Lazy Hazy Days

Next week I’m heading for Ohio to spend four short days reconnecting with friends. It’s been a long time since I’ve returned to my home state for a visit. Went back in 2006 to bury my mom. Not really a pleasure trip, that. Never really thought much of Ohio, the land of my teenage angst. … Continue reading Lazy Hazy Days

That Funny Feeling

I dropped my son off at the airport this morning. He’s on a 10-day adventure and I’m left with a funny feeling. It marks a change in my life. A shift. Some people call it the empty nest syndrome. Whatever… I called my brother. He has three daughters, the last one just graduated from college … Continue reading That Funny Feeling

The Maroon Bells

Plans Change But Oh My God… …we went to one of my favorite places in the whole world. Fishing didn’t happen. Fishing happening tomorrow. I had the migraine headache from hell and at 5:30 this morning, I was a puddle of pitiful woe. But I got better… thanks to fistfuls of Advil and lots of … Continue reading The Maroon Bells

Countdown to Travel

Good morning, Peeps!  Have you been enjoying your Memorial Day long weekend?  Mr. Al and I’ve been making lists of things-to-do-before-we-leave. Have you noticed that the closer a vacation gets, the more you realize how badly you need one? I’ll tell you what, I have definitely earned this one. Big Time. Yesterday, I pushed the … Continue reading Countdown to Travel

Burns, Oregon

Here we are, right in the middle of the great State of Oregon.  I’m sure that when many people think of Oregon, they think of Mt. Hood and Portland and Crater Lake.  This part of Oregon gets left out.  And, well, there’s not too much here other than the dry and dusty sprinkled with sage … Continue reading Burns, Oregon