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We went to Las Vegas for a short vacation a week ago...

Sunday, October 21, 2012

here are a few highlights of the trip:



The tree face was in the Conservatory at the Bellagio. So was the scarecrow.



We saw a wonderful DaVinci exhibit that included full size models of several designs from his Codices. What a true, timeless genius.





One of the highlights of the trip was dinner at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant at the Paris Hotel. We had a wonderful tasting menu kind of dinner and we had a window table overlooking the dancing waters of the Bellagio. It was a wonderful, memorable time.





Thanks for sharing the adventure.

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DEBBY4576 10/23/2012 10:31PM

    I live 3 hours from Vegas, and never see that stuff. Only go to the airport. You made me rethink what else is there besides gambling. Thank you. And very interesting.

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CHEFBUFFY 10/22/2012 8:31AM

    You brought back happy memories of my one trip to Vegas. Looks like you did it the right way. Thank you for sharing.

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MELODY525 10/22/2012 7:42AM

    You are one lucky woman Miss Tudi!!
Thank you SO much for posting the pictures.
Everything looked wonderful.
Have a super day.

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SANDYW1945 10/22/2012 6:43AM

    Great pictures. Love the tree face!

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REXTINE1 10/21/2012 4:46PM

    Those are great pictures, but you don't describe the Las Vegas I recall. Of course, I was there several times over 40 years, and the last time has been quite a while.

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ANATASHIKI 10/21/2012 9:26AM

    it looks beautiful, everything! emoticon

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BEWELL48 10/21/2012 7:55AM

    Never have been to Las Vegas. Thanks for the pictures. Have a great day!

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SAFETYSUE 10/21/2012 2:59AM

    Thanks for sharing!
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This irritated me for a long time...

Sunday, October 07, 2012

We had an addition built a decade ago. Look at this picture to see what it was that bothered me whenever I happened to notice it over the years.



I decided this weekend that I was going to fix this bit of unfinished business once and for all.







And, finally, the finished look I've wanted for so long!



Nice.

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CHEFBUFFY 10/14/2012 7:04PM

    Congratulations on a job very well done! Even the stain matches perfectly. emoticon

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LUCINDARW 10/13/2012 12:11PM

    Very professional job of finishing the project! Looks very nice. Lucinda

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REXTINE1 10/10/2012 1:13PM

    Great solution. I did something like that when I made a frame for a plate glass mirror. I had to buy a miter saw and box to get the corners to me perfectly smooth and at 45 degree angles, but it made the BW happy, and was a lot cheaper than buying a new mirror.

It's nice to see someone get their hands dirty.

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LAURIETAIT 10/10/2012 9:22AM

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I have such admiration for self-starting do it yourselfers. I wish I were one too.

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FREES1 10/9/2012 11:07AM

    way to go - nice finishing touch for what looks to be a beautiful room!

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1MANKNEY 10/9/2012 1:21AM

    Great job! Isn't it funny that when you notice something like that it bothers you every time you glance that direction while other people never even notice. I like to do home projects. I am currently refinishing some old furniture that was left in a barn for years and is not in great shape. I am almost finished with a buffet. Just a little more sanding to make the drawers slide better. (Husband did some adjustments tonight that made things a lot better!) It looks really good especially since I remember how bad it was. I am nearly finished with an end table also. It is so rewarding to see some of this sorry looking stuff looking good again.
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DEBBY4576 10/8/2012 9:38PM

    That looks great. You are talented. BTW a lot of people wouldn't have noticed that.

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JEANUT 10/8/2012 8:05PM

    Looks great

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STALEYK 10/8/2012 5:25AM

    Great Job! It really finishes it off nicely!

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MFLYNN8 10/8/2012 5:14AM

    Wow! emoticon

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SAFETYSUE 10/8/2012 3:45AM

    Great job, and well done! It feels so good when you dig in and finish a project like! Thanks for sharing and inspiring all of us to go the extra mile and take on unfinished projects in our lives!
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ANATASHIKI 10/7/2012 11:59PM

    nice job emoticon

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DLDMIL 10/7/2012 11:34PM

    emoticon looks fantastic

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NANCYRUBIO 10/7/2012 11:34PM

    Lets finish it up and it will seem alright!

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WEYRCAT 10/7/2012 11:22PM

    Woo, I'm not the only one curious about the beam photo. The molding looks fantastic! :)

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STARPEN 10/7/2012 11:16PM

  Good going! I have so many projects just like that...and after I fix it I emoticon wonder why I had procrastinated for so many years.

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LOVEMYBODY2012 10/7/2012 11:15PM

    Oh my I know what you mean! It is those unfinished details that make the difference between something that looks spectacular and what looks just okay. What gets me is that I DO NOT do that last little bit to make the project sing. Hmm, pretty sure there is a correlation to weight loss here somewhere! Ha!

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YOBOELI 10/7/2012 11:14PM

    Nice Job

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When I was a child, my grandfather was...

Saturday, October 06, 2012

a conductor on the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad. I was lucky to visit my grandparents often and stayed with them for longer stretches during summer. The village they lived in was a turnaround and maintenance facility for the Chessie System. I always loved to see the trains, hear their whistles, watch them rumble through on their journeys. My grandfather was my hero. He still is. So, I was really excited to find the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad in Garibaldi Oregon. The OCSR is being lovingly rebuilt and recreated by passionate and caring volunteers. They have a short run between Garibaldi and Rockaway Beach. Last weekend, my partner and several friends and I took a ride on the train. Oh my goodness, did it bring back wonderful memories from my childhood. And, the train ride created new, wonderful memories for today. What a gorgeous ride it was. The scenery couldn't have been more beautiful. If you are ever near the Central or North Coast of Oregon, do yourself a massive favor and ride the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad. If you aren't near here, check out your own locale. I bet you'll find your own wonderful version of our railroad. Check it out. Take a ride. Enjoy the journey.

Here are some photos from the trip:















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LAURIETAIT 10/9/2012 1:15AM

    We have a train here called the Prairie Dog Express. A ride and a picnic/party is the standard grade 8 farewell celebration at my school. I love them too. My father's family were railway people too. Nice pics! Thanks for sharing.

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MFLYNN8 10/8/2012 5:15AM

    Gorgeous colors!

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WALKINGGRANDMA 10/7/2012 12:57PM

    That had to be a great day. Not only great memories but new ones as well. Fall is a great time to go into the mountains.

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SANDYW1945 10/7/2012 10:30AM

    Great Pictures. What a fun day.

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MELODY525 10/7/2012 6:47AM

    I LOVE THE PICTURES!! THANKS SO MUCH FOR POSTING THEM.
MY GRANDFATHER WAS A RETIRED WATCHMAN FOR A NJ RAILROAD.
WE USED TO GO VISIT THEM AND SITH AND COUNT THE CARS GO BY!!
HE LIVED ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE TRACKS.
100+ CARS WOULD GO BY AND WE WOULD SIT THERE PATIENTLY COUNTING THEM!! LOL
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!!! I KIND OF FORGOT SOME OF THE GOOD TIMES!
YOU GALS WERE LUCKY TO GO THERE AND SO GLAD YOU HAD A GREAT TIME.

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ANATASHIKI 10/7/2012 5:43AM

    lol, I have special memories with trains too. I traveled once in childhood with a kind of small steam forestry train (used to carry logs and it went in wild zones where there were no other roads or trails) and once the train(normal train this time) was so full that we traveled for a while in the postal wagon emoticon . nice pics! emoticon

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REXTINE1 10/6/2012 11:00PM

    When I was a kid it was the B&O - the Baltimore and Ohio. We could imitate the sound of a steam engine starting a train, and my father could play a steam engine on his violin. I remember the first time a diesel engine went past - and the sound of the diesel horn, which no one could imitate. I didn't find out until many years later in Indianapolis that it takes four simultaneous tones to make the diesel sound.

I miss the steam whistle too, now that you mention it.

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NETGNAL 10/6/2012 9:10PM

    Beautiful!

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My New, Favorite Quote...

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

" What leaves you feeling bad, do less of. What leaves you feeling good, do more of."
by Martha Beck

Powerful words to remember and live by and, three photos of places I've been recently that bring me peace, calm, and joy.







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SAFETYSUE 10/8/2012 3:47AM

    Great quote, I have not heard this one, love it! Thanks for sharing!
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REXTINE1 9/28/2012 5:32PM

    Good pictures and quite. I took a picture like the one of the trees once. Are those redwoods?

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LUCINDARW 9/27/2012 2:36PM

    Beautiful pictures and love the quote! Thanks for sharing! Lucinda

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BEWELL48 9/25/2012 8:46PM

    Thank you!

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KIMPY225 9/25/2012 5:14PM

    I love the quote and the pictures.
I definitely have been trying to stay away from the negative parts of life.
Have a great rest of the week!

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LIZOFSTAD 9/25/2012 2:04PM

  Soothing. Thnaks for sharing.

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Do you love seahorses as much as I do?

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Then have a look at our new display at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. See the feeder next to the seahorses? Our wonderful aquarist came up with the "seahorse feeder" based on a hummingbird feeder. The aquarist filled the prototype with brine shrimp and the seahorses were all over it. They stick their mouths into the access ports like the hummingbirds dip their beaks into the nectar feeders. The seahorses love this and it is a joy to see them clustering around the feeders for their breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner????!!!! Who knows, they are on seahorse time!



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SAFETYSUE 10/8/2012 4:01AM

    Great idea, a big thumbs up because I love to see happy little horses! I love them to clear back to when I was a child and saw some. I just purchased a ring I thought would be small, but it is huge so I probably will never wear it! The sea horse is a very sparkly blue, sky blue, and really beautiful! They are fascinating creatures, I will have to come see them! Thanks for sharing the picture of them!
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1MANKNEY 9/26/2012 1:38AM

    I love sea horses. We have them here at the Monterey Aquarium in CA. We also have sea dragons which are awesome! Don't remember ever seeing the feeders--seems like a great idea.

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SHORT_KAKE 9/23/2012 11:12PM

    Seahorses are cute.
Nice photo!

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CLAYLADY001 9/23/2012 3:08PM

  Yes quite a wonderful idea,I make a lot of seahorses with polymer clay,regular clay and wire.They are so cute ,just got several out of the kiln and will hand paint them and I put colorful glass sprinkles on them,a pin on the back and sell them as brooches also make large Seahorses to hang on planters,trees ,etc.I do love the seahorses,we went up to the Oregon Coast Aquarium a few years back and I really enjoyed the new design and of course loved all the critters there. emoticon

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REXTINE1 9/23/2012 2:34PM

    I think seahorses are neat, and I never heard of or saw a seahorse feeder before. That's a great idea.

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ALIHIKES 9/23/2012 12:23PM

    Wow what a great photo! I LOVE that aquarium, but I have not been there in years. Thanks for sharing the new exhibit!

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MELODY525 9/23/2012 8:06AM

    I'VE ONLY SEEN THEM ON TV.
YOU ARE VERY LUCKY TO HAVE SEEN THIS.
AND HOW CREATIVE WITH THAT FEEDER!!
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