Making it through the airports, tricks and tips


Traveling by plane, in my opinion, is fun but sometimes it can be a bit odd and ackward, whether you have layovers or direct flights. Having flown domestic and international flights, I learned a few things with the travel.

Here are some tricks and tips that I have learned/gleaned from flying:

  1. Carry at least a little bit of cash, some venues only accept cash or after hours, vending machines are the only thing available. Plus, luggage carts are a nice perk at the end of a journey and many only take cash.
  2. Wear something comfortable and appropriate (I have never understood traveling in lounge/pajama wear), limit jewelry as no one ones to loose a cuff link or earring while in transit
  3. Carry a phone charger and outlet plug with you, many airlines don’t have inflight outlets, charge devices in airport or at home.
  4. When in the airport, especially if you have a layover, pick up postcard and send it to someone, a little note to say hello, a thank you, or send it to yourself. A little note goes a long way
  5. Pack your carry on and personal item as light as possible, remember, you are carrying these items, sometimes a lot.
  6. Avoid or limit alcohol consumption, intoxicated people aren’t often allowed to board, especially if the person is “acting up”
  7. Carry a small book or small project to work on, especially if the flight is long. Especially important with children.
  8. Carry your own snacks and beverages (check with your airline for regulation), in-flight snacks/options are not often given or “tasty” in variety
  9. Go to the restroom before boarding, no matter one’s size or shape, airline toilets are cramped, tight and not comfy
  10. If you like to sleep on the plane, carrying/taking a “u” shapped pillow or similiar item will be a nice luxury (I use a teddy bear that I travel with, it’s a pillow, a back prop,, a camera/phone holder for photo opprotunites, etc)
  11. If you are early for your flight or have a layover, wonder around the terminal, You often find interesting statues or other “treasures” that could be fun to read about or share via photo.
  12. Keep/use a print out-paper of your flight itineraries. It’s a sure fire back up incase your phone dies, the internet isn’t working, or your 2 year old nephew got a hold of your phone and deleted or moved the QR code and confirmation email.
  13. Make sure your ID’s are current, active, and in guidelines with traveling. the “real ID” is often required or another qualified issued government ID.
  14. For the comfort of yourself and others, practice extra good hygiene. People will be in close quarters.

I hope these tips are helpful and useful as you travel.

Making a meal for my family


Spending an evening with my parents is always fun as we live very far apart. While on vacation and staying at my parent’s home, I took the liberty of cooking a meal for them–after running errands with my mom and having gone to the fields to check water with my brother (he’s a farmer with irrigated fielda) a hot, easy meal was in order.

One of the errands was going to the grocery store (in the next town over) so picking up ingredients was a breeze. Of course, I also chose items that were on sale or had the “club price” with a member’s card (the free one’s you get when you sign up at many “big” stores.).

Ingredients:

1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs (I used a combo of both)

1 Jar of Madras Korma Curry Indian simmering sauce

1 can of coconut milk

1/2 -3/4 pound of chopped up raw veggies, I used red bell pepper, some cauliflower florets and stems, shredded carrots and a half chopped red onion and sliced mushrooms.

Line a glass baking dish with the chicken (after spraying it with some oil), dump the jar of sauce, can of coconut milk, and veggies all in it give it a light stire and bake for 90 minutes on 350 degrees, covered with aluminium foil.

It’s easy, Indian/Nepal inspired dish and there was more than plenty for 4 people to have 2 whole meals off it.

It can be eaten as it or served over white rice or with Naan.

Homemade Madras Curry, using jarred sauce

Chimney Rock, Nebraska


Our road trip back to Colorado included going through the beautiful, quiet state of Nebraska.

The rolling praries and grasslands, scattered amongst the grain fields and ranches, was quite stunning and we stumbled upon Chimney Rock, quite a stunning view as it just “pops” out of seemingling no where!

We stopped in Scottsbluff for a meal, Subway, and enjoyed the scenery of the quaint town (and found more postcards, which was a pleasant surprise in the small town).

In full truth, Chimney Rock is very pretty but the praries are something unique to behold, a hidden treasure of America’s bread basket country (which I have heard many people call a “fly over” area, which I believe is a true mistake, as it’s breath taking). If given the chance, drive and stay in Nebraska, it has lots of charm and the people are very warm and welcoming.

A Rush to see 4 Presidents–Best Friends Road Trip to Mt. Rushmore!


An adventure of a lifetime with my bestest friend in the whole world! Kevin planned it out for us, which was a huge treat for me. I flew into Colorado to join forces with Kevin and then off we went!

Mt. Rushmore, featuring 4 U.S. carved into the Black hills, is absolutely stunning! The entrance to the national monument is free but it does cost a minimal price to park (and we got rock star parking near the entrance!)

While it was hot, hence the floppy hat donned by me, it was a picture perfect day in South Dakota! Kevin’s fit bit marked that we walked almost 2 miles around the site and it was well worth the tired feet. The park does offer plenty of photo opprotunities and places to relax and take in the views, which is awesome when you are with your bestest friend and want to soak it all in!

Along the walk way, each state is represented with a flag and a stone marker of when it was inducted into the USA, as a state officially, which is rather interesting. I learned that my home base state was inducted after Nebraska, which is suprising but both states were part of the Louisianna purchase, so all is good.

Kevin and I enjoyed the day thoroughly and even purchased a few postcards (will come in another post.)

A Hawk’s eye view


While walking this morning, post work, I saw the most beautiful Hawk. He, I guess it’s a boy, is absolutely stunning.

While observing, I suspect the Hawk was hunting/searching for prey, mice and such. While he definitelty saw me, he was very polite and easy going. He moved over to the edge of a storage shed, squatting for a better view and he appeared to be a great hunter and well fed. South Carolina wildlife is most certaintly stunning and the unexpected view on my walking adventure was a big treat!

Garden Veggies shared, Smothered Eggplant


A friend gardens and shared her extra produce with me (which is awesome as I live in an apartment, sans garden).

This is a rendition of eggplant parmesan, made with stewed, simmered chunked and seasoned roma tomatoes, layed a piece of steamed tilapia filets, and egg washed and battered sliced eggplant, topped with parmesan cheese and steamed with a side of steamed fresh green beans (and a limed glaze)

Ginger Vegetable Curry, Spicy Tuna Salad from Scratch, Homemade is always better!


1 frozen Tuna Fillet

2 carrots, pealed and sliced thin (or peeled thin)

1 large tomatoe, diced

3 TBLSP olive oil, split in half

2 TBLSP curry powder

1 TBLSP Dried Parsley

1 TBLSP diced freshed ginger

Slowly simmer the tuna fillet (from frozen) in half the oil, add salt and pepper

Mixe all the other ingredients in a sauce pan, simmer lightly and then add 2 cups of cold water and stew for 45 minutes on low head

Remove Tuna from skilltet, add the flour to make “roux” until browned and thick. Add the vegetable mix and simmer together, making it all thick. Put the tuna on a bed of mixed spring mix and top with tuna and a scoop of the curry vegetables. Serves 2-4, depending on how cut the tuna steak

(I easily found Curry powder in the International food and spice aisle at the local Ingles Market)

New Local friends, they know the good places


A new friend showed me a walking trail along the lake in Clemson, South Carolina, tucked away and out of sight unless you know where it is! The friends, being local, showed me the way and the easy access entry point, tucked away on a side street, one wouldn’t know it was there unless shown!

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There it is, I am an admitted Jurassic Park Franchise Junkie, and it adds happy to my heart. As an early birthday gift, my Sweetness treated us out on a date night to see the newest addition the series, Jurassic World Dominion.

Yes, I am even wearing a dinosaur dress with velicoraptor earrings on our date night. I just can’t help myself!!!

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Choke Cherry Chicken and Potatoes-one pot dish


3 medium/large chicken breasts (bone in or out, your choice)

1 pound of baby carrots

2 toes of garlic, finely chunked

4 red potatoes, washed and chunked

4 oz of choke cherry preserves

2 tsp Tony S. seasoning blend

1 tablespoon olive oil

Rub olive oil over the bottom of a glass baking dish, dump everything else in, bake for for an hour or so at 350 degrees or until chicken is cooked and potatoes are done. Serves 6

The local critters and joys of my neighborhood


Living near a watershed and Lake Hartwell and Seneca River provides ample opprotunity for critters and the like to wonder into my neighborhood, which is an absolute delight. The flora and fauna is also quite stunning!

Some of these items were seen as I enjoyed a walk around the neighborhood and some things ended up on my porch, willingly to hang out with me! Life is always interesting.

Turkey Chili–one pot to feed a small crew


The ingredients were all already in my house (I grocery shop only twice a month) and are all affordably priced from my local Aldi’s grocery store (except the spice jars, which I got at the local Dollar Tree or at Aldi’s)

1 pound ground turkey, frozen

1 small can of tomato sauce

1 large can of crushed tomatoes

1 can each of chili beans, great nothern beans, black beans (don’t drain)

1 tablespoon each of cumin, chili powder, parsley

Salt and Pepper

2 small purple onions, chopped up

2 jalepenos, chopped up

1 medium green bell pepper, small chunked chopped

Brown the turkey in the pot, add all the fresh vegetables to simmer while the meat finishes to cook.

Add all the spices and canned goods, simmer for 45 minutes to let it all “melt” together.

Can be topped with sour cream, shredded cheddar or my favorite, served with homemade cinnamon rolls

Tuna Steak, New Potatoes, Veggies-A Meal for 2


Again, I chose to shop at Aldi’s and found a great price on Tuna Steaks.

I didn’t include the cost of the spices/seasoning as I already had a can of Tony’s in the cupboard.

1 Tuna Steak

1 Can of green beans (Aldi Brand)

1 can of new potatoes (whole, Aldi Brand)

1 large carrot, peeled and cut into short sticks

1 table spoon of olive oil

Sprinkles of Tony’s.

Simmer Tuna Steak and carrot sticks (same skillet) on low/medium heat, slowly until cooked through.

Warm up green beans and new potatoes in same skillet, season with salt and paper.

Put New potatoes and green beans on the bottom of two bowls, cut tuna steak in half and put half in each bowl, top with sautéed carrot sticks, serve hot.

Feeds Two and is a artisan meal.

One Pot Chicken “Stew”


Yes, another one pot wonder meal to the rescue (and at an affordable price, too!)

I enjoy one pot meals because they are easy to make, affordable, and can simmer without being slaved over. I use easy to find, inexpensive ingredients too so we can all save our pennies for travel, adventures and other hobbies.

2 chicken breasts (2 cans of chunked chicken breast also work, whichever is found on sale)

2 bell peppers (or raw poblanos)

2 cans of red kidney beans (75 cents each at my local Aldi’s)

2 cans of tomatoes (I used the pre seasoned ones with oregano and basil)

2 toes of garlic, salt and pepper

Cook the chicken in a deep pan/skillet, until done, cut into chunks

Chop up garlic and peppers

Open cans of beans and tomatoes, don’t drain, add everything to the chicken pan

Simmer for 30 minutes

Can be served over rice, too, if prefered

Beef Tips & Rice- Veggies-A one pan complete meal


Yes, I am a giant fan of “one pot wonders”, not because I am lazy, I simply like to be efficient with my time and efforts (and honestly, who wants to slave over a hot stove/oven all the time?)

Ingredients:

1 pound of Beef tips/stew meat (the butcher’s discount stuff works great!)

1 medium onion chopped

2 large carrots, chopped chunky

Mixed bell peppers, poblanos, etc. (whatever you have for raw veggies that need to be used up)

1 Cup of white rice, 2 Cups of water

Seasonings/spices of your choice (I had a packet of taco seasoning, so I used that)

Simmer/cook the beef tips/stew meat until cooked thru, add in the chopped veggies, simmer for 2-3 minutes.

Add the rise and water and simmer on medium heat until mixture starts to bubble, turn down to low heat and let finish cooking until rice is soft and all items are al dente.

Serves 4-6.

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Isle of Palms and building Ruins, Sandcastle Style


The state of South Carolina has so many wonderful venues that are easily accessible on a whim!

My Sweetness and I drove down to Charleston to pick up a motorcycle part from a dealership (while he is adventurous and rides a motorbike, I am not that brave. We drove down in a regular vehicle.) Since we were “in the area” hahaha, we drove to the Isle of Palms and enjoyed a good chunk of the day on the beach–thankfully, a regular grocery store wasn’t far off, so we popped in, purchased some bottled water and sunscreen, and off we went!

The Isle of Palms boasts a lovely, clean long beach, an intact pier and a great environment for hanging out, soaking in the sun, and enjoying the splendor of the strand. While I didn’t partake in the other amenities of the area directly, there are plenty available. I simply was enjoying building “ruin” styled sandcastles (I am no castle architect) but we did see dolphins as well!!

The Savannah River in 2 States, It’s powerful


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A lovely walk up a boardwalk to view the damn and river provided spectacular views! Want to know a bit more history? Click on the link below the video!

The river separates both South Carolina and Georgia as a natural border/state line. It’s a free venue and a wonderful place to enjoy the evening, the scents of nature are pleasant and overly abundant!

A Walk with my Brother


My youngest brother came for a 2 week visit and, of course, a walk with coffee breaks had to be included! It’s always a joyous time to spend with loved ones with a bean buzz and fresh air. The sites and venues are always an added perk as well.

While here in the Upstate, I wanted to share some of the local awesome adventures with him…and he smiled the whole time. His smile lightens up the whole world and he is a fun, handsome guy (but I might be just a bit biased, being his sister and all!)

The photos are captioned of the places we attended. The conversations were endless!

Coffee and Ice Cream @ Figs Beanery & Creamery


A lovely day, sitting out on the veranda with a friend/brother and enjoying two of life’s greatest pleasures–coffee and ice cream.

I enjoyed trying something new–a Mayan Mocha…bursting with steaming flavors of mildly spicy chilis and robust brewed beans, it was a huge treat for me–mixing spices and flavors together that I had previously never had blended together. My brother enjoyed a regular latte and enjoyed the frothiness and flavor as well as he is Classic Cookie and Cream Ice Cream cone.

While the coffee and ice cream are superb, the conversation with my brother was amazing. We caught up on items, discussed hopes and dreams, laughed, told cheesy jokes (the only kind I know, of course) and spent several hours just having fun together in the comfortable outdoor seating. The Cafe boasted faux lawn under the table, which added a nice touch and color.

Adventures are always more fun with a friend and brother.

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Travel Tips for Any Season


A Sunday Drive to a major vacation (anything over 7 days in my book) all require a bit of planning and forethought, even whilst winging it. Why? Well, no one particularly cares for being caught “with their pants down”.

Thus, here are a few tips that I think are helpful and I use them myself.

  1. Have at least a general idea of where you are going.
  2. Make sure you have adequate fuel in your vehicle/taxi fare/bus passes on hand
  3. A bag/backpack, even if left in your vehicle, is a great way to keep stuff together
  4. Keeping at least one cell phone with “directions” capable app on it or a paper map is helpful, we all need directions from time to time.
  5. Comfortable footwear, with a spare set of socks
  6. Keep a little extra of cash on hand for an impromptu cup of coffee or other last-minute need. We all need a relaxing break and sometimes that need sneaks up on us. Why cash? Sometimes after hours, vending machines are all that are available.
  7. Keep a bottled beverage with you (and maybe a little snack, like nuts or something) or at least accessible.
  8. Keep a reliable person’s phone number handy, in case you break down or need a pick-up.
  9. Enjoy yourself and take all the photos you desire!
  10. If you are taking a pet with you, remember to grab a leash and snacks/treats for the pet too and a water bottle and dish!

StumphouseTunnel, with a cheesy twist


A tunnel to…. nowhere! The train tunnel remains as an incomplete project but it’s very fascinating, rich in history! Located just outside of the city of Walhalla, Stumphouse Tunnel was initially meant to be a train tunnel, but it was never completed.

At one point, Clemson University even used the tunnel as a forum for aging their famous bleu cheese (Clemson University Bleu Cheese and Bleu Cheese products are still available for purchase at local venues, groceries stores and such).

The more indepth history can be seen in the photos and via the videos attached. I hope you enjoy!

It’s Taco Twos-Day! 02-22-2022


Chili’s roasted, cilantro, diced onions, freshly grilled chorizo and Alpastor, my mouth was already watering even before I could order at the window from the cherry red food truck.

The proprietor doesn’t speak any English but with my improving Spanish language skills, I ordered 8 tacos, 2 chorizo, 4 Alpastor, and 2 Asada–with 4 ramekins of salsa, 2 mild, 2 picoso (hotter) and guess what, my language efforts earned a gold star! I received exactly what I ordered and desired (it’s a true struggle when developing language skills to convey a genuine message when ordering food.)

I delivered said order to my Sweetheart’s house, and much to my delight, his Guatemalan Grandmother even approved and ate 2 of the tacos!

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Martin Luther W. @ St. John’s Lutheran Church, Walhalla, South Carolina


History comes to live in a graveyard and the history is richly embedded here at St. John’s Lutheran Church (ELCA) here in Walhalla, South Carolina. Founded by a German emigrant in 1853 (which makes it older than my home state; Colorado was indoctrinated as a State in 1876).

The German Emigrant who founded the church wanted to create a place of worship for new and incoming fellow Germans, I am speculating as a way of integration and for creating a foundation for their lives in the new world (just as my opinion); what creates a better sense of belonging than a community of faith?

According to the historical marker (signs that are posted frequently around the Southeast, which is boundless in its history), the German Emigrant was General John A. Wagener. The history of his efforts and settlements can be read in the photos below.

The one particular headstone that really caught my attention was the one bearing the name Martin Luther Waldt. Why? Well, Martin Luther is the great German Reformation leader, creating what is now known as the protestant Church. While his intention was to reform the Catholic Church, noting such things that we are saved by faith alone (versus penance) and nailing his 96 Thesis to the doors of the castle church door at Wittenburg. His intent was to reform, not to split, but severance of the two did happen, creating the two factions we now know.

A Little Video allows one to hear at least the toll of one bell (I wasn’t quite quick enough to get the full set of bells tolling for 5 p.m.) When I was younger, my parents had taken me and my siblings on a family vacation to Germany (my first time being abroad); I often heard the bells chiming. I asked my mother why they rang so often, and her answer has stuck with me ever since, as I often sang along with the hymns or music that the bells performed. My mother said, Anna, those bells are chiming for you. Every time the bells ring, I can’t help but think they are especially for me, as if magically they knew I was there to hear them. Finding this graveyard created a full circle, so to speak, for me, having German heritage and being Lutheran, this happy happenstance couldn’t have been more perfect.

Stewed Ginger and Herbal Hot Tea for a Windy Day


The winds blow here in South Carolina (nothing like what Wyoming and Colorado get for winds, sweeping across the plains but still, it’s windy!) The winds make me sneeze like a fiend and my eyes water, so what is a girl to do—make tea to help!

While I am not a doctor or an allergist, I personally have found that a good, strong cup of tea really does help me and helps keep me hydrated!

I chopped up a 3-inch section of fresh ginger root, putting it on to stew for about 20 minutes on a low simmer, adding 2 bags of Tazo Organic Baked Cinnamon Apple Tea (which was purchased at a buy one get one free special at the store) to the pot. I added a drizzle of honey to my mug and enjoyed! Yes, I even eat the stewed ginger bits when the cup of tea is empty!

The warmth and the aroma, flavor, is amazing! P.S. The pot is enough to share with friends and family.

Waldrop Stone Waterfall, Central, S.C.


A happy happenstance for me, while searching for something completely unrelated, I learned that a waterfall wasn’t far from where I currently live-which is outstanding. So, what is a girl to do? Go on an adventure, of course!

Naturally, I wanted the adventure to be easily done and mindful of my pocketbook, so I packed a little picnic for myself, including some bottled water and goodies that I enjoy, but nothing too heavy as I did have to carry it with me!

The parking “lot” is a pull off from the main road, circular around a chopped down tree with brush growing in the center; parking is limited but the trail head is easily accessible from anywhere in the parking lot.

While I have been swimming a lot more these past 10 months, the hiking/walking trail was a bit much and my calves are now mooing (I have never understood the cliche of calves “barking” when they clearly moo, whether they are on your legs or baby bovine.) The 2.2-mile (total distance) hike along the “moderate” trail (which seemed a bit more daunting than moderate, in my opinion) definitely challenged me today, even though my backpack only weighed about 7 pounds.

A few botanical signs along the trail made stopping and enjoying the tidbits of information along the way so much more enjoyable; I also enjoyed the information as an education is always welcome. A few of the botanical tidbit signs are available in the photos below, as well as some photos of the trail and adventure!

Happy Adventures! Here is also a link to a short video taken of the Waldrop Stone Waterfall as well.

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American History and Coffee at Lake Keowee


A little adventure date with yourself…..a perfect way to spend an afternoon, even when it’s windy!

Choosing a place wasn’t on the agenda, simply driving until a potty break was needed. Asking the local gas station attendant, I inquired about local points of interest and the young man (not to come across as a senior lady but he was truly very young!) and he directed me to Mile Park at Lake Keowee.

While it is a residential lake (meaning that I could see homes scattered around some of the perimeter of the lake) it’s stunning! The wind made the docks click and bag, the whistles going under the planks and zip through the leafless tree branches.

A leisurely walk around the edge of the lake, I chose a picnic table with a great view to enjoy my coffee (gleaned and purchased at the gas station), I read and replied to a letter sent from my brother in Colorado, soaking in the sunshine.

The bit of history, as seen in the photos, was a pleasant perk to the day as well.

Happy Adventures!

https://youtube.com/shorts/q9Ph7pwaRlE?feature=share A short little video of Lake Keowee

A spicy twist!


Homemade salsa, a wonderful way to get more flavor in your food with minimal effort! This recipe is a medium level on the spice scale but super easy to make!

Ingredients:

2 medium tomatoes

3 medium raw jalapeños

1 tsp minced garlic,

Sea Salt and pepper

1 medium onion

3 medium poblanos

Put all the raw ingredients in a medium pot on low heat with 2-3 cups of water. Simmer for about a hour until all the ingredients are tender. Turn off the heat and let cool for a bit, doesn’t need to be ice cold, just not boiling hot any longer.

Put contents of the pot in a blender, puree until it’s the consistency of your choice. I put the salsa into upcycled food jars (jars that previously held other things, like marinara sauce or olives, jar and lid thoroughly washed and dried before re-use).

Serve with chips, top on roast beef as a “marinade” or in any way you prefer. Great with a variety of dishes and sides.

Chilly Day Chili, simple and delicous


It’s January in the northern hemisphere and baby, it’s cold outside! While I do live in South Carolina, the chill is even here, having snowed last week, the snow is melted but the cold remains. With the holidays now over and most of us wanting to cut back on expenses or curb spending, a homemade meal is an easy way to accomplish both, why not make something easy that also brings a bit of warmth to the body as well?

Ingredients and Instrutions:

1 pound of ground turkey or ground beef

1 medium onion, chopped up

Salt, Pepper, Chili powder, italian season blend

Cans of assorted beans

2 cans of diced or crushed tomatoes

Brown the ground meat, dump in the cans of everything, add spices to your strength preference. simmer for 45 minutes. Enjoy! Adding a dollop of sour cream on top or shredded cheese is also delicious.

Multi-Generation Family Adventure–Beaufort, Lady’s Island & Hunting’s Beach, S.C.


Who knew that going to the beach in January could be so much fun!

As per their annual tradition, my parents made their winter road-trip across the country, stopping in South Carolina after the New Year to visit their daughters (my sister and I live relatively close together, within an easy commute of each other), Papa (my mother’s father) and of course, my brother-in-law and to meet my Sweetness (he lives close, too!)

So what do we do? We spontaneously decide to hit the coast while playing games over a family dinner Thursday night and we left promptly Saturday Morning!

Along the drive to Beaufort, the place we decided to stay for the night, the Spanish Moss indicated how close we were approaching the ocean, with every mile, it became thicker, creating a mystical “fog”, draping from the trees, power lines, and every place it could position itself, with all of its silver-miller and mossy green and grey hues.

We easily checked into our hotel and enjoyed the recommendation of the hotel concierge by dining at a local restaurant called “Dockside”–and it was lovely atmosphere and good food, especially the raw oysters! Nothing like a good local meal to finish off the drive there.

Sunday Morning, after we had breakfast at the hotel and checked out, we drove over the bridges, across Lady’s Island, through Port Royal and headed to Hunting Beach, on the Atlantic Coast, and enjoyed a heavy day of finding seashells and enjoying the surf and feeding the birds, generally enjoying each other’s company, with laughter as I donned my swimming suit and my mother wrapped up as she felt chilled…but all laughter and fun as we fed the birds and just enjoyed the day.

A late lunch at Port Royal, much later in the day, at the Fish Camp was a great way to wrap things up. While waiting outside for a brief moment, enjoying looking at the ships with all their riggings, I spotted a dolphin breach and play in the firth. What a lucky and fortunate spotting!!! Alas, I wasn’t fast enough with my camera to capture the beautiful dolphin, but it did smile at me when it came up!

Hunting Beach Seagulls Video

A Southern Winter Wonderland, Snow Days


While the holiday may be over, a winter wonderland is still something beautiful to behold. While living here in the lovely state of South Carolina, snow, true snow (not a powdered sugar dusting) is a rare event…and something to be cherished for sure.

While it’s true that I grew up in Colorado, living there sporadically through my adult life, I greatly missed experiencing true snow days (which I greatly underappreciated when I was in my teens, taking the break for granted.)

Technology and forecasting predicted the snow, which is a new-age perk, allowing those in the affected area to be able to prepare for inclement weather, which is a blessing on many fronts (pun intended). Forecasted fun and adventures, though, when there is a white out? Naturally!

Adventures at home are a true joy–a stay-vacation! While there is always a list of things to be done, a snow balling accumulation of chores to be done, projects to be finished (or begun), sidewalks to be scooped, animals to feed, etc.

The forecast allowed my Sweetheart and I to clean out and re-line his chicken coop with fresh straw before the storm hit, preventing chaos and worry about the health and well-being of his flock, avoiding the need to go out in the snow and icy roads to retrieve much needed items for the animals and house (and finding a place that is open)–like with any good adventure, a bit of pre-prep work is essential, allowing a much more enjoyable.

Speaking of a bit of prep work, while out and about, purchasing feed and straw for the flock, I did remember to pick up extra wicks for my oil lantern, just in case the electricity went out (which does tend to happen from time to time with bad weather.) My sister, on the other hand, already had the foresight to retrofit her house, when she purchased it, making the fireplaces and her stove natural gas (which is awesome, even without power, the stove and fireplaces still work!) But why prep in advance, one could possibly have everything at one’s hand or delivered while on an adventure? Well….things can get icy without a bit of forethought (okay, cheesy puns aside, nasty weather does make things a bit more challenging!)

And the adventure part? The flurry of choice is an endless blizzard. For me, the adventure is being able to get to read a book, unhindered, delving into the pages, skating through the characters’ lives, snow shoeing through the plot, enjoying the snow day, exploiting the comforts of my love seat as the gusts of a zephyr wind howl outside.

Pottery Pendant Necklaces…a pretty accessory


There are several fashionable scarves and pretty pendant necklaces available on my eBay, all handcrafted and locally made here in South Carolina, perfect for the last-minute stocking stuffers and prices that will make Santa go HoHoho.

The items on my ebay are not only handmade and locally crafted (AKA made in America) but the sales also help support me and my travels. Thank you for shopping my eBay

Mystical Unicorn…a fantastical piece


Unicorns may be a creature of myth and fantasy…while you might not be able to tame or ride one, you can now have “proof” that they exist!! A jewel and gem hued painting is available, by American Artist Anna Potthoff, and your purchase supports the artist and their endeavors and adventures.

Click here to purchase/make an offer, free shipping within the USA, international shipping is also available!! Easy shopping and guaranteed safe transactions on eBay

Handmade, Hand-painted, Hand Crafted…


‘Tis the season to be merry and bright…and perhaps a bit chilly! There are gifts to help cut the chill and still won’t rock all the jingle off of your tree. Handmade-knitted scarves are still available, as are necklaces and more on this artist’s eBay! Order soon and the items will arrive in time (sent to USA addresses) in time for Christmas! International shipping is available as well!!!

Yes, I made every item listed on my eBay and a percentage of all items sold will benefit the Wildlife Sanctuary in Keensburg, Colorado. Everyone wins this way!! Click here to shop and there is the “Make an Offer” button on each item, don’t be shy, make me an offer! (P.S. Not only does every sale help the Wildlife Sanctuary, but it also helps me to adventure!)

Season’s Greetings…a family tradition.


Season’s Greetings, a “newer” way to greet the universal crowd to wish them a happy holiday season when one doesn’t feel a “Merry Christmas” is warranted in the situation. In our home growing up, though, the expression of “Season’s Greetings” meant and means something entirely different….in a magical kind of way.

There are 4 children in my family, grown up now, living lives of our own but we continue to celebrate our Season’s Greetings. Each of us have something “unique” about our birthdays, a conjoined “event” that was highlight, the 4th of July, Bastille Day, Santa’s Birthday, and yet, the youngest of us, my brother, when small, asked what was special about his birthday and inquired what Season’s Greetings was (he was learning how to read at the time.)

Being creative, as most mothers are, our mother explained that Season’s Greetings was his birthday “buddy” holiday, a special day when the North Pole aligned with the North Star, allowing all the elves to roam amongst us, being Santa’s helpers to look for all the good little boys and girls, and it officially started December 1st. The elves would watch for goodness and other such loveliness amongst us, leaving elf treats as a reward, inspiration and more….and thus began the tradition of Elf Treats and Season’s greetings.

As we grew older, the elf treats customization, of course, grew with us and now, as adults, elf treats are delivered by the help of the mail system instead in lieu of the winds of the Northern Zepher and help of a volunteer flying reindeer for giving….adding a flare of fun and spice amongst us.

Elf treats now are often fun but sometimes, they are also little gifts of help or need as well and aren’t limited to giving to each other-paying for the coffee for the person behind you in line, donating of time to a neighbor or babysitting for a family, sending kibble to an animal shelter in need, sharing a bubble bath basket for a stressed out relative, the possibilities of sharing an elf treat are endless, and the size is often on the smaller side but sprinkled with the magic of the season.

My sister and I live relatively close to each other, in terms of physical distance, now and since. Season’s greetings parties have been made, inviting the neighborhood, making new friends, and even the pets get involved, because whom doesn’t need a good jingle jangle from time to time? And with that, I wish you a very Merry Season’s Greetings and may you be the best of yourself and a good Elf this year and always.

Here are some elf ideas, in case you want to share! (And I have tried to be a very good girl this year!)

The Christmas Booth is open!


Christmas and holiday gifts available until December 10th at the Belton Art Center, Belton, SC

While the market went live on November 16th, the shopping is still great for the pickings through December 10th at the Belton Art Center, Belton, South Carolina. Yes, my booth is the one featured in this article but there are others to shop from as well!

Hand knitted scarves, oil paintings themed from Christmas trees to the mystical unicorns and more, Chinese Flying dragon trees that bear bitter citrus fruits, and more are available at my particular booth. All items are affordably priced, making a perfect assortment to choose from for Christmas and holiday gifts or simply to get an exquisite treat for yourself!

The Belton Art Center is located at 306 City Center Square, Belton, S.C, 29627, Business hours are Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m EST. Phone: (864) 338-8556.

Truly, let yourself dream


Life is about what you want to make out of it and often times, we go, go, go so much that we inadvertently put our dreams and hopes on the back burner, to our own chagrin. But what if we paused, breathed for a moment, and evaluated what is really important to us and what we truly desire? Are adventures and personal pursuits not as equally important as paying bills and putting our nose to the grind stone? Is it possible to align it together and have a cohesive game-plan that encompasses the daily responsibilities and the dream? Listen and watch the video below for great way for making the positive change so many of us need.

An Upcoming Adventure…A Holiday Market


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Holiday Market @ The Belton Center of the Arts, Belton, South Carolina

306 City Sq, Belton, SC 29627 · (864) 338-8556

November 18, 2021 | 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Open through December 17.

Take care of your holiday shopping with unique, handmade gifts you won’t find anywhere else. On opening night, enjoy a homemade bowl of vegetable soup with cornbread in this holly, jolly atmosphere with local makers. ​

After the opening night, come shop the market during our normal business hours. Tuesdays through Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM, and Saturdays, from 10 AM – 2 PM.

A twist on the way we think…an adventure of thoughts and thinking


Once in a while, something outstanding is found and should be shared…and this is one of those times and circumstances. Changing up our environments, going on vacation, and changing the scenery are all wonderful aspects for personal growth and positive change… but taking an adventure within can also be exhilarating.

Listen to and watch the video below and see how wonderful a little change from within can be #selfhelp #easychange #thinkingdifferently #lifetips #selfadventure

A Day with Papa, South Carolina Botanical Gardens and Geology Museum, Clemson, S.C.


A day out with my grandfather, with local history, a great variety of plants, and even a stuffed mountain lion, it literally rocked as toured the Botanical Gardens and Geology museum–an extra nice perk? The venues don’t charge admission but do take donations (which are well worth giving!)

There is so much more to do and enjoy in Clemson, beyond going to a football game, and there is ample parking! The parking lot abuts to the gardens and is easily accessible, and most paths are handicap/scooter friendly for those who desire to go with some assistance.

Swinging Bridge & Great Smoky Mountains,Townsend, Tennessee


A Sunday drive (albeit on a Monday) was a true delight!! Just taking the whim, before heading home, to enjoy the last day of our vacation was worth winging it in Tennessee!!

The Great Smokey Mountains (yes, the home of infamous Dolly Parton) are well worth visiting!! The natural overlooks are fabulous and well maintained. While the Smokies are not actually on fire (it’s the fog that rises that make them look smoky.) Absolutely stunning views!!! I admit, getting “lost” in the forrest is truly a delight.

We started driving from Sevierville, Tennessee, area and headed out , We enjoyed taking a pit stop in the tiny town of Townsend (which, by the way, hosts a Post Office with wonderful, helpful staff, and yes, I dropped off quite a few postcards and the clerk was able to help give us some local pointers.)