Friday, March 1, 2013

Storyteller's Journey

The Grand Canyon
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We returned from our trip to Arizona after having a wonderful time with my family; we had also visited Sedona and the Grand Canyon. The snow at the World Heritage Site made the setting even more beautiful.

The bad news is that I picked up a sinus infection/flu just before we departed Arizona. (The plane trip home was not one I would want to repeat!) Evidently this awful illness is going around and takes some time to run its course. I'm still taking all kinds of pills to battle the annoying symptoms.

I have been spending my time this week (in between resting & sneezing) catching up on laundry, paying bills, reading, and of course, writing. Next week's post will be writing related - I promise!

On a brighter note: Our son - Brian, was just awarded First Place (co-winner) in a Regional Choral Composition Competition. His piece will be performed by the Seattle based group, Opus 7, on Saturday, May 11th, at St. Mark's Cathedral in downtown Seattle. Since the competition takes in college students from six states this is quite a big deal. Needless to say, we are so proud of him!

Lastly...you may remember me posting about my "Dog Dilemma" several months ago: after traveling more than usual in the last few months, I have conceded to my husband that it's probably not the best time to acquire a dog right now. However...while viewing a trio of programs on elephants that aired on PBS earlier this week, I took the plunge and am now sponsoring an orphaned elephant in Nairobi, Kenya.

Here is the lovely Lima Lima (Lindstrom) whom we adopted only two days ago! She was rescued on February 20th, 2013 after her mother was killed by poachers for her ivory tusks.

There are many other baby elephants that need assistance in the wake of the out of control poaching problem that is taking place in many countries of Africa. If you would like to adopt/sponsor an elephant, rhino, zebra, or other animal, here is the link to the David Sheldrick Trust in Nairobi, Kenya: http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/about_us.asp

When my husband saw me sitting at my computer with a credit card in hand he knew he was in trouble. When I told him, "I just adopted a baby elephant!" he rolled his eyes and smiled. We always wanted a baby girl.

Care to share what's been going on in your neck of the woods?

8 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a nice trip - except for the sinus infection. Hope you feel better soon. I enjoyed seeing some of the pictures you posted.

    Congrats to your son - such a talented family!

    Love that you adopted a baby elephant! LLL is beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Loree. I know you're on a bit of a blog break; I hope the writing is going great for you!

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  2. We had a whale one year growing up.

    I'm glad that, other than the cold, your trip was a good one. And congrats to your son! That's a wonderful achievement. Best of luck to his future career. You have a family of artists.

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    1. Thanks, Sara. I love it! A whale. ^_^ The thing about having an artistic family is that sometimes schedules overlap or feathers get ruffled...I guess it's just part of life. Have a great weekend!

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  3. Love the pic. I never imagine the Grand Canyon with snow.

    Hope you're feeling better soon.

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    1. Thanks, Debbie. Hope you have a good weekend.

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  4. Oh Victoria, I love, love, love that you adopted a baby elephant! =D I wish I had thought of this before we ended up with two dogs! (Who I love very much, but yeeesh, what a lot of work they are.)
    I hope you mend quickly from the sinus infection and feel better soon.
    Congratulations on your son's wonderful news! How proud you must be =)

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    1. Thanks, Ruth. I'm very impressed with the work of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and they even send updates and watercolors so the sponsors can compile a journal of their baby. Hope you have a great weekend!

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