One Bucket List Item Complete: Van Morrison Live

Like many people in my age group, I’ve been a fan of Van Morrison’s music for more than 40-plus years now. Beyond the hits everyone knows (if you’ve ever been to a wedding, you know “Brown Eyed Girl”), I own many of his albums from throughout the decades and have loved most of his music, especially some of the deeper tracks. Seeing him perform in … Continue reading One Bucket List Item Complete: Van Morrison Live

Reggie’s Sour Cream Fudge

For the holidays, Reggie would make this sour cream fudge, which we all loved. Personally, I’m not a chocoholic (not that I dislike chocolate, but I don’t crave it). So I really appreciated this creamy fudge during the holidays. Another recipe to add from our family/friend archives. I’ve added some of Wanda Webb’s delicious recipes; she was my childhood best friend’s mom, and was an … Continue reading Reggie’s Sour Cream Fudge

Wanda’s Oatmeal Cookies

I’ve written before about how Wanda Webb was the cooking guru of our childhood. She was my childhood best friend’s mom, and she was an amazing cook. Sadly, my own mom wasn’t great in the kitchen, so I learned more from Wanda during my formative years than anyone else. I’ve had requests for some of her recipes that have been lost even to her own … Continue reading Wanda’s Oatmeal Cookies

The Way to See Stonehenge

We took our first-ever trip to London in October. The city has long been on my bucket list, but for my history/archaeology loving husband, the thing that intrigued him the most was the proximity to Stonehenge. I was also very intrigued to go there, but not to the degree that he was. When searching that famous third-party site of tours, I found one that was … Continue reading The Way to See Stonehenge

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Our First View of Tuscany

During our recent sojourn, we both agreed that Florence, and the local Tuscany region, was our favorite new destination in Italy. We are not “tour” people, but as this was our first venture into this area, we felt an organized tour made sense. It was a good investment. We learned so much from our interesting tour leader, Eleanora, and we loved our driver Angelo, too. … Continue reading Our First View of Tuscany

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Burano, Italy

While in Venice, we decided to take a short trip to the island of Burano. We had considered both Murano and Burano, but decided only one destination was in the cards for us, and Burano it was. And we’re glad we chose that. It’s a charming little village about an hour (with stops) from the Grand Canal in Venice. As a “sometimes jewelry maker”, I … Continue reading Burano, Italy

Patience, Taught by a Little One

Photographing children is rewarding but also very challenging. I have one adorable grandniece whom I love with all my heart, but trying to get her annual birthday portrait on her third birthday gave me more lessons in patience. She’s shy (I get that, so was I — and still am — and I have total empathy with her). What she has taught me is that … Continue reading Patience, Taught by a Little One