Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

Reed Reflection!

October 8, 2018

Reed ReflectionHere is the second (of four) original works of art that I was able to acquire while on vacation this past summer.  I always enjoy the art culture in the Northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan.  I acquire this one at the Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair (which is always held on the last weekend of July on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College).  The title: Untitled [but I’m calling it Reed Reflection], the artist: Marina Kontorina, the medium: watercolor.  I’m not yet sure where I will hang this exquisite piece [it’s huge — 32-1/2″ x 37″] but I will manage to find room for it on one of my already full walls . . . some creative rehanging may have to occur to achieve this.  Alas, the challenges of the insatiable appetite of an art collector.

Fall Foliage!

September 17, 2018

Now that we are mid-way through the month of September, the fall colors should be just around the corner (depending on where you live).  Here is an infographic that explains how we get the various colors (courtesy of the Chicago Botanical Garden).  If you planned on traveling to experience this phenomenon, here are the best fall foliage trips in the U.S. (courtesy of Fodor’s Travel).

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Good Harbor Trail!

September 13, 2018

Good Harbor TrailThis year proved to to have great timing for allowing me to attend more than one art fair while on vacation.  The Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair is always held on the last weekend of July (on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College) followed by the Sutton’s Bay Art Festival which is generally the first weekend of August.  For whatever reason, I rarely am able to attend both events.  Needless to say, I made the most of my opportunities and purchased several new works of art for my collection.  Pictured here, Good Harbor Trail (measures 21″ x 25″), an original oil painting by Rebecca Deneau, was the first piece to tug at my heart at the Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair . . . I purchased two additional pieces at Crooked Tree and then one additional work when I attended the Sutton’s Bay event the following weekend.   Ah, the joys of retail therapy.

 

Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair!

July 28, 2018

CTAC_logoIt is the last Saturday of July which means that it is time for the Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan.  In its 58th year, this juried art fair brings together more than 100 artists from all over the country to exhibit their works which includes the following media: Painting, Drawing, Collage, Graphics, Leather, Sculpture, Jewelry, Fiber, Wood, Metal, Glass, Photography, Pottery, and Mixed Media.  The fair runs from 9 AM until 4 PM today.

I have been fortunate to acquire a great many works from this art fair over the years and I am anticipating the treasures that I will discover this year.  Fabulous Michigan artists that I have collected from this particular event include: Katie Chichester Mester, Deborah Hoover, and John Fletcher, to name a few.

Post-Travel!

June 18, 2018

Happy Monday!  And, for me, Happy “First-Day-Back-To-Work-After-a-Weeklong-Absence!”  And, while I was away on business attending a conference, rather than away for pleasure, I’m experiencing what is commonly called the vacation blues (or the holiday blues in some countries), or sometimes even referred to as post-travel depression [PTD], a much less common phrase, but actually a more accurate description of my current return.

Following a quick search of the internet, I have come to find out that this is a commonly written about phenomenon.  Who knew?  Here are some recent articles to get you started (and there are many, many more).

The good news for me, there are a few of the common suggestions that I already incorporate into my routine: start planning the next vacation, return a couple of days prior to having to return to work (and continue relaxing, but in familiar surroundings), and exercising while away

Stay Safe Out There!

June 4, 2018

Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, the summer travel season has officially started.  So, be careful when you are out and about and never risk driving drunk (or buzzed), it is just not worth it!  Here is an infographic that highlights some of the dangers.  And, while the statistics referenced in this infographic are a bit old (2012) you can always get more up-to-date statistics from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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Unheeded Warnings!

April 14, 2018

Despite receiving numerous warning of sea ice, it wasn’t until her lookouts actually saw the ice that the danger was realized and by then it was too late to take evasive action.  The Titanic struck the iceberg at approximately 10:40 PM and began sinking on this date in 1912.  A tragic event indeed.   When they made the movie “Titanic,” I’m sure the Hollywood took more than their share of liberties with the story (for entertainment value, of course), but the theme song, “My Heart Will Go On,” by Celine Dion continues to stir my emotions.

The Pony Express!

April 9, 2018

The Pony Express, utilizing horse and rider teams in relay fashion, was an early mail-delivery system between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California (more than 2,000 miles).  But did you know . . .

  • they were more than twice as fast as their competitors?
  • they were a financial failure and only remained in business for nineteen months?
  • there was a weight limit on the riders?
  • the riders were required to take a loyalty oath?
  • the mail was carried in a specially designed saddlebag?
  • the cost kept ordinary people from using the Pony Express?
  • one rider completed a 380-mile run in less than two days?
  • the riders didn’t have the deadliest job?
  • Buffalo Bill Cody was not a Pony Express rider?
  • the transcontinental telegraph is what put the Pony Express out of business?

Source: www.history.com

Oops!

February 22, 2018

Luckily this has never happened to me (yet), but I can only imagine the sinking feeling if it ever did.  And, while this is meant as a joke, I wonder how many times in a day that this actually occurs?  Enjoy!

A woman went to the airport for a flight to Omaha. She joined the long line at the security checkpoint for Concourse B, and waited. By the time she reached the head of the line, it was clear that she would miss her flight if it took off as scheduled.

The guard took a look at her ticket, and said, “I’m sorry. You’ve got a problem here.”

“Yes,” she sighed. “It looks like I won’t make this flight to Omaha.”

“No,” the guard explained. “This is the line for missing the flight to Houston. The line for missing your flight to Omaha is at Concourse C.”

Necktie of the Month – January 2018!

January 3, 2018

Necktie - Fireplace ReliefHappy Wednesday!  Here is the latest necktie that I have added to my collection. This one represent an architectural design (courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright) and is titled: “Fireplace Relief.”  I found this particular necktie while visiting the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art back in September.  I had just completed a wonderful holiday weekend in the Eureka Springs (Arkansas) area and strategically planned a trip to this museum on the way back to Tulsa.  So, while perusing the assorted art-related items in the gift shop, I came upon several neckties and ended up taking this one home.  I also found an amazing table lamp that I purchased (will post this lamp sometime next month). This necktie will pair best with my browns and other earth-toned dress shirts.  Shown here with my beige shirt, it should also go well with my brown shirt for sure (not quite the same brown that is the background of the tie, but it should compliment this hue quite nicely) as well as my standard white shirt.  And for that really bold look, my bright orange shirt (or possibly even the pale orange one) will really make this necktie pop!   Woohoo!