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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…

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    When to go to Cuba – A Tale of Two Havanas

    Have you been wanting to make a trip to the elusive island? I was blessed to be able to go to Cuba in February 2016 with my husband and again in June 2017 with my daughter. My trips were about 16 months apart and I was absolutely amazed by the growth and change in that short time. The other huge difference was the weather and how it affected how we moved about the city. Havana in February You will need a jacket/sweater in the evening, especially if you are walking along the Malecon. The wind coming off the ocean can be quite brisk so be sure you have something a…