Surprised by Joy

Grabbing the jacket from the doorknob I felt a flutter.  Startled, I saw a monarch butterfly flying out of the jacket. When it landed Bob said “get the camera.”  The butterfly remained in one place as if posing, letting me take photos. When it had flown across the room I saw the cat stomping something.  FightingContinue reading “Surprised by Joy”

Top 10 Staycation Ideas #2

Think you can’t afford a vacation this year? This is one of my top ten ideas for fun and relaxation close to home. Take a tour of your State Capitol building.  This is something everyone should do at least once.  This may be a bit of a drive depending on where you live, but willContinue reading “Top 10 Staycation Ideas #2”

Top 10 Staycation Ideas #3

Think you can’t afford a vacation this year? This is one of my top ten ideas for fun and relaxation close to home. Go Fishin’!  Fishing really isn’t about fish.  For many people fishing is about getting away from it all. Easier before cell phones, but still possible.  Find a quiet place  and leave the phone atContinue reading “Top 10 Staycation Ideas #3”

Top 10 Staycation Ideas #7

Think you can’t afford a vacation this year? This is one of my top ten ideas for fun and relaxation close to home Enjoy local fairs, festivals and seasonal celebrations.  Most cities and even small towns have at least one.  Whether a holiday celebration, flower, harvest or music festival, event honoring a local historical figure, Renaissance FaireContinue reading “Top 10 Staycation Ideas #7”

Top 10 Staycation Ideas #8

Think you can’t afford a vacation this year? This is one of my top ten ideas for fun and relaxation close to home. Visit your local college or university. If you haven’t you may be missing: *  Your state natural history museum *  The Planetarium *  An arboretum or beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens * Continue reading “Top 10 Staycation Ideas #8”