Plans and Patience

At this moment in my life, I am in a holding pattern. /‘hōldiNG ‘padern/ noun  the flight path maintained by an aircraft awaiting permission to land I find it ironic that my life is in a place that I am familiar with, and probably have more tolerance for, when I am traveling. It’s the second definition of … Continue reading Plans and Patience

An Introduction to Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Lake Louise, Alberta is a beautiful place. The accommodations at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise made my stay even more enjoyable. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is surrounded by a setting that is so spectacular that when I first saw photos of the hotel nestled in the heart of majestic mountains I thought, “This cannot be … Continue reading An Introduction to Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Winter Wonderland: Wardrobe and Wellness

  In February 2018, I had the privilege of spending five days at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Much to my surprise, I enjoyed every moment of my visit to the winter wonderland of Alberta.If you like to plan your travels in advance, now is the time to start thinking about a stay at this … Continue reading Winter Wonderland: Wardrobe and Wellness

Happy New Happiness

A few years ago, a friend of mine from Russia taught me how to say, "Happy New Year" in Russian. Well, not in Russian, but rather how the new year greeting shared among Russians translates to English. I really liked the translation of "Happy New Year" into "Happy New Happiness". "New Happiness" describes the feeling … Continue reading Happy New Happiness

How A Visit to Banff Started A Love Affair with Soap

A vacation that will forever stay on my mind is the one I took to Banff National Park and Lake Louise, Alberta in February. Honesty is the best policy, and when it comes to vacation destinations, my preference always leans towards tropical climates. I mean, how easy is it to pack swimsuits, shorts and sunglasses? … Continue reading How A Visit to Banff Started A Love Affair with Soap

Holiday Decor on a Budget

Last year I decided to spruce up my holiday decor with pine cones. I had it all planned out: Step 1: Gather pine cones. Step 2: Decorate pine cones. Step 3: Decorate house with decorated pine cones. Simple and easy. One of my husband's clients even took the work out of  Step 1 by sending … Continue reading Holiday Decor on a Budget

Holiday Travel for the Soul

Have you ever thought of holiday travel as therapy? Your answer may be a quick and resounding IN ALL CAPS, “NO!”. And I understand. I get it. Your version of holiday travel is probably as stressful as the scene in "Home Alone” where everyone wakes up late and runs around the house in complete and total … Continue reading Holiday Travel for the Soul

Making a List

If you pay attention to advertisers, it’s that time of year when you should get started with your Christmas shopping. You have a list, and if you wait too long, someone will be left out! There’s a list for everything these days, which made me think about how I have used lists to my advantage. … Continue reading Making a List