Tuesday, July 3, 2018


A few days ago, I received word we were granted access to The Kilns on our upcoming holiday.
 The Kilns is where CS Lewis lived for most of his adult life.

I can't explain how difficult this was to achieve. I'm over the moon excited.

This is a photo of me at the front door on a previous trip. Imagine both my elation and deflation as I was right there...front door! And then told I didn't have access to go any further. SIGH. I was so disappointed. I was able to peek inside, which only fed my hunger for more! A future trip was already being planned while turning away from that 'oh so close' dream.

After many years, I'm going back. This time with full access to the place! Oxford, here I come! 

Because I'm spending my free time finishing up my itinerary and getting ready for this glorious trip, I've decided to take a hiatus from my blog until August 27. 

Rest assured I will have plenty to write about in the months to come! Lucky you!

Be blessed and I hope you all are having a lovely summer.


Thursday, June 28, 2018


I'm off to my happy place in about a month.

What better time to think more about what I'm eating and which exercise I should be doing.

I've started a program called Visibly Fit in 84 days. Nope. It's not a diet. It's a completely different way to "Keep an open mind to necessary endings and new beginnings to become the best version of myself."

"Think of eating as a privilege-the cleaner I eat the better my mind, body and spirit will operate."

I'm on day 12. From time to time, I'll update you on my progress.

Monday, June 25, 2018


This past week, I've spent lots of time with my writing "peeps."

My friend Stacy held her book launch for her 4th novel, Open Circle.
If you'd like to take a peek at the trailer for her book, look up Stacy Monson on the web!

Over the weekend, I traveled many miles to a writing retreat where I reconnected with friends from Dallas, Texas and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I love when I can gather with like minded people who get me and my need to write. It's such a gift.

Most of these writer friends know my fascination (okay, maybe obsession) with England.
I walked into the retreat wearing one of my favorite shirts. It simply states...

England is my Happy Place. 

The group shouted out, "That's such a Gail shirt!" I was pleased! See...they know me!

I've been struggling with social media and how I am going to deal with it while on holiday across the pond. Do I leave my phone at home and only take my Lumix camera?
Stay off Facebook completely while away?  To me, the dilemma was real! That is, until my friends gave me a piece of their minds!

You see, I so badly want to just stay in the moment. I want to look for the swans and watch them glide across the Thames. Really watch. I want to be like that elderly woman I saw on someone's post the other day. She was standing among all those folks taking selfies and snapping pictures on their phones. They were completely missing the joy of the moment.

I don't want that. I don't want to miss a thing.

Enter those writer friends...

Two gasped as soon as I remotely suggested I might not post! Eeeek...

"You can't do that to us!"

They shouted at me! Really. They did!

"We've listened to you talk about going to England for how long, and you are not going to "bring us along?"  "Why would you do such a thing?"

I sighed and stated, "I don't want to brag. It seems like all I would be doing is bragging!"

They laughed. Yep. Laughed.

"You brag? Anyone who knows you knows that's not even remotely like you!"
"You must post. We are going to be so mad at you if you don't!" "In fact, you should facebook live when you get to Downton Abbey!"

I have not a clue how to do that, but I'm going to try and figure it out.

I have my answer.

I'll be posting!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Must sees

Our itinerary is just about set, with Windsor being among the must-sees of places and things to do while in the United Kingdom.

Found this video of the castle. The excitement is mounting.


Also, the Royal Ascot takes place this week.
I was just watching a video clip of last year's festivities. The commentators waited with bated breath to see which color the Queen would be outfitted in as she rode by carriage into the arena. She does have the fashion sense down. Last year it was a jade color. I'm voting for yellow this year.

The royal fascination continues.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Making Memories

My daughter is in Iceland. ICELAND. I'm over the moon excited for her.

She is there with her college roommie and having the time of her life.

Whale watching, hiking, tracking down puffins...it's almost surreal as I look at her photos.

There is a whole world out there, people. Amazing, wonderful places to visit. All you have to do is believe you can get on a plane and then land somewhere you've never been. Whether it's Iceland, Spain, England or Israel. 

Start dreaming it and don't stop until your feet hit the ground on a land you never dreamed you could possibly go.

What are you waiting for?   

Monday, June 11, 2018

Counting the days

The countdown has begun.

48 days to my happy place.
I wonder how many photos I will take on this holiday? Hmmmm...

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Huge Fan

From glasses to purses, earrings and planners, I'm a huge fan of Kate Spade.

How devastated I was to hear the news her life has ended so tragically.

I'm still processing. I think we all are. And we should. How could someone who seemed to have had it all, been so unhappy?  We just can't know what is going on inside someone.
Once upon a time I was visiting a Kate Spade store and found this post card. I had to have it. It screamed 'Dare to dream.' I brought it home and soon framed it. It sits on my desk right where I can see it everyday.

If only Kate knew just how much her creative genius made so many of us smile. I love my planner. It's so colorful.
And my earrings...
A gift from my daughter at her wedding rehearsal dinner.

I'm sorry Kate Spade felt she had no way out. I'm sorry for those she left behind.

Mental illness is raw and ugly and real. It makes no difference whether rich or poor, young or old. I pray some good will come out of this tremendous loss. My prayers are with her family.