Where the Heck Have I Been?

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Been MIA for a while from the blogging world - a combination of some serious writer’s block, finishing a semester with a lot of very intense children’s yoga lessons (can you imagine 20 kids doing the Very Hungry Caterpillar yoga!), and the beginning of summer where my mind and my body was begging me to breathe, be still and so, I did.

But I’m back. Life has been full and fulfilling in the meantime.

We went to New Hampshire to spend time with the lovely Joe and Chelsea and climb some mountains.  On this day the sky was so clear we could see Canada in one direction and Maine in the other.


We said goodbye to Elliot and Jenny, who had been home for 10 weeks (oh how I loved having them here).  They have embarked on their next adventure to Seville, Spain via Portugal. They are having a ball. We Facetime a lot.

We took lots of beautiful walks around the reservoir and because the spring and summer have been so wet (oh when will it ever stop raining?) everything is very lush and green.

We took some day trips.  This one is to Longwood Gardens - my happy place, acres and acres of gardens full of flowers and fountains. 

And the adventures continue, some wonderful things planned in September including a trip to Seville to see Elliot and Jenny.  A trip to New Hampshire to do more hiking and spend time with Joe and Chelsea and a fun visit from one of my special god-daughters, Ruth. (I have several and they are all special!)

Until the next time,


Food and Festivals

It’s been pretty quiet around here.  Hubby had a 3-week business adventure in Paris (I know, feel bad for him) and as a result, unintentionally, I stayed close to home.  But things have gotten a little more interesting since hubby got back stateside.

During the weekend, we decided to check out a Chinese Lantern Festival in Philly.  A couple of years ago we were in Seoul, Korea and their lantern festival was amazing so we were eager to get the experience again.

It was pretty cool, but a little small so I think we felt somewhat cheated for our $17 entrance fee, especially as the one in Korea was so much more elaborate. It was a nice night to be out and wander around China Town.

Shifting gears - Interesting fact, still doing the raw food thing and normally this time of year I am severely afflicted with Springtime allergies, but this year not so much as a moist eye.  The only difference I can think of is that I am eating so much raw local fruits and veggies, which is desensitizing my usual malady.

This time of year, there are so many yummy seasonal fruits and veggies it is not hard to get variety in my diet.

The rest of my life seems to be yoga, teaching yoga, teaching nurse education and if I have time, reading and cooking, not such a bad way to spend my time!

Until next time, 


Thanksgiving in May

Thanksgiving is hands down our family's favorite holiday. We start talking about it in August. I start planning the menu and testing recipes in September.  However, last year we were all together in Thailand for Thanksgiving.  Even though this was the trip of a lifetime for all six of us, we did rather miss the turkey dinner.  I promised a full-on Thanksgiving dinner when everyone got back from their world travels.  That turned out to be May.

I had a good size turkey in the freezer, prepped all the sides, Joe and Chelsea arrived from New England, Elliot and Jenny are back from Indonesia and off we went.

It started with our traditional thanksgiving breakfast of smoked salmon and bagels.

Then we had to play Catan, a game of trading and strategy that we all nuts and very competitive about.  Winning scores were - Chelsea: 2 and Jenny: 1. 

Then it was time for the feast. There was no Catan playing after that, everyone had a food coma. All 3 dogs were very happy to be together.  Toby is ours, Lulu is Jenny and Elliot’s and Coco is Joe and Chelsea’s.  They asked if they could dress up for the occasion.

All too soon it was time to say goodbye.  We may not be all together again for a while due to world travelers and work schedules, but I’ll take what I can get with these people - my most favorite people in the world!

Does your family celebrate any special traditions or have any favorite holidays? 

Until next time,