The Idea of Travel

It started with reading books about places near and far. It didn’t matter where it was – Meggie wanted to go there! She had a little suitcase that had belonged to her older sister and she was always ready for adventure. Whether it was a visit in the family car to see her grandmother in Pennsylvania or a day trip to the beach, she was the first one in the car saying “Are we there yet?” After she read Alice in Wonderland she wanted to go to England and see hedgehogs. When she was nine her family moved from Massachusetts to California and they traveled on Route 66. Meggie liked seeing the mountains, the desert and the interesting places to stop along the way. And after all these adventures she still likes to travel!

Collecting Postcards

Meggie always thought that one of the most enjoyable things about going on family car trips was collecting souvenirs. She saved placemats from restaurants that had puzzles to solve and mazes to navigate. She also liked shells (mostly unbroken) from the beach as well as maps from museums. But the postcards she collected became some of her favorite souvenirs. One time Meggie bought an album of postcards that she could look at like a book.

This was another exciting place to visit!

Today she has a drawer full of postcards from places she has been. They are still wonderful souvenirs and they bring back delightful memories.

A Christmas Cactus in January

I first noticed the buds on the Christmas cactus in December, but it wasn’t until a couple of days ago that it burst into bloom. Now it is a delightful combination of buds and flowers and it’s so cheery to have in the kitchen on a cold January day!

This is for the FOTD challenge.

Snow, Sleds and Mittens

After it snowed Meggie would think about what she should do first. Would she go skating at the pond down the road, build a snowman in the yard, or go sledding on the hill by her school? First she needed to see how cold it was. If it was extra cold staying near the house would be the best choice, although Meggie didn’t pay attention to the temperature until she couldn’t feel her nose or fingers! But her Mom always made sure she had on a hat, mittens and a scarf as well as boots. This took a long time to accomplish.

Sometimes her choice depended on whether there were other kids out sledding or making snowballs. She loved sledding down the hill as fast as she could but didn’t like climbing back up pulling the sled. That was hard work.

Once the snow started to fall Meggie liked to play outdoors as much as possible. It made the winter months go by quickly, and it was lots of fun!

A New Year Begins

The start of a new year is the time for a fresh beginning. It has been so much fun starting this blog and I’m looking forward to more adventures next year! As Anne of Green Gables said, “Marilla, isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”

These pictures are from Prince Edward Island. Although they were taken in the summer they seem just right for now as we look ahead to warmer weather.

Happy New Year!

Flowers with a View

Flowers are charming on their own, but some flowers have the distinction (and advantage) of being set in different places in Italy with remarkable views. Here are some examples.

Flowers in Tuscany:

Venice…

Assisi…

Flowers on balconies:

It would appear that flowers with lovely views are everywhere!

Butterflies and Bee Stings

Meggie loved brightly colored flowers and she noticed that butterflies liked to land on them. Sometimes the butterflies were similar in color to the flowers so they were well camouflaged – maybe to keep them safe, she thought. Once she started finding butterflies she couldn’t wait for the flowers to bloom so she could watch for them. Meggie also went to the library to check the encyclopedia for more information. She found out this one in her back yard was called a tiger swallowtail.

One summer day she was reaching for a flower and out of nowhere a bee stung her on her hand. It hurt so much she didn’t know what to do and she looked for her mother for help. Her Mom went back outside with her and poured water on some dirt to make mud, which she patted on Meggie’s sore hand. It felt much better right away.

Meggie never stopped looking for butterflies but she was also on the lookout for bees so she wouldn’t get stung again. And so far she hasn’t!