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Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 10:00
When we knew we would be back in Iowa for two months this summer, I reached out to my Iowa clergy…
Monday, May 27, 2019 - 10:00
In the United States, today (the last Monday in May) is a holiday known as Memorial Day. While some…
Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 10:00
Reading: 39/52 (+1 for the week) I ended up skipping the book I couldn't make it through last week…
Friday, May 24, 2019 - 10:00
If you are unfamiliar with what the Special Olympics are, then I am pleased to introduce you to…
Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 21:19
Anyone who has met me knows that I've had difficulties with weight. Actually, what I have issues…
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 10:00
Dear Class of 2019 (specifically Breezy, Morgan & Alexyss),  I want to share with you some…
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 10:00
From riding in the countryside in France to now riding old familiar trails back in Iowa, 2019 has…
Monday, May 20, 2019 - 10:00
Since returning back to the States a week ago, we have indulged in many of the foods we missed…
Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 10:00
Reading: 38/52 (+0 for the week) For the first time this year I did not get any books finished this…
Friday, May 17, 2019 - 10:00
As I kid I always loved the book "The Secret Garden". Imagine my surprise and delight when as a…
Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 08:57
This is it. The final installment of Future Sight. And it focuses on the end of civilization as we…
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 10:00
We are officially back in the States right now, but let's hop back over the pond for a minute to…
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 10:00
In a lucky turn of events, our trip back to the United States just happened to be two days before…
Monday, May 13, 2019 - 10:00
When last we left you, dear readers, we were in London for an unexpected day before our travels to…
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 10:00
Reading: 38/52 (+3 for the week) This week I devoured two novels that were easy reads, and a moving…
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:50
Terraforming has long been a topic of sci-fi stories. The idea is if we're going to live on another…
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:00
If traveling long term has taught me anything it's this - it is important to be flexible. Nowhere…
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 10:00
A couple of weeks ago, when we had a spell of nice weather, Joel and I went on a walk from our…
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 10:00
If there's one thing that most people know about me it's this: I love celebrating holidays. My…
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 10:00
Reading: 35/52 (+2 for the week) Another novel by Liane Moriarty done (pretty good) and a self-help…
Friday, May 3, 2019 - 10:00
Last week our first attempt to visit this Abbey was thwarted since we chose to arrive on the one…
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 09:57
When I was in high school, I came across a poem about death that starts (read the full poem here):…
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 10:00
If you've learned anything about Joel and me from reading this blog, I'm guessing you haven't…
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 10:00
While many of our other housesits, even longer ones, have seemed to go very quickly, France has…
Monday, April 29, 2019 - 10:00
If you've been following along on my weight loss journey for a while, you know that one of the…
Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 10:00
Reading: 33/52 (+1 for the week) I only got through one book this week, because while I enjoyed it…
Friday, April 26, 2019 - 10:00
Sometimes when you travel the best-laid plans can go awry. (See that time we spent the night in a…
Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 09:27
These days it's pretty hard to be a functioning member of society and also be 'off the grid'.…
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 10:00
Yesterday we ventured out to a few small towns close to us (30 minute drive = close in rural France…
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 10:00
One of the trickiest things about traveling via housesitting is scheduling housesits so that we don…
Monday, April 22, 2019 - 10:00
Easter morning in France dawned bright and beautiful, with the sun shining and the birds singing.…
Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 10:00
Reading: 32/52 (+2 for the week) This week was an easy read novel for my online book club and a…
Friday, April 19, 2019 - 05:43
All good things must come to an end. Capitalism is an amazing system for creating efficiency in…
Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 10:00
Yesterday I shared the incredible before & after photos of the restoration done on this…
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 10:00
Here in France, we are housesitting for a British ex-pat named Bob. When Bob first purchased this…
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 10:00
I started listening to podcasts a few years ago, though I never did so with any regularity. Over…
Monday, April 15, 2019 - 10:00
Book Review: The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country by…
Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 10:00
Reading: 30/52 (+2 for the week) This week I finished a memoir from a Brit who moved to Denmark (I…
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 10:00
What feels like long ago, back in the country of Wales, I wrote this post about the particular…
Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 05:49
By now, everyone's heard of fake news. To some, it means "Someone said something negative about me…