Tuesday, June 19, 2018

If this is Tuesday, it must be England #100


In case it hasn't come across your radar yet, today is Day One of Royal Ascot, the premier hat-wearing occasion on the British Social Calendar.  Royal Hats put up a poll to guess what color Her Majesty would be wearing today and I chose blue.  As you can see, she wore...yellow!


Everyone's favorite newlyweds also put in an appearance today.


Check out Royal Hats for all the Day One fashions.

In case you missed yesterday's news, the Garter Service, the oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry in Great Britain, was held in St. George' Chapel at Windsor Castle.  How does she manage it?  92 years old, in a long gown and cape, and carrying a handbag, and navigating the stairs.  Amazing!


And finally, congratulations to Zara and Mike Tindall on their birth yesterday of their new daughter, the seventh great-grandchild for The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.  Name to be announced.

Monday, June 18, 2018

June Themed Link Ups - Summer Plans


Joining in with The Blended Blog for the June Themed Link Ups - Summer Plans.  There's going to be a lot of this for Vic:


and a lot of this for me:

I'll be updating my Facebook status as well:

Life Last Week 2018-22


Here we go, the last Life Last Week with the spring photo - summer begins on Thursday!

The weather:::
 80s and 90s this week - hot, hot, hot.

On my reading pile:::

On my TV:::
Still with NCIS.

Checked off the list:::
  • Local inspection for Vic so that meant only one night underway.
  • Volunteer shift at the gift shop.
  • Lunch Bunch goes Greek and it was delicious.
  • Father's Day.

Crafts roundup:::
Vic has moved on to the back of the loveseat.  My Christmas in July swap ornaments are done and ready to go in the mail.

And in other news:::
School's out for the summer so that means Sophia is on hiatus from her two jobs until August/September.  She's picked up a couple of nannying and housesitting jobs and starts classes for her Master's on July 1.

Vic's happy place

Friday, June 15, 2018

From the Family Photo Box

Tanya over at The Other Side of the Road posted today that her daughter is off to a summer program, living in a college dorm, taking an academic course, and getting a taste of college life.  It reminded me of the summer we took Sophia to Houghton College for a week-long riding camp.  She was considering an equine major for college so it seemed a great way to check out the college's facilities and have a fun summer experience.  We drove from Rhode Island to western New York and since it was her first lengthy stay away from us, we stayed in an inn on the edge of the campus just in case she wasn't comfortable with the experience.  As it turned out, we didn't see her again after we dropped her off until it was time to pick her up - she had a wonderful time.


Houghton College is a Christian liberal arts and sciences college located just south of Buffalo, New York.  They have a beautiful campus and an excellent Equestrian Studies program.

While Sophia was at camp, Vic and I took off in a different direction each day and explored the local area.  We visited Letchworth State Park with its Upper, Middle, and Lower Falls; Cuba, the birthplace of Charles "Pa" Ingalls, the father of Laura Ingalls Wilder; Jamestown, the birthplace of Lucille Ball with its great Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center museum; Lake Erie; Fort Niagara on Lake Ontario, and we made an overnight trip to Niagara Falls.  This particular section of western New York has a large Amish community.  It was quite a trip in the summer that gas prices hit $4.29 a gallon.








Sophia enjoyed the camp so much, she went back the following summer.


2008 and 2009.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Traveling & Trinkets - Frederickshavn and Aarhus, Denmark


Vic said farewell to Mum and Dad and the ship traveled up through the North Sea and around the Danish Jutland Peninsula, first to the town of Frederickshavn, and then to Denmark's second-largest city, Aarhus.

One of my favorite trinkets, actually a set of two, is from this visit to Denmark.


I wish the plate listed, perhaps on the back, the Danish icons shown on the front but it doesn't.  I did a little research and the rest is just my best guess  From the top center, Fredensborg Palace, although listed as the spring and autumn residence of the Danish monarch, it's also the most used;  a quaint village scene; Danish folk dancers; a windmill, a very large percentage of electricity in Denmark is powered by wind; a cottage with a thatched roof; Danish fishing vessel; statue of Hans Christian Andersen; Royal Life Guards soldiers; another quaint Danish dwelling, and in the center, The Little Mermaid.  Around the edge of the plate are most likely lingonberries, bilberries, or red currants, and on each side of DANMARK is a Viking ship.  The mug complements the plate.

Definitely a wonderful souvenir from Denmark.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wednesday Hodgepodge Volume 355

It's Wednesday, time to Hodgepodge!  Check out Joyce's post here if you'd like to join in.

1.  What happens to the mail at your house?

I usually check the mail and open it next to the shredder.  We seem to get a lot of junk mail; I need to contact the various financial institutions and ask them to take us off the mailing list but until then, I just shred things like that.  We don't get bills or statements any longer, it's all electronic.  I usually take care of anything that needs attention right away but filing is another story.  The inbox is sometimes quite full before I get busy with filing.

2.  Something you always splurge on?  Any guilt associated with the splurge?

Most of our shopping at the British Food Store could be consider a splurge because the prices are outrageous.  I feel guilty at the cost until the first bite because it's a little bit of home and every memory associated with whatever it is I've purchased is well worth the cost.

3.  There are many, but what are two important questions you think every bride and groom should ask/answer before they plan their walk down the aisle?

a.  How to handle the in-laws?  How do you plan to spend holidays - alternate holidays as in Thanksgiving with his one year and Christmas with hers and then swap the following year?  What about aging parents?  Are they financially secure enough to make their own plans or is there an expectation that they will move in with you?  This could be more of a cultural issue but if you have a bi-cultural marriage, one side (and said side's family) may have completely different expectations that you could ever imagine.

b.  Finances - joint, separate, who's the saver/spender, how will you handle that?  Money is such a HUGE issue and if you're not on the same page from the beginning, it could spell major problems.

4.  What's the best advice your father ever gave you?

Be true to yourself, don't change for anyone.

5.  Your favorite movie where a father features heavily in the storyline?

Father of the Bride, the old and new versions.


6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Following up on question three, if you've been reading my blog for any length of time you know that I LOVE Christmas.  Imagine how it was in the beginning of our marriage when the Queen of Christmas married the man who had never had a Christmas tree and believed that Christmas was purely a religious occasion.  Oh my goodness, we have had some hilarious exchanges over the last 25 years and I am happy to say that we've weathered them well.