Marriage Matters 101

Wedding_2Today is my three year wedding anniversary. Who knew that odd tingling I felt when I first met Spaceman so many years ago would become my fairy tale happily-ever-after. Although it took him seven years to pop the question (I was looking into walkers to get me down the aisle), I knew life with him would be an adventure I wanted in on. It has been the ride of my life and here are three (for our three years) foundational marriage keys I’ve learned so far…

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Palm Trees — Not Exactly

Palm_TreePalm trees inspire magical tales and evoke visions of desert oasis’ and tropical islands. However, did you know palm trees are not technically trees at all? They are actually part of the grass family. Here are some other fun facts about palms…

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Unique, Free, Bookstore!

Book_Box_CloseUpYou know the feeling, rushing to finish packing and get to the airport on time. Jamming stuff into your carry-on while trying not to make it too heavy. Then you get to your destination, prepare to unwind and enjoy a moment with a good book only – uh oh – you forgot to pack the book, now what? Hop online and find the nearest Little Free Library.

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Shamrock Fun Facts — Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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                                                (picture courtesy of Supportstorm)

Today is the day everyone celebrates the Irish — Irish beer, Irish soda bread, Irish eyes, Irish people and the ever popular Irish Shamrock. Growing up I was always intrigued by McDonald’s Shamrock Shake, but I never did get one and now my intrigue has turned to Bailey’s Irish Cream (yum!). However, let’s stick with Shamrocks. Did you know…

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

IMG_0003My sweet niece sent this to me once and I wanted to pass it along — Happy Valentine’s Day! Olaf is a fearless friend who always looks to the bright side, and I wish the same for all of you. Love is not only a feeling (although that is great), it is an attitude as well. Go and share your loving attitude with someone this Valentine weekend.


Red Stop Signs, Why?

Stop_Sign_TreesSlamming on my brakes, my car slid to a stop at the somewhat hidden stop sign (I may have been distracted by my rather robust sing-along with the radio). The red of the sign caught my attention at the last moment and I reacted — then thought, “Good thing that sign is red, but why is it red?” Have you ever wondered the same thing?

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Thanksgiving Thoughts


                                                          (Gobble, Gobble!)

Can it really be Thanksgiving already? This is my favorite holiday, no presents necessary, just good food spent with family and friends. It also means that my mom has been gone eight months now. How can that be? I used to think time would and could heal all things. Continue reading

Kangaroos, Did You Know?

Kangaroo_Statue_Perth1Australia is one of my favorite travel destinations. Its drama starts way before stepping foot on the continent with all of its notorious “most” things, i.e., the most deadly spider, the most fatal shark attacks, the most adorable animals. Australia has an allure all its own. One of those things is the kangaroo. Almost all people know that baby kangaroos (joeys) are born smaller than a teaspoon in size and can grow to over six feet tall, but did you know…

  • It is widely believed that kangaroo moms can decide the sex of their new born. They usually prefer to have a girl (doe) joey first. Although I could cite various reasons I might do this, it is thought to be done because the mom wants companionship. Female kangaroos stay together in packs while male kangaroos move away within a year to start their own mobs (the correct term for a pack of kangaroos, not just unruly people).
  • A joey nurses inside its mother’s pouch for seven to ten months with only sporadic, short, inquisitive jaunts outside the pouch before leaving to live completely autonomously. If, during this time, the joey gets scared it may leap head-first into the mother’s pouch and worry about situating itself correctly later (ouch!).
  • “Kangaroo” in a direct translation from the Native Australian Aboriginal means, “I don’t understand you.” It is thought that Captain James Cook happened upon these animals during his explorations and asked the natives what they were. They responded with, “Kangaroo!”

SSKanga1                                          (Me and Spaceman amongst Friends)

If you are planning a trip down under, here are a couple of other posts you may find interesting and want to include in your itinerary — Free Transportation around Perth, and Kangaroos in Perth.