Plan Your Vacation-Italy

Today is National Plan Your Vacation day. I read that on average, people in the US take 17 vacation days annually. I know that in other countries, people have more generous paid time off policies and travel a lot more. That pesky Puritan work ethic, along with the economy keeps people from traveling. I have no idea how much the recent government shutdown will affect the travel industry. When people can’t pay their rent or buy food, the last thing on their mind is planning a vacation. 800,00o people is more than the entire population of Wyoming. Yet it is …

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Total Eclipse of the Moon

The actual song Total Eclipse of the Moon is from the Voyageur album by Enigma  but here is a fun take off from NPR to listen to. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RO4kSNwKvW0 Lyrics: Miles away from light at noon Total eclipse of the moon Many reasons to believe in life Just listen what it’s telling you Come and have a look inside Total eclipse of the moon Don’t be childish, don’t be so cruel I’m feeling just lonely without Without you I can see the wide horizons But debts have to be paid Our ways will cross again someday Believe, and come back to …

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New Orleans

My husband and I spent several days in New Orleans being tourists prior to a conference that I attended for work. We did everything we wanted to do and saw everything we wanted to see. We had both been there twice before, but before Katrina, which was in 2005. We noticed the changes, many of them for the better. The city did lose a lot of charm with the enclosed outlet Riverwalk mall. The prices there really aren’t less than in other locations. I miss the cheap strawberry daiquiri’s on the street and the street artists performing on Jackson square …

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Sunny Scottsdale, Arizona

I was in Scottsdale last week for a business trip. I lived in the Phoenix Metro Area many years ago.  It was fun to revisit old haunts and see the changes in the city.  If you are looking for a warm place to spend the winter,  Scottsdale is very attractive. Although the conference was at a Paradise Valley Resort, I stayed in Old Town Scottsdale.  I quite enjoyed walking around the area.  Several years ago my nephew graduated from the prestigious award-winning Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute  and my family enjoyed a few days together in celebration.  Food is a big …

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Faribault, Minnesota

We took a road trip in mid September to visit family. Eight days, seven nights, five motels, and four states later, we returned home. I brought two pairs of jeans and never wore them. It was too hot! It took a week to catch up at work and at home after returning.  It’s chilly in Wyoming now. We had snow above 8000 feet and freezing temperatures here in the valley at night. Fall has arrived, so fall yardwork has commenced. In other news-I have been accepted for publication in an anthology and will be listing an affiliate marketing link on …

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The Nature Conservancy’s Red Canyon Ranch

One of the many properties owned by The Nature Conservancy is Red Canyon Ranch south of Lander, Wyoming. We spent a glorious afternoon there yesterday, on a horse drawn wagon ride as part of a donor appreciation event. We have donated to the Nature Conservancy for 14 year’s. No, this is not a sponsored post. I haven’t yet monetized this blog. I may never monetize it, although that was the intent when I began it.  I like keeping it all content, for now anyway. The Red Canyon Ranch Wyoming has so much iconic scenery that the Red Canyon is overlooked. The Wind …

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Meeteetse, Wyoming

Annual Labor Day Celebrations are underway in Meeteetse. Best known now as home as the black footed ferret, Meeteetse was best known in the early 1900’s as home of the Pitchfork Ranch. Photographer Charles J. Belden and Conrad Swhwiering,  a disciple of Jackson Pollack, who came from Cody, Wyoming. They were all famous Western artists back in the day. We visited the Meeteetse Museum, which was interesting, as well as taking in a local craft fair followed by lunch at a local bar and grill. We followed up our local excursion with jaunt to Sunshine Reservoir, both upper and lower. …

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In Praise of County Fairs

Fair week begins Saturday here. The next few weeks all of the counties will have their fairs so that entries can go to State Fair. Our local fair has dwindled since I was a child. It’s mostly a 4H fair now, although local residents can enter open stock items for judging and win ribbons and small cash prizes. 4H members and FFA members from the High School show dogs, sheep, horses, cows, etc. and then top it off with an auction for cows and pigs. The bidders pay way too much money and the kids sock money away in college …

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Bountiful Summer Harvest

It’s harvest time for people who have a backyard garden. I’ve made four dozen zucchini muffins and two loaves of zucchini bread so far, thanks to my sister’s generosity. Zucchini season is about the only time people lock their cars around here. If you leave your car unlocked, you might find the back seat full of sacks of zucchini. I’m not a fan of zucchini relish, but a lot of people here make it. Zucchini has a lot of health benefits. Zucchini is well-known to reduce weight, yet boost the nutrient value of your diet. Moreover, it helps enhance vision and …

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10 Things I Love About Summer

Below are 10 things I love about Summer.  What is your favorite thing about summer?  Escaping the 101 degree heat up on the mountain.  Farmers Markets. The variety of organic fruit and vegetables along with the home-made items for sale are a treat for the senses.  Fireworks. We didn’t see live fireworks this fourth of July. We watched them on television. I took this photo two summers ago in Colorado. Live music. Garage bands and street performers abound at various summer festivals everywhere. Travel. We travel more due to the longer days and better weather. Hosting Guests. My sister came …

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