Monday, August 31, 2009

Toss me a dime or a bone.

In just about every major city I've visited, there's always a guy or gal with a dog, looking to get home... This pit bull and his owner are chillin' in Seattle. The guy didn't have shades, but the dog did.
And don't forget---Bibi will be back posting from Belgrade on September 2nd!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

International District

I love to walk through the streets of Seattle's International District, a predominantly Asian neighborhood. The smells, the sights...especially colorful murals like the one seen here with the tip of a pagoda thrown in for good measure.
Bibi'll be back posting from Belgrade on September 2nd!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Fremont is the Center of the Universe

Fremont, a funky Seattle neighborhood, claims to be the center of the universe. If you're there and want to know just how far you are from a lot of other places (or people, in Rapunzel's case...she's on the Fremont Bridge...), just check out this sign.
Belgrade photos back on September 2nd...

Friday, August 28, 2009

Skywatch Friday--Floating by the Needle

Viewed from a friend's house in West Seattle. He has this gorgeous view, albeit sometimes without the parachutist, every day...

I'll be posting again from Belgrade September 2nd...

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Which pie did I make?

Yesterday we fed the birds, now we're feeding me....and a few friends. When I'm in the US, I like to eat foods that are not readily available in Belgrade, like blueberries. Very few here, if any; never seen blueberries on the Serbian markets. Anyway, I made the blueberry pie on the right for my contribution to a dinner at my future in-laws' home. (Remember, daughter's getting married in Belgrade September 19th!)

(I'll be back posting from Belgrade on September 2nd.)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

ABC Wednesday "F" is for "Feed Sticks"

Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo offers an up-close-and-personal aviary, where kids (and I am a large child) can buy Feed Sticks for a dollar and feed their feathered friends. The little parakeets and cockatiels in the enclosure seem to be endlessly hungry, and they are constantly eyeing new visitors to see if there's a feed stick in his or her hand.

Who ever came up with the expression 'eat like a bird'? These guys were famished!

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009


I did a double-take when I walked pass this gourmet popcorn shop at 215 Pike Street in Seattle. "Kukuruz" is the Serbian word for 'corn.,' and perhaps in a couple of other Slavic languages. Googling gave me this information .

Sounds good!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Found him!

It was Chuck from Almost One A Day in Seattle (see list on right) whom I found, not the cat. The cat is a really sweet kitty (and that's a compliment, coming from a dog lover), and belongs to the Cat Whisperer...

Chuck had written to me before I arrived that he was hard to find at the Pike Place Market, but I sneaked up on him and found him with nooooo trouble.

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

One year ago today....

One year ago today my loving and much-loved husband passed away. I can't believe the year has gone so fast, and that the pain has lessened so little. I imagine it never will.

This photo is from all of my family to him whom we loved more than anything. He's shown here on a beach in La Push, Washington, on his last trip to the US two years ago.

Ivan, we love you still and forever.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Neat-o Nikes

Pretty snazzy, eh? I think I would have bought a pair of these once-upon-a-time.

Friday, August 21, 2009

What I see in the morning

When I open my eyes every morning (early) here in Seattle, this is what I see before I even get out of bed: leaves against a pale blue sky.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

A good mother

As I said the other day, I frequently took the Bremerton ferry this summer. Each time the boat docked in Bremerton, I hurried to the front port side to check on Mama Seagull. She'd made her nest on a tall pylon that aligns with the ferry's window. I was hoping to soon see a baby or two, but all I ever got was an egg. Anyway, everybody loves baby birds....

...or do they? Well, believe it or not, the Feds have been exterminating seagulls for more than a decade from Seattle's ferry terminals, because they are a health and safety hazard, after one ferry employee came down with psittacosis, a disease sometimes transmitted by birds, even the domestic parakeet. This nasty bit of news came out here in early August. Part of the article reads, "...the birds are usually killed discreetly and quietly at night to avoid offending anyone..... Nests are removed by hand. Juvenile birds typically are gassed with carbon-dioxide in a chamber about the size of a microwave oven. Adults often are killed with pellet guns..."

So I wonder when our nation's beaches are going to get rid of all their gulls.

I hope this little egg stays safe.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

ABC Wednesday 'E' is for 'Everlasting...?'

Is (some) love everlasting? This sign in the Lush soap store in Westlake Mall proclaims that it's not, and that their soaps last longer. So buy one and shower with your sweetie while they last!


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Snoozing over the Sound...

During my Seattle visit, I have had the occasion to take the Washington State Ferry across Puget Sound several times to Bremerton to visit my mother who lives in Gig Harbor. It's an hour ride, and I usually read or write. Many people use the time for a cat nap....

Monday, August 17, 2009

Sad remembrance

It's been already one year today since my husband was stricken with a fatal stroke. He was so strong that he hung on one week before succombing; his heart was last to go, so strong it was.

This is a photo of a glass of Serbian brandy in his honor.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Open, but relaxing

It was early one morning before most shops opened when I snapped this photo of a barber (feet, anyway) who was hopeful that he'd get some business before regular work hours.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

How far will you go?

I love orangutans. I love their faces, their hair color, their gentleness toward one another (most of the time anyway; I know they can be aggressive.)

Here a female in Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo is grooming her male. Would you pick cooties off your mate? I imagine we all would!

Friday, August 14, 2009

SKYWATCH--Four Planes and a Bird

Caught a glimpse of the fast-moving BLUE ANGELS as they rushed over Seattle's skies for its annual event, Seafair. Looks like they're dive-bombing this poor bird, but they're not!


Thursday, August 13, 2009

In Seattle!

Here I am in Seattle, and am showing you a view of the city from Lake Union. My future in-laws chartered a boat to celebrate my daughter and their son's upcoming wedding in Belgrade. The boat, "My Girl," sailed us along Lake Union and Lake Washington for two hours....yummy food, too.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

ABC Wednesday "D" is for "Dinosaur"

Sometimes I really wish I had a backyard...and a very large suitcase to take this guy back to Belgrade with me. I don't know how much he cost, but he's definitely cheaper than he was, if you believe the sign. The little sign he is carrying reads, "No swimming or wading." I think he's convincing enough.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Fate of Old Woodies

Following up to yesterday's photo, here is an old woodie, albeit quite adapted to its new purpose of advertising a seafood restaurant. It's missing the wooden panels on its side, but the surfboard on its roof is a wooden one! I saw very few vintage woodies when in this area of California, but I'm sure they're out there....

Monday, August 10, 2009

The State-of-the-art Surfer

From the Beach Boys' ode to surfing:

"If everybody had an ocean
Across the U.S.A.
Then everybody'd be surfin'
Like Californ-i-a
You'd seem 'em wearing their baggies
Huarache sandals too
A bushy bushy blonde hairdo
Surfin' U.S.A."

Back in the sixties, the surfers I knew crammed their woodies with waxed-down wooden surfboards and headed out to the beach. In southern California where I lived, there was usually no need for wet suits, which were then considered kind of sissy.

How things have changed. The above gear, including the car, is streamlined and trendy. And there are bikes, too!

Sunday, August 9, 2009


Like many people, when I see a pelican (especially in flight), I am reminded of pterodactyls. These are amazing birds; I never tire of watching them, even when they're doing nothing. This fellow (or gal, for all I know), was one of at least 50 in a line on the rooftop of a fish restaurant in Avila, California.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Chew, chew.

Here's a close-up of gum along San Luis Obispo's Bubble Gum Alley. Kim of Seattle Daily Photo recently posted a full shot of this landmark, so have a look. Naturally, I chewed a piece of gum and left it there. It's the whiter-looking one to the lower left of the red piece on the lower left of the wrapper someone stuck on the wall, if you're interested....and I know you are...

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Skywatch Friday--The Flying Shark

I bet that a flying shark photo is some sort of first for Skywatch. The photo is actually of a kite in the shape of a shark, and it definitely stood out from all the other kites flying over Grovers Beach in California. The bottom photo is NOT of the kite that fell into the ocean, nor is it even a shark phot. It's a dolphin...I saw them leaping, but was unable to capture a leap, so I settled for the 'unsettling' fin.


Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Madonna Inn

Depending on your tastes, the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California, is either the height of gaudiness or a really classy place. This is a photo of the main dining room, in "Pepto Bismol pink," as my friend put it.

The Inn is a California landmark. Its first 12 rooms were completed December 24, 1958, and an additional 28 rooms were quickly built. One hundred ten unique rooms now exist, each decorated differently to suit many individual tastes, like the Barrel of Fun, Antique Cars, Buffalo, Caveman, and Matterhorn rooms, some with waterfall showers, rock fireplaces, European fixtures, and fine furnishings to name a few.

Read more about the Madonna Inn Go to this link, and under accomodations, click 'room features grid' for a sneak preview.

Gaudy or classy, I think I may stay there on my next trip....

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

ABC Wednesday "C" is for "chocolate-covered..."

Ah, California.... (Another "C"), home of the wacky and wonderful. In this shop they were selling chocolate covered candies of all kinds, including these chocolate-covered scorpions. They also had dried salted scorpions, worms, and crickets, along with the chocolate-covered ones.

Would you try one?

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Jollier Jolly Roger

This Jolly Roger has been made even jollier by the addition of the Smiley face flag on this boat docked at Morro Bay. Almost makes you welcome pirates aboard your ship!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Welcome to California! Surf's up!

I went to visit a very dear friend in San Luis Obispo, and we made some short side trips. These two surfers are carrying their boards toward the ocean on Pismo Beach. I graduated from high school in southern California in the '60's at the height of surfomania, and whenever I return, it's a major case of nostalgia for me. I couldn't get Beach Boys' tunes out of my head....nor did I want to.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

How do YOU roll 'em?

I'm always fascinated by the different ways cultures stack their hay. Sometimes hay'stacks' are just that--stacks; sometimes they're very conical, sometimes in bales.... Here in this Pennsylvanian field the farmer has rolled them into cylinders.

How do they roll 'em where you are?

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Theme Day "Night"

Not quite night, but close enough. This is where I slept at night when at my cousin's place. He and his wife have a lovely log cabin home not far from Harrisburg in Mount Gretna, a woodsy resort where we used to go swimming as kids.

Isn't this just the cutest room?

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MONDAY MURALS--talking, texting, and a strawberry

 Cafes here are now open, inside and out with the former having limited seating, but before that you just had to  grab a bench where you fou...