Bubbles and more bubbles…

imageSo today finds me flying to Houston to hinder  help my parents move into their new digs. Literally in the air as we speak…thank you in-flight wifi.

It won’t be a long post because I have a delightful breakfast on the way. (Surely they can’t screw up oatmeal, right?)

Anywho..here’s my dilemma. Actually, there are two.

First of all, I have to go to the bathroom but the gentleman in front of me has leeeeeeaned his chair back so far, I am about 1 inch from a suspicious mole on his scalp. Second, the woman sitting across the aisle has a Kindle.  The pickle I’m in is this…she has a clear protective cover on the front and it has many bubbles. Not only are there zillions of bubbles, but the top corner is also coming unstuck. It is daring me to lean out into the aisle and set it free.

I can’t stop looking at that corner…It’s practically waving and mocking me.  And yes, I’m the girl, who,  if invited to your house and has a teeny bit of wallpaper coming loose…….well, you know what I would do, and I apologize in advance.

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So, I am going to try to wash down this oatmeal  and close my eyes.

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Pray she doesn’t go to the bathroom, because that cover is mine…

 

 

let’s visit the Miracle Garden in Dubai…

Can’t afford it?

Too freaked out to go that far?

Ok, then let’s take a peek at what this Miracle Garden is all about.  Opening in February of 2013, this piece of paradise boasts beautiful vertical and horizontal landscaping designs.  And….get this…..has over 45 million flowers!

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So…how does your garden grow?  What a gorgeous display!  But before you let your kids run all nilly-willy, there are a few guidlines:

1.  Please keep area clean

2.  Children are the responsibility of accompanied adults

3.  Ball playing, cycling and barbecues are not allowed

4.  Pets are not allowed

5.  Management will not be responsible for personal accidents

6.  Sitting is allowed only in designated areas

7.  Flower picking is not allowed

8.  Any damages arising due to negligence or non-compliance with the mentioned instructions, shall be sole responsibility of the visitor and their companions

9.  Please use proper passages, walkways and exits allocated for such use.

THERE!  Easy peasy!  And did you know the Miracle Garden has the record in Guinness Book of Records for having the longest flower wall which will give new landmark for Miracle Garden and City of Dubai, believed to be leader in diverse and cultural tourist attraction?  

Well, now you do!! Enjoy!  Check out www.dubaimiraclegarden.com for more info

Marina Bay Sands….swim in the sky!

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ARE YOU SERIOUS?

The Singapore Sky Park, opened 
June 24, a new wonder of the world. 
 “Sky Park” Marina Bay Sands is located on the 200-meter height on the three skyscrapers, 
as if on three pillars. Here is the most expensive construction in the world of casinos, bars, restaurants, the largest outdoor swimming pool 150 meters long 
and the Museum of Modern Art . 
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Imagine trying to build something like this.  What an amazing structure! 
This building featured on the Discovery Channel showing the construction details and challenges. 
The bow is cantilevered for a tremendous distance putting a strain on the rest of the structure; 
all this was factored into the design. 
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The hotel, which has 2,560 rooms costing from  £350 a night, was officially opened yesterday with a concert by Diana Ross.

The Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi,  estimated to have cost £2billion when it opened in 2004, was previously the  world’s most expensive hotel.

But with its indoor canal, opulent art,  casino, outdoor plaza, convention centre, theatre, crystal pavilion and museum  shaped like a lotus flower, the Marina Bay Sands has taken its crown.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1289194/Marina-Bay-Sands-resort-opens-Singapore.html#ixzz2OnXqa2Ke

beautiful wooden church in Poland…

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There is an old wooden church in Poland that is so beautiful, I can only imagine how hard it is to concentrate on the service! 

This church (Peace Church in Swidnica) had been built by Germans, actually this part of Poland had been German until WW II, when the Oder/Neisse line had been drawn.

Details in  this church are absolutely amazing.

Take a good look.
Use the  pointers at the bottom of the picture to view all the different angles,  up and down and the + sign to zoom         in.

Absolutely beautiful!! Click on link below!

http://zieba.wroclaw.pl/kpg/kps.html

can’t relax? go fly a kite…like this guy…

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The gentleman flying these kites, is from Canada.  His name is Ray Bethell and he is a World Champion and World Record Holder of flying multiple kites.  He comes to the Washington State International Kite Festival every year.

He generally flies the kites without his shirt, hence the brown leathery skin.  He is also deaf and when he flies the crowd holds up their hands instead of giving him applause.

Two kites are flown with his hands and the other is tied to his waist.  And of course the music is glorious.

Watch until the end so you can see the last kite land………..and hey……………………relax!  You’re going to LOVE this!

more of best pics in the world…of the world…

Let’s go!

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sometimes you just gotta dance…

What do all these people have in common?  Dancing!! 

We all experience periods of happiness at some time or another and one method of displaying happiness is dancing.  Happiness and dancing transcend political boundaries and occur in practically every human society.  Matt Harding traveled through many nations on Earth, and filmed the result. His video is the latest in a series  of similar videos, is perhaps a dramatic example that people from all over our great planet  feel a common bond as neighbors.

Why can’t we all just get along DANCE???

Happiness is frequently contagious — few people are able to watch Matt’s video without smiling.  Enjoy!

might not be easy being green, but it’s pretty cool…

 On another green note….

Here is some ‘green’ info from TreeHugger.com

Considering how Las Vegas casinos dole out drinks, it’s nice to think that something positive is being done with all those beer bottles emptied on the Strip. We can rest assured that’s the case for at least 500,000 of them, which were collected, crushed, and formed into a composite building material to produce the world’s biggest building made from glass bottles. The recently completed Morrow Royal Pavilion is a regal building that fits right with the rest of Sin City.

The building material is called GreenStone, designed by Scott McCombs, the founder of Realm of Design, a company that produces architectural elements (think  gazebos, fountains, balustrades, etc.). The Pavilion is modeled after England’s Swarkestone Hall Pavilion (where the Rolling Stones did a famous photo shoot for their compilation album Hot Rocks).

This is the first building Realm of Design has made from GreenStone, and it’s actually a new manufacturing center for the company. The half million bottles kept 290,000 pounds of glass out of the landfill. They are crushed and mixed with fly ash to produce a building material that can take the place of concrete and eliminate its massive carbon footprint.

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How about a solar covered parking system that offsets building energy costs?  Yep!  It’s here in Phoenix and is not only pleasing to look at,  but it can even pay for itself in as little as 10 years!  BRILLIANT.  (Shown: Burton Barr Library)

Planes, trains… and, yes, automobiles. Rob Boydstun of Boydstun Metal Works has launched a new company, Miranda Homes, that constructs traditional stick-built family houses from crushed cars. Rather than wood, these homes are framed with recycled steel from junked cars. The structures exceed Energy Star efficiency standards and can be built in a fraction of the time with just a third of the labor needed for wood-framed houses. (via ecoble.com)

Speaking of wine barrels (okay, stay with me people)  how about staying at the  Hotel De Vrouwe van Stavoren in Holland  and sleep inside a rescued wine barrel. Yes, the four recycled hotel rooms are each furnished with 2 beds, a television, and a bathroom. The wine barrels are set in a traditional hotel atmosphere with adjoining outdoor porches and fresh flowers.

Bottom line:  Do some research!  There are so many reasons to be go green!!

fireworks in CA…

We just got back from a COOL  (in more ways than one) vacay in lovely San Diego!  Yep, we were there for the big 15 second fireworks show!  We thought it was a great beginning….only to find out that it was  also the end!  Oh well…..

The temperature was unbearable in Arizona, and with the fourth of July being a holiday….and the fifth of July being a birthday… we loaded up a few of our favorite things…

And drove to Coronado Island!!!  All of our grown kids, and two grandkids got to share the weekend with us!  And I must tell you….the youngest is 27 and the oldest is 33 years……..and they are absolutely hysterical.  We spent the weekend laughing and enjoying the weather with most of it being around the pool!!

Hello, girls!!!! 

Later the girls wanted mama to take them to the water….to play their guitars, of course..

   

These are true soul surfers…..(just ask them)

So while the fireworks show was a BUST……..the weekend with the family was absolutely PRICELESS!!!!

warm and toasty….

Good news!  I realize I upset many of you with the knowledge that we didn’t have any heat yesterday.  Well, cry no more, the Gas Man cometh….cameth….anywho… he gave us gas.

Oh the excitement!  I never thought I’d be so happy to have gas…………..?……..

And the afternoon was so beautiful, once the sun came out!

We had a great time at dinner with our neighbors at Dad’s Steakhouse…steak always tastes better with friends!  Now for a little rest….tomorrow is a new day!