Christmas in July- I hate the marketing ploy idea, and yet, there’s no other way around sharing this experience with you. Stay with me… there’s a couple of stories that will eventually gel into packages wrapped in a bow.   Story #1: When I was a wee bit of a thing I met the […]

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  • Grammie Time - What a wonderful story and truly could be made into a wonderful novel. At least a Christmas novel. I absolutely loved this.ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - You can sure tell a great story Cheryl! I know where to send my list now! Who would have thought that he’s been hanging out in Ireland all of these years.ReplyCancel

  • Myke Todd - Seriously, one of the greatest stories I have ever read, Cheryl. While you are so often cleverly cryptic, now to find you as keeper of the crypt… Priceless!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - You are a charmer Myke! So I take it you think I wrapped the two stories up in a neat bow??? *wink* -you can be the keeper of the crypt keys maybe?ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - You’ll have to blame Major Henry Livingston Jr. for the corpulence, the red suit, the elves, and the delivery method.
    Awesome pictures. I somehow missed reading about that in history.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Really? Major Henry Livingston Jr.? I’ll have to do a little digging. You’re always good for adding to my research Mari. The best!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski - What a fun story. I had no idea he came from Turkey.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Lawdanski - I did not know the real story of St. Nicholas. How cool you were that close!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I kissed him on the cheek- actually, the stone- but that still counts right?ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Only you, Cheryl. Only you. In Ireland. Connecting dots. Oh yeah, only you.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Rochette Koshak - I love this story.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Le Cras - Is the crack in the top so he can get in and out for Christmas? It’s nice to know he’s not trapped in there 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Susannah Carey - Awww, so Dear!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Swedoski - Love, love, love this. One more reason that Ireland is the best place on earth!ReplyCancel

Remember back in the stone age of social media- like around 2010?     I had heard about this thing called a ‘Blog’ and was led to believe, after looking at a few, that all one had to do was purchase a (dot)com domain, snap a few pic’s and share omnipotence.   Easy… I’m in. […]

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  • Myke Todd - I would trip out if someone in the next county over was to recognize me.ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Dolgen - Your posts are always so fabulous! I adore them! You have always been a celebrity to all of us bloggers…………..nothing new here for us.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - HA! If only that were true but I’m going to choose to stroke that sentiment for all it’s worth because it come from you my dear Guru! XXOOReplyCancel

  • Haralee - Get out of Town! That is really very cool! I take it back, it is very very very Cool!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh yes, and a dozen more readers that have happened upon New Orleans! I’ve agreed to meet every one of them and it has been such a joy! SO cool is right!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski - How fun meeting your readers in exotic parts of the world. It’s amazing to find out who is reading and creating your own celebrity.ReplyCancel

  • sue - I love your take on writing and having a blog. I am still stunned that people actually want to read what I write – little old ordinary me! I have been blogging about 18 months and my favourite part are the readers and the friendships I’ve formed with other bloggers. Sue from Sizzling Towards Sixty.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It really is a shock even though it’s the result we all hope for- when it happens…wow! I LOVE your blog btw! Your advice always helps keep my sizzle in tact. HA!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - How much fun is that! And I am not in the least surprised!
    P.S. when you visit Edmonton, Alberta, can I come and meet you? Please? Pleeeease?ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - how lovely! and aren’t you lucky! Of course, you’ll see me at some point, right?ReplyCancel

  • Alana Mautone - It happened to me in Charleston, SC. Not exactly like yours, but she gave me directions to a place we couldn’t find on a previous visit to Charleston, and ended up meeting me at a Civil War reenactment – with her son and her mother, an amazing woman who just turned 91. I’ll treasure that.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - What a wonderful adventure. Of course, you had to meet her and the London fan. Spread the joy around. I cannot believe how many people I’ve connected with over the years. Blog on!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Fluhr - I’ve loved meeting up with social media friends and other bloggers during our travels or when they pass through Philly, our hometown. I always thought of myself as reserved, but it turns out that apparently, I’m not. My husband (not a blogger, not on social media) is known as Mr. Excitement on my blog. One day, he came home from an errand after having been quite astonished when someone came up to him on the street and asked if he was Mr. Excitement.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - That’s fabulous!!!! My husband has a middle aged male friend that recently told him that he looks forward to my posts in his in-box, that they make his day. My husband had no idea and was amazed. HahhaaaaReplyCancel

  • Kathy Gottberg - Hi Cheryl! What a great tribute and affirmation of your work. Thank you for sharing that bit with us all and reminding us of why we do what we do. I recently had a person I thought pretty well degrade the “blogging life” and while I knew better than argue, it did make me a bit sad. Your words remind me that we usually never know the people we touch but even then, we must remember they are out there. You were just lucky to have met some of them. ~KathyReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - It always amazes me to run into people who know exactly what I’ve been up to because they read my blog. Yes, those are the people who make all the hard work so rewarding.ReplyCancel

Several months ago my darling daughter suggested we hop the pond and visit the Grand Continent once again.   I had three thoughts that took three seconds to gel a response: life is not marching forth in reverse (check), stop ‘thinking’ and act (check), and you can’t keep an American down. Damn global terrorism. (Check […]

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  • Connie McLeod - I’ve LOVED following your travels. Glad you had a wonderful trip and glad your home!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thanks my dear! Good to be home!!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski - What a wonderful trip you had and I love all the pics. Will definitely pin them. I agree, you can’t wait for the world to be perfect to travel. Just go.ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Nolan - Seriously. We need to compare travel notes. I just spent a month in Ireland with a side trip to Scotland and the Isle of Skye. I have two posts (so far) about my trip. One is a general photo journey of Dublin (where my daughter lives) and another of one of the tours we went on – Game of Thrones – so we side tripped to Winterfell…aka Northern Ireland and Castle Ward. Loved all your pictures!!ReplyCancel

  • Scott Cyre - mmm…Ireland. It’s like a very pleasant, green cup of coffee. Now all I have to do is earn more than my own children, and maybe my wife and I can go sample true haggis someday. Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - What beautiful pictures, It looks like you had the trip of a life time. I am so jelous!!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Love love love your photos! Looks like you had an amazing trip!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - It’s all so lovely! SO LOVELY! It is moving my spirit to get off the horse and do it. I’ve heard good things about Collette and you seem to agree. The world will continue to be in turmoil. Bad things happening pretty much everywhere. Not yet ready to hide in the house and cower. Not. Yet. Ready. Life should be an adventure. Kudos to you for living it! Was there a particular name to this world wind tour? Must share. xoReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - You’re lovely- that’s what! And YES. Do it! Do it all or at least enjoy trying I always say. I’m in agreement (like always) Not. Yet. Ready!! To give up the ghost!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - So glad you had a wonderful trip and your photos and so lovely. You are really having a great time enjoying life.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Fluhr - We’re heading to London in September. I’m willing to say something if I see something, but if we stay home, “they” win. PS: We have a photo of that same Edinburgh piper. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - That’s so funny- you’re not the first person who’s said the same thing about the piper! I’m thinking you put a man in a skirt and they all look alike! Hahahaa And ‘All Hands On Deck’ for traveling! Yea!!!ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - Love love love all the photos! I followed in your footsteps last week to London, Bath and Stonehenge and had an incredible time!ReplyCancel

  • Lizzi Lewis - Ohhhh what *wonderful* travels you’ve had! I love that you took the chance and DID the tour.

    FYI Farage and BoJo have both fallen from grace. Probably since you saw them. Brexit got critical *sigh*ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - You really did the Grand Tour–this is such a fun post and I love the images. And also that you went. We have 3 weeks in France on the agenda for May and I’m going, come, well, hell or high water!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - What a fantastic, fabulous time you must have had. Oh, to have visited a pub or two. Shopping I can only dream about. Oh, yes, welcome back. I’ve missed you.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Le Cras - I loved the montage photos – they captured everything perfectly! It looks like you had a fabulous time – and you’re right, we can’t wait for the world to be “nice” again – I don’t think that’s ever going to happen (more’s the pity!) Welcome home xReplyCancel

  • Cathy Lynch Lawdanski - LOVE LOVE LOVE this post. What a trip! Good for you. Beautiful pictures. Love your lipstick!ReplyCancel

    Several months ago my darling daughter said, “Mom. Let’s go to Europe again!”   I said, “…………………………………………………………………Okay.”   So, we planned and searched and swiped my Visa and VIOLA! We’re on our WAY for 28 DAY(s). It needed to rhythm- I failed. First, we’re heading to NYC to visit her brother and new sister-n-law, […]

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  • Doreen Mcgettigan - Have a safe trip and I cannot wait to read all about it and see the fabulous photos!ReplyCancel

  • Suzy Turner - WOW it’s going to be amazing! You’ll LOVE it. I’m lucky enough to be able to call Portugal home and it’s pretty awesome to live here… and I do love to travel when possible. Last winter, we drove up througj Portugal, Spain and France and got thr ferry to England where we travelled around visiting family (also spending two weeks in Wales). I’m quite envious really 😀
    Suzy x

  • Ellen Dolgen - How fantastic! Can’t wait to hear about all the fun you two are goig to have!ReplyCancel

  • Eve Gaal - Sounds so elegant! Have fun!ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - WOW! Take me with you, that is going to be a trip of a life time!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - I have only one thing to say: Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Have a fantastic trip! Can’t wait to follow your adventures!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - What an exciting trip! It will be nice for the two of you to get away just the two of you. You’ll either become stronger or you’ll kill each other. Can’t wait to hear all about it.ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - Sounds like a fabulous time! Safe travels, and I’ll look forward to hearing all about it!ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl Kraft - Lucky you! What a fabulous adventure- have a blast!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - You’ll have a fabulous time! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! Daughters are wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski - Sounds like an amazing trip. Have a great time.ReplyCancel

  • Doreen McGettigan - This sounds so fabulous! I love traveling with my daughters and granddaughters. Have a safe trip.ReplyCancel

    It occurred to me the other day, while watching the news, that I wanted to punish someone.   Upon further interior inspection I decided that since that would probably lead to ME being on the news what I wanted was to write this post because I’m calling out a few things that HAVE, […]

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  • Barbara - Feels good to vent and I’m feeling it vicariously through you. Thanks!

    • Cheryl - Always glad to be of service Barbara. The occasional ‘vent’ is a specialty. HahahahaaaaaReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Thank you, my friend. I love this. I am talking to M right this very minute about booking us a trip to NOLA next year. We have begun our planning, so we need to make this a priority. Spring sounds good to me.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Ehlers - I am still laughing at ‘Get Your Shit Together’!!! This is the source of so many issues!!! And the Art thing – REALLY? Destroy ancient artifacts? Way to go, extremists! You have just proven how idiotic you are!ReplyCancel

  • Lindy Knowles Patzig - Love this. You took the words right out of my mouth! http://www.knowleselle.wordpress.comReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski - The art thing really kills me. It’s amazing things like that still happen in all sorts of places. People who destroy history are barbarians and should have hot oil poured on them. And bullies? Don’t get me started.ReplyCancel

  • Haralee Weintraub - I am with you 100%! On the regurgitation issue when people say, “In Other Words”, I understood the first words. Really .ReplyCancel

  • Myke Todd - Quite an impressive list here. I love lists. I was not expecting it to be so serious, but soon came to realize, you were not playing on this post. For the record, I could never be this serious for such a post, because I would get so mad I could not contain myself. You did well, maintaining focus, focusing on things that matter. Good for you. And, further, for the record, nothing here I do not agree with.

    If I was to create such a list, my main one would be tambourines and those who force me to listen, by including them on music tracks I am compelled to listen to. I despise them, with all my being.

    I once wrote “My Eulogy” and a big part of it was “Dante’s Inferno,” as well as Loreena McKennitt’s “Dante’s Prayer” which has no tambourine, thankfully.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Tambourines. I forgot about those shrill instruments of terror. In fact, I didn’t mention Music at all- though I could of. HipHop comes to mind… As for a rant from you- I would read it! Get on IT!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Dolgen - As usual, you are right on the money sister! Especially on the abuse.ReplyCancel

  • Rosalind Warren - Cheryl I know I can always rely on you for a good laugh. Got a bunch of good laughs from this one. THANKS. (And I’d add to the list — library patrons who go ballistic when you tell them they owe a fine. It’s free as long as you return it on time. If you bring it back late, you pay. HOW TOUGH IS THAT TO UNDERSTAND??)ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - 11. All of the above. Grrrr…
    Strapping on the gloves for another go at my innocent punching bag as we speak . . .ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - oh my gosh, I’m right with you on all of these! I was just talking to someone about the distruction of art in the middle east. What a freaking nightmare. And yes, all of them are kill worthy! Loved this post!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - Boy, you hit the nail right on the head on all of these!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - And the list could go on, and on, and…ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Belden - Bullies. OMG. I’m so sick of bullies, be they loud-mouthed oafs or slyly manipulative.
    LOVE this list.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Hit them all, didin’t you. I have made people angry when I have pointed out a family member could do something different. I didn’t really want them for friends anyway. Good blog.ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Oh, I am so with you on all of these. Sigh …ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Mangis - Love this. I need to do this because I agree with you all the way.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Kindred spirits Sandy. We should write a book titled Behaviors Intelligent Women Abhor. I’m sure we could add to it.ReplyCancel

  • Gary Sidley - I think I agree with all those – perhaps with the exception of the ‘saying the same thing twice’ item – I think I might do that, usually because I’m at an age where I often forget what I’ve previously said. And as for the ISIS terrorists we should grab them by the genitals and drop them back in the Dark Age where they belong.ReplyCancel

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