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Airbnb?

Note Dame before the fire.

Airbnb has a contest/competition going on right now for a most fabulous prize. One year at Airbnb locations, or I guess 10 months, you need to be home for 2 months of the year. I think I blew my entry.

In my defense it was very early this morning when I did this and I had no coffee in me at all. I did not read the fine print and I did hit submit.

Arizona cactus.

Not having 2nd thoughts, but did not do enough to sell myself. I have traveled to 14 different countries, that is 14 more than most people I know. Not anywhere near the 100 I set out to do many years ago. I read about a Century Club which was for people who traveled to 100 or more countries, I once had lofty goals.

In front of the Berlin Wall.

I also have been luck enough to have lived in 5 different states, from one coast to another. I have visited 45 states and would like to get to 50. I don’t know if territories count but I have also been to Puerto Rico.

Main Square in Krakow.

This sounds like Grandma’s Brag Book. That us not what I intended. I was just putting out a plea on my blog if anyone has a connection with Airbnb, please put in a good word for me? #airbnb

Buckingham Palace gates.
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Thursday Doors – Italy

Thank goodness for friends who help pick me up when necessary. I have been very absent to any online activity due to many complications the universe has sent me all at the same time. I mentioned the doors from Europe that I had been sharing and she offered up a couple. Thank you Barb.

For this week’s offering I have a couple of colorful doors from Italy, not sure of the region, but I’ll take it. She has one in her collection of photos with pots of flowers all around the door but that was not shared, maybe I can talk her out of it.

Love the color of aged wood.
This could be from many islands in the Mediterranean.

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Thursday Doors – London

I haven’t been out of the country for well over a year, but luckily sometimes the photos pop up on my memory on my phone, so here are mine for this week from a previous trip to London. I do enjoy travel and if I am with a newbie ( my grandson) it’s nice to be in a country where you can almost understand what they are saying to you.

Westminster Abby
Buckingham Palace
Gates To Buckingham
Doors To Row Houses
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Truthful Tuesday: May 18th, 2021

Welcome to Truthful Tuesday: the weekly counterpoint to all the fibbing that goes on around here each Friday. In case you’re new here or just need a quick refresher, the idea is to answer the question below as honestly as possible.

The Question

It’s often said that hindsight is 20/20, and it is also stated that “learning from experience” is just shorthand for “doing it the wrong way at least once”. With these two thoughts in mind, many well-meaning prompt writers ask us questions such as, “Are there things you wish you could go back in time and do differently?” or, “Would you jump at the chance to be a teenager again?“ Personally, I hate these kinds of questions, which is why I am asking this one:

Would you jump at the chance to go back and correct some of the errors you made in your youth, even if it meant fundamentally changing who you are now?

WHAT WOULD I CHANGE?

I do believe that today I am the sum total of all my parts, my triumphs, my tragedies, my good choices and my bad ones. I can’t think of any one that stands out more than all the others.

I think the thing I would do differently is that I would begin my travels to other countries sooner than I did. My first international trip was a month-long visit to my brother living in Sri Lanka at the time. Without pulling out the old passport my guess is that it was over 25 years ago. That should have been followed closely by more travel. I came back a changed person in many ways but just picked up on my life at that time and went back to the everyday.

I did pick up travel to other countries a bit more but let the practical world come into my life and keep me rooted at “home”. I was able to live in Mexico for a six month assignment but again did not pursue more of the same.

Photo by Jason Toevs on Pexels.com

At this point, I am just waiting for the world to open up again. By the way I do not have unlimited money but have found many ways to allow this to happen on a very restricted budget. Look out world, here I come.

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Jack – 99 words

Somehow I know this will be my year. Jack came into my life during the pandemic and I could not help but fall in love with all the time we spent together. This could be my second chance at fulfilling all my fondest wishes.

Registration rules require that I call him “Hit The Road Jack” instead of just the Jack that I wanted. I just know this is my year to win the Kentucky Derby and Jack will be the one. I see it now the roses draped across the neck.

Alarm rings, must get up for work now.

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Thursday Doors – No Corner Store

At one time in my neighborhood in Chicago most blocks had at least one storefront building, in some cases it was a corner building to catch the travel from 2 directions but sometimes it was in the middle of a block and today they are mostly gone. My block had 4, on the left side as I looked out across the street was a small grocery store and the family lived on the second floor. Across the street almost directly in front of us was a neighborhood tavern with a pool room attached. Then on the right side corner across the street was another neighborhood tavern with 2 flats above it and one was occupied by the owner of the building.

On my side of the street on the right side was my favorite store, a small candy store and the owner lived in a small apartment in back of the store with her daughter and son-in-law living in a 2nd floor apartment. Here is where I spent my $.75 I earned by helping a neighbor keep an eye on her children while she was writing a book. Almost all of it was penny candy. WOW.

Today that is valuable real estate and the small stores did not survive. Here are a few examples of how the stores have been disguised to create another apartment in the buildings that survived the wrecking ball.

Part of old windows bricked up
Windows here are covered with wood.
These are framed to appear as 2 windows on each side.
Foux rock and wood siding around smaller windows

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Thursday Doors – Poland

We visited Krakow Poland in 2019 and managed to capture a few doors in our wandering around the city. These are wood and at least 10 feet tall. Most of the buildings they are on were a couple hundred years old.

Many of the doors have graffiti on them but for my first grouping I chose these beauties. They are even more impressive in person.

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Thursday Doors – Spring

Today I was wandering out in the suburbs in an area of nice but very repetitive doors, nothing to make one sit up and take notice. So my choice were a couple of doors that made me feel it was spring. We had some very cool days but a lot of sunshine.

An adorable bunny in the flowers.
Very attractive gray house and yellow door.

The sunshine really felt wonderful today and made the cool weather not as cold. Lots of spring flowers bursting into bloom really helps. Hope you have a sunny day.