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2023 Year in Review

2023 Year in Review

Previous years-in-review – 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 In 2023 we focused on longer, slower trips. That led to less total flying than in...

NY Summer 2023: sights

NY Summer 2023: sights

We spent the majority of July away from NC, escaping some of the heat and humidity. Though we typically worked during the day, we had plenty of time in the evening and on weekends to check out the...

2022 Year in Review

2022 Year in Review

Previous years-in-review – 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 2022 marked a busier travel year, including a return to international travel. 5 countries...

Art in Bloom 2022

Art in Bloom 2022

Art in Bloom is a fundraiser for the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) where florists create artwork-inspired floral displays. It is a great annual event that we try to attend each year. These are...

NY Summer 2021: shucking oysters!

NY Summer 2021: shucking oysters!

A few days after we arrived on Long Island I started noticing "Local Oysters" placards popping up along the side of the main and north roads. Normally, I would get my oyster fix once or twice a...

Pandemic “Dinner and a Movie” Nights

Pandemic “Dinner and a Movie” Nights

Since we are still mostly housebound and missing travel we came up with the idea of pairing meals (and wine!) to the location of a movie. We've been wanting to watch the Before trilogy for a while,...

2020 Year in Review

2020 Year in Review

Previous years-in-review – 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 Obviously we did not have the travel year we originally planned. Trips to Jordan, Scotland, Canada, the...

Building a fire patio

Building a fire patio

We've used a small copper fire bowl for our backyard fires for years. Normally we'd set it up in the middle of the yard, clearing a small patch of leaves and pine needles. It worked ok, but it could...

Light-up house numbers

Light-up house numbers

Our house is set back from the road making it hard to see our house numbers, especially at night. This year we finally addressed that by adding 12" numbers backlit by LED tape to the garage. We...

NC Fall Foliage

NC Fall Foliage

We've had some nice fall color in Durham the last few weeks, with different patches of the yard turning color at different times. dogwood in the front yard backyard view Japanese maple close-up...

Wine / Whisky Room custom table

Wine / Whisky Room custom table

As mentioned in the Wine / Whisky Room transformation post, we'd been thinking about this room for several years. Back in Christmas 2018 we found a beautiful log from a downed tree at my parents in...

Wine / Whisky Room transformation

Wine / Whisky Room transformation

This September we finally upgraded our unused dining room from dumping ground to an actually-functioning wine and whisky room. We'd been discussing this for several years, but now that we are home...

NY Summer 2020: sunsets

NY Summer 2020: sunsets

One of our favorite activities on Long Island is going to the beach for sunset, especially since Pasha is allowed off-leash. in 2020 we were able to go quite a few times, and each time was a unique...

Dryer Repair 101

Dryer Repair 101

I threw the down comforter and duvet cover into the dryer, selected the cycle, hit "GO" and ... nothing happened. I switched outlets and scoured the manual, no luck. The power was on but the dryer...

Coronavirus cooking adventures

Coronavirus cooking adventures

Because of the pandemic currently affecting the world, we are grounded for the foreseeable future and my hobbies now include trying to get our money back from airlines and puzzles. In between Zoom...

Dinner at Yamazushi Japanese Restaurant

Dinner at Yamazushi Japanese Restaurant

Yamazushi has been on my want-to-go list for years but I knew Eric would not be into all the fish. When their website was redesigned recently, I noticed a price increase starting in 2020 so I talked...

Our Itinerary

2024 Trips

San Diego, CA (Jan)
Sarasota, FL (Feb)
Madrid, Spain (Mar)
Valencia, Spain (Mar+Apr)
Palma, Mallorca (Apr)
Croatia (May)
Faroe Islands (Aug)
London, UK (Sept)
Bari, Italy (Sept)
Rome, Italy (Oct)
Frankfurt, Germany (Oct)

2022 Trips

Florida (Feb)
NC Mountains (Apr)
Washington DC (Apr)
Valencia, Spain (May)
Hilton Head, SC (May)
Pacific NW (Jun)
Long Island (Jul)
Florida (Sept)
Chicago (Sept)
Poland (Sept)
NC Mountains (Nov)
Euro Xmas Markets (Dec)