Travel Tips for Ireland

Ourselves, daughters, son-in-law and grandson are off to Ireland, the Land of 100,000 Welcomes! We’re celebrating life, family and our 37th anniversary; just to name a few. We did our homework on budgeting and travel tips…

AIRFARE  I truly despise flying international “economy” – but we are a party of seven ($$$). Since Ireland is not as far a distance from the United States east coast as some destinations, it was bearable. We saved quite a bit with airfare purchased with Wednesday departures.

LUGGAGE  We are traveling light.  Our daughters were slightly taken aback upon learning that we’d be traveling light with one carryon and a backpack, each. No hairdryer? (Audible gasp). 😄This allowed us a quick Customs Check as we were able to skip the sleepy wait at baggage claim, avoid long taxi lines and (with Day 3 now upon us), happy that we’re not lugging around suitcases. We’ll need to visit a laundromat at the half point.


MONEY  Before leaving home we made sure our credit and ATM cards would work abroad and purchased €300 before departing (for airport snacks and taxi). This way we’re not carrying around a large sum. We will pay as we go, avoiding bringing too much unusable pounds or euros back home.

Another budget-wise decision was to eat in the pubs. Oye! Out to bust the “Picky American” moniker we are willing to give everything (even black pudding) a try. 😬LOL.


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SITES Taxis are an expensive way to site-see. Dublin has a guided  “hop on off” bus tour for €19 that is well worth the cost. We are getting an awesome experience by walking the local streets and slipping into smalll shops, bakeries and pubs. The locals are so friendly!



Saint Patrick’s

My hope is to timely journal our travels throughout Ireland via this blog throughout images and video. On my mobile. We’ll see. 😉

Have a good week! – – Joanne 


TV Multimedia Console, Part 2

A couple of weekends ago our daughter and son-in-law constructed a TV-multimedia console using online plans.  Their goal was to corral game boxes, a sound system and an excessive amount of wiring in an inexpensive mid-century style console. After shopping around town and finding that finished products were retailing $600-$1500, they decided to go the DIY route.


The plans were modified slightly. Radiator screen sheeting was added to the door panels to allow interior air circulation. In order to achieve the desired mid-century flair the legs were changed to round 5.5 inch wood turned legs. With these modifications, the final cost was approximately $125.

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TV Multimedia Console, Part 1

George and I spent the weekend helping our daughter and son-in-law build a TV-multimedia console.  Brianne and Brian found online plans that would suit their needs, but desired storage with more of a mid-century flair.


How to Specialist: How to Build a TV Stand

The inspiration choices were narrowed down. However, it still wasn’t quite what they had in mind. They didn’t want all the wiring and electronics exposed, but were concerned about enclosing heat-producing electronics.

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Snow on the Brain

Snow on the brain. Friday, students couldn’t concentrate with the 8″ to 15″ forecast of snow for the weekend.  I had the 5-year-old students measure varying snow depths on a meter stick. Their eyes! Most had never experienced a local snow. 

Weathermen foamed on about the upcoming blizzard; grocery store shelves emptied of breads, eggs, milk; everyone decided they needed gas – even though warned not to drive during the storm. My sister and I waited in the snow party line at the ABC (liquor) store. Snowmageddon.


Sunday afternoon. We’ve about binge-watched all that Netflix has to offer. I’ve sewed an entire quilt top. We’ve sweat pant-ed, hot cocoa-ed, fudge brownie-ed ourselves to the extreme. No school tomorrow; maybe not on Tuesday. 


I’m not complaining. I rather like sleeping in. Think I’ll make chili and cornbread tonight. Oh, yeah . . . I have a bottle of Bailey’s.


Stay warm! – – Joanne



Field Trip: Alison Glass Studio

Recently I had the privilege to visit textile designer, Alison Glass‘, home studio. I’ve been quilting for a little over two years and find field trips like this very exciting and educational. I’m so glad she invited our guild into her studio. I’ll let the images do the walking and talking . . . af1qipom8gydi5cfcayp3wvb4e_pf4dakyc5vdjrhnmxi

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Wild Horses Couldn’t Drag Me Away

What is it about girls and horses? I just completed my third horse quilt, with a fourth custom order for another. Don’t get me wrong. I very much appreciate the complimentary purchases. It’s just takes so darn long to complete. LOL.


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