I will be traveling throughout Europe this month,
regardless of the economy being horrible. This is a
trip my sister and I have planned for a long time - and
I refuse to let anything get me down. .
Frankly, once we get there I won't be able to
understand the papers, so I will be walking around, as
my husband says, "With blinders on," enjoying all my
ignorance will afford me - and I can't wait! .
But, I am not the only one that seems to be living in
ignorance today. Just in my small community alone I
see nothing but major building going on. We have a
new Home Depot being built, and three large retail
and mixed use centers under construction as we
speak, plus several completed large office/retail areas
just finished this year, oh, and lest I forget Costco is
trying hard to get a store in our community. New to our
town is Best Buy, where I was shopping at recently
and asked management about their holiday shopping
expectations. The clerk helping me said, out of all the
grand openings Best Buy has ever had - our
community's store opening in August 2008 was the
most successful on record!.
Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that happy days
are here now, but I often wonder how much the media
adversely affects its viewers. When I used to live up at
Lake Tahoe, weekends were huge money makers for
the community. I remember time after time, the
weather reports would state, "Do not go to the
mountains, severe snow warnings in place for the
weekend." And most the time the weather would be
fine. Our community would be perplexed at how
people, not even in our town, could say how good or
bad the weather was..
So maybe our little town is the silver lining is the
economy today, and I would think we cannot be alone.
Surely, there must be other little communities that
aren't getting hit as hard as the rest of the country..
One can only hope.
My sister, Pat Ellington, and I will be
heading to Europe for an Incredible Journey
— a river cruise along the Rhine and
Moselle rivers. Also included is an extensive
visit through Bavaria and the Tirol. Since we
are traveling in Fall we hope to have
stunning photos, and we will be wishing for
clear skies in both Hallstatt and Berchtesgaden.
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I want to take my family to
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Jessica - California
We make this dessert every Thanksgiving. Not
only is it super easy to make (no pie crust
yippee!!) but it tastes so good! Of course,
we always have apple and pumpkin pie as our
traditional dessert staples, but so has this
dessert. You must serve it just after it has
come out of the oven and cooled just a bit -
it is not a leftover dessert.
So you're off to Hawaii this winter and you
want to catch some humongous surf? How 'bout
just watch some awesome surfers rip these
Then the first thing to do is venture down to
the sleepy beach town of Haleiwa.
North shore Oahu is synonymous with Big
Gnarly Winter Waves. It is here near the
small town of Haleiwa that you can witness
world class surfing competitions like no
where else in the world. Dude, during surf
competitions this sleepy beach town is packed
with Pro surfers who tackle 30 plus foot
waves with no problem. And if you think that
is crazy, did you know that in Hawaii the
waves are traditionally measured from the
back side? This means, if you hear the wave
is 30 feet, you're talking about a 60 foot
face! Totally awesome...
The heart of historic Hanalei Town is a
two-block stroll from the house. In Hanalei
you will find restaurants offering sushi,
burgers, vegan dining, fresh fish, Pacific
Rim, pizza, Brazilian, and tapas. Several
restaurants have been featured in Food and
Wine and Gourmet Magazine. Also, don't miss
the Hawaiian Shave Ice.
Fall Foliage in New England
Like a million Monet-painted dominoes
tumbling one after another across a football
field, the fall season transforms the lush
landscape of America with its gentle palette
of reds and yellows until each tree becomes a
masterpiece. Nowhere is this fall foliage
transformation more visually striking than in