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By mamawalker on Apr 19, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Happy Easter, my friend! http://cheezburger.com/8155261184

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By Sylviag on Apr 7, 2014 at 6:53 AM

What a cute cake - or stack of panakes - not sure which :)

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By Sylviag on Apr 7, 2014 at 6:52 AM

Those really are quite lovely and would be cool for evening wear but very restrictive otherwise. I wonder why most always are black which seems like a bad color for such a hot climate as black absorbs the heat. I know the men seem to wear mostly white. Bryan said that is to discourge women form going out in the daylight :) That doesn't sound too restrictive for non-Muslim women. I imagine it's different fro one country to the next as soe are quite conserative like Saudi Arabia. Your language skills come in handy there! Do you tutor from your home or go to theirs? Japanese seems like a very complicted language to learn to speak, let alone write. So different from English but likely a ver good language skill in the Pacific Rim for business purposes.

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By Sylviag on Apr 4, 2014 at 8:54 PM

A lot of building always going on in the middle East so I imagine your hubs is very busy. That was a big culture shock when your first moved there I'll bet. When you go into town, what kind of covering do you wear - is it OK to just cover your hair? Do you work there too? I know most middle Eastern cultures frown on women working although it seems to slowly be getting better for women. Hawaii also has a lengthy quarantine system designed to keep rabies out of the state. Cats and carriers are two words that don't belong together LOL Out of our 6, 4 I can get into the carrier fairly easily but Lucy LuLu all of a suddent sprouts 10 more paws and they're all moving so getting here into a carrier is hard. Bryan puts the carrier out two days before so she can get her major freakout over with. Then on the day when we have to go the vet. I just swoop her up while Bryan has opened the carrier dor and I throw her in and Bryan slams the door shut. Then she howls all the way to the vet :)

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By Sylviag on Mar 31, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Speaking of cherry blosssoms, I love your avatar GIF! That's wonderful you and your son both can share that experience. Oh my you have lived there a long time. You probably have a great understanding of the culture. Is it when your husband can retire you might move to Canada? What does your hubs do? I was Civil Service and did civilian human resources for the Army. I E you had a downpour and i imagine that is pretty rare.

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By ani.s4 on Mar 29, 2014 at 3:42 PM

At least it was something different to look at. Have the waters receded?

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By ani.s4 on Mar 29, 2014 at 6:34 AM

So those flooded streets are typical, if it rains. Does it rain often? I wouldn't think so. We only get some 3 inches annually. But the Sonoran Desert (here) is really quite beautiful.

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By ani.s4 on Mar 28, 2014 at 4:25 AM

All that rain, what a mess. Were you in that?

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By ani.s4 on Mar 27, 2014 at 9:09 PM

We had a giant Haboob 2 days ago. It was miles wide. Luckily there were no accidents on the freeways. More of those to come. Phoenix is famous for them.

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By Sylviag on Mar 26, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Japan is a country I've always wanted to visit. SUch a bending of old culture going back centuries and on of the most high tech connected countried in the world.

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By ani.s4 on Mar 25, 2014 at 3:29 PM

we have green with drip lines, & quite a variety of desert plants, yes, but dotting the landscape. Mostly we have a warmer palate of colors. (Lots of sand, huh?)

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By ani.s4 on Mar 24, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Oh, I do love my big views. I have options, drive up into the mountains & get all the green I want, or stay in the valley & enjoy my cut-paper mountain vistas.

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By Sylviag on Mar 23, 2014 at 10:23 AM

He has friends all over the world then from his schools. I do love Canada and its people. We live one state lower now, but when we lived in WA (west coast) we did visit Canada quite a bit, Victoria on ancouver Island is a lovely Olrd World town and the Canadian Rockies just take one's breath away. With your hubs being a Canadian citizen, Canada is certainly a good option for you when you decide to leave the Middle East. Never seen Eastern Canada but would love to some day, Where were you born? My Dad was in the Army and I was born in Germany as my Mom was German but American citizenship as Dad was born in the US. Germany does not have dual citizenship. I've lost touch with all my German relatives after my Mom died - she would go visit about every 3 or 4 years. I've not been bck since I was 16. Hope your weekend has been great.

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By ani.s4 on Mar 23, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Right on that. Living in Phoenix Arizona, I can relate. Big Vistas...

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By Sylviag on Mar 22, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Those trees must have incredibly deep tap roots. Anything flowering in the dersert envionment must be such a treat to be treasured. Oh my all the way in Canada? What made him choose that, I would have ictured something in England. Does he come home for the summer or has a summer job in Toronto? Have you visited there? Oh dear sorry for all the questions :)

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By ani.s4 on Mar 22, 2014 at 7:54 AM

Yes, I imagine blossoming trees would be scarce in Qatar, but you have big vistas. Ha

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By ani.s4 on Mar 21, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Adorable profile gif

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By Sylviag on Mar 20, 2014 at 11:57 PM

There seem to have been a couple of days when for some people, messages wouldn't post the normal way. Hopefully all is fixed now. Oh dear on the pregnant ferals. It is difficult in many countries to get trap, neuter and release programs going because it is not a high priority and unless vets step in to do it for free or low cost, money is likely not available. How nice of you to make a comfy place for them. In the US, TNR programs are being used more and more to get a handle on the feral colonies so they don't keep increasing. Are you able to grow any flowers or other stuff in pots? I imagine everything takes a lot of water. How old is your son? We went to my granddaughter's band concert tonight. She's 13 1/2 (the 1/2 is very important to her :) She plays the guitar.

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By ani.s4 on Mar 18, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Thanks for requesting friendly paw. I couldn't get into your profile yesterday. Odd. Happy to see a new friend though. Annie

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By Sylviag on Mar 18, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Oh and your step dancing bears are so funny!

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