Tuesday, April 24, 2018

If this is Tuesday, it must be England #93

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their new prince and doesn't she look fabulous?  Anxiously waiting to hear the little one's name - Arthur, Edward, Thomas, and Philip are the front runners so far but we'll just have to wait and see.

Monday, April 23, 2018

T is for Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

Opening on April 15, 1964, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel won numerous awards as an engineering wonder.  Measuring 17.6 miles from shore to shore, the Bridge-Tunnel consists of more than 12 miles of trestle roadway, two mile-long tunnels, two bridges, four man-made islands, almost two miles of causeway and 5 1/2 miles miles of approach roads for a grand total of 23 miles.

The Bridge-Tunnel connects the Eastern Shore and the Virginia mainland, a route previously only connected by ferry.

Spring where you're from - TBB April Themed Link-ups

The Blended Blog has some really great link ups.  I'm not always organized enough to catch every one but I'm going to try because they are such fun.

Today is Spring where you're from (pictures of your home, your city).  Home for us right now (fellow MilSpouses and MilBrats, you know the drill...home is where the Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard sends you) is Norfolk, Virginia and I gave you all a brief overview of the city in general earlier this month in N is for Norfolk.  Here's a more personal look (as in, photos I actually took).

We live in the historic neighborhood on the base.  I LOVE living on the base - our neighborhood is gorgeous, full of tress, one block from the beautiful Jamestown Exposition mansions that are now home to flag officers, one block from the golf course, and one more block from the marina.  It is a great place to walk, run, push a stroller, or take Fido for a constitutional.  It's safe, I don't have to worry about a thing when Vic travels and there is one site maintenance staff should I need them.  We lived in this house from 2012-2014 and surprise, surprise, when we moved back in 2016, they assigned us the exact same unit.  No wondering about the floor plan, everything went right back where it had been before.

I am not one of nature's little gardeners so I don' t have any vibrant flower beds to show you but several of my neighbors are fortunate to have these beautiful trees in their yards.

It's a Boy!

Life Last Week 2018-15

The weather:::
 Looks like a rainy and windy week ahead with temperatures in the high 60s to low 70s.  Rain, rain take the pollen away!

On my reading pile:::
And I'm STILL STILL working my way through the top book on of this pile, with the second one as my next book.

On my TV:::
Bingewatched The Crown again and Vic and I came to the end of Midsomer.  Now we'll start again from Season 1 because for some reason, we started with Season 13.

Checked off the list:::
  • Vic spent the week on an inspection in California, racking up more miles towards our trip to Washington in the fall.
  • Strategy session with our realtor - we talked about neighborhoods, house layouts, mortgage options, and other miscellaneous details.
  • Rescheduled my haircut because my stylist had the flu.
  • Volunteer shift at the gift shop.
  • Resident Advisory Board meeting for our housing community.  It was productive; some of the residents complain (on the neighborhood Facebook page) about every little thing so I was glad my co-board members are reasonable and offers solutions not just problems.
  • Picked up the chair I bought last Monday from the consignment shop.  Vic will reupholster it to match the loveseat.
Crafts roundup:::
Loveseat still coming along - found my yo yo maker and made my first yo yo.  Fail!  The small ones are really fiddly.  I hope I have more success with the larger size.

And in other news:::
12th Annual Tea Cup & Mug Exchange and Nail Polish Swap packages are almost ready to go out in the mail.

And if you haven't seen this headline yet...
The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted into hospital in labor - we're going to have a royal baby today!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

S is for Shenandoah National Park

The Shenandoah National Park is an almost 80,000 acre national park encompassing part of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia.  It offers campgrounds, lodges, and cabins, waterfalls, hiking, fishing, and breathtaking scenery.  Skyline Drive runs the length of the park and has 75 overlooks which are a great stopping place to snap a photo against the magnificent backdrops.

National Tea Day