Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

I can’t say enough about our cruise and our last days spent in Barcelona. One of the best decisions we made (prior to leaving home) was setting up an eight hour private tour with Barcelona Day Tours and a driver, who knew Barcelona. When the ship docked, Christian, our driver, was there to pick us…

WeekendCoffeeShare: Hearts, Tarts, Queens and Guillotines

Come in, come in. This morning I am serving coffee with a heart motif and strawberry tarts. It is strange how my mind works…..let me tell you how I got to the hearts and tarts…….. This week I wrote a post about Mardi Gras (let the good times roll)…….how the celebration was started in Europe and…

Mardi Gras, ‘Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler’

Today is Mardi Gras, Let the Good Times Roll! But, what is this big party and how did it all begin? Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.  This ritual of feasting began in Venice and Rome and…

WeekendCoffeeShare: It’s About Extraterrestrials!

Welcome! Come in! Won’t you have a cuppa with me this morning? It’s quite gloomy and overcast out and a perfect day to share my latest adventure with you! This week I finished my jog of 97.7 miles on the Extraterrestrial Highway in Nevada. That would be the route along SR 375 in Nevada from…

A Walk in the Gardens of San Carlos, La Coruña, Spain

Walking through a very nice historic neighborhood………. which sits on a knoll surrounded by an old brick wall……….we walk on………. Our last walk in La Coruña, takes us to the San Carlos Gardens where the English General, Sir John Moore is buried.  I didn’t know anything about Sir John Moore, but to the Spanish, he…

WeekendCoffeeShare: Curl Up With a Good Book

  Good morning, good morning! Come in out of the cold! What in the world has happened to our nice warm, winter weather?  We are used to maybe the 40’s with it warming up at least to the low 60’s, sometime during the week! At least the sun is shining and it looks like it…

WeekendCoffeeShare: Christmas Is Over Bring On the New Year!

Come in, come in! We are having a heatwave, it’s up to 48 degrees today, so let’s celebrate with some fruitcake! Remember before Thanksgiving I made two fruitcakes, which were slathered in rum, wrapped up tight, and put in my bedroom closet to ferment? I had set a reminder on my phone because I was…

Christmas Special Writing Prompts: Days 9, 10, 11

Well, I got a little behind this weekend!  I was shopping and watching football, basketball and Season 2 of The Crown, oh my! Got all my runs in too! But, let’s get on to the writing! Oh gee, I would be embarrassed to write a letter to Santa!  It would have to be a more…

Christmas Special Writing Prompt: December 8

Gosh, I don’t think there is just one part to like, Christmas is the entire package! I like the busy-ness of the season, the preparing of the food, the decorating of the house, tree and outdoors, the buying of presents and wrapping. It is getting ready for the Christ Child to renew your heart…… prepare…

Christmas Special Writing Prompt: December 7

I have always wanted to go to Quebec City, Canada at Christmas or for the Winter Carnival at the end of January. I love everything about the city! It is easy to get to from the US. The decorations at any time of year are fabulous. I can practice speaking French. We have been there…

Christmas Special Writing Prompt: December 6

My Christmas decorating starts right after Thanksgiving! This year we even got the tree the day before Thanksgiving because my daughter was here with her big SUV, to lug the tree home, and she was here to decorate it as well! We collect Christmas ornaments from our travels during the year and put them in…

Christmas Special Writing Prompt: December 5

Yes, my husband and I both send out our own Christmas cards. When we got married my husband was in the military and  had a Christmas list of hundreds! This list was built from a twenty-four year career, so I didn’t know many of these people. So we established lists of yours, mine and ours,…