Saturday, July 23, 2016

Saturday in the Swamp

My Lifesaver
It's almost noon, going to be about 95º today, so what have I managed to get done.  I walked about 2 miles before breakfast and then jumped in the pool, did a load of laundry and pegged it out, made a loaf of bread and "waxed" the family room floor with Mop and Glow.
Now I'm off to Amazon to find some small lampshades, one of mine has bit the dust.
Then it's exercise time, piano practice, sort out the laundry from yesterday and jump back in the pool. Not too bad for an old lady.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Five on Friday

I missed last weeks Five on Friday, we were traveling, and I almost never blog or write when we're away from home.  We traveled to Budapest, Hungary and from there to London, England. Hit them both in the middle of a heatwave, it was 99º on one day, just what we needed after the summer we've been having here.  We thought London would saved us, but it was very warm and muggy there too.  It always feels so much warmer in a city.
Great trip though and I'll share a few highlights for my Five.

First:  We loved walking along the Danube River.  There was a pedestrian friendly walkway that went forever and was dotted with  open air restaurants and bronze statues.

Second:  There were many beautiful bridges
crossing the Danube, our favorites were  the Chain Bridge (Szchenyi Bridge) and the Liberty Bridge built for the Millennium  World Exhibit in 1897 and is the shortest of the bridges over the Danube.

The Chain Bridge

Liberty Bridge

Third:  The view from our hotel room.  Day or night it was beautiful and we kept the curtains open at night so we could see the lights.

Fourth:  Is the view of London from the air.  It's been a long time since we flew to London from the continent and got this view of London.  Coming in from the States you land before reaching London.  If you look closely you can see the London Eye.

Fifth:  I've finally come to terms with London's new skyline.  When I first started seeing the new skyscrapers I hated them and thought they were an abomination.  But I've changed my mind, modern as they are they fit London.  It's such an energetic city.  Every where you look there are cranes with more and more building going on.  And somehow the new, strange as some of it is, fits in with the old.

That's my Five, do visit Amy at Love Made My Home and check out the other bloggers who participate in Five on Friday.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity-Jig

It's always good to go and even better to come home.  This wasn't a long trip, that's coming this Fall when we go to Japan to visit out daughter, but it was long enough.
The Weaver of Grass asked in one of her blogs how do we pamper ourselves and I told her it's in how we travel.  If the trip is 2 hours or less we drive, if it's more than 2 we fly and if it's more than 2 or 3 hours we fly First Class, that's our treat.  So that's how we flew, to Budapest, Hungary, our very first time in Eastern Europe.  When Mac was in the Army and we lived in Germany he had a top secret clearance and wasn't allowed to travel to Eastern Europe, it was still Cold War, Berlin Wall time.
So Hungary was a whole new experience for us.
Budapest was beautiful, everything we had hoped it would be except for one thing, it was 99º  while we were there.  Our hotel had wonderful air conditioning as did the evening cruise boat we were on, but we found very little air conditioning elsewhere.  We had tickets for the Hop-On Hop-Off bus, but after an hour or so, with no air-conditioning and windows that wouldn't open we gave up.  We saw lots of the city, the food was good, the people were warm, friendly and welcoming.
Our dinner cruise was very nice, with loads of food and a 4-piece band playing, opening of course with The Blue Danube.  It was a beautiful evening and I took loads of pictures.
We upgraded our room to a suite and had  balcony overlooking the river, we opened the curtains at night and watched all the lights.
Not a long visit, just a couple of days before we flew off to London, but one that will linger in our memories.

Our 3 room suite

Boat for our dinner cruise

The little orchestra was good, but Mac said the violin player looked like Gru from Despicable Me, and he did.

View from our balcony

Saturday, July 9, 2016

A Small Whine From the Swamp

I'm tired of child proof bottles, they should never be given to adults unless we request them.  There haven't been any kids under the age of 10 in this house in many a year.  Just 2 adults who would like to be able to open a bottle with out going through h••l.  You have to push down, stand on your head, reach behind your back, burn a small offering to the Gods of childproof bottles and hope you can open it.
I just want to gently twist the lid and open the bottle, is that asking too much?

Friday, July 8, 2016

Five on Friday

Yes, yes, another week has zipped by and it's time to join in with Amy at Love Made My Home for Five on Friday.  Hot, hot week here in the swamp, it's supposed to be 99º today and 100º tomorrow.  Should cool off a  little next week and only be in the lower 90's.  About all you can do is get up early, get whatever work you have to do done quickly and then lay low.  The pool has been a lifesaver.

This is the 2nd one he painted
A mixed group for my five this week  The First is my new header.  Mac painted him last week and I fell in love with it.  He said I couldn't have it, it was for sale, but he'd paint me one.  That painting sold in less than a day, he painted another one and it was gone in two.  Don't know when I'll be getting mine, but I still want one, just looks so cool.

My Second one is that I finally finished my Granny Square Afghan.  I made it to go at the foot of the double bed upstairs.  It was easy to make, I just kept getting distracted.

The Third is a rather strange movie we watched this week.  I'm a big Jane Austen fan and have read all the books numerous times and I 've seen all of the  movies and some takeoffs from the stories.  When I first heard about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies I said,"No way!"  I don't like zombies and can't imagine how they could be in a Jane Austen movie.  But then I reconsidered and got it from Netflix.  I'll be the first to say that it's not for everyone, but dang if it didn't make us laugh.  I'll never forget the scene when Elizabeth turns down Darcy's proposal.  It's a classic.

My Fourth is Miss Mouse.  Several people have written about Beatrix Potter this week and this little candle holder reminds me of Mrs. Tittlemouse.

My Fifth is some little teapot sets that have been given to me through the years.  My family knows I love teeny, tiny things.

That's my five and I'm too hot to think of much else.  Cool Deviled Egg Sandwiched for lunch.
Have a good weekend.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Thursday in the Swamp

Hot, hot, hot.  It is definitely summertime in the south.  I mowed the lawn today, early.  Did a load of laundry and though it's hot enough to dry everything, it's humid enough to keep everything wet, isn't that nice.  Do not want to use our dryer, too hot, I'm trying to keep the house cool.
And now for something completely different: snails.  I've probably mentioned this before, I'm afraid of snails, no let me rephrase that, I'm terrified of snails.  I live in fear of touching one or of one touching me.  We camped in Bavaria for about a month one time and I must have gone through a dozen boxes of salt laying  down a barrier around our tent.
When I found out that people ate the little blighters I was horrified.  My daughter assures me that they're quite tasty, but I don't care, I'd starve first. The first time I saw people in a German gasthaus eating great big vineyard snails I couldn't believe it.
So when we travel the first thing I have to do is to learn the word for snail in whatever country we're traveling to.  I want to be able to order from a menu and not worry about accidentally ordering them.
What I've learned:
German  Schnecke
French    Escargot
Spanish   Caracol
Turkish    salyangoz
Italian      lumaca
Dutch      slak
For our next trip the word for snail is csiga, anyone know what language that is?
For Japanese I'm depending on our daughter
In Cambodia I've decided I probably won't eat anything

Are there any foods you'd walk a mile to avoid?

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


When you pack for a trip do you pack lightly, thinking that if you forget something you can pick it up along the way?  Or do you pack everything but the kitchen sink?  I'm bad I'm afraid, I want to travel lightly, I want our bags light enough for us to handle.  I want very few bags to deal with.
  We had so many one year that we accidentally left one on the luggage carousel and it took forever for Mac to get permission to go back in and find it.  I don't want that to happen again.  I also don't want my carry-on to be so heavy that it takes 2 people to lift it into the overhead.
I try to pack lightly, but then I worry, do I have enough of this, should I have 1 more of those, can I live without that---probably not.  So that in the end I usually have  2 of everything,
It doesn't matter if it's an overseas trip or a drive down into Florida.  For years we've packed a pretty good-sized 220volt fan every time we went to England, we always found our rooms stuffy without it. Imagine how big a suitcase that took.
I carry enough pharmaceuticals to open my own drug store, a lot are prescription and not an option, but others are just things I think I might need.
Should I take a hair dryer and even if the hotel provides one I still need a curling iron.  The list goes on and on.
Mac is in charge of paperwork and I know he has duplicates and in some cases triplicates of everything.  Copies of tickets, trip vouchers, passports.  Numbers to call in case of emergencies, for lost or stolen credit cards, local telephone numbers.
I sometimes think that less planning and less logistics went into planning D-Day than for one of our trips.  And this is for a fairly short trip.
The planning for the big one is massive!