Scotland at Last and an Accidental Trip to Inverness

Sunrise at West Sands, St Andrews.

I drove north across the border of England and Scotland a couple of weeks ago, and it was a milestone moment.

My family is from Scotland and I’ve grown up with movies, music and food from here. I’ve wanted to visit for a long time and through several twists and turns didn’t until now. Being here means a lot.

So I’ve enjoyed Scotland, and have so far visited Dumfries, St Andrews (where my grandparents met), and Edinburgh, and — accidentally — Inverness.  Continue reading


Birds in the Airport and Star Wars Over Breakfast: Traveling and the First Day in New Zealand (Part One)

It’s rainy, and looks to be that all day, so I’m spending the time organizing pictures and my living space. I will eventually need to go out in the rain (it’s good I brought my umbrella), but for now, I’m just cozy in my Auckland hobbit hole.

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About to go through security. Photo source: me mum.

At the Indianapolis International Airport, my suitcase weighed in at 42.5 pounds, and my backpack weighed somewhere around 15 pounds. These two pieces of luggage are my life for this year.

As I finalized my packing the morning I left, I went every which way, trying to figure out where to start. I kept saying, “This is insane. I am crazy,” and variations of that. The whole thing didn’t seem real. (I ended up pinching myself about three hours into the Indy to L.A. plane ride. I was awake.) Continue reading

Three Crazy Ideas

I’ve been doing research tonight for one of three Crazy Ideas. It will be the last to be implemented, so I’ll save that explanation for later.

The first one to be settled and executed is Country Game Nights, full of people, kids, dogs, all playing wonderful games such as euchre or Monopoly or checkers at my place. Lots of food, too, of course.

I’m excited about the prospect. I get tired of just seeing people through my computer screen and I need interaction.

The second Idea to be implemented will fund my third Idea. While I was out in the field taking photos one day, someone asked me if I did anything with the pictures I take, like an art gallery. It was very nice, and it got me to wondering, if I offered some of my artwork in the form of photographs for sale, would they sell well?

It’ll take a while to get this off the ground, but my computer guru brother had suggestions on how I could make it happen, so we shall see!

Now off to do more research on this third Idea….