South Beach, Miami Get-Away

Hello dears!, I woke up early this morning, as my beautiful body (!) adjusts back to west coast time. Mr. Wonderful and I just returned from a short, warm weather get-away, to South Beach, Florida. I love the Cuban flavor of the culture. My favorite area was sort of a “little Cuba”, where we ate…

Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market

We’re on the shuttle, headed back to the airport. The Army – Navy Game was a close one, but Navy continued their 12 year winning streak. I am still so proud, when I see those kids in their dress uniforms! But it’s a mixed emotion. I’m happy that they love their country as they do,…

Going to the “City of Brotherly Love” (Philadelphia)

Since I have a daughter in the Army and a son in the Navy, I’ll try not to take sides. We’re crossing the country tomorrow for the big game, (leaving Max, our friend the Body Builder at the house, in case anyone’s got unsavory ideas!). So, here’s the program… I’ll be at the shop today…

Hi End, Low End… New York

Well, We just wrapped up another day, walking the streets of Manhattan. I’ve taken my partner in crime in all directions. Yesterday he opted out of shopping at the Salvation Army Thrift store. Smart man! I had heard that this shop had a great selection, thanks to Mr. Goodwill Hunting, on the Nate Burkas show.…

Adventures in New York City

What a city! You can find just about anything here! We don’t come with a well planned agenda, but love to take each day as it comes. While I find some of the subway riders a bit unsavory, the system is by far, more efficient than riding a taxi, sitting in traffic. The subway system…

Phone-less In Raleigh

What a dope! I left the house without my iPhone! This is like leaving my brain behind. It’s my camera, my email, my WordPress, my Words With Friends my everything! Know what I mean? So, I’m going to improvise, using my first-generation iPad. I got to the airport, went through the top-notch security system and…

Christmas In September

I’m taking a mini vacation from cabinet painting, sine my son will soon be out at sea, on his Naval frigate, with a few hundred of his best buddies, for six months! So, Mr. Wonderful and I have flown down to San Diego for the weekend to celebrate the “holidays”, before he leaves. His wife,…

The Gift of Lake Tahoe (Thanks Mom & Dad)

Forty-two years ago, my Mom and Dad found their second home at Lake Tahoe. Back in 1970, you could buy a lake view home, for “peanuts”, by today’s standards. While my two older sisters were off to college, my younger sister, brother and I, would spend every other week up here, with our parents joining…

Gotta Love San Diego

While the kids are in the Apple Store, (Andrew tried swimming, unsuccessfully, with his phone!) I thought I’d send you a note from San Diego! First of all, as their adoring mother (and MIL), I must say that I have some of the world’s best and brightest kids! (oh, you say that too?) Figuring out…

The Box Arrived!

Hi there!, Life is finally getting back to normal, after having been gone for two weeks. What’s better then getting a package in the mail? Shortly before leaving for Italy, the shipment from my New York shopping adventure arrived. So I thought I would share it with you, my shopping buds! First of all I…

Back in the Saddle

Something crazy happened while I was away! The jeans hanging in my closet somehow got a little bit smaller! Or, was I eating just a little bit more? The last night in our hotel we celebrated our goodbyes, while enjoying yet another feast. I’ve never had asparagus served as an appetizer with an egg, but…