Heddal Stavekirke is Norway’s largest Stave Church. It was built in the 12th/13th century. This church is an even more intriguing place once one hears the legend of its origin. The story goes that five farmers from Heddal named Raud Rygi, Stebbe Strånd, Kjeik Sem, Grut Grene, and Vrang Stivi decided to join forces and… Read More

~~~++ A Very Merry Christmas to All *** Happy Holidays Everyone of You ++~~~

 It’s been a  busy, but quiet year here at Casita en el Lago.  All ceilings and walls, windows and trim, have been painted.  New hardwood floors installed and new carpet laid in the den and bedrooms.  Overall, it  looks like a perfectly new house.  Springtime will bring the last of the major improvements. The drivewaHy needs… Read More ~~~++ A Very Merry Christmas to All *** Happy Holidays Everyone of You ++~~~

Prelude to St. Patrick’s Day

************************************************************** *********************************************************** Many sites will tell you that the little trefoil known as the shamrock was once known as “seamróg“, pronounced “Seamroy”, meaning “little clover”. They also mention the fact that it is a very common clover that grows heartily in Ireland. Many agree that the ancient Druids honored it as a sacred plant. The… Read More Prelude to St. Patrick’s Day

~~ Wasps ~~

This one is for all the ladies/girls out there.  A bit of  the lifetime of a wonderful, gracious, serious, and very funny lady who, for a short period of my life (during my career associated with aviation), privileged me with her friendship.  She along with all the other WASPS and 99’s are the stuff of… Read More ~~ Wasps ~~

A Trip to the Zoo

  ************************************************************* Last weekend I took a trip to the zoo.  Not your usual zoo with giraffes, elephants, bears, and such, although this one had its share of cats.  In it there were Flying Tigers, Hellcats, Tomcats, Wildcats, and a few other interesting animals such as Mallards, Camels, Cobras, a Gypsy Moth, and a Warhawk.… Read More A Trip to the Zoo