Monday, August 31, 2015

Tiny Bits Of Argentina

The largest of these prints is three inches across.  We got them in Buenos Aires on our way out of Uruguay at an open air market.  They're very detailed and beautiful.  MolDeco made them even more so.

Little Hills

Just a few more lines of Mouton Rouge done.  I think it'll be cute when it's done, but right now it looks like a small blob of little hills.

Snow Stormed

Yay, Snowfall is done!  One more to cross off the list and make look beautiful.

Smokehouse Is Open

These photos were taken of the official opening pour of Smokehouse, an American barbecue joint in Moldova.  They opened at the end of June  From left to right, the people are David Smith, Matt Stahlman, US Ambassador James Pettit, and Vlad Shuleanski.  Three of the four are the owners; they worked very hard over the period of a year to open it.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Mom's New Spoon

Andreas insisted we add to Mom's spoon collection with this framed antique silver spoon framed by MolDeco.  I hope she likes it.

On To The Next

It's time for the next gargoyles to be started and the tails of the current ones to be done.  My arch is becoming more defined, too.

Don't Bar The Buddha

We had a great late June lunch at Buddha Bar, outside on the terrace.  It was my first time there.  Service was slow and spotty, but the food, when right, was delicious, as was the wine.  I think the best part was the meat plate pictured above.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Got Shots?

Andreas' new travel shot glasses to go with his Ukrainian theme.

Just About Halfway

This is almost halfway done with outlining the tubes.  I have another pass or so before I start filling more in on the plane on Tuesday.

Night At Carpe Diem

While getting ready to leave Moldova, we decided we needed to taste new wines to bring with us to Angola.  Enter Carpe Diem.  The wine bar is very small - our table took up the entire space - but very stocked with Moldovan wine from small wineries.  We, along with ten of our friends, enjoyed an evening of wine tasting and delicious food.  We also ended up buying several bottles to take with us.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Framed Falcon

I call this particular kind of frame the Lego frame because of the symmetric bumps.  It works well for the Millenium Falcon, don't you think?

Done Early

With all the chaos in my life now with the move, it's nice to know I'm done with August's flower.  Won't start September until I'm in the US and done with the air flight.


The food is always good at Torro, even when you try a new steak like I did.  It was beautiful and fresh with all the arugula.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Most Beautiful Scarf

This wondrous hand painted scarf was given me by my friend Ana.  She commissioned it from her cousin, who is a master artist in northern Moldova.  The pattern is adapted from old tiles.  I absolutely love it.  The colors are vibrant and the silk glides through my fingers and it's just gorgeous.  Thank you so very much, Ana!

Getting The Rules Down

More and more rules keep popping up.  Soon it'll b done. 

On To Gagauzia

With the coming of warmer weather, we decided to do Friday dinner at Gok Oguz last April.  As you can see, the presentation was great and the food was as wonderful as ever.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Surf and Sand is done.  That's another off the Crazy January list.  I hope to do some catching up in the next year, as our social life isn't going to be as hectic - it's just too expensive in Luanda.


Andreas bought these ribbons for me from Renaissance Ribbons.  I'm taking them with me in my luggage so I can play with them on home leave.

Iasi-ful Chinese

Our last trip to Iasi was in April.   We had Chinese, of course!  Mine's the one with the soup.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Struggling Through

I sometimes find directions from The Sweetheart Tree to be difficult.  Such was the case for the outer edge of the diamond in the center of this heart.  I think I ripped it out thrice, but I did eventually get it done.

Quaker Sampler Framed

This is from an old German stitchalong group I belonged to.  The group is disbanded, but the piece is now all framed and ready to be hung in our new house.

Monuments And Meanderings

 Rudi has some pretty areas; the cemetery, with the electric feed going through it, is not one.  The pond is full of fish, and some of the buildings are picturesque.  The paths to different places invite enjoying nature well.