Friday, March 6, 2015

Leaving On a Jet Plane


Who wouldn't want to be in England during lambing season!

Mr. C. and I will be leaving next week to spend some vacation time in beautiful England during the month of March, a good time to get out of Wisconsin. Although some people like to escape Wisconsin in January or February instead, that's not for me. I don't want to return to more winter! The nice thing about being gone in March is that often we can count on spring weather, rather than sub-zero temperatures, greeting us upon our return. Not always, but often. I hope that's true this year. In the meantime, the long-range forecast for England during our stay is mid-50's F., usually sunny. That would feel nearly tropical to us, who've been experiencing  weeks of waking to below-zero F. temperatures. Yesterday morning it was minus 23 F. We're not counting on the 'usually sunny' part of the forecast, but it sure would be a nice surprise.

We will be joining our daughter and SIL in London for a week of our vacation. We are so looking forward to that!


Rather than renting a car this time, most of our travel will by tube and train. It should be interesting. Since we each travel with only a carry-on bag, I will not be taking my laptop with me. Cranberry Morning will be on hiatus until I return to Wisconsin. It will seem very strange to go that long without blogging. Do you think that blogging is a type of obsessive-compulsive disorder?

York Minster Quire and Son-in-Law

We hope to catch at least three choral evensong services in cathedrals and lunch at three historic pubs.
By the time we return, we should have made many wonderful memories and have enough photo fuel for several Cranberry Morning posts.

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I will be taking a sketch book, a glue stick, and a fine-point Sharpie pen with me, in order to journal each evening. It will look something like this:




It's a bit messy, but great for dredging up the memories.

The next few days are going to fly by. I hope you have a wonderful couple of weeks and that the snow melts, especially for those of you who are sick to death of the stuff and had way more than your fair share this year.

Unfortunately, due to a very full itinerary, we had to cancel tea with Cora, Robert, and Cousin Violet. Ah well, maybe next time. 


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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Where's the Beef?



I don't know if there's any part of the cow that isn't eaten in the country in which my wall art was manufactured, but in Wisconsin, no one I know eats the udder. Oh well, this little cow, about 2 1/2 feet long and made out of corrugated aluminum, was the cutest thing and I thought needed to hang from my stove wall.

Yes, I should have cleaned off the counter and removed the items from the top of the cookstove before taking the photo, but I was in a hurry.

The following photos were taken at the shop where I purchased the cow. It's a fun and quirky place called 'Evolutions in Design' in Wausau, WI. 

That's a waterfall behind the bicycle




 Granddaughter and daughter looking at jewelry








So if you're ever in Wausau, it's a fun place to visit!

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Although I usually forget to do it, there is a chance that this post will be linked to one or more of these great linky parties:  Amaze Me Monday and Inspiration Monday and Mosaic Monday and The Barn Collective and    Treasure Box Tuesday and Vintage Bliss Tuesday and KatheWithAnE and Rubbish Tuesday and Our World Tuesday and Tuesdays at our Home and Tuesday with a Twist and  Knick of Time Tuesday (vintage)  and   Tweak it Tuesday and Vintage Inspiration Wednesday and Ivy and Elephants Wednesday and Adorned From Above  and Artsy Corner Thursday and  All Things With Purpose and Home & Garden Thursday and Good Fences on Thursdays and  Time Travel Thursday and Freedom Fridays and Vintage Inspiration Friday and Simple Saturdays Blog Hop and Saturday's Critters

Monday, March 2, 2015

Barns of Wisconsin and Good Fences

 Wisconsin Barn, Southwest of Rice Lake

I see that little dog house and think, 'Wow, our dogs have it made!' They get to live in a house with their people, sleep on soft beds, get yummy treats, and don't have to deal with the harsh realities of winter in Wisconsin. I wish they'd show their gratitude by keeping their hair to themselves. 


This is how it works around here: I wanted to lie down and talk on the phone with our Texas daughter, but the dog was on the bed. She was not the slightest bit inclined to move, but I lay down anyway. She still didn't move. We shared the bed.  Everybody happy.


 Wisconsin Barn southwest of Cameron, WI

There is a roof on this barn, but you can't see it because the snow on the roof is the same color as the sky.

 Granddaughters and a boyfriend

The granddaughter on the left is staying with us for a while. The granddaughter on the right, along with her boyfriend, spent the weekend with us. It's fun to have the young people around. I enjoy the conversation and I enjoy cooking for them. Really.


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Although I usually forget to do it, there is a chance that this post will be linked to one or more of these great linky parties:  Amaze Me Monday and Inspiration Monday and Mosaic Monday and The Barn Collective and    Treasure Box Tuesday and Vintage Bliss Tuesday and KatheWithAnE and Rubbish Tuesday and Our World Tuesday and Tuesdays at our Home and Tuesday with a Twist and  Knick of Time Tuesday (vintage)  and   Tweak it Tuesday and Vintage Inspiration Wednesday and Ivy and Elephants Wednesday and Adorned From Above  and Artsy Corner Thursday and  All Things With Purpose and Home & Garden Thursday and Good Fences on Thursdays and  Time Travel Thursday and Freedom Fridays and Vintage Inspiration Friday and Simple Saturdays Blog Hop and Saturday's Critters

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hodgepodging the Dog and Pony Show


Tuppence, appalled by the American version of 'The Mirror Crack'd.'
(see #8, Random)


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Copy the button to your own blog post,
answer the questions,
then link up to the Hodgepodge
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1. Did you watch The Oscars? How many of the Best Picture nominees have you seen? (American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, Selma, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, and Whiplash)

I did not, nor do I ever, watch The Oscars. I have seen none of the movies listed, although as time goes on, I may see one. I'm not against watching movies, but am not caught up in the annual Hollywood Dog and Pony Show. Actors, like anyone else employed, are people with a job. Some are underpaid, and some are very much overpaid. They live in a parallel universe, one which rarely touches the reality of most Americans' lives, and yet some Americans care so much about them, want to know what they eat, drink and wear, what they like and don't like. I just don't get it. I also don't get why it is that many Americans resent the wealthy (often the very people who write their paycheck), but sever that logic from the fact that many of the Hollywood 'stars' are wealthy beyond their humble imaginations. 

Do you think actors should use their acceptance speeches as an opportunity to promote their political and/or social agenda? Does that sort of speech make you more or less inclined to change the channel?

You may be surprised to read that yes, I do think that actors can (not necessarily 'should') use any opportunity they want to advance their causes. I think that while we still have some degree of free speech in this country, I don't see why they, like the rest of us, can't voice their opinions. But no, it won't make me change the channel because I won't be on that channel anyway. 


 The best movie I've seen in years, maybe ever

2. Speaking of the movies... are you comfortable going to a movie alone? How about dinner in a restaurant (not fast food, but an actual restaurant)? The second half of this question was posed by Carrie who blogs over at It's Not Easy Being Queen. Thanks Carrie!

I don't think I've ever gone to a movie alone. Part of the fun of a movie is sharing it with someone else. I've only eaten in a restaurant alone a few times in my life, and now I rarely eat in a restaurant, period. Why pay good money for a meal that's going to make me feel worse than when I went in? I much prefer to cook a good meal at home. I know where the food came from, how clean the kitchen is, who made the food, I know that it's not sauced or breaded or covered in poison of any kind, etc.

3. What's the last home repair or home improvement project you had to pay someone to complete? In hindsight was this a project you could have done yourself?

Mr. C. does all the home improvements around here, unless you consider cleaning and laundry to be a home improvements, which I do.

4. Have you ever had Indian food? Like it or no? If you're a fan, what's your favorite dish? Have you ever prepared this yourself at home? Is there an Indian restaurant in your current hometown?

I think I have eaten at an Indian restaurant only once, and that was in Cirencester, England. It was wonderful. I don't remember what I ordered, but I was there with my daughter on my first trip to England. It was magical. They could have served me beetle noses with curry and I probably would have loved it.

5. A song that reminds you of your parents?

'Great is Thy Faithfulness.'  My parents were both rock solid believers in Christ, and I know that this is a song that could have been their theme song. How grateful I am for parents who loved me and loved God with all their hearts. That love affected every facet of their lives.

 How grateful I am that we have a merciful, loving, and faithful God.


Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; 
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
  
 Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
 
 
6. The 26th of February is National Tell A Fairy Tale Day. What's your favorite, or one of your favorite, fairy tales? Do you have any childhood memories associated with a particular fairy tale?

I loved all the fairy tales that came from my 1949 set of Childcraft. I don't have a particular favorite, but I liked the dark and scary stories and loved the artwork in that edition. So beautiful.

Jack & The Beanstalk

 
7. What's a problem you solved yesterday?

I took my glasses to the optometrist so that they could adjust them. They were difficult to use after I had sat on them and put one of the bows at a 20 degree angle. I did manage to straighten them enough to wear them, by lighting a candle and holding the hinge over the flame for a few seconds, then gently bending, then repeating that process three times. It made them wearable, but not perfect. I needed to take them in for an adjustment.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

The other night we decided to watch the American movie version of Agatha Christie's 'The Mirror Crack'd.' The next night we watched the British version of the same story, so that our granddaughter, who is currently living with us, could see the difference. Why does anyone watch American TV? It was horrid, loud, obnoxious, and extremely annoying. The British version was completely different, almost hard to remember that it was supposed to be the same storyline. The American version starred Elizabeth Taylor and a host of Hollywood stars. The British version had the same people we know from the other British mysteries we watch, and although it's not my favorite story, was so much better, with a cast who seemed like ordinary people. Imagine that - ordinary people! There is a reason we seldom go to the movies and never watch network TV.


The perfect Miss Marple - Joan Hickson


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Have a great Wednesday, everyone. We'll be gone for a couple days to see our daughter and her family. See y'all soon!


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