August 6, 2017

Calvert Rocks

Posted in geocaching, Journal tagged , , , , , at 9:08 am by Jenn

New craze.  We have joined the #calvertrocks craze.  I saw my first one on Wednesday night and thought how pretty it was.  I left it where I saw it.  Friday night we went out with some friends for dinner and I was telling them about the rock.  We decided to go back to see if it was still there…it wasn’t but I did find a pretty “Shine” rock and decided to relocate it to the local Sheriff’s Department to spread a little cheer over the there.  I posted on Facebook about my find and my sister suggested I join the Calvert Rocks Facebook group.  There sure are a lot of people finding, painting and hiding rocks in Calvert County!  I was inspired to create my own rocks.  I painted them yesterday.  They just need a coat of clear spray and then we are heading out to place them in our local community for others to find.  We will be traveling to North Carolina to visit friends at the end of the month.  I’m saving my flip flop rock to place on that trip and hoping to find an #onslowrocks to bring home to place locally.  This is a great family fun activity that promotes getting outdoors, being together and having fun!  If you paint, hide and find rocks in your local community please post a picture of one of your finds in the comments below.  Happy Hunting!

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December 29, 2008

Gearing up for Garmisch

Posted in Journal, Purls of Wisdom tagged , , , , , , at 11:30 pm by Jenn

Scott and I are going to Garmisch in a couple of weeks and I CANNOT WAIT!  One week away from Baku…there is a God.

We are staying at Edelweiss again.  We’d be crazy not to.  It’s an awesome resort and everything you need is right there, or right across the street at the base.

Scott plans to do some skiing.  I plan to take a few tours, do some geocaching if I’m able and of course hit the yarn store. 

I’m hoping to have a new hat and mittens whipped up by then….we’ll see.  The hat that I chose is the Unoriginal Hat designed by the Yarn Harlot and I’m still undecided on the mittens.  Something with a cable because the hat has cables, and something quick and easy because I’ve never knit mittens.  That shouldn’t be too hard to find…

Now I just need to stop all of my other little projects and focus on the hat and mittens.  That shouldn’t be too hard…I hope.  I really don’t want to take my bright red leather gloves to Garmisch, but hey, if I must they at least match my Maryland Terrapins hat…no, that doesn’t scream TOURIST at all.

November 16, 2007

Trip to HEMAH glassworks.

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 4:05 pm by Jenn

On Wednessay, I was invited by a member of the International Women’s Club to go on this trip to HEMAH.  Those of you who speak Russian, know that this is pronounced “Nehman” glassworks.  HEMAH is a crystal/glass factory about 2.5 hours from Minsk.  Here is a link to their website www.neman.by .  There were about 25-30 women who all currently live in Minsk, but are from all over the world.    Most everyone spoke Russian.  The tour left around 8:30 and we drove to the Grodno region of Belarus (to the west of Minsk).  We had a police escort which I found was very amusing and even more amusing when it turned from a one car to a two car escort. 

 Of course the drive was very pretty….lots of snow covered villages and trees.  I’m sorry that I forgot my camera, because it really was beautiful.  I’m also sorry because I wasn’t able to capture a picture of the restroom facilities that we stopped to use.   I’ll try to describe it, but trust me you HAD to be there to truly appreciate it. 

So, we stop at what I would say was a truck rest area.  There were picnic tables and a restroom.  The restroom was a one person unit shaped like a mushroom…that’s right a mushroom.  Now remember there is snow everywhere.  So the bus unloads and 25 women head toward this mushroom.  I sit on the bus, trying to figure out how much longer until we get there, can I hold it, etc.  I’m in no big hurry to go outside given that it is cold and there are 25 women in line ahead of me.  I finally decide to go.  THANKFULLY I learned my lesson and never leave home without toilet paper or plenty of napkins in my purse….again thank you Vera Bradley for designing the Villager!  Ok, so the line is going pretty fast, I head to the line and about that time notice that women are coming out of the woods adjusting their clothing!  You know it must be bad when women opt for a snow covered forest.  Still, I’m thinking….how bad can it be and opt for the mushroom.   The two women ahead of me said, “Not bad, just stinky”.  So in I go.  Well, I’m at first taken back by the smell, (somewhere between jiffy john and composte) then I forget about the smell and can only focus on the large toilet shaped HOLE in the concrete in front of me.  I’m thinking, ok, how do I do this, I have to hold up my coat, squat, balance, not fall in, not pee all over myself and wipe.  I CAN DO THIS…(for those of you from “The Beach”, remember Forrest and Gretchen’s wedding)…I was worried.  Well I managed to accomplish that mission and now I just had to figure out how in world to get out of the mushroom without touching anything.  It was impossible.  Thankfully, there was plenty of snow to wash my hands with (and hand gel in my purse back on the bus).   I start walking back to the bus and the first thing I hear is “Jenn, what’s that on your shoe?”  I look down and much to my relief, it is just a leaf.  LOL  Now, back to the bus and NO MORE TEA for me and Thank God, I didn’t pick today to try stilettos!

It was a very interesting experience with a tour of the factory and museum, lunch and shopping (of course).  I bought a few things, I already have more crystal than I need so I couldn’t really justify spending/buying too much.  I bought a gift for our housekeeper for Christmas and some just in case gifts to keep….just in case.  The “big” purchase was a large crystal brandy glass (I mean large) that I plan to use as a centerpiece during the holidays.  I think I’ll fill it with pinecones for Thanksgiving and colored glass balls for Christmas.  Jeanne would be proud.

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