KitTea Anyone?

I am going to come clean.  I am a cat lover.  I know it is a shock to all of you, isn't it?  Because I NEVER post pictures of my cats Buddy and Holly.  I found a fabulous concept that I am thinking might become all the rage.  You know there are a lot of places where dogs are welcome.  Many restaurants cater to dog owners and allow their customers to bring their dogs along with them with designated (usually outdoor ) areas where those folks can dine with their doggie companions.  I think it is … [Read more...]

From Prom Dress to Headboard–Repurposing Art in Clear Lake

It is all the rage these days it seems.  Repurposing old items into something new.  It is what my parents and certainly grandparents called normal.   It was not uncommon for them to recycle items and re-purpose them for another use.  Sometimes it was because of a brilliant idea but more often than not it was as a result of having to make do with something or doing without. I was intrigued when I saw in the local paper, the Globe Gazette, an article featuring an exhibit on display at the Clear … [Read more...]

That’s A Lot of Bull……Head

Chris and I have a  bit of cabin fever.  Mother Nature dumped a bit more snow on us last week and I am trying to not complain but doggone it----I am tired of the fluffy white stuff.  Thank goodness it almost all melted off in 24 hours and we are supposed to experience a bit warmer temperatures this week.  Not a minute too soon. We had to get out of the house.  We didn't want to venture too far but wanted to go do something outside so we headed out after consulting Oddball Iowa--A Guide to … [Read more...]

Stones With History

I love to walk through cemeteries.  I know that might be a little odd but there is just something so intriguing to me about seeing old stones with weathered writing, leaning or fallen down, upright, adorned with flags or flowers or little mementos.  They tell a story in their own way so I never turn down the opportunity to stop and take one in on our travels. On our recent trip to Bermuda we toured St. Peter's Church (you can read my post here) and the Unfinished Church (you can read that … [Read more...]

Their Majesties Chappell

A few weeks ago I shared a post on a lovely church in Bermuda that was left unfinished that we fell in love with.  You can check that post out by clicking here.  The church that was left unfinished was supposed to replace St. Peter's Church which is the one that I am featuring today. From the climbing steps to the white steeple this church is magical and we were thrilled to be able to tour it on one of the most beautiful days in our week in Bermuda.  This lovely church is located in … [Read more...]

My Little Ecosystem

We have quite a little ecosystem here in our yard.  As you can see we live in a neighborhood--there are houses fairly closely--no fences and we enjoy a quiet life here.  But with my love of all things animals we have developed quite a little ecosystem and I wanted to share just a few visitors that have come to our yard. First of all --the picture below is of our deck.  I moved a bird feeder up close to the house so that at least one feeder would not be ravaged by the deer.  As you can see … [Read more...]

Pastime with Pro’s and A Hungry Mind

Who doesn't love a blog post that features food?  Today I decided to share three local places that Chris and I have eaten in the past few weeks.  We find ourselves having "date nights" and "lunch dates" these days and are trying to explore some of the area eateries that we don't frequent too often.  Today I will share 3 of those little places with you and tempt you with pictures of lovely food in technicolor. First stop---Pastime Gardens located on S. Madison in Mason City. I had been to this … [Read more...]

Traveling? Take These Along!

We have had the privilege of being allowed to travel a bit in the past few years and if there is anything that I have learned in our travels, both domestic and international, it is to be prepared, pack as lightly as possible and make a list.  Today I thought I would share with you some of the things that I pack in my suitcase that you may not have thought to pack. 1. Outlet strip.   Our youngest son gifted me this handy dandy outlet strip that goes with me everywhere. The plug actually plugs … [Read more...]

The Unfinished Church

One of my favorite stops on our recent trip to Bermuda was to visit the quaint town of St. George's.  We had a lovely time strolling around the very quiet town on a warm and sunny day and were thrilled to be able to visit so many of the historic and beautiful places that were within walking distance.  Since our visit was timed in the off season for the island we did not have to fight crowds of people and it really was the most wonderful way to visit the island. Being part of a church family … [Read more...]

Sunny Skies, Warm Sand, Rainbows and Gentle Breezes

If you are anything like me you look forward to March because it usually means that spring is on  the way.  It has been a pretty brutal winter in the Midwest and quite frankly almost everywhere so when the hubby suggested a Valentine's Day trip to Bermuda  I jumped on the proverbial plane bandwagon and got ready to enjoy some warmth and fun in the sun.  Little did I know all the twists and turns that life would take prior to the trip.  I am often grateful that I can not see into the … [Read more...]

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