Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Sometimes Life gets in the Way

I have been silent on my blog for almost three months!  In some ways that has been good, in some ways not so good. I've missed my normal routine, the creative time I try to find in each day, my studio, my quiet time after breakfast each morning when I read and daydream, my exercise routine, riding my bike, eating healthy, play time with my Yorkie, Stanley, my blogging sessions, my day to day routine, and who I normally am.

But I have had a wonderful three months reconnecting with the dearest people in my life, exploring, and savoring many special moments.
 My son and his girlfriend came to visit from Hawaii so I got to play my Mom role once again and I treasure those days.  In everyone's busy life we don't get to spend  nearly enough time with the people we love.
 And then my best friend of 29 years came to visit the UAE after 26 years. Normally we meet each year in the U.S. when I fly back but this time she came to the UAE. All friends are treasures but old friends are the best! We fit together like an old pair of slippers that feel so good, when we put them on at the end of a long day. We have aged together, watched our children grow up and leave home, watched each other find our creative havens, and we've shared all our ups and downs throughout  the years. We always pick up right where we left off. She came with her son of 30, who had been born in the UAE, so of course we explored every nook and cranny in the country, as well as some of Oman.  My husband and I always enjoy seeing the country a fresh through others eyes. And of course then, we always realize why the UAE is the home of our hearts.
And then Wow! my husband turned the big 60! To celebrate we traveled to Malaysia, to the islands of Langkawi and Penang. Normally, we have very action packed holidays touring, or hiking miles and miles, or sailing. This time we decided to just rest, relax, swim, have long, lazy breakfasts, full days on the beach, 'happy hours' with good, cold, local beer, and long romantic dinners to reconnect with each other.  We took time to smell the flowers!  It was a wonderful time together which we both enjoyed.
It's amazing how quickly we settle back into our routines, once the dust settles. The house is quiet again and I'm back to being who I normally am and that's good.  It feels kinda like that old pair of slippers, that feel so good, when we put them on at the end of a long day. Ah....


blandina (aracne) said...

I like so much when I can read descriptions of feelings, usually there is something that I identify with, therefore I feel like sharing a moment, a mood, an experience.
Amazing pictures, are you ready for the big jump to Japan?

Lis said...

Welcome back to Blogland and to a few weeks of routine before the next adventure. Congratulations to your DH on a big birthday. I like the sound of a relaxing trip to smell the flowers (and I especially like those frangipani blooms) and how special to have time with your friends and family. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Notjustnat said...

Hey Cynthia, welcome back to blogland. I have been missing your post. Happy Birthday to Mike from me please. Big 60 uh? We will there soon as well. Love seeing photos from the UAE and your trip to Langkawi. Can't wait to see you again soon...love Natima