Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Beehive houses

I can't believe this marks a week since I have been in Urfa!  Wow, tomorrow my friend Merve will come and join in!  Another amazing thing in this area is Beehive houses in Harran.  These houses are constructed of clay with no wood and have existed for HUNDREDS of years.  It's amazing.  I hope you all are checking out my FB (and that I have Wi-Fi to post photos on there periodically)  Of course you can always search on the internet to see I guess.  

Yes, I am being corny and using a card with BEEs on it!

Monday, June 24, 2024

Happy Monday

 Hello all, happy Monday!  I am still visiting in a city named Sanliurfa, or just Urfa.  Another amazing prophet that comes from Urfa from the Bible is Job.  He's also a prophet in the Quran (Ayub).  I am told there is a place where you visit the cave where Job was. I hope to see this on this trip.  

Sunday, June 23, 2024

Guest Designer

 Here's a card that I found in a fancy store on Istiklal Caddesi (street).  Which is hugely famous place in Istanbul.  It has a famous red trolley and everything.  It's a shopping mecca.  Well, imagine my surprise when I found a store called Panter Kirtasiye.  Kirtasiye is basically a stationary or paper store?  in the broad sense of the term.  I was super excited as I have been looking for beautiful papers, which I KNOW are in that city but I haven't managed to find yet.  At any rate, imagine my surprise when I saw a wall of handmade cards.  Esp card there were some that were using TURKISH theme stamps.  I was tickled.  I asked the man if he knew or sold any stamps.  To no avail.  At any rate, the cards were very simple, but I was very enamored with the stamps so I purchased a couple of them that I will be sharing.  I was happy they had the card maker's name on the back.  The artist is Mine Fiore.


Saturday, June 22, 2024

You are amazing

Happy Saturday everyone!  Another wonderful day in Urfa.  Another amazing thing about Urfa is that it is the birthplace of the prophet Abraham (among others that I will talk about later).  They have currently built a beautiful mosque around the cave where he was kept safe from King Nimrod as a child.  You can enter, Christians, Muslims, even non believers, as long as you are respectfully dressed and see the location.  WOW.  To me it is just amazing to think that the beginning of modern day Christianity came from Abraham's offspring, and the birth of modern-day Islam also came from Abraham's offspring.

Friday, June 21, 2024


 In addition to Gobekli Tepe, there is a more recently discovered place called Karahan Tepe, which is equally as fascinating.  They are unearthing it now and have found amazing things there.  You can see much of what they have recovered in the Archeological Museum of the city, one of the biggest in the country. They have not yet stated if it pre-dates Karahan Tepe.

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Happy Day

 There's many significant things to see in Urfa, but one of the most important things to see is GobekliTepe. I am sure many of you have heard of it or seen it on TV now.  It's currently thought to be the oldest temple in the world, dating at around 9500 BC to around 8000 BC.  WOW.

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Ahhhh, Home sweet Urfa!

Today we fly to Sanliurfa (otherwise known as Urfa).  Most people will refer to it as Urfa, there's even a kabob known as the Urfa Kabob.  We are staying in an Airbnb of sorts, it's an independent place though, not a personal home with other people.  Since I am traveling with a guy, I needed two rooms, so there is absolute privacy.  It just makes more sense to rent a house of sorts than a couple hotel rooms.  I will say there's not a lot of choices in Urfa, hotels and Airbnb is expensive compared to other places in Turkiye.  The place is lovely though, in the "old district" which is beautiful and quiet!  This place will be home sweet home for two weeks!

Tuesday, June 18, 2024


Having so much fun and getting ready for the trip tomorrow! Sanliurfa is a medium sized city at just over a half million people, but it has amazing history and so many important biblical and ancient sites nearby.  I can't wait to see them.  I am spending a week there with a dear friend, Merve and another week with a translator/helper who is also becoming a good friend, Nakip (who I sometimes refer to as my son, lol). Typically a city this small wouldn't merit such a long stay but I want to take it nice and slow and just enjoy each day, not in a rush to see anything.

Monday, June 17, 2024

A day in the life

 Happy Monday everyone. It's the start of week 4....This week is super exciting because I am traveling in Turkiye to a city in the southern border next to Syria called Sanliurfa.  I leave for Urfa on Wednesday.  There is so much incredible history there including what they think is currently point zero in mankind, Gobleki-Tepe.

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Happy Father's Day

 Wishing all the Dad's in my life a very Happy Father's day today from me and John.  Best wishes and huge hugs all the way from Istanbul. (well, right now I am in Sanliurfa).

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Guest Designer

 Happy Sunday everyone!  I hope you are ready for the new week.  I have some more wonderful work from the kids in Turkiye.  I just love how they put my name as Holi (how you would spell it in Turkish) and many of them actually spelled it correctly which is even more impressive.

Friday, June 14, 2024

FInd Joy in Today

Happy Friday everyone.  I know it just sounds weird to say Happy Friday.  On vacation I tend to forget the days of the week.  I only keep track of them because certain days of the week are neighborhood pazaars.  So if I want to go shopping for local things (like fruit, veggies, or maybe lace remnants), I need to know the day of the week and what Pazaar is happening that day.  A Pazaar is a temporary set up Bazaar that lasts only one afternoon or one day.

Thursday, June 13, 2024

DH you are in my thoughts

Hey sweet dear, you are in my thoughts today. I hope you are having a wonderful day.  Huge hugs and kisses.  I wish I could have Turkiye and YOU at the same time.  Have a fun summer.  Kisees.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

All my favorite

All my favorite chapters include you...except the ones where I'm on vacation in Istanbul.  LOL,  You know you are still my favorite dear.  Always thinking of you in my heart.  Love you.


Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Furever Friends

 One interesting thing about Istanbul, and some other Turkish cities is that there's dogs and cats that are "pets" of the city.  They are vaccinated and tagged and let go in the city.  Many of them are quite popular.  and are well beloved and taken care of.  People generally don't shoe them away, for example, you will see a cat up on a display of an expensive clothing store!  Now, in a food establishment, of course they are sent away (but sometimes fed nearby).  You will see them everywhere, even in Mosques and Museums.  No one bother's them and lots of people love and pet them.

Monday, June 10, 2024

Happy Birthday

Here's a card I made from My Aunt Lisa's Birthday today. I hope she has a very special day.  Hug and Best wishes for your day.

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Guest Designer

Sharing more wonderful art from the kids in school in Turkiye.  Did you know that in Turkiye that teacher starts at kinder and get a class of kids and then kids and teach move together through the grades. The teacher will always have the same class, kinder through 5th grade.  I know happens sometimes in the USA, but rarely, I wonder which other countries do that.  I know I had seen it before.  In my school in the USA teachers generally get to pick which grade they teach (in elementary school, though on occasion they do get moved due to the influx of students in a certain grade).

Anyways, here's some cute art from the kiddos:

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Good Luck!

 Happy Saturday.  I hope you are having a nice weekend. Today makes it just over 2 weeks now with about a month and half left.  Next week in Turkiye is a major Islamic Holiday, so much will be closed and the trams and such may be free, so they will be SO SO SO crowded, it will be best to avoid at all cost.  I am one of those people who look at a full, and I don't mean, no seat, I mean, FULL to the point where you can not physically cram another body inside and think, hmmm, i'll wait.  Yea, you could be waiting for a LONG LONG time.  It's crazy.  Istanbul is 20 million people, most of whom use the trains.

Friday, June 7, 2024

Brighten your day!

 Happy 3rd Monday in Istanbul. WOW, doesn't that sound weird.  I have been here a couple weeks and already it's the third Monday.  How cool is that?  here's a cute little card to brighten your day!  Hugs all.

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Happy Birthday

 Happy Birthday Cuz.  I hope you have a very special day today.  Big wishes to you from Turkiye.  Man, are we getting old or what?  I can't believe it.  Have a great celebration this year. I am sure Ayana will do something special for you.  Hugs

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

For the DH

Here's a card that I thought would give my Dear Hubby a smile today.  He's the one who LOVES biscuits and gravy.  a lot!  I do like a good biscuit but not really a gravy fan.  But I will tell him that I love him MORE than Biscuits.  Or certainly more than Biscuits and Gravy.
Hugs Dear


Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Sunshine and Happy Days

 Happy Tuesday everyone! what's everyone doing this summer?  I guess technically it's not summer yet.  When does summer start?  in Texas it sure feels like summer, though I am often not there for half of it, I am there for the hotter half--August and September.

Monday, June 3, 2024

Have a great one

 WOW, Monday number 2, I guess it's almost 2 and a half weeks, but not quite.  Who would have thought time would go so fast. I am so relaxed and enjoying this time. I typically wake up, listen to music, prepare for the day (there's no point in going out very early, nothing is open), leave the house, take the train, stop a my favorite place for juice or coffee, maybe a snack; Exchange cash and go shopping for lace, walk around and relax with some cold water.  Drop by and chat with friends or enjoy a snack in the afternoon.  Grab the train back home and take a little rest.  Get up and go to grab dinner somewhere.  Take a nice long walk afterwards and maybe stop for tea or coffee.  Ahhh, what a perfect day.

Sunday, June 2, 2024

Happy Birthday Dad

 Happy Birthday Dad!  I hope you have a special day today!  Huge hugs from Turkiye. Hope the grandkids come to visit you.  This cute card come from a wonderful kit by Pink and Main.

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Guest Designer

Now that I am in Turkiye, I thought I would share this card as my guest designer.  This card comes from an artist in Austin, TX, Gretagoo.com  I just love her works, both media and in jewelry!