The wonder of living near a natural bird habitat.
This blog title probably caught your attention. I hope you won’t be disappointed when you learn that it’s all about birds. Not the birds and the bees, just birds. We’ve always loved birds but until we moved to the property at Cherry Creek Guest House, which borders the East Gallatin River, we didn’t really understand the complexity of their mating habits.
How one summer at a supper club transformed my cooking.
The summer of my freshman year in college I wanted to find a job near the lake house that my parents were developing. My plan was to work on their property during the day and earn a few bucks waitressing in the evenings. I’d been a server for years in high school at a quaint little place called the Whole Famdamily, sadly closed long ago, so I knew I had the skills.
Neighborhood Moose Returns to Visit.
Five years ago, when we first bought Cherry Creek Guest House, we got an unusual phone call from our son who was living here at the time. He was whispering like the host of a wild adventure show and we soon found out why. There was a large bull moose munching on the trees in the yard.
A picture really is worth a thousand words.
It may seem silly to write a blog about the importance of taking pictures when most of us seem to capture each and every moment on our phones these days. My question is, what do you do with them? I’m that lady who has photo albums dating back to my childhood (let’s just say many decades). Every worthy picture I’ve ever taken has been printed and properly stowed in a photo album – labeled by year. Annoying, aren’t I? It’s so worth it! There is nothing like time traveling through old albums and it just isn’t the same on a computer or thumbing through “recents” on your phone.
Here are some of the most important things I’ve done with photos over the years.
Make each one better than the last.
I love birthdays. Not my own necessarily, which is right around the corner, but everyone else’s. I look at them as an opportunity to show people how glad I am that they were born. It’s likely that this feeling came from my sweet mother as she too loved celebrating birthdays. Mine is close to Easter, so mom’s homemade bunny cakes and clever egg hunts were a common occurrence in my younger years. In exchange, when we would go out to dinner for her birthday, I would sneak off to ask the waiter for a serenade and dessert to make her feel special. I tried this with my older brothers too but quickly learned that being the center of attention in a restaurant was not their idea of birthday fun.
Trinkets, tips, and tales to ease stressors on your next journey.
Like most people, I was grounded a year ago. Before that, I was either a road warrior or flew for work most weekdays. Admittedly, I am thoroughly enjoying the “new” reality of being able to meet my clients virtually, eat home cooked meals, and sleep in my own bed. The fact is that I am much more accessible now that I’m not running through airports or eyeing my buzzing phone while driving over treacherous mountain passes (no multi-tasking allowed). It would be a shame, however, to put all I have learned about travel to waste so in honor of one year off the road, this blog is dedicated to offering a few useful tips for fellow travelers.