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.


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?

tiptoe thru the laleler

In istanbul, april is the tulip festival and the colorful flowers are planted all over the city, especially in the parks where it’s a riot of bright and beautiful colors. Except for when snow blankets the city, the time of the laleler is my most favorite, because you can’t go anywhere without seeing tulips standing proud. Emirgan park, a short ferry ride or an hour long walk from our old hood, is just the best place to see them and I wonder if they are at full blooming color yet (probably not quite yet). Ma mere and I went there two years ago, and I introduced Ana to the wonders of that park last year . I’ve written before that it’s beautiful here in the spring, and there are so many blossoms and colors (and now the orange blooms are flavoring the air with their soft and sweet smell), but there aren’t so many tulips lining the streets and I miss them! So I thought I would share some photos (so many photos!!!! I just can’t stop taking photos of them) of istanbul’s tulips and have my own little memory festivalScreen Shot 2017-04-08 at 2.49.45 PM Screen Shot 2017-04-08 at 2.49.16 PMIMG_20160403_155518

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happy spring!

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spring has definitely sprung here in Bodrum and it’s a beautiful thing to see and feel. It will be so different once the summer comes bringing its heat, and extreme sun and all the green plants will be green no longer. The plus side for summer is that we can swim (!!) and grow tomatoes and summer veggies, but for now we’re enjoying our first green and lovely spring in our new home. and we’re getting familiar with having a garden for plants! Working with the soil is really something wonderfully satisfying, and just wait until I plant some catnip seeds and bring all the kitties to the yard; mini will *love* that.

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photos of our garlic/green onion/red onion/ strawberry/potato/cherry tomato garden AND my lil garden assistant <3 (also a screenshot from Last Week Tonight)

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