Posted in 2017, A Photo A Week Challenge, Aging, Food, Rambling thoughts, Yes

A Photo A Week Challenge: Literary Reference

This is the Nancy Marrill weekly chalenge for this week.

What a delightful and difficult challenge.  Somehow I instantly thought of the cats as subjects for this challenge ( I have no idea why).  Then I found the book I was looking for.  Next step try hearding cats.  Well, I got 2 out of 3 to cooperate, sort of. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did trying to have the lions behave.

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Posted in 2017, Aging, Food, Travel, Yes

Florida Distillery

On Amelia Island we found a distillery that makes a variety of alcohol, not at all like moonshine, but a small operation that has only been around for a couple of years.  So on a bright sunny morning we decided to go in for a tasting.  What a great way to start a day of touristy activity.

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Never having been in a distillery before, I was pleasantly surprised.  Marlin & Barrel make some very unique products that are not widely distributed, yet.  Very much like a craft beer they use local Florida product as much as possible.  Each bottle I saw had the above saying about finding your Spirit.

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The grapefruit cello is made from Florida grown fruit as is the orange cello, at this time no lemon cello, but who knows.  This has a wonderful mild taste and the grapefruit cello mixed with a sparkling white wine is perfectly delicious.

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With various flavored vodka on shelves everywhere, this is quite interesting.  First not a potato vodka but molasses flavored with smoked pepper.  In a Bloody Mary this adds a certain amount of heat from the pepper.  Lovely.

Other products are their rums and some souvenirs.  Very much a hand operation with filling bottles and putting on labels with the batch number on the label!  They have plans for more product and only a few places to purchase their product.  This is not a place to miss.  I consume about 4 drinks a year and I purchased what should be a 3 year supply and can’t wait to go back for more.

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Posted in 2017, Aging, Rambling thoughts, Travel, Yes

Maritime Museum on Amelia Island

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I was lucky enough to have a friend staying on this island for a while, and following my theory to say “Yes” whenever possible I wound up here.  More posts will follow about the wonderful things here, but this was  one of the most delightful experiences there.  A few of us felt the need to explore and happened on this museum.  It is located on 2nd Street in Fernandina Beach, FL.

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This is a non-profit, and is owned and operated by U.S. veterans.  There is a small fee ($5.00, at this time) to tour the facility and it is a work in progress.  They have been open for only a short period of time and it would seem only good things will  come of this.  Make sure to add this to your list of places to visit.

The displays are well done and cover a great deal of  time.  Some of the early items are things recovered from the ocean floor.  Among the coins, silver, anchors, tools and dishes, one of my favorites was a 40+ carat rough cut emerald.  That alone could lead to many stories of how it came to be there.

This goes from the early days of merchant ships to more current maritime activity.  On display are the uniforms of brothers  and a father and son who are all from the island and served in the military.

We were very lucky to have another visitor come and join our tour. There is a special display that is still being set up and this gentleman gave a portion of the display for exhibit here.  It is an actual large piece of metal from the Arizona that  sunk in Pearl Harbor.  He was in Hawaii about 20 years ago and was in the right place at the right time to have been able to have a piece he took off the ship in his personal collection.

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I can hardly wait until I have an opportunity to be in this part of Florida again in the near future.  This will be one of my first stops when I arrive.

Posted in 2017, Aging, postaday, Travel, Yes

Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago

That name does not automatically sound like a fun-filled adventurous day. This museum goes back to 1893 and the World Columbian Exposition held in Chicago. The museum is named after Marshall Field (yes, as in the store named for him as well) who, as an early supporter donated 1 million dollars to this venture. While these are a few facts about the place, it is indeed an exciting and often magical place to visit.

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The museum is near the lakefront and downtown on what is now called the Museum  Campus.  This whole area has become quite a lively place to visit almost any day as locals and tourists go from spot to spot.  The Field is very large and the items on display are only a very small fraction of what they have stored, as is the case with many museums.

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Over the years there have been a number of traveling exhibits that are as monumental as the building itself.  The first that comes to mind was the King Tut exhibit where people stood in line for hours just waiting to get in the building! And yes, it was worth the wait, but will probably never go on tour again.

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Currently there are a couple of special exhibits.  One is on dinosaurs and is appropriate for most ages to view, but a little scary for some.  One of the ones we went to is on Tattoo’s and is for adults.  With the societal changes, it is now the norm to see a young man or woman with a full sleeve tattoo. This exhibit goes back to early days of tattoo and the reasons why people did them.

 

tattooIt is a very full day just trying to see some of the special items on display. This comes highly recommended as a great place to take the entire family.

Posted in 2017, Aging, Rambling thoughts, Sewing, Travel, Yes

Today Is My Birthday, Again

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Funny how that birthday thing happens about the same time each year, only the numbers change.  This year I am 71 , so I can say I am in my 70’s and not feel silly for using that phrase.  Hey, I am old enough I can use any phrase and not feel silly for saying it until maybe a month later when I hear it repeated back to me.

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My past year had so many glorious moments I can’t even list them all.  I had several bucket list items crossed off the list and a few added.  I made some new friends and reconnected with old friends. As is the usual in our lives, I also had some devastating events.   I lost some good friends that should not have left this earth yet.

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I am still learning about myself and this world, so that is a good thing.  I am mostly making forward progress and that is a positive thing. I am consciously working at improving my health and taking positive steps in that direction.

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It’s a good day.

Posted in 2017, Aging, Airplane, Quilts, Rambling thoughts, Sewing, Travel, Yes

Smithsonian Museums, A Quick Trip

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We managed to sneak in a quick side trip to Washington DC for a few hours between cities.  We knew it would be a short trip and only planned on one museum, but we got 2 in.  DC, if you are on the east coast is a great quick trip for travelers of all ages and much of it is free.

The 2 we visited today were American History and Natural History, and as usual both were very busy.  It is wonderful to see school children from the area and around the country at these museums.  Our tax dollars keep them running and started them in the beginning, so what a good use of dollars.

Since we had a short time available, we could only have a quick trip to see some of the iconic items on display.  The good part is, my teenage travel companions both loved them.  We now have made plans to come and visit again!

The above are Natural History next is American History and they liked both for different reasons.

 

Looks like we found a quilt, but it is individual canvases.  Very interesting.

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Posted in 2017, Aging, Rambling thoughts, Yes

Happy Father’s Day

My own father has been gone for more than 40 years and I still miss him and talk to him all the time.  So today I was just wanting to wish all fathers a happy day.   While I was doing some research on the origins and days of celebration I came across this poem.  I hope you enjoy it and have a very happy Father’s Day.

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“Father!
My father knows the proper way
The nation should be run;
He tells us children every day
Just what should now be done.
He knows the way to fix the trusts,
He has a simple plan;
But if the furnace needs repairs,
We have to hire a man.
My father, in a day or two
Could land big thieves in jail;
There’s nothing that he cannot do,
He knows no word like “fail.”
“Our confidence” he would restore,
Of that there is no doubt;
But if there is a chair to mend,
We have to send it out.

All public questions that arise,
He settles on the spot;
He waits not till the tumult dies,
But grabs it while it’s hot.
In matters of finance he can
Tell Congress what to do;
But, O, he finds it hard to meet
His bills as they fall due.

It almost makes him sick to read
The things law-makers say;
Why, father’s just the man they need,
He never goes astray.
All wars he’d very quickly end,
As fast as I can write it;
But when a neighbor starts a fuss,
‘Tis mother has to fight it.

In conversation father can
Do many wondrous things;
He’s built upon a wiser plan
Than presidents or kings.
He knows the ins and outs of each
And every deep transaction;
We look to him for theories,
But look to ma for action”
― Edgar A. Guest

Posted in 2017, Aging, Quilts, Rambling thoughts, Senior Salon, Sewing, Yes

Who Changed My Socks

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Or maybe I should ask when did my socks change. We now have socks that make a statement, or support a cause, or may change lives.  I used to be concerned that mine kept my feet warm and dry, but they are so much more now. The only time socks made a difference earlier was Donny Osmond’s purple socks.

Today socks are stripes or polka dots or both and celebrate holidays. It is also OK if they don’t match your outfit or each other.  This is a whole new world. This is true for men, women and children.

My favorite socks of all time, sadly I don’t have a  photo of them.  They have Halloween colors of purple and black and say ” Trick or treat, smell my feet.” I do wear them year round and they are pretty worn, but I am sure I will keep wearing them until I find a replacement.

As with most things I relate to quilts, I was not sure how that would be possible, other than a quilted Christmas Stocking.  Recently I found a quilt made from those socks that have had half the pair eaten by the washer or dryer. Simply cut the sock in half lengthwise and stitch it to the top of a quilt.  Amazing how clever people are.

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Posted in 2017, Aging, Anchorage, Quilts, Rambling thoughts, Sewing, Yes

Reunited With My Clothes

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No, I have not been running around without any clothes, but its been the same ones for over a year.  If you are new to reading this, a little over a year ago I closed up my  home and went to Anchorage for a summer job.  Because I flew to Alaska, I was limited to 2 large suitcases and one small carry on, I guess I could have done more, but it would have been expensive.

'It's $50 for the extra bag, $20 for a reassuring smile and $30 for a ‘have a nice flight.''

So my clothes and shoes and fabric all went into a storage unit to wait for my return.  I came to one of my daughter’s homes for several days before I flew up to my summer adventure.  Because we drove here, I could just pile things into the car and sort it out here.  Now I am back visiting that daughter and the clothes I left behind.

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I think this is how people prepare to live in those adorable tiny houses  You are allowed 4 pairs of jeans, 6 t-shirts and 3 pairs of shoes, or some such thing.  Having lived much of my life as a clothes-hound, that is beyond my comprehension.  I have cut down drastically since retirement and no need to dress for the office every day. But I have found out a new love for my old things……WHAT??

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I could not remember what was here and “knew” a certain pair of boots was going to be among the items.  Not so.  My favorite shorts, those lightweight jackets  I love to layer in the summer and my favorite bathrobe were all here waiting to greet me. It was better than being a kid at Christmas.  You know how the “experts” tell you if you have not worn an item in a year get rid of it, I will agree with that thought.  This is different, we were separated, I will still take a hard look at what I need to take back to my new temporary home.

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At least now I am much closer to my things and can come back to visit my clothes and my daughter. Now for the tough choices, what will I wear today.   I am having a great day and hope you are also.

Posted in 2017, Aging, postaday, Quilts, Rambling thoughts, Senior Salon, Sewing, Yes

I See Quilts.

Not as bad as “I See Dead People.”  This just means that I look at a beautiful landscape and try to figure out how to turn it into a quilt.  I did not realize that everyone didn’t do this.  I know many of my quilt friends get it because they do the same thing.

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An honors course I took in college called “Women In Literature” gave us a lot of latitude to create our own final for the course.  Some wrote an essay about what they felt about the course; some made a video of one of the books we read; I made a quilt. The reading material translated in my mind to quilt blocks.

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Many of us make quilts for all life experiences.  The birth of a child is an obvious one, however birthday and house-warming are a couple of automatic occasions in my mind.  Another occasion is the passing of a friend or family member, also a promotion at work fits the category.  We can’t forget as a fundraiser either.

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I don’t believe this is a deadly illness to have, some may disagree when they see the size of my fabric stash.  If it falls down, it’s all over.  I would cite a lot of other examples, but my mind is already racing at my next blog post and what quilt will I use to explain it.  How would you gift a quilt or what event would you like to receive a quilt for?