Batt and Robin

Batt and Robin are Christians, Patriots, Teachers, Scientists, Artists, Authors and Travelers

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Coral Creativity II – Color Identification

I went online to see what Pantone posted regarding the color “Living Coral.” What I found out, is when you try and copy-save an image, you get the web address. This didn’t help me, who does not own a connected smart phone. (I compose on a laptop and use an iPad for other work.) I wanted a few samples of the color coral, and found them at my local HD paint department. Yes, household paint chips match Pantone colors. I just re-noticed that our web theme is coral with turquoise!

Then, when I went for fabric, it started with a zipper on a spinning rack of zippers. There, right in front of me was a coral zipper, and a turquoise one also. I took it around the shop, and with the help of a sales person, found three tones of coral and three tones of turquoise. At the end of the day, the zippers came home also. Next up: Choosing a pattern.

Here is a picture of my fabric selection. Couldn’t resist Kaffe Faccett nor the zippers.img_0838


Starting our summer travels out right: Be prepared.

It seems like everyone we see at the airport these days is pre-checked in. They use their phone, iPAD, computer or pre-printed electronic boarding passes and check in. Most people come to the airport ready to drop off a bag and head to security. It saves time and sometimes a few dollars for using the online check in procedures.

Then there are those who arrive at the airport, not quite ready for travel, as the two groups of people ahead of us in line before our first leg of our summer trip to Australia and New Zealand. The first couple was going to Bombay. They discovered that not all their bags would go for free. Each of their second bags was going to cost them $100. They had their tickets, yet didn’t plan ahead in packing. With nervous looks at each other, they turned away from the ticket counter.

Next in line, was a young man from South Korea. He was going to Sydney, AU like we were. The agent asked him if he had his visa. He said he had applied on line for the electronic visa. When she asked when, he said a few hours ago. She couldn’t verify it and could not issue his boarding passes.  He turned away sadly to check his computer.

We were next in line. Rick handed the agent our copy of the visa authorization with our passports.


Visa authorization form  

1 bag each and each under 50 pounds.

We were checked in as far as Los Angeles, CA, where we would change to Quantas for our international flight. Our bags, however, were checked all the way to Auckland!

Here are five points for low stress, high success, at the beginning of an international trip.

1 Do your homework.  Find out what your destination site’s regulations are. Comply.

2. See if you need a visa and apply for it at least a month before your flight.

3. Use a bathroom scale before your flight to weigh your luggage. Our trip included 9 more air flights, so we bought a hand-held luggage scale. Some flights had different weight allowances! We found our scale at our local automobile travel agent. We had a lot of fun distributing poundage between our bags and backpacks as our trip unfolded.

4. Arrive at the airport early. We booked our taxi in advance. The company we use is always early and the drivers are interesting people. Or save more by having a friend drop you off. The small gift you bring back for them will more that pay for itself.

5. Enjoy the extra $$ in your wallet. You might buy the special chocolates you love, or a Chicago style hot dog if it you fly through O’Hare and enjoy your flight.

I guess growing up as a Girl Scout and embracing the motto. “Be Prepared,” saves us time and money during our travels.