The Holidays Back Home and New Things in This Home

Many of my readers know that I spent both Christmas and the New Year back in my homeland, the States.  After weeks away, I have now adjusted to being back in my new home of Ankara.  It’s been a week and I was delighted to return to some new things in Ankara.
One of my Faithful Readers

For one, while strolling through the snow-covered neighborhood last night, I found a new market on Güvenlik Caddesi.  A Migros Jet replaced the old Şok.  I checked it out.  It wasn’t too exciting, but it’s always nice to have another option.

I was also informed that one of my courses was abruptly ended.  While I enjoyed it and will miss it, I now have time to focus on new things.  As a matter of fact, on the very same day I was asked to write a column for the TAA (Turkish American Association) newsletter.  There’s no money in it, just fame and glory – at least in my mind – so I am looking forward to it!

I have also been toying with the idea of writing a book.  It’s something that has always been in the back of my head.  But upon time spent with one of my nieces over the holidays, I finally came up with an idea.  With more free time in Ankara, there’s no time like the present to get it started!

Aaaahhh, the holidays.  Busy, busy, busy.  I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in the States.  At the end of the weeks, my mother and I looked back over the things I had done.  It felt like the time passed extremely quickly.  But when we enumerated what I had done, well, it was just unbelievable!

In my first few days, I spent 8 hours at a city hospital with one sister for an unsuccessful attempt at a minor surgery.  I spent an hour or so at another hospital with another sister while she received a platelet transfusion.  I covered the front of the house with Christmas lights.  And my brother and his wife took me to Sovana Bistro for dinner.  We enjoyed ourselves.  But the food, prices and atmosphere, while nice, were nothing compared to the Birchrunville Store Cafe!

House Lights

With the rest of my time, I visited family and friends, including a lovely dinner at my brother’s home and meeting my sister-in-law’s niece.  Actually, I met her once when she was just a little kid.  But now she is a fellow expat, has the same birthday as me, and has become somewhat of a soul sister.

Allie & Me
Me & Billy
Soul Sister Meaghan

I decorated the Christmas tree and the house.  I took Mom shopping for Christmas gifts, groceries, and everything else.  I wrapped and wrapped and wrapped.  I cooked and cooked and cooked.

3000 Tree Lights
I had wonderful conversations with my nieces and nephews.  Who knew there was a guy named Krampus who traveled with St. Nick and practically tortured naughty kids?!
Angela, Me & Christine
Angie & Dan


Veronica - just can't decide on a chocolate cookie!
Brianna & Emily

I filled out disability paperwork for my sister.  I attempted to repair a computer.  I celebrated a great-niece’s birthday.  But mostly, I celebrated life with my Mom, my siblings, and my nieces and nephews.

Mary & Mom
Rich & Shae
Tom & Carol
John & Shae


I miss you all already!  Thanks for the fabulous vacation!  Man, I’m tired!  Did I just say I’m adjusted?  86 that!


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  1. A rollercoaster of a trip by the sound of it – busy, busy, busy! Good luck with the article. It could be the start of something. Why not write a book? I did and look what happened? You just never know.

  2. OMG…Theresa !

    If I had known I would have had a make-up crew come in and remove about 20 years of aging….LOL! You are too much!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

  3. Welcome back Terry !

    Hope that Christmas cheer stays with you for a long time to come and that you have a great 2012 !

    A book ? Sounds like a good idea to me – go for it !

  4. SO glad you had a great time at home. As for the book – go for it! You should read “writing down the bones” it is a great guide for writers getting started….can’t wait to read more!

  5. `hey its anthony your great nephew. i’m gonna you aunt tt. i can’t wait 2 meet you again. and my cousins. my mom said i was a baby when i met you. i like to fly so i’m gonna come see my grandmom soon. my mom said we could. i want 2 see all my cousins even one named anthony like m e!! ok i lov u. my mom talks about you a lot and shows me pictures of u and her. she is typing 4 me cause im very slow. but i tell her what to say. oh! i made all A’s and 2 b’s. i’m soooooo smart. lol:). ok bye. anthony henson
    1st grade
    wow.. my baby is growing up. you will not beleive how fun he is. he amuses me all day long. he is so outgoing and funny. he is such a henson and doesn’t even know it yet.. very handsome and witty. lol. what are you gonna write about? email me i wanna talk 2 ya about it. tina

    1. Hi Anthony! It’s sssssoooooo good to hear from you! Yes, I did meet you once. I wish I had been back down there to see you! Hopefully we will meet again soon. Your cousins now call your great grandma “Oma”. That’s German for Grandmom. I am so proud of you. A’s and B’s – just like your mom (and me)! I had a picture of your grandpop at Christmas, but he didn’t like it. So I didn’t put it on my blog. I will send it to you. Love you! Aunt Theresa.

      PS to Tina – I FB’d you about the book. Your emails keep coming back to me. I will try your Mom’s email. XOXO

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