Gratitude and Joy

Day 311 – A Year of Gratitude and Joy – Christmas Catalogs

I’m a big believer in dreams and Christmas catalogs are the physical manifestations of dreams. They are filled with possibilities and indulgences and ideas.

Gratitude and Joy

Day 228 – A Day of Gratitude and Joy – Girlfriend Play Days

Clowning around is half the fun of a grown-up play day.

Gratitude and Joy, Italy, Travel

Day 184 – A Year of Gratitude and Joy – Shopping in Italy

I knew I’d find pieces I loved as soon as we started walking along the shop-filled streets in the towns on the Amalfi Coast.

California, Distractions, Road Trip

The Topanga Vintage Market

Vintage markets are always fun, like this one in Southern California.


Free! There is a Reason to Join.

I’m a joiner. If a store where I shop has a free club, I join it. The same is true for restaurants, fast food places, airlines…the list goes on and on. Why join, you ask? Here’s why: June is my birthday month. Beginning around the last week of May, my email box begins to include… Continue reading Free! There is a Reason to Join.


Travel is Personal

This headline may seem a little like a no-brainer to a lot of people, but I’m not sure most people take their travel personally. Here’s what I mean: I’ve been to Paris three times and I’ve never been up in the Eiffel Tower. Oh sure, I’ve been TO the Eiffel Tower, but not up in… Continue reading Travel is Personal

Bucket List, Distractions, Diversion, Travel

Excitement and Travel Go Hand-In-Hand

It doesn’t matter where I’m going, I get excited about travel, I mean REALLY excited. I let excitement take over like a kid on Christmas Eve. I giggle. I jump up and down. I can’t sleep. For some trips, the excitement is worse than others. I barely get any sleep at all before bucket list… Continue reading Excitement and Travel Go Hand-In-Hand



Anyone who thinks billboards don’t work must not travel the roads we do. Whether it’s across the country or north to south, we, like most people, tend to hop on the Interstates when we want to get somewhere quickly. Unlike most, however, we get off regularly onto local roads. What determines when and where we… Continue reading Nostalgia


To Pack or Not to Pack

Several of you have asked for more details about not packing and taking an empty suitcase. Here's what we did: First, you have to know that when I was younger I lived in Germany and Italy so I know a little about shopping in Europe and I appreciate how the clothes there fit my body.… Continue reading To Pack or Not to Pack