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!


NEW stuff I gotta share


How many of you have a bucket list?  If you have one, is “Visit all 50 states” on it?  I’ve noticed that goal on quite a number of published online bucket lists lately.  The map above is a map  I made at Big Huge Labs. Map Maker: Show off where you’ve been or where you’re going. (It has maps for the entire world, or just the US, just Europe etc.)  It looks like I need to get over to the East Coast more often, right? (I’d Love to!….send me a plane ticket!)

Another option is: You can keep a simple list like this one at Project Light to Life.  That works good too!

I love, loVE, LOVE keeping AND working on my bucket lists….however, it seems to be getting longer and longer!  More things I wanna learn, do,  read…experience!  All soooo much fun!  Let me know what you’ve crossed off your list lately!

Have a great day!  Do something NEW!

a NEW photo (and sore neck muscles)


Oh my!  I’ve been sitting at this computer FAR TOO LONG!  My neck muscles, as well as my right (mouse hand), are sore!  I’ve been cropping photos from our recent trip to the caribbean and I may have over-did it with the pics….no, probably not.  I thought I’d share this cutie we found in Grand Cayman.  Have a good Saturday and try something NEW today!

NEW explorations in the Caribbean


Hi all! I’m back! Although I had a few pre-scheduled posts, I actually haven’t touched a computer since November 21st! I’ve been exploring NEW things in the Caribbean. Our family took a cruise and it was so much fun….but now it’s back to real life…and that’s OK too :o)

My favorite stop was Jamaica.  Did you know they have a female Prime Minister?   Check out the Wiki for more info.  We had a blast zip lining through the Jamaican jungle, and hiking Dunns River Falls.  Ya Man!

It was great exploring NEWness in a different part of the world!  Have a terrific day and learn or do something NEW today!