Category Archives: Adventures

Online Reypenaer Cheese Tasting

My Dad wanted a fun social distancing activity for us so he ordered cheese from Amsterdam for an online cheese tasting. It took 3 weeks to arrive because mail is not as good these days but the cheese arrived! We … Continue reading

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Walk Brighton Project Week 5

I am nearing the end of this project. I expect that Week 6 will be the last week. Friends ask me what I will do next. It is not as fascinating as Walking Brighton, but I will start training for … Continue reading

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Walk Brighton Project Week 4

Another week of my Walk Brighton Project completed. I am guessing that it will take 2 – 3 more weeks to finish. I don’t want it to end but I am also looking forward to completing this project. Of course, … Continue reading

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Walk Brighton Project Week 3

It is spring and I am falling in love…with my town, Brighton, NY. I liked it before but now that I am getting to know it more intimately, it is love. Spring is a special time of year to spend … Continue reading

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Walk Brighton Project Week 2

Walk Brighton Project Welcome to Week 2 of my Walk Brighton Project. It is bringing a lot of excitement into my life of working from home and social distancing. I am always looking forward to walking new segments of my … Continue reading

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Walk Brighton Project Week 1

What is the Walk Brighton Project? I live in Brighton (Rochester, NY). Due to COVID-19, I am currently living a life of social distancing and working from home. When I brainstormed ways to keep things interesting for myself, I remembered … Continue reading

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2019 Gingerbread Sweet Creations

For the 3rd year in a row, I made gingerbread for the Eastman Museum’s Sweet Creations gingerbread show. I enjoy seeing the variety. Here is a sampling of some of the creations that were memorable to me.  

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Iceland

In May, I went alone to Iceland for a few days. It was a time of transition (leaving one job and starting a new one) so I planned a last minute adventure to a new place. It was fantastic! Iceland … Continue reading

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1000 Islands Day Trip Lunch

Last Saturday, my friend Dennis and I went on a day trip from Rochester, NY to the 1000 Islands. It was the first time for both of us. We took the Boldt Castle and Two Nation Tour. It was a … Continue reading

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2017 Gingerbread Sweet Creations

I am excited to have a gingerbread creation in a museum! I am part of the 2017 Sweet Creations at the Eastman Museum. This year there are 60 different submissions. I have visited this exhibit at least 5 times in … Continue reading

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Gingerbread Row Houses

My place smelled like gingerbread in October this year. I decided to enter a gingerbread house in Sweet Creations at the Eastman Museum.  In September, I was accepted as a participant. My gingerbread had to be delivered by November 1. … Continue reading

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Picnic Lunch

I made lunches for a new companion Dennis and myself. His work is not far from mine so we met for lunch at a park along the Erie Canal. You can see both lunches in the last photo. I think … Continue reading

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Daffodil Lunch and Walk

This week one night after work, my niece and I took a walk to a daffodil meadow and had this themed meal (I made 2 identical bentos). We ate our dinner sitting on a log under trees. It was a … Continue reading

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Tokyo Travel and Bento Lunch

Today I have my last post in my 2017 Japan travel series. After Osaka / Kyoto, I took the Shinkansen to Tokyo. I stayed with language partners in Yokohama, Tsukuba, and stayed overnight at a hotel near Disneyland with another … Continue reading

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Osaka – Kyoto Travel and Bento Lunch

Continuing in my 2017 Japan Travel and Bento series I have Osaka and Kyoto. After Niigata, I flew to Osaka. A language partner who lives in Ibaraki City graciously invited me to stay with her and her family for a … Continue reading

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7 Lucky Gods Tour Kyoto

This is the third in my 2017 series of travel photos and food inspired by my trip to Japan. When I looked for things to do in Kyoto in January, I found the idea to visit each temple of the … Continue reading

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Sado Island Travel and Bento Lunch

Today I have the second in my 2017 series of travel photos and bento inspired by my trip to Japan. I am sharing photos from Sado Island and a Toki, (Japanese Crested Ibis) made from cheesy mashed potatoes. The Toki … Continue reading

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50 Summer Activities

Last year my nephews and I completed 100 Summer Activities. This year it was requested that we only do 50. I was surprised but it might end up being easier for me. Some of these activities are repeats from last … Continue reading

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100 Summer Activities for Tween and Teen Boys

Update: See the end of this post for an update on the changes we made to the list. We completed 100 activities but we did make many changes along the way. This summer I will have my nearly 11 year … Continue reading

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Bluebells

Saturday May 9, I went on a hike to see bluebells. I am not sure if I had ever seen a bluebell before that day. This is the description that I read before attending the hike, “This walk is 3.5 … Continue reading

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Lunches for the Zoo

My husband and I took our nephews to the zoo. Of course I made themed lunches for each of us. They were quick to make with cookie cutters. The only template I had to make was for the flamingo. My … Continue reading

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Japan Travel and Bento Roundup

Here is a roundup of my Japan travel and inspired bento articles. It was such an amazing trip and I enjoyed making bento and sharing my photos with you. See the links below for details about each location and bento. … Continue reading

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Kyoto Travel and Bento

This is my last Japan travel and inspired bento article but I will share a compilation post to put all of the links in one place. My Mom and I rented a house in Kyoto from Japan Experience. It was … Continue reading

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Osaka Travel and Bento

This is the next to last article in my Japan travel and bento series. My Mom and I spent time in Osaka at the beginning and the end of our trip. At the end of our trip my friend who … Continue reading

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Nara Travel and Bento

The city of Nara is next in my series of travel photos and bento inspired by my trip to Japan. My Mom and I visited Nara as a day trip from Kyoto. I laughed out loud at the results of … Continue reading

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Arashiyama Travel and Bento Lunch

This is a continuation of my series of travel photos from my trip to Japan and bentos inspired by my experiences. When planning our Kyoto portion of our trip, I knew that I wanted to visit the Monkey Park in … Continue reading

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Ikebana Experience and Bento

This is next in my series of travel photos from my trip with my Mom to Japan. The bento lunch was inspired by an Ikebana class we took. This bento did not come out as beautiful as it did in … Continue reading

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Travel to See Mt Fuji and Bento Lunch

This is the third article in my series of travel photos and bentos inspired by my trip to Japan. My Mom wanted to to see Mt. Fuji. We knew it is often covered by clouds. Since we had a Japan … Continue reading

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Okayama Travel and Bento Lunch

This is the second article in my series of travel photos and bentos inspired by my trip to Japan. My Mom and I stayed at the Hilton in Osaka and took the Shinkansen (Bullet train) to Okayama for a day … Continue reading

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Hiroshima Travel and Bento Lunch

In March my Mom and I returned from a 2 week trip to Japan. My plan is to make bento and share travel photos and memories. I am not yet sure how many articles will be in this series but … Continue reading

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Union Square Greenmarket in July

The city that never sleeps does not wake up early on Saturday morning. I had some time Saturday morning before leaving NYC for my Great Aunt’s 80th birthday party on Long Island. I decided to go to the Union Square … Continue reading

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Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge

A few days ago my 11 year old nephew and I went hiking at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama, NY. We walked the Swallow Hollow and Onondaga trails. This was our second time visiting these trails. Our first … Continue reading

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NGC Flower Show

The National Garden Club (NGC) convention was in Buffalo this year. My garden club attended their flower show. It was fun and educational to see entries in the various categories. Apples are in the water Bamboo and roses Columbine Cafe … Continue reading

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Hilmar Cheese Visitor Center

While on the CLAAS tour, our bus stopped at the Hilmar Cheese Visitor Center. Hilmar Cheese is the largest cheese processing plant in the United States. First our bus took a tour of the processing facilities. We then ate a … Continue reading

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Japantown San Francisco

When I heard that we would start the CLAAS Tour in San Francisco, my first thought was Japantown. The last time I went to Japantown was 2005. This year we were able to spend time in Japantown during our brief … Continue reading

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World Ag Expo

The main reason my husband and I joined the CLAAS tour was to attend the World Ag Expo in Tulare, California. The World Ag Expo is a large agriculture exhibition. It covers most aspects of agriculture (equipment, communication, technology, etc.) … Continue reading

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CLAAS Tour – World Ag Expo

My husband and I went on a business trip to California for the World Ag Expo in Tulare, CA. We joined a tour sponsored by CLAAS. The tour was to promote CLAAS agricultural equipment and reward Jaguar owners. Our tour … Continue reading

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Rockefeller Center Holiday Decorations

I took these photos in December, 2010 when I worked in New York City near Rockefeller Center. 2010 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Nutcracker on Avenue of the Americas Giant Red Christmas Ornaments Santa dog Minnie & Mickey Radio City

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The Garden of Lights – Brookside Gardens

My family celebrated Thanksgiving at my sister’s home in Maryland. The day after Thanksgiving we visited The Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens located in Wheaton, MD. It was a warm evening and it was delightful to walk through the … Continue reading

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High Line Park

I took these photos last week on my third trip to the High Line.  It is an elevated park located in Manhattan between Gansevoort Street and 30th Street near 10th Avenue. This was my first time to the park since … Continue reading

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Union Square Greenmarket

This morning I visited the Union Square Greenmarket. The last time I shopped at the market was in 2000 when I worked nearby. Usually I attend a smaller Greenmarket near my home. Today I was seeking a large variety including … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Sail – Central Park

On October 23, 2011 I attended the Pumpkin Sail at Central Park. It was held at the Harlem Meer near the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center. They take about 50 pumpkins on the sail. The carved pumpkin should be small … Continue reading

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Diwali Festival

I attended the Diwali Festival (festival of light) in New York City at South Street Seaport on October 2, 2011. I was impressed by the children’s activity tent. They offered cultural activities such as goddess coloring pages and paint your … Continue reading

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Maker Faire NY

Yesterday, I attended the Maker Faire NY at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. This event showcases DIY projects in the areas of Arts, Crafts, Food/Sustainability, Engineering, and Science. There were many opportunities to make something. … Continue reading

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Junta Hispana

Today I attended Junta Hispana  at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.  Junta Hispana is a Hispanic cultural festival that includes all twenty Spanish-speaking countries. A list of Spanish speaking countries can be found here. I knew before attending that a passport … Continue reading

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Bissap Juice

I tried Bissap juice (deep purple in the above photo) at the Bastille Day Fete in Manhattan on July 10. The woman who sold it said that Bissap was an African berry. I discovered during an online search that Bissap … Continue reading

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Walked Manhattan

In May, a friend and I walked Manhattan. By walk Manhattan I mean walk the island from tip to tip. The route we walked was mostly the Broadway route with a few detours. It ended up being about 14.2 miles. … Continue reading

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