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Thank you, Charlotte, for reminding me that three years ago today I fell in love with Cologne.

Tourists, of course.  Adolf Hitler presented one of his speeches from the balcony of this hotel.  No one seems to take notice.  Seemed eerie to me.

The city was quaint, huge, filled with history, and overall very friendly.  The countries and cities as a whole during our Rhine River adventure were so very much different from my experiences in the United States.  Cologne, however, made a very big impression on me.

The Compatible.  A Russian ensemble made up of accordions, a tuba and a violin.  Ah, the sounds heard across the square!  Charlotte and I stood in awe, even brought to tears for the glory of it.  I bought the CD they were offering.  Who could resist?

Cologne?  Does that word ring a bell to those enamored by fragrances?  Of course we visited the shop that sells the original Eau de Cologne, a fragrance originally mixed in Cologne, Germany in 1709.  Of course I had to buy some, and when the bottle is used up I’ll return to Cologne, Germany to get some more.  BTW, it’s a glorious scent.

I ration it, although I know I shouldn’t.  Who wouldn’t like smelling like this every day of their lives?!

Of course, who could ignore the Cologne Cathedral?  Imagination doesn’t even begin to tell the story of this magnificent structure and the things contained within it.

 

“Construction of Cologne Cathedral commenced in 1248 and was halted in 1473, leaving it unfinished. Work restarted in the 19th century and was completed, to the original plan, in 1880.[6] The cathedral is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe and has the second-tallest spires. The towers for its two huge spires give the cathedral the largest façade of any church in the world. The choir has the largest height to width ratio, 3.6:1, of any medieval church.[7]”  ~ Wikipedia

So, it’s ancient, and filled with treasures and the remains of important people acting in the Roman Catholic faith.  Tombs and jewels and relics ~ oh my!  It was so utterly awesome, like take-your-breath-away awesome, and I’ll never forget it.  The art within the cathedral’s walls was stunning.

Of course, Cologne, Germany is not only about perfume and music and architecture.  OK, so it mostly is, but I will never forget partaking in the best cherry cheesecake I’ve ever had.  Charlotte and I sat at a café/bakery on the square and savored that cheesecake more than any cheesecake we’d had before.  We hadn’t had any like it, and we never will, unless we return to Cologne.

If you’re ever in the neighborhood of Germany, be sure to stop at Cologne.  There are so many memories (and photos) I have but couldn’t contain them all in one blog post.  So much history, food, music, architecture, and really nice people.  The “Old Country” made so many new experiences for me, and I treasure them so.

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Buy It Friday is a nice addition to Auntie B’s blogging adventures. Not only does it give me the opportunity to show some of my fabulous products, it gives you the chance to buy those products directly from this site. Just click the “Pay With PayPal” button and pay with your PayPal account or a credit card. Easy Peasy!

Rock and roll was born before me, and will probably die after me.  There are so many legends in the field of rock and roll, but I curated a set of six of my favorites.

Rock and Roll Legends: Mick Jagger, Ozzie Osbourne, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Plant, Janis Joplin, and Jerry Garcia

 

Rock out kids!  (You’re kids as long as you can get into Rock and Roll.  That means you can be at least 80 years old!)  You can get these drink charms for your next party.  Claim your favorite.

If you’re a rock and roll fan and like to throw parties, these drink charms are totally for you.  Mark your stemmed glass or mug with the artist of your choice.

Play the classics and serve up the libations at your next party.

 

Rock Legends Drink Charms ~ Set of 6

Drink charms have never been so much fun! Slip these little beauties on the stem of your glass or handle of your mug and you'll be able to keep track of your drink all night long. A blessing for germophobes and hostesses alike! No mistaken glasses and no need to use more than one glass per guest throughout the evening. Genius! Each set contains six (6) drink charms. Images are cut by hand before being affixed to flattened bottle caps with archival quality adhesive, then sealed with resin. Each of the six charms will have its own unique bead color. The colors of the beads are at the discretion of Auntie B and subject to availability (may differ from those shown in the pictures). The charms come on a white cardboard label describing the use of drink charms and the names of the images included. The Rock Legends set includes: Mick Jagger, Ozzie Osbourne, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Plant, Janis Joplin, and Jerry Garcia Each bottle cap charm is approximately 1 1/4" (3.17 cm) diameter These charms are not dishwasher safe but can be wiped clean with a damp cloth.

$18.50

Price includes shipping within the US only. If you’re outside the US and would like to purchase, please contact me at auntiebswax4u@yahoo.com and I’ll provide an adjusted price.

Auntie B has many other things for sale in the Etsy shop. You can also seem me in person at these venues.

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Tonight is the Blue Moon.  If you don’t know what a blue moon is, Google it.

The Blue Moon brings memories to me, sparks inspirations, and swirls up romance.

Listen to the first artists to record the beautiful song Blue Moon.

 

 

Wishing you a love of your own.

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Warning: This Post Is Kind Of Gross

I’m sick.

I’ve been sick for five days now.

It started with lethargy and a cough that sent fumes that smelled like cauliflower into my nasal cavity.  I had eaten no cauliflower.  The cough became more severe and very productive.

Then came the sniffles, which led to a lot of sneezing in addition to the coughing.  I’m a very noisy sick person.

Before I knew it sniffling was no longer possible as the mucus in my sinuses had become thick globules of snot that refused to be blown out by force.  That doesn’t mean I didn’t try, which attempts put me in fear of blowing my eyeballs out of their sockets.

There was a fever early on, but it never was over 100°.  At least it put some roses in my cheeks.  My temperature got back to normal after a couple of days with the help of some fever-reducing blue pills.  I also took some antihistamine, but that didn’t do much except convince me it was keeping that gunky stuff locked in my sinuses, which I want extinguished as soon as possible.

The exertion caused by the coughing and sneezing started making my back, chest and stomach muscles ache, and soon I couldn’t do either without bending over from simple muscle pain.

My head is still clogged, which has led to a throbbing sensation at the base of my nose between the eyes, a severe loss of hearing, and a slight bit of dizziness.

Fortunately, I’ve had Husby to look after me.  He leaves me alone when I want to be left alone.  He feeds me when I’m hungry.  He doesn’t dry heave when I make all the sick noises I tend to make.  He knows exactly how to make things as good as they can be short of waving a magic wand and making it all go away.

“The Dangers of Influenza are manifold, but they can be avoided or minimized by correctly fortifying the system. The use of a pure and wholesome stimulant is approved and recommended by medical men, and analytical tests of ‘Black & White’ Scotch Whisky have justified their recommendations. You can be sure of these distinctive medicinal qualities by purchasing BLACK & WHITE Scotch Whisky.”

I’m still coughing and sneezing, but not as much as when this nightmare began.  My head is stuffed with what seems like a bowl of thick ass-pick aspic my mother-in-law used to make – slimy, gelatinous, and so very distasteful.  I’m deaf as a post and have to walk with a wide gait to prevent from tipping over for dizziness.

Today Husby woke up coughing and feeling unrested after a full night’s sleep.  As the day is wearing on he feels more listless and is coughing more.

The care-giving torch is being passed.  It’s time for me to buck up.

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Cozy Nights

The Minnesota winter has been snowy and cold.  That’s nothing new, but my evenings have been made so much more snug with some very thoughtful Christmas gifts.

I call this my Cozy Cloak. It’s about the size of a lap shawl, but has arm holes.  Not as clunky as a robe, stays on my shoulders, and is made out of the softest fabric ever invented.  Charlotte gave it to me, and I’ve worn it nearly every night since Christmas.

When the wind howls and the snow swirls through the night sky I wrap up in my Cozy Cloak and climb into bed for some reading time.  There’s always a book on my bedside table, and this Christmas Husby treated me to Tales of Beedle the Bard.  After reading all of the Harry Potter books in succession, Tales was a perfect addition to the wizard collection.

MaryAnn contributes to my cozy nights too.  For several years now she’s given me a box of truffles for Christmas, and this year was no different.  For a woman who doesn’t like sweets much she sure knows how to find the perfect candies for me.  They’re creamy and rich – the perfect indulgence to accompany a good book while wrapped in a soft, warm cloak.

I’ll never complain about Minnesota winters as long as I can find comfort in the dark hours of night.  I think I’ve got it nailed, thanks to the wonderful gifts from wonderful people.

 

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One-Liner Wednesday

Me: We sure have our problems, don’t we?

Husby: I don’t have problems, I have challenges and opportunities!

I think Husby hasn’t shaken the corporate world after six years of retirement.

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The twelfth day of Christmas was January 5th.  Husby and I had guests over that evening and as luck would have it our tree still looked healthy and bright, and the decorations around the house were still spreading Christmas cheer, naturally.  Never take down the decorations before the twelfth day of Christmas.

On January 6th (the thirteenth day of Christmas?) Husby and I were basking in the last evening of Christmas tree glow when – bink! – half of the tree lights were suddenly unlit.  I was disappointed, of course, but so grateful they didn’t blink out while we had company the night before.

We unplugged the tree lights, because of course I’d go completely mad looking at a half-lit tree.  The ornaments and tinsel shimmered in the ordinary lamp light of the room, but the corner that held the tree still seemed so dark without the twinkly lights.

Today I undecorated the tree.  The tinsel was removed and the ornaments safely stored.  The lights, well, I found the offending string that caused half of the tree to go dark and cast them aside.  Then Husby took the tree out to the “back forty” to deal with in the summer.

Now, not only is the corner of the room dark, it’s empty.

I didn’t have the inclination to take down all of the Christmas decorations today, nor did Husby and I wish to move the furniture back to “real life” positions.  The Christmas decorations will be put away bit by bit throughout the week.  The furniture will return to its usual positions and the empty corner will be filled once again.

Then begins a bright new year.

I hope you all had a merry holiday season and that the new year brings health, happiness, and peace to you all.

 

 

 

 

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