a NEW thematic bucket list


I love, loVE, LOVE waterfalls, so I’m gonna keep track of the ones I visit and try to cross off a bucket list of visiting 100 waterfalls. I’ve gotta get busy! Just so I don’t get overwhelmed, I’ll list the three I “plan-to-go-to next” at the top of  the list. So, here we go:

  1. Shoshone Falls, Twin Falls, Idaho
  2. Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California
  3. Havsupi Falls, Arizona
  4. Dunn’s River Falls, Jamaica {done}
  5. Minnehaha Falls, Minnesota {done}
  6. Multnomah Falls, Oregon{done}
  7. American Falls, Niagara, New York {done}
  8. Bridal Veil Falls, Niagara, New York {done}
  9. Horseshoe Falls, Niagara, New York
  10. Bridal Veil Falls, Provo, Utah{done}
  11. Akaka Falls in Hilo, Hawaii {done}
  12. Emerald Pools Waterfall, Zion National Park, Utah {done}
  13. Horsetail Falls, Alpine, Utah{done}
  14. Cascade Falls, Brianhead, Utah{done}
  15. Upper Yellowstone Falls, Yellowstone National Park {done}
  16. Lower Yellowstone Falls, Yellowstone National Park {done}
  17. Snoqualmie Falls, Seattle, Washington {done}
  18. Kanarraville Falls, Kanarraville, Utah {done}

a NEW photo and NEW recipes to try


Happy Tuesday!

How do you you like these pasta “curtains” from this pastry shop in Portovenere Italy? I thought it was clever! I loved snapping photos of the every-day nuances of each of the countries we visited.  I should have remembered to take more pics of PEOPLE in our group though!

So now I’m in the mood for pasta! Here’s some recipes I want to try soon:

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells because we LOVE broccoli at our house!


Cream Cucumber Pasta Salad because a co-worker gave us some fresh cuks that we need to use up, and this looks so fresh and yummy!


AND, I need to make some manicotti because it freezes well for those nights I need a quick dinner.  But I think I’ll try cooking it in the crock pot.  What if I had some in the freezer and then just stuck them in the crock pot in the a.m. before work?  I’ll let you know how that turns out! 🙂

Crockpot No-Boil Manicotti


Have a great day!  Do or COOK something NEW!

The NEWness Explorer is BACK…


HELLO again, Blogland!  I took an unplanned 9-month break from blogging, but I’m back!  Things have settled down (at least for the moment), and I’m excited to document the upcoming NEW things I plan to be doing or learning about!

I started this site on 5 September 2012, so I gave myself a deadline to ‘get-back-at-it’ as of TODAY, 5 September 2017!

The main reason I was MIA was because of a huge work-related project I had to work on, but “regular life” got in the way too.  Some fun stuff though…

We went on a trip of a life-time to Europe this summer (pic above of one of the hotel’s we stayed at).  We cruised around the Mediterranean (Spain, Italy, France) and then hopped back over to England to visit our ancestral stomping grounds. The entire trip was fabulous! I’ll probably share some more pics from the trip in upcoming posts.

We worked on a couple of NEW house projects…we tore out a wall in our workout room and stuck a sauna in there so the door would face the bathroom (and therefore be accessible to the shower), and re-did the workout room including a ballet barre.  My hubby teases me and asks if I use the “bar-A” for my workouts.  Well, YES, today I did a HIP HOP BARRE WORKOUT! Thank you very much! :o)  The plan is to finish up the room with mirrors behind the ‘Bar-A’, …still need to get a bid for those.


A LOT of time went into planning a summer camp for teenage girls from our church.  It was time-consuming, but also fun and rewarding…and the girls will probably always remember getting totally rained AND hailed on!


And I FINALLY started on my “Secret Garden” that I posted plans about way back in May of 2014!   My hubby made this arbor that I LOVE, and little by little, I’m adding plants – but it still has a long, long, LONG way to go!


So! That’s {some} of what I’ve been up to.  I’m looking forward to catching up with many of the blogs I follow as well as get great ideas for NEW things to do or learn from YOU!

Have a great day! Try to do or learn something NEW today!

Wednesday’s What’s NEW with YOU? (a tagging experience)


I’ve decided I’ll post a tagging experience every Wednesday, because I’d like to hear more about ‘What’s NEW with YOU’! I get to learn what’s NEW from sites I follow, but I’d like to know something NEW from other people who YOU follow (who I haven’t gotten acquainted with yet). And I figured maybe you would too.

So, If you’d like to participate, here’s what to do:

  • Write a post about something NEW you learned, or something you tried, did, experienced etc., and also include something NEW you learned about from another site you follow (be sure to link to the other site as well).
  • Please tag your post with “what’s-NEW?”  (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Link (Pingback) your post to this post. That way, I can post all the great NEW stuff going on the following Wednesday for everyone to see.
  • Have fun realizing all the NEW things you do or learn!

Here’s mine for today:  I’m starting a NEW tagging experience on my blog every Wednesday, Oh! but you already knew that. Haha! What I’ve learned from another blog I follow: I’m learning very interesting things about the UK.  I’m traveling there next May, so I’m on the look out for everything possibly related. Here’s a wonderfully interesting post about London Pride, Pashley Garden, Ticehurst, UK at The Travel Lady in Her Shoes blog.  I would LOVE to visit those gardens when we go! The Travel Lady in Her Shoes has many, many other great posts as well!

Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW! And I hope you join this NEW tagging experience! :o)

Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday!  OK, here is my LAST post relating to our recent trip to Minnesota!  I’ll just finish up by sharing a few NEW things we did which we’d recommend to anyone else that finds themselves in Minneapolis in the summertime:

1) Rent bikes and ride around the ”Chain of Lakes”.  The bike ride was very FUN!  Perfect weather!  Lovely views of very high-end homes surrounding the lakes, along with beautifully landscaped yards made the ride even nicer!

2) Take a Mississippi River boat cruise…just so  you can say you did :o)

3) Go to the HUGE Mall of America.  We’re not big shoppers…in fact we didn’t buy anything except dinner (cuz a person’s gotta eat, right?) but it’s just something we couldn’t go to MN without checking out.

4)  Try the Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes at Hell’s Kitchen.  I heard from multiple people that this was a ‘must’, so we went there on our last morning there.  Yup!  They’re yummy!  Now I’ve got to try to make them at home sometime soon.  I looked up the recipe and found it HERE (But I’m going to also paste it below…just in case that link tries to disappear or anything funky like that).

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Have a great day!  Do or Learn something NEW!



random notes from our NEW travels


Hey everyone! Well, we’re back from our travels to Minnesota.  We’ve never been to that beautiful state, so it was all NEW to us.  Above is my favorite photo from the trip.  I’m ECSTATIC that this photo turned out as well as it did, given that I used a longer shutter speed without a tripod!   Woohoo!  Minnesota was really green and pretty!  Tons of water in that state….especially this year!  The Mississippi river and all the creeks around town were almost at flood stage.  But Mother Nature was very kind to us, and the weather was gorgeous while we were there….only a trickle of rain the entire week. {Thank you!}  This photo is of Minnehaha Falls.  I love waterfalls!  They are so gorgeous and powerful!  I also enjoyed learning some of the local history.  Quite a bit of it related to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem, ‘The Song of Hiawatha’.  That was interesting, because I’m somehow related to the poet (probably in a round about way) and most of my time in MN was working on family history.  I’ll share a bit more in future posts about that.

Well, have a great Saturday!  Do or Learn something NEW!.



a NEW majestic discovery


Hi all!  Well we’ve been away to Zion National Park for the last three days and had a good time hiking some NEW trails and visiting extended family that we haven’t seen for many, many years.   I’ll post some pics from some of our hikes later, but today I’ve got to tell you of our NEW majestic discovery.  There’s a very unassuming exit on Interstate 15 in Southern Utah that says ‘Kolob Canyon – Scenic Drive’.  We’ve passed by that exit sooooooo many times!!!  Here is the view from the freeway:


Yeah, now you know why we’ve never stopped, right!?!  BUT if you travel just a couple of miles west of Interstate 15, you’d have the view of the top photo….and if you actually take the scenic drive, here’s just one of the views of the very majestic canyon walls you’d see:


Now not all ‘scenic drives’ are created equal.  But…when you’re in Southern Utah, be sure to take the Kolob Canyon scenic drive.  It’s only five miles out of your way and TOTALLY worth the effort!  It’s actually part of Zion National Park, but on the very north end and not accessible through the main park.

Have a great day!  Do or Learn something NEW!