Sunday, April 12, 2009


President Obama was in Turkey last week, and he came to my neighborhood! 

My camera was on the fritz, so I couldn't get a good picture of him, but Mel got this picture as he pulled into Sultanahmet square. We got a good view from the nearby "Seven Hills" hotel's Terrace. (Yup, we stood next to Turkish military snipers!)

Later we watched as he walked between Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, but we didn't get a good enough picture of it. Next time!

I'd like to write more about it, but Mel has put together a great article about it, so I'll link to that when she's ready.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Spring Has Sprung!

Happy Easter everyone! 
Have a great weekend!

Spreading the Love Around

I rarely win things, but I commented on one of my fave blogs last week, a South African designer, Heather Moore at Skinny Laminx. She let me know this week that I've won some cool new cards she's just had printed up! Woo Hoo! 

She also gave me a Kreativ Blogger Award. (Thanks Heather!) This award requires that I list 7 things I love and pass it along to 7 bloggers I like. 

So, here goes my list.


1. Coffee - with milk, in the morning. Ahhhhhh!

2. Flowers - Tripping around Sultanahmet this morning, we visited all the flowers are coming into bloom. Tulips, daffodils, hyacinth and an amazing new flower I haven't identified yet, but love. (More on that to come!) 

3. Our new apartment - It's small, it's (still) pink, but it's ours. Just us. It's perfect.

4. The view of Sultanahmet from Ataturk Bridge - Someday I will photograph that view. Promise!

5. My creative talent - I get more pleasure from creating things than I can put into words. I'm very grateful for this gift.

6. My sister - Ok my sister is not a thing, but I love her to bits regardless!

7. The direction my life is going - Recent changes in my life have given me a freedom that I've been missing for awhile. I've made new friends, taken control of my life and the future is bright. I haven't made concrete decisions about my direction yet, but it's definitely up!

Now to pass on... 

Heather awarded 4 people, so I'm going to do the same. 

Here are my 4 deserving people!

Kate - Longtime friend and flower enthusiast! Check out her flower-filled blog!
Brian - Living a very cool life post-Taiwan, his blog shows that Michigan is actually cool!
My mom - My mom makes stockings for Christmas and you can see them here.
Mel - Simply an excellently written blog!