Monday, June 17, 2019

Next stop

After Stockholm, we sailed to Estonia.  We didn't have an excursion scheduled for Tallinn so we walked in.  It was a longer walk than I thought it would be and a warm day.  We walked and walked and walked.....it was a long day and as we were leaving, I spotted a bike taxi and asked if he went to the cruise port.  He said yes and we gratefully hopped in and he got us there in a snap.  He seemed very thankful that we hailed him so guess it was a win win!!  HA

 I don't know how this place was still standing--it looked WAY older than any place around it.  GAH!
As we entered the older part of the city

We walked up there along the wall


I just loved the door with the flag flying.
spotted the cool statue of a monk (life sized)
The beautiful Aleksander Nevski Katedraali (was being renovated so no inside peek) and there seemed to be some sort of protest going on off to our left.  I wasn't interested enough to ask anyone what might be the cause.


Spotted this tower on the way out



I found this tragic and the fact that they publicized it made it even sadder.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Monarchs

This is a quick and unexpected post as I just noticed monarch caterpillars on my milkweed.  They stand out and in past years have quickly disappeared as bird food.  It's after this stage that they become a chrysalis and THEN out pops the butterfly.  I ran and got the bird netting to hopefully protect the 5 or 6 I noticed on the plant, giving them a chance to become a butterfly.


These were obviously taken after I put on the bird netting.

No place like home

Arrived home Friday morning after two weeks on the road/in the air/on the water.  My friend and I headed for Copenhagen for a couple of days, boarded the cruise ship for a week, spent 4 more days in Copenhagen then home again.  There's truly no place like home ESPECIALLY after being in foreign countries.

Our first couple of days were basically wasted as we tried to get the hang of the train system but never really felt comfortable enough to get too far, afraid we'd get hopelessly lost.  And the hotel was attached to the airport and not close to ANYTHING.  Walking anywhere was not happening.  UGH!

So we boarded the boat and headed to Stockholm.  Got a great sunset photo while sitting on the balcony.
As we sailed into Stockholm, there are bunches and bunches of small islands, lots of which had homes or cabins on them.  Not sure how long it takes to get to some of these but it was really pretty sailing in.

Once in Stockholm, we disembarked and took a great little shore excursion.  We did the "Historic Stockholm and Sigtuna" excursion--Discover a 17th-century warship, 13th-century Old Town and a village founded before Stockholm was even a city. Your guide will lead you through the sights of Old Town, including the majestic Royal Palace and Great Square, with time to explore on your own. See the mighty Vasa, rescued from the sea floor after three centuries and carefully restored. Then it's on to Sigtuna, an idyllic village with Sweden's oldest street and Scandinavia's smallest town hall.
GAH!  This was a toilet on the sidewalk.  No matter how dire the emergency, don't think I could go here!!  HA

A runestone near one of the seriously old churches.

 This one's seen better days (St Olof) but so cool to explore.  The other pictured is obviously in much better shape and still used for services (Mariakyrkan).

Inside, so beautiful!
And the Vasa warship, beautifully reconstructed.  More to come...
                                

Monday, May 27, 2019

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

It's not much

but I got a little rag quilt to the done stage.  In the process of cleaning and rearranging in the sewing room, I was aghast at how many sets of flannel I have to make the rag quilts.  Of course, I LOVE making them as they're a start to finish fast little quilt to make. There's still cleaning and moving to be done but I had to have machine time and this fit the bill.  So for now.....

(MAN!  are those colors OFF in the pic.)  That's ALL FOLKS!

Monday, April 29, 2019

Amazing!

Its amazing what you'll find when you're cleaning and rearranging your sewing room.  Mine was in a horrible state of disrepair and I needed to remedy that so I kinda started yesterday (this is a multiple day, maybe multiple week job!!).  I finished my Dear Jane YEARS ago and back then had all these stupid ideas of handquilting it (stupid, stupid) and so I had it basted by a longarmer.  I knew it was still somewhere and naturally hadn't been touched since she gave it back to me.  I came across this bag with a quilt and I thought 'what the heck is that'?  It's the Dear Jane!  I tossed it on the floor to take a peek

It's a terrible photo and no clue if I'll need to unstitch the thing before someone could actually quilt it (I'm thinking so and, if that's the case, it will be in the bag for another LONG time!!).  Poor Dear Jane.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Went on a bluebonnet excursion today with a group from the North Richland Hills senior center (yes, I qualify now!).  It was extremely windy but the blooms were still abundant and gorgeous!


Along the way, met up with some of these guys (plus a couple of cute little donkeys) and fed them some grain.  This guy had already taken my offering and was looking for the next admirer with some grub.  Hmph!


Then I spotted my favorite kind of barn--old and falling down.  So cool!