Tuesday, August 26, 2008

What's in a name?

Here's a fun thing I stumbled upon on the Blogthings site...Enter your first name & it tells you what your name's hidden meaning is. It's fun & pretty accurate-at least in my case. Try it here.

I tried it and here is what my name means:

You are balanced, orderly, and organized. You like your ducks in a row.
You are powerful and competent, especially in the workplace.
People can see you as stubborn and headstrong. You definitely have a dominant personality.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are full of energy. You are spirited and boisterous.
You are bold and daring. You are willing to do some pretty outrageous things.
Your high energy sometimes gets you in trouble. You can have a pretty bad temper at times.

You are well rounded, with a complete perspective on life.
You are solid and dependable. You are loyal, and people can count on you.
At times, you can be a bit too serious. You tend to put too much pressure on yourself.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.
You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.
You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out.
Success comes rather easily for you... especially in business and academia.
Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You're a strong person.

While I don't think I have a "type A" personality...I do think I am a strong person. Especially since last night I had to, for the second time, rid our house of a bat. We think we now know where they had gotten in, and I spent the afternoon emptying two closets & plugging up holes with "Great Stuff". If you are familiar with this product, it is pretty great for stopping up drafts and holes. It helped us out with a bee problem a few weeks ago, and I hope it stops the bat problem. The only thing not good about it is if it gets on your skin (especially an elbow which has wrinkles) it is almost impossible to get off! Nuff said!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Alesund, Norway

Here we are docked at the art nouveau city of Alesund, Norway. Wandering the streets of this town is a joy to anyone who likes elaborate windows, turrets, and frescos of painted fruits & flowers on almost every building! Much of the city is "new" having suffered a devastating fire in the early 1900s, as was the case in many Norwegian towns that were constructed of wood. Alesund was lucky in that there was only one death. Lucky, too, because Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany used to summer near there and he provided the materials and labor to rebuild the town.

Our travels took us to the top of Mt. Aksla for a panoramic view of the city. In the center of the first photo, you can see our ship, the Eurodam. Way off in the distance in the second photo, you can see some snow on the mountains. All in all, the weather was beautiful here-not too hot, not too cold.

Next: Another scenic visit.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

My newest Elvis purchase!

For anyone left on planet Earth who doesn't know....I Love Elvis. I have quite a collection of things Elvis related, and above is the newest addition. I had these custom made by Rockcoasters from real 45 rpm records. I couldn't decide on the red or the yellow label, so I bought both! :) The record is, of course, our wedding song: "Can't Help Falling In Love".

On the business side of things...Rockcoasters is the best! Very easy to work with and they have or can get probably any record you can possibly want. Each coaster is backed with cork and then covered with a durable polymer acrylic coating to protect the label. Great workmanship at a great price with great customer service. What more can you ask for!

Stop by Rockcoasters-tell them Craftymoose sent you!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Day 2

The second day of our cruise was a "Day at Sea" while we cruised our way west around the Norweigian pennisula to our northernmost stop. I'll save that for the next post, but I will tell you a really neat thing about being in this part of the world...

Because of the far North lattitude, they have very long summer days, and I mean VERY long. As in, we watched the sun start to set at 11:30 p.m.! It was totally awesome!
Here we are sitting in the Lido restaurant having a snack at almost midnight, and it is light as day outside!

The above photos was taken by our daughter at 9:30 pm.

Monday, August 18, 2008

First stop....Oslo, Norway!

Our first port of call was Oslo, the beautiful capital city of Norway. Although this is the third largest city in Scandinavia (after Copenhagen & Stockholm), it is a well laid out city and very easily toured by foot.
We visited the Nobel Peace center, shown above, which was a museum where you could learn about Alfred Nobel as well as, all the recipients of the Nobel Peace Prizes. Our daughter picked up a nice souvenir-a plaque with a quote by Mother Theresa:
"All the works of Love are works of Peace".

We walked to the Royal Palace which is the official residence of The Norwegian Royal Family, although they were not there at the time. You can always tell if a Monarch is home, because their flag will be flying on the mast on top of the palace. Anyway, we were lucky enough to be there to see the changing of the guard. Perhaps not as much pomp and circumstance as at Buckingham Palace, no horses, but interesting and entertaining just the same.

We also wandered around the Akershus Fortress which was built around 1290 to protect the city of Oslo. It was in great condition and had beautiful views of the city...alas, today was rainy and cloudy! It still functions as a military base and also houses the Norwegian Resistance Museum.
All too soon it was time to reboard the ship, but oh, how I enjoyed Oslo!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Our journey began on July 4 with a 7 hour flight to Copenhagen which arrived 7 am on July 5. By the time our luggage was collected, we cleared customs & were transferred to the pier terminal, a few more hours passed. After a wait of about another 4 hours at the pier, we finally were able to check in and board the Eurodam. After a quick bite to eat in the Lido, we went to our room and slept a few hours before it was time for the life boat drill & our departure. After a musical fanfare & some balloons...we were finally off on the first leg of our trip!

The Eurodam was built by an Italian shipbuilder near Venice. We were able to watch the progress from beginning to end on the Eurodam News Blog which was really fun. A few days before we left, we watched live (on the blog)the Queen of Holland christen the ship. Like all the Holland America ships, it is magnificient and the service and entertainment are first class.
The first 10 days of our 20 day cruise was a cruise through the Norwegian Fjords and Scotland. Stay tuned for highlights of our first stop.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Thar She Blows!

So if you have been wondering if I was ever coming back and where was I anyway, you are about to get your answer!
We left on the 4th of July for Copenhagen, Denmark, to board Holland America's newest ship, the MS Eurodam for its inaugural voyage. It was actually two 10 day back to back cruises thru Northern Europe, and amazingly, I still fit through the doorway when it was time to disembark! So...I'm back...out from under 7 loads of laundry and ironing...well rested...back to creating...and ready to start blogging again!

I plan to blog about our trip as I did with our marathon trip last year thru Europe, so stay tuned.
But first, lest you think I've done nothing since I got home....

This was a catch up project for the creative challenges on Etsy that I have talked about many times before. The challenge was to be inspired by some photos of victorian houses in Cape May, New Jersey. I painted the above birdhouse (of course, it had to have some french beaded flowers,too!)which you can see and read the whole description here.

I'm also running a Saturday Night Special Sale in my shop starting 5 pm tonight. You just might want to stop by, especially if you really love this birdhouse.

Happy to be home, and I'll be back soon with my first vacation post!