See photos & videos of how Seattle appears from the water. Learn where the Beatles stayed, see floating homes, a WW1 Living Memorial, go through locks & more.
For the garden lover a history of the beautiful Bellingrath Gardens near Mobile Bay in Alabama is presented with many photos & videos.
Learn about the site where the U.S. Air Force cadets get their training. Pictures show the spectacular grounds in Colorado. Of particular interest is the attention grabbing architecture of the chapel which would fit...
History & photos of the "stike it rich" days of the 1800s when prospectors put the scenic setting of Georgetown, Colorado on the map. Today visitors are still lured there for its beauty as well as the casinos hoping to...
Where can one walk, bike ride, rock climb & enjoy nature in a spectacular city park filled with dramatic sandstone formations tucked up against the lofty Pikes Peak Mountain? It is the Garden of the Gods! Photos &...
Robert Rogan modern art paintings are now being rapidly purchased by art patrons and investors. You can see a number of his works displayed here.
Vacationing in Oregon we discovered the gorgeous Umpqua River, Toketee Falls & more. There is much in the way of beauty in that scenic part of southwestern Oregon. Photos & videos are included.
Not only is Snoqualmie Falls a gorgeous site but it also provides hydroelectric power to Washington State. See photos & videos. The Salish Lodge has a bird's eye view of it!
This "Best Garden in Florida" was viewed by my mother & me when the azaleas & camellias were in full bloom. Once privately owned, this exquisite home, grounds & lake are now a State Park. Photos & videos.
Diamond Lake was a wonderful discovery on our vacation. See photos from a paddleboat we took out onto this stunning clear watered blue lake. This is a wonderful year round resort area in beautiful Oregon!
See many photos + some videos of this magnificent Japanese Garden that my mother, niece and I got to tour one year while on vacation in the "City of Roses."
The dazzling artistry of the construction as well as the furnishings of this lodge hailing from post Great Depression days is amazing. View many photos.
From recipes written on examination blanks to cookies called rocks, see photos and get five old time recipes here. All taste tested!
Stepping away from intriguing Main Street, this part of our visit to charming Calvert shows photos of some of the 37 blocks of Victorian homes and B & B's on the National Register of Historic Places. The cemetery is...
This delicious and easy gazpacho recipe makes good use of fresh garden ingredients. Also includes videos of other ways to make it.
A little history with photos of the people who shared favorite recipes with my grandmother in this well worn journal with food spattered handwritten pages. Enjoy the recipes!
Quinoa salad is a delicious, easy to make and nutritious meal or side dish. I recently learned about this wholesome protein rich grain and will share my recipe and other information with you. Mmm...these additional...
An antique lover's destination, my friend and I also discovered a chocolate truffle factory and affiliated restaurant, scented candles and handmade jewelry, scrumptious kolaches, cedar furniture, and more in this...
Photos showing my sweet mother helping Angie and her 5 kittens. Videos showing other cute cats plus information about responsible cat care.
This is an attraction where one can dine, shop and browse to one's heart content as my friend and I discovered. From pots and plants to teapots, cats, rusted lawn ornaments, water features and jewelry...that and more...
June 25, 1905 was the date in my grandmother's little palm sized prayer book that was written in German. Horses and buggies were the common mode of transportation back then.
Memories of my mother's Studebaker car which she lovingly named back in the 1950s. We kids were not too fond of it at the time. Now they are collector items!
See 11 photos and read about the artists who created these European masterpieces from the 1400's to the 1800's.
I have not only sponged and ragged walls but have used various other faux finishing techniques in homes including ours. This post will show just how easy sponging is to accomplish.
My husband (as a boy) took a trip to South Dakota with his mother & uncle as I had also done with my family in the 1950s. Learn more about the topsy-turvy world of the Cosmos + prices back in those days.
Cotton used to be "King" in the small scenic town of Montgomery, Texas. That is where we discovered the pretty Cork This! Winery. One can create wines made for special occasions with the help of the friendly owners and...
See the Colonel William Barret Travis monument, Confederate soldier gravestones, distinctive Woodmen markers and more in this historic cemetery which dates back to 1853 in Chappell Hill, TX.
We can understand why people would wish to have wedding receptions and other events at Bernhardt Winery. It is gorgeous! See photos of it as well as wildflowers we saw on the day of our visit.
Not only can one taste some hand crafted wines at Windy Winery but one can also soak up some beautiful Texas country atmosphere. On the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail the scenery is particularly pretty!
See spectacular wildflowers and the setting of this Texas Winery aptly named Pleasant Hill with photos, descriptions and videos.
Discovering the wineries not far from our home was a fun adventure and viewing the Texas wildflowers was an added enticement to do it in the Spring. "Texas friendly" are the folks at Colony Cellars Winery!
Numerous close-up photos of Texas wildflowers plus videos show what Spring is like each year in this part of Houston.
The meaning of Easter and how to grow and care for Easter Lilies. Pictures and videos.
This humorous handwritten account of my husband's grandparent's journey to get married was fraught with obstacles! Horses and buggies saved the day!
My grandmother had saved this old 1957 newspaper clipping with recipes. It also had some grocery store ads & prices which caught my attention. Oh to be able to pay prices like that in this day & age!
An absolutely amazing number of bronze sculptures are displayed in public locations throughout Loveland, Colorado! Photos & videos.
Come along with our two families as we explored the Mitchell Corn Palace, Mount Rushmore, the Badlands,Custer State Park & more on our vacation trip in the 1950s.
Hiking along San Francisco Bay between Lincoln Park & the Cliff House is a pleasure all its own. See many photos of our journey & ultimate destination to the Sutro Baths ruins. Restaurant on site.
Information & photos regarding the highest suspension bridge in the world built over the Arkansas River at the Royal Gorge in Colorado + attractions. It is a daunting view!
Chubby Checker's hit song "The Twist" had my entire family gyrating to the fun beat in the 1960s but my Dad was the all time expert in our family. Videos capture some of those good golden oldies.
I have had this foot malady and surgery for it twice! Learn all about Morton's Neuroma and how your choice of shoes might affect its painful growth.
Pictures and videos. Family stories regarding tulips being grown and shared through the years. How to plant and care for tulips.
Numerous different locales within the scenic State of Arizona are featured in this post with pictures & information. Come along & enjoy the trip!
See 18 photos of the breathtakingly vivid beautiful colors in Yellowstone. It is the thinnest area of earth's crust & very active with steaming fumeroles, geysers & sites that will linger in one's memory always.
Some of the last hours we chose to spend in the Grand Tetons was a return trip to Jackson Lake to watch the colorful sails of the windsurfers flitting across the clear turquoise waters like so many butterflies. Such...
It rarely snows in Houston bringing out the child in everyone as this city just about shuts down for a day of play and wonderment.
Forested areas, rushing streams, numerous waterfalls, majestic rocks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range as well as meadows & lakes entice one to further explore this magnificent park. See many photos
In this hub the reader will find out the experiences & reasons I have in believing why our spirits live on after we shed our mortal bodies. Photos and videos.
If you have one oven as we did for years and have lots of company coming over for a turkey dinner...this easy recipe that can be prepared in advance might just be what you are seeking.
From the colorful ice plants on the coastline of California where the relentless crashing of Pacific Ocean waves creates a constant din to the whoof of a golf ball being launched skyborne hopefully settling into that...
Enjoy this delicious and healthy recipe rated excellent in our home along with videos showing other ways of incorporating eggplant into meals.
A little background of my teenaged years in McAllen, Texas and how and why this delicious Christmas cookie recipe was acquired. I continue to make it every year!
This funny story with a dog, my grandfather and a Christmas tree has not only stood the test of time but several generations of our family have laughed many times over this crazy incident.
Memories of my early childhood and how my brothers and I spent time in the country. It was a real treat to get to enjoy a family trip to the outdoor movie theaters in those days!
There may be bigger caves elsewhere in the world but Carlsbad Caverns is the largest that I have ever personally seen. Pictures & videos show some of the gorgeous scenery.
One of only 2 National Parks in Texas, my friend and I particularly enjoyed hiking back into McKittrick Canyon which must be spectacular in the Fall of the year. Great desert and mountain scenery in this park! Enjoy...
Some things like this champagne flight live long in memory. Such is the case with this true story which we experienced while living in Wisconsin Rapids many years ago and which still brings smiles to our faces.
True story of our little Mama Kitty and what happened to her. Halloween memories with pictures.
These spectacular scenic grounds with mature live oak trees located along the Salado Creek with swans and peacocks adding splashes of color have had us returning year after year. It is no wonder many brides choose this...
Meandering along the sub-street pathways peeking into stores, dining at restaurants, attending open aired theatre or riding on the riverboats, there is much to see & enjoy in this downtown space. Historic places like...
These garden domes are the crown jewel of Mitchell Park. Summer or winter one can enjoy the tropics, desert plants & seasonal plantings & decor.
From petrified sand dunes to petrified wood and spectacular views, check out this site & surrounding area in Utah. Photos & videos are provided.
One story is from my grandparents and one is our personal experience from here in Houston + videos of squirrels. Laugh and enjoy!
One can learn more about Siegfried and Roy's sanctuary efforts and see some of their majestic white lions and tigers (as we did) if one is visiting Las Vegas. Enjoy the pictures from my last visit and view some videos...
Many photos & videos of the one and only Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. My girlfriend literally had tears in her eyes when viewing it for the first time.
See pictures and videos of these vividly-colored and ancient sand dunes encompassing thousands of acres. Quite the playground!
The Hibbards escaped from Chicago with their lives & built a successsful fishing lodge & cabins on beautiful Moose Lake in Ely, MN. Photos & videos.
Numerous photos & videos showcase the venues that can be enjoyed at the Magic Kingdom in Florida. It is a magical place for young and old alike!
Vintage postcards from my grandparents of the mermaids in Weeki Wachee are particularly colorful. See photos & videos of what has now become a State Park in Florida.
From rare Galapagos Island tortoises to Madagascar lemurs & more, Discovery Island was a great place to take some time off from the hustle & bustle of all the other engaging sites at Walt Disney World.
Take a glass-bottomed boat ride on crystal clear water. See animals living freely in lush, jungle-like settings. The Tarzan movies and Sea Hunt were filmed here in beautiful Silver Springs.
We did not see all 15,000+ petroglyphs on the volcanic escarpment just west of Albuquerque, but pictures & videos show some of them. Wow!
Photos and videos show this incredibly pigmented and saturated area of the Painted Desert in Arizona. Who knew that the desert could be so colorful?
My easy recipe for some delicious and healthy roasted vegetables as well as a couple of videos showcasing other techniques and recipes can be found in this hub. Hope you enjoy this as much as we do!
The largest batholith in all of Texas this wondrous playground invites campers, hikers, rock climbers and nature lovers from near and far. This National Landmark and State Park made for a fun day spent with some of my...
Great wild mushroom photos! Learn why mushrooms and fungi are important and what they do in addition to providing food.
The Petrified Forest National Park is a huge area containing the mineralized & colorful wood; fossils, badlands, petroglyphs & other sites of note. Photos & videos.
Scenic red rocked location of Sedona, Arizona & the spectacular Oak Creek Canyon with Slide Rock State Park is featured. Many photos & videos.
The big difference in this canyon and the "grand" one in Arizona besides overall size is the fact that one can drive into Palo Duro Canyon and see things close up as my mother and I did. See many photos of its beauty...
I am so happy that my people decided to let me stay with them! I'll tell you how it all happened & how my life took a turn for the better.
Park Guell created by Antoni Gaudi is an amazing urban environment in Barcelona that was to have become a prototype. Photos & videos.
La Granja had a dark side but our evening ended on a bright note with Marvin Hamlisch. Photos & videos tell this story.
Learn about Archduke Luis Salvador of Austria; this spectacular setting of Son Marroig & why people such as Chopin & Michael Douglas are drawn to this island setting.
Valldemossa is a beautiful coastal hillside town on this Mediterranean Island where Chopin & George Sand had a romantic trist. Photos and videos!
I am mesmerized by nature and especially like wooded settings. Come along with me as I travel down the path of sights, smells and imagination.
This modern art museum sitting high atop Montjuic overlooking much of Barcelona was a treat to view. Photos & videos regarding Joan Miro's works.
Photos & videos show an old Moorish castle, Gothic Cathedral, summer residence of the King & Queen of Spain, old quarters, harborside & more. Beautiful grounds of Valparaiso Palace Hotel included.
Experience some of the excitement that we felt while attending these olympic opening ceremonies. Photos & videos!
Learn something you may not have known about these 2 famous artists. Many photos & videos!
Learn about the artist Velazquez who created stunning masterpieces & which we viewed in Madrid's fabulous Prado Museum. Photos & videos!
A hillside cave first sheltered this Norwegian family prior to other buildings being constructed on this beautiful 40 acre site.
A look at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & the cowardly act of homegrown terrorism in the United States & its aftermath. Includes photos.
Learn all about dragonflies & damselflies with photos & videos. These beauties still frequent our garden & apparently like posing for pictures.
This fabulous day long tour had us experiencing a black sand beach, Volcanoes National Park, a lava tube, spectacular garden, large cattle ranch & much more. Photos & videos!
Photos show the size of this gargantuan plant. Informative videos show growing and pruning techniques for tomato plants. Poll questions are at the end. Please vote! :))
Our first helicopter ride ever & what better place to experience it than the Big Island of Hawaii with an active volcano putting on a show? See photos & videos.
Now called the Orchid at Mauna Lani & part of ITT Sheraton's Luxury Collection, photos will be shared when my husband & I visited the Big Island of Hawaii. Luxury is luxury no matter the name change!
This orphaned boy at age 9 achieved much in his lifetime & many in Europe will never forget his efforts in helping to feed them after the World Wars.
It was fun getting to see the one roomed schoolhouse, old general store & other buildings from the mid to late 1800's in Iowa. This wonderful heritage park is not only educational but open & free to the public.
Seeing large displays of war machinery; feeling the ground rumble under us as a massive tank rolled by & standing in a cemetery with Civil War headstones was quite an experience. Photos & videos.
Jesse James was definitely influenced by events of the Civil War. My mother, niece & I got to see where he was born & learned much more about him as well as the times in which he lived & died.
These Turnverein club members promoted the ideas of exercise while blending it with social, intellectual & benevolent activities leaving a big footprint in America today.
See the tiny house in which Marion Morrison best known as John Wayne or "The Duke" was born. Photos of the house & town of Winterset, Iowa are shown + information about this well known film star.
Unique place worthy of being on the National Register of Historic Places, this curvaceous town of Eureka Springs in the Ozark Mountains entices one with old Victorian houses, health spas, a haunted hotel & even a site...
Enjoy the photos and videos while learning a bit about the care and growing of the beautiful crape myrtles. They truly are the lilacs of the South missing only the sweet aroma that I remember so well from my early...
Hot Springs National Park has lured many people seeking cures for their ailments; has intrigued NASA regarding the water and is the only national park located within city limits. Look at the pictures and videos and...
There is so much to see & enjoy on this stunning island capitol of British Columbia that our 3 days spent there on vacation merely scratched the surface! See photos & videos here & plan accordingly.
Learn about Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of girl scouts. My mother was a leader & I loved scouting except for my one camping experience. Poison ivy ruined the day!
No commercial development despoils the natural beauty of the 200 acres of Beacon Hill Park located not far from the Inner Harbor of Victoria. It is one of the prettiest parks in which I have ever spent time. See...
See vintage needle containers and men's underwear buttons put to good use along with other handiwork by my grandmother in this post.
Life and times with photos of my grandmother and how she was reared in Wisconsin when her mother died. Also learn about dairy farming.
See the 15 photos and videos regarding the world renowned Butchart Gardens which was built into limestone quarry. With 700 varieties of plants spread out over 55 acres, plan to spend some time. There are even fireworks...
I think of my mother & my grandmother when these jello salad mold recipes come to mind. My grandmother's could be substituted for a dessert anytime in my opinion. It is delicious! Additional videos.
The numerous photos show my great aunt and uncle's large and successful farming operation in North Dakota back in the early 1900s.
This is a favorite recipe from my mother and is perfect for those brunches or anytime a good sour cream coffeecake would be desired. Other video recipes are also included in this hub. Hungry yet?
River boat pilot, saloon keeper, hotel owner & story teller extraordinaire...Jack Deighton helped put Vancouver on the map. See & hear the working steam clock + other Gastown sites in this post.
Family history of the times in Wisconsin when my mother was a child growing up in the 1920s and beyond. See many photos plus a video.
Surrounded by water, Stanley Park is a playground & green space in Vancouver, BC offering much in the way of enjoyment to locals & visitors alike. My photos & other videos show some of this glorious landscape.
Should the prison in Guantanamo Bay Cuba be closed despite the costs and dangers involved? The debate rages on... Please let me know your thoughts on the subject.
My family spent many hours at the gigantic Vancouver Aquarium. As one of the largest ones in all of North America, anyone liking these type of venues should certainly plan to visit here! See photos & videos in this...
Stroll along with us through the peaceful Van Dusen Botanical Gardens and see photos of the exotic monkey puzzle tree; a Korean Pavilion; wide expanses of manicured lawns with multitudes of beautiful plants; lilypads...
13 tons of concrete at each end keep the 450-foot Capilano Suspension Bridge firmly anchored for those who like the views from several hundred feet up in the air in Vancouver, Canada.
See photos and descriptions of what we got to see via boat trip to Squamish from Vancouver and then returning by the Royal Hudson Steam Train ride from Squamish returning to Vancouver. It was a spectacular day trip!
The gorgeous Queen Elizabeth Park & Bloedel Conservatory is situated high up on a hill overlooking the City of Vancouver. 2nd most visited park in Vancouver. Popular setting for bridal party photos.
Photos & videos of a fantastic San Juan Islands cruise. Sunsets, whale watching, Friday Harbor, double-decker bus tour, location of the Pig War & more...
18 photos & videos help showcase the history & charm of this quaint & scenic village set amidst mountains in Washington State...architecture like that found in Germany and Switzerland!
See photos & videos of this oldest operating farmer's market in the U.S. Not only fruits, veggies & flying fish...but entertainment, restaurants & more are here to be seen & enjoyed.
View the photos & videos in this hub & learn how to grow the plants, cook with the ginger & benefit health-wise. Favorite cookie recipe which uses ginger included!
This now funny punishment threat of being given to a rag man worked for a time. My mother saw real rag men when she was growing up. They still exist in places & help to recycle old cloth into new.
Do you remember the top selling songs like "Roses are Red". "Mr. Lonely" and "Sealed with a Kiss" as I do? Visiting Bobby Vinton's theatre in Branson and getting to hear him sing these songs in person was a treat!
My mother & I laughed so much at the Russian comedian Yakov Smirnoff in his theatre that we thought our sides would burst!
Story of a child who touched my life in a special way with regard to being hungry. We all need to do our part to eradicate hunger wherever it exists!
This Top 10 American Institute of Architecture building located in a beautiful wooded setting just outside of Eureka Springs, Arkansas blends the exterior surroundings with the interior beautifully. What a great place...
It was wonderful getting to visit the palatial home built on Sarasota Bay by John and Mable Ringling (of circus fame) & due to their generosity, countless people will enjoy it long into the future.
Photos of the damage done by this surprise rainstorm in Houston. Related videos.
The Ringling Brothers Art Museum & Circus Collection is definitely worth viewing if you travel to Sarasota, Florida. The Ringling's winter home is on the same grounds. Plan to spend some time!
Pictures & videos tell the story of these beautiful botanical gardens in Sarasota. Come along & take a look!
Life and times with photos of my Dad growing up in the 1920s in Okauchee, Wisconsin. School award photos from the 1930s are pictured here.
My mother & I loved strolling the manicured grounds of Cypress Gardens. We saw hoop skirted girls, fantastic topiary shapes, cypress trees dripping with spanish moss, gorgeous gardens, sculptures, a water show and so...
Greek culture & natural sponge diving are interwoven into the fabric of this Florida coastal town. Unique & enjoyable place to visit!
The exteriors of these churches give no indication of how the beautiful and unusual their interiors are. No wonder tourists come from near and far to view them!
Numerous photos and videos showing spectacular Texas wildflowers plus Lady Bird Johnson's efforts at highway beautification all across the U.S.
This historic walled city & first capitol of Spain has Jewish, Christian & Moorish influences. The works of artists like El Greco are fabulous!
This abused Pomeranian dog story has a happy ending thanks to kind hearted people including my dear mother. Information about this breed and pictures of little "Skippy" can be found here.
My mother and I had no idea when we spent the night in Emporia and serendipitously found this beautiful park, that we would learn so much history.
Thanks to our friend Mary we got to see the magnificent Clydesdale horses + where President Ulysses S. Grant hand built his log cabin in days of old. These 281 acres are open & free to the public!
Sleeping in Lillie Langtry's bed was a once in a lifetime experience! Learn more about her & the beautiful Guenoc Winery. Photos & videos.
Yuma, Arizona information + the (haunted?) old territorial prison & funny poem my grandparents found while visiting there many years ago titled "Me Mudder."
The uplifted arms of the unique yucca-like Joshua trees mixed with other plants and cactus in the upper elevations of the Mojave Desert make this an interesting site. Skull Rock is another intriguing area within this...
In this well lit cave, one gets to see beautiful formations in close fashion as compared to much larger caves. My girlfriend and I were very happy that we had stopped and would recommend this gem of a cave to anyone. ...
Hard economic times in the past (Great Depression) and today including how people cope. Multi-generational family bonding can be the upside of lending a helping hand during difficult times.
Be sure and wear sunglasses as we did when visiting the largest gypsum sand dunes in the world. White Sands National Monument has to be experienced to be believed!
Numerous photos, videos & information about the amazing Saguaro National Park in Arizona located in the Sonoran Desert near Tucson.
See photos of touching monuments like a child's cradle; a faithful dog & impressive huge sleek & modern mixed with ornate old tombstones which tell a story of those people now resting there. If you like strolling...
Thanks to a good friend, my mother & I got to see the historic & gorgeous Missouri Botanical Garden which an Englishman who had come to America created & left as his legacy. Photos & videos!
There is such awesome scenery in this part of the world! Lush valleys and snowy mountains made for spectacular views from the Glacier Express Train. Photos and videos are included.
This town has everything from a gothic spired church to museums, university, festivals, cobblestone streets, an old quarter, open aired market & more. Enjoy photos!
Spending 2 weeks in the Grand Tetons just tantalized our desire to see more. The freely roaming wild animals, pristine clear lakes, snow topped mountains and more are a photographer's delight.
Of course I am referring to my garden bed with the rocks although the airport screener had some momentary doubts! Pictures of where some of those rocks originated + videos.
One of the crystal clear lakes in the Jackson Hole area is Jenny Lake. My mother, niece & I spent portions of 2 days there soaking up the beautiful mountainous scenery, hiking to Hidden Falls & beyond.
30 photos of the 2 days we spent in Yellowstone include such things as the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs, Porcelain Basin, & of course "Old Faithful" among many other sites.
We loved this place! From the wooden sidewalks, elk horn arches, art galleries, covered chuckwagon dinner, whitewater rafting, live theatre, horseback riding & ski lift ride to the top of Snow King Mountain...that &...
We spent an entire day touring just one portion (Island in the Sky) of Canyonlands. See 43 photos & some videos showcasing this wonderland.
Want to see the greatest number of natural stone arches in the entire world? Visit Arches National Park!
See photos & videos of this most unusual of Utah State Parks. One's imagination can run wild!
Learn about Indian petroglyphs, fantastic rockscapes, uranium mining, outlaw hideouts & apricot orchards in this national park with photos & videos.
When viewing a good example for the forces of erosion...Bryce Canyon is the epitome! See 20 photos & some videos of this spectacular Utah National Park.
See numerous photos & some videos of this magnificent national park. It is a Utah paradise for hikers, photographers, river enthusiasts & more.
See the deepest & most intense blue colored lake on an old volcanic site in all of the United States. You won't believe your eyes until you experience this in person! Crater Lake Lodge overlooks the spectacular...
Story of an Indian maiden sacrificing herself to save the tribe. This was learned at just one of the magnificent waterfalls on this leg of our journey along the Columbia River Gorge. Photos & videos.
As a nurse I learned the importance of having a living will. Here are 2 real stories that confirmed my intent to get it done quickly & not leave important life decisions to chance.
In everyday life we all have "first impressions." Where will they lead? Some considerations. Written during the decade of the turbulent 1960s with some history of those times.