Monthly Archives: March 2011

Peaceful Breakfast and Shopping Coup!!

This week Rostik started to go to a new kindergarten which meant that I got to have Zhanna all to myself today!  And, as much as I love her adorable son, on this day,  it was nice not to have to share his mama (and for us to speak in full sentences and complete thoughts).  We had a  […]

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Tulip Experiment

I bought some tulips today. They are gorgeous. Fresh from Holland. And still attached to their bulbs. . . ?? The flower seller told me that the tulips stay freshest that way, that they will last up to several weeks with the bulb attached, and that the bulbs don’t need to be submerged in water.  She […]

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Velvet in Fruit Form

I just need to tell you Almaty Residents  that  there are currently  TO-DIE-FOR pears to be had at Ramstore.  I am talking JUICY SILK in pear skin. . . I have no idea where pears like this are grown at this time of year, but they are sweet velvet to the taste buds.   And don’t make bad […]

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Note to Self: When In Amsterdam, Buy Amaryllis

My friends look out for me and I love them for it. They write emphatic invitations or call with great enthusiasm, “I don’t think you want to miss this! There are pictures to be had!” My friend Jacquie invited me  this morning to admire her magnificent Amaryllis plant – blooming with abandon on the windowsill, oblivious to […]

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Heels, Galoshes, Baxhili, and Pumpkin Cake

After church, we had an expedition to Kalkaman Hospital to visit our dearest friend, Tamara Gregorovna [aka Baba Toma], who just had back surgery.  She is doing well and on the road to recovery, even requesting an order of shashlik for her lunch today!  We obliged and enjoyed our own to-go order on the way.  […]

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