Saturday, February 14, 2015

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Season's Greetings!

So sorry I've let my readers down. Here it is Christmas and I never reported on Thanksgiving! In any case, I wanted to share my wishes for all of you this holiday season:

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Weekend Wanderings

Yes, I'm still alive... An amazingly busy few weeks since my last post...

I thought I would share some random images from the weekend so far. The first four were taken during my morning constitutional around the perimeter of the CH grounds. Later, we went fitness equipment shopping. Would you believe there are at least three shops in Luxor that deal in exercise equipment. We just bought a treadmill from one of them, and it was delivered by donkey cart! On this run, I got some bright red 3kg hand weights so that I will have no excuse for not doing my exercises in my room! So there are four shots taken during the shopping trip--the pharmacy is across the street from our last fitness shop stop, which consists of an equipment shop AND a gym, and across from the gym is a wall with lots of graffiti. The last three shots were taken this morning at Healey House--two of the Healey House Hoopoes (sound like a sports team!) and one of the supplies needed for a relaxing morning on our roof:

A solitary balloon over the West Bank, striking against the rose-gold of the sunlit mountain

Sunlit bougainvillea
Rich red hibiscus
A CH carpet hung for cleaning

Rooftop relaxation necessities: (clockwise from top) journal and pen, face mist, coffee in my special Sunday cup, fly whisk, iPad, and sunglasses

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween Egyptian Style!

We celebrated yesterday and our "party of the season" was held last night. A resounding success!

This is what I wore during the day:
 Courtyard decor:

Gina and moi at the party:
The wonderful party food created by our fantastic kitchen crew:
And the jack-o-lanterns carved by our creative professional staff:

Crowd scenes:

I hope you all have as great a Halloween as we did!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Post No. 7 Delayed--Extenuating Circumstances

I will post tomorrow, as we had a nasty event here today--one of our workers cut off a finger while using a table saw! I have been sitting with a staff member who spends a lot of her time supervising these guys, and who found the finger. Needless to say, she is in a bit of shock herself and needed a sounding board. I was happy to help her in this way. And I'm sure you'll give me a pass...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Running Out of Steam

Day 6 of uninterrupted blog posts! I think it's a record for me, but it's wearing me down... So, one last daily post tomorrow, and then a modified schedule, which will be more like once or twice a week, I hope.

Today turned out to be a bit stressful, but ultimately reassuring. I had been having some problems with my right eye--possibly significant new "floaters" and some blurriness on the right edge. So, I've been worried. Today I got in to see "Oculist" Doktora Fadia. She gave me a thorugh exam, then put drops in the eye and examined me again. I breathlessly awaited her verdict, which was "You are fine, Madame Mary!" She went on to say that I have the very tiny, extremely early signs of a cataract, and that it would not give me any problems right now. She prescribed regular use of sunglasses (luckily I have a prescription pair); an antioxidant vitamin supplement called Selenium-ACE, which I will take for one month; and eye drops, which I will use three times a day from now on.

I am absolutely thrilled that she didn't find evidence of any possibilities that would have been infinitely worse. A cataract I can deal with! In fact, my good friend Bette just had cataract surgery in September, and she says it's a snap. And on top of that, I paid out a total of only 225 Egyptian pounds (150 for the doctor and 75 for the prescriptions). That amounts to about $32!

I do have a few photos for you from CH today:
Buttons lying down on the job

Lovely, sweetly scented plumeria are beginning to bloom

More homegrown watermelons, and some blossoms too!

My newly refurbished shisha--notice the USA colors of red, white and blue! Shokran, ya Amer!
Tomorrow, I will share with you some experiences from our season opening in the Library!