More From Amsterdam and My Viking River Cruise

July 30, 2014 by tigermucha

It’s been a while since I updated you on My Viking River Cruise.  It has been busy and I am not forgetting to finish my story of the great adventure in Europe.

Viking River Cruises Rhine Getaway Cruise

When I last left you, we were sailing from Kinderdijk and our next stop would be Cologne.  I had told you about our adventures in Amsterdam here, here, here, here, here and here. And how the next day was spent in Kinderdijk here, here, here and here.  Well, before I start telling you about Easter Sunday in Cologne, let me share a few more pictures with you that my friend June took.

Putting Green, Herb Garden and Walking Track on top deck of our ship the Ingvi

Here we are checking out the top deck of our ship when we arrived.  Betsy and Jerry are standing by the putting greens.  There is a walking/jogging track and of course the fresh herbs that the chef uses to prepare the meals.  I am at the very end of the deck taking pictures.

Shuffleboard and walking path on the top deck of the Viking longship Ingvi

Here is a different view of the herb garden, the putting greens on the left and the shuffle board area.  You can also see another sister ship to the right.  I mentioned how many times our ships would link up side by side so that we might have to cross through one to get to our ship or vice versa.

The many barges and tour ships in the Rhine in Amsterdam

And I also told you about the many barges and other tour ships that cruised along side us up and down the Rhine.  We waved at these folks taking a river tour and they all waved back.

Looking out from the Aquavit Lounge to the middle deck on the front of our ship the Viking Ingvi

I also told you about eating most of our evening meals in the Aquavit Lounge dining area.  Here is a shot looking out to the terrace, a deck on the front of the ship.  They were out there drying everything off for the newly arriving guests.  When it was nice, they would slide open these glass doors and the whole area was open as we cruised along.  It was a really great place to enjoy the cruise, whether eating or just sitting and watching the countryside pass by.

Bicycles in Amsterdam

And remember the bicycles?  Just look!  There were rows upon rows of bicycles.

Crossing the street, trying to stay out of the bike path in Amsterdam

And remember the bike paths, er…roads I was telling you about?  See the two lane area to our right? That is the road just for the bikes.  The sidewalk for pedestrians is actually very narrow and in some places non existent.  And all of those bikes, everyone of them had bells or horns to let you know to get out of their way.  It only took us about half a day to learn!

Bicycles in an alley in Amsterdam

See, I told you they were everywhere!

A UPS Truck in Chinatown in Amsterdam

And it always strikes me as odd to see sights commonly seen at home in a different environment.  Like when we got off the plane in Amsterdam, the first thing we did was hit a Starbucks.  It was the only thing that was familiar to us.  And here, heading into Amsterdam’s Chinatown, we spotted the local UPS guy and his little UPS truck. And again, more bikes.

Five floors of oriental shopping

And heading into Chinatown, look at the five floors of Chinese imports to buy!  Right beside the cute building from 1644.

Ways to stop traffic on a street

And here is something interesting that we saw all over Amsterdam.  Of course, being in the Olde Town, the streets are narrow, not built for cars, trucks and buses, but they have a clever way of blocking the streets off when they need to.  See those two rectangles in the road and the silver pole to the left with lights on it?  When they need to close a street off due to traffic or whatever, the light changes and these poles pop up from the road and you cannot get a vehicle down the street. And there is a warning sign above the light pole showing what can happen to your car if you fail to notice the light.  Of course, people and bicycles can get down the street without any problems.

Did I mention their were a lot of bicycles in Amsterdam?

Did I mention there were a lot of bicycles in Amsterdam?

Oude Kerk in De Wallen

And remember how I told you about the Oude Kerk being right next to the Red Light District, or De Wallen? Well, here is a great shot June got of Betsy and me standing in the road separating the glass door buildings on the left where the prostitutes work and a door of the church.  They are that close.  Isn’t that just something else?

Taking pictures of Oude Kerk in Amsterdam

And guess what, there are more bikes.  And me, taking one of over 5000 pictures on this trip.  And let me tell you, the back pack that I got for Christmas was so wonderful to carry all of my camera gear and personal items.  I carried it everywhere we went and never had any problems with my shoulders or back hurting.  It’s a lowepro and I just love it. (This is not a sponsored post, but man it would be nice!)

View of Basilica of St. Nicholas in Amsterdam

And here you can see part of the Oude Kerk on the left of the canal (where the red shutters are) and a view of the Basilica of St. Nicholas.  Amsterdam is really a beautiful place.  And June took some great pictures.  I am so glad she is letting me share them with you. Until the next update….

 

 

Sleeping Beauties

July 29, 2014 by tigermucha

Many of you know that I love flower gardens. And that I love the bees that live and pollinate in my garden. Like my bumbles.

Carpenter Bee in my Phlox

Or at least what until now I thought was just bumbles. You see, there is another bee that looks like a bumble but is really a carpenter bee.

Carpenter Bee Sleeping in the Phlox

Like this fella sleeping in the phlox. Yup, sleeping. You see, I wanted to find out if bees really sleep in or on flowers and sure enough, they do. And many of them are male. The females usually build the nests (you know, the Queen Bees) and are busy taking care of that part of life, so the men sleep elsewhere, many on flowers.

Two Sleepyheads in the Phlox

Like these two snuggle buddies in my phlox. You know, chillin in their bachelor pad. And while finding this information out, I discovered that these little guys are carpenter bees because they have a shiny abdomen. My bumbles have a fuzzy abdomen. Go figure.

Carpenter Bee working the Phlox

But I still appreciate my bees because they give me wonderful flowers every year. As long as they don’t do too much damage to any wood, we should coexist peacefully. And since we live in a brick house, that means less wood to worry about. And more sleepyheads to enjoy in the morning.

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DGD – Digital Goodie Day – Pretty Kitty Millinery #3

July 28, 2014 by tigermucha

I have already shared two of these cute little kitties with you here and here.  And this is the last in the series made using a vintage ephemera scrap of a cute kitten in a cap.   Just click on the image to view the full size png.

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52 Lists – Great Gigs

July 27, 2014 by tigermucha

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Great Gigs – I had to go back to Carrie’s list on this one to figure out what type of gigs she was referring to in her list.  Concerts, those are the gigs she is listing, so here are mine.

  • The first concert I remember seeing was Styx with my cousin Laurinda – it was their Paradise Theater tour and we loved it
  • We even saw Styx a second time on their Kilroy Was Here tour - enjoyed that one, too
  • John Denver – I won tickets and went with my friend Andrea, he was a great entertainer, sad that he is no longer with us
  • Van Halen – we saw them during their 1984 tour and Huey Lewis and the News opened for them, wow, that was a fun concert
  • Rod Stewart – saw him perform in Vegas at the MGM, oh that was a great show
  • Elton John – an awesome show and performer
  • REM – saw with my friend Roxanne
  • Celtic Women – I have seen them multiple times with my brother Steve and his wife Tonya – they are by far my favorite – their performances are amazing

That’s it.  I am not much of a concert person.  Not a fan of the crowds anymore.  Would rather watch a concert at home in the comfort of my home now.  The food and bathrooms are much better! =)

Click here to see a list of all of my lists.

And here is an update! I totally forgot two other concerts that I saw, and both were very good!

  • Keith and I went to see Ricky Scaggs with his cousin and her husband in Wheeling, WV at the Capitol Theatre.  It was a neat experience.  The best part was that Alison Krauss and Union Station opened for him.  This was when they were still starting out and they were wonderful
  • And in 2000 I saw Kenny Chesney open for Jo Dee Messina.  She was okay, but he really put on a show.  It was a free concert that I attended through my job and thanks to his opening act, it was a good gig.

DGD – Digital Goodie Day – Pretty Kitty Millinery #2

July 25, 2014 by tigermucha

Well, here it is Friday again.  Where has the week gone?  Last Friday I shared a digital goodie with you featuring a pretty kitty in a hat that you could download and use for scrapbooking and other craft projects.  Tonight I want to share another with you, using a scrap of ephemera featuring a cat in a jester cap.

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Little Girls and Water Gardens

July 22, 2014 by tigermucha

On Saturday I told you that we made Strawberry Jam with Caroline and Ella at my friend June’s house.  While we were canning our jam, their sister Morgan was outside playing in June’s garden with their dad, Mike.

Mike-and-Morgan

You see, June has a wonderful backyard garden, full of flowers and ponds.  Just a magical place for girls to play.

Junes-Garden

So, while we were waiting for our jam to cool down, we all decided to head out and see what Morgan and Mike had been up to.

Denise-Checking-Morgan's-Pockets-for-Change

I think Denise was checking to see if Morgan had any change in her pockets.  If she did, we were gonna make some wishes in the ponds.

Morgan-Was-Constantly-on-the-Go

But Morgan soon escaped and was on the run constantly. She usually is.

Aunt-Junie-and-Caroline

Caroline and Aunt Junie were having a discussion on this side of the garden.

Beautiful-Daylily

And we spent time going through all of Aunt Junie’s flowers, like this beautiful daylily.

Morning-Glory

And this lovely purple morning glory.  These are great for children.  It is fun to watch them sniff and have the flower collapse around their nose.

Bumble-Bee-in-Motion

And June’s roses were loaded with bees, like this busy bumble bee.

Peach-Rose-and-Bee-2

And the honey bee on this peach rose.

Peach-Rose-and-Bee

He went way down inside.

Large-Pink-Rose

Here is another of June’s many roses.  Such a beautiful old fashioned, wonderful smelling rose.

Joe-Pye-Weed

And in the middle of the roses is a huge batch of Joe Pye Weed, which was just coming out.  Soon it will be covered in butterflies.

Disco-Belle-Hibiscus

The ants were doing their job to help pollinate the disco belle hibiscus.  I love these for their huge, delicate flowers.

Cream-Colored-Glads

Behind the hibiscus were these lovely cream colored gladiolas.

Glads

They were showing off.

Sunflower

And the first sunflower was blooming.  Every garden needs sunflowers.

Ella,-Aunt-June-and-Caroline

But soon the girls wanted to play in the pond.  Since Morgan had already fed the fish, they asked Aunt Junie what they could do.

Aunt-June,-Morgan-and-Ella-cut-Flowers

And it was decided that they would cut some flowers for Mommie.

Morgan-Cutting-Flowers-for-the-Pond

Morgan even came to help.

Morgan-Cutting-Flowers

She was getting the hang of cutting flowers.  Soon, there would be no stopping her.

Mike-and-Denise

So, Mommie had a small bouquet going when all of the sudden, the plan changed.  And this was when I knew that their Grandmother, Betty was there.

Morgan-Adding-Flowers

Morgan stated adding flowers to the pond.

Morgan-Arranging-Her-Flowers

Black Eyed Susans, Daisies and anything she could get her hands on.Morgan-Arranging-Flowers

She would carefully place each one.

Morgan-Adds-Flowers

And only one at a time.

Caroline-Adds-Flowers-to-the-Pond

Then Caroline came to help.

Caroline-Adding-Flowers-to-the-Pond

And she would place one and then run to get another.

Caroline-Thoughtfully-Placing-Her-Flowers

She was also very thoughtful on where she placed her flowers.

Caroline-Arranging-Flowers-in-the-Pond

She would even change their places after she placed them.

Ella-and-Caroline-Arranging-Flowers

Then Ella had to come help.

Ella-Placing-Her-Flowers-2

It was like a puzzle.

Ella-Placing-her-Flowers

Each one had to be in the perfect spot.

Caroline-and-Denise

Denise came over to admire their work.

Twin-Sisters-Ella-and-Caroline

They even helped each other out with the placement of their flowers.

Ella-Admiring-the-Flowers

Here Ella is admiring the flowers in the pond.  This is definitely something that Betty would have had a hand in if she were here.  The girls had such fun doing this and this made them smile and giggle all the time while they were creating a work of art.

Flowers-in-the-Pond

Oh, it turned out so pretty.

A-Collection-of-Flowers-in-the-Pond

I just love their creativity.

Caroline-Watchng-Flowers-Float-Down

They even tried to see if the flowers would go down the “falls” from the upper pond to the lower pond.

Plants-in-the-Pond

But it was already full of beautiful aquatic plants and flowers.

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These were a wonderful lilac shade.  Unfortunately I accidentally had a tinted filter set on my phone camera and that is why all of the pictures kind of have that vintage vibe going.

Water-Lilies

They turned out kind of neat, in a way.

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As we were finishing up our art in the pond, I caught Caroline on the bench and asked her to pose.  This is her pose.  What  a little cutie!  Not sure where she got this from, but we laughed and laughed.  These girls are so much fun to be around.  We had such a good time, making jam, making art and playing in Aunt Junie’s garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

52 Lists – Things I Can See Right Now

July 20, 2014 by tigermucha

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Things I Can See Right Now

  • A wren waiting in the dogwood to get onto the bird feeder outside my craft room door
  • A downy woodpecker and a brown thrasher on the bird feeder
  • Dixie on her cat perch watching the birds on the feeder and in the tree
  • A wrought iron fence
  • My garden
  • Computers and equipment (laptop, ipad, printer, neat scanner, digital scanner, hard drives)
  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Baskets and boxes full of craft supplies
  • An old oak cabinet full of more craft supplies
  • Plastic totes full of jewelry making supplies
  • Spools of ribbon
  • A cat litter box

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Making Strawberry Jam

July 19, 2014 by tigermucha

Today my friend June and I decided to whip up some Strawberry Freezer Jam.  And, we were joined by her nieces Caroline and Ella.

Caroline-Ella-DeniseOf course, their Mom Denise also helped.

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June is the best Aunt.  Caroline and Ella even have their own little aprons.

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Mashing the strawberries was hard work for Ella.

Caroline-MashingCaroline thought so too!

Ella-Mashing

Until Ella figured out that it was much more fun to mash them by hand.

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Then both of them started mashing them by hand.  And it was a lot of fun!

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And Caroline was later in charge of putting the lids on our jam.  Which turned out great.  And we had a great time making it.  The girls love spending time with their Aunt Junie.  And they mean the world to her.  I am so glad they were there to help today, it made it go a lot faster and we all wished we had more strawberries when we were done.  It is so much fun teaching children new things, especially when they really enjoy learning!  Today was a wonderful day.

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DGD – Digital Goodie Day – Pretty Kitty Millinery

July 18, 2014 by tigermucha

Happy Friday!  I hope you enjoy this adorable little card made with a vintage cat scrap.  It is the perfect size for Project Life Scrapbooking or Crafting!  And I love her beautiful hat!

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It’s A Cat Summer

July 16, 2014 by tigermucha

If you are a fan of cute, you need to watch this.  Featuring famous social media cats, Friskies will donate meals for views of this video on You Tube. Great way to help shelter cats in need. Pixie and Dixie give it two paws up!

Enjoy!

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