Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Travel With Me Tuesday: The Girl Does Amsterdam

A year ago, my granddaughter went around Europe while she was studying in Dublin. The girl has the travel but and she knows how to rock it. I hope she always is able to travel and see everything the world can offer.

Monday, November 19, 2018

AAM Monday: 18 wk 42

Doing a lot of catch up this week. It's not often I get behind in Project Life but it happens. A lot of time was spent really getting into the cleaning out of things. Plus it finally was getting cool enough to be serious about putting summer clothes away. So a week a day for a bit and I'll be there again.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wednesday Smile November 14, 2018

I've been involved in a lot of things that have taken me away from blogging and scrapping but it's been good. So for a different idea on Wednesdays here's one that made me smile. If I'd seen this kind of thing when my 3 grands were small, I'd have lost my collective grandparent mind too.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Travel With Me Tuesday: Zambia Tsetse Fly Warning

A page from our years in Malawi shortly after leaving Iran. There were dangers in both countries bur basic health care was not a given in East Africa in the late 70s and early 80s. I doubt that it's a guarantee now but then again it's not a given for everyone in the US either. A sad commentary on our current lives.

Monday, November 5, 2018

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 41

A week of traveling. I went up to Delaware for a 3 scrappers meet up and lunch and a stop at Lidl, my first visit to this grocery chain in the US. I believe I've been to one in Europe. I like!  Dick went off to a bicycle weekend in Maryland and then down to South Carolina for a week. All with his bicycle.
Despite the rain, the weather actually started cooling down and I got my 30 Days of Thankful albums all in order for this year's project. A great way to go into the busy holiday season with gratitude - for everything.

Monday, October 29, 2018

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 40

I have often found that my tv/movie selection reflects the mood of the week. The confirmation of the latest Supreme Court nominee was depressing for me and many of my friends. But at least the week ended with making some Scotch eggs for a wonderful party that weekend.

It still didn't feel like fall. Sigh.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Happy Pumpkin Piggy Weekend

This shot came from a friend of a blogger I follow.She's a woman in Yorkshire so that's a winner for me.  The Weaver of Grass said one had to go look at these photos of pigs and pumpkins so...I had to have a go. Just thinking of delicious pork on the table was enough for me. <--- that should be a whisper I suppose so those lovely porkers stay content.

But enjoy this image for Kitchy & Co.   How can you not smile!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

TBT: 1931 Summer Day

As a child growing up, I was the one who had the down comforter from these geese. Nana called it a feather tick and I always loved the feel of nesting in amongst those feathers. I still do like a duvet - cuddly and so easy to make the bed! But oh the indignity those poor geese suffered!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Travel With Me Tuesday: Day 13 Farewell to England

This first page is a match to the December 6 page showing  our departure from the US. I felt like giving it a visual feel to the book, bookends of a sort.

But then I added this one to show the various pins across England for our three locations and some of the food delights we had. Nothing posh but food that fit us on this trip. All shown are MY meals!

And finally my feelings, wishful feeling but it's how I feel about the United Kingdom, and England in particular. Will I ever move? You never do know do you what the future could bring!

Monday, October 22, 2018

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 39

Ah the weeks add up. Politically the good and the bad. A chance to film a commercial with our Attorney General added some spice to this retiree's life! Then some words that reminded me of the many unpleasant things said about Georgetown Prep students back in the 1960s. plus ca change plus la meme chose.

But there was also a look at daughter in law's wonderful birthday meal up in Boston. I do wish I lived closer! But I wonder if I'd get fat??

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Travel With Me Tuesday: Day 12 Evening in Bath

We were happy to wander around a bit more but our last day on this English trip meant packing up to go home. Fortunately we found a calming event for the evening and a time to visit Bath's gorgeous Cathedral.

A children's Christmas Pageant. I'd seen these in my earlier years in England but Dick had never seen one. Oh the excitement and the anxious parents hoping that their child/children would do well, remember their parts and all that kind of things parents worry about. There were the occasional criers but only their parents seemed to mind. The arrival of the donkey really did seem to be the highlight of the show. So much fun and such tender feelings for me.

Next day it would be an early departure for our train to London/Heathrow and on home. A very good trip rounded out with the joy of children and the ever inspiring Christmas story.

Monday, October 15, 2018

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 38

To me the last of the 30 weeks is a sign. Yes, the year is drawing down but it's also my favorite time of year. Well should be but Mother Nature is reminding us to Chill Out and look at our damn carbon footprints. Mama ain't happy and week 38 was a sticky mess. I'm actually impressed that I got one or maybe even two things done. Just say I was cranky.

No, there wasn't a lot of ice cream or any this week. I started the no sugar routine and he cut out ice cream. Bah humbug. And look below at the mess the squirrels leave when they eat my neighbor's chestnuts. She gave me a bowl last year or so but the whole lot were wormy. Such a shame. The squirrels can  have them.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

TBT: Flirting 1960 Style

I found this photo amongst my zillions to scan and it took me right back to a time when I was in NYC. We met these Canadian boys on the Staten Island Ferry. Oh what could have been...who knows! But then again I was only 14...

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Travel With Me Tuesday: Bath Day 12

Day 12 of our trip started with an overcast day. Dick was happy to go out early in day and enjoy the river and the many architectural sights. Bath IS a beautiful city.

Monday, October 8, 2018

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 37

The year does roll on and doing Project Life really seems to let me feel the change, the procession of time a lot more. It also helps keep me in the moment because I concentrate on the week, the days, at hand and not look forward or backward so much. That's why I like to keep "up to date" with it. Live the week, scrap it. Week 37 included me using an Ali Edwards technique in some journaling by starting each line with the same phrase - Fall is for... I want to try and remember this and use it now and then.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

TBT: The 1st Birthday 1945

As much as I like to scrap what I please, challenges often get me going on images I just haven't got around to doing. My mother in law used to say she needed a 'getroundtoit' when she knew she had things that weren't getting done. She was a fun woman!

While my birthday is in September, it's almost always still hot round here and even up in Pennsylvania where I lived then. Other photos show us outside in the sun. This is probably one of the biggest parties I had because the guests are my cousins and a few other children I don't recall. I was only 1!

Monday, October 1, 2018

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 36

Not my normal style but sometimes you have a challenge that just calls out for some change. If the weather won't cooperate then I'll make my own change. Week 36 ended up with a few changes of its own. His fish arrived, we ended up with a new kitchen air conditioner in just a few days - thank God!, our new outside awnings were finally installed and I got the semi-annual dreaded bloodwork. That's a full week in my book!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Travel With Me Tuesday: Bath Day 11

After our time in Avebury, it was time to head onto our 3rd destination on this England trip. Dick had been the one interested in seeing Bath, though it was never clear to me why he felt this draw. He's certainly not a reader of Jane Austen. But Bath seemed just fine to me and so we chose this city as Spot #3. Our guide had picked a lovely place for lunch and then it was down into Bath. I do mean down. Why had I not looked at a geographical guide to be aware of the hills.

Once we got settled into our gorgeous flat and were ready to go out it was drizzling. No big deal but it was still nice to get into this bookshop. I could have spent the night there! But it had been a long day and an early night was called for.

Monday, September 24, 2018

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 35

It was one of those hot weeks. August and September hold on to summer with a vengeance around her. But he had a good week fishing in Alaska and I made sure to have a quite week without lots of 'get it done' projects to wear me out. It takes time to learn that. Writing this, I'm glad summer has left us though I know we'll get warmth in October. We always do.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Travel With Me Tuesday: Day 11 Off to Avebury and Bath

Years, decades,  ago my fiancé met me in England so we could meet up again before we got married the following year. This was, of course before the internet, cell phones and even easily made international calls, especially from his Air Force location in Turkey. I did not go to England alone but rather with my mother as chaperone. Yes, that was the old days but I might add it was also before the pill and I suspect my parents figured it was better to be safe rather than sorry.

We three did a lot of traveling in our week in England and while we drove one day from London to Bristol, we did not stop at Stonehenge along the way. Our 24 hours of car rental were one pressing reason but also we were pretty sure we'd be living in England when said fiancé was out of the Air Force.  Amazingly, in our seven later years in England we never did make it to Stonehenge and thus a bucket list item for me on this decades later trip was Avebury.

Monday, September 17, 2018

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 34

Week 34 was one of those weeks when it was hot and humid and thus very little happened. Who wants to do anything when the weather is like that other than stay in the air conditioning and wait for the cooler and drier days? I speak for myself of course but truly think we could do without August. The dog days of summer go on far too long...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Travel With Me Tuesday: Day 10 Final London Day

I had sorted my clothes out the night before so I had free time to go back to the Courtauld to give more time to things and exhibits I wanted to see. My daughter in law's sister had been an exchange student in Mali, so that was one for me to enjoy slowly. Plus there was all the music!

It's always a wistful feeling when it's the last day in London. I realize how fortunate I was to live in England for seven years long ago, when it could be an on the spot decision to either go to London for the weekend or just take the train for the day. Who could tire of London?

And finally, a good time looking and and listening to the Christmas crowds and carolers.

Monday, September 10, 2018

AAM Monday: Project Life Week 33

Yes, it's September but I'm plodding through this project because I'm often a bit of a slug in summer. Plus it was HOT and HUMID and that sucked. I didn't want to leave the house. I'll only go if it means food.

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