Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Friday, July 17, 2015
There once was a Viking King named Harold Bluetooth, who was possibly in need of dentistry.
He is immortalized by the company Bluetooth, whose symbol is an ancient Viking rune spelling out Harold Blietooth's monogram.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
When the Vikings invaded the British Isles, English women were known to enjoy the cleanliness and grooming of the Vikings.
Even Viking women carried flint daggers.
Sunny Aalsborg, Denmark could not be much windier. But compared to Norway, the weather is sunny and cheerful, as are the people.
Citizens are allowed to have collective garden plots, where they can grow vegetables, flowers and herbs. The summer homes are off limits November through March. The construction is poor quality and the facilities are bare bones. Yet the garden plots are incredibly popular.
Whereas Norway has a stunning topography of mountains and fjords, Denmark is flat and more reminiscent of Holland. The views cannot compare to Norway and its hundreds of waterfalls.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
In the Viking Cemetary "Lindholm Hoje" in Aalsborg, Denmark, stones reminiscent of Stonehenge mark off individual cremation graves. Some are arranged in the shape of a boat. Others are triangles or circles. The Cemetary was in use from 400 AD to 1000 AD.
The grass is clipped by free power: sheep!
Some say the graves only contain animal skeletons, as human bodies were burned.
The leaders were burned on boats sent out to sea. The Vikings felt that being burned might get their souls to Valhalla faster, as they would not have to decompose first.
Vikings had a very strong honor code of doing the right thing: ethics were all important.
In this wind-blown country at the conjunction of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea is the happiest country on earth. Why? Because Denmark has a sense of the cozy: a feeling of safety and being cared for, called Hygge. It is a non-judgmental sense of warmth, acceptance and mutual respect. Decor can be messy and a hodgepodge. Hair can be crazy wild.
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Please join me tonight at my opening for my one woman show at River Farm, located on East Blvd. in Alexandria along the lovely Potomac River. The party is 6-8. Bring your umbrella, just in case!
Snacks will be served. The painting below is just one of 102 for sale.
Be there or be square!
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Dear Imaginary Friends,
A new restaurant in Alexandria celebrates the South and its foodways in a whole new way.
"Stomping Grounds" on Mt. Vernon Avenue serves up delicious biscuits decked with tasty fried chicken thighs. They are served up two ways: the Classic serves up the above with pimento cheese and a few sweet pickle slices.
I love the mismatched china and the friendly owner.
The service could really use some consistency. Sometimes it is great and sometimes non-existent.
It is worth eating here, and you can also get take out.
Your imaginary friend Patsie