Friday, October 17, 2014

Logan Canyon

Linking to: Weekend Reflections

   A drive through Logan Canyon, Utah. My college buddy from Boise, Idaho and I met at Lava Hot Springs, Idaho -  soaked in the hot mineral water and spent the night. The next day we drove through Logan Canyon, Utah all the way to Bear Lake and back. Then we each went our separate ways, me to Salt Lake City and she to Pocatello to visit her grandson. 

   Pleasant Grove, Utah

Reflections in the lower windows.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fall is Here

1. What's your favorite time of day? Why?

I am not a morning person so that can't be my favorite. I used to be a night person but not so much anymore.  Perhaps, late morning is a good time when I am fully awake.

2. Waffle iron, toaster, coffee maker, mixer, blender...which small appliance would you say most needs replacing in your house? 

My air popcorn popper is 30+ years old and I would love to have a new one.
3. It's National Grouch Day (October 15)...what's something that makes you feel grouchy?

I am naturally grouchy when I first get up in the morning - thus I am not like the cheery person that my grandfather was nor a morning person who gets up at 5 AM. To me, getting up while it is dark is getting up in the middle of the night. I get irritated at our national news programs - they all run the same stories and skip world news.

4. Ever been to Canada? Is that a country you'd like to visit? According to Trip Advisor, the top ten best destinations in Canada are-Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Victoria, Calgary, Niagara on the Lake, Niagara Falls, Whistler, and Halifax. Which city would you most like to see?

I have been to Canada several times in my life and have always enjoyed going there. Vancouver Island and Victoria took my breath away and also other parts of British Columbia as I drove the Alcan Highway. I've visited Montreal, Quebec and Prince Edward Island and Calgary. I also enjoy the foods from Canada that we can buy in the USA. I would love to see Niagara Falls from both sides - US and Canada.

5. What was your favorite food (or one of your favorites) when you were a child? Is that still a favorite?

Fresh fried trout for breakfast that my grandfather caught in Idaho.

6. Do you cry easily?

I didn't used to cry easily but I do now.  I've become just like my sweet grandmother whom I miss, she cried at weddings, funerals and lovely music with deep meaning.

7. Have you started your (gasp!) Christmas shopping? If so when, and how much? If not, when will you even begin thinking about it?
I do not Christmas shop until December, probably from always never having the money to shop until the payday before Christmas.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I started making handmade jewelry three years ago as a hobby and it is the only hobby I have ever had of which I make a little money from.  I love it! Each piece of jewelry is one-of-a-kind.  I never make another one just like it unless it is a special request.

This heart-shaped lapis lazuli I found in Tucson and made the chain with blue and brown agates to match.
                                    Lapis Lazuli semi precious stone heart.

I wire wrapped this gorgeous carnelian stone.

One of my new accomplishments are soutache earrings - I have not progressed to bracelets yet but have a few small necklaces.
                                     Blue Soutache

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I don't Live in Texas

Linking to Our World Tuesday

I about fell out of my car when I saw these Texas long horn cows. First off, I have never seen a real long horn before and it is the first time I've ever seen  any in Utah.

But here they are in a field not far from my home.  A whole herd of long horn cows.

Looking northwest - smaller hills in the valley.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Wieliczka Salt Mines

Did you know that salt comes in different colors? We are all used to white salt but in this mine there is blue, green, black and red salt as well.  This mine was built in the 13th century and is still operating.  It has dozens of statues carved from salt, three chapels and an underground lake.

Salt Mine Building
The first set of stairs in the building.

Be aware there are massive amount of steps going down into the Salt mine - I felt like I was in a Dr. Who film where there was never ending steps - well over 300. But in the end, you get to ride up the very old elevators to the exit.

Endless tunnels exist and much of the mine is closed to tourists but you still spend a good 2 hours seeing many statues and interesting areas.
The last supper carved in salt.

Linking to: Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Friday, October 10, 2014

Foods of Poland

Breakfast in Augustow - best deviled egg ever! Huge selection of foods for breakfast - the only item I did not care for was the pickled fish.

Shrimp appetizer in Krakow - yum.

 Fresh tomatoes and mozzarella. - Smachna

 Chocolate tort with mandarin oranges - Krakow

 Torts, cheese cake, pound cake, chocolate cake, apple and rhubarb tort, berry tort - they were all yummy - Klobuck

Polish donuts in Warsaw - paczek.

 Hot chocolate with ice cream and whip cream - Krakow - Wawel Castle.
 Every display of ice cream took my breath away - mall in Warsaw.

 Grilled polish sausages in Klobuck on my cousins's grill.

Pyzy z miesem (potato dumpling and meat with salad - just south of Sztabin.

I wish I had taken more photos of the food but I forgot to take my camera or forgot to take pictures because I was anxious to eat. I never ate one thing in Poland that wasn't to my liking except that pickled fish.

 Inside the Miode & Vino Restaurant (Honey & Wine), they served Boars Head, Venison, Beef, Pork and Chicken.  I opted for a salmon and spinach periogi - yum! It was delicious.

A fabulous desert in Warsaw with a rich creamy filling between moist chocolate cake and fudge frosting on top.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Krakow Fence

Linking to Good Fences

Down to the last of my photos from Poland.

 Green fencing. I think it must rain a lot here because it was so green next to the Vistula River.
 Krakow - no fence here but a railing on top the building with faces.
Notice the Hard Rock Cafe. This was just outside of the gigantic mall in Warsaw.
 Tree fencing. We fence trees to keep deer away, this fencing must be to protect trees from cars.
Fence made from carved salt. Everything in this photos was carved from salt except the chandelier, the light and bouquet of flowers.
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