The previous post is only half the story. I was very fortunate when I moved to the US a year ago. The very best people chose to befriend me, including my (crazy 'Auntie') Linda- the funniest, most charismatic, caring person that ever there was. She and Rudydog have been the best of friends since the day they met (he was about 12 wks old) and I’m really just a bystander in their dog/human mutual appreciation situation. Auntie Linda wasted no time in inviting me and Rudy and Felix (and my sister, Kate) to stay at her house (coincidentally our old house!) for the duration of our visit to Southern Alabama. I say the duration…naturally we had to nip off to Florida to say hi to the beach, where I sampled my first ever bowl of gumbo, slept for an undisturbed night in a hotel without the dogs (love them, but bliss!) and swam and sunbathed and chatted and giggled until I really felt like I’d exhaled for the first time in a while. The photos sum it up rather well, I think!
I also strive to fulfill the role of a thoughtful wife, and went on an enthusiastic shell-search along the Florida shoreline, so that the desk of my lovely husband in Afghanistan can be brightened up with a jar of said treasures. Found some cool ones too! Check. It. Out!! Paperweight?