Posted on: July 31, 2017

“Patience with others is LOVE. Patience with self is HOPE. Patience with God is FAITH.” Copied this from an email.

A lovely, funny thing happened today. I bought Taki a Crazy Donkey metal cup that he wanted. When I got to work he gave me a book of each of the postage stamps that I like to use for my postcard exchanges. ❤


July has been an odd month. The wind never seems to quit blowing and the temperaure is higher for more days than ever before. We have dropped down in bussiness. This hasn’t happened in July since we opened the shop in 1993.


that’s all for now, love Debra


Maria told me on a Thursday that the next Thursday she was having an engagement party! WOW!


It worked out. the party was lovely.


My oldest child and only girl is engagrd!

I rarely post here anymore. This bit of crazy I HAVE to share!

Our partner wanted to meet up. Okay. I won’t go into the whole conversation. I will tell the nuttiest bit.

He said we should put 60% of the store in our name but continue to collect only 40% of the profits. Also that we pay employees that he hired for the shops that he owns with his wife. (Not all his employees, the ones that pass through our store.)


I wore a dress to the wedding that I already had. It worked. I bought shoes at a shop where I had gone to get cat food. They cost 6 Euros and were simple and pretty and looked good. Even though they were flats, they made my toes hurt and slipped off my heel, oh well. I forgot to get a picture of Taki and I together at the wedding, sadly. I never got a chance to shop with Maria for a dress. Taki, her and I stopped once but the shop was closed that sold dresses in my size.

George is on part time at the store until he and Evie leave for Canada and then America. It’s so nice having him and her around. Today he said Mom here is a surprise for you. It was a pack of Oreo’s. The center is strawberry cheescake flavor. He is so sweet.

Michael-John is going to school and sleeping.

Maria, Michael-John and I are keeping the kitchen clean. Yeah!

Taki has decided that he will pick me up at the house everyday for my shift since George is here. It sure feels good to sleep in. Tomorrow I will come up anyway. I will go to a jewelry shop where a friend works. I want to get my ring size. Marina who works next door to our shop wants to send me a ring from Georgia (formely part of Russia). I am also going to give that friend 45 Euros. This covers my share of the money for a girl we sponsor in Peru. All members of the Bible Study group give money if they want or can and then we divde it up for a year.

remember to love yourself and those around you, Debra



EVERYTHING is damp, inside and out. You can’t sweep, lol.

George will be here tonight (or tomorrow morning) at 3 am! It’s so exciting to finally have him home!

Still worrying over buying a dress and shoes for the wedding and trying not to. 😦 

with love, Debra

Once again I am frustrated with our work partner. Once again things that should arrive in a refrigerator truck arrived in a regular truck. Earlier today it was 37c. It’s now about 30c. The only thing sent in a refrigerator truck is ice. I have complained about this many times. I no longer complain but I remain frustrated.

Taki has a bad cold. I wanted to close the shop early last night but he wouldn’t. He is of course worse today and may not come at all tonight. Well, he will come to close the shop with me about midnight. That means I will work from 3 pm to midnight alone.

I hold onto to hope for someone to be cured and I pray for them. My prayers will not be answered until this person seeks help. If you believe in prayer, pray for them without knowing their name, it helps.

A young couple is getting married next Saturday and they invited us to their wedding. I am tired, so tired. (10 to 13 hours a day 7 days a week since April) I have known the groom to be since he was about 5 years old and met his bride to be about 10 years ago when they started dating. She had told me that they would have a small wedding with only family and close friends. I was surprised to be invited. I almost cried when she handed me the invitation. Anyway, I have to buy a dress and shoes. I have nothing even close to what I could wear to a wedding. Taki thinks he has some things to wear. lol The point of all this is I don’t have time or energy to go shopping. he he he Maria wants to come with me but she gets off work the same time I start work.

George’s mandatory military service ends tomorrow. He will be home on the 20th due to the ferry schedule! He plans to go Oregon (hold on Grammy!), Washington, Hawaii and Canada this year. It has not been confirmed yet but it’s what he and Evie have planned.  He hasn’t been to America since he was 2 years old!!! Another thing I am praying about is that he makes it to America and that his Grandpa will get to see him. (Grandpa lives in California with Grandma Vladia)

I have a few penpals and I like writing to them on postcards. One gal I don’t hear from much anymore but I continue to write her. I have been corressponding with an English couple who come here every two years. They were not able to make it this year. So they sent us presents. The husband with Taki and Michael-John are on opposing teams for English football (soccer) teams. The man told us he held his head in shame as he walked into their teams gift shop to buy presents for them. he he he


Okay, that’s enough for now, love one another,

love , Debra





Feeling good today but the greyness of anxiety is hanging in the background just waiting to attack me. Yesterday was a good day. I mangaged to make lunch and wash the dishes. Today I had a shower and came to work. These sound like nothing to most folks but trust me with anxeity trying to run your life they are HUGE accompliments. 🙂


A man asked if he could pay with American Dollars. I agreed if it wasn’t over $50. He paid and then the next person in line ask if he could pay in $’s I agreed. With the first man I explained I was saving a small bit at a time so I could go back to America for a trip. We continued talking. I mentioned the free tickets I got last year and how amazing it was to see family and friends after 12 years. He left. The 2nd man over paid and brought tears to my eyes…I was to get $34 from him, he gave me $40 and told me to enjoy my trip home. As I write I am crying again. Silly I know but it really moved me.


I miss church but it is held in the middle of the time I sleep. I miss my church family. Theirs hugs, kisses and support. When things are bad I give them word that I need extra prayers.


Tomorrow two young girls are coming to stay with us for a few days. I am nervous and so happy to be able to have them stay with us. I want them to have a good time. I plan to make one or with God’s help two good traditional Greek meals for them. I had planned on picking them up tomorrow from the youth hostel. Taki has some errands to run in the morning so we will see how that works out.


God Bless you. Remember to try and treat others like you want them to  treat you.