I love cats. I always have. I grew up with them which I know makes a huge difference in terms of having an affection for the feline species. I’ve also been fascinated by the ‘big’ cats in our world, like lions and tigers, and feature them weekly in the header of my ‘Fanged Up’ weekday Caris Roane newsletter. One of my characters in the Rapture’s Edge series has a pet leopard. The character, Yolanthe, is quite unlikable except for her love for her leopard.
Can you spell ‘cute’?!? How about ‘adorable’?
This world renowned landmark is a fascinating ancient Inca estate located high in the Andes Mountains of Peru. I’d heard the name ‘Machu Picchu’ many times, but I didn’t have a mental picture associated with the name. All I knew was that it was in the mountains somewhere in the world. Yes, I’m always amazed at how much I don’t know and how much there is to learn.
This post will feel a little similar to the previous Giethoorn cottages of the Netherlands. Mostly, I couldn’t resist doing a brief look at Bruges because of my general fascination with canals and living near all that water. Yes, I do think my interest is partly because I live in the desert. Water anywhere becomes most intriguing, lol!
I thought it might be fun and even meaningful to have a discussion about serenity. How do you manage the stresses of your life?
My earliest memory of San Francisco was from childhood when I flew from there to Los Angeles with my sister. I was five-years-old at the time and the stewardess asked me to pass out gum to all the passengers. I don’t remember minding the experience at all. I received a pair of ‘wings’ for my effort, which I wish I still had. Since I spent part of my childhood in a logging town in northern California, San Francisco has always been part of my memories.
Knights and Armor
Can you say ‘romance’? Fewer figures in Western history better represent romance and chivalry than the Medieval Knight. The advent of gunpowder would end the mounted knight’s reign as the epitome of the warrior, but for several centuries was there a lad in Europe who didn’t want to be a knight?
I was drawn to ice as a topic for this blog because of some beautiful photos I saw on Pixabay. I have to admit, I didn’t have a lot of hope I’d find the subject itself very interesting. Much to my surprise, I learned a whole bunch of things about ice that fascinated and intrigued me.
Deer and Antlers
I had such a narrow understanding of deer before doing this bit of research. I thought deer had a certain kind of antler and the rest were ‘something other than deer’. I think it goes back to my dad hunting deer and coming back with the familiar antlers with a certain number of points.
Time. Deep breath or big sigh. Take your pick. Time governs us all.