Gardens, Travel and Day Trips

“Orchid Mania” at the Cleveland Botanical Garden

Winters in Northeast Ohio can be brutal. A visit to the glasshouse at the Cleveland Botanical Garden will warm your spirit and offer an escape to make you forget the snow and ice-covered landscape outside. The winter show, “Orchid Mania” is held annually. Whether or not you have ever had any desire to grow orchids,… Continue reading “Orchid Mania” at the Cleveland Botanical Garden

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Arts, Crafts and Creations, Happy Holidays, Travel and Day Trips

Daytripping to Geneva, OH for Christmas and Crafts 2017

The 2017 craft fair dates are on Saturday, November 11 and 18.  Each year as the wind turns bitter cold and the once green, and then golden, and now brown and falling leaves pile up beneath the big oaks and maples in my back yard, my sister and I kick off the Christmas shopping season with a… Continue reading Daytripping to Geneva, OH for Christmas and Crafts 2017

Happy Holidays, Travel and Day Trips

Weekend in Columbus: Let the Holidays Begin!

I like to Christmas shop early in the season. I wait for the Christmas decorations to go up but like to be finished with my shopping list before the post Thanksgiving frenzy begins. It’s not that I don’t shop in December. But I find shopping in December to be a lot more fun if I… Continue reading Weekend in Columbus: Let the Holidays Begin!

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My Summer in September Bucket List

It's the first week of September. Kids are back in school. Store shelves are filled with Halloween decor and mums are beginning to bloom.But it's still in the 80's, the calendar says it's summer until September 22, and "gosh darn it! I'm not ready to let go of the season!"  So how can we shake… Continue reading My Summer in September Bucket List

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Looking for cheap travel? Start with a staycation!

When it comes to travel, I'm not a fan of waiting until the time is right or the money is more plentiful. There is no wrong time to travel. And the money that you spend won't be missed any more than if you bought anything else. Travel while your kids are young. Travel before you have kids. Travel… Continue reading Looking for cheap travel? Start with a staycation!

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Is travel worth the cost? You bet your sweet bippy it is!

I can't begin to tell you just how important I believe travel to be. Travel changes the way you view the world. It makes you smarter. A lot smarter. It makes you a more interesting person. If you have children, I truly believe that vacations, weekend outings, and day trips are the best things you can… Continue reading Is travel worth the cost? You bet your sweet bippy it is!

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Antiques Extravaganza: The Goodwill Hunt

It hadn't rained on us, but we had failed to see the sun shine on Thursday. Friday was starting out cool and overcast as well. April weather in Pennsylvania was unpredictable. The next time, I would wait for the summer Extravanza that takes place in June. Good or bad though, the weather wouldn't be an issue… Continue reading Antiques Extravaganza: The Goodwill Hunt

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Antiques Extravaganza: Thursday in Kutztown, PA

At 7:30 p.m., after a hard 7 hours of winding roads, my daughter and I arrived at the Adamstown Inn a.k.a. the Amethyst Inn (a better name for the place by the way).  The huge, old B&B was gorgeous. Painted a deep shade of purple, it had a wrap around porch filled with cozy seating areas, primitive displays and… Continue reading Antiques Extravaganza: Thursday in Kutztown, PA

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Antiques Extravaganza: The Night Before

     The night before a trip always puts my nerves in a twist.      I’d been fretting the entire evening. I’ve gotten so that I don’t like traveling without my husband and I had pretty much convinced myself that I didn’t want to go. But this trip with my daughter was to visit the Spring… Continue reading Antiques Extravaganza: The Night Before

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A Winter Vacation Escape: Five Nights Aboard the Queen Mary Hotel

Sunny Sky Blue

5california 2016-01-18 014 Our harborview port hole

We boarded our flight at around 6 p.m. on a Saturday evening in mid-January. We lost three hours in the air and landed at LAX before 9. Six of us–myself, my husband, my sister, my daughter, son-in-law, and grandson were traveling. We had rented two cars. We were shuttled to the rental locations, picked up a small SUV and a mini van and were soon on the 405 South headed to Long Beach. The traffic was heavy but moving.

I had booked the Queen Mary Hotel. The Cunard Line had spared no expense on building this legendary ocean liner which made her maiden voyage on May 27, 1936. The Queen Mary quickly came to represent an era known for its grand elegance. In her lifetime she had hosted royalty, dignitaries, and Hollywood celebrities.

27california 2016-01-19 022 The bridge of the Queen Mary

Throughout the ship today you can see photos of past guests like…

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Castle Noel: A Christmas day trip to Medina, Ohio

Medina, Oh is a cute little town where one can easily spend a day browsing the many shops plus an antiques mall. Also in the downtown area is a local Christmas attraction called Castle Noel. Castle Noel is owned by Mark Klaus, a sculptor whom I first became familiar with when he was selling his beautifully… Continue reading Castle Noel: A Christmas day trip to Medina, Ohio

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“Tis the Season” for Christmas Shops

Holmes County is the heart of Ohio's Amish country. You can easily spend a day here, or a week, touring all of its many shops and sites. One Friday morning in mid-November my daughter and I made our way to Millersburg, Ohio with a single destination in mind. "Tis the Season" lays claim to being Ohio's… Continue reading “Tis the Season” for Christmas Shops

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A Christmas Junkie’s Jaunt: The National Christmas Center

Leaves were glowing in shades of red, orange, and gold the weekend my sister, my daughter, and I made a trip to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. We went for the shopping where numerous boutiques, outlet malls, antique marts, and other unique shopping spots fill the small towns and roadsides of this traditionally Amish area west of Philadelphia. Christmas shops at Christmastime are… Continue reading A Christmas Junkie’s Jaunt: The National Christmas Center