I am an American who was lucky enough to spend about half of my formative childhood years living in Europe and traveling extensively throughout the gorgeous continent. I’ve been able to return to Europe regularly since then, both for work and for pleasure. If you’re one of the 12 million Americans who is headed to […]

The weekend after our family reunion in Ellis County, Better Half and I headed to Cali for five days of rest and relaxation to celebrate his upcoming “big milestone” birthday.  On our drive south to Monterey, our mandatory first top was In ‘n Out Burger.  Since last visiting the West Coast treat last, we’d read […]

I love tea, especially green tea.  It’s full of antioxidants.  It helps keep my metabolism running high as I get old and the pounds are harder to keep off my hips, thighs, and middle.  But unlike my European friends who prefer their tea hot, I like mine over ice. As one of many perks, my […]

Rule #2 of  The Skinny Rules is don’t drink your calories.  Beyond the caramel latte I sip each morning, the only other calories I regularly drink are skim milk with dinner and a glass of wine at bedtime.  (It’s for my heart health.)  During the day I drink plenty of water, occasionally mixing it up with […]

For the many visitors visiting my blog from outside the US, tailgating is the act of socializing with food and drink around the open back end of a car, a mostly American phenomenon. My youngest daughter and I finished a picnic lunch at Loose Park on the warm, sunny day we had here Somewhere-in-the-Middle-of-the-USA this past Saturday […]

In my 2013:  A Look Ahead post, I mentioned that one of the things I need to work on in 2013 is more regular, consistent exercise.  It seems like, with every year that passes, it gets a little harder to maintain my weight. Rule #1 of  The Skinny Rules is to drink plenty of water.  While […]

Every one of fellow 365 project photoblogger Joanna’s photos include water.  So I thought of her when I quickly snapped this pic after our cat, Cali, jumped into the sink for a drink and to bat the stream of water around a bit. You Might Also Enjoy: Angry (Red) Bird My Favorite Daughter:  Calista the Cat […]