Begin again, again…

I really do want to get this blog restarted… again. Sometimes life just seems overwhelming and doing one more thing feels like it is too much. But, here goes!

It is a cold Minnesota day. When I ask Siri for the temperature, she actually says, “Brrr! It’s really cold today.” But then she proceeds to tell me that it is 15 degrees out and, because I am a Minnesotan, I think to myself, “Siri, that’s not that cold!” (Siri is a wimp, apparently.)

I am weary from caring for people. My 87 year old mother has lived in my town for nearly 7 1/2 years, I have five grandchildren that I am with anywhere from 4-20 hours a week. I had an Angsty Teen, but she is in her second year of college, is slightly less angsty, and is no longer a teenager. Might have to come up with a new moniker for her! Angsty Adult? I guess, at age 20, she really is an adult… but maybe Angsty Adolescent-like Adult? That’s a little long. Hmmm… I’ll have to work on that one.

Anyway, I’m out to have a good day. Hope you are, too! Maybe I’ll write again soon… I mean, it is really cold out… so, it could happen!


Begin again…

Welcome to my blog! I had a blog a couple of years ago, but life got so crazy caring for geriatric parents with lots of health issues and trying to do life with a a busy family that I stopped blogging. So, now I am going to begin this adventure again.



Shhhh… It’s a Secret

Look at this! Two blog posts in two days! (I didn’t realize it was that cold out…)

Anyway, I told you I had a secret. Maybe it isn’t really a secret as much as it is a plan. Here it is:

I’m going on a trip!

Last spring I told the Stern German, who does not want to use his vacation time to travel… but to hunt, that if I found a reasonable airfare to somewhere that I would buy it. Where did I want to go? I almost didn’t care. I just wanted something to look forward to and to plan. I love planning adventures.

Over the course of a couple of weeks I tracked different fares and eded up seeing a red hot deal from Chicago to Amsterdam. So, I bought it! The flight was close to $325. Then I bought a cheap round trip ticket from Minneapolis to Chicago a few weeks later.

I am going to Amster…DAM! I will also take the train to Paris and Brussels before flying back out of Amster…DAM!

Now I’m working out where I am staying… trying to keep this trip from being expensive. Thinking of staying in hostels and also using Couchsurfing and Airbnb.

If you have any advice for me, I’ll take it. I’m packing lightly and heading out in October!