Monday, October 31, 2016

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 41

A week of me at home and him down in Florida. Hurricane Matthew changed a lot of his plans and it was the first time being evacuated. Up here, just a quiet time.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

TBT: Malawi in the 70s

Shortly after my 1979 arrival in Malawi, the country was visited by HRH Queen Elizabeth and Prince Andrew. Malawi had been a British colony known as Nyasaland and was then ruled by a 'benevolent' dictator, President Kamuzu Banda. The official woman below is wearing the standard political party outfit with photos of the President all over the cloth. It was said that he was spouse to all the women of Malawi. Take that as you will...

Below, the Queen is in the center in a white hat.

In Lilongwe, the capital, my children went to a British style school which was divided into Houses. My eldest was the Captain of the Red house which won the sports day events one year and thus had the cup for the year. My daughter was more thrilled to have a rare soda all to herself.

Our later years saw that eldest son going to boarding school down in Blantyre Malawi. On our way we stopped at the Embassy cottage up on  the Zomba plateau. It got quite chilly at night and there was a wall sized fireplace stocked with wood and maintained by the servants.

Here you see my daughter in a dress covering her knees.  Females over 6 had to have their knees covered and trousers/slacks were forbidden.  By contrast, the boys in boarding school wore shorts and  knee socks, a real throwback to the outfits worn by the colonials.

When we had visitors, we often took them out to see the huge ant hills that were out in the open lands. Climbing to the top was a bit dicey because the red ants were not happy when disturbed and had stinging bites.

Later in our time in Malawi, I went with a few other Embassy women to visit a game park in Zambia.  While we as a family had gone to a smaller park in Malawi, there was more chance of seeing the big game in Zambia. The timing of the trip was to allow the woman 2nd from left to see the animals before she went back to the US to have her baby. Always a map lover, I carried the map to track our route even though our driver knew his way very well.

We did see all the animals that were what we called the Big 5 though I don't recall that the leopard was part of that group then,  We considered it the lion, the water buffalo, the elephant, the giraffe and the rhinoceros. This was more of a 'seeing' 5 rather than a 'hunting' 5.

Interesting that I was so blasé about seeing them that I didn't take any other photos. Giraffes we so prevalent in the parks that I took them for granted. Silly me...

Monday, October 24, 2016

AAM Monday : Project Life Week 40

Getting into the fall spirit here even though this week started out pretty warm. I got the decorations out and added just enough for me.  The Costco pie just keeps on giving especially as I'm the only one eating it. And while those orange globes on my printer look like mini punkins they're some tangerines. Yummy! esp with a square of chocolate.

I wonder how long it will take them to do whatever they plan to do to our Navy water tower. It's a real symbol of Annapolis for me.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Five on Friday: October 21, 2016

This week the five are 5 books I've recently read. Until I saw them together, I hadn't realized how much they seem to be in the same color family. I'm so done with summer maybe this is my need for a real autumn. Now.

Have you read anything interesting lately? My short reviews for all of these can be found on Goodreads. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

TBT: 1971 My Mother's Escape

I'm thinking this photo was taken in 1971. Long ago, eh? My mother worked hard at a job she didn't like that much but a job she needed. There were things like the mortgage and food and expenses  for my Nana who lived with her and my father.  This hill in the backyard was quite a project for her but it gave her a needed relaxation after those hours in Washington DC, in an office next to the parking lot of the beautiful government building, a parking lot that often had vans waiting and filling her office with exhaust fumes. 

The garden was her escape.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Travel With Me Tuesday: 2006 Chicago

We both wanted to go to Chicago - him for the opera and me for a chance to eat Lithuanian food. So as was our want back then, it was 'get in the car'.

Chicago is a long drive and we usually stopped in Cleveland to spend the night. This trip had us stopping for a meal out in western PA. Pure solid food, nothing like Iain's 'gourmet crap. I don't recall what we had but these photos show that after having the bread bowl of soup, he really didn't need much more!

I appear to have had a slightly lighter soup. I also recall that while it was a homey place, unless there was a snow storm I wouldn't need to go back. The mills and the mines have closed but it seems that a lot of people still want to eat the way the did way back when.

Now with our bellies filled we could mush on through the endless toll booths of the Ohio Turnpike. What an endless nitpicking road but Ohio needed jobs and toll booths provided some.

Monday, October 17, 2016

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 39

This is the time of year that I think of printing these pages. Persnickety has had their sale and I have enough credits to get a great many pages off the computer on into an album. I even think I have enough page protectors!

Week 39 was still summery feeling even though it officially became autumn. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Five on Friday: October 14, 2016

1. I haven't done a Friday post for a while and I felt it might just be time to do so. If I write now, I can have a pumpkin latte at the finish. I make my own and often just make a decaf coffee in our faux Keurig. I like this machine because you can use pods or a filter basket that looks like a mini of the normal coffee filter holder. No trying to get the grounds into the little lidded baskets sold for the real Keurigs. That process tends to lead to spilled grounds, kwim? So if your Keurig breaks, look for this handy dandy little machine Hamilton Beach FlexBrew

2.  We are supposed to be well into fall now but with all the rain we've had even before Hurricane Matthew, the leaves do not appear to be interested in putting on their autumn outfits. I am dressed appropriately in tans, orange and greens but the trees? Only a smattering of those early adopters who go yellow.  It may be time to just look at autumn on line. Google Watercolor Pumpkins or check on Pinterest and you'll find the prettiest pumpkins around. Or look at some of my favorite ones from Katie Pertiet - Watery Pumpkins.

3.  I saw some of an online discussion about someone hating a boss. It always amazes me that some people just cannot get along with a boss. I do know about unreasonable bosses but when you need an income, you learn to stick it out. If you have marketable skills, you look at your options before leaving in a huff and burn another bridge.  Sometimes, I think there are just some people that are unable to learn life's 'job lessons' and end up spending their life always unhappy at work...if they can still find work. It's sad because most of us do have to work most of our life and those are a lot of hours to be miserable.

4.  Yesterday, I managed to do something I've always hoped I wouldn't do. Take someone else's iPhone by mistake. I was at a friend's and she asked me to help her fold some king size sheets before I left and one of us put her phone down.  Automatically I picked it up, stuck it in my purse, and drove home.

I had just had a JSJ session which does leave one rather out of it in my defense. At home I decided I would take a nap and enjoy the blissful feeling but thought I should call for my mammogram appointment first. I reached in my purse, got a phone and went to may desk to check the appointment sheet. I noticed the phone felt strange, then also noticed I had texts from people I didn't know but the names seemed slightly familiar. Finally really looking at the phone I saw it had a solid black case while mine has a display of vegetables.

A true comedy of errors took place over a few hours...remember you can't call your friend to tell her you have her phone ...because you have her phone! plus if there's no working land all resolved but what an afternoon!

5. Now if you're in the mood and feel like making another thing for these fall holidays, here are the instructions for Paper Book Pumpkins!

Now it's time for my PSL! so have one yourself and have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

TBT Oxford 2009

And a good trip it was. Glad to see these photos which gives me encouragement to make a book of that trip!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Travel With Me Tuesday: Let's Talk About Italy

Italy is one of our favorite places and it all started back in 2008.  We took a package tour of three cities in Italy, Venice, Florence and Rome with a couple of other towns along the way. These photos are the very start of our trip leaving on the train to Newark and then across the pond.

A photo of our car space is really important for a week or two week trip. This is just another great thing that smart cameras can do. Then we stand on the platform and wait for the train.

Autumn in Maryland. What kind of weather will we see in Italy and will there be colored leaves?

Hello Newark and get on the little train that takes us from train station to airline terminal. A trip that involves a lot of fast turns so hold on tight!

Finally amongst our fellow travelers and ready to go to sleep over the pond.

Morning temptations so just looking not shopping

So that's the basic of our start to the trip. It's always a lot of to-ing and fro-ing before one is 'there'.

Monday, October 10, 2016

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 38

Week 38 was a week on the move. I headed south to NC after my family had their first day at the beach, a new experience to them as it was too far a drive when living in VA. We Marylanders can do that though I almost never do. My son has learned the hard way that blue eyed blonds need to cover up a lot more! This is also a week when PSL really started to become the seasonal thing I enjoy.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Travel With Me Tuesday: Last Night in Budapest Then Getting On the Plane

An early wakeup at our hotel and it was time to get on the bus to the airport. Breakfast boxes for the tip or the plane and a las look at Budapest at night. Leaves falling. Winter coming.  The end of a long but interesting trip. It was the ideal time for a trip like this.

Monday, October 3, 2016

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 37

This was a week when it was still hot hot but I did make it up to Ikea and on north to see the late sunflowers in their fields. It's an amazing sight! I cleared out more and Dick made a few loaves of bread to test out a jalapeño bread recipe. He got it the way he liked and it went well with a posole dinner for the guys.  A good week!

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