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Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Vikings Came to Town

Good morning,

The Vikings came to Cincinnati in the form of an exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center.
As we approached the Museum Center, we noticed it is being renovated.  You may recognize the building as the home of The Joker in one of the Batman movies.  Originally, this building was Union Terminal, the central train station in Cincinnati. 
We were permitted to take pictures, but not use flash so I don't have many pictures and those I do have aren't the best.  Still, I took the pictures I could to record our trip.
This is a Stav Church, one of only a few that remain in Norway. While we've been in Norway we have seen these in person.  They are incredible.  Christianity came late in Norway so when you see these churches in the current Vikings television series, they are definitely an error in period history.
 It was very, very dark in the museum, but I was able to get this image at a display of a very old Viking ship that was found.  Below the steel superstructure you see, in the very bottom and at the bottom of the image, is approximately 25% of an old wood Viking ship.  It image on the screen is how the original ship probably looked.
 The Viking Culture was very developed.  Stone carvings have recorded their history.
 This is a smaller Viking boat that would have been used for river and shore travel.
 A great deal of jewelry has been found.
 And, finally, as we were leaving the exhibit, the story of horns on Viking helmets was explained.  Actually, there were NO horns on real Viking helmets.
 The horns were added to costumes for theater and opera productions.  Now, of course, we see them everywhere for plays and sports teams.

Although these pictures weren't so great, they do provide some record of our trip to the Viking display at the Museum Center in Cincinnati.  This was a traveling display and has now closed to move on to other cities.

Since My Honey was born in Norway, we have made many to the "Old Country."  Here's a post from 2015 about a Viking Ship being built on Oslo Fjord in Toensberg, just outside our hotel room:


I also have many, many other posts about our visits to Norway here should you be interested to explore:




Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Robin in the Tree Top

Good morning,

We are truly enjoying the warm Spring days as are the birds in our garden.  We were sitting on the patio when I snapped these images with the camera on my phone.

The weather here swings from warm Spring days to very chilly late Winter type days. 
We watched and listened as this robin sang from the treetop.
The tree's leaves are emerging and will soon hide these beautiful birds.
Retirement with My Honey is wonderful.



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Erik in Charge

Good morning,

I took this image at the end of tax season when Catherine was working most of the night and just coming home to take a shower and go back to her office.

Early one morning she sat down on the couch to talk with me and suddenly Erik landed on top of her. 

Erik's message was clear:  I don't care if it IS tax season!  You're not leaving again!


Monday, April 24, 2017

Fruit Feeder - It's for the birds!

Good morning,

My Honey enjoys wood working, bird watching, and photography.

To combine them all, he built a fruit bird feeder.  We can put apples in this feeder as well as oranges.
We're still in the test period moving the feeder to different places in our yard where the birds can get to it and My Honey can get good pictures.  

Retirement is such fun!


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Marzipan Candy

Good morning,

Last week I asked My Honey what he wanted for Easter and he'd like Marzipan.  Growing up in Norway, Marzipan Candy was a special treat for both Easter and Christmas.

I looked up a recipe on line, got the ingredients, and tried my hand at it.
Marzipan is easy enough to make with almonds, corn syrup, and powdered sugar.  After all the ingredients are kneaded together, the "dough" is rolled in plastic wrap and chilled in the refrigerator before being rolled out and cut with a cookie cutter.
I'm not sure if the little heart cookie cutter I used was my Mom's or one from my collection, but it was perfect to make little Marzipan hearts. 

According to my resident Viking, they tasted perfect!  :)


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Three Fish and a Worm

Good morning,

We had a heavy, steady Spring rain recently, so our gold fish pond not only was filled with more water, but earth worms came in with it.
Although there were plenty of worms washed into the pond, three of our fish tried to eat the same one. 
I saw this action while walking around with only my phone camera.
I knew if I went inside to get another camera, I would miss the action.  The fish were taking turns swallowing most of the worm, then another fish would pull the worm back out and try to eat it from the other end.

 Needless to say, the fish won, the worm lost.

Yummy brunch for the fish!


Friday, April 21, 2017

Herb Garden Coming Soon

Good morning,

My Honey is planning a wood herb garden planter.  We are pot shopping!

Stay tuned!


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Welcome Robins!

Good morning,

Robins are a wonderful sign of Spring! 
What we love about them is how friendly they are.  We can be out working in the garden and they'll move in close and stay there.
We love Spring!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Am I supposed to fetch these?

Good morning,

Wendy is enjoying the new pile of wood in the back yard.  She can't "fetch" them...
...but she can chew on them.  They must not taste very good because the chewing didn't last very long. 

I guess we better get busy splitting them!


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Whose car?

Good morning,

Whose car could this possibly be?  Hmmmm....

Have any ideas?


OK, the answer is this is our daughter, Catherine's, car.  She's the trainer of all of our canine athletes.  I just love that MACH (Master Agility Champion) Penny magnet.  ;)   -L

Monday, April 17, 2017

Even the Weeds are Welcome

Good morning,

Even the bright yellow dandelions are so welcome in the Spring, especially after spending so many years at sea where we missed the Spring flowers at home every other year due to our schedule.

And, after a cold, gray winter, Spring is so welcome in all her glory.
Do you have violets growing in your yard?  Some people think of them as weeds, but you can also buy them to use as ground cover.  When I was young we made strings of these to wear as necklaces.  They are also edible and can be used to decorate cakes and other foods.
The two red tulips growing along the fence behind Wendy are not weeds.  At one time, nearly 40 years ago, I planted a row of these along the entire fence.  There were probably four dozen of them.  I love the fact that these two beautiful tulips survived all these years.

Happy Spring!


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Blessed and Happy Easter and Passover

Good morning,

 We wish our friends and family a blessed and happy Easter and Passover.

These beautiful lilacs grow in our front garden.

All the very best,

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Old Hackberry Tree

Good morning,

This was a very busy day.  The man in the picture is from The Tree People who were here to remove our old Hackberry Tree that was leaning more and more toward our electrical and phone lines.
You can see more of the story here with the leaning tree, the phone and electrical lines, the tree removal boss, and, look very carefully, the man just past half way up the tree roping off pieces to begin cutting.
Here he is again after a few of the limbs have been removed.
This is not a job for me.
That's a chain saw hanging from the rope attached to his waist.
 Here's a shot from the inside while one of the branches was being lowered.
 And, here's a view of the man still quite high in the tree after most of the branches have been removed.
 These are only a few of the upper branches.

 Here are more and...
 He's getting closer to the bottom now.
 We paid to have the tree brought to the back yard where we can split and stack it. 

Although they were supposed to bring all of the medium branches back here, they had already loaded many of them on their truck.  The medium branches are the easy ones to cut down and use in the fireplace.  Oh, well, in a couple of years, there will be another tree that needs to come down.  We've been here nearly 40 years now and have always managed to have our own supply of firewood by removing only those trees that are dead or dying.  You can see the centers of these large logs have damage which was surely causing the tree to lean more and more as the tree died.

Stay tuned for the splitting and stacking episode(s?).