Thursday, January 29, 2015

Say Hello to My Little Friend

Tales of adventures past:
We were the ones trudging (it was so hot and way past the point of hiking) through the SW desert when we spotted this little guy. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Middle America Svierge

Meanwhile in Lindsborg, Kansas (aka Little Sweden, USA)....
the "wild Dalas run".

Yeah, I know... Swedish in ... KANSAS?  
After the Louisiana Purchase, Kansas was settled mostly by farmers eager to acquire large plots of unclaimed land in the hot and sticky humid Kansas.  Lindsborg was settled by the Svenska Lantbrukskompaniet (Swedish Farmers based in Chicago... which, if you don't know, has a little Swedish~town neighborhood) in the mid 1800's.  The small town is pretty proud of their Svenska heritage and celebrate it colourfully!   

Swedish-Americans proud to show off their culture??  Sounds vaguely familiar. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Just My Cup of Tea

Meanwhile in Chester WV....
We were the ones taking the long way back just to stop to see the 'World's Largest Teapot". 
We were not, however, the ones eating at "Fun Cafe".  

Monday, January 5, 2015

Reading through the Chill

As the 6th of January quickly approaches (Swedish tradition is to celebrate Christmas from Dec. 13~ St. Lucia Day~ until the 6th day of the New Year),the last bit of Christmas Cheer's sparkle fading, its only fitting these two gems  get a moment.
Although I didn't receive a Kangaroo for Christmas, this 1962 pop art  treasure trove might stay on the bookshelf all year.  
Likewise, this late 80's  delight, complete with sinister devil sneaking away boys and girls from the Santee Clauses fills the season's spirit and tides me over for a whole year. 

On to the season of love and shamrocks, and then on to adventure. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Ringing in the New Year

Meanwhile in the foothills of Maryland....
Who knew there was an option to celebrate a new year with 'famous' donuts?
Counting down with a falling, lighted donut (hours before the end of the year) and toasting on a freezing porch at midnight?  Pure class, I say!  

As I can honestly say I worked diligently towards my 2014 goals
the goal for 2015 will stay simple...

Afterall, life's a garden, dig it.