Saturday, June 23, 2018


 More from the graduation weekend.  Matthew and Chrissy, the oh-so proud Mom

They grow really big in the South.  Matthew and Nicky.

Then it was on to New Orleans, with the main purpose of visiting the WWII Museum.  
Julie and Robert joined us, then were the perfect Southern hosts for a few days in Lake Charles, but I was so relaxed that I'm sorry to report no pictures were taken. 

Just in case we were home too long, we hooked up Homer and went to Portland so Al could finish the new deck on Giano's house.  Almost finished.  Pretty good work for an old fart.

Mike and Carol Ann met us in Lincoln City, on the Oregon coast, where everyone but Al had a glass blowing session.  It was so much fun.

Crank your head to the right to see the paperweight Steve, my instructor and I made.  He was so good at making me think I was doing it, when really he was totally in charge.  I want to do more, but it's kind of expensive to buy that fire pit and a kiln.  Darn.  

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sojourn aka Southern Journey

 Well, that was so much fun!  First we went to Atlanta for a few days to spend time with Chrissy, Nicky and Matthew,  Then hopped in a rental car (do they ever have anything that isn't white or silver?) and went to Charlotte to meet Pat and Rhett.  See? 

Only one night in Charlotte before road-tripping to Asheville and a whole day at the Biltmore Estate.  Timing couldn't have been better because the Titanic costume exhibit was just ending but hadn't been taken down yet.  And - the Chihuly exhibit was up early, so we were lucky enough to see both.  At the same time.  I so wanted to touch the costumes to see how they do such impeccable tailoring and detailed trim, embroidery, beading, but those darn velvet ropes held me back.  I

 Next stop was Charleston and the first visit was the Charleston Tea Plantation, the only one in all of North America.  Cool.  

 This is what tea looks like before harvest.  Nothing special, is it?

Then it goes through a bunch of steps to get all dried and ready to enjoy.  I fear that I might have gotten too close to this contraption and it affected my face.

Okay, that's enough for now.  More next time.