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A Staycation Vacation

Updated on February 21, 2014

A Vacation Staycation

When, Why, What & How?

By now, no doubt, you know what a staycation is. Although this word has been around a long time, it really came into fashion in the year 2008. When I hear this word, it still makes me smile. Why?

Spanning all seasons, I have given you many examples of how my family and others have spent their staycation. Interested? Travel down the page to Part 1 of "Staycation - Everyone Should Try One."

My wish is that, out of all the various experiences of others, you will discover a new, exciting and relaxing way to have a staycation.


A Hearty "Thank You" for Visiting.

I invite you to stay a while and enjoy yourself.

I hope that my lens will make you smile, brighten your day and help you plan your first, next, but certainly not your last staycation.

I hope that you will take the time to have a look at the featured artist's many works of art.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart for visiting me here.

Music To Read By

If you'd like a little music while you read, enter Staycation's "Ruby Cafe."

No matter what kind of music you like, we have it.

It's free and easy to use.

The Music Box

Play the popular songs you enjoy in the year of your choice.

You may let it play through the entire list of that year or highlight a particular song and just play that.


For Inspiration ..

Take a moment .. select your songs .. listen while you work.

Why not play your favorite tunes while you work on your lenses. It works! My hubby has it playing while creating digital designs on his computer. He says that he just loves it! I do too!!

pssst ... He has this lens on his desktop so that it is handy.

Take a moment.

Select your songs: Music At The Ruby Cafe

It's easy, legal, fun and free.

Staycation's beginning - In a little Canadian town.

Who made "Staycation" a popular word (and activity)? Watch the episode where "STAYCATION" is first mentioned at CORNER GAS. (Mail Fraud Part 1 - 3)

Every year Brent takes a vacation from Corner Gas. Most envy the way he travels the world on a shoestring budget.

Lacey finds Brent's unique way of globetrotting unhealthy. So much so, she interrupts his trip, breaking a cardinal rule about Brent's time away.

Brent Gift of Travel - Mail Fraud Part II

Lacy in the South of France - Mail Fraud Part lll

The “Will”of is my husband.  His photographs and designs may be viewed at: Fine Art America. Many will be featured here to enhance my story.

Will has always been an avid photographer. I remember one of our sudden stops when we were traveling with our newborn daughter. "JUST NEED TO GET THIS SHOT, I WON'T BE A MINUTE," Will yelled as he dashed out of the car slamming the door!  Meanwhile, I was left with an awakened, crying baby.  She had just fallen asleep after miles of fussing and I had just become relaxed enough to enjoy the ride.  Such has been my life since living with Will.  I'm not complaining because, as you will see, he has been the creator of a gazillion beautiful photographs and many fabulous digital art designs and I am his biggest fan! 

What has this got to do with a “s-t-a-y-c-a-t-i-o-n?”  Perhaps you know!   Please scroll down to find the answer and to read more of my meanderings in "STAYCATION" PART II.

Will, an internationally known photographer, has teamed up with one of the fastest growing fine art sites on the internet. In Will's galleriy you will find over 3,000 high quality photographs and digital designs.

Will has kindly given me permission to use some of his photographs. For enlarged images of the pictures in this lens please view them in Will's online Gallery at: Will

It is easy-breezy to see what a different frame or mat would look like on a photograph. Just choose the picture, then you will be given a large choice of frames and matting. Mix and match frames and mats until you have the effect you prefer.

Because of Will's travels, he is able to offer you a wide variety of scenes. A few of the photos featured on this lens were taken close to home.

Will has often spent days and days on his digital art during our staycations. I hope that you will enjoy them as much as I do.

All photos featured in this lens are available for purchase if you so choose.

My Favorite ... This Week, Next Week & Forever - taken while on Staycation - From Will's Dramarama Gallery


"Electric Waters"

Taken in a nearby park. It is now ready for purchase.

Artist Description

"Rays of dazzling sunlight glint off the water beside an elegant swan creating a dramatic image."

'Autumn Aura' - Variety Show Gallery

Photo by Will Borden

A potpourri gallery aisle reserved for photos and designs that have a variety of themes.

* A photo of colorful Elks Horn growing in Gramma's yard. This photo will remain here and not be changed for obvious reasons when you read my musings in "Dear Diary."

In Will's RosesRoses Gallery - Photo by Will Borden

This rose grows in our flower garden.

There is nothing quite as lovely as a rose. This beauty, turns a pale pink as it matures and is very fragrant. Will has almost captured that too.

In Will's Yesteryear Gallery - Photo by Will Borden

Taken on one of our staycations when we lived in Victoria.

Artist's Description

Stately "Princess Marguerite" sailing into the Victoria, British Columbia inner harbor from Seattle, Washington, August 1985. She was built in 1948 and is no longer in service.

This would make a great gift for a young man.

In Will's Wildflowers Gallery - Photo by Will Borden

Gramma's Wild Sweetpeas

For the lover of Sweetpeas, here are some wild Sweetpeas. They grow in abundance in the magnificent Okanagan Valley, B.C. Canada.

View the "Wildflower Gallery" to see more wildflowers from all over the world.

'Tropical Gemstone' - Razmatazz Gallery - Photo by Will Borden

One of Will's 'staycation' produced digital designs.

Digital designs are a wise choice for the modern home. This is spectacular! You'll find a lot to choose from in the "Razmatazz Gallery"

Back to Our Staycation

Part II - Dead One Week After Retirement


ere is a little more detail about our life, before I get into the "why" and "what" of this word, "Staycation".

Will has been a hard worker all of his life. Upon retiring, Will decided he needed a hobby so that he would not become, yet another statistic one reads about in the local newspaper; "Dead, One Week After Retirement." What better hobby than the one thing always close to his heart, photography! So now, six years later, Will is still above the mound and happily doing what he loves to do. But, he has thousands, yes perhaps millions of photographs. What to do??? Share them!!!! No problem!!! There are terrific online stores allowing one, in a matter of minutes, to place photo & art designs on: attractive apparel, greeting cards, journals, calendars, mugs & steins, tile items, kids & baby products and giftware.

Will chose to use sites which cater to those who are seeking to decorate their homes: small bungalows to huge monster houses. Good Idea. Framed fine art. A different "theme" for every room!

WHOA!!!! "But, what about the "staycation"??? Okay, back to that in "Staycation" Part III after a few more pictures taken on our staycations.

'Mirrored In The Sand' - Cannon Beach Gallery - Photo by Will Borden

A day trip away from home.

It is impossible to tell where the ocean ends and the sand begins in this spectacular sunset at beautiful Cannon Beach, Oregon, U.S.A.

'Sunset Cameo' - Jack Frost Gallery - Photo by Will Borden

Sunset Cameo is a fantastic swirl of light and color!

'The Buzz' - Medley Gallery - Photo by Will Borden

The Buzz in our flower garden.

An eye-catching macro floral & honeybee photograph.

'Majestic' - Grand Canyon2 Gallery - Photo by Will Borden

Majestic, breathtaking and spectacular!

If you haven't had the privilege of visiting the Grand Canyon, I hope that this photograph will impart to you a feeling of just how truly remarkable it is. The awe-inspiring views of the chasm from high above are unmatched throughout the world. WISH IT WAS in our back yard!

'Kalamalka Morn' - Photo by Will Borden

A short drive from home.

A stunning capture of a rare, misty, summer morning on Kalamalka Lake, B.C. Canada

The Sunset Gallery - Photos by Will Borden

A different sunset every night.

You'll enjoy a stroll through this gallery. Truly a visual banquet for all to enjoy. Many pictures like the one above, taken right from home.

'Glitzy Giraffes' - Kids Corner Gallery - Photo by Will Borden

Will created this design while on a staycation and dedicates it to the many children and babies in the world.

Young people are drawn to colorful, telling pictures, so Will has included a special gallery just for them. You'll find a variety of bright & cheerful images and he hopes that they will bring a smile to the face of every child who sees them.

Come visit Olive and Ozzie Ostrich in the "KidsCorner Gallery."

Our Staycation Continued

Part III - What to Do?


ith all the on-going days, months, years of photographing and days and days of surfing the websites to see what others had already done (so as not to encroach on another's masterpiece), together with months and months of choosing just the right frame or product for the photo or design and uploading it, Will didn't have time to take a vacation. WHEW!! That was a long sentence!! It seems almost as long as the time we haven't had a vacation! So what to do? Go on a Staycation - Everyone should try one!

Staycation - what do I do?

~ A holiday at home.

~ Switch off the phones.

~ No going to malls.(You can still shop online!)

~ Use up food squirreled away.

~ Read the 3 foot stack of saved magazines.

~ Play cards

~ Watch Corner Gas & Maureen O'Hara movies.

~ Take a lot of pictures. (Sunrise, sunsets)

~ Read a good book.

~ Read all the new Squidoo lenses.

~ Invite friends to a home-grown film festival.

Try it! You'll like it!

"Staycation" was born at "Corner Gas." It's the funniest TV program I have ever watched!

In Beehive Gallery - Photo by Will Borden

Industriousness at its finest.

A backyard photo.

Treat yourself or someone you love to a bee-autiful framed print! I love this one!

'Renaissance' - Variety Show Gallery - Photo by Will Borden

A Staycation produced diversification.

Will has fun modifying the natural color order of certain photographs to produce an effect not normally seen by the naked eye.

'Winter Wonderland' - Country Gallery - Photo by Will Borden

Backyard beauty

Blue skies, glistening snow, ruby-red rosehips and a tranquil country hillside create the perfect winter sanctuary in the sunny Okanagan Valley, B.C., Canada.

'Painted Desert' - Photodrama Gallery - Photo by Will Borden

I wish this was in our back yard!

A unique and stunning region of Arizona, USA. The colorful bands are on a slant in this image, but the horizon is level.

Home Of The Word


CORNER GAS focuses on the life (or lack thereof) of Brent Leroy, proprietor of a gas station that is the only stop for miles around and a hub of action on the Prairies.

Popular comedian Brent Butt returns to small town in Saskatchewan to portray the life he would have led had he held down a "real" job - pumping gas at CORNER GAS. Each episode of CORNER GAS delivers a half-hour of comedic voyeurism in a place where everyone knows everyone else's business. The series is set in the fictional town of Dog River, Saskatchewan, and focuses on the life of gas station owner Brent LeRoy, coffee shop proprietor Lacey Burrows and the folks who populate the area. Dog River is a nice town, but far from the quaint and idyllic little burgs we're used to seeing on TV.

CORNER GAS is produced in association with CTV by Prairie Pants Production, comprised of Virginia Thompson of Vérité Films (Incredible Story Studio) and Three Thirty-Five Productions Inc., a partnership of Brent Butt and David Storey.

As of September, 2008 CORNER GAS averaged 1.5 million viewers each week making it the hottest homegrown comedy on International television. The final episode of CORNER GAS, April 13, 2009, drew a record breaking 2.9 million Viewers, and 16,000 web site visits!

"STAYCATION" a memorable word ..


DETAILS: Brent is on a ... staycation ... sitting in front of CORNER GAS imagining he's somewhere else.

Lacey Burrows: "I need an explanation... Well, you, you at least need to talk to me, because it's just plain rude to just sit there and ..."

Brent LeRoy: Dear Lacey: I hope this postcard finds you well.

Lacey Burrows: "What are you doing?"

Brent LeRoy: I've spent the last few days in Aruba.(see note at end)

Lacey Burrows: "What, you're a verbal post card now?"

Brent LeRoy: As I'm not in Dog River right now, I can't speak to you directly. I know this must seem foolish to you, but I've never been one to bow to peer pressure... well, except for when I had that cigarette in high school... and wearing rugby pants in the eighties. I don't know... Anyway, I wish you were here in person so I could tell you this directly.

Lacey Burrows: "I am there. I mean, I'm here. You're here."

Brent LeRoy: I must sign off now. We're about to land in Madrid and Kyle, our flight attendant, has demanded I put my table tray in its upright position. He's a saucy one! See you soon. Hola! Brent.

(From "IMDd - Memorable Quotes for "CORNER GAS.")



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Still confused about the "Staycation" - This might help.

If the above dialogue left you a little confused, maybe this YouTube, "Holiday in my Head" will explain a "Staycation" for you.

BRENT BUTT as Brent Leroy

Creator, Writer,

Producer & Director

Brent Butt was born and raised in the small farming town of Tisdale, Saskatchewan. As the youngest of seven children, one does what one can to be noticed, and at an early age Brent discovered that being funny was a good way to get and hold people's attention. When he was 12 years old, he watched a stand-up comic on television. He immediately marched up to his mother and said "I'm going to be a comedian." She replied, "Fine, could you do it outside?"

Brent's Comment:

"I love what I do. It's just like having coffee only now it's with a thousand or so people at a time."


The locals of Dog River, Saskatchewan instantly suspect the worst when big city girl Lacey, inherits her aunt's roadside coffee shop. Will the dark haired beauty turn the town hangout into a gentrified coffee cafe, or worse still, close it down? Lacey's move to Dog River brings her into a world far removed from downtown Toronto.

NANCY ROBERTSON as Wanda Dollard

Nancy Robertson always knew what she wanted to do with her life. From putting on plays in her neighbour's yard to getting kicked out of the school library for performing for the amusement of classmates, Nancy knew she wanted to act.

LORNE CARDINAL as Davis Quinton

Senior police officer Davis Quinton is no small town cop. He doesn't take his position in the community lightly and his civic duty often leads to drastic measures like the first Dog River Police ride-along. Keeping his "rookie" cop in line can be trying at times, but luckily there's new equipment to try out and townspeople to protect.

JANET WRIGHT as Emma Leroy

Veteran Vancouver actress Janet Wright plays "Emma," the long-suffering wife of "Oscar" (Eric Peterson) and mother to Brent Butt's character "Brent Leroy." She is the glue that holds this unusual family together.

ERIC PETERSON as Oscar Leroy

Eric Peterson brings "Oscar Leroy" to life, the curmudgeon father of Brent Butt's "Brent Leroy." Oscar has decided he's earned a little down time and has passed the responsibility of running the family business on to his son, Brent. That leaves Oscar loads of time to drive his wife Emma (Janet Wright) to her wits end, while telling Brent how to run the gas station.


Fred's character "Hank" is not dumb by any means, just a little different. A guy who thinks Pilates has something to do with the guy who killed Jesus, and suspects every big city person has an ulterior motive, "Hank" is not wrong all the time. He's "Brent Leroy's" best bud, and somewhat of a ladies man, in his own mind.


Using your photo radar gun to check out how fast the birds are flying is just one of the ways to kill time while keeping the peace in Dog River. Tara Spencer-Nairn joins fellow actor Lorne Cardinal ("Davis") to make up Dog River's two-person police force. Television has not seen a team of peacekeepers like this since the days of Toody and Muldoone (Car 54 Where are You?)

There you have it, the Stars of CORNER GAS. What a fun bunch!

How blogs are born - YouTube Video

Scene from Corner Gas shows how Blogs Are Born

15 "primers" here for you to view.

(After you have viewed the main Video, click below on the primers to view them.) They are CORNER GAS funny!!

Corner Gas at Work - The Happy Gang!

There's not a lot going on.

Rave Reviews

All of that and more.

Following it's debut on Superstation WGN, CORNER GAS was widely praised by U.S. critics, with newspaper giant Gannett News Service calling it "one of the season's best new shows," while, in an odd turn of phrase, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette called it the fall's "best, least objectionable comedy series." The San Jose Mercury News labeled it a "delightful Canadian comedy," while the McClatchy News Service wrote "the funniest show coming to television this fall is not The Big Bang Theory or Chuck... the knock-down winner is an obscure little show from Canada called Corner Gas."

CORNER GAS - theme song writers

Excerpt from Canadian Press

Toronto -- North Vancouver-based musician Craig Northey gets giddy when he talks about the first time he watched the hit TV ensemble comedy series 'CORNER GAS.' That's because the former front man for the now-defunct alt-rock group, Odds co-wrote the theme song on star Brent Butt's request, without ever having seen the show. To Northey's pleasant surprise, the song actually meshed well with the overall prairie tone and humour. "It was fantastic and I was calling everyone in the family, 'Come here, quick! Come see Brent's show!'"

A lot of the times you do things for multimedia, it hinges on it being good, and it's not what you wanted it to be. But I love CORNER GAS.

Northey co-wrote the catchy jingle, called "Not a Lot Goin' On," with his musical partner Jesse Valenzuela of the Tempe, Arizona-based rock band Gin Blossoms, and then fleshed it out for the duo's self-titled debut, Northey Valenzuela.

CORNER GAS - theme song - AND ... Cheerleader

If you like CORNER GAS and you want a great momento ... you may want to buy this album.

Northey Valenzuela
Northey Valenzuela

Not a Lot Goin' On Chorus:

You think there's not a lot goin' on

Look closer baby you're so wrong

And that's why you can stay so long

Where there's not a lot goin' on


Comedy at its finest! - Small town living.

CORNER GAS is a comedy series that answers many of the questions we have about small town living. Living in the middle of nowhere. How long would it take before you go nuts?

If you're looking for a smart, witty, well-written and family-friendly comedy, this is the one for you.

Click on the thumbnails below to display more information about the DVDs of CORNER GAS

DVD - CORNER GAS SEASON 6 - Get yours now.

Here is a show safe to watch with the Grand-Children.

CORNER GAS definitely appeals to everyone (Canadian or not), and to every age group (everyone in my family watches it). So if you are looking for a smart, witty, well-written and family-friendly comedy, this one fits the bill.

Many of my friends and I myself have already purchased the other 5 series so I am listing the 6th series separately for your convenience.

CORNER GAS: Season 6
CORNER GAS: Season 6

I laughed from episode one right through to the end. Well worth the money.

"Time well wasted!"


Celebrity auction

Plates For Parkinson's

Brent Butt, creator, writer, producer and director of CORNER GAS participated in a worldwide celebrity auction to raise funds for Parkinson's.


Brent Butt joined 55 celebrities including Johnny Depp, Phil Collins, Anne Murray,Sarah the Duchess of York, Rob Lowe, Tom Hanks, Martha Stewart, Muhammad Ali, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Sarah McLaughlin, Martina McBride, Daughtry, Anjelica Huston, Harrison Ford and William Shatner who designed and autographed plates.

Each celebrity was asked to draw a tulip, the world-wide symbol of hope for Parkinson's.

These one-of-a-kind plates were recently auctioned on EBay as a fundraiser for the Parkinson Society, Maritime Region in Canada.

Winner of "Comic Genius" competition

John Buehler, Vancouver, B.C.

Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, John Beuhler found his calling early - he could make people laugh. Before picking up comedy he swears he had a lot of hobbies and interests but he doesn't know what happened to them all, well... with the exception of hockey and beer.

Vancouver's, John Buehler is the winner of the first-ever Corner Gas "Comic Genius" competition. After a close showdown with fellow finalists Darrell Bedford (Red Deer AB; 20), Mike Tod (Calgary, AB, 16), Sean Proudlove (Vancouver, BC; 37) and Toby Hargrave (Vancouver, BC; 31), the 28-year-old funnyman laughed his way to an impressive $10,000 cash prize and a guest appearance in Season Four of CORNER GAS.

"Comic Genius" is the world's first online comedy competition to spin into a live, television broadcast, "Corner Gas Comic Genius."

Notable Guests

You will probably know many of these people.

CORNER GAS is known for attracting notable Canadian actors and politicians, to appear either as guest stars or in gag cameos.

The series includes cameo appearances by a large number of Canadian celebrities, including two successive sitting prime ministers, Paul Martin and Stephen Harper, the only fictional sitcom (as opposed to sketch comedy series) in which sitting prime ministers have appeared. Two successive sitting premiers of Saskatchewan, Lorne Calvert and Brad Wall, also appeared in episodes, as has former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson. Canadian television personality Ben Mulroney, son of former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney has also appeared on CORNER GAS.

During the first season Kevin McDonald of Kids in the Hall plays Marvin Drey, a Revenue Canada agent in episode 1-02 The Taxman. The same episode films Dan Matheson, a news anchor for CTV, appears as himself. Julie Stewart, in the filming of the episode 1-05 Grad '68, plays a paint store clerk (parodying her role in Cold Squad). Comedian Mike Wilmot plays Carl Vawn, Brent's snobby cousin, and actor Dale Wilson appears dressed as in his well known "Glad Man" attire for the episode 1-08 Cousin Carl. Colin Mochrie, a prolific Canadian comedy actor best known for his work in Whose Line Is It Anyway?, makes a cameo appearance as part of a joke about how he seems to turn up on every Canadian TV show. Colin appeared in 1-10 Comedy Night. Pamela Wallin, former CBC newscaster, later Canadian Consul General and recently appointed senator, a native of Wadena, Saskatchewan, plays herself. Canadian Idol judges Sass Jordan, Zack Werner, Jake Gold, and Farley Flex appear as themselves rating Brent's rendition of "(There'd Be No Rain in Dog River) If I Could Squeegee the Sky" in the episode 1-11 Hook, Line and Sinker. TSN sportscaster (and U8TV: The Lofters alumnus) Jennifer Hedger and her SportsCentre colleague Darren Dutchyshen appear as themselves during the episode 1-12 Face Off.

The second season also attracted notable personalities. Episode 2-02 Wedding Card films Hockey star Darryl Sittler as himself. 2-06 Poor Brent has an appearance by Lloyd Robertson, long-time CTV National News anchor, playing himself. Canadian and world champion curlers Randy Ferbey and Dave Nedohin (both of whom curl for Alberta) appear as themselves, are looked to for advice during the hotly-contested Dog River curling championship, the Clavet Cup in episode 2-11 Hurry Hard. Episode 2-12 An American in Saskatchewan features Mark McKinney, a veteran of both Kids in the Hall and Saturday Night Live McKinney plays Bill, an American who came to Dog River by accident. Saskatchewan-born musician Colin James appears as a local musician (although it is implied that Colin James' character really is Colin James) who performs an audition in Brent's garage. The rock group The Tragically Hip appear as "local kids" who practise in Brent's garage. The Tragically Hip play a rough version of "It Can't Be Nashville Every Night" off their In Between Evolution album. Both The Tragically Hip and Colin James are filmed on episode 2-15 Rock On!

Ben Mulroney, host of TV shows Canadian Idol and eTalk Daily and the son of former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, parodies himself during the third season episode 3-03 Dog River Vice. 3-07 Fun Run films then Prime Minister Paul Martin as himself. This is the first time a sitting Prime Minister has appeared on a sitcom (although sitting Prime Ministers have appeared on sketch comedy shows like Royal Canadian Air Farce, and other political satire programs like This Hour Has 22 Minutes). Singer Jann Arden appears as herself in 3-07 Fun Run. Noted actress Shirley Douglas (mother of Kiefer Sutherland, and daughter of Tommy Douglas former Premier of Saskatchewan) plays a woman with the hots for Oscar. Shirley Douglas is featured in 3-08 Trees a Crowd. Then-federal finance minister Ralph Goodale appears as a Ruby Café customer in 3-09 Picture Perfect. (The episode aired the same day Goodale filed a "mini-budget" in the House of Commons.) Lorne Calvert, premier of Saskatchewan, appears as himself. He appears three times-twice to poke fun at Sweden and once to almost get hit by a thrown newspaper during the appropriately named 3-12 Ruby Newsday. Vicki Gabereau appears as herself during a fantasy sequence in the same episode. Prior to the debut of Corner Gas, the cast had appeared on Gabereau's CTV talk show, during which Brent Butt promised to get the talk show host a guest appearance. 3-13 Merry Gasmas films This Hour has 22 Minutes anchor Gavin Crawford appears as a worker in the Calgary International Airport. He would always call cities their airport names (YYC, YEG) which confused Lacey horribly. In the same episode Dan Redican from The Frantics, and more recently Puppets Who Kill, makes an appearance as a worker in the Regina International Airport. He repeatedly says "made that call." Comedy Inc. star Roman Danylo makes a cameo as a passenger sitting next to Lacey on a plane from Alberta to Vancouver. He claims to be a "cat doctor," and not a veterinarian. He manages to out-chat Lacey while talking about cats during the same episode, 3-13 Merry Gasmas. Ken Read, also known as "The Crazy Canuck," is a champion alpine skier and member of the Canadian Olympic Committee. During episode 3-16 Physical Credit, Read receives a browbeating from Oscar (which first aired the day after closing ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Olympics).

Olympic medal winner Cindy Klassen makes a cameo appearance in the fourth season episode 4-02 Dog River Dave. The show 4-05 Demolition features Former Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson appears, taking a sledgehammer to an old barn. Mike Holmes, the star of Holmes on Homes, helps to fix Oscar's bathroom. Wanda states that she had formerly dated the Holmes character in the episode 4-06 Jail House. CTV CEO Ivan Fecan makes a cameo appearance during the episode 4-08 Blog River. 4-19 Gopher It featured Current Prime Minister Stephen Harper as himself. Canada AM co-anchors Seamus O'Regan and Beverly Thomson appear, playing themselves. Unlike most cameos, O'Regan and Thomson appear extensively in this episode to parody their on-screen image. CTV National News reporter Rosemary Thompson appears, playing herself in a scrum with the Prime Minister at the gas station.

The cameo appearance by the famous Canadian actor (pictured above) Keifer Sutherland, was the highlight of the fifth-season finale of Corner Gas, which aired on CTV. The voice of Sutherland's mom, actress Shirley Douglas, daughter of former Saskatchewan Premier Tommy Douglas and former wife of Canadian actor, Donald Sutherland, Keifer's father, also was featured in the episode.

Who were the guest stars for Season 6?

Back to Corner Gas

Peterson honored by ACTRA

TORONTO -- "Corner Gas" funnyman, Eric Peterson, was honored by Canada's actors union.

Peterson, whose extensive credits also include "This Is Wonderland" and "Street Legal," got an award of excellence from ACTRA's Toronto arm. The Alliance of Cinema, Television and Radio Artists held its annual Toronto awards bash hosted by comic Colin Mochrie.

The 61-year-old Peterson plays the curmudgeonly Oscar Leroy on CTV's "Corner Gas," about the kooky residents of a fictional Saskatchewan town.









Some of oscar's finest moments - Caught on YouTube

The Official Press Release

Signaled the end of CORNER GAS

Corner Gas creator and star Brent Butt, on behalf of Prairie Pants Productions, announced that the series will come to an end following the conclusion of its sixth season. Production on the final 19 new episodes, to be broadcast in 2008-2009 on CTV and The Comedy Network, is now complete. The series' finale will air sometime in Spring, 2009.

CORNER GAS, Canada's Number One comedy, enters the last year of production.

If you miss any of the series Brent has assured us that there will be reruns.

Comments from Brent Butt

"It's a very difficult decision, but the right decision, and one I felt I had to make," said Brent Butt, who is also a writer, director and executive producer of the series. "When I told CTV about my decision, they made it clear that they were keen to do more seasons. They didn't want it to end yet. But for the good of the show, I wanted to exit gracefully, on top of our game, when we're at our prime -- because that's how I want viewers to remember Corner Gas: at its very best."

Comments of Susanne Boyce

President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

"This is not goodbye, it's see you later. Brent and his team have accomplished something that has never been achieved before. They said it couldn't be done, but Corner Gas did it anyway. The series has paved the way for other Canadian productions by proving that if you make great TV, Canadians will watch.

Butt will continue to develop projects for CTV and The Comedy Network."

Please Note:

Corner Gas - Season Six

Now has it's own habitat.

Please find the link

for CORNER GAS Season 6

at the bottom of this lens.

I hope you are enjoying this lens so far.

Stay tuned in to find out what we did on our "Staycation."

Coming up next in: "Dear Diary"

This is without a doubt the best idea I've seen, for those on a staycation!!!

“ Always keep several get well cards on the mantel..... so if unexpected guests arrive, they will think you've been sick and unable to clean.”

To order greeting cards go to: Will Borden's Photography - Fine Art America


"Today I start my staycation!"


awoke to the sound of birds trilling out their early morning songs as they busily prepared nests for their soon-to-become families. On the other hand, "I," had nothing to do. "Nothing?" you ask. No, Nothing! Today I start my "Staycation."

Yawn .. stretch .. I smelled coffee. I was all set for a good cup of coffee! Obviously, Will had beat me to it. He had already set up the coffeemaker. He loves that Mr. Coffee DRX5 4-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker. This coffeemaker was an excellent purchase from - it came with a very "tight" warranty. But most importantly - It keeps the coffee hot!

The photographs featured in "DEAR DIARY" may also be purchased as greeting cards. They may be viewed at: Will Borden Photography - Fine Art America

For more: "DEAR DIARY" please scroll down to Part II

To make a great cuppa - You'll need a great coffeemaker

From a 1 cupper to a 12 cupper, here is a wide variety of coffeemakers to choose from. Here is my choice.

My favorite coffeemaker

I bought it!

Why I chose the Keurig B60 Special Edition Brewing System (pictured above.)

Product Features:

~ 1500-watt single-cup brewing system for gourmet coffee, tea, or cocoa

~ Uses patented K-Cups; no messy grinding or clean up

~ Removable 48-ounce water reservoir; removable drip tray

~ 3 brew-size options; 2-hour automatic shut-off; descale indicator

The price has come down since I bought mine but I have enjoyed int all of this time. :)

I Smell Coffee



ne of the World's Greatest Coffees! Handcrafted 100% Estate Kona Whole Bean GOLD by Aloha Island we had just purchased from "MMMMM" Modern Luxury! "It smells really good," I said to myself, as I followed the aroma outside to our new poolside patio. I was ready for that "Ah-ha" moment.

Please scroll down and join me for a cuppa on the Patio in DEAR DIARY Part III.

"These are a few of my favorite things." ~ Mary Poppins

Don't you just love the title of this book.


A great sign to put up in your kitchen or sundeck.

My next purchases.

Open Coffee Neon Sign
Open Coffee Neon Sign

Price: $495.00 What a fun sign. Great for our patio, where most of our summertime entertainment takes place.


We had a lot of help



he patio was built from instructions given in the popular "How to Build Walks, Walls & Patio Floors" by Steve Cory and "How to Design & Build Decks & Patios" by Ortho Books. Will's brother-in-law had purchased these helpful books from when he was building his patio and loaned them to us. The instructions were very easy to follow. And now, Dear Diary, as you know we have a very beautiful patio where we catch the morning rays.

You still with me? Well, what are you waiting for? Scroll down for DEAR DIARY Part IV.

How to - Design & Build Walks, Walls, Decks, Patios, Ponds, Waterfalls & Fountains

We just love our patio! We added a bit of furniture and flowers and now we spend most of our leisure days sunning, swimming and relaxing out their.

Thank you for being a store with everything we needed to set up our patio.

Building a Deck: Expert Advice from Start to Finish (Taunton's Build Like a Pro)
Building a Deck: Expert Advice from Start to Finish (Taunton's Build Like a Pro)

After reviewing deck books at local stores, this one stood out as the most useful.


Sun kissed



he sun was just kissing the tip of our big King Canopy 1-Touch Patio umbrella. "What a beautiful morning," I thought, as I poured a cup of that mmmm coffee, sat down at our new patio Home Tropiji 4-pc. Conversation Set and started reading my new book,"The False-Hearted Teddy" written by John Lamb. That also came in our latest order from Man! We sure have purchased a lot from the Amazon Store! It is a great place to shop!

"I JUST LOVE READING!!! I have read every one of Catherine Cookson's books. She was a great writer. I'll tell you about her some other time, Dear Diary."

I wondered, "Where is Will & what's he doing?"

Please scroll down to read DEAR DIARY Part V.

My book of choice.

Here is one of my favorite authors. She has written many books in the similar style to Catherine Cookson.


Our patio furniture - All purchased at Amazon

Here it is - a patio to die for!

Little Tikes Fold 'n Store Table with Market Umbrella
Little Tikes Fold 'n Store Table with Market Umbrella

For a small gathering of precious ones, this is the perfect size table and seating. It even comes with an umbrella!


Patio furniture & accessories


Grills & Smokers, Barbecue Tools, Fire Pits, Fireplaces, Heaters, Landscape Lighting, Lanterns & Torches, Hammocks, Chairs, Umbrellas,Tables, Patio Furniture Sets, Gazebos, Benches, Water Gardens, Fountains, Wind Chimes, Doormats, Birdbaths, Birdhouses,Hummingbird Feeders, Suet Feeders, Seed Feeders, Bird Seed

Here is picture of a stone stairway Will built to take us from one level of our garden to another.

Gas grills

What's a patio without a grill for hubby to do his magic with the steak.

Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler, Silver, Black Dials
Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler, Silver, Black Dials

We use our Griddler even during the winter months. It brings summer closer. WE WISH!!


You should have been here.


"Dear Diary, You should have been here.

Well, I guess you were here .. in a way."


he soft guitar music of "Stages" set the mood for a relaxing breakfast. A basket bearing"The Coffeehouse Gourmet Coffee Gift" had just arrived from some friends who knew we were having a "Staycation." It sat waiting on the coffee table. The basket held a nice selection of Biscotti, Croccante cookies, Java candies, Bonbon au Chocolate candies, two tins of Mocha Mints, Columbia Coffee, some dessert coffees. On the coffee table was also a Breakfast In Bed Gourmet Gift Basket. This was a special gift from our German Nanna. She knows we have these few weeks set aside and surprised us with this gift. In fact I see that Will has already sampled a tea bisquit.

The pancake and scone mixes are great and so easy to make that a 5 year old could manage it. (With a little help.)

Scroll down for a bit of romance: DEAR DIARY Part VI.

Treats - Stock up on these for your staycation

You will want to have these "treats" on hand - just in case you decide to have a Staycation tomorrow.The cost is relatively minimal compared to an airplane ticket and you can make an ordinary day into something special.


Ruthie Foster is THE BEST pure singer I have ever heard. When she sings Walk On and/or Oh Susannah - chills...

I absolutely LOVE HER - not only her singing but her guitar playing also. Check out/download her video at Kerrville from the internet and see her perform. A genius who can sing anything: blues, folk, whatever. I LOVE her - she is my favorite singer. Both her Stages and Runaway Soul albums- whew!!

Crazy for Coffee Gourmet Food and Snacks Gift Basket (Chocolate Option)
Crazy for Coffee Gourmet Food and Snacks Gift Basket (Chocolate Option)

Lobster Pate, 2 packages of premium Pacific Northwest Sockeye Salmon Fillets, Smoked Salmon Pate, Fire Roasted Smoked Salmon Pate and Focaccia Crisp Crackers to enjoy each savory morsel with.


Here is a bit of romance for you,



ou know that box that came from Imagekind? In it was a surprise for Will. Will had told me a while ago that "Autumn Aura" was one of his favorite photographs. I wanted to surprise him. All I had to do was figure out what frame would look nice on it and then order it for him without him finding out.

I became very concerned when Will, having unwrapped his present, very seriously looked it up, down, and over. All of a sudden a big *grin* spread over his face. "Good workmanship went into the framing," Will said as he swooped me up and gave me a big kiss. From the look in his eyes at that moment, I wasn't sure if he meant mine or the picture's.

Will had "Autumn Aura" hanging up that very day I gave it to him! I was so pleased that he liked it!

(If you want to see what 'Autumn Aura' looks like framed it is the second photo from the top. You can go to the top of my lens by clicking on the following link. Just be sure that you come back for the rest of the story. I think you'll find it interesting.)

To The Top

You'll never guess what happened next!

Scroll down to see: DEAR DIARY Part VII - "Will's Surprise."

Will's surprise!



s you know, Dear Diary, Will quite often buys me presents. Usually he buys two, a big present and a little present. He usually says, "Guess what I bought you? It is bigger/smaller than a breadbox." (We used to have a breadbox but we don't use one any more.) When I absolutely can't guess what he has got me, he brings it out. Well, after making me guess this time, it turned out to be 'not' bigger than a breadbox. It was a lovely bunch of yellow roses! My favorite color of rose except for white, red, pink, etc., etc.

After I had put the roses in a vase he gave me my other present. You know, the "little" one. Ohhhh, how beautiful!!! (No, not a mug.)

Want to find out what the "little" present was?

Scroll down just a little bit more.

Photography books - The best one!

Now you have the camera and you're not having a staycation - but you have made reservations on a beautiful island. You'll want to get the best possible shots. Here is a great book you might want to look over for some terrific hints.

How to Create Stunning Digital Photography
How to Create Stunning Digital Photography

Great for all photographers .. experienced as well as newbies.


My present - it's beautiful!


Don't you just hate it when someone doesn't finish their story! They leave the ending to your imagination. I think that the film makers were doing that for a while in the 1970s.(Oops, I'm giving away my age again.) I should have said, "Someone told me that in the 1970's......"


hanks for your patience, Dear Diary. We were having such a good time on our staycation that I couldn't get back to you until now. What was the last thing I wrote to you? Oh yes, I remember, about my presents from Will. As I told you, my big present was a bouquet of yellow roses. (Will knows how much I love roses.) My mum liked roses too, thus my name, not to mention that my grandmother was also named Rose. So my love of roses comes naturally to me.

After enjoying the roses for one week the petals started dropping. You know me though, I gathered them up as they fell and saved them for potpourri. I make up cute little lace bags every year for my friends and family. They really make linen and closets smell fresh and "rosieful." (My word.)

Now, Dear Diary, as for the little present Will gave to me. You will see it pictured here. It is beautiful! Remember, I was hinting for this very thing about three weeks ago. I said, "Quite possibly, my favorite flower of all is the 'Rose' and, wouldn't a picture of a white rose look lovely in my washroom." Will hadn't let on that he had caught the "suggestion!" and I quickly forgot about it . Will brought out a beautifully wrapped medium sized box. "It is quite heavy," I thought as I unwrapped layer after layer of beautiful pink wrapping tissue, "It couldn't be the small photo I wanted, I guess he didn't get the hint." After the last bit of tissue fell to the patio - there they were!! So very beautiful! Oooooh, I just love them!! Not one picture .. but three small rose pictures!! I'm going to take down the old pictures and hang these right away!" I said.

To see the three rose photos scroll down to my DEAR DIARY Finale - "A Wonderful Gift!"

A wonderful gift!

DEAR DIARY - The Finale


ose photos! "Oooh, I do love them! Will couldn't have bought me anything that I would enjoy more. There are all sorts of designs and photos he could have picked out but, as you know, I really had my heart set on the white rose. Wink, Wink.

Well, that's all for now, Dear Diary. I just want to add that, I'm happy, relaxed and very much in love and now I'm going to get on with my staycation.

'Til next time. "Bye."


Photographs are a unique gift to give. Above is a close-up of the "White Rose" photograph. Below are the other two rose photographs Will gave me.
Will's photos make a lovely gift for mother, daughter or sweetheart. There are many designs and photos for men and children and the seascapes are very popular for office decor.

Need a gift?


There's always that same question - what to give the person who has everything? ORIGINALS of course! Perhaps the one of your affections would like a framed photograph of her town, country or 'cloud' formation? In that case have a look at the thousands of original photographs, talented Will Borden has on line at

I'll bet this is the longest lens you have ever read. I hope that you are enjoying it. If not. I'll let you off the hook, here.

Please leave a comment, squid-like or something else (now, what would that be)? Please come back to read the rest when/if you have time.

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~ Miscellaneous Facts

~ Other's Staycations

~ Brag Section

~ Suggestions

A Staycation In Days Gone By .. - A "FAIR" Alternative

I know that "staycation" made the (LSSU) Lake Superior State University's list of words that should be drawn, quartered, tarred, feathered, and then drop-kicked off the planet ... but, well, "The" word is still here and still being used. Why?

A good reason why "The" word is still being used ..

A floundering economy, which has been bad for many businesses, seems to have boosted revenue and attendance for fairs in 2008. In Indiana this seems to be the case. The annual Indiana Association of Fairs, Festivals, and Events recently ended its three day convention in Indianapolis and many of those who attended, from performers to booking agents, to fair and festival board members reported having a good 2008, in part, because people couldn't afford to go away for vacation ..thus a stay-cation was had by many.

Larry Vandenberg, president of the association, said 2008 was good for most of the association's members. He said most fairs reported a record year because many people couldn't afford to travel and stayed home. Those who stayed home attended their local fair, festival and other local events.

Melody Hodson, of Hodson Concessions, learned a new term, which she said likely contributed to a good 2008 for their food wagons, which have been at the Fall Foliage Festival for several years.

Hodson said the term "stay-cation" comes from people who, when they go on vacation, are staying home. Instead of traveling to places for their vacation, people are staying home and going to the fairs.

(She got that right!) We have one in our community every September, it's called the "Fall Fair." Every year our fair has had great attendance figures, but by 2008 it had grown so large that we had to rent an additional building for the exhibits. There were so many cars around, it looked like the whole town had been turned into one huge parking lot.

A Day at the Fair

Fairs have something for everyone. No matter how bad the economy gets, people will always come out to the fair. Maybe it's for the puppet show, the rides, to enter Gramma's Best Pickles in a contest, or perhaps just to get a taste of Millie's frothy, pink cotton candy, but people love fairs. It's good family entertainment for the community.

Many travelling entertainers were concerned about the high cost of fuel in 2008. Susannah Holder, of The Robinson Family vocal group said the family has a lot of equipment they travel with and that high cost of fuel hurt their business in 2008. With the fuel charge dropping considerably now, hopefully 2009 will be a better year for them. They are a very talented group ... they entertained at our Fall Fair and the crowd loved them.

So LSSU, as far as I'm concerned, you can get rid of phrases:

~ Not thus much

~ Favorite of snarky critics and bloggers

~ it's that time of the year again (When is it not 'that time of year again?' From Valentine's sales to year-end charity letters, invitations to summer picnics and Christmas parties, it's 'that time' of year afresh. Just get to the speck of the solicitation, invitation, and newsletter and divide out six useless and annoying words,)

You can also get rid of these words on your 2009 blacklist:

~ Icon/iconic

~ Maverick

~ Carbon footprint/carbon offset

~ First Dude

~ Game Changer

~ Wall Street/Main Street

~ Desperate Search

~ Green (If I see one more corporation declare itself 'green,' I'm going to start burning tires in my back yard.)

BUT, you absolutely canNOT get rid of the word STAYCATION.

Just another car?
Just another car?

A good way to save money while on your staycation

An Electric Car for the masses.

A car is a car, right? Sure, today's vehicles are sleeker than their hundred-year-old predecessors, they may have more stuff on the inside to play with, they go faster and are more comfortable, but they still have four wheels and ....

Latest News

Plan a trip to Canada ... see why.

As gas prices are climbing again some of us are still re-thinking summer vacation plans. Here are some comments offered by experts:

Robert Sinclair Jr., spokesman for AAA in New York.

"If a trend toward higher gas prices and fewer travelers were to continue, it could eventually impact travel-dependent companies that provide employment opportunities and tax revenues in almost every city and town in America."

MJ Ervin & Associates Inc.

"Gas prices in Canada averaged $133.9 for a litre of regular unleaded gas this Oct.16, 2012."

Alberta and Ontario have the best deals on gas right now and with the Canadian dollar almost at par .... now may be a good time for Americans to plan a trip to Canada.

If you wish to find out the current average gas price in a certain area in Canada click on the listed price above.

Digging for deals

Solution for some

Some companies are responding with deals such as credit for gas and free rides for children.

Robert Sinclair Jr., AAA, New York

"Americans consider their vacations sacrosanct. People are being more discreet. They still want to take their holiday, but they're "planning more carefully."

Brian Hoyt, Orbitz Worldwide vice president of corporate communications

"Americans are tough and Americans are used to tough economic times and challenging environments in which to travel. They've become ever-increasingly resilient. Americans will continue to travel, they're just going to change the way they travel. On a road trip, maybe people are staying a little closer to home(italics ours). In booking a hotel room, maybe they'll stay at Holiday Inn Express, where they can get free breakfast, instead of staying at the InterContinental."

Dustin Clark, Greyhound spokesman

Was not shy when pitching special offers on the bus line's Web site.

"Greyhound is an affordable and safe alternative to filling up your car for driving on vacation. A lot of terminals across the country offer affordable food options, along with affordable fares. Travelling Greyhound prevents you from filling up your car several times during a vacation or a long trip. A lot of terminals across the country offer affordable food options, along with affordable fares. Travelling Greyhound prevents you from filling up your car several times during a vacation or a long trip." Greyhound Bus

Cliff Cole, Amtrak spokesman

"Train travel is more convenient and reliable than driving on congested highways or waiting in line for hours to check in at the nation's crowded airports. Amtrak's Kids Ride Free promotion allows two children to ride the train for free when accompanied by an adult paying full fare." Vacationers can check out other fares and deals on

Paul Brown, president of Expedia, a Travel site

"Vacation are an American institution, and we want to ensure that the price of gas doesn't come between travelers and precious time to get away. We're offering values that will allow all travelers to plan the adventure getaway that is right for them."

Ha, ha, ha .... whatever works!

Photo courtesy of Will Borden

Forget far-flung journeys to exotic locales. Many vacationers are taking "staycations," spending time in their homes and at local attractions. Have you ever taken a staycation, and what made you stay close to home?

Were you able to rediscover long-neglected hobbies? Did you find new treasures in your own backyard? Give us a tour of the special "vacation spots" at your home, beside the pool and in your town. Show us where you went and chronicle your not-so-distant getaway.

Here is what ten families reported they did to have their special holiday.

Posted by: Crews Family

Jacksonville, FL


My husband and I love to travel, but we can kiss goodbye the days where we could once just jump into the car and drive to nowhere. Now we're learning to enjoy a new kind of hobby: "A Staycation".

Our annual Memorial Day Weekend tradition usually involves camping and fishing. Well, due to the continual rise in gas, we felt our only recourse was to nix the idea this year and stay home.

Needless to say we were very bummed about the idea. Even the dog looked sad! So, being the creative (maybe even a bit annoying) wive that I am, I decided to camp out in the backyard. We set the tent up, just finished installing our above ground pool, and cleaned up the grill, and got our "John Boat" up and runnin'. Wala! We have ourselves a campsite! It's been a blast!

My husband groaned about the idea, but even he was all smiles when we were done. We might just make this our new tradition. It was a lot easier than packing to go camping, we had a pool to ourselves (wink,wink) and we didn't have to buy any additional supplies except 5 gallons of gas for the boat. Mon, we'll head to Lake Palestine and go fishing. I believe this was by far the cheapest "vacation" we've ever had! I'm lovin' it!

Posted by: triantic

Bethlehem, PA


For the last several years we've made a habit of renting a cottage at one of the regional state parks and making a mini-break out of 3 day vacations including the Memorial, Independence and Labor day holidays. This year when my wife asked about our plans I said "if it has anything to do with traffic, crowds or gasoline count me out". We decided to make a go of temporarily treating our own home like a resort. We avoided all the pain at the pump (though we use When we loaded up with groceries for grilling and patio dining, we certainly noticed inflation in the aisles but we're eating healthy and at home. The kids are happy around the pool, we moved some fitness equipment outside to exercise in the fresh air, and we're less stressed with all mod cons at our disposal - making use of things we worked hard for. It certainly doesn't hurt that we are having absolutely fabulous 75-80 degree sunny weather in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania.

Posted by: Ponie

Larose, LA


This is where my summer vacation will be spent, in my backyard. With soaring diesel prices and a truck that gets only 11 mpg pulling our camper, we decided to cancel our vacation to the Smoky Mountains. It usually takes us 11 to 12 hrs to drive from South Louisiana to Townsend Tennessee where we usually stay. This summer would have been our seventh year in a row to the Smokies, that's how much we love it there. I pray that we won't have to cancel for next year.

Posted by: Saxton

Townsend, DE


Two years ago we decided to spend less money running up and down the congested highway to the beach. Instead, we put in a swimming pool with a water fall, plenty of patio space, a hot tub, and since we wanted it to feel like a resort, we put in shrubs, trees, etc. to complete the package. When we entertain we have enough space for everyone, the food, the entertainment, etc. It has definitely been worth the investment.

Posted by: Oilman1966

South Windsor, CT


I also was sick of packing, airports, gas prices, traffic, bad food & service and cost while vacationing. My weekend starts Thursday after work and in lieu of a 7 day vacation a couple of times a year, I have 3 day weekends - 4 day workweeks for the summer!

I made my backyard a place to camp, swim, hoops, horseshoes, gardening, crafts, volleyball, etc. and so much more to list. I take the $ I would have spent on bad vacations and instead invest it into my favorite daycation spot!!

Are you not sick and tired of working twice as hard before you go on vacation and then again work twice as hard when you return, just to take that small vacation time off? Believe me, it makes the summer go by so much slower and more relaxed!!! If you hear the weekend is going to be a rainout, skip the plans for this weekend and do it next weekend. You can't get a guaranteed rain free prepaid vacation any other way. So how about it America, everyone on board with me for 3 day weekends?

Posted by: DennisABM

Chicagoland, IL


We've created a "staycation" destination for all our friends and neighbors...a 16' x 9' movie screen, surround sound and projector in our backyard. On most summer weekends our backyard becomes a mini drive-in theater...complete with candy, soft drinks and official theater popcorn machine. Just bring your own lawn chair! For Memorial Day weekend we showed "Ratatouille" and for the 4th of July weekend we will be showing "Independence Day" of course. There is even an official website for folks to check for the schedule and latest weather report...since high winds and/or rain is a bummer.

Posted by: Ryn, Pigeon Forge, TN

Staycation Fun At Wonder Works


Little Face at Autism bubble Factory

Once again Wonder Works in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, proved to be a fantastic fun filled day, not far from home.

Our little six year old grandson has Asperger's Syndrome, a milder form of autism. He usually does not do well in crowds or activities that will send him into sensory override. We were pleasantly surprised with how he participated in many of the activities at Wonder Works.

The Bubble Factory was one of his favorites. We feel very fortunate to have this great attraction so close to our home.

Posted by: Ryn

Pigeon Forge, TN


A virtual smoke wall dances and moves with human touch and motion. Another neat hands on experiment at Wonder Works, Pigeon Forge Tennessee.

This tourist attraction presents itself as an upside down museum. It caters to the science, arts, sports enthusiasts and thrill seekers in all of us. A must see for Smokey Mountain Visitors. Especially nice for staycationers in East Tennessee.

Posted by: CuringAutism

Deerfield, IL


"Staycation": Good for All Abilities Kids

This Memorial Day due to high medical bills, increasing gas and food prices, an ominous economy, and the challenges of traveling as a single mom with multiple children with various issues, we had a vacation mainly at home with friends and family. We alternated between swimming, playing video games on Nintendo's Wii like, "Mario Kart", "Super Shash Brothers Melee", and the new "Wii Fit", playing board games and guitar, and eating out. Everyone had a great time and formed lasting memories with little stress or expense.

Posted by: Carrielo

Colorado Springs, CO


Call it staycation,call it vacation,and I will call it laycation. Making the most of the economy going down and money being tight. The reality is weather the kids will be outside I will be soaking up skin cancer in the rays of the sun and trying to eliminate debt as we speak. Writing letters for my son everyday and night trying to put life together. Trying to twist and bend back our mistakes and trying to enjoy my childrens child hood. I am learning everyday. I have learned how to grow Herbs for Autism and I have learned how to make fingerpaints out of salt and flour. My laycation is mainly being at home with the ones I love the most. No going to the mall or helping the economy . Saving gas as much as I can and surviving. Living differently and frugal. Gardening will replace grocery shopping and sewing anew fun time. I am the least domesticated ever and I am learning I have to be. I used to kid my husband and tell him I am ment to be rich and I needed a maid to help.I hated to cook and we were always out of the house. We have no choice now. A laycation it is for us. Domestic living for me.

Have you ever been on a "Staycation?"

What did you do on your Staycation?

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Sorry, for shouting!

I got an email from United Airlines this morning stating that their policies are changing now that there is an extra fee for any checked baggage. $15 for your first bag and $25 for your second.


Whew, now that I got that off my chest ... I think I'll just stay home and get on with my staycation.

Staycation to die a natural death?

No, we're just getting started.


thought that the word "Staycation" would die a natural death and another catchy word would take over. Don't look now but ......

With gas prices rising and the poor economy, people are still opting for a go-nowhere eco-vacation. It sure is easier on the pursestrings. (Now there is a word which has all but lost it's meaning.)

Staycation at home with the children? - Suggestions on what to do.

Depending on where you live you might like to:

~ Camp out in the back yard, watching a movie in the tent.

~ If the weather is hot, make some snow cones or ice cream....

~ Hunt for a buried treasure....

~ If the weather is cold and the snow is drifting, snuggle under your cozy afghan and watch your favorite Maureen O'Hara movie

Coleman Sundome Tent (10-Feet x 10-Feet)
Coleman Sundome Tent (10-Feet x 10-Feet)

This tent is easy to set up, bears plenty of height and floor space and provides nice ventilation.

Sony DVP-FX820 8-Inch Portable DVD Player, Black (2008 Model)
Sony DVP-FX820 8-Inch Portable DVD Player, Black (2008 Model)

This little dvd player has a better picture than my HD TV!/p

The Parent Trap Two-Movie Collection (The Parent Trap / The Parent Trap II)
The Parent Trap Two-Movie Collection (The Parent Trap / The Parent Trap II)

Twice the "Trap", twice the fun!

Disney's THE PARENT TRAP remains one of the studio's most fondly-remembered hits. With Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith leading the perfectly-realised cast, the movie has become a favourite of generations.

Back to Basics SITSELP Slushie Express(Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Back to Basics SITSELP Slushie Express(Discontinued by Manufacturer)

On "HOT" and "HUMID" days this is really great or even if your just sitting back watching TV and want a treat. It's so easy to use that the kids can get in on the act too.


Celebrate staycation with friends? - Suggestions you might want to try.

If you live in a warm climate, this time of year, you might like to:

~ Invest in an outdoor sound system for the patio. Put on a free outdoor film fest.

~ Dish up your homemade ice cream and watch a Cyd Charisse movie.

Pyramid 5071WP 500 Watts 2Way Indoor/Outdoor Waterproof Speaker System
Pyramid 5071WP 500 Watts 2Way Indoor/Outdoor Waterproof Speaker System

Excellent For Use On Boats, Marinas, Decks, Patios, Poolside, Outdoors, Etc.

Completely Waterproof


My Brag Section

AND .... another idea for a staycation

I have had many artists thank me for the work I do for them in this lens. This was such a gracious comment, I decided to include it here.

Dear LaraineRose,

I couldn't sleep last night, so I came to my computer and logged on to your lens to read about your "staycation". I found it amusing, entertaining, educational, funny, sweet, informative, and thoroughly enjoyable! I had never heard of Corner Gas, and now will contact my cable provider to see if and when it will be on here in Dallas. And I am thinking that I should plan a staycation in the very near future.

I didn't realize how many images Will had on Imagekind until I read about his work in your lens. I'm in awe! He has really wonderful fine art photos as well as his original digital artwork.And I see that he is a fellow "stop the car" person!! My husband is used to my shouting that out often! I'm relatively new to Imagekind, and though I have loved photography for a very long time I just recently decided to post on line and to try to sell some of my work. I'm currently teaching myself to digitally edit and enhance my images, like Wet Feet, which began life as a dark, mundane photo on film. I started to experiment with it in photoshop, and liked the result, though I'm not entirely sure I could repeat the process! Thank you again for honoring me by choosing that image to feature. You cannot know how much that means to me to be recognized in that way.

In July we will be driving out to our log cabin in the Arizona mountains for a month of relaxation. OOOOO...what a great place to plan our staycation! When it reaches the century mark in Dallas it is time to "get out of Dodge" and go to a cooler climate! The cabin is at about 8600 ft. elevation, in the woods, with lots of elk and deer around, and the occasional wolf or black bear. I love to sit on my front porch and watch the hummers chase each other, and listen to the wind in the trees, which always sounds like waves crashing upon the shores to me. The hammock stretched between two trees in the back is calling my name! I guess you can tell how much I love it out there.

Well, thank you again, and I look forward to reading more of your lens. How often do you write new material?

Take care, and best wishes,


Dear Jacque,,

To answer your question - I try to write a little every day. I guess, you might say, I'm addicted to Squidooing.

Thank you again for the compliments and keep up the good work you are doing!



PS You can view Jacque's, "Wet Feet" at: Jacque A.


My favorite time of the year.

Spring is in the air. Can you guess why the season following Winter is named Spring? What kind of things happen in Spring? What happens in nature? Plants begin growing quickly once the cold of winter has ended. One might say the new growing is practically springing up. And that is why we call this season Spring!

A colorful, orchard collection of Spring blossoms and delicious produce photographed by well known photographer, Will Borden, can be viewed along with this photo "Apple Blossoms" at: Will Borden Inspiring Photography & Digital Designs


Another favorite time of the year.

Summer is an important season for the social agenda of individuals. Generally, the summer season in most regions of the world has an evident increase in tourism. Outdoor activity is also taken by many people during this season, due to the favorable conditions. Leisure is also associated with summer, due to the number of people on vacation or staycation.

The glow of the setting sun on Haystack Rock, the clouds and sand, creates a heavenly atmosphere at beautiful Cannon Beach, Oregon, U.S.A.

"Haystack Heaven" by Will Borden, along with hundreds of other 'heavenly' photographs, is yours to view at: Will Borden Inspiring Photography & Digital Designs


Favorite time of the year for me.

Autumn begins with a subtle change in the light, with skies a deeper blue, and nights that become suddenly clear and chilled. The first frost brings brighter foliage, the disappearance of migrant birds, and the harvesting of the season's last crops.

'Autumn Spendor' along with other beautiful autumn scenes can be viewed at: Will Borden Inspiring Photography & Digital Designs

It's Autumn


Laden Autumn here I stand

Worn of heart, and weak of hand:

Nought but rest seems good to me,

Speak the word that sets me free.

This poem of Autumn reminds me of my story of the Two Leaves

Winter Blue

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

by Robert Frost (1923)

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near

Between the woods and frozen lake

The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound's the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.

JOKE .. It's a Canadian Classic

Blondes, please don't take offense.

As a North Bay trucker stops for a red light on Hwy.11, a blonde catches up. She jumps out of her car, runs up to his truck, and knocks on the door. The trucker lowers the window, and she says, "Hi, my name is Heather, and you are losing some of your load!"

The trucker ignores her and proceeds down the street.

When the truck stops for another red light, the girl catches up again. She jumps out of her car runs up and knocks on the door. Again, the trucker lowers the window. As if they've never spoken, the blonde says brightly, "Hi, my name is Heather, and you are losing some of your load!"

Shaking his head, the trucker ignores her again and continues down the street.

At the third red light, the same thing happens again. All out of breath, the blonde gets out of her car, runs up, knocks on the truck door. The trucker lowers the window. Again she says, "Hi, my name is Heather, and you are losing some of your load!"

When the light turns green the trucker revs up and races to the next light. When he stops this time, he hurriedly gets out of the truck, and runs back to the blonde. He knocks on her window, and as she lowers it, he says,............

"Hi, my name is Kevin, it's winter in CANADA , and I'm driving the SALT TRUCK......."

Take a 'Staycation' - It's time to get out of the mind-set that every vacation has to include a flight.

Attention, budget-conscious travellers: when wanderlust and a low bank account intersect, cabin fever isn't the only option. Instead of going global, just go local.

Find yourself low on funds but missing the high of adventure travel. Exotic destinations aren't the only alternatives for the intrepid. Plenty of possibilities loom just a car ride away.

The Cascade Range of Washington and Oregon features some of the most photogenic mountains in the continental United States. Why not explore such close-by but world-class natural wonders as Mount Rainier, Mount Hood, and North Cascades National Park. Mt. Rainier at sunrise from Sunrise Ridge is as unforgettable sight. Instead of going on two-week safaris to Africa, try a weekend camping and climbing trip in the Pacific Northwest at minimal cost.

"Staycation" is the buzzword du jour for close-to-home trips, but cutting back on the distance travelled as a way to stretch the value of vacation dollars is not a new idea nor is it the same as staying put. Beyond saving money, the real key to getting the most out of a local vacation is to make a real break from routine, otherwise, it doesn't feel like a vacation. The itinerary could be anything from hiking a trail at a nearby national park to checking out a local winery to enjoying a romantic evening at a historic bed-and-breakfast.

In addition to looking for discounts offered by your local tourism board, surf the Web's travel and are just two-for ideas. At the height of the summer staycation trend, some favorite spots in the Northeast, and among the most popular local secrets there are Cape Ann, Mass.; the Quiet Corner in Connecticut; New Paltz, N.Y.; and Milton, Del. But the beauty is that there are special locales just like those in every corner of every state, county or province no matter where you live.

Good Travel Deals Now - Why?

When the economy goes into the tank, people stay at home. But for those still willing to see what's out there, there are stupendous deals to be had.

Hotels, resorts and cruise lines are offering rock-bottom rates and doing everything they can to fill rooms, including teaming up with airlines to offer jaw-dropping package deals. And savvy consumers can reap the benefits.

Just HAVE TO get away! - Soak up the sun, savings in the Caribbean

Given the sluggish economy, hotel operators -- especially those dependent on long-distance travellers -- face a challenge in generating business in the new year. The good news: We're seeing some dandy deals in an attempt to get us to book vacations early.

Below see a few temptations in the Caribbean.

For Families - Looks too good to be true?

How good is this?

Video #1 - I came across this while looking for an inexpensive vacation package for families.

Video #2 - Can one actually get paid to go on vacation?

The Squidoo Family

designed by Will Borden for LaraineRose

Will made this "Special" Squidoo picture for me in gratitude for featuring his photographs and digital designs.

Now, I have my very own Squidoo family. "Thank you Will!"

A bouquet for you!

Thank you for sticking with me right to the end. I hope that you enjoyed coming on the staycation with me. ~Laraine Rose

HERE IS A BOUQUET FOR EVERYONE WHO: signs my Guest Book, gives me a thumbs up and/or tweets and stumbles this lens.

I appreciate it.

Register your lens at Isle Of Squidoo. Guaranteed to bring more traffic to you.

How can I make a page like this?

You can earn money if you do.

If you are interested in how to publish a page like this, it is really quite easy. Just Click Here to a free account and start your own "lens" here on squidoo on any topic you choose. Try it, you'll like it and it's quite easy to accomplish.

*But, before you leave please take a moment to rate this lens at the top of the page..

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I realize that this is a very long lens .. is there a prize for the longest lens? I do hope that it has been entertaining. *Please take a moment to write to me and rate this lens at the top of the page.

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      Laraine Sims 

      4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @vividdreams: Thank you for your visit.

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      Laraine Sims 

      4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Andromachi: Hi, So great to hear from you! Not a silly question at all. I am not even sure of this myself. I don't believe that I do make any money if someone registers through this avenue. I just added to make it easier for someone to get started. Thanks again,


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      Andromachi Polychroniou 

      4 years ago from Maurothalassa, Serres, Greece

      Thank you for sharing with us your wonderful staycation holidays. I really enjoyed your lens. I am not feeling tired at all with your long lens.

      I have a silly quesion how can I add to my lenses: "How can I make a page like this?

      You can earn money if you do." like you did?

      Do you earn any money if someone registers from this?

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      Laraine Sims 

      4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @funnyimages: Thank you for having a look at my lenses.

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      4 years ago

      i like it's

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      Laraine Sims 

      4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @marvins: Thank you for your visit and comment. Staycations can be fun!

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      4 years ago

      W0W A great Informative lens with lots of fun... Thanks for this lens. Oh happy New Year 2014 wish You a great Happy New Year :)

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      Laraine Sims 

      5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: Thank you, shawney. I appreciate your visit. I'm not able to do much writing right now but hope to be able to get back at it in the future.

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      5 years ago

      Your lens is a breath of fresh air. Very well laid out great information. I read only a fraction so far. I'll come and read the rest later.

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      imagelist lm 

      5 years ago

      Great lens with valuable info...

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      5 years ago

      You certainly put everything into a lens. This one is amazing. I'm impressed.

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      June Parker 

      5 years ago from New York

      Wow! A lot of work went into this lens and spent way too much time here! LOL! 1st of all, "Corner Gas" is hysterical. 2nd, your hubby's photos are excellent; great eye. Lastly, I really enjoyed reading the rest of it. I hope you enjoyed creating it as much as I enjoyed the visit. It was the much needed staycation break I needed. On my staycations I actually do leave, but they I stay at the new place for several months. I am in Arizona right now and will be hear until January. Not sure where I am going next, but I am thinking New Orleans. Will probably staycation there until April or May. *Squid Angel Blessed*, my friend. You really deserve it.

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      Laraine Sims 

      5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: Thank you for your positive comments! Arizona! How I'd like to be in Arizona right now. I've started knitting my winter afghan. I do one every winter - as it gets longer it covers my knees and keeps me warm. lol

      Cheers .. I'll be visiting your lenses soon.

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      Laraine Sims 

      5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @tomoxby: So true! I have noticed a few events coming up in the near future where I live that I'm planning to take in.

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      6 years ago

      People always ask me where I spent my holidays as I often travel. You think that staying home may be boring but I am always amazed that when you review local events and create a list of things to do on a staycation how much you are missing in your home town. It does make for a great vacation.

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: Could that be in Edmonton, perhaps? I've been to the West Edmonton Mall. What a fun place!

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Melissa Miotke: With the way our valley is growing in popularity there are a lot of new things to see and do so it is never a boring place to be. Thank you for visiting me at my Staycation lens.

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Gypzeerose: I'd love that! A visit with another Rose! Let me know when you'll be in the area!

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      6 years ago

      We'll be going on somewhat of a staycation, more of a combination - we'll be flying to stay with family and then play at the local attractions

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      Melissa Miotke 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      What a great idea for an lens and of course implimented well:) We've taken quite a few staycations and very few "real" vacations since our children were born. It's just so much easier that way. It really is amazing how much you can feel on vacation without leaving home if you stay at a nice hotel and visit places you normally overlook.

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      LaraineRose I was literally just thinking yesterday about how if I could visit some of the lensmasters I know you would be on the list! It would have to be a vacation - no staycation- to Canada, but that is absolutely okay. Nice lens.

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      TL Stahling 

      6 years ago from US

      I love the idea of the "get well" cards on the mantel. I have different themes for each room of my bedroom is beach; the other a cottage and another is rock and roll. Sometimes I'll spend a few days or a week sleeping and spending time in a particular room and be on a "staycation."

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      6 years ago

      my favorite was the sunset photo gallery :) very informative lens! thank you for sharing.

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @RuralFloridaLiving: Thank you for your visit!

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      6 years ago

      I think I just enjoyed a mini-staycation right here with you today! Thanks for such a nice lens.

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @OrganicMom247: Thank you for your appreciation!

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      6 years ago

      Fantastic lens, nicely done!

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      6 years ago

      I don't see a vacation in my near future so a staycation is a great idea. Thanks

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      6 years ago

      Beautiful lens, images, and very informative! Thank you very much LaraineRose, for your visit to my Vintage lens from ZenyarisGallery! Best wishes on your new project! Zenya, now at: HolisticGiftStores (

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      6 years ago

      Great lens with lots of beautiful pictures. Staycations are the best.

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      6 years ago

      What a wonderful lens. I loved it. There were some really nice pictures and it was very enjoyable to read. Thanks for sharing this with everyone!

    • OrganicMom247 profile image


      6 years ago

      Your husband has such an eye for beauty. Great photographs. Thanks for sharing.

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @SayGuddaycom: I am happy you returned. I realize that it is a long lens. Maybe I should put a Guestbook in the middle of it. Hey good idea! You inspired that. Thank you.

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @biminibahamas: This was my first lens and I really need to put aside some time to pare it down. Thank you so much for sticking with it to the end.

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      6 years ago

      I've visited this lens a few times and it gets better with every visit.

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      6 years ago

      Heheheheeee! This was a FUN lens. Thanks for the humor and the great pix!

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @dahlia369: Thank you, I'll let Will know. Thank you for the blessing, too!

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      6 years ago

      Loved the images!! :)

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @miaponzo: Me too, whenever I can. Life can be stressful! Thank you so much for the blessing!

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Andy-Po: Holi-stay would be good too! Thanks for the visit, Andy.

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      6 years ago

      I do this from time to time to unwind and destress :) Blessed!

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      6 years ago

      Great lens. The word Staycation started being used a lot here in England too recently - probably last year as the "austerity" measures required to bail-out the banks started to take their toll on ordinary (non-bankers) but I think is used incorrectly. For a start we don't go on vacations anyway; we go on "holiday", so the word should be "Holi-stay" not "staycation", but also it is usually used to mean staying in England rather than going abroad to Spain, France, Italy etc.

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Nancy S Oram: I hope that you will get some good vacation ideas from this lens. I'll be visiting you soon.

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @mary lighthouse15: Thank you, Mary. I hope that you get a chance to experience one.

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      Nancy Oram 

      6 years ago

      My stacation starts in one week. I'm so glad I stumbled on this lens today!

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      mary lighthouse15 

      6 years ago

      I just learned a new word today "staycation"! Great lens Laraine!

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @goo2eyes lm: Thank you for the basket full of blessing!

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      goo2eyes lm 

      6 years ago

      i am coming back with a basket full with squidangel *blessings*.

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @julescorriere: Interesting ..Glad you enjoyed your visit - come again!

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      Jules Corriere 

      6 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      I especially enjoyed looking at the "Staycation of Days Gone Past". I took my family on a Staycation this past summer, and was so inspired by it that I wrote a lens on it! Thanks for sharing such great ideas!

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @TreasuresBrenda: I'd love to hear about that. Please send me a note via email.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      6 years ago from Canada

      We had a staycation this summer with both teenage sons working to earn money for schooling.

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      6 years ago

      Very beautiful images. Well done.

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @JoleneBelmain: Thank you for your visit.

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      6 years ago

      I love staycations... chillaxin with the old man and the kids :)

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @goo2eyes lm: A good place to have a staycation! I'll come to visit you there. :)

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      goo2eyes lm 

      6 years ago

      you call it staycation. i call it vacation at balconia and terracia. they are not foreign countries. it simply means balcony and terrace.

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @favored: Many of us have. Thanks for visiting this lens. I'll be seeing you soon.

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      Fay Favored 

      6 years ago from USA

      Seems I've been going on stayvations for hears and never knew it :)

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: I am so happy that you enjoyed this lens. It was my first one and much to my pleasure at the time, sort of took on a life of it's own. Now, I must try to find some time to make a couple of lens out of it. Sigh. I rather like the flow of it right now. We'll see.

      I'll be by for a visit soon.

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      6 years ago

      Hi now this lens was a lot of hard work I can tell, it was very entertaining, photos are really nice, and I like that Staycation idea.

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      Laraine Sims 

      7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Johanna Eisler: Thanks for visiting this lens. You spent the morning looking at this lens!?! Well, I guess it is long. Someday when I'm not busy making more lenses and doing other important work ... I' m going to busy myself separating it into about 3 lenses. I know how. Just busy right now. Thanks again. I'll be coming to visit you soon.

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      Johanna Eisler 

      7 years ago

      Wow! It's been a long time since I visited your first lens - what a transformation! I especially enjoyed watching the Mona Lisa being painted - fascinating! Thank you for the entertaining morning!

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      Laraine Sims 

      7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @bikerministry: Traveling is enjoyable I used to have that kind of job when I was a bit younger but I know that I couldn't take it any more. I love being home and there is so much to do around our area that we never cover it all. New events and attractions being added all the time. Thank you so much for visiting here and also for the blessing! I will be visiting your lenses soon.

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      Laraine Sims 

      7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @bechand: I agree, there is always so much to do around most areas where one lives. A lot of folks just don't take the time to investigate their own surroundings. Good for you!! I have visited New York 3 times. We live on the other side of the continent but were visiting friends and relatives each time. NY is a great city to explore. You'll have a lot to do there on a staycation. Thank you for your visit and I'll be visiting you soon.

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      Laraine Sims 

      7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @JanTUB: Thank you for the compliment. My photographer husband gets the credit for that. I'll let him know that he has another admirer. I'll pop by to see you soon.

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      Laraine Sims 

      7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: Thank you for visiting. Raphaelo you are so sweet and I appreciate your support. I'll be back to visit you soon.

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      7 years ago

      Nice lens. We "stay" since we travel full-time being home is a vacation. Great ideas here. Thank you for all the time it took to build this lens. Blessings.

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      7 years ago

      First of all - i love that poem from Robert Frost - has always been my favorite - he lived near Bennigton VT where I work and is buried less than a mile from my office. - Thanks for having it here for me to read again :O)

      As for Staycation - I have done it the past 2 years as my husband has not had vacation time, but I had significant time and 2 kids -we do stuff around home, do some camping LOCALLY and husband joins us as he can while still maintaining his work hours.

      It is always amazing how much there is to do in our area (and likely everyone's area if they look) - we have Bennington (nature's hideout) VT which is 45 min away, Lake George (tourist dream)NY which is an hour, Saratoga NY (racetrack and attractions) etc... and a ton more (I live in the capital district of NY - Albany Area) I love it here.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Amazing rose photos! All the photos, really.

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      7 years ago

      Wow.. This lens is so wonderful. I'm stunning with another great work of you here. Many thanks for opening my eyes widely with your beautiful staycation tribute. Have a wonderful time.. always.. my dear friend :)

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      Laraine Sims 

      7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @BladeSmith: Thank you for visiting and also for the link to check out. I did so .. you have a great website and cover everywhere a person could ever want to go. Well done!

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      7 years ago

      Very interesting lens and great tips... If you don't mind check out this site for great Luxury Hotels & Beach Resorts vacation packages. Thank you for sharing

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      Laraine Sims 

      7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @efriedman: Thank you efriedman. I'll come and have a look.

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      7 years ago

      Nice lens. I have featured it on my Money Saving Tip for Vacation

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      Laraine Sims 

      7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @CanadaRed LM: Thank you, I appreciate you coming.

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      CanadaRed LM 

      7 years ago

      interesting lens

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      Laraine Sims 

      7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @jojokaya lm: I do hop that this lens has been helpful. Thank you for dropping by.

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      Laraine Sims 

      7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @SandraRoseDesigns: A lot of friends are staying close to home this summer. We have a lot of lakes nearby and mountains to climb for the more adventurous so it is no hardship. Thank you for your visit, comments and thumbs up.

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      jojokaya lm 

      7 years ago

      nice lens with interesting vacation ideas. thanks for sharing it

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      7 years ago

      Staycations are so inviting! When over, we are caught up on things we have wanted to do, and added a few things that were good for us to do around the house (just a few!) We feel invorgorated, refreshed, and a bit ahead of the game around the house! Your husband is a very talented photographer!

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      Laraine Sims 

      7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: Me too! With the price of gas ever rising (along with everything else) the staycation is the best vacation for most. Have a happy staycation!

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      Laraine Sims 

      7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @myraggededge: Lucky you! I hope that you are having a wonderful staycation!

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      Laraine Sims 

      7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @MargoPArrowsmith: Thanks for the visit, Margo.

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      7 years ago

      Love the idea of staycation, reminds me that I need a vacation.

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      7 years ago

      We are staycationing in the UK this year. Luckily we have friends who live on an island off the south coast in a beautiful vacation destination. They are off abroad somewhere for a week and we are looking after their horse and home for the duration. 2 hours drive, a short ferry trip away and free accommodation. I can't wait!

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      7 years ago

      Wow, simply wow

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      7 years ago

      Great lens... I wrote about my cars on my lens, would you like to have a look? Please view my lens and mark it as a "favorite" and/or "lensroll". I made it for a class project and it will help my grade if you will.

      Thank you very much :)

    • LaraineRoses profile imageAUTHOR

      Laraine Sims 

      7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Thank you, my friends, I'm still tied up looking after a very ill family member, so I haven't been visiting my Squidoo friends lenses as I usually do. I appreciate your friendly comments and thumbs up. (The favorites and blessings also, of course.)

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      7 years ago

      I agree...incredible amount of information here!

      I guess when we stayed one night in a local motel last vacation time, technically we took a staycation.

      I am going to tell everyone I'm on staycation this week....don't call me for rides anywhere LOL

      Blessed by a Squid Angel

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      7 years ago

      Incredible amount of information. Congratulations on your work.

    • LaraineRoses profile imageAUTHOR

      Laraine Sims 

      8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      It's been a while since I have been here, I've been helping a family member 24/7 so please forgive me for the delay in thanking you for your comments. I thank you and will be visiting your lenses as soon as possible.

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      8 years ago

      A recently went to hotels mauritius and I got some great rates as well.

    • dariameister profile image


      8 years ago

      Fantastic article, I love having Staycations and just lounging around no having to do anything. And at least I run less risk of this happening to me:

    • purplelady profile image


      8 years ago

      What a beautiful lens and such photography! I have added my new Monkey Brains lens on Staycation vs. Vacation to your Staycation Squidoo lens plexo. I will add your lens to my featured lenses on my staycation lens. 5 staycations and 1 huge Fave.

    • LaraineRoses profile imageAUTHOR

      Laraine Sims 

      8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Sylvestermouse: Thank you for your Angel Blessing! I'm a big fan of yours!

    • LaraineRoses profile imageAUTHOR

      Laraine Sims 

      8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Thank you so much for visiting this lens and leaving a comment and some stars. I will be visiting you very soon.


    • jolou profile image


      8 years ago

      Wonderful lens, you obviously put a lot of love into it.

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      Mary Norton 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      First encounter with the word though I am one person who loves a stay at home day especially in between trips. The smell of coffee, the lounging in pajamas are some favorites. Thanks for writing on this.


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