Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in October – Y2

Paula’s photo challenges with  PICK A WORD theme. The words to choose from are: mountainous, whiskers, crumbling, spanning, and immaculate.

I picked the word mountainous. On our trip to Germany, we took a tour to visit Eagle’s Nest. When we got to the mountaintop, we were presented with a spectacular view of Bavarian Alps. It was the most majestic mountain range with rivers and lakes at the foot of this enormous limestone.

Bavarian Alps (German: Bayerische Alpen) is a summarizing term of several mountain ranges of the Northern Limestone Alps in the German state of Bavaria.  The Bavarian Alps were heavily influenced by the last ice age. Cirques, lakes, and typical U-shaped valleys were formed by the glaciers. Depositions by the ice age, rivers, and glaciers left behind a gently rolling landscape in the Alpine Foreland with lakes and bogs. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bavarian_Alps

The Kehlsteinhaus is situated on a ridge atop the Kehlstein, a 1,834 m (6,017 ft) sub-peak of the Hoher Göll rising above the town of Berchtesgaden. It was commissioned byMartin Bormann in the summer of 1937. Paid for by the Nazi Party, it was completed in 13 months but held until a formal presentation on April 20, 1939, Adolf Hitler’s 50th birthday as a birthday gift. A 4 m (13 ft) wide approach road climbs 800 m (2,600 ft) over 6.5 km (4.0 mi). Costing RM30 million to build (about 150 million inflation-adjusted euros in 2007), it includes five tunnels but only one hairpin turn.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kehlsteinhaus

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Bavarian Alps, Germany
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Eagle’s Nest, Germany
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Paula’s Lost in Translation: Thursday’s special – Pick a Word in October Y2

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Scale

Haleakalā or the East Maui Volcano, is a massive shield volcano that forms more than 75% of Maui. The western 25% of the island is formed by another volcano, Mauna Kahalawai, also referred to as the Western Maui Mountain. The tallest peak of Haleakalā (“house of the sun”), at 10,023 feet (3,055 m), is Puʻu ʻUlaʻula (Red Hill). From the summit one looks down into a massive depression some 11.25 km (7 mi) across, 3.2 km (2 mi) wide, and nearly 800 m (2,600 ft) deep. The surrounding walls are steep and the interior mostly barren-looking with a scattering of volcanic cones.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haleakal

We drove to the summit of Haleakalā. The drive was pleasant on this cloudy day. The heavy clouds drifted over the island casting shadow in the ocean and on the beaches. We visited the crater and the volcanic area. There was a “hill” made of lava rocks, and a path was made for people like me who walked to the top and say “hi” to you! I’m now looking at the scale of the hill and me.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

SoCS October 6, 2017

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: save/safe. Use one or both. If you start and end with either of them, you’ll get bonus points. – Joey

When I was promoted to a school district administrator position in 1998, I began to save my vacation days so that we could take major travel trips as well as mini trips. As an administrator, I had 22 vacation days, 10 public holidays, and 10 personal leave days. Combining the vacation days and personal leave days, there were six and a half weeks for me to travel.

My work schedule was twelve months a year versus teachers being on ten-month a year. I could take off anytime during the year as long as I planned ahead. My husband had his own business so he could go any time of the year also. This was very helpful in our planning for trips. We mostly travel during offseason. The advantage of it was having cheaper airfares, plus the tourist areas were not as crowded.

My husband was born in Walla Walla, New South Whale, Australia. His family went to live in England when he was ten years old. They got a better quota to emigrate to U.S. from England. His family traveled to U.S. when he was twelve on the British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth. Ever since they arrived in U.S. in 1968, none of the family members had gone back to visit. We were the first ones went back to visit Australia. It was the first visit for me. We went to Sydney, Bandi Beach, Blue Mountain, Caine, Port Douglas, and Cape Tribulation. While in Caine, my husband went diving in Great Barrier Reef. I came home with several pieces of black opals.

When traveling to different countries, it was considered as sightseeing trips. We do take vacations for the main purpose of relaxation. The place for relaxation turned out to be Maui, Hawaii. We got married on Maui Beach in 1996. We had gone back for at least four times. The Road to Hana was one Highway we drove through on every trip. We went up to the top of the volcano a couple times and visited different beaches. There was always time for a morning walk on the beach by the condo we stayed and time to watch the romantic and reflective sunset every evening.

Our last visit to Maui happened during the storm season. The last two days being there was worrisome for me. On a normal circumstance, I wouldn’t worry about extending the stay. But it happened that I was scheduled to pick up Mercy and Will from the airport the day after our return. The following day four of us were going to a wedding. If our flight had been rescheduled, it would have created a domino effect. It was too much for me to think of the possible solution had it happened. I concentrated on praying for the weather instead.

Eventually, the storm made a detour and was diminishing and fading away. Our flight was on time and we had a safe trip home.

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Linda G Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday: SoCS October 6, 2017

Weekly Photo Challenge – Windows

This is a re-post I did on January 9, 2017. We went to Spain in August 2016 and visited Madrid, Toledo, Córdoba, Seville, Granada, Valencia and Barcelona. The architecture of Cathedrals were impressive. The stained glass windows were magnificent. These are several of the many photos taken during our enjoyable visit.

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Alhambra, Spain

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows

Cee’s Share Your World – September 18, 2017

Cee’s Share Your World – September 18, 2017, Questions and my responses.

  1. Complete this sentence: I want to learn more about …

I want to learn more about watercolor painting. When I did acrylic painting, I was told that acrylic painting is very forgiving. If I don’t like a certain part of the painting, I could paint over with white color and change it to what I prefer. Watercolor is different. There is a glaze technique when I can paint one layer, let it dry, and then put another layer of color on it. It always starts with the light color, and gradually put the darker colors on the previous colors. If I make a mistake and drop the dark color on any spot, I can use water to brush it off right away. I can’t use white paint to cover the dark color though. There are so many techniques to learn in watercolor.

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  1. On a vacation what you would require in any place that you sleep?

For me to have a good night sleep on any vacation, a comfortable bed is required, that is a given. I am a light sleeper. Quietness is a must because I don’t wear earplugs.  We always ask for a room with the window facing a quiet area. Another thing is equally important, that is the almost complete darkness of the room. Some hotels have thin curtains; the light of dawn would wake me up. I wear a mask to go to sleep in any place, but the light from the thin curtain could find a way to wake me up.

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  1. What is your greatest extravagance?

The greatest extravagance was getting a car I always wanted. When I graduated with my doctorate degree in the year 2000, I reward myself with such a car. I made a list of all the features I wanted. I used the Consumer Report of Cars and picked 5 makers, copied the features of those 5 cars on a spreadsheet to make a side by side comparison. After that, I picked the car with the most reasonable price and had all the features I wanted. I still have the same car after seventeen years. It is a great car. I think I’ll keep the car for a few more years.

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Cee’s Share Your World – September 18, 2017

Weekend Writing Prompt #19 – Abundance

Prose Challenge – Write a story of 150 words that focus on a quality that you think the world could do with in abundance. – Sammi Cox

I would like to approach this challenge from the viewpoint of being individuals of this world; we try to be responsible for our living and spending so that we are not wasting the world’s resource.

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My husband has retired for a year. I have retired for seven years, even though I would have worked for two more years. Due to the unexpected but timely discovered cancer, I retired a year after the treatment was over.

I’m grateful that we are retired with abundance. We lived frugally throughout the years. Keeping up with the Jones didn’t come across our mind. When our neighbors borrowed money to do remodeling, we only did it when we had money. We didn’t buy many “toys” to show off our lifestyle. We shopped wisely and bought only what we needed. We also made wise decisions on investments.

Our retirement is filled with plenty. We have the freedom to continue our life style, dining out with friends, relaxing at home or going on trips.

We are blessed with prosperity and I’m proud that we have been good stewards of finance.

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Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt #19 – Abundance

Thursday’s Special: Pick A Word in September – Y2

It is time for another  PICK A WORD theme. Here are the words to choose from: vintage, bifurcated, intruding, jagged & quayside – Paula

I picked the word jagged. On our trip to Anchorage, Alaska, we took a helicopter ride and saw the most amazing jagged glacier.

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Paula’s Lost in Translation: Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in September – Y2