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Saudi Arabia

Imbolc                                                       Valentine Moon Saudi Arabia.  Mark has been there for well over a year, almost 2, so the day-to-day scene comes more and more into focus, even for […]

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On The Move

Fall                                           New Autumn Moon While we slept, the busy folks at English Gate Academy in Saudi Arabia were solving Mark’s visa snags.  Dr. Ahmed called a person he knew at the Saudi Embassy in DC.  Mark submitted two new forms, a letter certifying that he lived in the U.S. and a copy of his ESL […]

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Lemons and Very Little Lemonade

Lughnasa                                                   Waning Harvest Moon So.  Yesterday I got up, got ready to go into the museum, got in the car and got no engine love.  Click.  Click.  Click.  Of course, I only had adequate time to get there since I never leave early.  What to do?  I put the charger on it and got back…wait […]

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The Visa Quest Nearly Finished

Lughnasa                                       Waning Harvest Moon Today we moved from conjecture to certainty.  The top person at English Gate Academy, Ahmed, e-mailed Mark and said he would write a personal note to the Saudi Embassy asking them to speed Mark’s visa application along. His papers cleared the Saudi Cultural Mission today and are at the Embassy so […]

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The Weekend

Lughnasa                                                 Full Harvest Moon Kate’s out in Denver visiting the grandkids while Mark and I hold a visa watch, waiting for some word from the mysterious world of Saudi bureaucracy. Yesterday I took a trip to Duluth to deliver 3 pounds of honey in payment for use of the image on this year’s Artemis Honey […]

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Visa, Visa. Where Art Thou?

Lughnasa                                          Waxing Harvest Moon Oh.  Visas.  I think I shall never see a visa lovely as a tree.  Or something like that.  Anyhow, the Saudi visa saga took an unexpected and unpleasant turn this morning.  Turns out there are two steps to the process for teachers, certification of the degree and qualifications, then, the visa […]

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Plans and Further Foolishness

Lughnasa                                                                Waxing Harvest Moon We moved Gertie (the German wire hair, formerly of Denver) and Kona (our oldest dog now, a whippet) downstairs.  Gertie had slept in our bedroom but consistently got Kate up between 6 am and 6:30 am. Their crates downstairs, right under the heating ducts, carry sound well, however, and Kate said […]

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All Visas All the Time

Lughnasa                                                  Waxing Harvest Moon Visas.  All visas all the time.  Got a fluttery batch of e-mails and phone messages, all received after Travisa’s office’s had closed.  OMG.  We won’t get the documents to you in time.  OMG. Solved by reminding them that we sail on Oct. 16th, not Sept. 16th.  Oh.  All better now. Mark […]

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Pulling Hair

Lughnasa                                                                 Waning Honey Extraction Moon Over to Carlson Toyota this morning.  Why?  To have Kate sign over the Tundra to me, as a gift.  The purpose?  Avoid sales tax on the title transfer.  My name alone is on the Rav4, for no particular reason except that’s how we did it that day.  Her’s alone was […]

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Please Let Me In

Lughnasa                                                              Waxing Honey Extraction Moon Mark went to a hospitality industry job fair in St. Louis Park.  I took him, then went on out to Minnetonka Travel in Wayzata.  I picked these folks almost at random to help with the cruise, but I gotta say, they’re pretty damn good. Today we set up the processing […]

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