Category TRAVELING BITS

The Bit About the Baggage

Woohooooo!!! What a feeling!! After two and a half years of staying put, I finally got away on a trip! Before Covid hit, I was in the midst of forming a happy habit of meeting friends each summer at a camp near Pinecrest Lake in Northern California. And how sweet it was to take up […]

The Bit About Chasing Whales

Okay, I’m kind of a daydreamer as it is. But over this last week, I’ve had my head in an extra cloud – THE cloud, actually, where my digital photos reside! I haven’t marked or tagged them – which means when I need, say, pics for a post about whale watching (which this one will […]

The Paternal Paean Bit

“Saw much of character of Malta with all of its arid countryside, cactus, etc. Prehistoric ruins that were among the oldest ever discovered. Difficult to understand lunch – nearly drank the olive oil!” According to Mark Twain in The Innocents Abroad: ”If you wish to inflict a heartless and malignant punishment upon a young person, […]

The ”Song of Ice – and More Ice” Bit

So as it seems to happen with my always beloved but oft beset Olympics, I had real concerns going into watching the recent Winter Games – political and pandemical ones this time. Almost before the Olympic Flame went out at their close, I was proved right on the political front (my heart goes out to […]

Missouri: The Mice and Me Bit

Happy 2022, all!  Have to own I’m getting distracted from this post by a pretty rare phenomenon occurring outside –  It’s raining. Yup! Song lyrics aside, it does rain in Southern California (a little…) to make lawns lush, freeways flooded, and drivers dumb. While still taking a raincheck on any trips these days, I’m content […]

The Glass Way Full Bit

Howdy! Since I’m still not doing the travel thing just now, I’ve been contenting myself with watching videos of trips past – and I came across this grainy tableau (sorry – more graininess to follow…): Basically, that’s me and a guy. There’s Mum’s shoulder on the right. And Dad’s behind the camera, capturing what looks […]

The Summer Place Bit

So who’s heading out for a summer getaway?! Maybe some folks took off last year without missing a beat for their customary cottage, cabin or camping spot as protocol allowed. But others may only now be taking the pin out of their 2020 summertime plans. I’ve stayed pretty close to home so far – but […]

The 100 Bits Bit

Well, well, well! Check out the milestone eight years in the making – my 100th post! I try to avoid doing the math anymore for stuff like my birthdays – but this is a number I’m happy to celebrate! Hard to believe it was so long ago that I decided to give the blogging thing […]

The Books and Backpacks Bit

So I was sorting through pics of a trip to Greece for last month’s post and came across this little still life: It’s Dad’s glasses and book sitting on the edge of an Athens hotel bathtub. He would sweetly retreat there in the mornings to read while Mum and I slumbered a bit longer in […]

Eating Abroad: The Ends and Meals Bit (Part 2)

Okay so last month I blogged about foods that remind me of places I’ve traveled. And here (drumroll, please!) is the second installment of this limited series! Um. Part of its limited-ness comes from my actually not being any kind of food connoisseur. Just want to be upfront about that. I mean, I respect Michelin […]