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Thursday, November 23, 2017

WTF 2017? The Holiday Edition


This year has been a wild one. When we thought last year was the crazy one. 2016 was like that one friend that you think is a total nut, the one you wonder about, and then you meet his older brother, 2017.

This year has been full of What the total f*cks? for me and others. Political, social, and professional. But today, I'm going to focus on holidays. Here it is, Thanksgiving. Turkeys roasting, sweet potatoes sweetening, stuffing getting stuffed. But what the hell happened to Halloween?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Random Post - Musings


I haven't written a proper blog post in what seems like ages. I've been telling my stories in Instagram, through photos of my travels. It's fun for me to walk down memory lane, and it's fun to interact with strange, new people, who are interested in my photos.

I've just been letting life take me where it needs to. Working, cleaning, cooking, living life.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Tell Your Story...One Block at a Time

Girl Dreaming; Boy on the Moon

I don't like a house crowded with bobbles and trinkets. So when I'm browsing through wonderful collections of art at local festivals, something really has to be unique and eye catching for me to bring it home.

At the Bristol Renaissance Faire this year I found The Rabbit Hero cart with illustrated blocks set up in lines and stacked in precarious positions. I got a chance to talk with the artist, Tony Brandl, as I looked through the pieces. It's a novel idea. Each wooden block has a hand sketched or printed drawing with custom color and composition. On the back is a word or phrase. You can have one on display, or set up a series to make your own visual story.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hobby du Jour: Inky Amusement


Dip pens are the ultimate throwback for the modern writer. Dipping your nib in an inkwell can help you channel the great writers and icons. Ink-stained fingers, crisp paper, a fine point, this is how it was done. Presidential correspondence, scripts, scientific notes, all had to be written down using the ink and point.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Symphony in the Park


It's summertime and time to enjoy all the events your area has to offer.

Last night, I attended the Grant Park Music Festival's Haydn London Symphony. Fawzi Haimor conducted three lively orchestral pieces. He performed with such energy, I thought he'd fall off the platform more than once!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Dancing Around the Maypole


This Saturday I went to my first Midsommar Festival. I'm not one to pass up any celebration of warm, sunny, summer.

National Parks Service helped host this festival on Chellberg Farm. This farm is a homestead that was built by a family that immigrated from Sweden. They worked the land planting all manner of vegetable and even tapping the maple trees for extra income. The made a life for themselves.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

A Drive through Tuscany

500 Touring Club
www.500touringclub.com


This past month Mr. K and I were on a return trip to Firenze, and I wanted to do something different. We are normally not an excursion/guided tour kind of couple. We like to do our own thing at our own pace. But we decided after reading the rave reviews to try out the sunset Fiat 500 tour with wine tasting. Even though with the publicity and the very polished website this was probably going to be a very commercial tour. But when else would you be able to get behind the wheel of a classic Fiat 500L?