Blue Ridge Mountain Adventures

The Virginia Creeper Trail I’ve been “chomping at the bit” to experience the Creeper Trail ever since I learned about it several years ago.  I finally got the opportunity, recently, when my husband and I went on a little adventure in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Our experience began in Damascus, Virginia, where we rented mountain bikes at Adventure Damascus and took a shuttle … Continue reading Blue Ridge Mountain Adventures

Doing Florida, Old-Style

I have many wonderful memories of visiting the Daytona Beach area during my younger years. It saddens me to see that many of the old hotels have been torn down and replaced with condos. If you look close enough, however, you can still find many historic buildings and storefronts that reflect the flavor and style of vintage Florida. My daughter and I visited Daytona Beach … Continue reading Doing Florida, Old-Style

Streamlining That Bucket List

Bucket Lists are great, but they can also be a bit overwhelming.  It takes a great deal of planning, not to mention a mountain of cash, to go skydiving, take scuba diving lessons, climb the Eiffel Tower, and run with the bulls in Spain. These are not the things on my Bucket List, by the way. I have absolutely no intention of ever running toward, … Continue reading Streamlining That Bucket List

The Delights of December

December; the most wonderful time of the year! My list of things for which I am grateful during this month runs rich and deep, with many celebrations, traditions, and so much love. My family started the month with our tradition of building Gingerbread Houses. My daughter, husband, and I helped the grandkids decorate their very own houses with every kind of gumdrop and goody we … Continue reading The Delights of December

November, A Time of Reflection

Our family had a couple of serious medical scares recently, one with an older loved one, and another with a younger loved one.  Both were frightening, and answers wouldn’t come quickly. I also learned of the unexpected passing of a couple of dear old friends. With these things weighing on my mind, I spent a few November nights reflecting on life, and love, and family. … Continue reading November, A Time of Reflection

Simple Things Matter

Most of us tend to measure life’s journey in milestones – weddings, births, graduations, job promotions, retirements. We invest a great deal of time and planning into celebrating these things, as it should be, for they are, indeed, joyous occasions. There are, however, many ordinary days in between those special occasions. Sometimes, if we aren’t careful, we can allow ourselves to get so caught up in … Continue reading Simple Things Matter

October, A Harvest of Fun

I’ve always loved this time of year. I love the vivid shades of the leaves turning on the trees, the smell of firewood burning, and the crunch under my feet as the leaves fall to the ground. I must have driven my kids nuts over the years, always reminding them to take time to notice the beautiful autumn leaves, for they would be gone before … Continue reading October, A Harvest of Fun