Happy New Year, 2018!

Before I can start a new chapter, I have to review the old one for a moment. Wow, what a year!!! I think, I’ve never done so much in one year before, than what I’ve accomplished in 2017.

  • In January, I’ve got my US citizenship. Nine months after applying for it, I took the oath on the 12th. What an exciting moment in my life.
  • In February, a couple of ladies and I started a new community garden. Now, we can grow food for people in need. And we can enjoy it, because it is drama free.
  • In March, my maternal grandmother passed away. Unfortunately, it would have happened sooner or later. It’s a part of life, and it has to go on. ~ We also had a hail storm. I’ve never seen hail this big. Our cars got a few dents from that storm.
  • In April, Kevin had to go on a business trip in Long Beach, CA. He used the opportunity to go to Downtown Disney in Anaheim for an evening. ~ My friend Janet visited with her husband and son from Germany. We had such a fun day at the Fort Worth Zoo.
  • In May, Sara had her dance recital. She got a trophy for that. ~ Kevin and I saw U2 live in concert. They performed in the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It was on my bucket list for the last 14 years.
  • In June, Kevin and I went to the musical “Rock of Ages” at the Casa Maรฑana in Fort Worth. The guy, who played “Stacee Jaxx” flipped a thong at me. I’m still laughing. That was hilarious. ~ We also went on a trip to New York. I saw my long-time school friend Katja in Ohio after 30 years, again; we visited Kevin’s highschool friends in Niagara Falls, he hasn’t seen for 24 years; we went to Canada, New York City, and saw the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.
  • In July, Finley passed away. I still feel sad of his passing. But I also believe, he’s in a good spot, hanging out with our dog Ranger. They both earned their wings for sure.
  • In August, Sara went back to RCJ Machado to practise Jiu Jitsu. Since Katelynn is very busy with her school band, we needed an activity for Sara. She started Jiu Jitsu in 2015, took a two year break, and then went back again.
  • In September, we got our floors done in our house. Those old nasty carpets and laminated floors went out. And a brand new tiled floor came in.
  • In October, Kevin and I saw the Bret Michaels Band live in concert at Lava Cantina in The Colony. Bret is sooo sexy. I’m still drooling. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • In November, Kevin and I went to see Jeff Dunham’s show in Wichita Falls. He is a great comedian. Walter, Peanut, Achmed & friends are just awesome.
  • In December, we went to California. Santa brought tickets to go to Disneyland. We had a beautiful time with family; went to the beach in San Diego; checked out Hoover Dam; visited the Grand Canyon, again; and therefore avoided some of the cold weather in Texas. We just came back home, two days ago.

Yep, it was a busy and amazing year. I’ve knocked out three items on my bucket list in the first half of 2017.

After posting 400 blogs, I can close this book and start a new one. May 2018 be as awesome as the previous year. Kevin and I plan to see P!nk live in concert in May. P!nk is on Kevin’s bucket list. He always wanted to see her, since he listened to her music and watched her first video. Let’s see, how that show will be.

I wish all my followers a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

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In Memory of Finley, when he celebrated New Year’s Eve.

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Happy New Year!

Travel Journal, Day 4: In Canada For Father’s Day

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Kevin and I decided, we make a day trip to Toronto, Canada for Father’s Day. I hadn’t been outside the US for the past 13ยฝ years. And I always wanted to visit Canada. With our passports in gear, we crossed the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls. After passing border control, we were in Ontario. I’ve noticed I haven’t been around all these blue traffic signs with Kilometers written all over them, for a very long time. It was interesting to see those around, again. It felt a little bit being in Germany with an American landscape. I think that describes the border area of Ontario the best.

Driving along the Queen Elizabeth Way, I enjoyed the view of Lake Ontario. I spotted a place named Lake House Restaurant. It had a sign, saying something about Mediterranean food. It had me right there. And I said to Kevin, I’d like to try out this place by the lake. When we were inside, it was busy. But it took less than five minutes, before we were seated. The receptionist gave us a table on the terrace with a perfect view out on Lake Ontario. The weather was gorgeous. I smiled at Kevin and said: “I can see, why they call it ‘… Mediterranean …’. Look at that beautiful view! It reminds me a little bit, when I was at Costa Dorada in Spain 30 years ago.” Kevin and the girls ordered burgers, and I had the Pan-seared Rainbow Trout Salad. It was so delicious. Being with my husband and our girls at the perfect place, with perfect weather, enjoying perfect foods, made me very happy. I was in heaven. I think it was more my special day, instead of Kevin’s. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜‰

After a perfect meal, we drove to Toronto. We decided to stay on a beach outside of the city of Toronto. It looked very busy the closer we came toward the city. And we really wanted to avoid the heavy traffic. Arriving at the beach, the girls picked some stones to stack them next to the water. We saw a guy kayaking in the waves. It was very windy. And it was a good way to practice kayaking for wild water rafting. Mother Duck was swimming along with her one dozen ducklings. They had a really good line together, until a wave pushed them apart. The ducklings were quick, swimming to the shore. And their mother followed them. She decided, it was enough paddling in the waves for the moment. The little ducklings cleaned themselves, while Mother Duck had a watchful eye over everything.

It was time to leave Toronto. We still wanted to see the Niagara Falls from the Canadian site, before we would enter the US again. A thunder storm began to rumble in Niagara Falls. Kevin found a parking spot close to the falls. Time enough to capture some photos at the falls, but it started to rain and got to wet to go all the way to the Horseshoe Falls. That’s okay. It is one of many excuses to visit, again. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Back in the USA, we met with Lisa, Jackie and her daughter in the Longhorn restaurant. Jokingly I asked my husband at the bar: “What do you mean? We came all the way from Texas to New York, just to eat in a Texas restaurant? …” Since I said it out loud, some people started laughing at the bar, too. Lisa and Katelynn had a wonderful time talking about hobbies and future education. Lisa complimented us later, that we did a really good job raising our girls. Jackie agreed with Lisa’s statement. And it felt really good to hear that.

It was time to say “Good-bye” to everyone in Niagara Falls. I wish, we could have stayed a little bit longer. But Kevin, the girls and I had to go back to the hotel. The next morning we were on the road, again. I was excited to go and see a place I could mark off on my Bucket List, soon. The place’s name is New York City or The Big Apple.

… to be continued …

I’m Back From New York!

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This was a very spiritual occurrence, we had in New Jersey looking over the Hudson River to Manhattan, New York. We’ve got rained out. But Mother Nature let us witness a beautiful moment.

Wow! This was a long trip! We went to St. Louis, Missouri; visited a friend in Columbus, Ohio; visited more friends in Niagara Falls, New York; crossed the border to see Toronto in Canada; went to New York City; saw the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and took a short break to see the in-laws in North Carolina, before we went back home to Dallas, Texas. About 3752 miles (6038 Kilometers) in 8 days were driven. Kevin, the girls and I had tons of fun on this trip. And we definitely have to go back to New York City to see more sights.ย In the days to come, I’ll write more blogs about this wonderful trip. โค

Last Details For The Road Trip

This weekend I spend most of the time planning, washing laundry, what to pack, food, which roads we are taking up to the Great Lakes. After meeting with some ol’ school friends along the road, we will do another item from my bucket list, which is visiting NYC. Before we hit back home, we poke our head in to see family in North Carolina. I will take a break from blogging for these travel days. And when I’m back, I’ll write a “journal” of this trip, with photos attached, of course. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But until then, I still stick around for a few days.

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Ready to do some finishing touches for this up coming road trip