Laughs After Cancer

Time Out

Time Out

Years ago, Gene was home babysitting our boys, and being 3 and 4 year old boys, they were misbehaving.  Gene had had enough and loaded them into their car seats and drove them to the county jail. (I'm not the only creative one in the family!)  He explained to them...

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Here’s Your Sign

Here’s Your Sign

 Gene and I have just returned from a month long adventure through five states (not counting Missouri or Iowa – the rule was you had to spend the night there!) and had such a wonderful visit.  On our first day, we stopped in a roadside café and I went to wash my hands...

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Iowa Connection

 Years ago, when we first moved to Iowa, I was amazed that a local television station would find an Iowa connection to any news story, worldwide. I'm not kidding. Earthquake in Japan? They would find an Iowa resident living in Japan near the epicenter. Landslide in...

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The Building Supervisor

The Building Supervisor

In order to have a building project go well, there are several critical pieces that need to be in place.  First, you need a good plan.  Next you need materials, and a good team.  And finally, you need a building supervisor.  We had all these pieces in place this...

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The Vegan Experience

The Vegan Experience

Gene recently had a meeting in Portland and I took the opportunity to contact a friend and meet for lunch. We decided to try out a Vegan restaurant (yes, on purpose!) that had great reviews. (If you don’t believe me, check out the Cornbread Café in Eugene, OR.  And I...

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Airport Experiences

Airport Experiences

Unfortunately, I can’t write a lot about our experiences in the Glasgow and Amsterdam airports because I’m no longer allowed to poke fun at Homeland Security and TSA . . . they carry a grudge.  I’m not even kidding.  I once poked fun at a Homeland Security newspaper...

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Scotland Glossary

Scotland Glossary

Credit goes to Gene on this entry as he kept a journal as well during our travels and wrote down many of the phrases or words that were explained to us by our tour guide. Although the language spoken in the UK is English, they often use different terms for common...

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Documenting Our Travels

Documenting Our Travels

Gene and I have long argued the subjects of vacation photography.  If you scroll through Gene’s photos, you will see scenery – no people. His perfect world. His point is that he wants to document that what we saw. My photos, on the other hand, include architectural...

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Road to Glasgow

Road to Glasgow

Our last travel day in Scotland was a short trip from Ballachulish to Glasgow.  We had one stop along the way for a boat ride on Loch Lomond (the largest loch of the British Mainland). While the weather was quite chilly, the lake views were spectacular and quite...

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Haunted Stairs

Haunted Stairs

The drive from Isle of Skye to Ballachulish is almost as pretty as the drive from Orkney to Isle of Skye, with fewer one lane roads.  It does have more traffic as it is an easy day trip from Inverness.  Many scenes from movies have been filmed in the area and you can...

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The posts on this page were added at the request of several of my readers who wanted “the fun stories to continue.” Some are dedicated to a friend in her last weeks of life. These posts are a mix of travel adventures and random experiences and are in date order with the newest post on top.

Help Support Breast Cancer Patients

All proceeds from book sales are donated to two local non-profit funds to help breast cancer patients afford diagnosis and care. Virginia Gay Hospital Gifts of Hope provides free mammograms and diagnostic services and is supported by the Benton County Survivors Group; and the Hall-Perrine Hope Fund helps cancer patients pay for emergency needs.