Home – What Does It Mean To You?

“And then it happens all at once and unexpectedly. That is how things happen, I suppose. You pack your bags and find yourself walking yourself home.”
― Shannon L. Alder


“I just want to go home,” she said longingly. 

HOME. 

Home has as many meanings as there are people. But what is true is for me, is that Home is a place of love and serenity. It is an anchor for my soul as well as for my weary body. Home rejuvenates my mind, body and spirit. Home is my sanctuary. 

What does it mean to you?

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Mister Carwash and Other Houstonian Rites of Passage


My car finally arrived after journeying thousands of miles on boat and truck. It desperately needed a bath. 

Over dinner my girlfriend told me about Mister Carwash on Gessner.  It sounded like the perfect Saturday morning plan. She warned me to arrive early because it gets pretty busy and I’m happy I did. Cars were already lined up and it was only a little after 8a.m.

Mister Carwash has over 30 locations, so the nice guy told me, while convincing me to sign up for the monthly car washing service (with the promise I can cancel at any time). No wonder most of the cars here are shiny! 

In Anchorage, cars are dirt encrusted most of the year and no one blinks an eye. Our roads conditions in Alaska are a bit more rough around the edges compared to this bustling Texas city. 


With coffee in hand, I left my car to be vacuumed and washed, wiping away the evidence of the long journey it had just recently traveled. From the comfy waiting room I can watch the cars glide past the wide windows, the hard working employees working their magic. 

I’m impressed!

You have no idea how  happy I am to be reunited with my car. It’s a small chunk falling into place, reminding me how wonderfully blessed I am with this new chapter in my life. I’m so very blessed and grateful for all that God has given me. Good and bad, it’s been a bit of a challenge but through it all I’m treasuring the days as they unfold. 


My mantra for today is “be present”.  

Be present in all the little moments. Even a Carwash. 


Cheers!

❤️

Breakup Is Here and Its Beautiful!

“Flour and butter, cream and sugar, words and images — all the ingredients for a rich, tasty story.”
― Rona Simmons, The Quiet Room

Oh my goodness, I’ve been busy. The days are speeding by and I am getting less and less done. On the bright side its getting brighter and warmer and muddier out…Hello, Breakup! The very last one that I will experience. After 25 years I think I’m ready for a real spring.

But Sunday is for baking and I’m taking a few minutes to share pictures from my trip to Iowa (no time to bake this weekend). I just had to test out my son’s kitchen and what better way to do that than bake some cookies for the guys. After being pried out of Trader Joe’s (LOVE that store!) we made it back home, supplied for the next decade or more with pantry staples.

I baked. And fed the guys piping hot cookies straight out of the oven.

Cookies = Love

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Tip: Freeze extras! I made an extra batch to freeze. Wrap the cookies in freezer Ziploc baggies to pull out to enjoy later. Yum!

Cheers!

 

Let’s Rondy

“It’s cold, it’s dark, it’s 40 below zero…Let’s party!” Who remembers that long ago tag line?

The 2017 Fur Rondy 10-Day event kicks off today in Anchorage FEB 24 – MAR 5, 2017.

This winter festival has been happening since 1935 bringing people together to celebrate in the frozen far north. From the Outhouse races to Running of the Reindeer there is fun to be had for everyone.

Some downtown streets are closed pushing traffic around the festivities. But don’t worry you can always grab the free shuttle, sponsored by BP, this weekend and next, to get around to downtown’s events. You can find more information on road closure and shuttle information online.

Friday the JIM BEAM JAM kicks off the festivities with Local Country Legend Ken Peltier playing at the Egan Center. For some great boot-scooting-music grab a dance partner and head downtown for a great time tonight. Event starts at 9 p.m. at the Egan Center. $25/person

You can Find a full list of events on the Fur Rondy website.

By the way, don’t forget to pick up this year’s pin! I haven’t had a chance to do that yet but it’s on my to do list!


“It’s cold, it’s dark, it’s 40 below zero…Let’s party!” Who remembers that long ago tag line?

Have fun, drive safe and see you downtown!

Snow Continues to Fall

“Winter is not a season, it’s an occupation.” -Sinclair Lewis

It’s Saturday.

Its snowing again.

I was up early and skated (the only way I can explain driving on ICY roads) very, very carefully to Eagle River to have coffee and yummy omelets with A. I passed rollovers, ditch-divers and emergency vehicles the entire fifteen miles. And promptly got stuck half way up the driveway.

Welcome to Alaska’s winters.

I hiked up the rest of the drive, leaving my car sitting there, knowing I would have to back the thing down. It would wait until after our visit.

Is it spring yet?

I’m already getting itchy to plan another long weekend out. But I promised myself I would stay put until I head to Iowa at the end of March. I have serious doubts that I will make it until then. Pray for me.

Maybe I will plan a weekend to Alyeska Resort that sits in Girdwood...and take Miss R and her mommy with me. The hotel is absolutely beautiful with a salt water pool and the community is a skier’s paradise. Not that I ski. Did I mention I live in the WRONG state?

I think its time to go check out some travel sites to do some virtual travel dreaming. By the way, here are a few that I tend to go back to, just in case you are curious:

  1. TravelPirates
  2. Kyak
  3. Hopper
  4. Google Flights
  5. VactionsToGo

 

Cheers!

 

 

Cee’s Share Your World Challenge

Instructions: Create a SYW post. Then post the link to your blog in my comment box or leave your answers in the comments box of my blog. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Share Your World” or “SYWtag”

Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?

Have you stolen a street sign before?

Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?

Do you have freckles?

Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?

I’ve always been a restless sleeper. As a child I never could figure out if I was cold or hot so I split the difference; one leg under the sheet and one leg out. I’m sure it drove my mother nuts. Today, as I near 50, I’m pretty much the same type of sleeper. My sheets tend to be a tangeled mess and are rarely ever tucked.

Have you stolen a street sign before?

Nope. It never occurred to me to do so.

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Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?

Yes. I always wish I could be one of those super saver types but that talent escaped me.

Do you have freckles? 

Yes. I have a smattering of freckles across my nose and on my shoulders. They play hid and seek depending on the sun exposure.

Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last weekend I was blessed exploring Las Vegas. It was an awesome trip. In the coming week I am looking forward to spending time at home catching up…I might even get started on my taxes!

Recap: Long Weekend in Sin City

“Everything and anything you want to do, you can do it in Las Vegas” – Drew Carey

 

The thing about travel is it’s a very individualistic activity; meaning my trip to Vegas will be different from your trip to Vegas. However what else is true, we can all learn from each other. As Mr. Carey said you can find everything here  it just depends on what you want.  To recap my weekend, it was all about self care and friendship.

I bet you are curious how I did on my budget…right??? I did pretty good, in my own estimation. Remember my Vegas is not necessarily your Vegas and that equals budget too.

I window shopped.

I enjoyed the free shows.

I walked – a lot.

I got off the strip.

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All in airfare, hotel and expenses I came in under $1000. For me that’s a huge win. I could have saved even more if I hadn’t indulged myself at the Spas. But getting away is also about self care. And, repeat this mantra, I am worth it. Got it? Ok, moving on.

 

 

As I as I have grown older I find that PLAY is vastly important to me. It’s embracing friendship and new experiences even in places you have been to over and over again. It wakes us up. It lightens our hearts. So get out there and go on an adventure. I highly recommend it.

Cheers!

💕