July 25, 2018

I did it for me!

 I had a “rough” birthday this year.  This is the 4th birthday since Bob died.  I got 3 birthday cards, one from my financial advisor and two from wonderful friends, none from my children or grandchildren, who are all adults.

I did get a happy birthday text from one daughter

I did get a phone message from the same daughter.

What saved me from crying was that another wonderful friend contacted me, and said, “Let’s go out to dinner and celebrate your birthday.”  So I went to a great place with my friend Ruth.  We always have a wonderful time and July 8th was no exception.

Thank god for wonderful friends!

This is Ruth and me at a previous dinner date.

Last year when I started traveling so much, I stopped posting a Happy Birthday Cake photo on everyone’s FB page.  I thought that I’d miss someone when I was gone from home, that was my reasoning and believe it or not I missed doing it!  So after my own birthday this year, I said to myself, “What the heck, just do it.”  So last week I resumed my Happy Birthday Cake photos on my FB friends’ timelines.

I did it for me!

P.S.  This is not a pity party, I just wanted to vent.
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June 9, 2018

Come From Away

 I read this book, The Day THe World Came to Town, in 2003 when it was first published.

The play Come From Away is based on the book and was developed in 2012 and had huge success in San Diego, Seattle, Washington DC and Toronto before moving to NYC.  I missed it in San Diego but I was lucky and got a ticket for a performance at the Schoenfeld Theater on W. 45th.  Of course, no photos were allowed during the show, but I snapped these during the curtain-call.

The show had no intermission.  The 12 performers had multiple roles that included acting, singing, and dancing.  They were marvelous.  There were 7 musicians, below, that were on stage the entire time and they were outstanding.

Go and see Come From Away, when you have a chance.
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June 7, 2018

I went to Norway!

I've really been a traveling woman lately; I was gone 14 days in April and all but 10 days of May!  My latest trip was Norway, London, and NYC!

I'm 56% Scandinavian and most of that is Norweigian.  I was very excited when I found a tour called Stitching in Norway!  You know I'm a quilter, right?  I gambled on a tour company that I didn't know anything about.  For the most part, the Norway segment of my trip was a success.  Below is the review I sent to the company, Arena Travel.

"I was a first-time traveler with your organization, so I didn't know what to expect. I was very satisfied with the trip, hotels, and food. The Arena office staff were top notch, as was Hilary, our tour manager. My only negative was with Karin, she constantly bashed America and Americans, (I'm American), one to ten times a day, every day. She asked me how to attract more Americans to her tours and immediately negated each suggestion. She did tell me that she was famous in America, several times, but I'd never heard of her prior to this trip."

I won't be traveling with this company again, the CEO responded that I must have misunderstood Karin Hellaby's comments, daily comments.

This is a negative review because there is no excuse for this type of prejudice in the world; especially if they want my dollars.  The CEO offered no apology but did offer to take more of my money on any future travel with them.  Not happening.  It reminded me of the type of prejudice that existed in the early part of the 20th century.

Rant over here's some photos of Norway.

Springtime in Norway was wonderful.

We were lucky to be in Olso for Norwegian Constitution Day 2018 in Norway, on May 17th.  What a treat to see the parade and witness the celebration.  So many citizens were in national costumes, an added bonus.

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