Day 2 into the kids’ summer break – is it wrong I’m already counting down the days until school starts again?

I kid, I kid!

Luckily (for them…and for me) the weather is outstanding for their first full week – 70’s and sunny! Those that think it always rains in the Seattle area, joke’s on you.

Of course it does rain when tourists are here visiting – just so you have fair warning of what to expect if you come for a visit. Unless we really like you, then we’ll stop doing a rain dance and give you a break.

Speaking of the Pacific Northwest… A couple weeks ago, some dude decided to help himself to a bicycle that didn’t belong to him. Only being that it was at a Walmart in Eagle Point, Oregon, there happened to be a customer in the parking lot who witnessed the theft, and jumped to action to thwart said thief.

This hero customer happened to have a horse with him in a horse trailer – you guessed it, he got his horse out and chased down the bike thief on horseback, lassoing him and holding him until the police arrived.

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The suspect was arrested for theft. The bicycle was returned to its owner.

Moving on… So I have a question for you – do you have your toilet paper rolling over or under? I’ve always done ‘over’, because it’s a pain-in-the-you-know-what to try to find the loose end when it’s under, especially when you’re in a hurry. Ahem.

Well, guess what? The original patent confirms my way is the right way (heh!):


Which reminds me… I saw this recently, and thought seriously about getting one, but resisted the urge:


Isn’t that funny and clever? It’s even made out of porcelain, not plastic! I’m not going to get one, though, because 1) it won’t fit in with the general house decor, and 2) I don’t want to encourage the dogs and cats to drink from the toilet.

It’s bad enough we have to remind Little Dude not to play in the toilet, I don’t want to have to remind the animals, too.

It’s time once again for Leslie’s (aka Rory Bore) Tuesday Coffee Chat!

This week’s prompt or question is:

“What journey do you most want to take? It can be a geographical place, and emotional or spiritual quest, or even a creative pursuit.”

You know what that is?  That’s Ireland as seen from space.  Pretty cool, no?  Ireland happens to be one of the places I have on my ‘bucket list’ of places I’d like to visit before I get old – my late father-in-law and his late girlfriend went over there every year for about 30 years and would usually spend a month at a time there, since his girlfriend was originally from there.

They always regaled us with stories of their trips – apparently my late FIL was quite handy at finding out-of-the-way places to visit, simply by venturing off the beaten path and offering to mow the grass at various farms in exchange for a place to sleep and a good Irish meal. How fun would that be?

No, that’s not a picture of one of his Ireland visits, that’s in the front portion of our old backyard in Pennsylvania – since he couldn’t travel to Ireland any longer, he used to drive up every week from Maryland to mow our grass just because he wanted to, and because he could.  Plus he always joked that making the hour plus drive to visit us was the perfect way to “get him away from all the old people” at his retirement home.  Ahem.

He even brought that lawnmower up in his trunk each week until we finally bought one of those self-propelled ones.  In exchange for him mowing our grass, the only request he had was a fresh cup of hot coffee.  And yes, sometimes it would be Irish Coffee.

As they got older they were unable to venture over there anymore, but the memories and plethora of pictures gave them great joy in their golden years.

I would sure love to journey to see this in person:

And try this:

In addition to Ireland, I also want to take a journey to tour the wine country in Italy – you know, since it’s known as the ‘birthplace for most wines’.  I’ve always enjoyed a good wine, and Italy does produce some great ones.

Since I’ve been making my own wine, going to ‘the source’ would be a great learning experience.  And I can drink lots of wine.  Who wouldn’t want to see this in person:

And drink copious amounts of this:

Of course my current winemaking ventures pale in comparison to the professionals – but I can definitely understand the passion that most winemakers have and the need to learn about all sorts of different grape varieties and which grapes make a better wine. Being able to experience that in person would be a dream come true for me.

So what journey do you most want to take?

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  1. I know you’re right, but I’m just going to have to disagree about the TP. I’m an “under” person. My husband is not. So it’s easy to see who’s changed the TP roll at our house! A trip to real wine country would be heavenly!

  2. If i ever get the money to cruise in Europe, i won’t miss Ireland.

    The only good reason to have the TP going under is it makes it harder to use so you give up and use less. At least, that’s the theory of one person who fussed at me for doing it the right way. No, she didn’t convert me!

  3. Having Irish and Scottish ancestry they are both definitely high on my list of wanting to visit. I don’t know that it will ever happen, and I fear I would probably never want to leave. I see pictures of those landscapes and something stirs deep within me. Like a calling. Also, I am named after our ancestral clan castle, so there’s that. Think they would let me move in? LOL
    That cowboy is my hero!! that is awesome!! My aunt is a mounted police and she once caught a thief too by pinning him up against the side of the building with the horse. He cried. LMAO. Granted, her police horse is this massive beast that looks straight out of Braveheart, so I can’t blame the guy really.

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