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Family Relations

Filed in Midlife FML, Midlife Journeys by on October 12, 2014 26 Comments
Family Relations

Midlife brings its share of excitement, sorrow, and puzzlement.  I have to confess that my husband’s family relations have puzzled me long before midlife. As my mother in law said, I am a “mambe pambe” and “nicey nice” person. It wasn’t said as a compliment, but in the heat of a poker game. Sometimes I […]

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Fab Photos Friday: the Art of Chicago Part 1

Fab Photos Friday: the Art of Chicago Part 1

I love Chicago.  If you have been there, you know what I mean!  Yes, it is too cold to live there (at least for me!), but I’ll take many more visits!  I went to the Art Institute, and saw Marc Chagall’s White Crucifixion in person.  I absolutely love Chagall’s work, and am fortunate to have some […]

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Chicago is my kind of town!

Chicago is my kind of town!

As a native midwesterner, I have to say I LOVE Chicago.  What a great city!  Fabulous night life, restaurants, art, theater, parks, lake…and so on and so forth.  Chicago is a bit different from the other large, popular US cities like New York, Boston, San Francisco….because it is down to earth, and accessible.  One doesn’t […]

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Fab Photos Friday: The Swimming Pigs of the Bahamas!

Filed in Adventures!, Fabulous Photos Friday!, Travel by on October 3, 2014 3 Comments
Fab Photos Friday: The Swimming Pigs of the Bahamas!

The swimming feral pigs of the Exumas, Bahamas are one of the most amazing sights I have ever seen!  Just looking at them makes me laugh.  It’s just so incongruous….pigs swimming in the Caribbean! Enjoy!

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Midlife Scare

Filed in Important Stuff!, Midlife FML, Midlife Journeys by on September 30, 2014 7 Comments
Midlife Scare

Midlife isn’t all fun and games! This lesson has been brought home to me over the past couple of years, and I received another reminder just this week. Prior to my Ecuador volunteer trip I had a severe pain on my right side, and fearing appendicitis, I went to the emergency room in the middle of […]

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San Francisco: A wine dinner with Jordan Vineyard & Winery at Campton Place

Filed in Adventures of traveling Foodies!, Adventures! by on September 28, 2014 0 Comments
San Francisco: A wine dinner with Jordan Vineyard & Winery at Campton Place

Guest Post from Suzanne Stavert of Adventures of Empty Nesters! A wine dinner in San Francisco? Yes please! Lately I have been having a blast interacting with great people on Instagram. I adore photography and truly enjoy seeing what Instagrammers (photographers) are capturing. I had a wonderfully engaging conversation via Instagram with the Campton Place Hotel in San […]

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Fab Photos Friday: Boothbay Harbor, Maine!

Filed in Fabulous Photos Friday!, Travel by on September 26, 2014 1 Comment
Fab Photos Friday: Boothbay Harbor, Maine!

What a gorgeous area Boothbay Harbor is!  It has been quite a while since we visited, but after viewing these photos again, I might need to change that!

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Ecuador and Volunteer Tourism

Ecuador and Volunteer Tourism

Leaving Ecuador on the red-eye through Miami last Thursday to my home in Dallas, I have to admit I was quite tired.  My trip to Puerto Lopez, Ecuador in order to dive Isla de la Plata (the Poor Man’s Galapagos) for the Marine Megafauna Foundation, to photograph Giant Manta Rays, was both challenging and inspiring at […]

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The Journey Ahead

The Journey Ahead

September 10th was one year since my husband’s (Randy) shocking double lung transplant. Randy was having some breathing issues, but his respiratory failures from August 2013 were shocking events that rocked our family and friends. He was critical for 3 months, on life support for 12 days. Our gratitude to the donor and his family is […]

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Fab Photos Friday: A Wrap Up of Isla de la Plata, Ecuador!

Filed in Adventures in Ecuador!, Adventures!, Diving Ecuador! by on September 19, 2014 2 Comments
Fab Photos Friday:  A Wrap Up of Isla de la Plata, Ecuador!

I have spent the last two weeks as a volunteer diver in Ecuador.  The diving here can be tough, and it is not easy to get out to the sites, either.  Luxury is not available in Puerto Lopez.  But I thought the boat was as comfortable as I could have hoped for, and the hotel […]

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