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, A Photo A Week Challenge, Anchorage, postaday, Quilts, Sewing, Travel, Yes

A Photo A Week Challenge: Boats & Ships

I am trying to do the photo a week challenge by Nancy Merrill, this week it is “Boats & Ships.”

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This is a cruise ship that was in the harbor in Seward Alaska.  It is the first cruise ship that was going north through the northern passage.  It was traveling with its own ice breaker ship in the lead. This was going from Seward to New York City and was going to take 3 months.

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Two of my son-in-laws were very happy with the purchase of this old boat, so happy they could not wait to put it in water to enjoy it.  Big boys and their toys.

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What a pretty quilt with a nice variety of ships on it.

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

Small Local Bike Show

My  daughters sil works at a small beer and burger place and wanted to sponsor a bike show as a fun thing to do on a weekend.  So she asked  a few patrons and a few family member for ideas and set a date. A few posts went out on Facebook pages and were shared.  A sign went up in front of the restaurant and the show was on.

About 45 bikes showed up, and the place was busy all Sunday afternoon. There were 3 different categories of bikes, vintage, custom and stock.  No rule book to decide what category restrictions were, like how old vintage was, just up to the rider what category they wanted to be in.

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This really turned out to be a fun way to spend a hot Sunday afternoon.  Prizes were awarded based on popular vote, everyone in the place could vote. So if you are looking for a fun event, maybe look at your local motorcycle shop to team up with.

Posted in 2017, Airplane, Food, Georgia, Rambling thoughts, Travel, Uncategorized, Yes

Ponce City Market, Atlanta, Georgia

I have been to visit the Atlanta area a number of times, the first time about 45 years ago.  When I  visited then, I came with a friend and neither one of us knew anyone here so we went to typical tourist places. Dinner at a recommended restaurant and shopping downtown. Now I have family and friends living in the area which allows me to come here more often.  So I have their input about unique or the current fun place to see. This was my first visit back in about a year and we had free time to explore so I set out for a new adventure.

This visit, I discovered a great new place.  The is a shopping area, not a shopping mall,  called Ponce City Market.  It is located in a converted  Sears, Roebuck building. The building originally opened in 1926 and re-opened in its new form in 2014. The day we visited it was jam-packed with people everywhere.

There are great shops and restaurants, tons of parking, a wonderful industrial vibe throughout and entertainment at various times. Throughout a nod to the original use of the building by Sears.

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The general experience in this place is much like Underground Atlanta was many years ago.  The day was wonderful in every aspect and I look forward to making this a regular stop on my visits here in the future. Once again a chance for good food and great shopping in a new atmosphere.

Posted in CFFC, postaday, Quilts, Rambling thoughts, Sewing, Travel

Hot And/Or Cold

One of my favorite examples of Hot and/or Cold.

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Sadly I have one of those minds that remembers unimportant trivia.  The “hot and cold” water towers were featured on a television show at least 25 years ago, but they certainly made an impression on me.

I equate most things to quilts, so here is a great example of a quilt with warm and cool colors working beautifully together.

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Posted in 2017, Aging, Rambling thoughts, Travel

Game Player

I don’t know if there is a 12 step program for game playing, but I probably should find one.  Hi, my name is Kathy and I like to play games.  Not the mind games that none of want to be a part of, but board games and card games even dice games.

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I grew up as one of six children and none of us agreed as to who washed dishes yesterday.  We all knew that either washing or drying and putting away the dinner dishes was going to be our chore at some point. My mom did not put a chore chart up on the fridge or on the wall, she knew.  But often we could get her to play a game of  Scrabble to see if maybe she would wash the dishes.  We always lost, but it was a way of delaying the inevitable.

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We also played cards at most events where family got together. Poker, Canasta and War  are the ones I most remember.  I had no idea how this might help me later in life.  Wait isn’t that a book, all I ever need to know in life, I learned playing cards.  Probably not.  The ones about first grade make way more sense.  Also, I never said I was a good card player.  It may have helped with social skills.

To this day I still play games.

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At senior centers and apartments everywhere you will find people sitting around tables with board games or card games of all kinds.  Some days the bridge or pinochle or canasta players take over,  but mostly there is a variety of games at all times.  This becomes a social gathering for many,  it becomes family for some.

Now you can play almost everything online, but nothing beats the friendships, the skills and the memories created by playing games with your family and/or friends seated around the same table.

Posted in 2017, A Photo A Week Challenge, Aging, Airplane, Anchorage, firstfridays, postaday, Travel, Yes

A Photo A Week Challenge: Flying

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One of the highlights  of my summer in Anchorage, Alaska was a float plane trip.  One of my grandsons came to visit and celebrate his birthday with mine, so we took a plane ride together in a Cessna that was 1 year younger than I am!  It was beyond description amazing.

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Our pilot was well versed in the options to find wildlife on the mountain ranges we flew over and we saw a lot.  He took us over so many different glaciers, I lost count.  One more beautiful than the next. We landed in a lake that was formed by the runoff from 3 glaciers, opened the door of the airplane and handed us a giant ice cube. about 12 inches,  probably over 10,000 years old from a calving glacier.

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I had to restrain myself and choose only a few photo’s.  I have been very lucky, flying many places in the world, on big new 777’s and tiny old regional jets. Some aircraft that looked like a crop duster in little one gate no-where’s-ville.  I have landed in huge modern international terminals, small antiquated  international terminals. But this flight circling the mountains  around Anchorage is one I will treasure.  The best time flying ever.

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Posted in 2017, Travel, Yes

Hiking The Appalachian Trail

This is a blog done by a young couple hiking the AT.  It is fun to read their adventures and see the hike through someone else’s eyes.  Follow the link to their blog.

 

We made it to Fontana Dam! We’re camping at the shelter here known as the “Fontana Hilton.” It has free showers, bathrooms, a solar charger, and a water spigot. We had to hike a solid 12.9 miles to get here, but tomorrow we aren’t going to hike one little bit! Gotta bulk up on town […]

via Day 22 — A Day to Adventure

Posted in 2017, Aging, Quilts, Sewing, Travel, Yes

The Last of The 2nd Quilt Show

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Many of us quilters can look at other people’s quilts all day.  We draw inspiration and ideas and courage from them.  We vow to go home and finish that current project to submit to our local show.  We vow to start a project worthy of submitting to a large international type show.  Or we just keep looking at all the beauty on display in these quilts.

I have so many beautiful pictures from this show, I could not keep them all to myself, but I will be quiet and just get out of he way. I hope you  enjoy as much as I do, and thanks for your patience.