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Histoire Through Histoires

I don’t usually reblog, but this is a compelling living history in honor of D-Day. Click the link below.

May I Introduce You To

Please meet Marci at Fuzzy Undertones, whom I adore!

She’s what I’m not – a roller derby competitor, a belly dancer … I have so much fun learning who she is and expanding my horizons.

Marci’s A to Z Challenge Theme was Ladies I Love.

I fell in love with Marci and every Lady she featured!

Click on her April archives and scroll through her headers. She has written a veritable feast of alluring ladies. You won’t be able to resist meeting them.

I had trouble picking a favorite, but Xochiquetzal was especially exotic (check the boob grab in the illustration).

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

All Coiled Up

All Coiled Up
All Coiled Up by Sammy D. 4/22/2014 *

This is how I felt during my two-hour visit last week to the orthodontist to get fitted for my upper mouth splint. This beast is far more cumbersome and intrusive than the lower one I have worn for the past three months. The pressure is painful,l and the splint forces my tongue into an awkward position. Talking is difficult – I sound like I have several speech impediments –  and eating is next to impossible. Thank goodness I can still swallow wine, and chocolate melts in my mouth. Every thing else dribbles out – Must Find Trendy Bib!

This is the final part of recovery from my (most recent) bike crash last August. I’m trying to be grateful and not complain. Some days that’s easier than others. I am hoping my jaw inflammation will be significantly reduced; my bite will be properly re-aligned; and – especially – that I can overcome my fear and enjoy this biking season without further mishap!

* Inspired by the Zentangle® method of pattern drawing


Tag I’m It; No, Tag You’re It

Friday night, I was reading Notions In Motion’s post when “tag, you’re it” was what I heard as I read that she had tagged my blog for a Blog Hop, Blog Tour. I thank Notions in Motion for slapping me on the shoulder, and I am in hot pursuit of my victims fellow bloggers to pay the tags forward.

First, I need to answer a few questions that my preceding tagged bloggers answered:

What am I working on?
More musings: lessons learned from A to Z; selecting a new blog theme and transitioning existing posts; writing a copyright notice for my blog; reading my new book – Drawing From the Right Side of the Brain ; learning how to Zentangle.

How does my work differ from others of its genre? I’m a Boomer writing my musings and experiences. My work differs from that of other Boomers solely because each individual thinks and expresses uniquely. I might have a greater tendency to follow younger bloggers, and I might lurch to the Silly Side of my personality.

Why do I write what I do? I feel happy and alive.

How does my writing process work? I constantly have multiple conversations and thoughts in my head. Sometimes I scribble madly; sometimes I outline; sometimes I jot notes and notes and notes; sometimes I stew at finding the key to a firmly locked idea.

And now, without further ado, TAG, YOU’RE IT !!

Lynne, I’m tagging you because you are such a talented illustrator. You were brave enough to venture into a new type of illustration – caricatures – and trusting enough to share your first caricature with us. I want my readers to enjoy it, too.

Maggie, I’m tagging you because I couldn’t resist clicking on a blog named The Zombie Ate My Brains and discovered I enjoy your posts as much as your name.

Go forth and tag on, my friends!

E is for Entree

E Letter (2)

When we travel, who doesn’t enjoy trying new restaurants, selecting unusual entrees from the menu, tasting locally-sourced flavors and smelling pungent aromas from kitchens where, many times, it’s foreign languages we hear echo through the doors – the staff in a mad dance to put out meals for hungry diners?

Hub and I have yet to come home from a trip and not rave about the food (ok, there was that one jinxed Vermont nightmare, but I’m over that now). Our most recent foreign trip was a bike tour in Austria, Slovenia and Italy in 2012, where we munched our way through Salzburg breakfasts, numerous small village lunches, countryside picnics and a final pizza and wine repast on our Venice terrace.

I enjoy the entrée presentations as much as the flavors, and cannot resist a photo when I can persuade hungry riders to pause for my click.

These two pictures were taken at an organic farm along the Drava River in the Drautal Valley, Austria where we stopped for lunch. The tomatoes were the most flavorful I’ve ever tasted!



The next two pictures – a beef dish and a fish entrée – were taken at an outdoor café near our Hotel Schloss Velden, a luxurious restored castle on the shores of Worthersee Lake in Austria’s beautiful, bustling resort town of Velden. The meals were as tasty as the pictures suggest!



And finally, a sampling of my favorite entrees on bike trips, the roadside picnic. These feasts of fresh fruit and nuts, local biscuits, cookies, chocolate and other sweets taste just as good “on the fly” as any of our sitdown meals.





A world of tasty treats no matter how you slice it!

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