Monday, October 16, 2017

2017 Monday's Postcard: Hong Kong

Both of these postcards were sent by my father during the 1970's on a visit to Hong Kong. It was so much fun to read these postcards after all these years.

Monday, October 09, 2017

2017 Monday's Postcard: Columbus Ships Quin-centennial

These postcards are from the 1992 Columbus Ships Quin-centennial. Very cool I think

We were very lucky last fall to stumble into Baiona, Spain and see a replica of the Pinta on display there ON Columbus Day! Hard to believe that they took these ships across the Atlantic Ocean!!

Monday, October 02, 2017

2017 Monday's Postcard: Poconos

The DeVries used to spend a lot of time vacationing in the Poconos, so we have lots of postcards!!!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

2017 Reading List September

   Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (French)  The Reader Crowned with Flowers, or Virgil's Muse, 1845

Wonder by R. J. Palacio (library) reminded me of Mask, that movie with Cher. I enjoyed that the story was told from the points of view of many of the different characters.
The Stars In Our Eyes by Julie Klam (library) Why are we so obsessed with celebrities? This book tries to answer that question. I really enjoyed it.
Sundown Towns by James W. Loewen (library) A form of racism that I had no idea existed...and I grew up in the south!! Fascinating.
The Double Jinx Mystery by Carolyn Keene Reading for book club
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier (library) Creepy, is it a murder mystery?
Confessions of a Cineplex Heckler by Joe Queenan Loved this one, for fans of movies
A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley (library) The book that the movie Lion was based on. Very good!! So amazing this story.
Badlands by C.J. Box Murder mystery continuation of the characters encountered in The Highway by the same author.
The Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan (library) I had seen the Clint Eastwood movie years and years ago and they have a remake coming out soon, so I decided to finally read the book. I enjoyed it very much. Warning, it is a bit dark, if you are  not already familiar with the story.
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick (audiobook) listening to this one in the car this month.
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood (library)
The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory (library)
The Lives and Loves of Daisy and Violet Hilton by Dean Jensen (library) The story of conjoined twins the early 1900's. I had read of Eng and Chang, so this was a bit different.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

To Be Read:
Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed
Cairns by David B. Williams
Second Life by S. J. Watson
Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner
Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Flying Circus

So last week, my sister and I had the opportunity to fly out to an airshow in some Boeing Stearman Biplanes. Yeah, I am all about that!!

 Rick and Dave Conn are American Airlines Pilots who own and fly these awesome airplanes. And they do aerobatics in their biplanes too!! IN FORMATION!!  It does not get any better than this....

Suited up with parachute and everything for aerobatics
 Alisa and I flew with Rick and Dave to the Flying Circus Aerodrome in Bealeton, VA. The Flying Circus Aerodrome is located 14 miles SE of Warrenton, VA and 22 miles NW of Fredericksburg, VA. Just off Route 17, at 5114 Ritchie Road (Route 644) in Bealeton, VA.

flying in formation, the other plane is right there beside you
 The Flying Circus operates every Sunday, May through October. So there is still time this year to get out there....I plan to be back next summer for sure.

at the Flying Circus, there is lots of fun for the kids!

Wing Walking! Just like in Barnstorming Days
The Boeing Stearman is a biplane that was used as a military trainer aircraft. Over 10,000 were built in the United States during the 30's and 40's.  Stearman Aircraft was bought by Boeing in 1934. It served as a primary trainer for the United States Army Air Forces, the United States Navy, and with the Royal Canadian Air Force throughout World War II.  After the war, thousands of surplus aircraft were sold on the civilian market. In the immediate postwar years they became popular as crop dusters, sports planes, and for aerobatic and wing walking use in air shows.

Lots of gorgeous Boeing Stearman aircraft
 United Airlines IAD (Dulles) was having a reunion on this weekend and they brought out some displays of memorabilia. I am inspired on how to display my Piedmont memorabilia.

This display is made from uniform pieces and commemorates 9/11

you have the opportunity to visit with the pilots
The Flying Circus was started in 1970 and the core group of pilots has grown through the years flying WACO and Stearman aircraft and celebrating the barnstorming era of flight. Aerial demonstrations, thrilling acts and rides were central to barnstorming and what the Flying Circus is all about. The aircraft are all privately owned and barring the occasional work or family commitment, the pilots bring them to the field to share them with the audience every Sunday from May to October.

Also they have a Hot Air Balloon festival in the summer!! I think I need to plan my next visit for that.

In Out of Africa, it is a Gypsy Moth, not the same plane, but you get the idea....

And if you want more Bi-Plane fun in the movies, check out High Road to China starring Tom Selleck and Bess Armstrong. Their planes are Stampe SV-4 but again,you get the idea....

And then there is always The Great Waldo Pepper with Robert Redford for the ultimate Barnstorming Movie experience

Monday, September 25, 2017

2017 Monday's Postcard: Somerset Churches

The Parish Church of St. Mary, East Chinnock, Yeovil, Somerset

Holy Trinity Church Long Sutton, Somerset

Monday, September 18, 2017

2017 Monday's Postcard: Animals of Florida

I  think I said before....the Arkebauer, DeVries and Flaherty families would often spend some time every year in Florida!! So there are lots and lots of Florida postcards in this box. Thank You Again Holly for sending me this awesome box of postcards!

Monday, September 11, 2017

2017 Monday's Postcard: Oregon Coast

These Postcards are from the Oregon Coast during the early 1980's

                             A special Happy Birthday to my friend Karen who lives in Oregon!!
                      I just spent more time in Oregon in August. I especially love the coastal areas.

Monday, September 04, 2017

2017 Monday's Postcard: Colorado


                                                           Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

The interior of the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, CO

Thursday, August 31, 2017

2017 Reading List August

                                        Johann Hanza (Austrian)   On the Terrace, no date

Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson (library) Thriller, I had just seen the movie and so of course had to read the book. I really liked it. They do a good job of keeping the suspense intense.
Bad Science by Ben Goldacre (library audiobook) Just loved listening to this one in the car, because of the British Accent of the reader!! LOL But a very interesting book on how cosmetic companies and drug companies, etc use "bad science" to make their products look attractive.
Pacific Burn by Barry Lancet Thriller about a Japanese Antique expert who is also a private detective.
Under Orders by Dick Francis (audiobook) Sid Halley is the protagonist in this one, a jockey who was injured and is now a detective. I enjoy the Dick Francis books and have read all of them, so I like to return to them over the years (like I do with Agatha Christie)
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See (library) I really enjoyed this one and inhaled it, reading it in one sitting!! Lot's of fascinating tea history here. And a love story etc.
Maud by Melanie Fishbane (library) I really enjoyed this fictional account of Lucy Maud Montgomery's life.
The Short Drop by Matthew Fitzsimmons (library) A thriller about a missing girl with ties to a presidential candidate. I enjoyed it.
Skies of Ash by Rachel Howzell Hall (library) a murder mystery with a black female police detective in Los Angeles. I really liked Elouise Norton and I will be reading more by this author. The relationships between the characters reminds me of the TV show The Closer. The female detective, her support staff of detectives, her partner, they all remind me of characters from that show.
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann (library) Why do we not learn about this stuff in school? Mass murder of members of the Osage tribe in Oklahoma. I really enjoyed it, because I learned so much
V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton (audiobook) I had not read this one in a while (I am on the waiting list for "Y" at the library!!) This latest run of audiobooks happened when I drove all over Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota and Nebraska chasing the 2017 Eclipse !
Get Real by Donald E. Westlake (audiobook) The Dortmunder crew gets involved in a reality TV shoot!! Very entertaining.
Farewell, Dorothy Parker by Ellen Meister (audiobook) The Ghost of Dorothy Parker comes to visit a movie reviewer and helps her to improve her life. I enjoyed it, although it was quite silly and stuck to many romance novel cliches.
Franny and Zoey by J. D. Salinger rereading this one on the airplane flying back from Denver and our Eclipse trip. It is one of my favorite books. And I reread it often. I also love Nine Stories by Salinger
Wrongful Death by Robert Dugoni This author was recommended by Diana Gabaldon, so I am happy to read him, plus his books are set in the Pacific Northwest! I enjoyed the Seattle locales.

To Be Read:

Poison Feather by Matthew Fitzsimmons
The Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan
We Love You Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge
So  You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Monday, August 28, 2017

2017 Monday's Postcard: The Queen Mary

Some postcards from the Queen Mary. I have been lucky enough to spend the night on the ship (it is now a hotel) And I really recommend it. I enjoyed staying there. I had fabulous rooms every time and I really love the history and tradition of the ship.

Monday, August 21, 2017

2017 Monday's Postcard: Grand Canyon

1971 The Watchtower


I don't know if my Arkebauer and DeVries family members were HIKING in the Grand Canyon, but they definitely visited and sent postcards back! I have not even hiked it YET. Happy Eclipse day to everyone!!!

Monday, August 14, 2017

2017 Monday's Postcard: New Jersey Beaches

These New Jersey Vacation postcards range from the 1960's to the early 1980's. So if you can't get to Florida....looks like New Jersey in August is just as good!! I am sure Chris Christie agrees.....

Monday, August 07, 2017

2017 Monday's Postcard: Florida

Vacationing in Florida was definitely a thing with my family!! I might have more postcards from Florida than any other location. All of these postcards come from a box that my cousin Holly sent to me last year. The cards range from the 1930's to present day and are from all over the world!

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

2017 Reading List July

                   Alfred Chantrey Corbould (British)  A Girl Reading in a Sailing Boat, 1869

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane (library) Fast moving thriller, I read it in one sitting. Highly recommend.
The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin (library) YA novel about art and suicide and the struggle with mental health for a talented teen artist. Told through interviews after her death, very gimmicky, but I enjoyed it
Wild Nights by Benjamin Reiss (library) Why do we sleep 8 hours in the night, why do people have trouble sleeping. Is this the way we are supposed to sleep? what about naps etc. This book examines all these issues and I enjoyed it. I am one of those who has no problem sleeping and I find out that I am in the minority.
Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley (library) A girl has an allergy to people. She cannot touch other people. a bit depressing in my opinion, I didn't get the upbeat part....
Golden Prey by John Sandford (library) Lucas Davenport is now a Federal Marshall, so his cases take him out of Minnesota. Most of the action takes place in Texas. Good Thriller
The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart (library) Now I want to go out and try to make some fancy cocktails. This book is about plants and how we turn them into alcohol and make alcohol tasty!
In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck (library) with the Union problems we are having at my work, I have been reading stuff about unions, I really enjoyed this one, I had never read it before.
The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Potzsch (library) Set in Bavaria in the 1600's, basically a murder mystery. I loved the Bavaria setting having just gotten back from Munich. And if you are a fan of Ellis Peters Father Cadfael books etc those types, you might like this too.
No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts (library) Set in small town, North Carolina. Local boy leaves and becomes successful and returns home to see the girl that was his first love. Sort of a Great Gatsby type story.
I'll Get There. It Better Be Worth The Trip by John Donovon (library) This book was written in 1969 and deals with teen homosexuality. This is a 40th anniversary edition audiobook and I really enjoyed it. I can't believe I did not know of or hear of this book prior to now.
Seven Stones to Stand or Fall by Diana Gabaldon (library) collection of short stories and novellas in the Outlander story line. Of course, I love it!
Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie (library) Hercule Poirot, I needed a book that was published in the year of my parents birth for the Summer Book Bingo at the Seattle Library! 1936!! LOL
Land of Shadows by Rachel Howzell Hall (library) murder mystery, grimy LA underbelly type thing etc etc
Citizen Keane by Adam Parfrey (library)  The real story behind the Big Eyes painting. I had seen the movie with Amy Adams just recently, so this was very interesting.
Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay (library) reading this one and then seeing the movie, I am reminded of the Beguiled which is also has been remade recently. Now I have to track down that book by Thomas Cullinan.

To be Read:
The Girl in the Glass by Susan Meissner
Light it Up by Nick Petrie
The History of America in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps by Christopher West
In the Clearing by Robert Dugoni
Castle of Kings by Oliver Potzsch

Monday, July 31, 2017

2017 Monday's Postcard: Pine Mountain, GA

Callaway Gardens from 1983

Pine Mountain Wild Animal Park from 1988