Friday, May 31, 2013

Five on Friday: May 31, 2013

Lord almighty. It's the end of another month. I must be having fun because time is flying!

Things I need to do today.

  1. Water the plants first thing in the morning. Each thunderstorm that is promised seems to linger very near us but not above us.
  2. Go to aerobics class. On Weds I came home early and got grief from my dh who suggested that it might mean I need to have my knee replaced sooner rather than later. Pfffft.
  3. Get a pedicure
  4. Work on digital gift I'm making for my grandson, the Sunday high school graduate.
  5. Decide what to wear on the graduation Mass and dinner Saturday and the graduation and family party Sunday.   
There are a few other odds and ends but I think I can fit them in Saturday morning. This is more the normal way of life for 40 yr olds. I'm over having this many things that 'need' doing each day. So very over it. But in the end, it's all good stuff, isn't it.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Just Don't Have the Wall for It

This ad caught my eye a few weeks ago, and when it was in our weekend paper again, I took a pic of it. We do have an old house, old like early last century! It's over 100 yrs old now and the rooms are small, designed for life as it was then.

Whenever I find a wall that will handle a 73" tv, I'll think about it! But right now, I'm content with my 'old' 40" screen. Even that is a bit big for our tiny living room where, really, only I watch my movies. Or maybe we need a new house? ya think?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Travel With Me Tuesday: Passau-Cesky Krumlov

Surprise, surprise, this was another overcast drizzly day. This never bothered me because I was happy as long as it wasn't hot! We both had the right kind of clothes and shoes though we could have bought what we needed at Euro prices. Eeek!

I decided to stay in Passau and I'll tell you about that another day. Mr. R. did go to Cesky Krumlov,  the venture into the Czech Republic. Since these photos are all his, I will just show them to you without his comments.

This obviously was the entry into the city. That is certainly an interesting connection between the two buildings. I wonder if he remembers the story...

Our guides always tried to give us an orientation with a local map.  This one looks colorful.

Looks more like an aquaduct on the bottom, but again, I don't know.

Yes, these are just trees but I loved the look of the bare trees and yet there is still the vibrant green from the heavy moisture.

Another little building between buildings. Fascinating connection.

Days out definitely include a lot of walking. When the path goes uphill at least there is a downhill walk later...usually! 

 The trompe l'oeil on this building is interesting. It's actually a flat surface upon a closer look.

I don't know what was important about the stones in this jewelry. To me they really look like 'stones' not any kind of gems. (eta: I believe this jewelry may feature moldavite which is a rare gemstone believed to be formed as a result of meteor impact.)

Once into the town, it looks like it was a pretty quiet day. I was surprised that a lot of the old towns and cities seemed to be this quiet.  Are they only tourist sites???

Ah....there's a person who wasn't part of our group. So there are people who live/work/come into town. At least one.

With that one person, I'll say goodbye for today, and come back another time for the rest of his day in the Czech Republic.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day Memory

My late father was a WWII veteran. He survived but died of ALS at age 53.  I'm always amazed when I hear of his peers  who are still alive in their late 80s or 90s. To my father and all his buddies, especially those who never came home -

Thank you.

my father is the tallest man, center back row

Friday, May 24, 2013

Five on Friday - May 24, 2013

The cool weather finally ended and we have had some hot days, some humid days, and some almost hot and humid days. That's normal weather for us. Today is chilly and drizzly. There's just no telling.

1. Today is the USNA (United States Naval Academy) graduation. No Blue Angels this year due to budget cuts.  That's not like cutting food programs for children, but it's still sad for us who live here as well as the Mids who are graduating.

2. I'm feeling that my stamina in the aerobics classes has reached a good level. I don't feel the need or much of the desire to quit before the hour is up. More hair washing but I can cope with that.

3. My dh went off to VA to bicycle this week, and came home via Baltimore (almost) to avoid the heavy DC traffic. The payoff? two crab cake dinners for us from G & M Restaurant.  Those crab cakes are the best!

4. I'm still reading as much as usual but not finding books I really like that well. I think my most recent batches at the book sales have included a few duds. It all balances out in the end.

5. Those dud books led me to check for new tv shows on HBO or Netflix.  I like having an episode or two to watch in the evening on my iPad. I just found HBO's Family Tree and like it quite a bit. Chris O'Dowd is a delight to watch - and I've enjoyed him in "The IT Crowd."  Watch these if you can.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Just Under The Wire

I finally finished my Italy 2012 trip pages yesterday! The last day in Italy was May 23 2012. Whew!!!! I'm not sure if these pages are going into my PL album for 2012 or into a photo book. I think my dh would like a photo book, but that always takes so many decisions...what company, what size, do I want that expense....etc etc

While I ponder these decisions, I'll share the final page.  I was ready to come home after two weeks but it's always hard to leave Italy...arrividerci. Sniff, sniff.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Travel With Me Tuesday: Regensburg

Back to this travelog, so far back in my mind but actually it was November 2012.  Veterans Day for us in Regensburg Germany.

Regensburg was a rainy day and one that was half spent on the water going through lock after lock til we arrived at the city after lunch.  All the cities are beautiful and yet after a point, it becomes like a wonderful museum. You just can't appreciate another painting.

Various apartments along the water - do we look at them or do they look at the boats more?

Despite our moving boat, the water remained still enough for some good reflections.

There were also the occasional glimpses of color in the leaves. But it was mostly a sleepy quiet day. We also had a briefing on the post cruise extension in Budapest. We had visited Budapest in 2008 and it would be interesting to see how much it had changed.

But at noon it was lunch time. Schweinbraten with potatoes and carrots. There was no shortage of pork on this trip and it was always good

Sometimes a big meal was too much, though the Croque Monsieur wasn't really much lighter.

I always tried to save room for dessert. This was a Peach Polenta upside down Cake with mint ice cream.  Cake for me and the ice cream mostly for him. I'm no mint lover.

Do you wonder why we decided just to take a day off from sightseeing and rest up for ...dinner???

Monday, May 20, 2013

AAM Monday; Project Life Wk 20

This week didn't seem to have that many photos except for a donor event I went to at the Maryland Food Bank so I thought I might add more journaling. Kinda worked that way!

I decided to take the time on rainy Saturday to go back to Wendy Zine's  Scrap It Pocket Pages and watch the video as I walked myself through doing the same in PSE as a test.  I think it clicked! Up until this point I have been using many of Katie Pertiet's Pocket Page templates that she designed for doing Project Life, though of course they cannot use that exact name. I then decided to take the test layout and delete the image and paper I had used, only one of each as it was just a test, and keep the template as a ready made template with all the journaling text boxes etc. This action did come out before the standard PL templates Becky Higgins is now selling through AC Digitals However, as I already have the action - through The Digi Files I believe - I'll just stick with that.  Some day in the future, I'll do more of them AND add stitching between pockets. Just not today!

But I'm glad I remembered how to use that action and now have more options for the weeks of the year...32 more! How time flies.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Waiting For Some Rain

Most of my gardening is done. I still have many petunias to plant but I had hoped to spray paint the planters first. I emptied the dirt into another container so that job is on hold now. With the cooler weather we've been having, the plants are doing fine even in their little market packs. In the usual May weather, they would have burned up. Not this year.

One of the planters I emptied had chives in it. I love chives - to eat - and for the wonderful flowers. I have many many chives now since they do multiply - a lot! - except for the place I planted the thinnings one year as a border. Not one made it. ???

But today I wait for a bit more rain. Right now it's like an Irish mist. Not rain but moisture you can walk through. I told my dh yesterday that some of these days are like the PNW or the old English summers I remember. A day great for the skin and the garden and really,  not a bad day to wait.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Five on Friday: May 17, 2013

Summer seems to be here...blessedly she has arrived gently. The winds have died down and we look forward to temperatures in the 80s.  High enough that dh and I have to turn the a/c on in our offices but otherwise just right for this time of year.

1. Last night I attended a donor thank you event at the Maryland Food Bank. The statistics on hunger in MD, a rather affluent state, are dismaying. I've decided that I need more volunteer time out of the house so I'll start doing some work at their site in June, not just donate money. It's a huge warehouse with a whole lot of food coming in and going out just as fast. There's still not enough.  :(

2. My dh is still sick. There appears to be a serious cough going round and I am hearing it in our house.  Men are not good patients in my experience. 'nuff said.

3. My Senior Center is having a Yard Sale so I have been gathering up odds and ends to take in. The deadline is May 15. Sadly, for some reason I thought the 15th was today, Friday.  I ought to check the calendar more often.

4. There hasn't been much cooking chez nous lately, but this afternoon I'm going to start a pot of posole. Maybe for us and maybe for a 'boys night in' dinner next week. If I decide on the latter, I'll have to do it in stages since those cold nights of putting a soup pot outside are long gone.  I may even freeze the pork/broth and add the veggies and posole later. Not a world shattering decision but ...

5.  Five for 5 days and counting.  May 22 is a big day for our family. More next week.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Haste Makes Regret

A great deal of my day was spent doing some reorganization of my digital supplies in Lightroom. I don't intend to do much more because I am soooo ready for Lightroom 5 and its ability to see .png files. If you're a digi scrapper, you know how many of our goodies are .pngs.

Why was I reorganizing? Well guess who deleted her digi catalog???  I am fast on the draw in emptying my Mac trashcan and sometimes when I get on a roll deleting things, I end up deleting something I don't want deleted. Haste makes regret. I thought that LR catalog was a copy. Sadly it wasn't. It was the original.

I did find it in my Time Machine backups but decided to move some things around in my actual digi stash and then create a new catalog with those digi supplies category by category. I have a very good folder system of organization of the actual files so it wasn't hard or time consuming to do that. I've found it's faster to move things around in Finder (before importing!) than in LR  plus I was ready to delete (eek!) some files in that stash. Yes, tastes change and as I see more and more of what I have, some can go. Let it go, let it go...

The very best thing about this is that all my tags/keywords previously attached to the individual supplies did come into the catalog with each digital element. Halleluiah!!!  Thank you Kayla Lamoreaux for starting me on this path. Keywording does take time, and today I did a lot more, mostly previews. The biggest job on the horizon is still keywording the previews of kits, with all the goodies that are in each kit.  God bless the designers whose previews are clear enough to determine what's actually in the kit. Will I ever be caught up?  I don't know nor do I care. Progress, not perfection.But I do love looking and searching for stuff in Lightroom and then dragging it directly into PSE.  Life is good on the digi front!

Monday, May 13, 2013

AAM Monday - The Boy Nailed It

During my many years living abroad, I (we) had servants. Gardeners, cooks, that sort of things, and when it was deemed necessary, a guard to watch our home.  It was the norm for most westerners in those countries. I appreciated it because it wasn't the way I grew up. Both my parents worked, though my mother really was the breadwinner and she struggled to let us live a life that was middle class. Just.  It was only in looking back that I see how hard she worked to make me have things I thought I needed. I knew not to ask for much, but I still asked.

Fast forward to those years with a cook. In Thailand in particular, we had a wonderful maid-cook, Somchit. She loved catering to my then husband and my two blond boys. Fresh seafood was a given in that country and often when my husband and I would go out, I would suggest shrimp for the children's dinner. Easy for her to do and simple. Other times when I would cook, and I did, I might make more elaborate meals mostly because I had someone to do the cleanup. What a joy that was! But in time my middle child asserted himself and  said what later became a family standard. "Gourmet crap again?"

That little blond boy is now a chef for the Fairmont chain of hotels. He has gone from cooking at the late Deli Haus in Boston, while at Berklee, to working on fishing boats in Alaska to got it! Gourmet Crap! 

Mother's day is always a hectic day no matter what hotel he's at, and this year he is in Southern California.  His Mother's Day greeting via Facebook had both me and my husband burst out laughing. He nailed the perfect image!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Erma Said It

"When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?” it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway." -Erma Bombeck

Loved That Day

After spending one day in Orvieto, back in 2008, we knew we loved that town. We have been back twice since then, spending a week in the same apartment each time.  I'd go back again in a heartbeat. Absolutely.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

We've Been Thinking

Today, I was just updating my Goodreads account - yea! still 5 books ahead for my yearly goal - and saw this quote . I don't go on there often enough to know they have a Quote of the Day but now I do! Perhaps I'll check more often but really, it's not likely.

“Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn't matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough.”
Richard P. Feynman
Feynman really had a love of life, and I like this quote. Don't worry about figuring it out. Just enjoy it! Have a great weekend!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Five on Friday: May 10, 2013

1.Summer is kind of here. The temperature is supposed to go up to 83 degrees but as it's not very humid, it feels just great now. Last night's low was 56 so the sleeping weather is still just wonderful.

2. I often skip my aerobics class on Fridays...just cause...but today I went and we have another dynamo teacher! Lots of Latin dance moves along with Arab music and some oh so sensual Brazilian. Let's just say those hips got a workout. She also had us doing a lot of arm movements as well as chest ones. She said with practice 'those twins' could be back up. I'm a bit dubious about that but we'll see!

3. I have finally found something that works for a pre-workout breakfast. Either one hard boiled egg or a glass of Naked Juice. My husband says that Green Machine looks awful but I'd say my only complaint is that it's a bit too sweet for me. I might never have bought it had my grandson not shared some with me.
4. Saying that summer is here also reminds me not to leave clothes in the washer even for a day.  I can get away with that in the winter but I learned my lesson last week when I put a load in the dryer a day later and they still smelled....yuck.  If you do forget to dry a batch and have that sour smell, they must be dried in the machine or, better yet, outside before you wash them again. I've not found a way round this, sad to say.

5. Want free books for your iPad or Kindle? Well you can get some at Pixel of Ink. You can sign up for a daily email that lists the one or two books that you can snag for free. Are they great books? Uh...what do you think! But to have a couple of books that are readable on your tablet is great for travel or sitting in the car etc etc.  Check it out!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Dirty Nails Day

A relatively quiet Thursday. There were a few places I was scheduled to go today but my 1pm meeting was cancelled. Yea!   A  lot got done on the computer in the morning because I knew that I wouldn't have to stop mid day and leave the house. That's a nice feeling when I feel I want to get some things done without a deadline over me. I am not one of those people who likes deadlines though when I was working, I could certainly work with them. But I mean I would start a project as soon as I got it and not wait til the 11th hour.  I could prioritize what needed more attention and not just work on something because I just got the assignment.  I do not like the adrenaline rush of waiting til the last minute on things. At all! My heart thanks me for that aversion.

So lunch was over, the sun was shining, and it wasn't hot.  A perfect time to get out in the yard and pot up/plant a batch of the annuals I bought last weekend. We've had so much wind lately that I worried they'd dry out...before I got in the mood. My interest in gardening has waned as I've aged so this wasn't a project I was jonesing to do. However, we've had a goodly amount of rain since I bought those plants and they were in perfect shape to plant.

old pots needing new flowers

But that meeting I was going to that got cancelled? Well, it was quite near a K-Mart and I'd planned to buy a couple pairs of cheap gardening gloves. Gloves just good enough to keep my nails fairly clean. I used to always drag my nails over a bar of soap before gardening but bars of soap are rare in our house. (I need to keep one of those mini hotel soap bars downstairs for just this kind of occasion.) So out I went, without gloves as my true gardening gloves are too think for transplanting those petunias with their flimsy roots.  Two scrubs later, my nails are getting back to normal and my hands are getting quite dried out.

But now that I remember the soap trick, I hope the next round of planting keeps me a bit cleaner.  That 2nd meeting? Fortunately, not so important so I'm taking a bye tonight. Gardeners need more than Happy Hour food and truthfully, I really don't ever need Happy Hour food, nor do I often like Happy Hour food. Tonight will be healthy and I'll be happy. Just a couple more nail scubs and I'll be clean again.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: May 8 2013

This is one of the best bits of subway art I've seen. It's actually a business card from Jaleo in Bethesda. Ok, these are words.'s my blog and I can bend my own rules, right?

delish, btw

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Project Life: Week 17

Somehow, I am having a hard time getting the Project Life pages done in the following week. I think that's due to the various times I'm out of the house doing some form of exercise. When I get home from aerobics or Tai Chi, I'm either exhausted or mellowed out. While I certainly do feel better, other than my right knee, I definitely do not feel like doing much more for an hour or two.  Who are these people who feel energized after sweat dripping exercise??? Not me for sure. At least our weekends have included some fun things lately, but once again, I've been out of the house a lot. No big deal but just something I'm noticing.

In any case, I did get week 17 done last night. Not like it's very far behind at all. And this week I can get onto week 18 ...while I still remember what I did!

If we have some heavy rain this week, I can get back to some of my River Cruise postings. Otherwise, it will be garden work for me. I pray for rain!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

I've Been Thinking

Sometimes I think it's all in how you look at things. I often use the example of a chair. If you walk up to the back of it, it's an obstacle in your path. If you change your perspective, and move your body (and mind) around to the front of it, you now have an object of comfort. Has the chair changed? not at all. It's just how we view it.

the chair of my dreams

That concept has been on my mind a great deal lately so I obviously have something to learn from it ...still.  I thought I'd send that thought out to the universe  and pass the idea on to you also!

I hope to be spending my day at a book sale...downy they say in Baltimore. That means down the ocean.  Books, the ocean and hopefully sun? perfecto!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Five on Friday: May 3, 2013

Random thoughts and random ideas. Clear out the mind on Friday.

1. I cut my aerobics class this am. We had a dinner 'party' last night and afterwards I couldn't get to sleep so I read til almost midnight. Perhaps it was all the good conversation that got me going.... But I decided to give myself a break this am, and do gardening this afternoon. I consider gardening almost a punishment...

2. Is it really May? I have a hard time writing that when it's still rather brisk in the morning. 47 degrees last night. Great for sleeping despite the pollen, but my little toes get cold in their sandals and keep asking for socks! Most days I've worn socks, but No! not with sandals.

3. I stopped going to one dermatologist because they were pushing so many chemical treatments. I only go to have periodic checks for skin cancer and so switched doctors. I still get the emails from the first doctor and the latest one was about their Juvederm day. I decided to see how much that cost...and holy toledo! ~$500+ per syringe.  Just the idea of 'per syringe' creeps me out, not to mention the cost. Thank you, I'll pass.

4. Going back to #2, my grandson is graduating from high school the June 1st weekend. I am trying to anticipate what to wear but just trying on summer clothes gets me cold.  Brrr...I'm also wondering if I could tolerate a bit of Spanx to 'hold it all together'! I'm also wondering if I'll get stuck in the dressing room if I go try a Spanx contraption and can't get in it or out of it!

no no no

5.  The windows of our house are seriously in need of cleaning. I've done the downstairs ones - on occasion - but rarely the upstairs ones. Our cleaning woman does do the downstairs windows but without a clean outside, it's almost for naught. I've never done the outside of the upstairs ones and wonder if people actually do clean them anymore. I've never seen any of my neighbors doing theirs nor have I seen a window washing service around. Ever. Strange... I remember years ago in England we had a man who came around weekly to wash the outside of the windows. I shall have to ask my one friend who is the Queen of all service people and can usually tell me about someone who does x, y or z.  But what DO most people do about their windows if they have two story houses?

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