Friday, June 22, 2018

Forever in our Hearts

Last night, Sophia held her best friend for the last time.  Our hearts are broken but MudLynn is at peace and we have almost fourteen years of memories of the joy she brought to us and to everyone who met her.

She had been getting progressively slower and hadn't been eating very much lately.  Sophia was concerned and took her to the vet yesterday afternoon.  They recommended a first stage of a bland diet before starting a battery of tests but when Sophia brought her home, MudLynn collapsed and her abdomen was swelling.  They went immediately to the emergency vet and she made the heartbreaking decision to say goodbye.  I spoke to the vet and it appears to have been a splenic tumor that ruptured - surgery could have been attempted but it was unlikely that she would survive and even if she did, it would give her only a few months and at what quality of life?

The outpouring of messages from family and friends across the globe has been amazing.  MudLynn was loved and she loved right back.

July 1, 2004 - June 21. 2018

June Rudolph Day is Coming!

Here's the three day warning for those of you who do not know about Rudolph Day and for those of you who know about it but may not realize that it is coming up this week!

What's Rudolph Day? Here is the definition according to Organized Christmas:
A few years ago, members of our Christmas community began to observe "Rudolph Day" on the 25th of each month.
On that day, we take a few moments to plan some simple tasks for the month ahead, in order to get ready for Christmas Day with plenty of time to spare. By starting early--and working a bit at a time on each month's Rudolph Day--it's easy to prepare for Christmas, save money on gifts, and cut holiday stress.
Here's the annual line-up with the sub-theme in parentheses:

January - Tie Up Loose Ends (gather ideas and organize your Christmas notebook)
February - Begin a Holiday Letter
March - Birthday Gift-Buying Strategy (party planning for the holiday season)
April - Plan Holiday Crafts 
May - Catalog Shopping Tips
June - Recipe Round Up
July - Choose a Holiday Plan (Christmas in July celebration)
August - Craft Control (thinking ahead to Elf on the Shelf)
September - Prepare for Holiday Gifts and Giving
October - Plan Holiday Meals
November - Write Holiday Letter

The bottom line is...prepare for Christmas by doing something every month and make the 25th of each month a Rudolph Day by doing something Christmasy!  This month, it's time to gather up those holiday recipes and think about trying a few new ones during Christmas in July

Check back on the evening of June 25th to see how I celebrated Rudolph Day.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Traveling & Trinkets - Corfu, Greece

Vic sailed from Denmark, back down through the North Sea, the English Channel, and the Bay of Biscay, and down the Iberian Peninsula to Lisbon, Portugal.  The ship passed through the Strait of Gibraltar again and sailed on to La Spezia and then Trieste, Italy.  I don't have any trinkets from these three ports so they must have been mugs.  In the first installment of Traveling & Trinkets, I said I would address mugs later.  Now seems a good time.  Vic came home with a LOT of mugs from this deployment - probably at least half a dozen, closer to a dozen.  He thought they were great souvenirs, but when I turned them upside down and saw Made in China stamped on the bottom, I had to disagree.  Off to the future garage sale box they went.  Only two mugs were granted a reprieve - the one featured last week from Denmark and this week's from Corfu, Greece.

Vic picked up this plate and mug set and these are really beautiful (and made in Greece by Dagounis Ceramics).  Definitely keepers.  Corfu is spelled Corfou and it appears the two names are interchangeable.  It doesn't appear that Corfou is Greek, as I've found Kerkyra listed as the Greek name for Corfu.  If anyone can clarify Corfu vs. Corfou, please leave a comment.

That's it for the souvenirs from this first deployment as the trinkets from Villefranche-sur-Mer, France; Naples, Italy, and Palermo, Sicily guessed it, Made in China mugs!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Wednesday Hodgepodge Volume 356

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

1.  Summer is upon us this week in the northern hemisphere.  Tell us three things on your summer bucket list.

1a.  Staying cool - heat and humidity are not my friends so I stick close to home in the summer.  Vic is traveling a great deal so there's not really anywhere to go if my field trip partner isn't by my side.

1b.  House Hunting - The move to Washington is just a few months away so we are surfing the Internet researching house plans, neighborhoods, commuting distances, and all that comes with house hunting.  We'll be taking a buying trip in the late summer or early fall.

1c.  Volunteering at the gift shop - I picked up extra shifts because many of our volunteers are moving or have children out of school.!  So much temptation.

2.  Something fun you used to do as a kid in the summertime?

I covered this at length in my Summers of the Past post.  We spent every weekend in the summer for six years at our caravan on the beach.

3.  Rooftop or backyard?  Why?

Backyard, but not for too long (see 1a. above).  Conservatory would be my pick, but with glass not screens so it could be air conditioned.

4.  Do you read food labels?  Place importance on them?  Make an effort to find out/care about where your food comes from?

Yes, I read food labels.  I am deathly allergic to carageenan and food manufacturers sneak it in all kinds of things.  Why on earth would it be needed in cut-up rotisserie chicken?  I prefer to buy local and use the Dirty Dozen app to know what fruits and vegetables must be organic.

5.  A song you'll have on repeat this summer?

Happy by Pharrell Williams - Happy that this is our last summer in southeastern Virginia!

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

I am appalled at the rudeness and sheer viciousness of some commenters on You Tube.  I watch a couple of vlogs regularly - Day in the Life types, shopping hauls and gift-giving ideas, home organization.  I can't believe that some people feel it necessary to be so hateful.  Really, these vlogs are for information purposes - a vlogger wants to share so if it's not something that interests you, or you agree with, or you like, just move on.  Why bother to watch the vlog and then comment that the vlogger has more money than sense or is professing to be an expert when they are simply sharing their experience?  If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. 

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