Link Ups, Travel

The Doors of Mazatlán

Our visit to Mazatlán, Mexico has been relaxing, rejuvenating and thought-provoking. This trip came with many bonuses, including providing me with rich material to participate in #ThursdayDoors. Here is a small sample of the endless variety of eye-catching entranceways we passed during our daily wanderings. The architecture in Mazatlán’s historic district (Centro Historico) displays a… Continue reading The Doors of Mazatlán

Link Ups, Vancouver Island

We Are The World Blogfest: Broombusters

I had no idea what I would write (or if I would write) for this month's contribution to 'We Are the World Blogfest.' But...when Richard showed me the following article in our local paper, I knew that it was a topic that I wanted to share. (Click on the link to read the full article...and… Continue reading We Are The World Blogfest: Broombusters

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Link Ups, Retirement

Reflection: Surviving the A to Z Challenge

All participants of the #atozchallenge have been asked to write a reflection on their experience. Here's mine. Top Ten Lessons from the A to Z Challenge   In many ways, taking part in the A to Z Challenge was like walking the Camino Trail. You leave the journey in touch with a different aspect of… Continue reading Reflection: Surviving the A to Z Challenge

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A to Z Challenge: Day Twenty-Six – “Z”

'Z' is for 'Zero'. "Zip', 'Zilch' and 'Zat's All Folks!' If you followed my blog prior to the A to Z Challenge, you might already know that my husband and I completed over 700 kilometers on the Camino Trail this past summer.  Every part of that trip was incredible. The most invigorating moment was undoubtedly this… Continue reading A to Z Challenge: Day Twenty-Six – “Z”

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A to Z Challenge: Day Twenty-Five – “Y”

'Y' is for 'Yadda, Yadda, Yadda.' Today is 'Homemade Soup and Buns' with my Walking Group. As I've prepared one of the soups, you might expect that 'Y' would stand for 'Yum' or 'Yummy.' But....yadda, yadda, yadda....both words seemed a bit lame. 'Yellow Bean Soup,' 'Yikes, I Just Burned my Pot' or 'Yuck, this stuff… Continue reading A to Z Challenge: Day Twenty-Five – “Y”

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Gratitude, Link Ups

A to Z Challenge: Day Twenty-Four – “X”

'X' is for 'Xièxie' (谢谢). Since I lived in Beijing for fourteen years, it seems only fitting (and shamelessly convenient) to share my gratitude in Mandarin. Although participating in this challenge kept me hopping, the benefits were extraordinary. Heartfelt appreciation to the the A - Z Team. Founder, Arlee Bird (Tossing it Out) and co-hosts,… Continue reading A to Z Challenge: Day Twenty-Four – “X”

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Link Ups, Vancouver Island

A to Z Challenge: Day Twenty-Three – “W”

'W' is for 'We Are the World Blogfest'...and 'Lessons Learned at the Wellness Spa!'   Today, I have combined my 'A to Z Challenge' post with my 'We Are the World Blogfest' post. At the time of going live, It was Thursday, April 26 on Vancouver Island. But, it was already 3 am on the… Continue reading A to Z Challenge: Day Twenty-Three – “W”

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A to Z Challenge: Day Twenty-Two – “V”

'V’ is for ‘Volume.’ 'V' is for 'volume' - not of noise produced or of food or drink consumed. Instead, volume (or volumes) refers to the books read in Book Club (although noise, food, and drink have a definite place here). I am part of two Book Groups that each meet monthly. One of these… Continue reading A to Z Challenge: Day Twenty-Two – “V”

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Link Ups, Retirement

A to Z Challenge: Day Twenty-One – “U”

'U' stands for 'Never Underestimate the Power of Your Slow Cooker.' I loved being able to lie uninterrupted for most of yesterday. Today, I have emerged from underneath my covers...slowly. Needing to venture out this afternoon to work with a new batch of puppies at our local shelter, I wish to remain unruffled for the… Continue reading A to Z Challenge: Day Twenty-One – “U”