Monthly Archives: September 2017

Bucket List Trip

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As we await the outcome of my chalk paint project, thought I would catch you guys up on my summer.  I took a bucket list trip.  I had not intended on doing anything like that this year.  My friend and I were just going to take a short, non-extravagant trip to get away.  Well, a couple of bottles of wine later on a cold February evening, we ended up planning a trip to Greece. And not just any trip, we were going to board a tall sailing ship and sail around the Greek Islands.  And that’s just what we did.

A little history.  Several years ago, I began perusing the internet for group travel; specifically, travel designed for solo or single travelers.  Came across one that intrigued me but was more than I was willing to spend at the time.  Ever since, I’ve stalked this site.  Three or four glasses of wine into the conversation, I brought up this site and mentioned this little Greece trip they had listed and things went from there…

So, yes, we went with a group of 32 single travelers to Greece. Our trip began in Athens and we sailed to Rhodes, Bodrum-Turkey, Daylan River-Turkey, Santorini, and Hydra.  Check out some of my pictures under Adventure Pics on the top menu. It was exhilarating, exhausting, exciting and everything in between.  If you every have the opportunity to go on a trip with a group of strangers, Do It!  You meet some wonderfully interesting people.  For me, that’s half the fun.

A few interesting things from my trip (FB friends – old stuff for you!):

  1. Bright orange “singles” sign at the airport is a source of laughter for Greek teenagers.
  2. I got pooped on by a pigeon in Athens.
  3. Greek tour guides like to share copious amounts of details. Info overload ..
  4. The scale of some of these monuments i.e. Parthenon, Temple of Zeus, are unbelievable.
  5. I shed a few tears when the sails went up on our first night .. could have been the champagne…
  6. Of the 70ish crew members there were 10 nationalities represented. Of the 178 passengers, there were 10.
  7. You most definitely feel a tall sailing ship moving and rocking. If you get motion sickness – not for you.
  8. Amazing how you can misplace things in a tiny cabin…
  9. Amazing that it can be ridiculously hard to find your cabin on a small ship.. again, could have been the champagne… and ouzo.
  10. I heard more disco music in 10 days than I’ve heard in 10 years.
  11. “Entrees” on our menu were starters. “Les Plats” were the main course. Yep, a French themed menu on a Greek cruise…
  12. “Sea Episodes” on land are real.
  13. New York cabbies got nothin’ on Turkish cabbies 😳
  14. The Swedish family on board most definitely looked, well… Swedish.
  15. Our nurse on the ship was also a waiter … lots of multitasking.
  16. Apostle Paul visited Rhodes.
  17. Watch the swinging doors on a sailing ship… they can be deadly.
  18. Santorini was inhabited before 2000 BC.
  19. You most definitely do not want to get stuck in a dungeon in a castle.
  20. We had a waiter named Titot.
  21. I rode a camel in Turkey named Arab.
  22. Portholes in swimming pools can entertain adults for at least an hour.
  23. A sulfur warm water bath followed with mud does make your skin feel great, if not stinky.
  24. Grilled octopus is yummy.
  25. Group travel is truly amazing.

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Creative Blah

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My creative mojo has been lost, or at the very least, in hiding for over a year now.  No writing, as evident from my blog, no drawing, no DIY’ing.  The last is a bit mystifying considering I bought a townhouse a year in a half ago that does need some TLC and some DIY’ing.

When I purchased my first house way back in 1999, I could not wait to get a paint brush in one hand and a hammer in the other.  And it was a brand new house!  I spent hour’s faux painting an entire wall – with vaulted ceilings.  I painted every room in the house, even did some stencil work in the kitchen and put in a glass tile back splash.  I was nonstop.

This go round has been different.  I’ve done good getting the carpeting replaced with new flooring downstairs.  That was brought on by a peeing, not so happy cat.  And then there was the replacement of the HVAC system.  Not fun stuff, not cheap stuff and definitely not creative stuff.  I’m lucky to have a few pictures on the walls.  There have been no urges to do anything else.  It’s just been a place to be.  Such a creative blah rut.

I got a little kick in the pants Labor Day weekend.  I traveled south to a friend of a friend’s condo in Georgetown, SC.  When I walked into the condo, I immediately loved it.  It was not decorated in your typical beachy theme with muted, pastel tones and wicker furniture.  Instead, it was very eclectic with rich, warm colors and tons of art work and pictures hung about.  It felt inviting and reflected the personalities of the owners.  It felt like a home.  In fact, I felt more at home there than in my own little piece of real estate.

When I arrived back at my place of ownership, I sat on my couch and looked around.  Things felt a bit cold with not much on the walls, an old dining table and chest.  There was nothing reflecting my joys in life, like traveling, friends and family.  There are still unpacked boxes in the closet; in fact they have not been unpacked since I sold my house and moved to an apartment.  I sorted through them and found some of my treasures: tons of photographs and picture frames and artwork I had purchased on trips.  That was the beginning.

Now it’s time I truly settle in and make my townhouse my home and not just a place to rest my head. The gears in my head have finally loosened up and now I need to do something.  I’m starting with my dining room table.  I don’t like it anymore.  It’s dark and heavy and looks dated (sort of how I’ve been feeling lately).  It needs freshening up so I rekindled my relationship with Pinterest.  The past week in half, I’ve researched chalk paint, looked at color pallets and combinations and how-to’s. Of course as things go with Pinterest, other things caught my eye: painted dressers, dressers turned into entertainment centers, painted kitchen cabinets etc.  If I’m not careful and the cats sit too long, they may get painted too. It’s time for a face lift for my stuff and a mood lift for myself.

I’m off to the store to trap my mojo and bring it home along with lots of paint. It’s time to get busy!  I feel better just planning to do it. Updates to follow… hopefully it will be a Pinterest Success and not a Pinterest Failure.