Category TRAVELING BITS

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 […]

Eating Abroad: The Ends and Meals Bit (Part 1)

So a big thanks to Mum for providing inspiration for this post! During our nightly phone chat, she mentioned she was enjoying a dessert of bread pudding – which happened to send my thoughts off on a grand journey across the seas to Ireland! Funny how our senses can tie us so strongly to a […]

The “On Your Left” Bit

New Year’s greetings to all! Channeling a pretty moment and memory to start 2021 off right!  Granted, this will be a cautious and careful start for me. The COVID situation here in LA is currently very serious – and the road to normalcy still stretches on quite a ways. But even as dining options remain […]

The Remembering at Home Bit

November is the month in which we in the US set aside the 11th to honor our veterans of war. And if the sports year were going as it should, the red poppies in Canadian hockey announcers’ lapels would be reminding me that our northern neighbors are among the countries that observe Remembrance Day at the same […]