Category Archives: Travel

Wherever I travel, my eye automatically lights on the architecture of the place and my heart to watching the people who move within those spaces.      In the city of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, there is a church that seems to almost glow with the reverence of the faithful that cross it’s marbled floors.   […]

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  • Chloe Jeffreys - I love Puerto Vallarta! But not as much as the conclusions you’ve drawn about the Virgin Mary and tacos. Tacos are good. If you are still there had over to The Happy Lobster and order the special coffee.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Alais, I have returned to NOLA. Not a bad place to land, but next year I’ll swing by The Happy Lobster for a swig!ReplyCancel

  • Karen D. Austin - My husband works at a Catholic school, so it’s good for me to learn more about Catholic saints. Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I find the stories of Saints fascinating. We have a priest here in New Orleans that is being vetted for sainthood as we speak. I should write about him….. thanks for reminding me!ReplyCancel

  • Toni McCloe - I love the pictures. The Empress was beautiful’ Love her skin. I wonder how they defined crazy then.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Probably just unhappy- maybe a temper, possibly a drink? Whatever it was I’m pretty sure is was wrong. EEeGads. And Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - It is a beautiful church.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Yes William- it is. I think all churches are beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - The church is so pretty! So interesting to learn a bit about its history, too.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It really is beautiful. And the faithful there are so reverent. A very humbling experience.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - I love your take aways and how you weave a tale! Tacos…. Too funny!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thanks Ruth! And I make a mean taco too! HahaaaReplyCancel

  • Doreen McGettigan - I was driving home tonight through the city of Philadelphia and saw a billboard about the Lady and got home and saw this post.
    Now I feel like I need to know more.
    What a beautiful church, great pictures and yes we Catholics are a crazy bunch and people are flawed.
    Great post!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’d say once is a coincidence, twice is a ‘sign’. She’s calling you!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Tackett - I love how you wove the story and the images for us. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It’s such a beautiful place. Finding a good shot was easy- unlike the people crawling on their knees. That looked hard. Which, I guess, was the point.ReplyCancel

  • Janie Emaus - I loved learning about this. And your photos are amazing.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Such a pretty place. ANyone could take a good photo- and I proved it. Thanks Jamie!ReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - The iconography is epic, and the belief in the conqueror’s religion is ironic. It does produce beautiful art.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Walker Cushing - Even though I am not a fan of visiting Mexico I do love to travel and love visitng cathedrals! Your travel story makes me even want to go to Mexico now. Beautiful photos too! Fun!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Yay! I’ve been there! Husby and I love churches.
    And I love tacos, too! It’s a good day.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I have it on very good authority that the Blessed Mother, herself, makes a mean taco. Just sayin’ReplyCancel

  • Stacia Friedman - Thanks for providing the history behind the history.ReplyCancel

  • Mary La Fornara Gutierrez - I would love to one day see this Cathedral in person, I enjoyed hearing about the history. The pictures are stunning.ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - What a stunning church. I’d love to go there someday. Never been to Mexico. The photos were beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - How gorgeous. Loved seeing the pictures of the church and Carlota, herself.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Hill - I live on Lady Lupe’s (we are besties) turf. Tucson was part of Mexico for a long time, and longer still connected to the trade and farming culture from which Juan came. Pink roses will decorate my table on December 9th. Wonderful cultural history. I attended a beautiful double wedding in Ciudad Obregon in a Catholic Church graced by the Virgin of Guadalupe… Goddesses are so cool.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Montgomery - The churches of any country are always so interesting and Mexico is no exception. Your photos are gorgeous and I loved reading the back story — royal families never dissapoint!
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  • Lois Alter Mark - Ooh, we actually visited this church when we were in Puerto Vallarta. Of course, it’s much more interesting hearing about it from your always fascinating point of view!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - I just have to try to understand the back story to every place I visit. That’s where the juicy stuff happens!ReplyCancel

  I’m on a TRAILER roll.       All things TRAILER are suddenly getting my attention which Ben says is not a good idea and these folks never saw me coming so I should give them a heads-up before I approach but who does that? Silly man.   Anywho, I now need a bumper […]

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  • Ellen Dolgen - Your posts always crack me up! You make trailer look far from trashy!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’m hoping to take it to a whole new level. That may be a downward slope but at least it will be of my own doing. Ha!!ReplyCancel

  • CAROL CASSARA - The Tori? No-no-no! You can do so much better. So much!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - No-no-no… not THE Tori- it’s a Shasta. The term is from Gypsy with Natalie Wood. Someone says , “aren’t they tory adorable” and I’ve always loved that phrase ever since!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Okay. It’s contagious. Because now I’m in love with anything with a hitch! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Camille DeFer Thompson - OMG! These are great! So creative! I’m intrigued by the new “tiny house” movement, too! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Tackett - Yup, I’m right there with you. I have a Pinterest page for my trailer dreams. I don’t need to camp in it. I just want one in my backyard!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Montgomery - I have dreams of traveling the National Parks in my own little tricked out trailer. Your pics are right up my fantasy alley!
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  • Lois Alter Mark - I love these! I have a whole bunch of bohemian-themed trailer decor on Pinterest, and I am enamored with the idea of glamping. Definitely not camping.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Rochette Koshak - I love all those “glampers” I’m especially loving that cute little, yellow lemondate stand!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - I am laughing so hard imagining sitting in that perfect trailer kitchen (right out of the ’60’s)! What a wild road trip that would be :)!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - LOL That one is a chuck wagon concept updated for the 20th century. I hadn’t seen that in some time. It really doesn’t translate into all the comforts of home.ReplyCancel

    To those of you who know me well this won’t come as a surprise.   To those of you that don’t… welcome aboard to my time honored tradition of taking a perfectly good, nay I say ‘new’? item and slash and dashing it to within an inch of it’s life.   It all […]

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  • Mary Lanzavecchia - Looks like a grand adventure. I love taking and recreating, though perhaps not on the same scale. When looking for our home, my husband and I knew it had to be a fixer-upper, since we both love to project and make things our own. Looking at the photos inspires me to suggest another project to him.

    Looking forward to watching the transformation!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thanks Mary. I’m afraid my hubby does not share your husbands sentiment but he’s always let me do my thing. Hope you keep posted and thanks for joining in the conversation!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa at Grandma's Briefs - Your home on wheels is going to be so fun! Can’t wait to read about all the adventures to come. Good luck with the project!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thanks Lisa. I’ll keep you posted!ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - I will enjoy watching you tear apart and then rebuild with excellence.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Road trip! I’m ready to go, girlfriend! Let’s hit it!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - You are so funny! I’m one of those that if it looks good fine. I do not move furniture around to redecorate. I don’t want to change anything until it is necessary. Of course, there are those who wonder why I haven’t thrown that decrepit item out. Enjoy the road trip if you ever finish decorating.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Montgomery - Keep up the redecorating posts — I’m going to LOVE this! I’m a camper girl waiting for the right moment!
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  • Leanne Le Cras - you are amazing – good on you and I look forward to the rest of the reno!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Can’t wait! I wouldn’t have the courage. I live through you!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Can not wait to follow your adventures with this one! You need a show on HGTV!ReplyCancel

  • Abby - I see where you’re going with this Cheryl- it’s going to be the ultimate camper deluxe, like nobody’s ever seen! Looking forward to the finished product:)

    • Cheryl - You’re a sweetheart Abby. It will be a highly functioning camper with a lot of glitz! (and a little ‘tude’ thrown in for good measure ’cause you need to measure twice- cut once as the old saying goes). Thanks for stopping by. ps: I shared and commented on your post at humor outcasts.ReplyCancel

  • Author Shelly Arkon - I liked some of the retro. Especially the black and white checked floor.ReplyCancel

I love a good story…   (Actually I love ripping a good story apart)     Many years ago, when we hung our hats in Nashville, a friend of ours suggested I take a little ‘look-see’ into the story, so I did what any rational adult would do: I gassed up the car, made sure […]

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  • Abby - I just love your spooky stories Cheryl! This one was actually giving me goosebumps. xxReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Why thank you Abby! ’tis the season and all. HA!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa_GrandmasBriefs - Too funny! You’re such a nut. I hope you didn’t pay the $20. You’ve turned the scary story inside out and made me chuckle. I was a little apprehensive at first as I don’t like scary stories too much (I used to; age has made me a big chicken). I’m glad I read your little expose, though. Thanks for the story and smile!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Of course I paid the $20! I paid for the whole shabang! I never go half way in!! Hahahaa. (Not always a good thing- just ask the hubby).ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - It’s amazing what people got away with back then. Criminal, actually. Fun story but I’m thinking a lot of the facts are true. Not sure about the spirit, but who the hell am I do debunk that?! Loved it … as always!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Of COURSE there wasn’t any ‘Spirit’! When you look at just the ‘facts’ by today’s standards I think we ALL know what was going on. What a smuck. I’m glad he died a miserable death. ps: luv you 2 xxooReplyCancel

  • Doreen McGettigan - What a ridiculous but interesting story.
    Absolutely the place is still screwing people, dear Lord!
    I am curious to though, did you spend the twenty-bucks?ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Of course! I think a lot of people were getting screwed if ya know what I mean… *head shaking*ReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - LOL, sounds like it! Did you pay 20 to see the bats and the haunt?ReplyCancel

  • Roshni AaMom - Huh!! Great story for getting people to come over and then get ripped off!!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - OMG, you really do have a story here! Nothing like the story within the story within… well, you get it.ReplyCancel

  • Gary Sidley - You spoil-sport, Cheryl! Demolishing a great yarn like that. I bet you told your children there was no Father Christmas!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I did blow the Easter Bunny up (by accident).ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Ah, another twist to the tale. Not going into all of the ones I’ve read (and forgotten). I always felt there was a human factor in this and now that I am much older have gone back to suspecting John Bell. I think I sold all the little magazines that had that tale in it when we moved from Washington (state).ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - It’s definitely a ripper! Love this, Cheryl! Both teh story and the ‘real’ story! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Terrye - I saw one of the “ghost” cashing shows there a couple of months ago. They were at the “actual” house and the caves. There’s a new series coming to either History Channel of Travel Channel following the Bell Family. Sounds like just another way for the Bells to make more money.

    The premise of the new Bell story is that the youngest son is cursed and his father has to save him before it’s too late. I haven’t decided if I’m going to watch it or not.

    I love how you uncovered the true story. 😀 I always thought there was more going on.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Hi Terrye!!! ACTUALLY the ‘original’ house is no longer standing, but I don’t think that will stop anyone on television from saying it’s still there. As for the youngest son, SOMEBODY was up to no good with that young Betsy- either the father or one of her brothers! But… I’ll still watch it. I’m a sucker for bad tv.ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - You have the best stories! Love the ending – and you get the last laugh because you got a great blog post out of it 🙂ReplyCancel

        The other day I found myself in need of a spell- the kind that levels a playing field. I had been running errands and dealing with unhelpful people wherever I went. “Can you point me in the direction of…?” “Do I look like I work here?” “Well, the name-tag and all.” […]

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  • Anonymous - The thing about it is that hollywood doesn’t HAVE to make it up–just take notes!

  • Sue - I admire your photos and your photography skills a lot, plus your writing is always so intriguing. I hope to get a better camera someday. Movie houses are my passion, so thanks for this. I have to tweet and pin to Pinterest here

    • A Pleasant House - I’ll tell u a little secret. My camera is my i-phone with some crazy apps that I use like photshop! No kidding!!! And thanks for reminding me- I should pin these as well. Ooops.ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - One needs to cast a spell on cranky retail clerks…ReplyCancel

  • Julie DeNeen - Remind me to never piss you off! LOLReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Loved the post! Who doesn’t need a little help from their friends anyway? Virginia- FirstClassWomanReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Exactly Virginia! I’ve taken care of the retail clerks that were of no help- know I must cast a spell about traffic lights! Thanks for stopping by!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - You are endlessly entertaining, but you probably already know that! I am so glad I am (mostly, I think/hope) on your good side!ReplyCancel

  • Carollynn - Ahhhh, I love those sort of days. Makes one determined to either really get ‘er done or, as you so rightly pointed out, hex ’em. If for no other reason, you’ll feel better.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I don’t just ‘do’ hexes’ I do blessing too! Just not this day!ReplyCancel

  • Vince Berryman - The part about dancing naked reminded me of what Terry Pratchett’s Discworld witches thought about doing that – basically, even if you can find a night that’s warm enough in a temperate climate, there is the issue of “thistles and sudden hedgehogs”. It’s not relevant to the post – I just wanted to share. (RIP Pterry.)

    That house is AWESOME. PLEASE tell me you actually have access to it for the doing of witchy stuff!ReplyCancel

  • Abby - Cheryl, did you put a spell on the comment avatars – cause they seem to have disappeared and now it’s just some sort of ghost images? I mean Holy Smoke if you can do that, then I’m really scared!?!

    • Cheryl - Be scared. Be very scared….. *wink*ReplyCancel

  • Brenda Ray Coffee - I love this, and it was just what I needed.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - I had my witches dancing on a Halloween night in Iowa. They didn’t mind the cold with the raging bonfire. Of course, I arranged for the party to be broken up and the fire extinguished. It is Iowa, afterall.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Le Cras - you do whatever you need to be seen and heard – a good incantation at the right time might be just the thing – or you could try the naked dancing thing when you next deal with an annoying shop assistant!ReplyCancel

  • b+ (Retire in Style Blog) - Oh my gosh, can I join your coven? I am so dim though that it takes the WHOLE DAY for me to realize that I have had a “coven meeting” kind of day! Darn! Happy Halloween!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I hope you sweep clean all the mess and cast a few good ones! Hahaha Good for you!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Torris - Oh my gosh, can I join your coven? I am so dim though that it takes the WHOLE DAY for me to realize that I have had a “coven meeting” kind of day! Darn! Happy Halloween!ReplyCancel

  • Chloe Jeffreys - I like reading you.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thank you Chloe. That means a lot. Us Witches gotta fly together! Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Christiana - You codnlu’t pay me to ignore these posts!ReplyCancel

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