First, I can't believe it's been a week since I've posted anything . . . It's been a bit hectic around here; something every day. So hectic, in fact, that I haven't even had enough time to keep up with all the other blogs I read, let alone leave many comments - AND it just so happened that Lynette featured me on Getting to Know You and I only realized it by way of some new visitors coming by my blog and leaving nice comments. (how's that for a run-on sentence?!) So, thank you to Lynette and all my new friends out there in Bloggerland - I'm trying to catch up and visit all these new blogs!!
Second, it's my birthday today . . . so Happy Birthday To Me. I'm officially now forty-something-or-other. The family sang and brought me breakfast in bed with my gifts (luckily they waited, and let me sleep-in, too!). We went to a buffet lunch at a hotel in the afternoon. It's traditional Scandinavian food, and there's not much I usually like, but I LOVE the cake they make for dessert, so that's why we went. Then we did some grocery shopping and didn't get home until after 6pm. We had eaten so much at lunch, we didn't have dinner, but a few of the troop ate bagels. This evening I've been baking cupcakes and a cake which I will decorate tomorrow to have ready for Sofia's birthday on Tuesday.
Here's Mattias, Pepsi and me marking this special day!
The outskirts of St. Pete
Saint Petersburg: Sankt-Peterburg, Russian pronunciation: is a city and a federal subject of Russia located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. The city's other names were Petrograd (1914–1924) and Leningrad (1924–1991). Founded by Tsar Peter I of Russia on 27 May, 1703, it was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than two hundred years (1713–1728, 1732–1918). Saint Petersburg is home to more than two hundred museums, many of them hosted in historic buildings. The largest of the museums is the Hermitage Museum, featuring interiors of the former imperial residence and a vast collection of art. Celebrating the 300th anniversary of its foundation, Saint Petersburg was selected as the main motif in a recent Finnish commemorative coin, the €10 Mannerheim and Saint Petersburg commemorative coin, minted in 2003. The reverse of the coin features a view of Saint Petersburg, with the Peter and Paul Fortress and its three turrets. In the coin the words "St. Petersburg 1703-2003" can be seen.