Secrets, Castles, Caves and Magic

April 25, 2018 So yesterday, once I discovered the train station here in Lisbon, Portugal and knew that I could buy a ticket to get to a popular destination and a place of country pride- Sintra, that’s exactly what I did. Previously I had been researching tours and found that they were all quite expensive…

Las Vegas, Nevada

January 21, 2019 Vegas Baby!! In the spirit of this subject matter, you may wish to grab a cocktail to sustain yourself during my lengthy rambling. In fact, it will probably take two as being concise is not my forte’… We took a midweek, short trip to Las Vegas mostly to see a show and…

Islands and Inlets

January 15, 2019 Part One: On somewhat of a whim, Hubby and I decided to make a midweek jaunt on a ferry into our Washington State San Juan Islands. The Draw – a wine tasting hosted by “Stan The Man” of the bountiful King’s Market in Friday Harbor and presented by Scott Murphy of Unique…

Being Tourists In Our Own Town(s)

Autumn, 2018 Our good friend, Dennis, has been bartender at The Space Needle for 34 years!!!  He invited Hubby and me to join him and some other friends for a tour in November (yes, “last year”) and as it was a splendid day, the views were astounding!!   The Space Needle observation tower was built…

Vibrant Vancouver

January 1, 2019 So as a culmination to a year that had me away from home an incredible amount of the time – much of it out of the country, it was only fitting to conclude 2018 outside of the United States!  Handsome Hubby and I decided to make the two and a half hour…

A Quick Few Days In Houston, Texas

  October 22, 2018 I am a HUGE Major League Baseball MANIAC!!  I don’t have a nostalgic story about going to games with my grandfather or of painful, interminable years as a loyal fan of a losing team (like my Chicago friends).  I don’t have any relatives that play Major League baseball nor has going…

A Celebration of Farming and Food at Carnation Farms!

November 3-4, 2018 “At Carnation Farms, we celebrate delicious and nutritious food produced in a sustainable manner by providing inspirational and educational experiences that positively affect health, the environment, and local economies.  We are here to develop and inspire the next generation of food citizens and grow new farmers.” Man, did we have a BLAST…

Glory And Splendor

“They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty – and I will meditate on your wonderful works.” Psalm 145:5 NIV  October 21, 2018 Ahhhh, the Stunningly Beautiful, Intoxicating Pacific Northwest on a crisp and Stellar Autumn day!!! Billfish and I opted outside to the woods today for an invigorating, Sunday hike in our alluring…

Spanish winery plants flag in Washington

I am 100% sharing word for word an article from the Washington Wine Report.  I am doing so to highlight this fabulous news for those of us who live here, and also to bring attention to this development for other wine lovers!   Honestly as well, I am sharing this article as support for thoughts…

“Ever eat a pine tree? Many parts are edible”

October 1, 2018 Well, today was a travel day. We had another scrumptious breakfast at Burrowing Owl and hit the road for our six hour drive home – over sepia colored hills and hypnotic dales under the weak October sun. Yo – it’s October!! It’s October 1st today!!! Eventually we encountered rain on Stevens Pass…

F – O – G – Festival Of The Grape

September 30, 2018 Since our three agenda items for the day were not on tap until noon, we had our fabulous Burrowing Owl breakfast and went for a drive. The expansive vistas here are seemingly around every corner!! We drove east out of Osoyoos and the road climbed, and climbed and climbed until we were…