Almost all of our old family photos are in the form of slides. Since few people have a way to view slides anymore, I asked my mom to select some so I could have them saved on a flash drive.
The photos were ready today and I have been lost in nostalgia all afternoon. I can’t stop sending photos to my siblings!
Find a local photo shop that can convert slides, photos and old VCR footage to flash drives and save those old memories. And then share them with your family and crack up! You never know what you might find…like this beauty of HAR and CJR!
Whenever I spend time in airports, waiting in line, watching people…I often notice what others are wearing for their travels. Seems I can always find outfits that I think, wow, why didn’t I think of that.
I want something comfortable, warm and in layers to handle the changing temperatures on the plane and wherever I’m headed. And I finally found the best travel pants from Athleta.
Of course they are basic black. I can dress them up with a sweater and a scarf…or just a t-shirt. I think I could even use them in a pinch in my new kayak…dry them off and wear them out to dinner.
I love them! We arrived in the Azores, I opened my suitcase to three neatly packed cubes, and then some other stuff squished around them. I really liked how it helped me think about what to bring and get organized before we left.
When I was packing my things to go home, I wasn’t as motivated to neatly fold my shirts into their cube so I shoved things in. Plus on the return trip I usually wrap the small pottery bowls I invariably buy in my soft t-shirts.
At the last minute, I tucked the Aeropress coffee maker between two packing cubes in my suitcase. Smart idea! The house we rented only had a large espresso pot. With two decaf and four high-test coffee drinkers in the house, the aeropress allowed everyone to make their own fresh cup, at the strength they liked, whenever they liked. If you don’t own one, pick one up, it even comes with a travel case!
And in case you are curious, the Azores were amazing…hiking, fresh fish, inexpensive good wine and incredible scenery! I’ll have more information and photos on my travel blog shortly.
We are off again! We seem to enjoy traveling together because we keep doing it.
There’s our bi-annual wellness week at Rancho la Puerta and hiking in Cinque Terre,
fondue in Switzerland and cafes in Venice,
lobster rolls in Martha’s Vineyard and Prince Edward Island. And lots of laughs, cocktails and various styles of glasses and hair along the way. We are heading to Nevis for a week and will be off the grid but we will let you know the highlights in an upcoming blog. And we are talking about where to next…the Shetland Islands and Norway keep appearing on our radar screen…we’ll let you know!
HAR & CJR
I stumbled on a travel blog called Traveling with MJ and her Jan 1st post was a travel reading challenge. It caught my eye since many of us tend to read more when we are on vacation and I usually try to read a book that takes place in a country that I’m visiting. The initial list has 24 different ideas, if you do the math that’s 2 books per month. Don’t let that scare you, feel free to make yours the 2018/19 travel reading list! Here’s the list. It’s a creative idea and our friday favourite.
THE 2018 BASIC TRAVEL READING LIST
- A book that takes place in the country of your origin
- A book that takes place in a destination you’d like to visit
- A book with a type of food in the title
- A book that takes place somewhere you’ve always dreamed of living
- A book that takes place in your hometown
- A book that is set in a period of history in which you are interested
- A book recommended by a friend
- A book that you read years ago and want to re-read
- A book with an animal in the title
- A book with a type of plant in the title
- A book set in the future
- A book set in your favorite country or region
- A book that is an adventure story
- A book by an author whose last name starts with the same letter as your last name
- A book by an author who is not of the same gender as you
- A book with a silly title
- A book that’s perfect for reading over lunch
- A book from a genre you don’t typically read
- A book with a purple cover
- A book published in 2018
- A book that is also a movie
- A guidebook
- A book that is written by or is about a famous person
- A book that inspires you to make a change
Let us know if you take the challenge, I expect ACC (Alison) to be the first one done!
I love cheese. Love locally produced cheese is even better. Some of my new favourites are Five Brothers from Gunns Hill, Baby Swiss from Stonetown Cheese and I will always cross the street for manchego.
The Dairy Farmers of Canada had a cool promo on before the holidays – giving away a maple wood cheese board in the shape of Canada if you sent in a photo showing five cheeses bought with the Canadian milk symbol. That was easy.
And this week – my new #CanadianCheese board arrived. I’ll be testing it out this weekend. It’s going to look even better when there is a slab of two-year-old Thornloe cheddar sitting on Saskatchewan, Woolwich goat cheese taking over Quebec and some olives all over the country.
Thank you dairy cows for making delicious milk!
I bought a beautiful pair of new mittens over the holidays. It was a cold day, and I was a personal shopper guide for a friend or relative looking for Christmas gifts. Which meant that I saw something I wanted, in between recommending a gift for someone else.
I stumbled on beautiful, handcrafted mittens by SLO. The tag told me they were made out of up to four carefully selected wool and wool blend sweaters, and that the were locally sourced and manufactured.
A quick visit to their website filled in the rest — “…use extra, unwanted and second-hand fabrics to make functional, useful, everyday products and accessories. Each item is made by hand using reclaimed fabrics when possible.”
I love wearing functional art.