Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Category 4

Posting now while I still have power. I woke up this morning to the news that Hurricane Michael is a now a category 4 and the strongest storm to ever hit our area. I'm in my house and as prepared as I can be. I am 40 miles from the coast and not in a flood zone. Just worried about wind and tornados. Nothing to do now except wait and hope for the best!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Hurricane break

I guess I'm going to be forced to take a blog break for the next few days because we have a tropical storm headed our way that is supposed to become Hurricane Michael later today. Hopefully it won't be too bad, but I'm worried, so I'll be busy preparing my house and getting storm supplies.

Saturday, October 6, 2018


This cute little pup was being very patient while its owner was ordering in the line in front of us at an ice cream shop. Maybe waiting for a taste?

Linking to Saturday's Critters and Camera Critters.

Friday, October 5, 2018


The sun was setting behind the clouds when I took this photo while sitting outside watching my grandson perform with his high school marching band last Friday evening in Orlando.

Linking to SkyWatch Friday.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Waterford Crystal

Our tour guide holding up one of the Waterford Crystal triangles that make up the Times Square crystal ball that drops every year at midnight on New Year's Eve in New York City. There are 2,688 of these crystal triangles on the ball.

While staying in Waterford, Ireland on our vacation, we toured the House of Waterford Crystal Factory and of course visited their showroom. It was hard to choose because everything was so beautiful, but I finally settled on the crystal perfume bottle shown in the last photo to bring home with me as a keepsake of our visit.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Grafton Street

We spent one morning shopping and then eating lunch on Grafton Street, a popular pedestrian only shopping area in Dublin. I had Irish stew for lunch at Bewley's Grafton Street Café, one of the city's most celebrated landmarks. It was delicious.

Linking to signs, signs.

Dan 😘

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The Ring of Kerry

A few of my favorite photos from our drive around the Ring of Kerry on our vacation in Ireland. It's really hard to take a bad picture in this area because the scenery is so spectacular. The first three photos show Ballinskelligs Bay on the beach in the small village of Waterville. In the last photo, I zoomed in on a stone ring fort which can barely be seen in the center of the photo right before it. These circular fortified settlements are found all over Ireland and were built sometime before the year 1000. Most are in ruins, but I think this is one that was reconstructed on its original site.

Update: After reading one of the comments on this post, I realized that some might not know exactly what "The Ring of Kerry" is. It is a 125 mile scenic route through County Kerry that takes you through some of the most spectacular landscape in southwestern Ireland. It is also called the Iveragh Peninsula. If you travel the whole route, you will be driving in a circle, which forms a "ring" around the area. We started and ended in Killarney and it took us about 5 hours because we stopped for lunch and in a few other places to rest and take photos. Here is a link with a map and better explanation: The Ring of Kerry.

Linking to Tuesday's Treasures and Our World Tuesday.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Clouds moving in

I took this photo the day we were driving around the Ring of Kerry in Ireland back in June. I think it makes a great SkyWatch photo, so I'm linking here.

I will be taking a break this weekend to spend some time with my grandkids. See you next week!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Jameson Distillery Tour

We spent one of our afternoons in Dublin visiting the Jameson Distillery on Bow Street which was founded in 1780 by John Jameson. On our tour, we learned about Jameson's triple distillation process which sets it apart from Scotch whiskey (which is double distilled) and American whiskey (single distilled). The Jameson family motto is "Sine Metu" which means "without fear" and it is printed on every bottle. We got to taste some different types of whiskey for comparison purposes. I'm not a big whiskey fan, so that was not my favorite part, but I did try them all and I could taste the difference! After the tour we visited the Daily Grog counter for our choice of free drinks. The one I picked is in the last photo, Jameson and ginger ale with lime. I think I managed to drink about half of it, but my daughter finished hers off.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018


I took this photo in Dublin, Ireland from a moving taxi which is why it is a bit blurry. We toured the Jameson Distillery while we were in the city and I will post some photos of that visit tomorrow.

Linking to signs, signs.