01 November 2017

Last Day

I am going back home and sad at leaving my son and family.

I went for a last walk yesterday.  It was beautifully sunny but cold!  It was a glorious Fall day.
In the evening I got to witness an American Halloween, with all the kids in the neighbourhood out trick or treating in spite of the cold.  Of course, for many their costumes were not visible because of the jackets they were wearing.  It was an interesting experience.  What a lot of candy!!!!

I hope my son and family will visit next year and then maybe we can pay them a visit the year after.  Till then good bye Illinois.

31 October 2017

Fall 2

A few more pictures....

On a clear day you can see forever!

Three stages of Fall together.

Loved the different shades.

Halloween 😊😊

25 October 2017

Good Intentions

I had intended to post at least a couple more blog posts, but sorry to say obviously the commitment was not deep enough. 
I have been enjoying Fall in the US.  The colours are mind blowing. I have been posting pictures on Instagram of as much of the beauty around me that I saw--beautiful sunsets, trees clothed in colours from a brilliant sunshiny yellow, through saffron, deep pinks, bright oranges, dusky maroon and flaming reds.  I could not believe the shades of pink.  I have only seen Fall pictures in shades of red and orange.   The colours were as wonderful as those of spring flowers.  But now the trees have really been shedding their leaves and by the time we leave next week, the trees would probably be naked and shivering, waiting for their winter coats. 

10 October 2017

Oktober in the US

Onedia asked me to get back to blogging.As  I was visiting the US after a gap of two years, i thought that would provide some inspiration to blog again.  But it was not till yesterday,  a beautiful Fall day here in Illinois, that I felt like blogging.
I went for a morning walk by the lake near here and it was such a beautiful day it seemed unbelievable.  This was the first time I can recall seeing a really cloudless sky--'Not a cloud in the sky, and the sun in my eye, and I won't be surprised if it's a dream'.Beautiful!  Besides, it was my 66th birthday, and as it was a Sunday, we went apple picking. My son drove out to a place in Wisconsin and it was like a festival, packed with people, live music, food, apple orchards and a pumpkin patch.   The whole experience was fun. But Mother Nature added the extra zing.  It was a beautiful day.
I have been enjoying Fall, watching the leaves, on some of the trees, turn colour in the two weeks we have been here.  But I am sorry not to see some of the wild life I saw in the summers that I was here.
There are still a large number of birds though an I have seen two different types of woodpeckers apart from the robins and sparrows.  I hope I will find more to blog about in the coming days.

23 March 2017

Cinders (Cindy) and Ginger

I now have two dogs, 2 streeties/pariahs that i picked up from this incredible woman, who is certainly in the lowest income level, living in a small house on government land, with just a tiny open space in front of her house, and she looks after strays, puppies that people bring her, injured dogs etc.  Luckily there is a vet who goes in once a month to take a look at her doggie residents and give them their vaccinations.  So I picked up two females, who are now a year old.  They are both small, which is fine by me.

31 March 2016

My Elsa died this morning.
My husband and I were away from Saturday morning to Monday noon.  When we got back, my girl seemed a bit tired and was limping.  I looked at all her feet in turn and could find nothing.  The tiredness I put down to the heat.  The next day she was walking better but was still tired.  Yesterday, she did not eat anything the whole day.  By night her breathing had got heavier and she was very tired.  As the night wore on, her breathing became more and more laboured.  But as we have no emergency veterinary services, I had to wait for the morning to take her to the hospital.
At 5 am she came outside with me and just lay down near my feet.  I could take her only by 8am.  We put her into the vehicle but she died way before we reached the hospital.
I will miss her so much.  She played a big part in helping me cope with my eldest's passing away.  She was only 6.
Here is a video of her taken maybe a year or so back