• The Journey

    365 DAYS TO GO!

    Yep, I’m 49 today so 365 days to go until the big 5-0. I know, I know, I haven’t posted in a while.  Life has been beyond hectic lately.  I know it’s not an excuse to ignore this project, which is very important to me so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to jump back in with both feet! So where am I in this journey?  Really?  There are up days and down days.  Days where I feel like I can conquer the world and days where I don’t want to get out of bed.  Sound familiar?  We all have this, right?  Right?  Please tell me I’m right. First, I…

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    The Trouble with Tomatoes, The Sequel

    Yeah, still having trouble with tomatoes. But I have good news and bad news.  Let’s start with the good news.  Actually, it’s great news.  Despite all my worrying and woes the tomatoes survived their early start and the sunburn they suffered being planted on such a hot week. I was so worried about them while I was in Scotland but when I came home they were getting lots of new growth and were filling out from their earlier spindly frame.  It was such a relief! June 3rd, just a few days after we got back, our first tomato appeared! Then day by day, more tomatoes appeared and I thought that…

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    7 Steps for Trip Planning Success

      Trip Planning Made Easy Is trip planning daunting to you?  I recently took an amazing trip to Scotland that I planned all by myself.  After seeing my posts on Facebook, I had tons of people ask if I planned it myself and how I did it.  You asked, so I will use this recent trip to show how I did it.   Research, Research, Research Where? So you know where you are going, but where are you going?  Why are you going there?  Is there a particular place that you want to visit? Is this state/country just on your bucket list? The internet is out there and it is…

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    I Have a Secret

    I have a secret.  It’s not a torrid, juicy secret.  It’s just something that I have not shared with everyone.   I am doing the Whole 30. As a matter of fact, I’m day 25. Less than a week to go. When I first heard about this craziness, I thought, why would anyone subject themselves to this?  It sounds like torture! No bread for a month? Are you kidding me? No cheese? Who is this sadist? This was last summer.  Since then, I learned that Whole 30 is not a process of organized torture but an elimination diet.  A way to determine what may not be compatible with your system. You…

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    Overcoming Disappointment – Hiking in Scotland

    Well, you may remember, I planned to hike Ben Nevis, the highest point in the UK, with my husband while in Scotland. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned and we did not reach the summit.  I posted about climbing Ben Nevis for much the same reason that I started a blog.  Accountability. If I posted about it, then I would do it. I failed.  Not completely, but enough to feel the disappointment.  And because of my blogging about it, public disappointment.  Should I just hang my head in shame? I could do that. Throw myself a little pity party. Nope.  Not doing it.  Rather than dwell on what I…

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    Discovering Cuban Art

    It should be no surprise that there has always been art in Cuba.  We just weren’t invited to the party. In the past decade as restrictions have been lightened for U.S. citizens as well as some changes in the Cuban leadership so has their opportunity to showcase their creativity. The Fábrica de Arte Cubano is one of those showcases.  It’s a multi-story facility that used to be a cooking oil factory. It’s part night club, part art gallery, teeming with artists of all kinds.  In addition to paintings, sculptures, photography, there is film, and music.  You are surrounded by it. It is truly an experience.  My daughter had been in…

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    The Trouble With Tomatoes

    Tomatoes are one of those things that you just shouldn’t even bother buying in the winter. They just plain suck. Two years ago a friend of mine gifted us with 15 to 20 tomato plants.  We weren’t prepared and since we didn’t have any money invested we just dug a big old hole and planted them all. It was good ground so they did really well. I was hooked. Last year I started my own tomatoes from seed. They did very well.  I was jealous though because my mom had picked up a plant from the nursery that was three times the size of mine and therefore produced earlier. I…

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    Hiking in Scotland – Training for Ben Nevis

      In sixteen days my husband is taking me to Scotland for our 30th anniversary.  Scotland is not his dream trip. It’s mine. Since he is a hiker, the trade off is that I agreed to hike Ben Nevis, the highest point in the Scotland.  Actually, it’s the highest in the UK. Reality check.  The last time we went hiking, we were backpacking in Colorado with our daughter.  I had a meltdown. I broke down and started crying on the trail.  In my defense, we weren’t just hiking.  We were actually backpacking.  I was carrying a 45 pound pack, beginning at an altitude of 8,000 feet. The destination was Conundrum…

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    500 Days to 50 is Here!

    Whew! I made it.  I am so excited! Starting a blog was a challenge for me but AS OF TODAY, I have 500 days before turning 50.  Thank you for being here! I honestly thought that I would have my act together by the time I turned 40.  In reality, it’s all gone south since then. I have multiple health issues that I am convinced are fixable.  My house is falling apart all around me (also fixable). I have way too many hobbies (not fixable, not giving any of them up).    I’m determined to learn how to utilize my time to its fullest in these 500 days. HEALTHY LIVING 500…

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    Don’t Be Afraid to Go Gray

    Going gray.  Are you considering this?  Letting go of coloring your hair, dealing with roots and spending the money and the time necessary to keep your “look?” I was.  In addition to the cost, my hair felt like it was simply sick and tired of me abusing it.  I have naturally curly hair that tends to be dry anyway and the wiry quality of gray hair didn’t make it any better. A while back, I noticed this new trend of young women choosing to color their hair gray.  Now, it doesn’t really look like natural gray hair, but it’s gray nonetheless.  But who am I to buck fashion? Actually, my…