed jackets.  We had an amazing lunch there and then headed back to our resort.  We are at a small resort which is really quite nice.  It has been around for awhile and so has seen some wear and tear, but we are really enjoying it.  Jerry and I are heading out to El Centro and area tomorrow to see where Tamara and Benny will be settling in this month.  It will be fun to see the countryside and take a look around the community they will be a part of.  We talked to Matt and Jesika last night and they are doing well.  Jesika got back from Philadelphia where she presented her “Bat Paper” and took New York in as well.  Matt has finished one midterm and has two more to go.  We are hoping to go there for Christmas and hoping that Benny, Tamara and Chela will be able to join us.  We are thinking of driving out here, so maybe we will head down to El Centro for some time as well.  We are enjoying the awesome weather…good books…eating well…walking…and all that comes with relaxing.  We are in Starbucks as there is no internet at our resort.  That’s okay as we signed in to Starbucks account and so can access the internet from any Starbucks now.  We will be back in Saskatoon in less than a week…back to the cold weather.  Hard to believe that I have been gone nearly 2 1/2 months from home.  I will have to get used to sleeping in my own bed!  As I look out of the window at Starbucks I am gazing at palm trees all around me, clear skies, beautiful warm temperatures and looking forward to taking a long walk in the warm evening breeze with Jerry!  Life is good!