My trip of a lifetime

I am really getting excited! I just finalized reservations for lodging in the UK and Norway for the trip my daughter and I get to take this summer. The only nights not accounted for are the flight to London (overnighter) and the 2 we’ll be spending on trains going from (t)here to yon.

5th grade book
If I Were Going reader Row, Peterson and Company

I have dreamed about going to Norway since I was in the 5th grade. We were reading in our books about “the land of the midnight sun” and “fjords” and, being from the South, I couldn’t imagine. (Yes, that is really the book from 5th grade.) One day a couple of years ago, my husband and I had just finished watching Rick Steve’s trip to Norway on PBS. I mentioned that I’d always wanted to go there and he said that when I retired he would pay for me and our daughter to go. Well, I’m retired.

We’ve also added about 10 days to the first part of the trip to include the UK. Besides seeing the castles and houses and London itself, we’ll be going to the Isle of Skye. (Doesn’t the name just fire up your imagination?) Aside from being a really beautiful place, it’s a place of our ancestors. We will be visiting Dunvegan Castle where the Macleod clans are from.

Now the waiting begins. Wait until late next month to book our flights. Wait till March/April to book our visit to Highclere Castle and Chatsworth (afternoon tea). Wait until April to book trains when the timetables are up.

Wait till summer.


Re-organizing the blog

I hope what work I’ve done on this blog tonight has made a difference. I’m new to WordPress and am still learning the ropes. I had a page that was an “about me” that was my static home page but decided not to go with that and put the information in the sidebar. I’ve added other widgets to the sidebar. When I can work the glitches out, I will add one for my Instagram page but it hasn’t let me do that yet. Read up on some things and watched videos on zerotohero that helped a bit.

A Good Read

Currently, I am reading a book given to me by my daughter for Christmas. The title is A Spoonful of Sugar and is written by Brenda Ashford, a real life nanny. The book is written on the order of the Call the Midwife series, told in first person and deals with her daily life and fears and thoughts she has along the way. Ms. Ashford became a nanny during the early part of the 20th century and has worked with hundreds of children starting with her siblings. It is an easy read and a delight if you like period pieces and are fond of the Midwife series and Downton Abbey.

A New Quilting Book!

A new book came in today and I was so excited to get it! For quite a while now I have been interested in the Fibonacci sequence, I guess since I started taking pictures of my friend’s sunflowers.

My passion for quilting pushed me to create a design for a quilt using the Fibonacci sequence but, try as I could, I am just not that good with math. BUT! I saw this picture

and found the pattern in this book!

I’m sure it will take me about a year to finish it but I’m eager to begin.