Category Archives: Travel

Good To Be Back!


Hi everyone!  It’s been a while since I’ve posted.  It’s not because nothing’s going on – in fact just the opposite.  I got back last night after three weeks away from home.  I have never loved my sofa so much.

On the sewing front I haven’t finished anything but have made muslins for a couple dresses.  Unfortunately I didn’t get any dresses actually completed.  And here I had grand plans to make tons of casual sundresses this summer.  How many did I get done? None! I did learn through the process though. I know I am high waisted but I also learned I’m short between the shoulder and bust point.   Both of the dresses I tried had a mock wrap v-neck.  The only way to make the top fit was to pinch out excess fabric between the shoulder and bust point.  Makes sense – straps are always too long on RTW garments I buy.  The dresses were sleeveless so I was able to ‘scoop out’ the armsyce at the bottom to add back the fullness I removed.  Anyone know how to adjust when there are sleeves? I can’t find anything in any of my fitting books or online.


July is always the start to a busy few months in my job – lots of work and travel.  I had trips for work to Portland, OR and Burlington, VT.  Then my husband and I went on a two week vacation.  Two weeks!  I haven’t taken two weeks off since high school!  It was wonderful.



We went to Captiva Island where I’ve been vacationing for over 30 years and Matt has been coming the last 10 years.  Thankfully, he loves it as much as I do. The empty beaches, refreshing pools and gorgeous wildlife make for a wonderful change of pace. We got to see old friends, visit favorite spots, and eat out every night. The scale will not be my friend; I’m kinda scared to even check.

Sea Turtle nests are scattered along the beach.  They are protected and monitored.turtle patrol

An osprey that hung out in the tree outside the condo. He (She?) chirped all day long.SONY DSC

The view  from the condo screened porch in the sun and the rain.  I could sit out there for hours.SONY DSC


While I didn’t want to leave, I was happy to come home to see Sadie and the cats.  No travel for a couple weeks and I am going to be a complete homebody!



Scenes from a Window Seat–Skies over Chicago

Flying into Chicago Tuesday evening…


A little closer…


I liked the shadows of the buildings on the water.  The picture didn’t turn out as well as I hoped.


Scenes From a Window Seat

I’ve been traveling for work the past 15 years or so and every time I fly in and out of my home airport I look for my house.  I often see my general area.  I regularly see my grocery store, local hospital,  nearby golf courses, etc… because they are big and easy to spot.  But today I finally flew close enough to see my actual house!  It’s down there trust me.

I connected through Cleveland (first time I’ve been on a prop plane in years!):

To get to Pittsburgh:

Hopefully more pictures to come.  Have a great week!

Scenes From A Window Seat: Clouds


IMG_2543_edited-1So glad to be home! I’ve been traveling the past two weeks.  First to a sales meeting and then directly down to Florida for vacation.  I was on eight planes over the course of the trip and only got the window seat a couple of times.  Don’t these airlines know I have a blog?!


We went down to Captiva Island, FL.  I absolutely love the place.  I started going down with my family in ‘80 or ‘81 and have only missed a handful of summers when I was in my twenties and thirties and couldn’t take time off work.  Luckily, Matt enjoys it as much as I do and he’s happy to continue the tradition.

IMG_2547_edited-1It always strikes me how vibrant everything is down there.  Bright sun, blue sky, white sand and blue water.  And the clouds – they are the whitest, puffiest things you’ve ever seen. So, while I couldn’t get a shot of the island from above I did get some photos of the clouds.  Keep in mind these are from a phone so the quality isn’t great. I may post some actual vacation photos later.  You’re so excited, aren’t you?

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And because it is Florida, a mid afternoon rain shower…


Scenes From a Window Seat

I love taking pictures from the window seat when I travel.  Our country is so beautiful and for some areas, flying over is the only way I’ll see them.  The perspective is amazing.

This week I was in Seattle, Los Angeles, and Denver. I was there for work and only 24 hours (or less) in each city.  A view from the window was the only way to see anything.  Unfortunately, the wild fires on one flight and an aisle seat on another in Colorado prevented me from seeing the Rockies on this trip.

If I’m not reading or asleep, I’m looking out the window trying to get my bearings and guessing where I am.  I love it when I come across something incredible like mountains, lakes, or all of a sudden see a famous landmark.

Here are some of the snapshots I took this week. I’ll share some from past trips later.

On the way to Seattle (Mount Rainier was more visible in person – I think that’s the mountain it was):

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Seattle to L.A., passing over San Francisco.

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As we flew into L.A. there was this layer of clouds that was so odd.  It was creepy – it reminded me of movies where aliens take over and a clouds spread across the landscape.  Yeah, weird thing to think of, I know.  The picture doesn’t do it justice.  It was completely clear and then suddenly a massive layer completely clouded over everything.

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Not from the airplane but I always like the space age look of this structure whenever I fly into LAX.  Not a great shot – I was waiting for the hotel shuttle. Oh well.

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend!