Why My Book Addiction Will Cause My Sudden Death

I love books I love new books, used books, book recommendations, book clubs, and mostly owning books!  This last fact is the main reason that books could be the death of me. Books stores are an instant magnet to me.  If I walk past one, I HAVE to enter.  Before I know it I have spent hours combing the shelves only to walk out with 5 new books in my bag. Sometimes I think I am the only person with this book addiction, but from what I hear, I am in good company.  Actually I can vouch for this special…

All Saints Church Of Elkhart Lake In The Snow

Winter Destination -The All Saints Chapel Of Elkhart Lake Wisconsin All Saints Chapel of Elkhart Lake was my first photo-op of the morning.  Wisconsin became covered in a blanket of white on Wednesday and I knew just where I was headed to take some pictures this morning.  Almost everyday the whole month of December as I delivered parcels for the USPS I drove past this cute little chapel.  Every time I did I vowed to come back when I had my camera and some time to take pictures. This morning was the perfect opportunity. Built in 1951, this chapel…

10 Travel Quotes For The Midlife Woman

Travel Enriches Your Life You don’t need to travel to the ends of the earth.  Maybe discovering a  State Park is more your speed. That’s okay, travel is more about discovering yourself than how many stamps you collect in your passport.  I did not truly begin my travel adventures until age 48 which means it’s never too late to explore. So get out of your comfort zone and if you ever wanted to go to Italy, just do it!!  Maybe these travel quotes will inspire you. Here’s 10 Of My Favorite Travel…

Tuesday Travel Snapshot-Paris Love Locks

Love them or hate them- it seems Paris  cannot escape the infamous love locks.  Despite the city’s efforts to stop the tourists from professing their undying love for each other sealed with a lock, they  just keep showing up. Read about how they dismantled the 45 tons of locks from the Pont des Arts bridge in 2015 here. Not only did I spot them on various bridges, they seemed to show up at many places. No metal structure is immune! FYI: I did not partake in this crazy tradition How do you feel about the locks? Yes or…

Book Recommendation: Pancakes In Paris by Craig Carlson

  My book recommendation for this month is Breakfast In America by Craig Carlson Not only did this fun read make me incredibly hungry for all breakfast food, it  was a great glimpse into the crazy bureaucracy of starting and running a restaurant in Paris. This is the true story of Craig Carlson and his very famous diner style Breakfast In America restaurants in Paris. Armed with an idea and a dream, his journey is not an easy one by far. Struggling with setback after setback, Craig never gives up on his dream. It sure takes a tough skin to…

Setting Goals For 2017

Saying goodbye to 2016 did not break my heart in the least.  There were good things about last year, but all in all I was ready to start fresh with a new set of goals for 2017. I have typically made new years resolutions in the past, mostly to lose weight and get in shape, but I decided to approach 2017 a new way.  More organized with concrete goals both professionally and personally.  With this in mind, I did some research and came across Leonie Dawson’s Workbook Planners.  I decided to order the Life and Biz bundle and…

Purging My Book Stash

One of the hardest things for me to do is to go through and downsize my book collection.  I love having books around. The smell, colors, and access to all those printed words make me giddy with joy. One of my goals in 2017 is to downsize and simplify my life. I got a burst of energy today when I got home from work and decided to tackle this one job. Now mind you, I do not have a large collection of books by any means. Not like my daughter who has 3 floor to ceiling bookshelves full! I like…

My (Almost) All Shopping Online Christmas

How much shopping online do you do for Christmas? I’m approaching Christmas gift buying totally different this year.  The last couple of years I have slowly moved from actually hitting the stores for all my gift buying to buying online.  This year I intend to do 99% of my gift buying online.  There are only a few gifts I purchased in person, a few from my artist friend Shannon who does beautiful paintings, and a couple of books from a local bookstore. This was the first year I didn’t hit the stores on Black Friday. Did…

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