"Tall Holly Hock Syndrome"
Ken and I get up VERY early (note 5:00 a.m. sunrise) to go to our health club down the hill 15 minutes away. On Monday Ken had commented on a small tree that was growing on the roof of a deserted elementary school, it was about 2 meters high. When I came back two hours later it had been cut down. Thus, I will call this phenomenon “The tall holly hock syndrome” because these nice flowers are blooming right in front of where the tree was cut down. It had tried to flourish in the WRONG place. May that not happen to us!!!
The following is what I wrote to my sister yesterday with accompanying photos: “we really do feel blessed and small wonders what a health club membership can do to keep us here in Almaty. It really is cushy, we get thick robes, all the towels we want, free health drink at the bar (apple or orange juice), the Turkish sauna is my favorite place, the swimming pool is Ken’s favorite. There is only one exercise bike so that is in high demand and four walking-in-place machines. I’m getting used to the leg press and other machinery there but the hardest part of my workout is walking uphill home to our apartment which is five stories up.”
The landscapers have done a magnificent job of cleaning out the rubble and planting new grass seed just west of the President’s Palace, it is a nice pathway. I actually saw my first wildlife which usually belongs in parks, a red squirrel. Ordinarily I hate these pests that feed off our bird feeders at home, but it was nice to see him flit about in this new environment. May his tribe increase.