Tips to Navigate a Chinese Buffet…Healthy and Cheap

How Many Chinese Buffets Have You Dived Into? I Know…Not My Favorite Either, but it is Fun and Silly and Entertaining. The Food Offerings are Staggering to be Sure.  Healthy Eating Can Fly Out the Window. And You Can End Up Spending More Than You Bargained For. After Many Trips to Buffets, I Finally Figured […]

Walking to Mexico…in Pajamas

Right About Now, I’m Wishing that We Could Hop on a Plane, Jump in a Jeep, or Float in a Boat to a Tropical Oasis for Vacation. How About a Quick Trip to Mexico? We Can Walk.  Leave on Your Pajamas.  No Passports Required. We’re Off to El Mezquite Market. Let’s Sing as We Go… […]

Hop on The Polar Express

“On Christmas Eve, many years ago, I lay quietly in my bed.  I did not rustle the sheets  I breathed slowly and silently.  I was listening for a sound-a sound a friend had told me I’d never hear-ringing bells of Santa’s sleigh.” Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express If You Were Asked to Board a […]

Rocky Mountain Shopping…No Hiking Boots Needed.

Have you Experienced Durango, Colorado? As a Forever Beach Lover, I’m not a big Mountain Aficionado, but Durango is Breathtakingly Beautiful. Durango is a tiny city in the Rocky Mountains of Southwest Colorado on the New Mexico Border.   A Hop, Skip and Jump for Us.  The Animas River and the Durango and Silverton Narrow […]

Living in the Balloon Capital of the World

First Weekend in October. Perfect Flying Weather for Hot Air Balloons.  Cold Mornings.  Warm Afternoons.  Cold Nights. No Wind.  No Rain.  No Clouds.  Just Blue as Far as You Can See. This is the Time when Balloons from All Over the World Come to Albuquerque. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  The Largest Balloon Event in […]

A Santa Fe Wink in Time

To Really Experience Santa Fe, New Mexico, You Need to Live It. If Only for a Few Days.  Maybe Just a Weekend. Reading About It Works, Sort Of.  But to Get the Full-On Flavor of Santa Fe, You Need to Breathe in the Pinon-Scented Air.  Taste the Green Chile.  Feel the Exquisite Leathers. And Definitely […]

A Wild Gunslinger Afternoon

Albuquerque, the Town where I live, is over 300 Years Old.  And Not Much has Changed. The focal point of community life since it was founded in 1706 by Governor Francisco Cuervo y Valdez. Centered around the plaza, Albuquerque’s Old Town encompasses about ten blocks of historic adobe buildings. On the north side of the […]

How Do You Send a Text On This Thing?

A Telephone Museum.  One Block from My Office.  In Albuquerque, New Mexico. Telephone Museum of New Mexico. Miss Doodle and I Take a 30 Minute-Lunch Break Tour. Step Out of the Blinding Sun and Into History. I had forgotten my own connection to the Telephone Company. I was a New York Telephone Operator at 16…Part […]

Hello France…Real Estate Reality or Dream?

Before the Craziness of Real Life Fell in Our Laps, We were Looking at Buying a House in France. Testing the Real Estate Waters to See if This Was Feasible or Just a Pipe Dream. So I Did a Quick Search.  With a Max Budget of $50,000, Could We Find a House in France? An […]

Road Trip?

Can You Guess the Restaurant? Perched on the Frontage Road of a Major Thoroughfare…You Can’t Miss this Spot. An All-In All-American Establishment. The Parking Lot is Filled with RVs, SUVs, Family Vans and Tour Buses. It is a Dining Experience Where the Menu is Extensive.  The Prices are Reasonable. And the Décor is Exactly a Mirror-Image […]