Floral Friday – 4

These colorful petunia flowers were photographed while we were visiting the city of Cobh in Cork County Ireland. I’m not sure if this was taken before or after I fell into the street. Yes, I stepped off the curb, tripped and fell face first into the street. (Disclaimer: Guinness was not a factor during this incident.) Landing on my knee first was very painful, but I survived the embarrassment. Several people ran to my assistance, one even stopped his car and came over to help me up and to make sure I was OK. A waitress from the pub across the street came over to see if she could do anything. I’ve not experienced that much concern from strangers since. In Ireland the people were so friendly! If this fall had happened here in the states I would have been on my own. Anyways…. I’ve loved this photo ever since.

Cobh, Ireland

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Questions Answered

Someone asked me about this picture from my blog header.

http://www.isaacs.ie/

Isaacs Hostel Dublin! A great place to stay! We loved it!

So to answer the easiest thing would be to refer them to this post from last summer. The picture is of Isaacs Hostel in Dublin.  We stayed there during our trip to Ireland.  You can read about it here:  Ireland  and More Ireland

Never say you are too old to stay in a hostel!  Do your research, read reviews, search Google for blogs that talk about where you want to stay, and then contact them directly with any questions you have!

 

 

More Ireland

In my previous post I gave you a little tease of our trip to Ireland.  Now I will try to fill in all the details but overall my mind is still spinning from the wonderful trip we experienced.  Ireland itself has always been on my list of places to see but this past year I was drawn in a little farther.  I’d always heard stories of my mothers family being Irish, but it wasn’t until doing more genealogical research that I began to feel the pull.  The cherry on top was finding out via DNA testing that I was in fact 51% Irish!  I’ve not been able to narrow down the exact part of Ireland that my family came from but was able to come up with a general area.

Searching and planning for the trip started slow, but after a few weeks I was in information overload!  I finally decided to try and plan a trip that would cover several areas of Ireland.  This way we could see different places and get a better idea of what makes Ireland, Ireland. Continue reading

Homemade Travel Sheet

Homemade Travel Sheet by PamB
Homemade Travel Sheet, a photo by PamB on Flickr.

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Homemade Travel Sheet – Instead of purchasing a travel sheet and spending anywhere from $15 to $60 I decided to make my own. I picked up two flat sheets for $2 at a local thrift store. The sheets are like new and I didn’t have to orphan any of my existing sheet sets. One flat sheet was solid white and queen size. Mine is a vintage gold and yellow stripped full size sheet. Both are percale and feel great! I folded one flat sheet in half on the long edge with the right side (the pretty edges) on the inside. Laying it on the floor I measured where my waist would be if lying on the sheet. Using my sewing machine I stitched across the bottom and up the side to where my mark was placed. I reinforced where the stitching ended just so it wouldn’t pull apart. Once complete I turned it right side out. It’s like a sheet sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner. Fifteen minutes later I was done and now we have our own personal travel sheets! I did not shorten the top so there is plenty of room to cover my pillow as well as covering the bed so that I don’t have to lay directly on the mattress. I repeated the process with the white sheet since hubby wasn’t too keen on something so brightly colored as my yellow sheet.

Counting down the days until we travel to Ireland with everything we need just in our backpacks! I’m not sure how it’s all going to play out but I’m excited either way! Backpacking Ireland and staying in hostels…who would have thought!

Travel Planning – Take The Kitchen Sink or Just A Carry On Bag?

Do you pack light or take enough clothes to clothe a small family of five when there are only two of you?  Last week I started planning a 10 day your of Ireland.  Budget in mind we will be carrying everything we need in our back packs as carry on luggage.  A first for us as a forever young couple…but it will give us freedom from lugging suit cases as we explore my great great grandparents homeland.
Since we are on a budget we are foregoing hotels as well and will save our Euro for the fun stuff like a wool shawl and several pints of Guinness.  Where will we stay?  In a hostel of course!  I guess you can say it is one more thing to check on my bucket list.
No rental car this trip either.  Public transportation and day tours will take us where we plan to visit.  Are we crazy?  I like to think thrifty.  It’s our chance to be a local for awhile and not a tourist.  Life is short and tomorrow is not promised. 
Oh, I’ve had three eye exams since January.  My Fuchs Dystrophy is still present.  I’m in glasses full time now and have started using eye drops to relieve the pressure.  It’s helped with the haze I would see sometimes.  This is another reason for our special trip…I just don’t know what my future holds but I most definitely want to see Ireland with the man I love.

Yeah For The Weekend

What a few couple of weeks. Add to the chaos crazy weather! This morning it was a toasty 28F and now it’s cloudy again so we are probably in for some rain.
I’m not sure if it was the weather or what, but I woke up with a headache this morning. Even tonight it’s still aching a little and seems to be behind my eyes. I’ve tried wearing my new glasses, but it will take a while to get used to these progressive bifocals. At work is the hardest since my computer has two monitors and if I just glance from one to the other it makes me dizzy. I have to remember to physically turn my head so that everything stays in focus.

Are you ready for the Super Bowl? I really don’t know who is playing but we will be watching just to see the commercials. Crazy isn’t it?

If your wondering about my vision it’s still about the same as before. In the mornings its a little hard to focus on things, but it gets better the longer I’m out of bed. No real cloudiness in my vision yet, but I’m keeping a mental list of the symptoms in the back of my mind. Did I mention that we are working to get our passports renewed? Yes..no more putting things off. I want to do some traveling. I’d love to go back to Venice and Munich with hubby, but right now I’m actually looking into Ireland. Since I’m half Irish..why not! More to come on that subject later!

Margarita time!