Hours until take-off!

The garden at the Royal Palace (above).

The side view of the Royal Palace (below). The Palace has 2800 rooms. If you’re ever in Madrid – DO THE TOUR! It’s impossible to do it justice with mere words. Breathtaking can only be used so many times as a descriptor!

It’s after midnight here in Madrid… in the past two days I’ve walked miles through old Madrid and environs, taken a bus tour of Madrid, been to the Prado, been to an *amazing* flamenco show, been to the Royal Palace (no tour of which would ever be complete without a turn through the royal armory – wow!). But you know what? None of it compares to: HOME.

The Prado (above) – the largest art mueseum in the world. They have more in storage than some of the larger museums in the world have in their entire collections! There is something truly, beyond description – to stand within arms’ length of a painting that was painted in the year 1420 and be able to clearly discern the artist’s brush strokes on the canvas.

But I can’t wait until I’m home! I miss my husband! I miss my children! I miss my animals! I miss my garden!

What a blessed woman I am to have such a wonderful family and home to return to. God is so faithful and kind.

Posting fom Spain…

I’ve got a few minutes of relative quiet (if you’ve ever been in a Madrid hotel room, you know what that means! LOL!) and thought I’d post some reflections about the book that I’ve been reading during this two weeks in Spain. I’m in Spain usually 2 or 3 times each year for a couple of week each trip. This is my eleventh trip since 2002. I don’t typically have time to read while I’m gone – I work while I’m gone. But this time, while on a layover in the Atlanta airport I saw the cover of “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver. I bought it on whim – in the back of my mind I had an impression that I’d heard favorable things about it and hoped I might have a few minutes to sneak reading to at least get a start.

Well, here I sit two weeks later and I’m nearly done with the 370 page book. I hope to finish reading it before I leave Madrid Tuesday morning for home. (There, undoubtedly, will be a few more very late nights sneaking in more reading than is prudent when one is walking as many miles a day as I am at present!)

I am a woman of deep faith and convictions. I don’t necessarily agree with Kingsolver’s faith world view – but there are a heck of a lot of other world views that she articulates so much similarly to my own convictions that it’s sometimes a little spooky!

I know one read will not be sufficient. I hope my husband will want to read it when I get home. I secretly (well, maybe not so much now, huh?! LOL) hope my 15-year old daughter will as well. Would the boys (ages 14 and 11) sit through reading it together aloud? Nah! Pipe dream!

I’m inspired to try some things that I’ve known in my heart that I could do, but was – well, I guess – afraid to try. My husband will likely groan aloud when he learns that I *really* wanna try making cheese. I’ve been talking about it for years. Well, darn it, I wanna try it finally!

I love the ideal of trying to eat food that is local, sustainable, and season appropriate for so many reasons. We do this to a certan extent – can we do more? We’ll see…

Anyway, it’s about time to head out and do a tour of the Prado – I’ve wanted to do this very thing for years now, and today’s the day, or so it would seem. The thundershower of earlier today has passed, the sun is peeking through, and Madrid calls…