Sunday, May 12, 2019

I Apologize for the Interruption...

...we will now return to our regularly scheduled programming.

So it has been a few weeks since I last posted. Life happened again as it is wont to do.

During my unscheduled hiatus I am happy to report that we had a lovely spring break whereby some super duper people (A and D) came to visit...












...and hung out with Maureen while Joe and I went on a cruise. By. Our. Selves. An early 30th wedding anniversary present to ourselves. (Our actual anniversary is June 17th). Who'd a thought we'd make it to the big 3-0?

After taking the train to Genoa, Italy we got on the boat:










Then we sailed for a bit with a stop in Mallorca, Spain:
In a cave with the largest underground lake in the world.
Overlooking the Mediterranean. 
Then onto Ibiza, Spain:
Chilly wind - we were willing it to be warmer than it was.











And finally onto to Naples, Italy where we spent a few days before taking the train back to Switzerland:
Lush Italian monastery gardens.
We will be returning to Naples!

Our time on the actual cruise was a story unto itself - a story that is a lot funnier in hindsight than when it was actually happening. Let's just say that the plumbing on the boat could BARELY keep up with the capacity Easter crowd, so much so that we seriously considered escaping in one of these:
Life boats right outside our balcony.











Also on my hiatus I had a health breakthrough. I figured out that my chronic sinus/respiratory illness for the past 6+ months is possibly due to mold in our apartment building:
In the basement...
 
...where we do laundry once a week.
There is no indication that the mold is in our actual apartment, but the onset of my symptoms began about two weeks after we moved in. Diving into the deep end of the germ pool in a grade 1 classroom has definitely contributed to my chronic illness, but I am pretty sure the allergies have too. But lucky for me, Nurse Anna helped me figure out the antihistamines and nasal sprays and I am happy to report that just two weeks on, I feel MUCH, MUCH BETTER. 😀

Switching gears, Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's out there!  The Swiss love their moms, too, as is evident by the multitude of flowers readily available in all the stores. Most of the flower selection is standard fare, but I did see one flower arrangement that gave me pause:
A pink pineapple, of course! This arrangement was EVERYWHERE this week leading up to Mother's Day. I didn't receive it, which is fine by me, because I got something better. A few sweets to get me through the end of the school year:
I will pace myself as I head into the final 6 week stretch...









Today's poem is for my mama, Joe's mama, and all the mama readers out there. You are loved and appreciated:

As a baby,
I took a nap
on my mom's
warm, squishy lap.

As a toddler,
I got whiny.
Mom distracted me
with keys so shiny.

As a kiddo,
mom was stern.
"No" on repeat
so I would learn.

As a teen,
I got impudent.
Mom redirected
without incident.

Now I'm an adult
with kids of my own.
When I look back
I have to groan.

How could I have been
so hard on Mom?
Thank goodness her love
was steady and calm.

Happy Mother's Day!

©2019, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

6 comments:

  1. I so glad you had a wonderful celebration and that you are feeling better!

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    1. Thank you, Liz! I appreciate your kind words. =)

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  2. What a fabulous adventure. Happy anniversary and happy mothers day to you.

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    1. Thank you, Jeanette! I love following your adventures on Sibs as well. =)

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  3. A happy post all the way through to celebrating MOM, Bridget. Happy you're feeling better, a Happy Anniversary cruise looked marvelous, & Happy Mother's Day to you! I'm wondering if that pink pineapple is pink inside? Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Linda! I'm not sure if the pink pineapple is pink inside, but my guess is that it is. The water in the vase was very pink. A strange 'flower' arrangement if you ask me. =)

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