Apr 21, 2014

Precious Water in India

The last time I posted on this blog was on Thanksgiving Day in November 2013.
I was thankful for everything.  I still am feeling so much gratitude. 
In summer 2013 I traveled to India and experienced so many things. It's been almost a year, and I'm still trying to wrap my mind around what I saw, smelled, tasted, and felt in India. 

One thing that made a huge impression on me was how water is a precious resource. Here in the US, we take it for granted. In India, too many people still don't have access to drinking water. I visited schools where toilets are non-existent. It broke my heart to see this. Here are some images I captured in Kolkata. It was hot as hell, and for some people, the only drinking water comes from a community well.
Photo by N. Roberts, July 2013

Thank you for dropping by my blog. My retirement is a mere 9 weeks away, and I am eagerly looking forward to blogging more. 

Nov 27, 2013

Thanksgiving. Really.

I want to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. If you do not observe this American holiday, I am confident you have many things for which to be thankful.
     I am thankful my mom is still alive, despite her chemotherapy and advanced cancer.
     I am thankful for the opportunity to travel throughout India this past summer.
This is exquisite inlaid precious stones
at the Taj Mahal. 
     I am thankful I still have my marbles intact and will retire June 2014. When I retire, I want to write on my blog and visit other blogs. Right now I'm still busy with my career, taking care of my mother, and raising my grandson. 
     I am sorry for not blogging for so long. I really do miss it.

Jun 25, 2013

India, here I come!

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     Remember playing the childhood game Green Light, Red Light? Well, the past 3 years of my life have been a game of Green Light, Red Light...lots of fits and starts...lots of drama and angst.

     Today I just got a great big green light: I met with my mother's oncologist. My mother's cancer situation has stabilized so that she can get a well-deserved summer reprieve from chemotherapy. Her doc is pleased with her progress. 
     As for myself, I am all set to go on a trip to study in India. This Sunday I leave and am very grateful. God has answered my prayers, and the chemotherapy has done some good work.
     Access to secure wifi is limited, so I might not post pics here until late August. 

Jun 2, 2013


Mr7's Easter eggs, spring 2013

     Usually I don't mind taking care of Mr7. For those of you who don't know me, I am raising my Partner's grandson, aka Mr7. The boy's mother is way too young and pretty ineffective, to put it mildly.  She lives in the downstairs apartment, and Mr7 lives with me and my Partner. Click here to read about my family.
     The other day I had many errands, and I left Mr7 at home with his mother. Poor thing. He was bored, and his mother was downstairs. He kept calling me and asking me when was I returning home. 
     When I finally got home, I found his room in total disarray. I instructed him to clean his room and take a bath. This is when he took me by surprise and said, "Sometimes I feel like I've been adopted."  
Um, okay.
I ask him to explain himself, and he proceeded with, "I mean I feel like I've been adopted by you and Grampa."
     His statement made me feel so sad for him and his bio-mom. I can't do anything to remedy the situation. All I can do is keep loving this boy.