Friday, April 28, 2017

Five on Friday: April 28, 2017

Well it's been quite a while since I did a fiver. But right now I've had a good couple of weeks and am totally grateful for that. I can look beyond the utter clutter that fills my upstairs as I keep trying to sort out the fallout from adding another double bed. In time, in time...

1. The rain has finally ended! I think the rain doesn't bother me but as we've had the a/c on already this spring, to have chilly rainy days is upsetting. I had to turn the heat on once in a while during the day and my computer gloves have been used. I'm going to keep them on the desk...just in case.


2. All that overcast rain did lead to great great sleeping weather. Sadly I realize I can't sleep beyond 06:30 much anymore. Plus if I sleep in the studio bed I have the computer set to come on at that time. Actually, it's a good time to get up!

3. In Googling my old 1976 Leeds United-W.B. Albion 'programme' on eBay, I found a program from the 1974 Liverpool-Leeds game. The game that Steve Heighway scored the winning goal and the game where I won the pool. It is also where I got my Liverpool scarf that god willing my grandson still has. My programme wasn't listed and the other comparable ones were selling for $1. That Liverpool-Leeds one was going for £16. I guess I'll keep mine and let my descendants sort it out.

4. One serious downside to that week of rain was that the beautiful cherry blossoms got so soaked. It's often what happens. Gorgeous days of blossoms and then Bam! the rains come and it's a soggy mess. I did sweep away loads of them yesterday which is not easy once they're wet and clumpy. Another year, another mess. 

5. Today I'm finally taking myself up to Costco. It's a 20mile drive and I didn't need a lot so I've procrastinated on it. I can also get gas i.e. diesel fuel on my way at a station that has a diesel pump at EVERY island! I love love love that whereas so many stations only have 1 diesel pump and it's a nightmare navigating to snag that pump AND have the correct side of the car next to the pump. Now I just have to make sure to have a list so my round trip isn't wasted.

Have a great weekend and see you on Monday! Ciao!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Travel With Me Tuesday: York Minster


For outside of the Minster, we passed this garden. So enticing to me. Imagining what it would be like to live outside this magnificent cathedral.


The vast soaring arches above us at every spot. What would it be like to sit under these any time one wanted?


Oh the windows! Even on this dark dreary day, the light could shine through. These were windows that really ask for time to look often and look intently.




Our guide pointed out many things to Dick because he had never been here. How blessed I am to have had so many many visits. But really they are never enough. I could visit the Minster every day of my life. Maybe in another life time...




Monday, April 24, 2017

AAM Monday Project Life Week 13


The last of the wedding images I think but then you never know. And check out those eggs! Don't you wish they were at your house! Just a quick word today...rain, and then it's been more rain and I expect to have rain every day this week. Fortunately I don't have to go anywhere. So inside, with the heat on (seriously!) and books to read and tv to watch.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

TBT: 1967 The Dog and US



Despite the Dec 1967 tag on the photo, I know this one was taken earlier. We have summer warmish weather clothes on so I'm guessing it's October right after I flew from Texas home to MD. You have to know that when we were using film in those days, we waited until the roll was finished to have it developed and printed. No instant gratification in those pre-digital times.

But here we are with our newborn son and my faithful dog and perhaps she's wondering if she was being displaced. Her name was Mayda as her mother was a beagle who at some time 'made a mistake' in mating with an obviously hairy dog. She slept with me in my high school and college years and then really bonded to my mother when I got married. Ah Mayda...you have it right. You're no longer #1 in my life! This little boy has taken your place!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wordy Wednesday: You Should Make This

Now I don't know if I'm up to this or really plan to do it but... when I saw this blogpost I thought it was the cleverest thing around. Especially if you have little girls! Now if you have a little boy and think he'd like it, I have no problems with that. Fun is fun!

In fact, I think this would be fun for an adult too! like me...LOL I'd say Holly is one clever woman!




Monday, April 17, 2017

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 12



The week The Wedding started. Some house things as the cold held on but knowing that the warm days were coming. Also coming were my son and his fiancee Stephanie. The weekend at the end of this week would be what we had been waiting for! Lots of pictures this week!


Thursday, April 13, 2017

TBT: Dolls Don't Appeal to Everyone circa 1945

Recently, I found this photo of me and my cousin Joe. I'd say we are about 4-5 years old here. We are - obviously- in my bedroom with all my dolls, stuffed animals, and other toys on the decorated bookcase. Now there is no doubt that I was a little ham even then but apparently Joe did not want to have evidence of his doll-playing days. I have to laugh as he is a man with a 'harem' - one wife and three daughters and some granddaughters also!


I find the details of the photo fascinating - the little doll table and chairs, the usual scrapes on my legs showing I played hard, the old wooden blinds with tape that was often replaced, the Art Deco turnings on the wood of...my bed? So much to see in old photos that give a feeling for the time.

Also looking in detail on the shoes I'm wearing I suspect they are a pair of my mother's or grandmother's. And, I'll bet that the socks are red because I have my heart pinafore on.  Maybe, maybe not.

Monday, April 10, 2017

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 11



A lot of bits and pieces this week. Hopefully, the last snow and ice. It didn't last long but it did make walking round the house rather dicey. I needed that TJ chocolate this week. Getting close to the wedding, I worried about the smallest things AND the big things like the rehearsal dinner.

When one snowstorm was predicted, I went to TJ's and got myself a spring roll for lunch. %$&*^ but when I got it home, it was off. Darn darn darn...but again, just a minor glitch in life.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Travel With Me Tuesday: Across to Rock Hall


Now onto the wedding rehearsal photos. Remember the bride and groom had made all these plans for a MD wedding when they were living in SoCAL. Then in February, his Fairmont Hotel was sold to Marriott. 60 days to get new jobs somewhere in the country and do all the final, move AND do all the bits and pieces of the wedding. It's amazing how much they did and are now both living and working at jobs in downtown Boston. Kudos kiddos!

The groomsman Kurt and his wife Jenn from Seattle meet Dick in the sitting room of the Inn. It was a long trip for them so shortly after this they rested after their flight.


Jim the co-owner of the Inn but, for a change, with no dogs about.


We all went outside with Mary the officiant to rehearse. It was a gorgeous day, the kind we hoped to have for the actual wedding.


One of the dogs had an 'issue' and dragged his rear across the ground for quite a while. This was a heads up to look where we walked and hope there was someone with a pooper-scooper for the day of the wedding.



Matron of Honor Lindsey is 7 months pregnant in these shots and daddy John is minding little Declan.  Merida the flower girl is listening carefully while Derek the Best Man wonders how his 5 month old son is holding up back in the Inn.


Somewhere in the background the father of the groom is not sure where he is to be. We know it will all work out.



Mary gives Stephanie the instructions on passing the bouquet back to Lindsey. With Drama! Fortunately, the dog has completed his 'business'. 


The bride and groom are told to practice a long kiss. One hundred one, one hundred two, one hundred three.






And so the rehearsal went well, the kisses were kissed, and we went off for the rehearsal dinner.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 10

The past few weeks have been a bit of a blur with my son's wedding. Week 10 was before it all but there were things at home that had to be done. Isn't it always times like that when the computer has a fit??



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Travel With Me Tuesday: Via Project Life



I can't believe a week went by without another blog post. Where was I and what was I doing? Oh yes,  cleaning up the wreckage left after three bedrooms were moved about. He did all the hard work while I was gone but then I had the dusty mess left. Lots of books that "I" would have dusted first to clean and cull. In any case a lot is left but only in my studio. I have hope.

So you do get a batch of Project Life today just to show I did live recently and some of that time was in NC. That's travel!







Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Travel With Me Tuesday: Oh York, I Love You So

Our day started with a pickup by our driver and then later a switch to a shuttle bus to take us into York. We passed the train station and started to walk walk walk.


The River Ouse flowed quietly along the trees and endless green.



I have a strange look on my face but at least there's a photo of me with the Minster showing its towers . I love this view.


This entrance into the city of York is full of views that go back hundreds of years. The wall, the towers, the gate keepers home...all images that hint of the Norse city, the Roman city and on and on.



Dick and our guide look at building after building while the Minster waits for our arrival.


So many buildings that I have seen many times in years past but on this day we had no time. York is worthy of so  much more time.



I catch up with our guide who appears to check the sky. More rain or not. You never can tell in England.



One last glimpse of another place that we won't visit on this day and then we go to the Minster, the centerpiece of our day in York. The place I visited Saturday after Saturday when I took my boys shopping in the market. A Saturday routine over 40 years ago. On this day, just a taste of what was.

Monday, March 13, 2017

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 7




Valentine's week but without red. I really liked this soft peachy color this week.  We did have our normal lunch at the Severn Inn and as normal it was brisk. No snow however which was fine with me. I'm happy with the cold though.



Thursday, March 9, 2017

TBT: Back When I Made Baklava


Back in 2011, I got a recipe from a woman on line and decided to make this baklava. None of it is very hard other than keeping the phyllo from not drying out. Also keeping the butter melted for brushing the phyllo was not so easy as our soapstone counters quickly pull the heat from hot foods. In any case, the baklava was perfect, well perfect for a homemade version and to me, a non baklava eater.

One of the dinner guests never eats dessert. He had at least three pieces...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

It Passed!




Once again, it was a Monday that was crazy with a trip to the Apple store to see if my iMac was ok. Yes, it was - big sigh of relief. Apparently what the iMac needed was to be unplugged. That's an old trick that I tend to forget. When in doubt, turn the machine off AND unplug for a bit. Simple, isn't it!

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