Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Party in Your PJs #175

Happy Tuesday!

Welcome to the Party in Your PJs Link Party, where your posts will be seen on four different blogs each week.

You'll also find the Awesome Life Friday link-up here at RCHReviews, every Thursday evening at 8pm ET so we hope to see you there as well.

Here we are, right on the cusp of Autumn already.  I've so enjoyed being able to throw open our windows for at least a portion of every day and the leaves are starting to turn in earnest now.

I'm not quite ready to put away summer clothes yet but I am ready to set up some Fall decor, and we are catching ourselves choosing soups instead of salads when we're throwing together a simple meal.

I have a growing list of things I need to do - both around our home and here with the blog - over the next month.  Some seasonal cleaning, and trying to get in front of tasks due before the year's end.

In October we are headed to Germany for two weeks to visit family and to see as much of the local area as we can.

This is my husband's first time in Europe and I'm so excited to see it for the first time again through his eyes, and to share some of my old favorite places.

And then, almost the minute we return in early November, I begin a series of medical appointments in preparation for a surgical reconstruction of my left hand (both of my hands are severely deformed from rheumatoid arthritis degeneration).

This is going to leave me unable to do much for a good while, so I am trying to figure out what I can do in advance and what I need to let go of.

I'm excited for  the surgery and terrified of the recovery. hah!

I'll be writing more about all that later - my wonderful co-writers here at RCH will help take on some of my editorial and web maintenance stuff, and otherwise we'll go with the flow and it will all be good.

Sorting out how to brush my hair and feed myself with my non-dominant hand? Those are the scary parts! ~ Lynda

Are you ready to party? I can't wait to see what you've brought to share!

 Meet the Co-Hosts

Nina @ Grandma Ideas 

Lynda @ Reviews, Chews & How-Tos 

Facebook // Pinterest // Twitter // Instagram

Donna @ Aging Like a Fine Wine

Facebook // Pinterest // Twitter // Instagram

The rules for the group board include:
1. Limit of one pin a day.
2. Just like the party anything goes, but clear wonderful pictures with great descriptions are most successful.
3. Please no Spam ( Spammers will be deleted without warning)
4.  If you pin to the Pinterest Board, please link to the Party in Your PJs Party also, the party runs from 7 pm Tuesdays-Midnight Saturday (Central Time)
5.  Finally have fun and share this group board  with blog friends and followers!  The more success the group board is the more success you will see from your pins.

Lynda's Features!

 Make sure you head over to the other member of Party in Your PJs
 to see their features - we each pick our own!

All links are pinned to a Party Board...you can follow the board on Pinterest...feel free to follow the board, there is lots of inspiratioPn to be found there.

Ok...let's party!

Rules -Link to post, not your home page
-Link to something YOU made, wrote or thought
-No Etsy or Business Pages
-Link Parties, Roundups and Giveaways welcome
- Don't Link and Run! Please visit other links, make friends, learn something new, leave a comment.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Santorini, Greece - Oia and a Wine Tasting

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The other day, I shared with you the first couple of days of my weeklong trip to Santorini, Greece with my friend, Stes.

Day four, we finally got to enjoy transportation freedom!

We took a breathtaking coastal drive to Oia. Oia is totally the 'Hollywood' picture postcard Greece everyone expects (at least in terms of Santorini). We blasted our music with our windows down while our tiny smart car took every cliff side twist and turn with ease.

Unfortunately, once we got within a mile or so, it was a complete cluster of traffic. The roads are so narrow and there was someone poorly conducting traffic, as large buses tried to make it down.

Over the course of 30 minutes we pulled forward and backed up so many times I think we ended further than our original stop.

Finally we asked someone and they said it would easily be a few hours before we were getting through.

Many people were turning around, most of which were having a lot of trouble and causing more traffic.

Go Go Gadget Smart Car! We whipped around and found a pull off, gathered our day packs, and walked the mile or so into Oia.

Shortly into town, we stopped for drinks and a snack at a cafe with an amazing view.

I imagine I'll say that as I talk about anywhere here... there just ISNT a bad view!

I tried a uniquely Grecian cocktail – Santorinian Sparkling White Sangria, which was Assyrtiko Wine, Vodka, Orange Couracao, Lime, Cucumber, Flower Water, and Sage Leaves.

It was so refreshing!

In Oia, we saw beautiful temples, super unique shops, breathtaking views, couples taking to die for wedding photos, and an over abundance of places to stop and eat and drink.

I'm becoming predictable as my favorite spot, just like in Paris, was a famous bookstore - Atlantis Books.

You almost wouldn't notice it if you weren't paying attention as It's small, and tucked below ground. Steep concrete steps lead you into this magical land of literature with books in at least 5 different languages.

Once inside, small alcoves wind in and out of different sections, all with humorous commentary written on the shelves or post it notes by the staff.

One of my favorite parts was the wall of first additions!

Later that night we dolled up and headed to Santo Wines for a tour of their winery and a 4 flight tasting.

The grounds were just beautiful and we learned a lot about their very unique practices. For example, due to the high winds, the grape vines are manipulated by wrapping them around themselves forming a basket or nest like structure, helping it withstand the elements.

We got to see their full facility and where everything was made, all the machinery and even the cellar where the barrels are kept for many years.

After the tour, we were taken to their gorgeous dining area and were brought our wines to taste.

I appreciated the nice heavy pours. They had the option of tasting up to 18 glasses! We opted for a more conservative flight of 4.

I know there were two whites - Assyrtiko and Nykteri, I believe. There was also a red called Kameni, that was a bit too grown up for me.

The last one was also technically a white, however it was brown! It was called Vinsanto (not to be confused with Tuscan Vin Santo), and it is a prized ancient tradition on the island.

It gets its color from sun drying the grapes after harvest. There is very strict rules on the type and ratio of grapes, as well as a minimum of 2 years in an aging barrel to be allowed to use the name Vinsanto on the bottle.

It is a dessert wine and was way too sweet for my taste, but I really loved the story behind it. In the end I bought 3 bottles of wine from their shop to bring home to my husband.

With nothing planned or scheduled for our fifth day on Santorini, we headed back to the Perissa Beach area!

We went straight to the Magic Bus to see our lovely new friend Christos and hoped he could hook us up with one of his awesome cabanas. Once again, he recognized us right away.

We were in luck- he still had a handful of cabanas left. One was a front row view of the ocean and currently had a perfect ratio of sun and shade.

We ordered a few beachy drinks and sliced fruit and basked in the glory of our vacation.

We napped, we ordered lunch, we dozed some more, and after 5 hours of pure relaxation and phenomenal shore-side service from The Magic Bus, we decided to move on.

As soon as we started packing up I realized something was not right. Ow! What is this? What's happening? AM I DYING?!

And that was the day I experienced my first sunburn.

And it was a bad one! Mostly just upper thigh but very swollen and felt like 100 bee stings.

I had been very lax with my sun protection and was looking forward to a glorious tan.

Bad decisions were made and I have very much learned my lesson. Ow.

Nonetheless, we persisted. From Perissa we went to Kamari beach. It wasn't nearly as nice and instead of beautiful sand, it was small pebbles. We didn't stay too long. We wanted to check out a restaurant called Mama Mia's but it was closed. We settled for some really tasty pasta across the street before heading back to the hotel, exhausted and full.

In a few days, I'll tell you what we did and saw on our last couple days in glorious Santorini - stay tuned for a tour of some ancient ruins!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Awesome Life Friday #129

Welcome to Awesome Life Friday!

We're so looking forward to seeing what you've been cooking, creating, growing, decorating, reviewing, giving away, and thinking about this week!

While you're here, leave your posts at the other link up we co-host here - Party in Your PJs!  It starts on Tuesday evenings, and runs through Sunday.  I hope you'll join us there as well!

Here's what we've been up to this past week:

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This week I was inspired by all the warm earth and wood tones of September.

DecoArt Blog // Wood Slice Pumpkins
"Add these adorable pumpkins to your Halloween décor.  These are a simple way to add some spook but make it blend with the rest of your farmhouse décor seamlessly.  If you love all things rustic, this is definitely the project for you."

a Vintage Green // A Vintage Washboard & Hemp Oil Finish
"I like to add protection to old wood and Hemp Oil is my choice. It does change the tone of the wood and as it dries in it adds a good finish."

A Fresh Squeezed Life // How to Make a Wall-Mounted Hook Rack
"My garage houses a pretty large pile of reclaimed fence wood and I knew I wanted a bit of that texture in my room.  Old wood has so much character from all of the years it has been weathered and worn…it is like it has a story to tell."

A Fireman's Wife // Easy Caramel Sauce
"I made this to go with an apple cake yesterday and it is so good it can also stand alone! This is perfect to pour over ice cream, cakes, pies, and my husband says he can’t wait to pour it all over pumpkin pancakes! I totally agree."

Chas' Crazy Creations // Real Tree Candle Holders
"We recently had an aspen tree pass away at our house and cut it down.  We saved some of the branches and we made our own aspen branch candle holders!"

Simply Stacie // No-Bake Butterscotch Cookies
"[These] are chewy and sweet! I can only handle one or two at a time because they are so sweet – at least to my tastebuds. I love eating mine with a cup of coffee."

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