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Traditional flower headdress

Traditional flower headdress

Don’t panic I will not be replaying all our activities since moving last Autumn. I am planning to hit just some of the features of our lives.

At the moment we are enjoying a  very pleasant Latvian summer. Just this past week we enjoyed a celebration of Midsummer Night, Ligo, Ligo! It happened at our village open-air stage.

Stelpe Dancers

Stelpe Dancers

You may have seen Ian’s posting of videos on Facebook featuring these dancers. We love to watch them. This group is totally volunteer but great quality.

We have spent a lot of time working on our rental house that has stood empty for about 3 years. We are both slowing down physically and we are finding everything is taking longer but we hope to continue learning about this thing called aging. We are so blessed with this house.

Berzu iela

Berzu iela

077 078 079 080 081 082 083Hopefully you can see some of the changes we have made since the first pictures last Autumn. We have even installed a second loo upstairs. This has been a special blessing for me as I must visit the facilities several time each night. The wash stand enables me to cleanse my face and teeth each night and morning making a good start and ending to my days. Pictures next time or when Ian finishes tiling all the walls. He did a lot before our second visit of house guests arrived earlier in June.

Our second house guests from Germany, Miriam and Garry.

Our second house guests from Germany, Miriam and Garry.

Miriam and I met through OM 15 years ago at the DeBron Conference Center in the Netherlands and became friends during our time at LUKE in Halesowen. This is the first time each of us met the other’s husband and first time for the husband’s to meet each other. We had such fun and lots of laughs, good fellowship.

In February we welcomed our first house guest, Elly from Holland. She was so brave to come at such a cold time of year.

Cold friends near the Baltic Sea, Jurmala, Latvia

Cold friends near the Baltic Sea, Jurmala, Latvia

Ian played the welcoming host with Elly as I was seriously flirting with a nasty winter cold/flu. The above picture was my one venture out and probably not a good idea but I loved being at the seaside even in the ice and snow and having fun with Elly and Ian. So if you want an adventure VISIT LATVIA, come and visit us.

Animals are still part of our lives including our family members.

Lass loving summer

Lass loving summer

Yes, she misses the sheep as done Ian. She is always up for a walk with Ian to the local pond or river. She is so lovely such a sweet companion and she competes with Saulite for time on our bed at night.

Miss Saulite on her special place, a window sill outside the living room.

Miss Saulite on her special place, a window sill outside the living room.

This is her preferred way to enter the house, through this window. Ian keeps telling her the door is open and she continues to ignore him. When she came to us she was strictly an indoor cat but no more. She stays out most all day and comes in for a snack or water and if we aren’t careful she hides up and stays out the night. Another of her favorite places is on top of the garage roof. Typical cat, she loves the highest place. We are a very happy family.

What is coming up? On Friday the 28th we take the Land Rover in for her technical. She has been prepared by the Land Rover dealer in Riga so she should pass. On Saturday, if we are up for it we will go to the new U.S. Embassy for a 4th of July picnic. The following Saturday the 6th of July we go to Jurmala by the sea for the wedding of our friend Guna and her fiance Dermot who is from Ireland. The outfit is planned including new shoes. No hat, too hot. Hopefully, it won’t be too long before the next post. Including pictures of our 28 babies.

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  1. Dear Kathleen & Ian, it has been such fun to see you and to spend time together. Thank you so much for your “hospital” (as my former team leader used to say). Really hope we can come again next year. Would be so cool! Big cyberhug xox

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