Sunday, May 19, 2024

Trip !

 

TRIP !!!

And not the trip we were looking forward to...out for a walk and waiting for the crosswalk to say WALK.  A tractor trailer turned in front of us and it looked like his back wheels were coming over the sidewalk.  I took a step back, foot hit a piece of cement curb and down I went!
I broke both bones in my wrist...one of them shattered into 6 pieces.  Luckily I got into an  orthopedic urgent care, x-rays, cat scan, and eventually after several days...surgery.  Plates and screws holding everything together!  Wonderful care, but no fun.  Not my dominant hand, but I am amazed at how much I cannot do with one hand.  Typing this with one hand is a trick!
Sadly, were were supposed to leave on a Viking River Cruise to Holland and Belgium...cancelled.
Painful...but it could have been much worse!
And I am reminded of this verse that we have on our bookcase - 
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
ALL things work together for good...not just the things that make sense to me.  Maybe there is a reason we were not supposed to go
 on that trip ???
So, life has been a little different theses past two weeks...
my wonderful husband John has been a constant source of love and encouragement!  He used to say he never cooked a meal in 47 years of marriage, and now - 
he can pre-heat the oven, steam veggies, made scrambled eggs, and jokes he will soon be ready for the Culinary Institute!!!
Friends and neighbors in our building have been amazing...dropping off meals, baked goods, flowers and cards.
My dear friend Joanne knew I was missing the tulips in Holland and sent these beauties to make my day.  We have been friends since we met in high school!
Each day the mail brings more caring cards...


Love theses homemade ones from Joanne's grandchildren - precious!
My sister Mary sends a card every few days and sent prayer/healing shawls from her church group...sister-in-law Barb calls often to check in.  
 I feel the love!
So...stiches out on Friday, a brace for a month then back to doctor to see how much mobility I have...the physical therapy.

I am not a patient person...I want to be up, doing things, getting our screen porch ready for the summer, cooking, baking...all that has to wait. Taking the time to just be..to rest, to read, to nap and to heal
And to watch lots of movies...some old favorites -
anybody else remember this ?
So...this one finger typing is not fun.  I won't be posting for a few months, but will enjoy seeing all of your posts, ideas, recipes, and travels...getting ideas for when life returns to normal.
Now...time for a cuppa tea and a nap!
Thanks for stopping by Our New Vista!  Have great Memorial Day and start of summer  !

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Small Changes/Big Impact

 

Small Changes/Big Impacts



Last week in April already...looking forward to May, warmer weather, and travel.
I made a few small changes - upgrades - recently and am very pleased with how things worked out.
First off - new phone!
We have been Tracfone users for the last several years.  I always used Tracfone as I had little or no reception in the school library where I worked so I could not justify having a data plan.  And Tracfone worked better in some spots at school than my previous service provider.  When my husband retired and stopped needing an iPhone for work we sold his iPhone and he started using Tracfone.  It works perfectly for us.
We buy our Android ( Samsung ) phones from either QVC or HSN...usually when they are on a special sale.  The price varies, but usually around $100 dollars for the phone, 1500 minutes of talk, 1500 texts, and 1.5 gig of data for 365 days.
That is IT!  No monthly fee!
That is plenty for us...and when we renew at the end of a year, all of our unused texts, minutes, and data rolls over.  We have more than enough to do whatever we want.  We are usually on wifi somewhere so the data adds up and lasts, not having children we don't get very many phone calls, and the texts last a long time - longer for my husband.  I often add more texts ( $5.00 ) as group texts with friends add up.  We do everything that people with a plan from another carrier can do.
It costs $125.00 to renew at the end of 365 days and get another bundle of texts, calls, and data...plus rollover what you did not use.  We do this each year, unless we decide to upgrade our phones - which makes it even more of a bargain.
I just upgraded my phone to the next level - A Samsung a15 5g with a lot more storage and a better screen. I kept my phone number, and transferring the number to the new phone was super easy.
Then, using an app called SmartSwitch...all of my apps, contacts, info are transferred to my new phone...wirelessly!  This amazes me!
After a bit my phone is ready to use.
And that is it!
I do have to enter some passwords for some apps, but that is not an issue.  And my old phone...I use it to listen to music in the bath or on the screen porch.  Any old phones we have are also donated to a local funeral home( after I return them to factory settings) who recycles them to get gift cards for our troops.  It's a win-win and works for us.
Thought I would share this information with you if you are not a big cell phone user and looking to cut that monthly bill.

You might remember the bathroom refresh we did in 2020 - 
We switched out the counter tops to granite and are so glad we did!  But the bathroom still needed something...
We really wanted to add a frame around the mirror - we like the big mirror, but wanted it to look more finished.
I ordered samples from the places you see on Facebook - FrameMyMirror and such - but nothing looked like what I wanted.  I wanted the frame to be the same molding that was around the doorways to the bathroom.
A few weeks ago we had to have an adjustment to the kitchen cabinet near our dishwasher...after our dishwasher flooded and we had the floor repaired.  We live in a retirement community and the Renovation workers were doing that when I asked "hey, can you guys make a mirror frame out of molding for our bathroom?"
The answer was yes !
Here is the before - 
The workers did a very thorough job measuring and figuring out how to attach the new frame...

They added some wood strips to the top of the mirror to make sure it would be flush...


And we LOVE it !


It really finishes the bathroom and we love the way it looks!  And...that is just the primer - waiting for the painter to come and paint the final coat.
This was a very reasonable cost - much less than the FrameMyMirror cost - which would also include us doing the work.

It always amazes me how little changes can make such a big difference!
What changes have you done recently ?  I would love to hear - please leave a comment below - it makes my day to hear from you.
Hope you have a great week - and get ready for a wonderful month of May!

Monday, April 15, 2024

Paris Brunch

 

Paris Brunch

If you follow this blog, you know that I love all things Paris.
Here is a link to our Paris guest room bed and bath - 


Friends will be visiting Paris for the first time soon and wanted to get together to talk about our experiences...the metro, restaurants, and such.  We invited them for brunch and I decided to make it Paris themed.


I used a mirror from Dollar Tree as a base for the centerpiece, added some faux roses that I have had forever, some candles ( rechargeable and I love them!) and an Eiffel Tower cookie cutter.



The chargers are several years old, from Ross...and they are a deep cobalt blue.  They look very blue on a white table cloth, but I wanted to use these placemats to match the roses.  The china is our wedding china, as well as the flatware.

The napkins had a floral pattern and the colors worked.  I usually put the napkins folded like this in wine glasses, but since I was setting up a mimosa bar, I thought this worked and looked cute!

Water glasses were a wedding gift...and I love them.  One broke over the years, but I still have seven...and am trying to figure out how to remove that fog from the glasses.  Yes, I put them in the dishwasher over the past 47 years, but I did not realize this would happen.  

Once I have ice, water, and lemon in the glasses you don't notice the fogging...but I wish I could get rid of it.   I have tried Barkeeper's Friend, Magic Erasers, vinegar and baking soda....nothing works.  If you have had this problem and know of a trick, please leave a comment!

A mimosa bar - and I found some great Parisian cocktail napkins, also at Ross.
The menu - and I forgot to take photos of it all - was French Toast (of course!), Spinach/Artichoke Quiche, Bacon, and Fruit Salad.  Because of the bready French Toast I did not serve muffins or scones.  I did put out some Archway Lemon Cookies - they are light and yummy - as well as some Peanut M&Ms and mints.

Here is the recipe for the French Toast that I make all the time...

This is the French Toast before I popped it into the oven.  I forgot to take photos of the process, but it is SUPER easy.
I have the recipe for years...in 1973 there was  book called 
The Total Woman. It was a "how to be a good wife" book and it was a hoot to read.  But...the author, Maribel Morgan, wrote another called The Total Woman Cookbook in 1980.  I was working in a library at the time and saw the book...and this recipe.  Been making it ever since!

French Toast Casserole  Serves 6  to 8
1 loaf of French or Italian bread
8 large eggs
3 cups milk ( I use milk and that sugar free sweet Italian creamer)
4 teaspoons of sugar ( when I use the creamer I do not use sugar)
3/4 teaspoons salt
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons butter, cut in small pieces
Cinnamon
Grease a 13x9 pan.  Cut bread into 1 inch thick pieces and arrange in one layer on bottom of pan.  I cut as many as I can and try to squeeze them in without squeezing too much. Beat eggs with remaining ingredients except butter and cinnamon.  Pour over bread in pan.    Dot the top of each piece with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon.  Cover with foil and refrigerate 4 - 36 hours.  Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, until puffy and light brown.  Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.   Top with hot maple syrup and serve with bacon or sausage.


We always have music playing, and for this occasion we pulled out our Paris CDs.  It added such a nice touch to the day !
I even tried to dress Parisian....and I did not get a great photo, but I also used a RED lipstick.

We had a lovely time...and it made us want to return to Paris soon. We have other trips planned for next month and the future...but you know what Audrey Hepburn said...
"Paris is always a good idea!"
Do you like to entertain with a theme ?
Are you a dinner or brunch person when you have guests?
Have you been to Paris...what do you love ( or hate ) about the city?
Leave a comment below - and if you have a trick for fixing my water glasses please let me know.  I love reading your comments and enjoy all the blog friends I have made.
Thanks for stopping by Our New Vista!!! 

Sunday, April 7, 2024

April Showers Reading Hours!

 


April Showers Reading Hours

We certainly have had our share of April showers here in Pennsylvania...but that has brought a lot of indoor time enjoy one of my favorite pastimes - reading a good book.
Since this is National Library Week I thought I would share some books that I have enjoyed recently.

Just finished this as it is the pick for our book club next week.  Very fortunate that Kristin Hannah came to Lancaster, PA back in February for an author visit sponsored by the Friends of Lancaster Libraries.   Have been to presentations by several authors in the past few years - and this was a great event.  Kristin Hannah was interviewed by Adriana Trigiani - another of my favorite authors - and it was a wonderful conversation.

An intimate portrait of coming of age in a dangerous time and an epic tale of a nation divided.
Women can be heroes. When twenty-year-old nursing student Frances “Frankie” McGrath hears these words, it is a revelation. Raised in the sun-drenched, idyllic world of Southern California and sheltered by her conservative parents, she has always prided herself on doing the right thing. But in 1965, the world is changing, and she suddenly dares to imagine a different future for herself. When her brother ships out to serve in Vietnam, she joins the Army Nurse Corps and follows his path.
As green and inexperienced as the men sent to Vietnam to fight, Frankie is over- whelmed by the chaos and destruction of war. Each day is a gamble of life and death, hope and betrayal; friendships run deep and can be shattered in an instant. In war, she meets—and becomes one of—the lucky, the brave, the broken, and the lost.
But war is just the beginning for Frankie and her veteran friends. The real battle lies in coming home to a changed and divided America, to angry protesters, and to a country that wants to forget Vietnam.
The Women is the story of one woman gone to war, but it shines a light on all women who put themselves in harm’s way and whose sacrifice and commitment to their country has too often been forgotten. A novel about deep friendships and bold patriotism, The Women is a richly drawn story with a memorable heroine whose idealism and courage under fire will come to define an era.
This was an emotional book to read...and at the author presentation question and answer period, many women came up to the microphone to talk about their experience during that time. Looking forward to our book club discussion next week!

I really enjoy historical fiction....and this was a little different - 

In New York City, you can disappear into the crowd. At least that’s what Gloria Downing desperately hopes as she tries to reinvent herself after a devastating family scandal. She’s ready for a total life makeover and a friend she can lean on—and into her path walks a young, idealistic woman named Estée. Their chance encounter will change Gloria’s life forever.
Estée dreams of success and becoming a household name like Elizabeth Arden, Helena Rubinstein, and Revlon. Before Gloria knows it, she is swept up in her new friend’s mission and while Estée rolls up her sleeves, Gloria begins to discover her own talents. After landing a job at Saks Fifth Avenue, New York’s finest luxury department store, Gloria finds her voice, which proves instrumental in opening doors for Estée’s insatiable ambitions.
But in a world unaccustomed to women with power, they’ll each have to pay the price that comes with daring to live life on their own terms and refusing to back down.

Blending Estee's story with a fictional character made this a fun read.  And learning the origins of the famous cosmetic brand was interesting.

If historical fiction is my favorite genre...WWII is my favorite era.  This was a very moving novel, based on a real person who was a midwife in Auschwitz.
Auschwitz, 1943: As I held the tiny baby in my arms, my fingers traced the black tattoo etched across her little thigh. And I prayed that one day this set of numbers, identical to her mother’s, would have the power to reunite a family torn apart by war…
Inspired by an incredible true story, this poignant novel tells of one woman’s fight for love, life and hope during a time of unimaginable darkness.
Ana Kaminski is pushed through the iron gates of Auschwitz beside her frightened young friend Ester Pasternak. As they reach the front of the line, Ana steps forward and quietly declares herself a midwife – and Ester her assistant. Their arms are tattooed and they’re ordered to the maternity hut. Holding an innocent new-born baby, Ana knows the fate of so many are in her hands, and vows to do everything she can to save them.
When two guards in their chilling SS uniforms march in and snatch a blond-haired baby from its mother it’s almost too much for Ana to bear. Consoling the distraught woman, Ana realises amidst the terrible heartache there is a glimmer of hope. The guards are taking the healthiest babies and placing them with German families, so they will survive. And there are whispers the war is nearly over… Ana and Ester begin to secretly tattoo little ones with their mother’s numbers, praying one day they might be reunited.
Then, early one morning, Ana notices the small bump under Ester’s thin striped clothing…
This is the first in a series of books and I am on the hunt for the next one...The Midwife of Berlin.

I always enjoy a little bit of magic, a little bit of scary, and Nora Roberts never disappoints!  
1806: Astrid Poole sits in her bridal clothes, overwhelmed with happiness. But before her marriage can be consummated, she is murdered, and the circle of gold torn from her finger. Her last words are a promise to Collin never to leave him…

Graphic designer Sonya MacTavish is stunned to learn that her late father had a twin he never knew about―and that her newly discovered uncle, Collin Poole, has left her almost everything he owned, including a majestic Victorian house on the Maine coast, which the will stipulates she must live in it for at least three years. Her engagement recently broken, she sets off to find out why the boys were separated at birth―and why it was all kept secret until a genealogy website brought it to light.
Trey, the young lawyer who greets her at the sprawling clifftop manor, notes Sonya’s unease―and acknowledges that yes, the place is haunted…but just a little. Sure enough, Sonya finds objects moved and music playing out of nowhere. She sees a painting by her father inexplicably hanging in her deceased uncle’s office, and a portrait of a woman named Astrid, whom the lawyer refers to as “the first lost bride.” It’s becoming clear that Sonya has inherited far more than a house. She has inherited a centuries-old curse, and a puzzle to be solved if there is any hope of breaking it…
I really enjoyed this...and can't wait for the next volume of the trilogy to be out in November of 2024.  If you are not familiar with Roberts, give her books a try...she has all kinds - mystery, fantasy, romance, and a whole series under the pen name J.D. Robb.
After reading her Boonsboro trilogy we spent a great few days at Inn Boonsboro - based on her books and owned by the author. 
You can read about our wonderful visit here - 

Lastly...this one by Danielle Steel.  I call her books my "tub books"...one that are an enjoyable read, not too deep, and I can read them in a bubble bath!  
Oscar-winning actress Ardith Law is a Hollywood icon. Radiant at sixty-two, she is the epitome of glamour and a highly respected artist. But her success has come at a she has a strained relationship with her daughter, Morgan, who at thirty-eight still blames Ardith for putting her career before being a mother. Morgan is a successful plastic surgeon in New York City—and the distance from Ardith’s Bel Air mansion is not lost on either of them.
Ardith became a single mother when Morgan was seven, after her unfaithful husband died in a helicopter accident. In recent years, she has found amiable companionship with fellow actor Bill West. But Ardith’s comfortable world is turned upside down when she hires a temporary personal assistant, Josh Gray, while Bill is away filming in London. Josh’s rough-around-the-edges persona is the opposite of what Ardith is used to, but an unexpected tragedy brings them closer, stirring up conflicting feelings in her for this younger man.
In New York, Morgan is swept off her feet by world-renowned TV anchorman Ben Ryan. Though more than two decades her senior, Ben is handsome, charismatic, and just as smitten as Morgan. But when a blackmail scheme puts his career—and their relationship—on the line, Morgan doesn’t know where to turn. Perhaps . . . to her mother? As each woman navigates an unconventional romance, they cautiously approach each other on new terms and attempt to put aside their past for a new future.
This was enjoyable because the main character was older, and it was a good story about love not caring about age.

What have you been reading lately ?  Do you read "real" books, eBooks, or listen to audio books?  I do all three!  Do you purchase your books - or borrow from the library?  As a retired librarian I almost always get my books from the library.  Libraries are such a wonderful resource that many people do not use.  So many great resources for free !   I use Hoopla and Libby to download eBooks and audiobooks, Flipster to read magazines on my tablet, and love going to our new public library in downtown Lancaster to look at the new book shelf...I always come home with a big pile of great books!
Please leave a comment below  -  would love to know what you are are reading!  And give some love to your local library this week...they are under attack and under funded and need your support.
Happy National Library Week !







Monday, March 25, 2024

Ann's Amazon Acquisitions

 


Ann's Amazon Acquisitions!

Seems I have been ordering a bunch of things from Amazon lately and thought I would share the things I am enjoying...
First up is the CD player pictured above.
I know...it looks like an old fashioned CD Walkman - remember those.  Here's the story - We purchased a new car over a year ago and were sad to find there was no CD player in the car.  Found out that most new cars are not putting in CD players...everyone is streaming the music from their phone, or listening to Sirius radio.  And we love listening to our favorite channels on Sirius, but we have HUNDREDS of CD's that we love...and sometimes we want to listen to the entire album, not just songs someone selected to play on the radio.  So...I went in search of a CD player.
When we found there was no CD player in the car the dealer gave me an adapter for a flash drive.  I started downloading some CDs onto the flash drive, plugged it into the port in the console, and it worked great.  Sound through our new car speakers was amazing...but it was a pain to do just a few CDs and not a good option.
So...I figured if the cable could play from a flash drive, I would get a CD player and hook it up with the cable.  Ordered a returnable one from Amazon and it did not work.   Was resigned to the fact that we would just have to listen to our CDs at home.  
Then one day I was listening to an audiobook on my phone and when I got into the car the narration automatically started on the car speakers through Bluetooth. 
SO....I ordered this Bluetooth player and paired it to my car Bluetooth just like you pair your phone...and IT WORKED!

It has been wonderful - we took it on our recent Road Trip to Florida and got to listen to so many CDs we love.  It was easy to install, never skipped, and we love it ! You can find it here - 

I love candles and enjoy the flameless candles with remotes so I can use the timers to control when they turn on.  Many of my old candles were not the "flickering flame" models, so I have been replacing them with new ones.
I purchased these in red and blue...and I love them.  I wish they were rechargeable instead of battery operated  - but for the price they are great.  You can find them here - 



I want to try shredding cheese instead of purchasing packaged shredded cheese, so I purchased this to work with my KitchenAid Stand Mixer.  I have not tried it yet, but it got good reviews and I am looking forward to shredding some cheddar cheese today.  You can find it here - 



I love the soap pumps in our bathroom, but the pumps were showing wear and getting hard to keep clean.  Any plastic ones I purchased did not look great and then I found these  - stainless steel and a great feel.  They work great.  You can find them here - 

With Spring on the way and lots of fruits and veggies at the market I wanted to find something to keep them fresh in the refrigerator.  I found these containers and they seem to work wonderfully.  I used to use the "green containers" by Debbie Meyer and they are great for crackers and other items, but the fruit got soggy on the bottom.  These little drainers keep the fruit nice and fresh.  You can find them here - 



Sock Rings for the laundry !  I found these years ago and they are great for keeping socks in pairs through the washer and dryer.  Over the years the ones I had got old and started to fall apart - and I could not find them anywhere.  When I searched on Amazon, the ones I used to use were $17.99 and then shipping!  I hate when a product I use gets bought out and then shows up at a much higher price.  But, I found these at a great price - with Prime delivery, and I think they work even better than the old ones.   You can find them here- 
Sock Holders



And last of all, added this trash can to our bathroom.  We had a step on trash container and it was always getting pushed into the wall and not opening correctly.  I found this battery operated one and we LOVE it.   It holds a grocery plastic bag inside perfectly so it always stays clean, and it works perfectly!  You can find it here - 

Have you been shopping on Amazon lately?  Would love to hear about your favorite items.  
And wishing a very Happy Easter to everyone, too.  We will be visiting friends for Easter dinner and looking forward to a great day.  Hope it is a great holiday for everyone.  
Leave a comment below - I appreciate each one and love hearing from you!

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Road Trip!

 Road Trip !


Hello everyone !  I have not posted for a few weeks because we went on a road trip adventure to Florida.  In the several years since we retired we have not done the "go to Florida in the winter" thing...but we wanted to see some Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training games and decided to take a few weeks to see some sites.
We started off on a beautiful morning and made sure our Phillies caps were on display for all to see as we headed south.  In case you are wondering about our license plate...I had a personalized plate for years with my name - Ann Y - but when we went to just one car we needed a new tag.  We have been married for 47 years and were never blessed with children, so we say our life is like 
"One Big Date!"


Frist stop was to The Villages  - we have dear friends who live there for the winter and we were blessed to spend a few days visiting with them.  We are not golfers, which is the big attraction there, but we had fun playing bocce several times and exploring all that the area has to offer.  It is an amazing place!

I caught this shot of some birds waiting for the sunset - we were in one of the "village squares" that evening to listen to some great music.

Saw this on our walk...but luckily we saw no gators!!!

We then traveled down to Clearwater to cheer for the Phillies...

It was great to be so close to the players...and everyone there - in the hotel, at breakfast, walking to the stadium - was in a great mood and excited for the Phillies season!


We saw two games...and on this day there were Little League players on the field to get autographs and see the players...

then they joined their position players on the field for the National Anthem.  It was so moving...and you could see how thrilled the kids were to be there!

From there we traveled to Cocoa Beach for a little beach time...this was our view from our room at The Inn at Cocoa Beach.

Great beach weather, wonderful walks in the surf...a great time.

We did not know there would be a launch of the astronauts to the Space Station...and since our Inn was right on the coast not too far away from the Cape Kennedy Space Center, we got to see the launch!


It was exciting to see the launch, and then the booster rocket came back to the pad...and feel and hear the sonic boom a few seconds later.

From there we headed to our next stop, St. Augustine, and The Saint Francis Inn.  We chose Anna's room in the 1791 historic home...

A lovely room

with a cozy sitting area and a small bathroom.  The Inn is supposed to be haunted...we did not experience anything, but apparently the ghosts who haunt the inn are mischievous and not scary.   I am glad we did not see any !!!

A container of cream sherry was in each room....and it was a nice way to finish off the day.

Saw this sign in the dining room...a good idea.  We met some great people at the delicious breakfasts, and then met back at the Inn for Happy Hour to discuss our day.  There was a great selection of local wines and great snacks each day...as well as a dessert offered later in the evening.

Our Inn was in walking distance of historic St. Augustine...and on our way we saw this church which happened to have a service on my birthday.  We attended, and it was such a welcoming congregation.  When the rector learned it was my birthday as he was greeting visitors to the church, he invited me up to the altar for an anointing and a prayer for my birthday.  

We took the Trolley tour around town to get a feel for where everything was located...and it was a great overview on the history of St. Augustine.

The big breakfasts at the Inn called for lighter lunch and we shared a Monte Cristo crepe in a lovely garden in the historic district.

Beautiful city with so much history! 

Celebrated my birthday at the St. Augustine location of the famous Columbia restaurant.

We had wonderful gazpacho...and it was made to order at our table.

Yum...if I knew how good it was going to be I would have ordered a bigger bowl!

No birthday cake...a birthday flan...and the wait staff sang
Feliz Cumpleanos !

Wonderful evening.

Visited the oldest house in the United States...and John really enjoyed this map room.  We did not realize that Florida was split in two at one time - the 14th and 15th colonies.   Learned how Florida changed hands many times over the years.

The grounds were so lovely.

We also went to the Lincolnville Museum...so interesting to see all the displays of the Black community and the struggle for civil rights over the years...the museum is housed in the old Black High School and is filled with information and primary source materials.



The St. Francis Inn...

And right across the street a little park with a statue of St. Francis.  Reminded me of the book "Rabbit Hill", by Robert Lawson. 



It is a children's book, easy read, and a great story for lovers of nature and gardening.  "Enough for all"!


We had great weather on our trip, and the only rain came on our ride home.  We experienced Buc-ee's for the first time - WOW! We loved it...and bought some goodies and other things.  Now we will be on the look out for a Buc-ee's on our next road trip!

Thanks for stopping by Our New Vista and coming along on our road trip.  Have you taken a road trip lately?  Where did you go?  Please leave a comment below - I enjoy all of your comments and love hearing from you.
Have a great SPRING!

Trip !

  TRIP !!! And not the trip we were looking forward to...out for a walk and waiting for the crosswalk to say WALK.  A tractor trailer turned...