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« Reply #275 on: September 19, 2016, 04:55:13 AM »

This weekend was "Open Houses" for Londoners to visit Houses and Mansions which are usually not open to the public and today we were lucky to be allowed to visit Lancaster House which is close to St. James's Palace and much of Lancaster House was once part of the palace complex (and it certainly shows!!!), but these days it is mainly used by the government and is managed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to entertain dignitaries from all over the world. Lancaster House is one of the most splendid and beautiful palaces I have ever seen and it is so lucky that visitors were given a chance to visit it today on "Open House Day". Today was also the last day of the London Antiques Show and before we went to visit Lancaster House we had a walk through the Antiques Show at London Berkeley Square. We both love going to Antiques shows because visitors are allowed to take their time and study closely antique paintings by well known classical painters.
All in all it was a very inspirational and happy day. :grouphug;

That sounds like a good time to be in London! 
http://www.openhouselondon.org.uk/

When we travel we love to find special events like that.  Usually its more things like free museums on some random day of the week.  Our most fun experience was in Buenuo Aires when we happened to be there for La Noche de Los Museos, the night of the museums, where a bunch of museums, embassies and cultural spaces were open late at night around the city with dance, music and the like and free bus transfers to get around between the locations.
http://www.welcomeargentina.com/ciudadbuenosaires/museum-night.html
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I travel with my wife as a hobby and am on Dialysis, recent trips include Brussels.  We return to South Africa (Cape Town) in November 2016. I've also visited a few other US DaVita centers and have had good experiences.

I still owe a write-up for Montreal for October 2016.
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« Reply #276 on: September 19, 2016, 06:22:30 AM »

Thank you iolaire!
It is truly inspirational to support such wonderful ideas like "Open House",
and it certainly made me appreciate to be alive and be able to go there.
Such wonderful experiences make it so much easier to "put up" with the three-days-a-week-treatment,
because without this regular treatment I would not have any chance to experience such wonderful days !
... I have been looking up the "La Noche de Los Museos" and was surprised to notice that the first Museum Night
took place in Berlin in 1997 and the idea has spread from there ...
Best wishes form Kristina. :grouphug;
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« Reply #277 on: October 20, 2016, 09:11:23 PM »

Disabilities Expo in San Bernardino, CA. this weekend.
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« Reply #278 on: October 22, 2016, 10:54:18 PM »

My mom and I bought a membership at a local hotel to use their pool, so after doing nothing all day, we went for a swim... we're having above average temps this weekend... was 20C at 8pm.. was just weird, being out after dark and not needing a sweater....

Tomorrow is still up in the air.. we'll probably do the same as we did today.. *L*

Next weekend, though, is Nanowrimo kick off party... we usually get together and chat over some sort of food before the writing starts November 1st.. then we have a "Thank Goodness It's Over" party sometime in December, where we do pretty much the same thing... during the month, we usually have 2 write ins a week, where we get together over coffee, with our writing.. we bounce ideas off each other and have writing sprints... I've never finished a novel, and I've been doing Nanowrimo for about 10 years, but it's a lot of fun
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« Reply #279 on: October 23, 2016, 12:56:02 AM »

Wow Riki that sounds like fun.
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« Reply #280 on: October 24, 2016, 06:08:41 AM »

I've never finished a novel, and I've been doing Nanowrimo for about 10 years, but it's a lot of fun

That looks like good motivation.  Do you start a new story each year or build on the previous year's work?
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I still owe a write-up for Montreal for October 2016.
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« Reply #281 on: October 24, 2016, 02:27:30 PM »

I had the privilege of assisting on a moose hunt for a young man (12 years old) stricken with cancer. He, and his mother, went out everyday from Sat through Thursday. We got him in front of a moose but he did not have a good shot so he passed. However you may feel about hunting, this is what this young man wanted. We do it every year and have met some great youngsters. Unfortunately, some are no longer with us.
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« Reply #282 on: October 25, 2016, 06:23:37 AM »

I had the privilege of assisting on a moose hunt for a young man (12 years old) stricken with cancer. He, and his mother, went out everyday from Sat through Thursday. We got him in front of a moose but he did not have a good shot so he passed. However you may feel about hunting, this is what this young man wanted. We do it every year and have met some great youngsters. Unfortunately, some are no longer with us.

That's a very nice thing you are doing for those kids.   :rudolph;  Mmmm! Moose meat tastes just like roast beef and can feed a large number of people.   
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« Reply #283 on: October 28, 2016, 01:54:03 PM »

Today we went to one of the most unusual Vistorian places in London, a former Pumping Station built in 1865 called "Crossness" and it is most amazing!
We went there because the inside is completely constructed in decorative Cast Iron plus decorative Wrought Iron, all painted in the most wonderful colours where the visitor truly enters a Palace.
"Crossness" is of course not used as a Pumping Station any longer and it is now a listed building and run as a Charity and open to the public on certain days. The construction of "Crossness" must have cost an absolute fortune at the time and to the onlooker it appears like a celebration by the Victorians to welcome the New Age where diseases like Cholera etc., were finally left behind and "Crossness" has been built as a wonderful Palace to celebrate this fact...
...The more I learn about the Victorians, the more I like them ...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crossness_Pumping_Station

https://www.theguardian.com/.../crossness-sewage-pumping-station-reopens-joseph-bazalgette-cholera
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« Reply #284 on: October 28, 2016, 11:12:46 PM »

Today we went to one of the most unusual Vistorian places in London, a former Pumping Station built in 1865 called "Crossness" and it is most amazing!
We went there because the inside is completely constructed in decorative Cast Iron plus decorative Wrought Iron, all painted in the most wonderful colours where the visitor truly enters a Palace.
"Crossness" is of course not used as a Pumping Station any longer and it is now a listed building and run as a Charity and open to the public on certain days. The construction of "Crossness" must have cost an absolute fortune at the time and to the onlooker it appears like a celebration by the Victorians to welcome the New Age where diseases like Cholera etc., were finally left behind and "Crossness" has been built as a wonderful Palace to celebrate this fact...
...The more I learn about the Victorians, the more I like them ...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crossness_Pumping_Station

https://www.theguardian.com/.../crossness-sewage-pumping-station-reopens-joseph-bazalgette-cholera

I love the little day adventures you and your husband take. Gave me something to read up on. Very interesting part of history. Thanks for sharing. Would be fun to ponder one's thoughts at a place like that. Sometimes it's the most unsuspecting of places that turn out to be the most fun.   
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« Reply #285 on: October 29, 2016, 05:44:24 AM »

Thank you PrimeTimer, I am very glad you enjoyed reading about our little adventure and you are right, it is sometimes the most unsuspecting places that turn out to be the most fun.
We "only" wanted to visit "Crossness" because we have heard, that it has lots of decorative ironwork and that fact made us interested in visiting the place,
but we certainly did not expect to enter such a wonderful beautiful Palace...
... We try to visit interesting places on some of my off-days, in order to achieve a better positive mind-balance to the treatments...
Thanks again from Kristina. :grouphug;
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« Reply #286 on: November 20, 2016, 02:08:07 PM »

Today we have visited again some of the wonderful exhibits at the Victorian and Albert Museum and we have been there so many times over so many years, but again and again we discover little gems which had not come to our notice before. Today we discovered some wonderful stained-glass windows which were created many centuries ago, where the clothes of people in those stained-glass-windows were painted in a way that the observer could figure out what sort of material the clothes were supposed to be made of. For example the difference of a Brocade-dress and a Velvet-dress was distinctly shown in those stained-glass-windows and studying it all was most fascinating!
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« Reply #287 on: November 20, 2016, 02:20:48 PM »

Sounds lovely Kristina, I really have the inspiration now to convince Hubby to visit London again. It was the first place we went after 'madly falling in love' to visit his sister nearly 30 years ago.
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« Reply #288 on: November 20, 2016, 03:01:32 PM »

Sounds lovely Kristina, I really have the inspiration now to convince Hubby to visit London again. It was the first place we went after 'madly falling in love' to visit his sister nearly 30 years ago.

What a great idea ... and would it not also be a great idea for us to meet there and I could show you those wonderful stained-glass-windows at the Victoria and Albert Museum ?
Best wishes from Kristina  :waving;
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« Reply #289 on: November 20, 2016, 11:22:03 PM »

Sounds lovely Kristina, I really have the inspiration now to convince Hubby to visit London again. It was the first place we went after 'madly falling in love' to visit his sister nearly 30 years ago.

What a great idea ... and would it not also be a great idea for us to meet there and I could show you those wonderful stained-glass-windows at the Victoria and Albert Museum ?
Best wishes from Kristina  :waving;


You ARE an inspiration girl! I'll keep pushing and will keep you informed.   :bandance;
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1984 double nephrectomy
1985 transplant from dad
1998 lost dads kidney, start PD
2003 peritineum burst, back to hemo
2012 start Nxstage home hemo
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« Reply #290 on: November 21, 2016, 11:47:28 AM »

Great ! ... And I look forward to it and send you best wishes,
from Kristina. :grouphug;
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« Reply #291 on: January 28, 2017, 03:16:43 PM »

Hubby has to be away so I'm alone and bored. Before leaving, he bought me some of my favorite foods to snack on (that he can't eat) and a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers. What a guy!  :-* :-*  Suppose I had better do some cleaning before he gets back. Have a good weekend everybody!
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« Reply #292 on: January 28, 2017, 06:52:41 PM »

Mom and I set up a wireless printer today.  We managed to get her computer, my computer, and 2 of my gadgets to print to it :cheer:

I have a feeling I'll be doing a lot of work with my tablet when I go to school in the fall, so a wireless printer will most likely come in handy.
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« Reply #293 on: January 28, 2017, 07:57:43 PM »


Watching the U.S. Street Nationals.  Testing Friday, Qualifying Saturday, Eliminations and Finals Sunday, LIVE

https://livestream.com/speedvideo/us-street-nationals-2017

Many remember when a ten second street car was very fast.  That car would almost be a slug compared to many of these.
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« Reply #294 on: January 29, 2017, 07:58:48 AM »

DH and I went with a couple of friends to see a Led Zeppelin cover band last night.  The band was really good and we sprung the extra $2.00 for "VIP" tickets so we actually got a table.  We got a good chuckle out of all of the folks who were coming up to the reserved tables without the correct wristbands and then getting chased out by the staff.  It literally would have cost them $2.00 extra to get a decent seat. 

I also have to thank the Illinois legislature for instituting an indoor smoking ban years ago.  It was so nice to be able to have a night out and not have to come home and take a shower and immediately throw all of our clothes into the washer. 
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« Reply #295 on: February 24, 2017, 02:25:50 PM »

Probably will do some early spring cleaning. Or maybe not. Gave hubby an extra big kiss today and giggled, telling him we need to do more of that. In almost the same breath, he said yes, we need to do more of that!  :P
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