Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday Smiles - 178

Hello peeps.  I'm joining in with Annie at A Stitch In Time.   I hope everyone has had a great and creative week.   I've been creative in stashing ALL my art supplies.  It was a crazy time but the house looks nice and clean!  I listed my house on a local Facebook yard sale site and sent flyers to friends asking them to spread the word.  I have a nibble - a pretty good nibble!  She came over last Sunday to check it out and she really likes it!  Woo hoo.  She's a seamstress so she understands about craft clutter (yay).  I'm meeting with her tomorrow to go over some things and we'll see if I get an offer.  Keep your fingers crossed and send those positive vibes out into the world please!

Here's the reason I'm doing this now.  I had decided to wait until retirement to try to sell my place but when opportunity is at the door sometimes you just have to go with it.  Two of my friends are selling their half duplex.  They called me when I was in Alaska and said they were buying another house and wanted to give me first option to purchase it.  At the time I was feeling like this couldn't happen - but it might. 

My smiles this week is the front yard of my potential new home.  We ate dinner on the patio and enjoyed the sound of the stream. 

They have all types of birds and wildlife visit the pond.  Luckily no bears so far.  Talk about a peaceful retreat right in your own front yard!  I will have a learning curve on maintenance but my friends won't be too far - the house they are buying is right around the corner!

It more than likely will be late Saturday when I come to visit.  I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed weekend!


Friday, July 8, 2016

Friday Smiles

Hello peeps.  I'm joining in with Annie at A Stitch In Time.   I hope everyone has had a great and creative week.   It's been hot here so I've taken a break from knitting.  The wool is almost felting as I knit!

My Friday Smiles this week aren't really from this week.  A few weeks ago I celebrated another birthday.  This translates into a year closer to retirement!  Nikki from Graphix and Design  and I share the same birthday.  She's been so very generous and I've been lacking.  This year she sent me an extra WOYWW ATC that she made and this beautiful colored card. 
She also sent me this hand beaded mandala.  Isn't is gorgeous.  I think I might string it on some fishing wire and hang in front of my bedroom window.  Then I'll see it every morning when I wake.

 Last year I was really spoiled.  She sent me a painting she created and it goes so well with my decor.  I have it in my living room so everyone that visits can enjoy it.  Isn't it funny that the colors in her painting match my wall color so well!

I also received a very sweet card from Darnell!  You can visit her HERE.
Inside she inquired about my retirement.  I just might have a date - July, 2018.  YAY. 
Special thanks to these wonderful ladies!  They definitely have brought many smiles to my face.  I still have the cards on my mantle!!


Sunday, July 3, 2016

More About Alaska

Hello peeps.  I thought I'd share some more photos from my trip to Alaska from early June.  Everywhere we went there was record breaking heat and no rain. 

One of our excursions was to ride the White Pass and Yukon Route train.  The train begins in Skagway, Alaska and goes into the Yukon Territory.  Skagway had record breaking heat the day we were there. 

Built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush, this narrow gauge railroad is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, a designation shared with the Panama Canal, the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty.  The WP&YR railway was considered an impossible task but it was literally blasted through coastal mountains in only 26 months.

Can you see the line where the track is?
The $10 million project was the product of British financing, American engineering and Canadian contracting. Tens of thousands of men and 450 tons of explosives overcame harsh and challenging climate and geography to create “the railway built of gold.”
The WP&YR climbs almost 3000 feet in just 20 miles and features steep grades of up to 3.9%, cliff-hanging turns of 16 degrees, two tunnels and numerous bridges and trestles. The steel cantilever bridge was the tallest of its kind in the world when it was constructed in 1901.
The 110 mile WP&YR Railroad was completed with the driving of the golden spike on July 29, 1900 in Carcross Yukon connecting the deep water port of Skagway Alaska to Whitehorse Yukon and beyond to northwest Canada and interior Alaska.
 This is such a beautiful train ride.  It was very hot so I stood between cars most of the time.  I saw the tiniest bear cub right next to the tracks.  It probably weighed around twenty five pounds - don't know where momma bear was but I'm sure she was nearby.  The bear was probably a grizzly, as that's what most of the bears in that area are.
 The original bridge.  Imagine how many traveled over it! 
Notice how close we are to the edge of the cliff?!?  I was leaning out and took these photos with my Droid Smart Phone.  They came out rather nicely.  I really didn't want to drop my phone!
I hope you enjoyed the photos.  If you've ever thought of going to Alaska I would highly recommend it.


Friday, July 1, 2016

Friday Smiles

Hello peeps.  I'm joining in with Annie at A Stitch In Time.   I hope everyone has had a great and creative week.  I finished the scarf for the high school graduate but didn't take a picture of it.  Drats.

Here's Muffin waiting for me outside the bathroom.  Do you remember doing that to your mom?  I certainly do!
Isn't this little dog too cute!  He's about six inches tall and makes my heart skip a beat.  My friend found him at a yard sale.  Sadly he stayed with her and didn't come home with me.
 My catalpa tree is blooming!  The flowers are so delicate.  I can't wait to see all the buds open.  The vine to the left is a silver lace vine.  It's very intrusive and I need to cut it back so it won't take over.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  


PS  Tuesday was my birthday and I received some very special cards.  I'll share those hopefully next Wednesday during my WOYWW post!