Party for the ghouls

It’s October and time to celebrate Halloween!

Tara invited some of her school friends over to eat, dance, talk and be teenagers. In my “go big or go home” way, I prepared a lovely party for her. I’ll let the pictures explain:

Aloha,

Denise

my extraordinary friends Brendan and Therese transported these four hot/cold boxes filled with Arabic salads, meats, spreads and breads to our apt.
my extraordinary friends Brendan and Therese transported these four hot/cold boxes filled with Arabic salads, meats, spreads and breads to our apt.
The waters & sodas table
The waters & sodas table
Tara's friends, in costume!
Tara’s friends, in costume!
the party room!
the party room!
the food table!
the food table!

 

Fabulous Falcons!

Another outing and it includes a bus ride, wonderful ladies and the fabulous birds of prey: falcons!

The AWN (American Women’s Network) field trip of the day was out thirty minutes away to the world renown Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, under the award-winning direction of Dr. Margrit Muller of Germany.

Our tour included table side views of talon clipping, beak trimming, implantation of homing devices and feather replacement. The doctors, nurses, technicians are professional, loving and thorough. After all, their patients are worth several thousand to a million dirham each!

Similar to our newborn children, falcons change dramatically as they age. When falcons molt their feathers, they change in color and appearance. There is an air-conditioned room where falcons go to molt and exercise. They may go in black and white, and leave darker or lighter in color.

There is a set of drawers filled with dropped feathers used to “repair” a broken feather. There are surgery rooms for an assortment of ailments. This place is high-tech and high occupancy. There were twenty falcons in the waiting area, several in the queue for procedures, one in the surgery suite and several walking around with their owners.

On the “wall of honor” are certificates from presidents, sheikhs and prime ministers commending Dr. Muller and her staff for this center of excellence. She has also won the coveted Abu Dhabi Award ~ a personal achievement of excellence for her work at the hospital.

Falcons are beautiful, majestic and prized.  I even held one! There are also owls and other birds of prey there as well as a section for other exotic animals.

What a great and educational place!

Aloha,

Denise

P.S. Photo credits to my friends Rita Beaumier, Linda Boes, and Paula Boldt

me holding a heavy, beautiful white falcon.
me holding a heavy, beautiful white falcon.
me petting one of the falcons in the "waiting" area.
me petting one of the falcons in the “waiting” area.
another beautiful bird ~ darker feathers
another beautiful bird ~ darker feathers
one of the beautiful birds of prey ~ mostly white falcon
one of the beautiful birds of prey ~ mostly white falcon with its hood on. 
the dr. putting the hood back on the falcon after she awoke from anesthesia.
the dr. putting the hood back on the falcon after she awoke from anesthesia.
the air-conditioned molting room
the air-conditioned molting room
a proud falcon owner
a proud falcon owner
The falcons waiting to go see the dr.
The falcons waiting to go see the dr.

One more Jordan photo

Along our journey in Jordan, we met some great people. Our personal tour guide, Ghazi, was a wealth of knowledge and history. He shared his love of his home country generously. Our driver, Ahmad, always had a smile and drove brilliantly over the countryside and along narrow roads in true professional style. I’ve been thinking of both of them and what they taught me.

The other person we met, who shared generously, was an Italian man we met whilst floating in the Dead Sea. We started up a conversation with him and he and his wife and then asked him to snap a photo of us because we didn’t’ have our cameras. I’ve attached the photo….he emailed it to me today. Grazie, Giulio!

It all starts with a smile and a “hello.” That’s my repeating message. Have FUN and be friendly everyday!

Aloha,

Denise

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Someone else sewed for me!

For my birthday, my darling friend, Susie, made me three lovely blouses. They are stylish,  flattering and purple!

Today I picked up some clothes made by a local tailor. I’m delighted to say I chose the fabrics, printed out photos for him to copy and agreed on a week for delivery. They are wonderful and exactly what I wanted.

For the past 30+ years, I’ve made my own clothes, and those of my daughters & friends.  This is nice to have the blessings of others.

Aloha,

Denise

The journey to Jordan

Last week my family and I went to Jordan for the Eid holiday. We saw ruins, ancient carvings, art, mosaics; ate great food; met generous and wonderful people and came away wiser and in awe.

First of all, Jordan is a lovely, historic place filled with friendly and welcoming people. The people we met were gracious and eager to show us their city. As a hub for major religions, I felt warmth, love and generosity everywhere we went. It’s amazing that 2000+ years ago, carvings, streets, buildings and mosaics were built and stood the test of time ~ I saw them!

The Eid holiday brought many people from all over the world to celebrate together, us included! There were feasts, music and dancing and families enjoying quality time.

As I stood in the cool water of the Jordan River, on the Jordan side, I stood fifteen feet from Israel, I was overcome with thoughts and visions of peace and love for our whole world.

The journey from the US to Abu Dhabi has been miraculous and magical. I’ve met wonderful people and began my explorations around this part of the world.

Have fun everyday! Kiss your loved ones! Enjoy your journey!

Aloha,

Denise

Photos below: me covered in mud from the Dead Sea.

Tara, Mark and me in Petra, Jordan

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What I’ve learned:

I was with a friend as she bid “farewell” to her husband of 26 years….  He was a helicopter pilot and was in an accident.

What I’ve learned: life is short and important! Love everyone; share peace; say prayers of thanks; be grateful; have fun everyday; know peace; kiss your kids; kiss your spouse.

At the end of the day, say thank you to the Universe. Ask for nothing and be grateful for everything.

Aloha,

Denise

Home, grateful, honored

We are back home in Abu Dhabi.

Huge shout out of thanks to JUDY PERL WORLDWIDE TRAVEL (www.judyperltravel.com) for arranging our trip to Jordan. Any traveler owes themselves this contact.

I am so grateful for our ancestors who were thoughtful, creative and dedicated. The sites we saw in Jordan are comparable only to other miracles.

I am honored to be the wife of Mark Schnitzer. He and I have been “hanging out” for over 35 years and everyday is a gift. He is an excellent traveling companion, guide and roommate.

I am a very proud, fortunate and grateful mom as well. My Tara is a seasoned traveler and so much fun to be with. She has her opinion of history and dirt; an excellent sense of humor; and an open mind.

As I look around, I thank God for everything and everyone and every minute.

Aloha,

Denise

Marhaba from Petra, Jordan!

I am with my husband and daughter in Petra, Jordan exploring history and loving it! In a nutshell, we’ve stood where Moses stood; walked along 2000 year old geological formations, cliffs and water channels; rode donkeys and horses; and seen the bluest skies we’ve ever seen.

More details later, as well as photos, but suffice it to say, this land is rich in history, genius and art.

It’s a trip of a lifetime and I highly recommend it. Remember your walking/hiking shoes and sense of adventure. I kept thinking of my history teachers, Mr. Devlin and Mr. Blanchard, from school ¬ they were right…this stuff is neat!!!

Aloha,

Denise