We're just back from a wonderful trip to Scandanavia where the weather was lovely and the sights unbelievable and unforgettable. We cruised down fjords in Norway, traveled overland in buses between impressive waterfalls stemming from the still melting snow that topped the mountains, down narrow hairpin roads that sloped at such an angle as to leave one breathless. What a memory! As was our day hike to a glacier. I will not soon forget the stunning countryside...so green and dotted with houses and barns painted red, white or yellow. Nor will I forget the people...beautiful and fit and happy. I had fun buying wonderful handknit Nordic sweaters for my grandchildren, and couldn't resist this beautiful knit Christening Gown for a newborn. Almost one yard long and with such detailing. I had to buy it to offer to someone who was in search of such an heirloom for their family to cherish as I cherish the gown in which all my children, and now grandchildren were christened.
And we came back to reality which, in these dog days of summer in the USA, is mainly about politics. I have been thinking about this historic Presidential election of 2016 and am not here to offer any advice or opinion (although I have plenty of both!) but want rather to offer up a little levity in the face of a lot of uncertainty. Surely this is an election to be remembered, and one easy way to do it is with an ornament symbolizing your favorite party. The Republican Elephant or the Democratic Donkey will serve as a reminder of the candidate you supported, or, in the case of our split household, both candidates that have been the topic of much conversation around my house! These ornaments would also make wonderful gifts for like minded friends...an unusual and affordable gift for political junkies!
As summer begins to wind down, we are off to the lake for one last fling with grandchildren, who will be coming in from all over the country. Our lives will be filled with swimming and fishing and tubing and potty training for the next several weeks...we are blessed (I think)!