Thursday, July 20, 2017

No wonder kids scream

Have you ever had an earache? One that lasts for weeks and weeks and brings you to your knees because it hurts so bad?
That's been my story these days.

Yesterday I had surgery to relieve the pain.
Hubby brought me. Good thing, because wow was I nervous. My hands were fidgeting and I thought about walking out the hospital entrance just as the doors closed behind me.  Hubby pushed me forward. Shoot!

In light of the situation, I found one thing particularly humorous. ..I had to get a pregnancy test!  The nurse and I laughed as I said, "If this is positive, shoot me now!" Moments later she gave me the news. It was negative! WHEW!

My temperature was taken. Blood pressure too. Higher than its been in years. Hmmmm, I wonder why.
The nurse was in the details and handed me this souvenir.
At first I thought it was silly, but I found myself squeezing the soft bear a bit more as the IV was started.
One by one, my surgical team entered my room. The  ENT who would be performing the surgery, the anesthesiologist who would be knocking me out, and the nurse anesthetist who would be administrating the drugs to put me to sleep. All very important people! At that moment, I wouldn't have cared if a movie star walked in. Those 3 were my people!!

My doctor marked my ear. Hate to have him work on the wrong one!
 Before I knew it, the surgery was done and I was wheeled out the hospital door.
So much better to recuperate in my own bed.
I hate IV's. So happy when it was taken out!

What about you. What surgeries have you had to have?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Will she or won't she?

Today is her birthday.
Yep. The 'other woman' turns 70.
As you can probably guess, I'm not a fan! I will never understand how he picked her over the exquisite, Princess Diana.

The real question everyone is asking...Will she ever be queen?
I've often wondered what William and Harry think of it all. I'm sure they're happy their father is cheery with the outcome, but still. Diana was their mother. It all is so very complicated. Even a fiction story couldn't read like this not so fairy tale tangled romance.

I guess we all just have to stay tuned for  THE END!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

No Fair

Those two wonderful people
are here (in Spain...SIGH)
with these two lovelies.

I just know they're enjoying the pleasure of each other's company.
Maybe they just walked past these fabulous flowers...

MAYBE they just ate a whole handful of these beauties and felt guilty that their very distinguished friend back home didn't get to share in the delight! (wink wink!)
This was one of my favorite memories of Spain. No bugs, cool evening, spending precious time with my friends. One of the most glorious nights ever.
I am picturing them waving to me all the way from Spain.

Hugs to you all.
I miss you.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Blown Glass

Have you ever heard of Chihuly?

"I don't want to do this. I mean, who knows whether it will be successful or not, but we did it."-Chihuly

Chihuly is an extremely gifted glass blower. We had the privilege of visiting his museum while in Seattle.

What does this have to do with my Monday England blogs? A lot, I say. A LOT!

Like most of us, mothers have an early influence on our lives. His mother was no different. She loved gardens. Flower gardens.  Chihuly loved the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England. Who wouldn't. England is the best place in the world to view flower gardens that simply take your breath away.
England is also the place where Chihuly was in a terrible car accident that ultimately took his left eye.

I took the time in the museum to view all of the video displayed.
Chihuly was quoted many times throughout.

"Art is needed in peoples' lives."
"It takes you someplace different every day if you let it."
"It will transform visitors in some way if they wanted to be."
"Start a project... None of us knows how it will look in the end."
"Making something no one has ever seen...and its got power."

What a fascinating art glass blowing is. Human breath and not many other tools.

His work can be viewed all over the world. The Bellagio ceiling in Las Vegas and The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN are a few examples in the United States.

Want to learn more?

Thursday, July 6, 2017


If you travel to Olympia National Park, you must stop in at Lake Crescent Lodge.
The lodge isn't huge, but oh so quaint. A great place to come in out of the rain.
I don't know where I'd rather stay. The lodge, or these cute little cottages nestled beside it.
Notice the rocking chairs!  Cute!
View from the front porch of the lodge.
Inside the lodge.
So, this is the most notable piece in the lodge. For you young ones, this is a telephone booth! People actually stepped into a booth and dialed a phone from it!

This is the Robert Kennedy Phone Booth. (If you don't know who Robert Kennedy is, take the time to wikipedia him! Hint: he is related to JFK! I hope you know who he was!  Wink wink. )

So, legend has it Robert happened to be staying here at the Lake Crescent Lodge when he got the news Marilyn Monroe died.   He then spent  much of the afternoon in this phone booth. No cell phones during that age! Too bad for the other patrons who wanted or needed to use the phone!

The lights and fan still work in the booth. So does the phone! What would you need a fan for? Well, turns out people smoked in those booths! Imagine closing the door and inhaling those fumes! ( Cough cough! )

The gentleman at the front desk told me the phone still works and people call the number in the booth at least once a day. However, they don't realize they are calling a phone booth! I wasn't sure I believed that until...
Sure enough...the phone rang! The gentleman laughed when he saw my reaction! "Go ahead, answer it!"
So I did!
The man on the other end was calling for a chef in the kitchen! I was so excited to answer the phone, I babbled on and on to the poor guy on the other end that he was calling the Robert Kennedy phone booth!

"Huh?" the guy mumbled.

"No, really. You are calling a phone booth in the lodge!" I giggled.

The front desk gave me the number for the kitchen which I then relayed to the caller and replied, "Nice talking to you!"

I think he thought I was nuts and was glad to hang up!

The Robert Kennedy phone booth. Another reason to check out the Park.


Monday, July 3, 2017


Did you know July 1 would have been Princess Diana's 56th birthday?

When she died all those years ago, I grabbed every newspaper and magazine I could find with her on the front page. No matter where I was, be it the grocery or bookstore, I made sure to collect them all. I still have each one.

Well, 20 years have passed and she still is the Princess of peoples' hearts. I found this edition just the other day.  I made a beeline and snagged the last copy! But...I haven't read it yet.

There it sits on my kitchen table, waiting.
I have to finish these first. Invitations. I'm hand addressing wedding invites for our daughter's upcoming nuptials. I'm just about finished writing them. Its been a labor of love.

A cup of tea and reading about Diana will be my reward soon!    

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Full Day in Seattle

How convenient. Our air b and b was just steps from this doughnut shop! Yes, the doughnuts were spectacular, but did you notice the books?! I was officially on holiday when we walked in this place. Doughnuts and books. Now there's a great combination!

Filled with sugar, we were off to our day. Space Needle here we come. While standing in line, we got to read a bit about how the Needle came to be.
Scribbling on a napkin. All great ideas start with a napkin! Isn't that how J.K.Rowlings started?
Somebody quoted, "Every dream begins with a dreamer." Are you a dreamer? I'm working on it!
I thought this was pretty impressive.
When the Space Needle opened, I bet the lines were longer than the one we stood in to get to the top!
 How different the world is today. We asked a few boys in front of us if they had ever seen a phone like the one in the picture. We told them we still have one hanging on our wall at home. They looked at the phones they held in their hands and proceeded to look at us like we were OLD! Really old. SIGH!
 Remember when we watched The Jetsons and thought there is absolutely NO WAY life could ever get to that point?  I mean really...flying cars? Come on!  Hmmmm...I'm thinking we're closer than we ever thought possible!
I've never been to the Eiffel Tower, but this view was pretty spectacular.

Monday, June 26, 2017


Lavender reminds me of England.

While on holiday last week, we found a whole field of it.
Not quite at its purple peak, but pretty close.
Just being there was soothing.
Can't you just smell the calm?
Such a great place to take deep breaths!
Yes, there's a gift shop. And yep, I bought a few items. Okay, maybe more than a few! They made it way too convenient. Free shipping! My package arrived this weekend. It was like opening a Christmas present in June! A gift from me to me! Essential oils, shampoo, linen water...all with the scent of lavender.
Check out the way my bookmark was packaged!
I've already got the page marked in my book!

Do you like the aroma of lavender?
Check out Pelindaba Lavender online.