California, Diversion, Road Trip, Travel

An Unexpected Day – Clear Lake and Healdsburg

There’s a whole world out there waiting to be explored. When things don’t go as you planned, make the most of it and revel in the opportunity to find something you hadn’t expected to find.

Distractions, Diversion, Wine/Cocktails

Try It Again, You Might Like It This Time

Let me kick this blog off by stating for the record I am WELL over 21 and a wine and (mostly) vodka drinker. Greg, however, prefers gin in his cocktails with an occasional Scotch or whisky if the evening calls for it. With that in mind, when Total Wine and More sent out an email… Continue reading Try It Again, You Might Like It This Time

Distractions, Diversion

Outdoor Concert + Quarantine = Date Night

Music, like food, can transport you to another place. That's what happened recently when we discovered a firefighter and his love for the bagpipes.

Distractions, Diversion, Travel

A Trip Into The Rearview Mirror

You may not be able to hit the road for an adventure, but there are other ways to escape from today.

Distractions, Diversion, Food, Wine/Cocktails

When You Can’t Travel, Bring the Flavors of a Place to Your Kitchen

I discovered a dish several years ago when I picked up a special edition of Epicurious magazine. It was called “Epicurious Italy.” The title alone sold that magazine/cookbook to me. I’ve always LOVED Italian food. In fact, I pretty much love all things Italian.  Epicurious Italy Unable to travel during the corona pandemic, I decided,… Continue reading When You Can’t Travel, Bring the Flavors of a Place to Your Kitchen

Distractions, Diversion, Flying

America Strong!

For those of you who love a good window-rattling, heart-stopping jet flyover, you’re surely missing your favorite summer air show. The US Air Force Thunderbirds and the US Navy Blue Angels, our nation’s premiere military aerial demonstration teams have both cancelled the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions. Don’t go to their websites… Continue reading America Strong!

Distractions, Diversion, Musings, Wine/Cocktails

Puerto Backyarda

Somehow I didn't think I'd be writing a travel blog about my neighborhood for my 100th blog. Yes, I know there are almost 150 on this site, but the others were all written by Greg, so this is officially my 100th. I hope you're having fun reading them and if you have something you'd like… Continue reading Puerto Backyarda

Diversion, Walks

Spring Flowers Don’t Require Social Distancing

Social distancing. Lockdown. The Governor declares a state of emergency. Essential travel only. These phrases have become part of our everyday vocabulary. It’s tough to plan your next vacation, when you’re struggling to just plan your next trip to the grocery store. But there is a small silver lining. Everything I’ve seen still allows (even… Continue reading Spring Flowers Don’t Require Social Distancing

Diversion, Road Trip, Travel

Over the Desert and Through the Hills

We head out Route 60 through the Queen Creek Tunnel and into stone-lined canyons as we climb to nearly 5,000 feet. The views along the route are stunning.

Distractions, Diversion, Road Trip

The Great Outdoors as Therapy for Troubled Times

There is always something we can do to improve our own health and well-being ... get outside.