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My She Shed-Vintage Camper Redo

Last weekend my hubby surprised me by announcing that my she shed dreams are about to come true. He didn’t just blurt this out, he took me out to eat after a long day at work and said he had a surprise for me. Immediately my mind goes into overdrive.  What can this be?  Knowing my hubby, it can mean anything.  He has a knack for surprising me with things that I wish for and maybe had only mentioned once or twice.  I’m totally spoiled in that way.  What can I…

Is It Me Or Did Summer Just Fly By? Summer Recap

It’s Labor Day weekend. The last hurrah of summer. I know it sounds cliche, but did summer fly by in the blink of an eye? It sure seems that way. Is it true that the older you get the faster time passes? It feels that way! Now that Summer is on its last leg and dreams of everything pumpkin flavored is right around the corner, it’s time to take a look back at the last 3 months. Every year I ask myself if I accomplished all I wanted to during the summer months. If not, can…

A Mini Camping Vacation To Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Part 1 

Hello Indian Lake State Park in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula! In January when I made out my list of things I wanted to do in 2017, going on a camping trip was one of them. The way the summer was going and working 6 days a week, the idea of a camping trip before Megan went back to college seemed like a pipe dream! That is until there was an opening in the work schedule in late August. So I took advantage of that opportunity to take a breather, pack up the tent and other camping gear and head…

Traveling On The Path To Self-Discovery

Imagine you are thousands of miles from home in a place you have never been before and yet you feel oddly settled, like you have been there many times before.  It’s a feeling so strong that it knocks the wind out of you for a few moments. This is just what I experienced the first time I went to Paris. It may sound corny, but I always tell people that I had to go to Paris to find myself.  From the time I entered the city on that bus I felt at home.  Like I BELONGED there.  I…

It’s Spring Break! I Can’t Believe The First Year Of College Is Almost Over

Tomorrow I will be picking up Megan to bring her home for Spring break from her first year of college at UW-Whitewater.  Where in the world is this year going?  It doesn’t seem so long ago since we tearfully moved her into her dorm back in September. I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to that 2 1/2 hours in the car,  just her and I.  At Christmas break I barely saw her.  Either I was so busy working, or she was off hanging around with her friends.  We really haven’t…

My Dream U2 Weekend In Chicago

This was a post I wrote last June after I had the best weekend of my life while seeing my favorite band U2 in  Chicago…   Did you ever think about how you would react if you ever came face to face with the person or persons you have admired for so long? This first U2 concert I went to was during  the Zoo TV tour. I was transformed that night by the spectacle of this multi media show. I really liked the music before, but seeing Bono work the audience that night was mind blowing. Think what you…

Walking For Organ Donation

Are you a registered organ donor?  I never really thought about the impact that orange dot can have on others lives until I heard my friend Erin’s story. My friend Erin had a liver transplant almost 26 years ago.  Being that she was a local news celebrity, I remember vaguely watching her story unfold in a public way as she lived out her health issues and her resulting transplant on the local news. It wasn’t until years later when I actually met Erin as she hosted the Paris trip I was on and heard her talking…

Paris-5 Years Since My First Trip To The City Of Light

Tomorrow is April 7, 2016 which means 5 years ago i got in a plane in Green Bay, Wisconsin to embark on my first trip to Paris. Thinking about it now, it seems a like a long time ago.  Much has happened in the 5 years since that trip.  I took a management position at my company, my daughter has gone from being a shy 8th grader into a senior in high school that has made her parents more proud than they ever imagined, my husband retired from his construction job and has built 2 successful home-based businesses. I…

Facing An Empty Nest Is Bittersweet

This is a year full of changes for our family.  The biggest change is to see our  daughter’s last year of High School end and sending her off to college in the fall. Which means for the first time in 18 years, we will have an empty nest.  When your children are babies and you are waking up for 2 am feedings it seems like the time that they go out on their own is in the very distant future. Let me just say that time goes very fast and before you know it you will be through…

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