Friday, May 5, 2017

Enter to win a Mellanni Bed Sheet Set Luxury Linens!



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Mellanni Fine Linens are silky soft, stain resistant, 100% microfiber, hypoallergenic and so much more! I can honestly say they are so soft that I sleep better. My granddaughter has spilled stuff on them many times and I don’t have to get upset, I just wipe off the mess. The other thing we like about these sheets is that they actually stay on the bed! No more getting frustrated because one of the corners popped off.

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Open to entrants in the United States, 18+.

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Prize: One winner will receive one Bluetooth Headset with Charging Dock Base valued at $49.99

Please read the rules here before entering.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

ENTER TO WIN A $10 AMAZON GIFT CARD IN THE KEEP CALM AND HOP ON GIVEAWAY HOP 2/14-2/28



Welcome to the 2nd annual Keep Calm and Hop On Giveaway Hop!

This hop is packed with amazing prizes at each stop. Be sure to check out the 3 hosts for wonderful grand prize packages. Visit daily to increase your chances of winning and good luck
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MamatheFox will be giving away the the following all the (1) winner!
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The temperatures here are up and down every week.  Crazy weather! One day it looks like summer- the next my car door is frozen shut.  Although I should be thankful that we've had a relatively mild winter so far.  I feel sorry for the readers in the Northeast!


As we approach spring- then summer- people will start to plan vacations and trips with the family.  NOW is the time to start planning- usually there are early bird specials for hotels.  In addition, starting to plan early helps you budget and not get sticker shock in June!








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Monday, February 13, 2017

Enter to win Disney's Mary Poppins on DVD in the #MovieMadnessHop!

There is so much going on this month!  From record highs for February to record snows in the northeast, we all need a break!  And what better way to take a break (and save money) than to cook a kettle of popcorn, grab the kids, and watch a classic movie!

Powered by Mom and  Mom Does Reviews are the terrific sponsors of the #MovieMadnessHop! This is your chance to win classic movies that have stood the test of time.  My contribution to this hop is the classic Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary Edition (DVD + Digital Copy) 










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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

BunkArt and the Communist Terror in Albania

Tirana, Albania (16131211609)It was still early in the afternoon when I returned to the hotel from Mount Dajti. I had been reading online about BunkArt- an underground bunker constructed during the 1970's. Built in the side of a mountain for the dictator and military, it was designed to withstand a nuclear and chemical attack.




Tirana Bunk'Art Doors





It is definitely not for the physically challenged!  I was dropped off at the entrance/ticket booth at the start of the path. Then you had to hike about 1/4 mile up the path to the entrance of the bunker.  You had to step over concrete barriers/steps and through a myriad of armored/concrete doors as you began the journey into the labyrinth built for the communist elite and Enver Hoxha. He had his own 2 room suite although he only visited the bunkers one time.






The bunkers have only recently been converted into a mix of museum of Albanian history (there are a lot of photos and info about the pre-WW2 kingdom of Albania), witness to the horrors of communism (a lot of files from the secret police- the Sigurimi have been transcribed and even translated into English), and art installations.   Most of the rooms had "themes"- a time period or event.  There was even a "typical" Albanian apartment from the communist era- though I suspect it was likely a Party member's apartment.  They lived separate from the others in a special area of Tirana- the Blloku ("the Block").




But the Bunker also served as a memorial.  So much of the communist terror had been internalized- you couldn't complain or even lament the murder of clerics or everyday citizens who- for whatever reason had been determined to be "enemies of the state"

Communism was murderous from the very beginning.  On the very first day in power, 12 "enemies of the state" were murdered.  I am reading "Enver Hoxha: The Iron Fist of Albania" a recent biography of the dictator himself drawing upon the recently declassified secret police and communist "Party of Labor" archives. He wasn't the smartest or the strongest.  But Hoxha was a master manipulator and liar.  His determination to eliminate anyone he perceived as an "enemy" began long before world war two.




His Stalinist policies continued even after the wall fell..while Hoxha went to his eternal judgment in 1985, his hand picked successors continued to grind their own people into the ground until 1991.  Although they did get a bit nervous when Ceausescu was executed (thus always to tyrants!) Nevertheless, political prisons remained open until 1991, when communism finally fell in Albania.






BunkArt and BunkArt 2 (a smaller bunker under Tirana) were both sobering reminders of the tremendous potential for evil and man's inhumanity to man.  A constitutional republic may not be perfect but the system of checks and balances allow people to maintain their freedoms and live to their fullest potential without resorting to violence.  At the end of the day, I have to admit that I was just upset that Hoxha didn't get his firing squad in the end.  But God is just and I know that justice is being done to Enver Hoxha and friends.  

As far as souvenirs available- well the shop inside the bunker was closed.  At the ticket booth (after I exited), there were BunkArt shot glasses (!), pens, and tshirts with Hoxha's picture saying that "I visited BunkArt before you!".  I know it was meant in jest but after seeing what that monster did, I had no desire to wear his photo (please don't walk up to me with a Che Guerrero or Castro tshirt either).  I bought a pen and left with the desire to learn more about this dark era.


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Monday, February 6, 2017

Winter Rescue in Moldova...

Tonight they are predicting snow showers and a low of 30 F in Chisinau. The older I get the less I like cold weather and the accompanying snow and ice. It just complicates life and causes high utility bills and headaches. I am thankful to have a warm apartment to come home to though. There is nothing worse than being cold and not being able to warm up- whether it's because of illness or lack of indoor heat.
 Many families in Eastern Europe are still dependent on wood stoves for heat- one more battle for struggling families as they struggle to keep the fire going. Mission Without Borders  is providing firewood, warm clothes, blankets, and boots to needy families and children in Moldova and the other six countries they serve in Eastern Europe. If you are warm right now, say a prayer of thanksgiving. And say a prayer for those who may not be.








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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Week in Albania: The weekend (part one)

Tirana panorama 2016
Skanderbeg Square Tirana

I had very few plans for the weekend (Jan 13-15) in Tirana. I knew that I wanted to visit the Stephen Center, a Christian bookstore, so that's what I did. I had printed a Google map from the hotel to the bookstore. The problem was that HUGE areas of the route were fenced up as they were/are renovating Skanderbeg Square.  So my route was not as straightforward as I thought it would be.

Eventually, I was able to find the Stephen Center and was able to buy some Albanian New Testaments, dramatized New Testaments (on CD/mp3), bookmarks with Bible verses, and souvenirs.


If anyone is visiting Albania soon, I have a couple of the New Testaments left.  Albanian bibles were so hard to find- even online!  I even found a copy of The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe in Albanian.  I plan on mailing that along with the bookmarks to K soon.  I left the dramatized New Testaments with the front desk staff.  I knew they had a CD player in the breakfast room.  Most of the time, the girls would sit in the breakfast room (next to a small heater- it was so cold) instead of sitting behind the desk area (right by the front door).  So maybe they 'll take a listen on a slow, cold day.

On Saturday,  a warm front was scheduled to pass through- bringing the temperatures up to 50 F!  I knew that it would be the perfect day to take the Dajti Express to the top of Mount Dajti.  The hotel called me a taxi (it was on the far end of town) and I finally got to go up one of those incredible mountains that cover 70% of the country.  There was a restaurant at the top but that was the extent of my knowledge of what to expect.




When I arrived at the top (15-20 minutes), I discovered that the snow (which had melted in Tirana) still covered the ground.  And I found that we really didn't go to the TOP of Mount Dajti..it was covered with clouds.  But it was high up enough to get a panoramic view of the city and to be extremely cold!

There was also a HOTEL at the top!  The Hotel Belvedere was offering rooms for just $50 a night (this included free cable car rides up and down as there is no other way up!)  Maybe next time.  I walked around a little bit but it was so very cold so I peeked into the restaurant (not sure if it was open yet or not).  Thankfully it WAS.


When I exited the cable car..
It was also well heated!  I was not very hungry but went on and ordered an early lunch to take in the panoramic view of the city, take pictures, and warm up.  They were predicting rain for Tirana and sure enough the clouds started to roll in around 11.  It didn't rain at the top- it started snowing- slowly at first then harder.
I decided that if I wanted to get DOWN the mountain I better move it.  As you can see, there was already a layer of snow at the top.  It was like a winter wonderland.

So I finished my journey to Dajti early and returned to the hotel.  The day was still young and I had been reading about some communist era bunkers outside of town.. (to be continued)



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