Re: May 2014
posted at 5/14/2014 9:03 AM EDT
What a sad poem to open up to, tt. No, you can't be off the boards. Please rethink your decision.
Now, that I had a chance to get through two weeks of posts, I find myself more acclimated on the Chat. I did try to post from UK, but it became such a pain to get in (something about a wi-fi code), that I finally decided to let it go.
So sorry to learn about your relative's/friend's cancer diagnosis, Hats. No wonder you have sleepless nights. I am sending my prayers your way.
Happy you are pleased with the doily, Kar. When one puts a lot of work into something like that, it s great when it comes out well. What a special gift. Hope you find an antic vase to go with it. When is the wedding?
Winter, the GE stove you posted looks great. You will love the convection oven.
My trip was such a success. I had the best time ever. Europe was wonderful in all it's Spring mode. DS had planed so many things for me to do and see. One of the highlights in Birmingham, was a visit to his university. They have a wonderful Edwardian botanic garden. 7 acres of beautifully designed garden. It used to be a private estate, now donated to the university and open to the public.
Our trip to Edinburgh was just amazing. We took the 4 hours train to get there. DS had splurged on 1st class tickets, and the service was just amazing. Again, our British friend had planned our 3 days there in details. We went to a lovely Thai dinner at a restaurant overlooking the Castle during sunset. And she had reserved a table for High Tea at the Scottish National Museum, which has a gorgeous view over Edinburgh. The museum itself was very interesting. I want to go back and spend some more time there. Lots of Viking influence.
But of course the best part was to spend time with DS no matter what we were doing. Both he and I are not much for eating out, so we spend a good deal of fun time cooking together at home sharing a bottle of wine. His apartment is amazing. 14th floor overlooking Birmingham. 5 minutes walk to the train station and the center of the city. And yes, we walked a lot - a LOT. I didn't think I could do it, but it got better day after day. Birmingham is a city with beautiful old architecture. And everything is so clean. People are friendly and helpful.
I am anxious to go back. But next time I want to bring DH. I missed him a lot. He on the other hand was a wonderful host in my absence. Big brother and wife are here now. Left for Toronto this morning coming back Friday. Then going back home Monday, so I only get to spend a few days with them, and believe me, that is plenty. Everything worked out well.
Oh, and I met our British friend's family. They live in Birmingham and invited us for dinner. All her 4 sisters were there too with their families. Such warm and wonderful people.
Good things always have an end, but the memories stay. Now back to the old grind.
Do what your heart feels is right; you will be criticized anyway.
- Eleanor Roosevelt