mish mash

I’ve got a bunch of things that are cluttering up my chrome and desktop so instead of waiting for them to somehow all work together with my writing I’ll just post them all here for your enjoyment.

It’s the early hours of June now, so happy June (ma mere’s month!) I’ve started up my daily exercise (at midnight) and seem to be getting more used to the shift in schedule that Ramazan brings. The thunderclouds and stormy weather seems to have departed, so today was a warmer day but our house so far stays nice and cool. Mini is cuddling her daddy at the moment, while I’m about to start cooking my oatmeal for suhur.

So here we go: Beşiktaş won the super lig for the second year in a row! YAY! It was an away match, but the fans back in istanbul’s beşiktaş district still partied.  Looks like it was the same madness fun as it was last year when we were there. Shame we didn’t see any games this season, but congrats all the same, my black and whites!

Speaking of istanbul, here’s a lovely video that captures the feel of that magical and bustling city, esp. my beloved bosphorus (one of my favorite things to keep me company while fasting). And here’s a little history about the writing on the minarets that happens only during ramazan, and only in istanbul unfortunately.

This is a ridiculously otherworldly video of the aurora australis recently in Tasmania. How it must be to feel and see that sky being painted in those colors. wow.

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And lastly, do yourself a favor and make this soup. It is delicious and I only want to eat it from now on, with fresh squeezed lemons from our trees and ramazan pidesi of course. It’s probably just as amazing even if you aren’t observing ramadan. 😉

 

 

 

And because it was recently memorial day, and ma mere reminded me how in high school I used to study for finals and use the summer movies coming out on the holiday as my reward, and there’s a new pirates movie coming out:

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bird’s eye view

here’s a nice drone video of istanbul and cappadocia on this warm and sunny Sunday. hope it’s nice wherever you may be too! It’s our second day of fasting so I’m staying inside and starting to think about what to make for iftar. not much else to say I guess, a lazy afternoon.

Beşiktaş has a match tonight (which will be a nice distraction for us from food thoughts), and if they win they’ll be the şampiyon/champions!! We were at their clinching match last year at their new stadium for that excitement. nice memories indeed! If we win tonight I’ll post some photos from then. let’s go, bjk!

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hoşgeldin Ramazan!

Screen Shot 2017-05-26 at 10.26.22 PMIt’s that time of year again – ramazan! Our fast begins tomorrow so this friday was our last day for a month that we can eat and drink during daylight hours. (yes I really enjoyed my oatmeal and coffee) And it will be our first one here in bodrum. They were testing out the canon earlier this evening, since it’s traditional to fire a canon to signal the breaking of the fast. 🙂 I’m not yet in the groove of making meal plans and prepping… well, I am always thinking of meal plans but not iftar and suhuur ones so we shall see. Mostly all the summer fruits and veggies are out so there are so many yummy options. I was thinking about ramadan last year, and how the euro cup was happening so my fasting days went by pretty quickly (at least during the group phase when there were 3 matches a day!) I was also thinking about our bosphorus view and how pretty the light was just before dawn and hearing the call to prayer all around. It will be nice to make new memories in our new home, but too bad no football madness to keep me busy when i’m cooking. Thunderstorms are in the forecast for tomorrow, so hopefully we’ll have a not too hot month. Last year I remember it also being very pleasant, until about the last week or so when it got hot and humid.

Here’s to a happy, healthy, and peaceful ramazan! [and let’s not forget the ramazan pidesi either. can’t wait to see if we can find a yummy one here in bitez. oh boy!]

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anneler günü kutlu olsun!

I’m a little bit late but wanted to wish all the mommas (of humans, furs, plants; with us or in our hearts always) a happy mother’s day. Love you, and especially you ma mere extraordinaire! <3

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the fwa fwas of Anatolia

late spring/early summer is such a beautiful time in the world, but especially in bodrum. bougainvilleas are exploding in color everywhere in addition to orange/lemon blossoms and giant fennel (mostly gone now). wild daisies, red poppies (not orange Cali ones but so pretty wherever they appear), silver berry trees (iğde in Turkish and they smell ridiculously sweet; we have one in our garden), giant aloe flowers rising up like huge asparagus, hollyhocks, roses, ice plants and so many I have no idea what they are called in Turkish OR English… so much color and beauty and blossoms everywhere you look: it’s magical. Even the main concrete and car road here is made lovely by all the blooms and happy plants, before the dry and hot summer comes making everything brown.

Here are some photos I’ve taken lately, and here’s more info about special Turkish flowers.

It’s beyond windy today; giant gusts of wind making the trees dance and sending potted plants and items not nailed down flying every which way. The cats also don’t like all the wind, but minik still braved outside to go and sleep wherever she sleeps during the day.

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Two years ago

I was enjoying the chilly Hamburg springtime with my Dad and Tomma. And yesterday, I was hanging out in a cabana on the Aegean sea. What can I say? life is hard 😉

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Türkiye’yi seviyorum

It’s easy to get mired down in the awfulness of political bullshizz going on here(and most places it seems), but it’s always good to step back and remember what I love about my adopted country. I came here for love, and I love this country too; the madness of istanbul, the sea, all the street cats, the bosphorus, beaches, turquoise water, simits… I could go on, but I’ll stop there and let the video show the rest. I would love to see more of it inşallah.


sunshine, bahçemiz and links

Sun-filled late April days are definitely here, the orange and lemon blossoms are falling off the trees and I’m working in the garden in the late afternoons because it’s hot out there. A week and a half ago (or thereabouts) we even went for a swim in the sea but it was still quite cold, but full of the promise of soon (although not looking forward to wearing sunscreen all the time). We had our 5th American mu-versary celebration on the 20th (420 is also a famously high-liday in SF) by making our delicious pizza (and then later watching beşiktaş just lose to lyon with stupid penalties).

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Yesterday was my little sister’s birthday (38, whu what?), so I was in an especially happy mood. April is winding down but I still feel like it’s freshly 2017. Let’s see, anything else to report besides the depressing world of politics (which I will just link to because I don’t want to get into it)? Well, minikins is keeping an eye on the chickens in the other yard; mommycat gave birth (no longer with kavun-size belly) but somewhere else so we plan on following her one day; little grey ‘helps’ me out in the garden; flowers are blooming everywhere and it’s such a pretty time here. Maybe I should spend less time on the computer and more time on my bicycle, değil me? Oh yes, and this woman is a rockstar: I want toScreen Shot 2017-04-25 at 1.40.29 PM be her when I grow up!

 

 


you can scream you can shout it is too late now

Lately it seems after every election (in Screen Shot 2017-04-25 at 1.39.12 PMmy home country and my adopted one) that the only thing I can do to make myself feel somewhat sane is to play radiohead’s Hail to the Thief on repeat. I have a lot to say about this referendum but I don’t really think that it’s good to both dwell on it (I can’t even look at twitter and I can barely watch The Daily Show) or type it out here because who knows what’s going on in this upside down world. sigh.

Meanwhile, working in the garden is a necessity to get my mind off of politics and the state of the world, and minik is demanding to go outside (where does she go? she often comes back with sun-kissed fur) so off I go.


super cali bloom

I’ve been so preoccupied with all the various blooms (mimosa! orange flowers! wisteria! giant fennel) and spring colors and happy plants all over Bodrum that I keep forgetting to put up a post with some links to the super bloom going on in California. Apparently you can even see the fwa-fwas from space! How magical to see in person, I can imagine.

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And speaking of colors, (but not flowers) it would be pretty neat to take a flight solely to view the Aurora Australis, wouldn’t it?


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