Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ohio Wine Country

I'm back!! Wow...it's been almost a year since I last wrote on this blog. I've missed it, and my blogging friends, more than I can say. After thinking about coming back to it many times, I'm finally "taking the plunge" tonight! I thought about starting a whole new blog, but decided I liked this one too much to abandon it. So, instead, I made a few changes, with a slightly different look and an updated profile photo. I'm sure I'll make other changes as I go along...and that's ok. That's the fun thing about blogging, isn't it? There is no "right" or "wrong" - our blogs belong to us! We can do whatever we want...so here goes!

I recently discovered a vineyard and winery called Chateau Tebeau that is less than 30 minutes from where I live! I had no idea I lived that close to a winery! Isn't it amazing when you discover something so fun in your own backyard? I'm still blogging for my city's website and wrote about my recent day trip there and will include the link HERE if you'd like to read more about it. In addition here's some photos I took while there. Our weather could NOT have been more perfect! We (my sister was with me) sat in the gazebo for lunch and it was so relaxing, listening to the waterfalls and the birds, looking at the view.

Have you discovered a special place near you recently that you didn't know existed?

Of course, everywhere I go, I seem to find cats! Those who have followed my blog in the past know that I'm "owned" by 3 cats, Rudy, Sam and Buster. Well, there were two cats enjoying the sunshine at the winery...siblings, no doubt, as they looked so much alike!

I hope you enjoyed this visit to Chateau Tebeau in Helena, Ohio!
Until next time,

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

For all those who posted well wishes and comments on my last blog post, I'd like to say "thank you" and forgive me if I didn't get around to your blog to thank you personally. I'm doing well with treatment and my latest examination showed slight improvement in my vision! Yay!! My very best wishes to everyone and I hope your Thanksgiving was filled with happiness! The photo is a "tablescape" I put together with my Fiesta dishes for a contest I entered on facebook (I didn't win...lol) but it was fun putting together.

Until next time,
Cindy, Buster, Rudy and Sam

Monday, October 28, 2013

Making Changes

Hello Everyone,
Well, it's been quite a year - and we have two months yet to go! I have some news to share with you and an announcement about my blog. Last week I was diagnosed with macular degeneration. It was quite a shock, I must say, and I knew very little about the disease prior to this, so I have a lot to learn.

For those who don't know, macular degeneration is a condition that usually affects older adults and results in a loss of vision. About two weeks ago, the vision in my left eye started becoming blurry. I wasn't concerned at first and just thought I needed a break from the computer. It got worse day by day. Things looked very distorted - especially when I was on the computer or reading. All straight lines looked wavy and bent. At times, the words seemed to slide down the computer screen. To make a long story short - I went to my regular eye doctor, who sent me to a specialist. After a round of tests, I got the diagnosis. The treatment is a regimen of supplements, including Vitamin C and E and Omega 3 fatty acids - and a shot in my eye once per month. They say the vision I've lost in my left eye is permanent (and the treatments are to stop it from progressing further) Thank God my right eye is fine, and I "never say never" so I'm hoping with proper treatment, I may regain some vision in the left one. 

I must make some changes, though, and cut back on my computer time, as that's when it's most noticeable. My regular job requires me to be on the computer a lot, and I'm also still blogging for my town's website. So, I've decided to discontinue this blog. I feel sad, as I've enjoyed blogging and made such good friends throughout the journey. I knew absolutely nothing about how to create a blog when I started, so I'm proud of all I've learned and accomplished. I'll still visit my favorite blogs as often as I can, and I'm still on facebook, so please send me a friend request there, if you'd like. The link to my facebook page is HERE.

Who knows what the future holds. I may decide to blog again in the future, but right now this feels like the right decision. For those who have followed me for a while, all 3 of my kitties are doing well and they'll miss blogging as well  : )  They continue to bring joy to me on a daily basis.

So...now I leave you with a couple of photos I took recently on a country drive. Enjoy these autumn days and the holidays ahead. I'll be popping in now and then on your blogs, with a comment or two and to say hello : )
 God Bless,


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Kendra Thornton: Why We Love Our Hometowns

Travel expert, Kendra Thornton, contacted me recently about collaborating on a blog post about "why we love our homes." I thought it was a great idea and was so excited to work with her - so, of course, I said "yes!" Kendra is a travel advocate, TV spokesperson, PR businesswoman and proud wife and mama of 3 who lives in Chicago, Illinois. She says she "has been packing her bags and traveling the world since she visited the Bahamas at three years old." Kendra Thornton appears regularly as a travel expert on ABC, NBC, CBS and CW affiliates across the country to share travel trends, tips and deals to millions of viewers.

Kendra Thornton
So, before we visit Chicago through Kendra's eyes, I'd like to share a little bit about what I love about my hometown. While Kendra and I are both from the Midwest, we represent two sides of the coin. She lives in the big city and I live in the small town of Tiffin (population 17,963) in Northwest Ohio (approximately 300 miles east of Chicago.) One of the things I love most about my town is the closeness to nature. Not only are we a designated Tree City USA, but we have several beautiful nature preserves located within the city limits and surrounding county. One of my favorite things to do is hiking in the woods, especially this time of year!
 Schekelhoff Nature Preserve, Tiffin, Ohio

 Forrest Nature Preserve, Seneca County

Steyer Nature Preserve, Seneca County
Tiffin has unique specialty stores and antique shops, restaurants, historical museums, and a glass museum (the town was once known worldwide for their art glass production.) I also love that we have a historic theater (The Ritz) that regularly features local productions, and headliners such as Kellie Pickler and LeAnn Rimes. The Ritz also has a monthly "Golden Age of Hollywood" when you can watch old movies once again on the big screen. (I'm an Alfred Hitchcock fan, so I'm looking forward to January when I can see "Rear Window!") Along with this are the other usual advantages of living in a smaller city, such as less traffic and a low crime rate. One other thing I like about living here is the proximity to Lake Erie. I visit the lake frequently and have written about it in a few other posts, one of which can be seen by clicking HERE.

The Ritz Theater

Now that you know what I love about my hometown, let's see what Kendra loves about her home! Enjoy!

Kendra's post about Chicago:
There are so many things to do in Chicago, and having this wide blend to choose from is one of the reasons I love this city. There are several restaurants that we like to go to, and there are also family attractions where we can spend the entire day. No matter what time of the year, there is never a shortage of things to do together as a family.

1. What a View
The Michigan Avenue Bridge, which crosses the Chicago River, is a unique viewpoint of the city that is filled with history. If you visit Chicago, make sure you bring a camera to take pictures of this spectacular sight. The best time to go is in the evening so that you can see the lights of the city. The McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum is right here as well, and provides you the opportunity to explore this historic landmark. This is a great way to introduce young children to some of the background of how Chicago built itself into what it is today.

2. A Different Kind of Entertainment
One of my favorite things to do is attend the theater. The best place to do this is at Broadway in Chicago. Some of the shows are geared toward adults, providing my husband and I with a wonderful date night. However, there are family friendly shows that have put smiles on the faces of my children. Try to get tickets early for the bigger shows because they sell out quickly!

3. Relax the Day Away
If I want to get away and relax, I go to the Peninsula. I wasn’t really sure what to expect the first time I came here with some friends, but I was blown away. It is one of the better places that I have been at to get a massage. There is a full spa, and after I get done with my treatment, I like to enjoy a delicious cafĂ© styled meal in their Pierrot Gourmet. The travel site gogobot, a social site that offers recommendations on hotels and restaurants, helped find this upscale resort for me.

4. It's Not Just the Clothes
I like a good meal like anyone else. The Ralph Lauren restaurant, RL, is one of the best places to go in the city. It is located in the middle of the city so it is convenient to stop in here when enjoying an afternoon in Chicago. The best thing about the restaurant is that it is located right beside the world’s largest Polo store. With a menu featuring numerous American classics, my children always find something that suits them (even my picky eaters!), and the grilled cheese and tomato soup is a Thornton favorite!

From the outdoor activities in parks to the fantastic meals around every corner, Chicago has a little bit of everything. I love enjoying Chicago outdoors in the beautiful autumn months. And if it’s a little colder out, the museums with rotating exhibits and shopping centers are great options. However, regardless of what your tastes are, there is something for everyone in Chicago.

 Chicago Skyline Photo Courtesy: smartdestinations.com
Thank you, Kendra! I hope this inspires everyone to think about what's special about their own hometowns, or perhaps about planning a Midwest vacation to Chicago and the Great Lakes Region!
Until next time,


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