Creature Comforts for the Long Haul

What are your favorite snacks to take on a trip,  how do you try to make it as pleasurable and experience, pack along some tea,  download some favorite music of shows, catch up on your reading or an sleep as possible?

Horseshoe Pillow-
Horseshoe Pillow-

Do you have a favorite horseshoe pillow, or choice of seat or other “ritual”  that you follow to make for a more pleasant travel experience?

These are some suggestions on how to make for a more pleasant long haul flight experience, beginning with planning before and after arrival at the airport, boarding the plane, in flight, during a layover and  when you finally get to your destination.

For a long haul trip it always helps to prepare as best as you can ahead of time to a make for a more relaxed or and pleasurable experience.  Here are a few tips that may come in handy:

A) Before you Leave the House.

1)  Check with your bank to see if your best option is to make ATM withdrawals rather than carry wads of cash or get not so favorable

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime

Unplanned as it was, trying to fit in as many shots as possible in my short window of time and here is the final product.

On some level, nighttime shots pique the viewer’s curiosity – the questions are almost never ending and what is this, what is that… ohhh is that what that  is.

Striking,  how detail(s) that normally would take the human eye and mind to decrypt or decipher in but a few seconds during the daytime, may require a little more focus and in some cases, a lot more than a little.

The understated depth of texture, patterns, colors is sometimes best captured at nighttime.

Richness of Texture and Colors - Eggs at Nighttime
Richness of Texture, Patterns, Colors and more.

Lost and Found – the Recovery Effort

I am way past dead meat.  I lost it all!!

Cancel.  That is all it took to get me to this point.  Right in the middle of a download of pictures to my laptop from my camera’s memory (SD) card I aborted the transfer and what happened next was enough to render me certifiable.  My reality,  I did not have the luxury to process those emotions caused by what I would now refer to as an impulsive action.  In that moment,  I dreaded thinking about the repercussions of just a simple click.

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My first reaction was to Panic! as frantically tried to recall all the memorable moments captured by yours truly and by default designated the photographer with the responsibility of sending the pictures taken over that weekend, what would I say?  all the excitement as they cocked their necks to get a good view of the picture and the repeated reminders not to Continue reading

My Stuffed Back Pockets – Travel Discomforts

I learned a few facts about the city of Chicago.


It was founded in the 1700’s by a Haitian, Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable and also finally settled on whether it is the “Chicago L or El train”.  For me, learning new things about a place are one of the many joys of travel and the opportunity to visit as many of the sights as far as both my feet can carry is a great coup.  In addition to its many benefits, walking is definitely a different experience than driving  or taking a bus tour because you, no, let me rephrase that.

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Why Hang onto the Hinges, Live a Little

That is all it was in the beginning.

Change the builder’s grade brass door knobs.

Soon enough it became crystal clear that the challenge was in keeping this project simple, short and sweet.

Image Credit: Hardware Tools Workshop Screwdriver Wrench Clip Art from
Image Credit: Hardware Tools Workshop Screwdriver Wrench Clip Art from

I have no one else to blame but myself for giving in to the nudging or more like taunting of my inner voice to “live a little and up my game”.    Continue reading

On the Road to Discovery – Simply Genius

Easy Fix for high traffic areas.  Scotchgard. Yes, the stuff in the red and white plaid patterned can.  The spray protects against dirt and stains and works on fabric sofas, chairs and even your bathroom floor

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So what do Scotchgard and Patsy Sherman have in common?

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The Tour After the Trip — Made all the Difference

Beginning with my eyes, I could almost feel the warm and fuzzy feeling charting its course, registering to my brain and yielding a smile as I looked over some of the shots from my day trip to St. Helena in Napa County, California.  Priceless.St Helena (1)

At the same I  could not help the nagging sense of loss as I wondered how much better they would have turned out if only I had… Continue reading

What Lies Ahead in 2014 – Moving Forward

20131129_150323With a New Year, the customary thing is to have a new years resolution list of bad habits to drop and areas to nurture.

Well this year, I choose to steer off the beaten path.  My plan – simple and straightforward and in a few words, to be intentional.

Where that path leads me I am not quite sure but I INTEND:

to blog more, read more, travel more, learn more and who knows to be open to whatever else happens in between and hopefully to be wiser from the experiences.

I intend to worry less and relish the moments more.  Be alright with being still, if that is what I am feeling at that point in time and enjoy those moments of quiet solace in my own space more; and worry less about what could have, should have or would have.

Oops! there goes my not having a list, but hopefully you get my drift.


Weekly Photo Challenge-Community

Is it not amazing the power between one brain and two eyes and as a consequence we are able to appreciate the numerous possibilities, the different dimensions to an object or image.

It is such power that prompted me to take this photograph just before 6.30 am one morning.  Mushroom2

What seemed like a normal chilly morning, as I walked toward this space completely preoccupied with what tasks of the day to first tackle, when that shift in my attention, without any effort on my part, in a quick instant, precipitated by what my eyes saw and brain interpreted as the uncanny resemblance to a cluster of mushrooms scattered about a stretch of brown soil.

The reality is that this was not anywhere close to a farm.  In just a few hours from when this photograph was taken, it would be ridded of this peaceful calm and buzzing with activity.

It would morph from this place of solitude, to for some:

a  sit out area for afternoon lunchers  for some others a relaxing spot to shoot the wind;

for some to catch the warmth of the sun, for some others a place to gather one’s thoughts or get a breath of fresh air;

and for some or all, a part of a larger community; a part of the rest of the world.

Amazing how community comes in a variety of dimensions; how  the same term means different things to different people.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Community  – …This week, in a post created specifically for this challenge, show us community, and interpret it any way you please.