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Sunday, May 15, 2016

A Sad Day

Quote of the Day:

A house needs a grandma in it.

 Author: Louisa May Alcott

One of my favorite stores as a person who likes to sew is Hancock's Fabrics and Crafts. So it came as quite shock to find out that they are going out of business!!! I've already been there for some of the specials that comes with closing stores. I certainly will be going back. I was able to pick up several things of material with a nice discount. 
If Hancock's is one of your favorites, you may want to get there. It's my understanding they will close in June or July, as soon as they have emptied their warehouses that are still at this moment supplying stores. 

The most expensive pattern here was only $4 and change. Since I have grandchildren to sew for I went for these. I was going to have my daughter in Germany order products that she may want me to use for Lily or Luke. But I went to the site first and you can no longer order from Hancock's via internet.  I just wanted to share this information in case you use this store and haven't heard yet. I'll certainly be going back.

Thanks for letting me share.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Antiques, Flea Markets and Yardsales

Quote of the Day:

A home without a grandmother is like an egg without salt

 Author: unknown

I love to go into antique stores The truth is I don't have any space for another antique unless it's very small. But it doesn't stop us from stopping in when we see one. My particular favorite is depression glass. I actually bought this bottle during my recent trip to Germany.
My Depression Glass Pinterest Board
Well, I just found a link to all of the 50 small town antique stores in America.
50 Best Small Town Antique Stores in America
We live in Virginia and the small town pick is in Fredericksburg which is not that far away from here. We're going to have to make a trip that direction here soon. 
We travel through West Virginia when we go home. Lewisburg is the pick in that state. We're going to have to take more time in that town and have a look.
North Carolina is not all that far away from us and New Bern got the nod for that state. We have been there before, but it has been a number of years. We'll have to visit again. 
Another thing we like is flea markets and yardsales. We've seen advertisements for the 100 mile yardsale and there is one the 3rd weekend in June called the 301 Endless Yardsale. Rt. 301 is very close to us and we thought we'd check it out this year. it should be fun.
301 Endless Yardsale.
The links will take you to these sites and suggestions if you're interested. Thanks for letting me share.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Germany and Croatia

Quote of the Day:

A grandparent is old on the outside but young on the inside.

 Author: Author Unknown

My sister and I were able to travel together to Germany to visit my daughter who was on spring break from her teaching position at the base where her husband is stationed. We took a shuttle from Frankfurt International Airport to Spangdahlem Air Force Base. 
When we got there, my son-in-law was there to pick us up with my two grandchildren. I have to say how wonderful it was when Luke got out of the car and recognized me. He said, "Gammy" and ran to me. This is the first time that it didn't take a minute for him to figure it out. Lily was still unsure, but at 1 years old, that's to be expected. 
We were planning to go to Croatia for the week., But we weren't leaving until Monday. So on Saturday we went to Bernkastle, Germany. It was a first for my sister, but I'd been there before. But up until now, I had not been able to take the boat ride up and down the Mosel River. You can see the castle ruins on the hill.

We flew to Croatia on Monday. It was only $50 Euro round trip and there was plenty of seating space to sit in. I have never, however, been on a plane that when you land, everyone claps. I'm told that is not unusual. 

We had an apartment type room that was very nice and also not that expensive. $300 Euro for 4 adults and 2 children is very reasonable. It was a beautiful space. This was the view from our apartment. I loved it. I could've just sat there in Zadar all 5 days. 

But we didn't. We went to see some of the sites. The first place we went was to the Plitvice Lakes National Park. It was absolutely beautiful. You really need to be prepared to walk and or climb. But they had plenty of places to sit and take a rest. 

The next day we went to see the smallest cathedral in the world. I have to say I was a little disappointed with that stop. It was just a small empty building. I was expecting more. We then went to a lake where the kids could get in the water. Where we were, the water was never over the knees of the kids. There we discovered how some Europeans like to the buff. He did at least wait until we were about to leave with the children before he made himself comfortable. 

While I was over there, I discovered that my idea of Calamari and and Scampi was not what they considered those foods to be. The first is the Scampi. It certainly didn't look like any Scampi I have ever eaten. It was wonderful, though. The second is the Calamari. Again. not what I'm usually served here in the states. But it was also wonderful. Later that week, I tried Stuffed Calamari. I didn't like it as well.

In Zadar, they have an old town area. There is where the sunset was absolutely gorgeous. They have concrete holes in the "boardwalk" (for lack of a better word). Somehow, the waves hitting under the board walk created sounds that they call the sea organ. The link will take you to You Tube to hear what we heard and see what we saw. Luke and Lily loved the lights

The sunsets were gorgeous and I took some great pictures, if I do say so myself. The first was just a normal sunset picture. I friend asked if she could use the picture and this is what she did with it. All the more beautiful. The second picture is my sister looking out toward the sunset. That one came out pretty good too.

When we returned to Germany, my daughter and sister and I went to take a tour of a medieval castle in Cochem, Germany. It was a very nice trip as well. My food didn't agree with me, but it was still a wonderful trip to see a beautiful site. 

I don't do heights, so I let Emily and Nancy take the ride to the top of the hill. I was perfectly content to sit at the bottom and take in the scenery from there. 

After walking around Cochem for a few hours, we went to the castle to take the tour and then were treated to a medieval dinner. It started with a bowl of broth and bread that I thought was very good and settled my stomach very well. The main course was a turkey leg served on a wooden plate. There were no utensils and you washed your hands in a bucket of water that was passed around. We all enjoyed our day and the trip.

Don't ever think you can't afford such a trip. You certainly don't have to do everything we did. The trip alone to Croatia was a vacation in itself. Your biggest expenditure is your flight to Europe. Once there, all the prices are reasonable. Thank you for letting me share.