The Journey Home! Back to Toronto
We will be flying out of Romania at 7 am this morning. We have to leave for the airport at 5:15 a.m.! Eek...it is 4 am now. It will be a long day. We fly into Munich, Germany this morning and then catch a plane from there to Toronto. Long day ahead of us. It should be a nice flight though. The flight coming over was great. Nothing much to look at over that big Atlantic Ocean though.
I have had a wonderful time here in Romania. Amazing country. I am definitely glad that I came over with Norman. It was a nice surprise that David came along with us as well. I don't think we would have been able to accomplish nearly as much without him. He seems to know a little bit of everything about well everywhere!
We had supper last night at a nice Lebanese Restaurant. The food was delicious. I was especially impressed with their salads. Their salads are not what you or I would have in the states. It is more like a large piece of bread (pita type bread) that you dip into different sauces like Hummus and so on. Anyway the food was great! We had a great time talking about the trip and everything that went on.
I believe it is going to be a long process for Mihai to immigrate to Canada. I have come to the conclusion though that this is a good thing and something that is well worth the efforts of everyone involved. I have concerns of course...more about Norman and his ongoing health problems. I think though that in the end if it is meant to be that it will be! Mihai is a really nice young man and seems to be eager to learn. He may return to a university here in Romania this fall and finish his degree in Commerce. This will help with the immigration process as well. Mihai had a great time and told Norman that he feels as if he has made some really great new friends. I think he did not know what to expect from us...but in the end was surprised by the kind of people we are. I was impressed with Mihai and I think he is a good person!
Anyway it is time for me to finish packing.
Severe weather risk for those back home
For those back home who are readong this - you have a chance for severe thunderstorms on Monday into Tuesday. There could be some very large hail and an outside chance for tornadoes. So stay on top of that with Cal and others!
8 a.m. Munich Time...Central European Time
Norman and I are at the airport here in Munich. We have a two hour layover. It is raining hard here in Munich and the clouds are very low. Hopefully we will leave on time. David is not feeling well and has remained in Romania. He will take a later flight.
Everything else is going fine and Norman and I are safe and sound.
The Shadow Land
There is a place that can not be traveled to.
You can not fly there
You can not take a boat there
You can not even drive there
You won't find immigration...you won't find borders
but rather you have to drift there...much like a leaf that has fallen from a tree into a flowing stream. Carried away by invisible hands.
It lies somewhere between this dream
and that thought.
It is where one finds oneself drifting away from reality and into the clouds. You know where it is? You have been there?
It is the place where kids giggle
and whisper in each others ears and then giggle some more.
A place where children dance and skip and play.
Where the sun never sets.
A place where wars do not exist.
Hunger is not known.
Sadness has no name.
In this place the wildflowers flow like rivers. Their pedals glisten in the sun...drinking in the spirit of the golden rays
There are Red
Bushes that bloom in splendid tapestries of reds,
yellows, and whites.
When you breath in the air the fragrance brings back the days of old
- memories of past places, the places where our hearts still play.
It is that magical place where the sky is a brilliant, deep, dark blue.
A blue that can not even be found in the deepest of oceans.
It is a place where the rolling meadows spread as far as the eye can see.
Birds fly here and there...whistling and singing their songs
...because you realize that the song angels are singing stories - they are telling their own tales.
The name of the place you ask?
That can only be found within yourself.
For some it is Narnia
for others it is Patagonia
and for me it is the Shadow Lands.
It is not a place that is ever very far away.
It is only as far as your spirit allows it to be.
Some will never journey there.
They will take paths that lead them into dark forests.
Forests that are full only of thorns...rose bushes with no flowers, no blooms
Others will take paths that lead them into concrete cities - where stars are seldom seen.
A place where shooting stars are only a thing of legends
A place where stars grow dimmer and dimmer and dimmer as the days grow longer
But for those who are young
for those who are young at heart - they will travel into those flowery meadows.
Meadows where butterflies flutter about uninhibited by anything that might get in their way.
And not just any butterflies mind you...but butterflies that appear as the paintbrush of an artist. Sprays of color will flutter past you...it is as if you have entered another land - another world.
And the butterflies they dance you know
dancing to music that only they can hear and feel
Butterfly songs...butterfly music - shhhh if you listen real carefully you might just hear the melody
It is the kind of place where one wants to live forever.
A place where you can lie down in the meadow and gaze up at the blue skies.
A place where you can watch the puffy white clouds float overhead
A place where the clouds themselves come to life...growing and moving - drifting like that leaf that fell into the stream
A place full of LIFE
This is my Shadow Land. A place where only my dreams can take me. Day dreams...night adventures
a glimpse of reality that isn't really there
Will there come a day when all of this will be real.
Perhaps it is real now?
A day when my Shadow Land is found to be reality.
A real place.
A place yet to be discovered by others...hidden only by my own imaginations.
it is best described as a music box
you tepidly open the box...trying not to break it but eagerly awaiting those first few notes that will drift through the air and past your ears
then the sound comes
they explode upon the empty air
they have been set FREE
and the notes float...float...float
into the air - like little fairies they flitter upward
out the window...into the street below
drifting past each one of us...singing a song
telling a new tale
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Well my sleep is all messed up now. It is 6 a.m. and I still have not found my way to bed. This is a bit complicated now :) lol Oh well I will figure it out as I go along! I am sure my body will let me know when I am tired. The sun is beginning to rise here in Toronto. David is in Munich now and on his way back to Toronto. So everything is going to be ok.
UPDATE UPDATE BREAKING NEWS :)
I AM ALIVE
Kristy says that I have not updated my web page in a week or so. :) SORRY My camera has been at the repair shop...being cleaned. The government here in Canada is in shambles. It has basically fallen apart over a HUGE scandal involving millions of dollars. So it is nice to be where the news is. They are calling for new elections. The current President/Prime Minister may step down. It is a HUGE mess. So life goes! Always something going on. I have been in jet lag heaven recovery since I arrived. I feel like a pancake that has been flipped over twice you know. But anyway. I am still here. My plane ticket was for Wednesday but I think today is Thursday...SOOOOO that does us no good now does it. I will return home via a twister as in the Wizard of Oz. Something like that :) Will update as I figure things out.
and for those needing their Lucy fix
Lucy you are such a diva...
oh and HI KRISTY :)
Now we are just trying to figure out how to make Erick Famous. We know one day he will be at the Grammy Awards...I just want to make sure it happens while my grandmother is still able to hear his music playing....
Erick you are the master artist...there is no other producer in the world like you...you are it.
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Well this has been a nightmare of a few days around here. I had to go back to the hospital last night and spend most of the night and morning there. This after going a couple of nights aga. Had a reaction to the medicine I guess. So anyway this has been a horrible week and at this point I just want to get better and get home pretty soon. I am never going to catch up on stuff at this rate. Anyhoo trying to get some strength back now. Hopefully I will be able to return home soon enough.
I am going home tomorrow - Friday. I will be home by Friday Night or Saturday.
April 25, 2005
Ok well I made it home :) lol - got in about 1 a.m. on Saturday. It snowed most of the way home. Pretty weird to see snow this time of the year. Trying to get things done around the house. Pretty cool outside and rain is on the way :) No severe weather though...so that is good.
TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2005
SEVERE WEATHER THREAT GROWING FOR THE WEEKEND. COMPUTER MODELS ARE INDICATING THAT THERE COULD BE A SIGNIFICANT OUTBREAK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AND TORNADOES ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY. A STRONG LOW PRESSURE AREA IS FORECAST TO MOVE FROM OKLAHOMA INTO ILLINOIS ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. CURRENT FORECAST MODELS ARE INDICATING THAT POTENTIAL FOR TORNADOES ACROSS EASTERN ARKANSAS AND INTO SOUTHEAST MISSOURI ON FRIDAY EVENING. THESE STORMS WOULD THEN RACE NORTHEAST INTO SOUTHERN ILLINOIS AND WESTERN KENTUCKY. IF CURRENT COMPUTER MODELS ARE CORRECT THEN THIS COULD BE A SIGNIFICANT OUTBREAK.
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