Christmas Daisy?

December 25, 2012 at 3:19 pm Leave a comment

Dec 21 Snow (Medium)We returned to Ohio very late on Dec 20 from a 3-week visit to  Guatemala (more on that later). We woke up to snow on the ground, and snow continuing all day. Not much accumulated, but it was amazing, nevertheless, after the sun and warm temperatures of Central America.

Daisy in the Snow, Dec 21

Daisy in the Snow, Dec 21

I had to take a closer look at what seemed to be a late-blooming Shasta Daisy, and sure enough, it was! (Look dead center in the photo at right, beside the snow-topped solar light.)

It was still there, unharmed by the frigid weather, on Christmas day. Goes to show–persistence pays off!

Christmas Daizy (Medium) We were thankful to arrive home safely, with all our luggage, and to be met by our friend April, driving our pre-warmed car!  One thing I re-discovered on this trip is that Security at the Guatemala International Airport has different rules than in the US.

My makeup bag contained a pair of cuticle cutters that was passed without comment in Columbus Ohio, but was seized in Guatemala.  Seriously!  The blades were maybe 1/2 inch long.  Their regs say “scissors” whereas in the US, I think anything with shorter than 2″ blades are OK.  Last year, I lost a favorite pair of embroidery sissors, blade length of 1″.  Live and learn!

Ironically, after returning to smooth (rather than cobbled) roads and sidewalks and a reliable water supply that can be drunk straight from the tap, Gallipolis had a water main break on 4th Street, with a 12 hour boil advisory once the water came back on!

Travel and new horizons are wonderful, but last night at the candlelight service of Pathway Community Church, I found myself thinking, there is no place on earth that I would rather be!

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