Travel bug 🐞

I’m back from Florida and packing for two more trips. I have a travel bug!!! Here I come Nashville and Dallas!  To see the world and my friends brings so much joy to my heart.

Spending time with my HH is a gift. Empty Nester has its advantages.

From planning to going, travel teaches and delights me. I see, eat, smell and do new things in every place I visit.

Time spent in our new home also offers newness: there’s new weather to explore, the trees are starting to change colors, and I made a new friend on my last flight, so lunch is on the books today.

I’m thankful, beyond words, for my amazing life.

Where are you going next?



Florida findings

Dolphin hotel– There is a man pacing and talking aloud — obviously using a wireless microphone . I see two men who look like to other men I know. There’s a painter,  a cleaning man, a construction worker, and many people milling about. People stare up at the big wall hanging. People hug and kiss; then wipe off the kisses. Some people are tall, some people are short. Some people are very thin; some people are not. Most of the people look happy, busy, preoccupied, friendly.

The rushing sound of the fountain drowns out all the conversations, rolling rubbish bin, screaming kids and hammering in the great room.

Disney Springs is different. Organized people and places. Strollers abound. Parents attempt to: keep peace, stuff mouths with teeny bites of food, shade the little faces from the sun and have some fun. The bus drops off and picks up guests from neighbor hotels in proper line-winding fashion. There are food and cocktails galore. There are live shows that capture imagination, wit, guts and glory (Cirque du Soleil) and guitar players singing their hearts out to every genre of music ( House of Blues).

Big plus: there are GLUTEN FREE goodies & options at most food outlets.

This lively, lovely place was spared by hurricane Irma’s mass destruction.  Vacations, conferences and careers continue.

Enjoy your day!!

Fun Florida

HH and I were here twenty-six years ago with wide eyes, a few dollars to spend and a to-do list. We took on the rides, restaurants and snacks. Today, it’s a bit different.

HH has a conference: to learn how to improve and inspire techniques and theories in his new position. Me, I’m here for a change of scenery.

I explored the outer banks ( literally) of the Walt Disney property by boat, the slide, pools and the grand lobby of our hotel, and a recommended restaurant with long time friends for dinner.








Today, we head out to explore the area: the magic of Disney. Last night’s rain cleaned the air, so today is clear, sunny and FUN-inducing.



Wander Wednesday👟

Today is a good day to wander: take a walk, hike in a new area, fly a plane, explore a new forest/beach/jungle.

Wander through a bookstore, hardware store, warehouse store, art exhibit. Fill in the blank: wander anywhere.

Share your wandering ~ with me too, please.

I’m wandering to Orlando, Florida today. I’ll share my findings on the next blog post.



Life is a treasure

“Only good lies before me.” said Louise Hay. She was a visionary, author, thinker and classy lady. Ms Hay passed away 30 August 2017.

I have begun internalizing this statement for myself.  Ms Hay also teaches, what you think and believe, you get. So, understanding that thoughts create actions which create your life, I choose to think positively.  I know there are sad, bad and unkind things happening in the world. I’m not discounting any of it; I choose to find the good in it. I believe the Universe conspires to our happiness, therefore the Law of Thinking will bring ‘us’ to find good in what happens in the world.

Recently I’ve experienced good coming out of bad. I’ve been the witness and grateful recipient to goodness arising from heartbreak.  I believe in goodness. I will keep sharing and spreading love and goodness as long as I’m breathing.

One more quote from Ms Hay: “Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives.” I believe loving others works miracles in our lives too. Our lives are a treasure ~ live that.



Strong foundation

Building a new hotel (outside of my apartment living room) requires many talents: fork lift drivers, crane operators, soldering torchers, contractors and financiers. You must have a strong foundation to build a hotel that will safely house guests and employees while they are under the roof.

A strong foundation applies to us too: our families are our first step.  My family in Dallas is a tight-knit group. They brunch together monthly; they celebrate holidays in their homes; they come when needed. I feel the bond within my family when I’m in Dallas. At the heart of the group are my mom and dad. They recently celebrated sixty-one years of marriage.

Mom & Dad embrace on the first night in their new home.

My family consists of my hubby and me and our two adult daughters. I love the connections we share and our times together. As I scan old photos, I believe we provided a strong foundation of love, support, encouragement,  and inquisitiveness to set them out into their world.

1998: Denise, Tara, Emily & Mark


Many thoughts go through my head when I identify these photos, and photos that my parents have. I’m grateful for them and the events they represent.

To be sure: hold on to memories, rather than possessions. That’s where the treasure is. To be continued….



Follow your heart

Here are some examples of me following my heart:

Two weeks ago I went to the Lake of the Ozarks with a new friend.

Last week I went to Dallas to help my parents make a life change (they moved homes.)

Yesterday I washed my car (super wash NDB) and last night it poured down rain.

There are bigger life choices to make…I always follow my heart… do you?

Have a most excellent day!



Week well done!

I came up with a reply to the “Thank you, Denise, for helping us move.” I said, “That’s what darling daughters do!”

“What is done in love is done well.” Vincent Van Gogh

My parents are moved in, semi-unpacked, comfortable, eating three delicious meals daily and making new friends. I’d say that’s a mission accomplished // fait accompli!

I am safely back home, after a melody-filled ten-hour drive. I am grateful beyond words: my Jeep was speedy, steady and smooth. Gasoline was readily available all along the way. My HH greeted me in the garage to help me unload my treasures.

I was driving when this blog was due to post.


Native Texan

Silver lining

Going through closets, drawers, cabinets, albums and pockets, I find memories and stories. Everything triggers her memory.

He watches the news. The devastation of hurricane Harvey in south Texas captures our attention and we pray for our friends down there and those we don’t know.

The gas stations posted signs around dinner time, Sorry, out of gas.

Today is moving day. Mixed emotions fill my head and heart as the daughter. know their minds and feelings are whirring too. Prayers for peace, smooth transitions and speedy recoveries to all in S. Texas.