Saturday, August 31, 2019

Final rows of August

Since I posted a bunch of row by rows I completed the first part of August, figured I'd post the remaining ones done this month (since that's about all the sewing/quilting I've been working on).

This one I was debating on leaving the decorative aspect (a bear head and a moose head) off the mugs all the while not even noticing I'd left the coffee/hot chocolate outta the cup.  Good GRIEF!  Wound up putting all in/on the cup so really need another pic.  This will do for now.

Sunday, August 18, 2019


I haven't been posting very often but I have been doing a little sewing.  This is my fourth or fifth year to be involved in the annual row by row event.  I have LOTS of kits yet to be made and, at this point, no quilts to show for my efforts.  I have so many 'themes' going on over the years and each year there are at least some to add to those themes.  And EVERY year for at least the last two, maybe 3,  I've said I am NOT buying more kits.  But then I see some here and there that are cute and I cave.  Fortunately, I am getting closer to being able to complete 3 or 4 tops as the rows are made.

So, I decided I'd pop in to the old blog and share the rows I've made so far this month.  A few of my themes are beaches, boats, tepees, mountains, hot air balloons, camping, space and more.

Hopefully I'll get at least a couple of tops together before the end of the year!!

Thursday, July 4, 2019



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 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


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