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Budapest Hungary – The Parliament building is a symbol of the city.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013      18 comments

I took this photo from the “Fishermen’s Bastion.” Our ship was docked further down the river and I was able to run along that route A week later this would not have be... Read more
Slovakia – Not many people even know it exists let alone where it's located
Tuesday, June 11, 2013      27 comments

But it's very important to me It’s not Slovenia or Slovonia but rather the eastern half of the old Czechoslovakia. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the “Velve... Read more
Meeting in Austria
Monday, June 10, 2013      21 comments

I wrote yesterday that our trip included 2 anniversaries. DH and I celebrated our 46th but it’s also been exactly 50 years since DH (on the left) met another freshman engineering student after their chemistry final exam at Brooklyn Polytech. N... Read more
Where to spend an anniversary? How about Bulgaria?
Sunday, June 09, 2013      26 comments

Never would have predicted this location way back in June 1967. At that point I had never ventured far from Brooklyn. Here we are on our Danube cruise on our way from Vienna to the Black Sea. ... Read more
A city girl goes country (part 7) – Lock up the house? No, the garden!
Tuesday, May 21, 2013      22 comments

Growing up in Brooklyn I learned early to lock the door to our apartment and our car and our mailbox. I always locked my bike and as a young mother, even my “top of the line” baby carriage. (I took the baby) People are much more trusting ... Read more
A “course PR” is definitely a victory
Monday, May 20, 2013      20 comments

There’s one 5K race I tend to avoid because I’ve never done well there. It’s hilly and the worst of them are on the 2nd half. Also mid May is a bad allergy time for me and my asthma. However, we’re leaving for Europe on Wednesday and I ... Read more
I NEVER bake EVER, yet I record every broadcast of “Cupcake Wars”
Sunday, May 19, 2013      22 comments

I thought about my TV habit after reading Owl_20’s weight loss strategy – “no cooking shows” www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
al.asp?blog_id=5354756 I have always regarded cooking the way some peop... Read more
Convenience rather than a treat – my search for healthier options in fast food restaurants.
Saturday, May 18, 2013      17 comments

I’ve heard people refer to visiting a fast food restaurant as an occasional “treat.” Perhaps it’s because I was never a fan of fries, but I never put their food and “treat” in the same sentence. Cheesecake to me is a treat and chocolate chip c... Read more
I love numbers, especially discount numbers.
Friday, May 17, 2013      27 comments

That’s why “shopping” for me means “where’s that clearance rack?” I keep my clothes a very long time. Case in point: Here I am in Rome in 2011 with my grandchildren ... Read more
Little by little plain yogurt is overtaking the flavored variety in my daily food plan.
Thursday, May 16, 2013      20 comments

I’m the Queen of Gradualism in all things – weight loss, fitness improvement and now sugar reduction. I love my organic yogurt but my flavor of choice is French Vanilla. I buy it by the quart and eat 8 oz or more per day. I add my own f... Read more
Where would Venus de Milo shop?
Wednesday, May 15, 2013      15 comments

On my blog yesterday I asked “Is that a curve or a muffin top?” I love Sparkers, especially reading blogs and comments. AugustDragon’s comment got me thinking about measurements of women in centuries past, specifically Renaissance times. ... Read more
Is that a curve or a muffin top?
Tuesday, May 14, 2013      15 comments

It depends on your perspective, doesn’t it? For the record: It doesn’t matter to me what anyone wears. I would never even notice unless you show up in ripped jeans and a tube top at a formal wedding. Then I read about this - H & M ... Read more
How important is winning?
Monday, May 13, 2013      16 comments

Probably because I recently wrote about competitive vs. fun sports for kids, I was especially attentive to attitude as I sat at our grandson’s soccer game. DGS #5 is quite talented. He was recruited for a travel team (under 12) as soon a... Read more
History is a tapestry woven from the threads of our individual lives
Sunday, May 12, 2013      14 comments

Thanks to JSTETSER whose blog last week prompted my thoughts this morning. She wrote: Your life is like a lovely quilt, often made from scraps of this or that. Work carefully, and know that your life is a masterpiece! www.s... Read more
A city girl goes country (Part 6) Can I “rent a goat?”
Saturday, May 11, 2013      14 comments

Yesterday I wrote about the status of our “lawn” as well as American society’s quest for the “perfect” lawn. Admittedly our unusual wet weather including several days of downpours have kept us from mowing even on our usual lazy cycle. I ca... Read more

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