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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Oh NO!!

I have just been reading online that Google Reader will be no more as of tomorrow. I am not really sure what that means for all the blogs I have on my sidebar. I love my blog list as I can just go down the line and catch up with all my fellow bloggers.  You can read more about this on Myra's My Blessed Life. I have spent the last 30 minutes setting up a Bloglovin Account and adding all my favorite blogs to that service. I do know that several of my friends read my blog then link to other blogs on my blog list so here is a head's up. You might want to open your own bloglovin account to keep track of your favorite writers.

So I may be rearranging my side bar tomorrow! Just as you get comfortable and familiar with one thing, the computer gods decide it is time to change things up just to make us crazy!!lol... Any way, I hope you will keep Nanaland on your list. My address is www.arlenegrimm.blogspot.com. I will try to remember to post some of blog entries to Facebook as well.

Friday, June 28, 2013

My New Bling!

 I had to purchase some goodies in New Mexico and I have to show off my new granite countertops so Bling it is this morning! I found this cross in Albuquerque and I thought it was so unique!
 A picture from an art show....loving that Turquoise Door.
 While the Indian Pottery is pretty, it is not my taste. I found this pretty blue pitcher in Los Alamos. It was made by a University of New Mexico Art professor. It is perfect to hold my scizzors, hole punch etc.
 I have NEVER had granite countertops or an undermount sink. I must say that I LOVE them both!!
 The big picture!!
 A ring I found at The Silver Sun on Canyon Road! I love onyx and the turquoise was out of my price range!
 I cannot go anywhere without bringing home some Christmas ornaments. This little nativity was made by an Indian Artisan using a gourd.  I will display it along side my Guatemalan Nativity. I just may be starting a Nativity collection!!
 The Tram to Sandia Mountain ornament....have to remind myself that I made it to the top of the mountain.
And a pretty punched tin ornament that reminds me of all the color of the Southwest.

I have been trying to catch up on laundry and cleaning. I just washed all our vacation clothes and now the laundry basket is almost full again!!  A woman's work is never done!!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Los Alamos

 Thirty years ago Marvin spent a good bit of time out at Los Alamos doing experiments as a University of Georgia post doc. ( It sure was hard for a Tech man to go to work at UGA after getting his PhD.) So he was glad to be able to take me to see all the places he had enjoyed while he was in NM.
 This is the lodge where all the scientists stayed who worked on the Manhattan project. It is now a community center and open to the public. It was so pretty! At one time it had been a boys school but the government had other uses for it! Being at a higher altitude it was a bit hard to breathe and walk at the same time but we just slowed down, sipped our water and looked around town. It is a pretty town with more trees and flowers than other parts of NM that we had visited.
 We also saw smoke from a forest fire....they have been plagued with them in NM this year.
 Before lunch we stopped off at the Sanctuary of Chimayo.
 It was very busy the day we were there. It is well known in the area as a sacred place and many make pilgrimages to the site.
 Here I am with the 95 year old priest, Father Rocca. He has been serving at Chimayo for 50 years.
 After visiting the church, we headed to Rancho Chimayo for some of the best New Mexican Food that I have ever had. I found out that I like Posole!! Marvin ate here 30 years ago and it is still as good now as it was then. In Los Alamos we found a nice new hat for Marvin. It fits his big head. Whenever we find a hat that fits, we buy it!! I think he looks very handsome in his new chapeau!
 Here I am showing off the Chimayo menu!
 Eating Sopapillas...Every restaurant in NM serves them with the meal. Yummo!!
What a fun vacation we had...so long to the Land of Enchantment!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Santa Fe

 Saturday and Sunday we toured Santa Fe. Saturday we spent most of our time on Canyon Road. If you want to buy some jewelry, check out the Silver Sun. I found a pretty onyx ring there for a very reasonable price. Checking out the Indian vendors on the plaza, I found bracelets for the granddaughters! Santa Fe is a beautiful town...above you can see the cathedral. We were fortunate to arrive just as a docent was giving a tour of the sanctuary.
 I enjoyed seeing all the abode buildings.
 We also stopped at the Loretto Chapel. No longer owned by the Catholic church, there is an entrance fee and you may take pictures inside the chapel.
 Here is the miraculous stair case which has no visible means of support. I am going to have to check out the movie, The Staircase, as it tells of the building of this interesting structure.
 Inside the Loretto Chapel....

And we loved seeing signs for Route 66!!

I also purchased some note cards and a little piece of art at an art show that was set up near the plaza. You will find many artists and artisans in Santa Fe. It was hard to hold onto my pennies! On to Los Alamos for our last day in New Mexico. I will share those photos tomorrow!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Sandia Mountain

 Friday Morning we took a "flight" on the Sandia Tramway to the top of Sandia Mountain. Sandia means Watermelon. The mountains take on a pink tinge like a watermelon as the sun sets in the west. Here we are at the tramway...about 6000 feet but the tram takes you up to around 10,000 feet!
 Interesting Rock formations can be seen on the ride up. In the 1950s a commercial airliner crashed into the mountain at night. So sad.
 The cars are very secure and I had no trouble at all with vertigo! I tend to have trouble with heights.
 At the top of the world...or so it seemed to us.
 You can see for miles!

Here I am with one of the gracious Forest Service volunteers. My daddy worked for the US Forest Service in the Chattahoochee National Forest for many years...fighting fires and marking timber. I was also reminded that Smokey the Bear was saved from a forest fire in New Mexico.

Loving our time here!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Albuquerque

 Our first place to stop after getting off the plane was Church Street Cafe in Albuquerque. We met up with our friends and hosts, Tim and Joyce Whitley to enjoy a great lunch.
 These two run a great resort hotel!:) Their home is so cozy and warm and Joyce has cooked great meals for us.
 The akiva in the restaurant....love those turquoise windows!!
 Me and Marvin! I am wearing my Cross that Susan brought me from Europe! You will see many crosses in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
 Cute little alley way full of shops....
 The beautiful church in Old Albuquerque....
 Everything is so artistic....
And finally Route 66!!

We are having a great time and learning so much about the southwest. Our top tip if you venture out here is to have a water bottle with you at all times!!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Had to Share!

 We are still visiting the Land of Enchantment(New Mexico). What a strange and wonderful place. For someone who had never seen any of the western states it is very interesting. I wanted to share some of the pictures from the Acoma Indian Reservation....so far it has been my favorite tourist attraction! We drove about an hour from Albuquerque to reach this secluded area. In the picture above, Marvin and I are at the top of a mesa. It is hard to tell but all the land in the background is far below us. It was quite windy as well!
 Here is the old Indian village on top of another mesa. It was quite an experience to take a tour of these old homes which members of the Acoma tribe live in  day to day. There is no running water, no electricity and only portapotties for bathrooms. Because the mesa is considered sacred they must stay there to honor their ancestors. These old homes are passed down ...the youngest daughter always inherits the home. Most of the Acoma people have modern homes as well . Some use these homes as weekend homes while certain tribal leaders must live there 15 months at a time.  Our tour guide was a young Acoma male and made the tour fun and informative.
 I loved the turquoise blue windows that adorned most of the homes. The Acoma people believe that the blue color keeps out evil spirits. I just love the color and I am thinking of painting the door that goes from the garage to the kitchen turquoise!
More pretty windows!!  We are having a wonderful time with our friends the Whitleys...they run a great bed and breakfast!:) Joyce and Tim have treated us like royalty. Friends are a great blessing!!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Rain in the Forecast!

I loved this photo of Kendall doing the weather at the Huntsville Children's Science Museum.  She and Landon attended a party there over the weekend and they had a great time. Amelia says Kendall is eyeing the venue for her 8th birthday party! It pays to plan ahead!!

I will be taking a few days off from blogging to enjoy my vacay! I hope to have lots of pictures to share when I return!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Father's Day

We had a nice Father's Day Weekend. We started celebrating at Charles and Nancy's home Saturday evening. Charles grilled steaks and Nancy prepared yummy mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. Dessert was from Earth Fare and I must say that it was decadent. Nancy and Marvin had carrot cake while Charles and I ate a chocolate confection that was out of this world. Sunday morning, Marvin found a bag with DVDs from me...Marx Brothers collection as well as the Hobbit.  Church, then lunch with our friends the Gosnells. Sunday afternoon brought greetings from Amelia and Ben.  It is hard to believe that July 4th is just around the corner! This year seems to be flying by.

On the book front, I just started reading the first in the Alan Bradley Flavia Du Luce series, Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.  All the ladies in our Book Group are raving about this mystery that features a 12 year old chemist, Flavia. It is set in 1950 in Yorkshire England and so far I am enjoying this light read. I devoured Tinsley Mortimer's Southern Charm over the weekend. It is a fluff read about a young Charleston Deb, Minty Davenport, who takes New York City by storm. We all need some light reading from time to time!

We are going on vacation soon so I must get my house straightened and start packing for our adventure. In the midst of all this, my granite countertops are to be installed on Wednesday! And I will have the grands!! Busy Days in Grimmland.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Wearing my Pink Shirt!!

Today I am wearing the pink tshirt that I ordered in memory of Ann Reese Grote. It is such a cheerful shirt! A beautiful pink with a cute drawing on the back along with Ann Reese' favorite song, You are My Sunshine as well as a verse from the Psalms.  The Grote family has asked everyone to wear their tshirts today in memory of their little one.

A slow day here in Grimmland. I have some chores to catch up on and we will be going to Charles and Nancy's home for an Early Fathers Day Dinner. That will be something to look forward to as Charles and Nancy are such good cooks.

On a side note...I have been trying to be more adventurous in my toe nail polish colors this summer! I tend to stick to deep pinks. Well I tried My Private Jet by OPI and I really liked it. It is kind of a metallic brown. Now I am trying Teal The Cows Come Home. Every time I look down at my toes, I get a shock seeing blue nails!! I think I am going to have to change it soon. :)  I guess being an old nurse the blue reminds me too much of nail fungus!!! There are so many pretty new colors this summer. We recently had an Ulta store open here in Decatur and they carry many neat OPI nail polishes. In the South you are not totally dressed unless your toe nails are polished and pretty!!

Hoping all my blog friends have a blessed day!!

Friday, June 14, 2013

It is Official....I am a Francophile!

I have always been an Anglophile. When Hubs and I are watching Jeopardy and a category pops up for Great Britain, he knows that I will have the ANSWER. And I do, most of the time. But now I am finding myself in love with France as well. In addition to being a Grimm, my hubs other family line is Morel, which is French! Pierre Rudolph Morel was his ancestor who came to Georgia with James Oglethorpe.  My interest in France started with the book, Tout Sweet by Karen Wheeler. She moved to the French countryside to live after the madness of living in London for years. I loved her story of finding an old house in the little village and fixing it up to be her French nest.  So as I was looking at Kindle Listings I came upon this book by Amy Thomas.  I think a part of my fascination with Paris is due to HGTV's House Hunters International. When they film their program in Paris, I am just delighted to see all the eye candy there.

Paris, My Sweet  is the story of a young New Yorker who gets the chance to move to Paris to work as a copy writer at Luis Vuitton! ( I could not believe it when she wrote that employees got NO discount on Luis purses!!) Ms Thomas writes from her heart as she describes learning to live as the Parisians do...taking life slower and enjoying the beauty of everyday life.  She also shares her frustration as she tries to break the culture barrier in France. But this memoir is really about the food of Paris...mainly sweets and a lot of chocolate. This book was just made for me, Paris, purses and sweets!! If you are a Francophile and a Foodie, you must read this little tome and just drool over her descriptions of the patisseries and all their wares!  My friend, Susan, has traveled to Europe several times recently and I must say that the chocolate she brings home is so delish!! There is just no comparison to it here in America.

So if there is no vacay on your horizon this summer, relax with this book in your favorite chair. Eat a sweet while you read and sip on some coffee or tea...you will think you are on the streets of Paris!!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

A Morning in Hartselle

 I was in Hartselle this morning and I remembered to take my camera to capture a picture of these beautiful Hydrangeas! All colors and they look so nice against the sage green of the old house.  I have long admired this old two story home on a corner near downtown. If  my ship comes in, I would like to buy it and rehab it. It has lovely lines and arches...just needs some TLC.
 Please click on the photo to view it in a larger format...it is so pretty.
 Hartselle is one of those rare things in America...a small town that still celebrates July 4th in a big way. From the middle of June until the end of July they have flags waving downtown and along the main highway that leads to the interstate.
I took this pictures while waiting at a redlight. It had just turned green when I snapped this one.  If you are ever in North Alabama, stop by Hartselle. It is a sweet little town with lots of unique shops. But you might want to enjoy it in the fall or spring. Today it is sweltering out there!! Hoping for a thunderstorm later today to cool things down!!