It’s Leap Year Day!!

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An extra day to enjoy, play, learn, grow and be grateful for! I have two friends who celebrate birthdays today ~ how fun ~ Happy Birthday, Leslie and Leena!

Another lap around the sun!! According to A leap year (also known as an intercalary year or a bissextile year) is a year containing one additional day (or, in the case of lunisolar calendars, a month) added to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical or seasonal year.[1] Because seasons and astronomical events do not repeat in a whole number of days, calendars that have the same number of days in each year drift over time with respect to the event that the year is supposed to track. By inserting (also called intercalating) an additional day or month into the year, the drift can be corrected. A year that is not a leap year is called a common year.

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Make today GREAT!




Amazing friend + new flat = happy us

Our friend, Bernie, is a gift from God. What we had hoped to be a ride from our old apt to our new one, turned into a 100%, complete relocation over 8 hours and a half-dozen trips. Thank you, Bernie, from the bottom of our hearts. You are an amazing friend.

Our other friend, Andry, has let us store a dozen (or so) boxes of family photos and memories at his apt until we can organize the new place to bring them over. You are an amazing friend.

Our new flat is bright, clean and choc-full of boxes. Whew, we have a lot of clothes! Over the next 24 hours we will sort, chuck and organize our stuff to make this our home. Visitors welcome! While our view is different, it’s lovely and charming. We slept great and awoke to the gorgeous sunshine. Life is good.

We are so happy and blessed and grateful.

What makes you happy today?




Old flat
Old flat


New flat
New flat

Last weekend with a view

This will be the last weekend we are in our flat with the Corniche view. We are moving to the center of the city with a city view.

We’ve been here for three fabulous years. We’ve shared our view for National Day, Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Years’ Eve, Random Fireworks Night, Boat races, jet ski races, air shows and sunsets. I’ve been fortunate and grateful and blessed to live here.

New views ahead…. stay tuned.

What do you like about your view?



my room with a view...
my room with a view…


It’s a sign!

When I’m feeling blue, or happy, or confused, it seems that something crosses my path, a sign, that things will be better, or work out, or change. And so it was today.

I was feeling grateful for health, home and heart, yet melancholy for having to say “good bye” to friends who recently repatriated, and moving from our current flat to a new one this coming week. I will have to say “bye” to my fun neighbors and excellent doormen. So as it was, a lovely poster showed up for me this morning extolling the virtues of self love, purpose, big picture, and change. (thank you, Linda B.) It was a sign!

As I enter this week of transition, I will carry that message with me. I share it because, to me, it was valuable and meaningful.

Have an amazing week!



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Gentle reminder ~

We all have “stuff” going on.

We all have busy, hectic, frenetic lives.

We all have choices to make.

Here’s a gentle reminder, count your blessings. Be grateful. Stop, pause, be present.

Enjoy this super, awesome day!



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Three (3) words

I am grateful.

I’ve great friends.

Blessed and grateful.

Thank you! Really!!

Real, true friends.

Those are my thoughts for today. Go out and seek your own three words.



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Be your word 🍋

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When you say you’re going to do something, go somewhere, show up for anything, do it. Be your word.

It’s called integrity. “Without integrity, nothing works.” Valuable lessons I’ve learned, taught and live. Let’s share that message today.

Be well. Smile. Spread love. Have FUN! That’s all.



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Always and Forever, my Valentine ❤️

The LOVE day is over, I spent it with you.

I’m grateful for the day we spent together, just us two.

Although we’ve done differently, this year will stand out,

Our love just gets stronger. This, I have no doubt.

I send loving wishes to you from my heart.

I’m here for you always and forever, Mark, my sweetheart.



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Happy 💜 Day!

Sending a BIG hug and lots of kisses to my truest love, Mark!! Happy <3 Day!

Sending BIG hugs and lots of kisses to my daughters, Emily and Tara!! Happy <3 Day!

Sending BIG hugs and lots of kisses to my Dad & Mom and Mom-in-law!! Happy <3 Day!!

Sending love, hugs, kisses, and joy to my sibs, dear friends and all of you!

Happy Valentine’s day (tomorrow)!!



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Dinner in the desert

Last night we went into the desert, set up a camp area, built a fire, watched the sunset and had a dinner and dancing desert party! We heated our Arabic food on the fire then ate to the tunes of the 70s and 80s. After dinner we danced and danced! My NDB: danced in the desert.

New friends and true friends.

It’s day 11…how are you doing with your daily NDBs?



Denise, Julie and Lori
Denise holding the sun.