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Field Trips


Our Scotties on an Autumn Stroll

Here are Misha and Grisha walking through the woods and past a quarry. They run up on the rocks and look for errant bunnies and squirrels and maybe a coyote, but I’d rather not think about that. Both of them love the beautiful, colorful fall leaves plastered on the path. Then the Scotties climb the…


Over-Prepping as a Lifestyle

Big breath. Big breath. That’s what I generally forget in my hurry-up lifestyle. Naturally, I can accomplish 10x more than the average individual, what with my lists and counter-lists. For instance, I have organized Petya’s business trip: 1.  Wrote down the name & address & phone of the hotel which he might have confused with…


Petya’s Business Trip Materializes

It was about this time last year that our oldest son, Petya, who had just turned 18 was faced with the possibility of his first business trip. Working part-time and attending university part-time, this guy was amazing. But the five-hour flight never panned out, even though we had various friends and family on stand-by just…


Stranded in Sinai

While I wrestle with raccoons in the rafters here, I realize: it could be worse. It could be much, much worse. I could be one of the tens of thousands of passengers stranded in Sinai and going nowhere fast. As of a few days ago, 20,000 UK travelers and 30-40,000 Russian tourists were stuck with…


The Photobombing Scottie

Misha the Scottish Terrier cuddled contentedly on my lap in the car. It had been a long autumn’s day of exploring. Passing several attractive, historic homes, I asked my husband to pull over so I could snap a photo. That’s when the dog sprang into action. He would not allow me to take the picture….


A Seaside Cottage

This is my favorite time of year, the autumn, when the fall colors explode in a riot of rapture and the air grows crisp. It’s invigorating and speaks of holidays and warm family times to come. The six of us are spending a few days away after a busy summer and a busier-still fall. Time…


The Road Less Traveled

Benedetto and I strolled along a lovely wooded path, enjoying the autumn colors.  As we did, I could not help but think of this poem by Robert Frost.  May all of us be bold enough to follow the right path, whether we seem to walk it alone or in the company of others….   Two…


Miracle at the Wayside Church

You know how it is on a long drive— tummies start to hurt, nerves begin to fray. It’s no different for our two Scotties, Misha and Grisha, who become a bit perturbed when they can’t stretch out exactly as they want. After awhile, they weren’t on speaking terms. And then they saw the country church’s…


One-Room Schoolhouse

After the Civil War, free public education became a reality for some states with constitutions providing it. At the time, such education was designated for white children only. Utilizing donated land, structures such as this 1887 one-room schoolhouse were constructed, all the more noteworthy because it’s still standing where it was originally built. When the…


To the Covered Bridge

Columbus Day found us out and about in the countryside, searching for a pumpkin patch. This was not our original intention. We had other things to accomplish. But while we were there, I thought the family could use a picturesque autumn moment. Naturally, Benedetto would not ask for directions. It’s a man thing. I get…