Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Travel With Me Tuesday: More Sintra Portugal

After our lunch and some walk around, we decided it was time to head back to Lisbon. The sky was always changing from sunny to big heavy clouds and we were very close to the unpredictable Atlantic Ocean. We would drive down the coast and try to find the westernmost point of the country and the continent, Cabo da Roca.  Well, we drove and saw one sign but  no real indication to us, the non Portugese speakers, of a road or perhaps just a dirt path.

Instead we stopped at Fortaleza da Guincho for an exquisite tea and coffee. I'm usually too cheap frugal to pay such prices but it was well worth the break and the gorgeous views, even with the clouds and dark dark skies. We never saw as many places as we'd planned for this day but it was an overly ambitious plan we realized. We certainly had a good taste of what Portugal could offer and it left both of us with the desire to return.

Monday, July 28, 2014

AAM Monday; PL Week 27

A lot of my time and mental energy was taken up with the World Cup. Oh how I love watching soccer and it brings back memories of so many games during my years in England. Cold damp days, great seats down in front midfield, bit by bit learning this new fast paced game. We had season tickets for Leeds United but my heart was with Liverpool. Even in the stands, the crowd was well behaved and for so many it was a family event.

When my xh went to an away match, I took the boys shopping, to the local market and into a pub for the elder lad's bathroom break and to change the nappy (diaper) of the little one before meeting up with my xh and driving back home. I saw a lot of northern English cities that I might have missed otherwise, and never considered that the IRA violence would affect me. Such naivete of the young....but that's another story.

This week we started Sunday with a trip out to western MD for a lovely brunch followed by a visit to my son and family in VA, and another meal as well as the whole crowd watching the cup. The little girls had a better time with their 'normal' game of throwing the corn cobs over the fence. Most fell on their own heads but it made them happy. If you ever drive RT 66 and see corn cobs flying, well it's this little set of twins. No arrests please!

NSA ice cream?? I didn't ask and they didn't tell. Still a mystery there. Pickled onions and a friend finishing up the replacement of his Volvo engine. Glad my dh could lend a hand there.

And how is your Project Life going? or has it gone? Never too late to jump in on this 2nd half of the year.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Five on Friday July 25, 2014

This has been a really great summer so far with temperatures that make me wonder if I'm in Maryland. The humidity has been low enough to make the days just perfect.  We had a good bit of rain a week or so ago, and while other areas had bad storms, we were spared.

1. There is nothing like a good retreat to remind me how much I enjoy sisterhood. It's also a great reminder to find more of that in my life on a regular basis.

2.  Finally, I got round to making a drink I saw somewhere on line.  Watermelon soda with basil. 

1. club soda
2. a big basil leaf
3. a pinch of kosher salt (optional)
4. chunks of watermelon

Put the ingredients into the blender in the numbered order, blend til totally liquified and server over ice or add some ice last while blending. The salt is good if it's super hot where you live. You might want to add a tsp then. Really.

3. Some things in my life have made me both very sad and very angry.  It's possible to feel both of those things about the same event/action. Not enjoyable but everyone makes her own choices. Sometimes they are just plain selfish choices.

4. Did you know the Mendenhall Glacier is doing some serious calving? I hope access to the glacier is not restricted when my dh and granddaughter go fishing next month. That's a long way to go and miss seeing the glacier. I suspect the helicopter tour would be a bit pricey.

5. This is the time of year that I harvest my lavender branches. Normally, I've had about 5-8 bees happily gorging themselves on the flowers. This year I've been lucky to have two at a time, and some of those not even the normal fat black and gold bees.  A visible sign of what pesticides are doing.

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