Posted in 2017, A Photo A Week Challenge, Anchorage, Quilts, Sewing, Travel

A Photo A Week Challenge: Vibrant

The entire world is the palette for this challenge, which makes it very difficult.  So I looked through photos to see where the most vibrant color jumped out at me.  In my collection it was the photos taken in my favorite quilt store in Anchorage, Alaska.

Here is a small sample of the fabrics in the store and a quilt that is one way to show off those vibrant colors. Many of the fabrics they carry are exclusive to Alaska and can only be purchased at stores in that state.  I hope you enjoy.

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vibrant quilt

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

A Photo A Week Challenge: Mountains

 

I love mountains.  Big snow-capped majestic ones and soft curving old ones like the Smokey’s. When I lived in Alaska last year I saw them daily and loved every bit of it  This photo is of a pass through the mountains last summer.

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This is a lovely quilt pattern called Moon Over the Mountains.

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This is for the Nancy Merrill challenge, A Photo A Week.

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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