Learning To Let Go-Transitioning To An Empty Nest

Learning to let go of your children is not an easy task as I am finding out. Last week we had college orientation.  I’ve never had that experience either as a parent or as a student.  After I graduated from High School I attended Technical College while living at home with my parents, so I never had the “college experience”.   It was a somewhat silent 2 hour drive to campus.  Each one of us had our own thoughts.  I was lost in thought about how the day would affect me emotionally.  I wanted to keep a…

Nighttime View From The Top Of The Eiffel Tower

  If you can go to the top of the Eiffel Tower at night do it!  I know some people say that the view from the second level is the best, but this just took my breath away!  In September I will be back to see you La Tour Eiffel…

Wisconsin Getaways-Cedarburg

Welcome to my summer series highlighting Wisconsin getaways.  In this series I will highlight some of my favorite places around Wisconsin that I love to visit.  Being a life long resident of this state, sometimes I need a gentle reminder that there is an abundance of things to do practically right in my backyard.  Summer is the perfect time to research and find things to do that are within a couple of hours drive of your home.  Even if you don’t live in Wisconsin, consider making this state a destination.  Wisconsin offers an abundance of things to do…

Book Review-Meet Me In Paris by Juliette Sobanet

Since I can never get enough of reading about my favorite city either in fiction or non-fiction form, I decided to dig into Juliette Sobanet’s telling memoir Meet Me In Paris.  I have read a few of her books before-including Sleeping With Paris, Honeymoon In Paris, and Kissed In Paris and loved all of them.  Juliette typically writes romance novels most set in the city of light which is why I have picked them up.  You can just tell from reading them she loves that city like I do.  It certainly shows in her writing which…

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…

Book Review-I Loved You In Paris by Juliette Sobanet

  A few days ago I finished reading Meet Me In Paris by Juliette Sobanet and was blown away at this candid memoir from this romance writer about her divorce and her all consuming affair with a married man. You can read my review of that book here.  In that book she shared a handful of poems she wrote to describe the feelings and thoughts she had during this painful period of her life. I Loved You In Paris is her companion book that contains a collection of more of those poems she wrote during this time.  The raw emotion…

More Books With Paris As The Setting

There are a ton of books out that there that choose Paris as the setting of their stories. I try to read as many of them as I can. I think for every one that I’ve read, there are probably ten more out there. My mission is to read each and every one!I hope I live to be 105 cause that’s how long it will take me!! So from time to time I will share some of my favorites with you. Here’s a few more that I’d like to pass along…

Surviving Your Child’s Graduation

My one and only child just graduated from High School on Sunday. I actually got through it using only one Kleenex. This was quite the feat considering I was scared that since I am an emotional person I thought I would be that sobbing Mom that totally embarrasses her daughter. Yes I did shed some tears when the school principal got up and talked about how proud he was of this class and how this class was the one to earn the highest ACT scores in the area. Yes I did shed some tears when my daughter marched into the…

Dr. Seuss Captured The Meaning Of Graduation

“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your Mountain is waiting, so…..get on your way!” This line from the famous Dr. Seuss book Oh, The Places You”ll Go sums up graduation in a nutshell.  The end of those 13 plus years of school.  The end of one phase of life and the beginning of adulthood.  As a parent, you are hoping that you have given your child the tools to continue on with their life and make the right decisions for themselves. Searching Pinterest for graduation party ideas awhile ago…

Book Review- Queen Of Your Own Life

If you are in the second half of your life and are looking for a book that is an instant pick-me-up with some great advice, peppered with a little humor, Queen Of Your Own Life is THE book for you! This little book was recommended to me from a fellow queen, who happens to be a great friend and I am so glad she filled me in!  This book may be pint sized at 168 pages,  but it is full of ways to find your happiness.  Society fills our heads with the notion that youth is the time…

Grandma’s Sewing Machine Finds A New Home

Sometimes a person is taken aback when an unexpected thing happens. Such is the case with this beautiful early 1900’s sewing machine.  One Saturday my Dad had surprised me with a phone call and a request to stop over at my parents house. I did later that day. He took me down to the basement saying he had something to show me. What I saw was an old foot pedal sewing machine that need a little tender loving care. He told me the actual machine is in great shape and asked me if he refinished and fixed…

Time To Yourself Is A Good Thing

What would you do if you had 2 days to yourself? The  hubby and daughter left early Saturday morning for an overnight trip to the western part of Wisconsin where they have a hunting shack on land they lease from a farmer. What does this mean for me? Time to myself at home with absolutely no plans to go anywhere (on purpose) except to run and buy supplies for my weekend project and take the dog for a couple long walks. Now, I love my family with all my heart, but I thoroughly enjoy having time to myself too.  There…

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…

Can It Please Be Spring Already?

Even Zoe can’t believe that it’s is snowing out….again! I’m usually a glass half full kinda girl, but today I AM SICK OF WINTER!!! I know that I live in Wisconsin, but seriously I should not have to wear a winter jacket anymore. For goodness sakes it is April 8th. It should be 50 degrees out. Instead it is like the 20th day in a row of snow mixed with sleet, mixed with freezing rain. Ok, I may or may not be exaggerating on that! I don’t think there is…

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…

New Orleans, Mardi Gras, and Beignets

Everyone must experience Mardi Gras at least once in their lives!  We spent two days in New Orleans the Thursday and Friday before Fat Tuesday.  Hubby and I were to set sail from there on the Saturday before and since we had never been to New Orleans, thought it would be fun to spend a couple of days checking out all the Mardi Gras festivities beforehand. The first must do was chicory coffee and beignets at Cafe Du Monde.  Then Thursday night we found a spot on St. Charles Street to catch our first parades.  It was a cold night…

Ice Sculptures Everywhere! Carvers Invade Kiel, Wisconsin

Yesterday the Main Street of our small town of Kiel, Wisconsin was hopping. Every year on a cold Saturday in February the locals try out their talents making blocks of ice into artful creations. It’s a big hit here in our small town. Late in the afternoon when all the carving is done you can find people bundled up walking up and down Main Street checking out the sculptures. Some you can easily see what they are meant to be-others, well let’s just say it’s fun to guess! The carvers vary in age…

Slipping On My Resolution Of Writing Everyday

Do any of my fellow begining blog writers have this problem?  You vow to write everyday, every week, or a few times a week but find that you let time slip by and before you know it weeks go by.  That’s me right now.  I let life get in the way. I work full time as a manager and it has been a stressful few weeks there, plus planning for our New Orleans/cruise vacation has taken up so much time that I have pushed something that I love to do to the back burner…

 “Oh Mom You’re So Weird”

I originally wrote this post this past summer on vacation. It was posted on my previous blog and decided to repost it here.  I was trying to find a way to communicate to my daughter what she means to me even though at times having a teenage daughter can be uh um interesting.  I know it’s a little different from my other posts, but parenting is a journey and one that I am grateful to be experiencing! I just wanted to share.   “Mom, you’re so weird” is a phrase I hear daily out of…

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