Category Archives: Visiting the Neighbors

The Orples Join A Paper Kite Butterfly for Lunch.

Maria not only has a tropicalflowerzone, she has beautiful butterflies on her blog too. The Orples seem to have made a new friend—Ms.  Paper Kite Butterfly.  Speaking of butterflies; Amazon has some really cool Butterfly Sticker Books available if you love butterflies as much as we do, and stickers are  a fun addition to snail mail letters & packages, scrapbook entries, etc.  Amazon has some cool ‘how to makePaper Kites books, too. I even found one that features butterflies, among other things from around the world .  With March right around the corner,  paper kites come to mind in more ways than one.  :)

The Orples and the Paper Kite Butterfly enjoy a leisurely lunch together.
The Orples and the Paper Kite Butterfly enjoy a leisurely lunch together.

With all of those scrumptious flowers to munch on, I am thinking those three are going to be enjoying an extended lunch. This might be a good time to begin back in the neighborhood, allowing you to review our recent Adventures, so you don’t miss anything. Come along while I refresh my memory — and those three finish lunch.

The Orples Visit The Ruins of Kerak Castle in The Middle East.

You know when Madhu gets theurgetowander, she wanders into some fascinating places.  Along the way, Madhu takes breathtaking photos, and in many cases (such as this), includes a wonderful, informative history of her subject matter. Today we are visiting the ruins of The Castle Kerak and learning of its thousand (plus) year history.   I am always amazed at the number of people who have died fighting over power and land. At the moment, I am hoping Oscar doesn’t fall over the side and perish with some of the poor souls who fell victim to the King’s wrath somewhere along the way.

The Orples are in the Middle East visiting the ruins of Kerak Castle.
The Orples are in the Middle East visiting the ruins of Kerak Castle.

Olivia was smart enough to bring binoculars and she is willing to share.  I suspect, once Oscar regains his nerve, the Orples will be spending more time admiring the scenery.

If you get tired of waiting for the Orples, come visit our neighbors with me to see what you may have missed in the recent past. :)

The Orples, The Knitted Bluebird, and The Beautiful Knit Flowers

If you guys had trouble believing in Orples, check out Jackie’s knitted bluebird. Jackie really does knit with heart … as if the bluebird isn’t sweet enough, check out those lovely flowers she has made. To see more, you need to visit Jackie.

The Orples have run across a knitted bluebird that lives in kitted flowers.
The Orples have run across a knitted bluebird that lives in kitted flowers.

As much as Oscar and Olivia love to chat, we may as well visit the neighborhood as I  suspect those two will be awhile.  While you guys toggle down through past posts, I think I’ll skip over to Amazon for a minute or two and check out their yarn. I might have to knit my own little bluebird. :)

The Orples Meet Marilyn Monroe

Oscar is going to be reflecting on his soul after Olivia gets done with him. He is being a naughty boy, it appears he is peeping where he shouldn’t ought to be peeping — typical boy.  Maybe when Robin is done reflecting on her soul, she can have a talk with him.

Oscar is being a bad boy.
Oscar is being a bad boy.

In the meantime, I am sure Amazon carries Marilyn Monroe Dolls, as well as other memorabilia, since Marilyn is an American icon, after all. Once I have satisfied my curiosity, I am going to re-visit the neighbors. Tag along if you like. :)

The Orples Take Up Bull Fighting In Mexico

Yesterday, it was England. Today we are in Mexico visiting with Cedric.  Those little Orples sure do get around. And Oscar has talked Olivia into trying her hand at bullfighting. I really don’t think she is into it.

Oscar is a lot braver than Olivia is, evidently. I think she would rather not be in the pen with that bull.
Oscar is a lot braver than Olivia is, evidently. I think she would rather not be in the pen with that bull.

Those two! —  After I’ve checked out to see if they have any toy bulls on Amazon  for the Orples to play with, we can reflect on our neighbors. Feel free to come along.

The Orples Visit Auckland Castle in Bishop Park in County Durham, England

It seems the last time we visited Jo, the Orples were joining her for Christmas Eve dinner at Howard Castle.  And now, here they are again as Jo Wanders to yet another Castle—Auckland Castle in Bishop Park in England.  And once again we find ourselves in the dining room after a long day of walking the grounds. Jo took a multitude of photos, so if you want to see them, you will  have to go see Jo.  You will also get an excellent history lesson while you are there.  I think I am going to just buy the Orples  a toy castle, then maybe they will stay home a little, and give me a break.

The Orples are crashing the dinner scene at Auckland Castle
The Orples are crashing the dinner scene at Auckland Castle

While Oscar and Olivia eat cake, I am going to stroll through the neighborhood and see who else is up to what.

To be fair to Meg, today’s post was in tribute to her blog, but I’d set up the drawings in early December when I had a few spare moments with the intention of using the drawings when I was short on time, like today. Silly me, I thought WordPress would pull the post to the front reflecting the actual date of publication —  Not! So,  if you would like to see the post I worked up for her, WordPress has shoved her back into my archives, to correlate with the date I originally  set up the draft on her post. Thus, you may not see her post at all. Live and learn.

The Orples Go To The Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival

You would think at some point the Orples would stay home, but they found out about the Renaissance Festival in Pittsburgh. Ruth is hosting them as she photographs the event. And she’s been very generous with her work, I must say.

Olivia is really into the costumes at the fair, and as usual, Oscar's mind is on food. Go figure.
Olivia is really into the costumes at the fair, and as usual, Oscar’s mind is on food. Go figure.

I am sure the Orples will be taking their time, enjoying the food and fun at the festival. Olivia is just wild about the renaissance costumes the people are wearing. Now she wants to see if Amazon has a costume for her. I suspect even Amazon won’t be able to supply an orple outfit, but I am going to check it out anyway. Then as is the norm, we can visit the neighbors. You are welcome to come along if you wish.

The Orples Are Admiring Gerry’s Nano Awards.

Gerry has been laying low, writing quite a bit, it seems.  Let’s all Restawlye and go check him out.  Oscar and Olivia are admiring his first Nano award, but Gerry didn’t stop there. To see just how many awards Gerry has achieved, you will have to visit him, but I will say the one shown here is only the first.

Now the Orples want their own laptop computer so they can write like Gerry does.
Now the Orples want their own laptop computer so they can write like Gerry does.

Olivia is so excited, she wants her own laptop computer now, so she can write while she and Oscar travel among your blogs.  I think after we’ve checked out computers on Amazon, we will visit the neighbors as we usually do this time of day. Please come along if you like. :)

The Orples Meet Danny, A Teddy Bear

Ute is so upbeat and she has some wonderful friends on her blog. No wonder Utesmiles so much.  Come join the Orples and meet Danny, her friendly little teddy bear.  Ute introduces him in more extent than I have here.   Plus, you will love her blog, so be sure and check her out if you’ve not met her already.

Danny, the Teddy Bear and the Orples are getting ready to eat. I hope Oscar leaves a little something for Danny and Olivia.
Danny, the Teddy Bear and the Orples are getting ready to eat. I hope Oscar leaves a little something for Danny and Olivia.

We can leave them to chat for awhile. I think I’ll stroll though the neighborhood and see who else is up to what. Then I might go to try to find our own teddy bear.

The Orples meet Milhouse Van Houten

AD Martin , one of our neighbors, is a fellow author.  He has introduced his readers to some of his favorite characters. Milhouse is one of them.  The Orples and I checked in with Mr. Martin to see what he is up to and this is where we met Milhouse. Now we are introducing him to you.  If you would like to get to know him better, I suggest you visit AD’s blog, since his introduction is a bit more complete than ours is.

The Orples are meeting Millihouse Van Housen for the first time.
The Orples are meeting Milhouse Van Houten for the first time.

I think I will go knocking on doors, to see if any of our neighbors would like to come along.  I am sure Amazon sells Simpson toys, so I think I’ll check them out too.