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a cool oasis in the high desert


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How do you escape from your everyday responsibilities…

Most people get one weeks vacation a year, if they’re lucky. So how do you escape from the demands of work and family responsibilities…I suggest you pour yourself a glass of whatever makes you happy. I prefer a glass of Malbec. Grab a good book and do a little traveling.
Lately, I have traveled to Nantucket, the Italian Coastline and 1912 Shanghai…next up I’ll be traveling back in time to the fall of Jerusalem.
Where will you travel this year?

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My year (2015) in pics…

Durango, Colorado…Purgatory Ski Resort


Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo…Luke Bryan Concert


Somewhere in Texas, Poker Night…Families that play together make memories.


Austin, Texas…South Congress Ave. Photo OP

Austin I Love You So Much

Angleton, Texas, Rayzurs 6th Annual Best Batch Crawfish Cook-Off…


Bowling Green Kentucky…Corvette Museum.


Nashville Tennessee, Antique Archaeology


Cave City, Kentucky, Diamond Caverns Campgroud…1961 Shasta Airflyte Reissue


Cave City, Kentucky,  WigWam Village, …Teepee Hotels do exist.


Hammond, Louisiana…celebrating another blessed year…Birthday Cake made with love by my MOM


Manvel, Texas, New Hope Church, Going away party…a bitter sweet end to a decade of doing God’s work


Lake Palastine, Texas…spur of the moment camping trip.


Houston Texas…Uchi Sushi Restaurant


Roundtop, Texas…Antique Week


Somewhere in Texas, Spooky Ghosts for the Trick or Treaters…


Somewhere in Texas, Party on the Patio

November fireplace pic

Somewhere in Texas, Christmas Eve Eve, Champagne Punch

Champagne Punch

Lake Jackson, Texas, New Years Eve Celebration

New Year 2016

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Bathhouse Soapery

I love to travel. I love the adventure of discovering new places and meeting new people.  If I had to choose my favorite part of the entire experience it would be keeping it local. When my husband and I travel we seek out locally owned businesses.  We stay, eat and shop local.

Check Me Out

It doesn’t take long to figure out you have met someone who is following the desires of their heart.  All you have to do is ask a simple question about their business.  Their eyes light up and they almost bubble over with enthusiasm over the simplest request.  I understand that big box companies serve a need in communities…but small businesses draw communities together and they are what make America great!


On a recent trip through the Ozarks we stopped in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  The weather was perfect for a little pedestrian activity. Hot Springs is known for their…well, Hot Springs! In the early 1900’s a beautiful row of stone bath houses were constructed. The remaining structures are now part of a National Historic Landmark District and represent the grandest bath houses in North America.

Choices Abound

After walking through the bath houses we decided to do a little local shopping.  Directly across the street from bathhouse row I discovered the perfectly placed Bathhouse Soapery & Caldarium. The place was buzzing with activity. I was about to get my shopping therapy on….

As I meandered around the displays touching and smelling all of the soaps and lotions I eavesdropped on a few conversations…now before you go judging me…it was only so I could get a feel for how people felt about the product.


I discovered most of the patrons were regulars…although this business is strategically located to capture the tourist dollar, most of the people in the store on this busy Saturday were repeat customers.

Soap Bars

At first I was drawn in by the simple window display and the activity going on inside.  The soft color palette of the walls, the chandeliers and fixtures were visually appealing.  The depth of the color of the soaps and scrubs reminded me of the display case at my favorite Gelato shop.  Finally, the girls working in the store were genuinely friendly and exceedingly helpful.

Bath Bar

Needless to say, my shopping experience was memorable.  I selected a half-dozen luxurious handmade soaps; cloud, Moroccan vanilla, peppermint rosemary, honey almond and vanilla oatmeal.  They were individually wrapped in pretty paper and hand labeled.   I created my own blend of scrubs, dripping pear and Cleopatra.  They were mixed and packed in sweet little jars and labeled. I love that each item was labeled so I can re-order my favorites. Maybe even join the soap of the month club…well I don’t think they have one but I could start my own.

Soon, I will plan my own personal spa day, complete with luxurious soaps, scrubs, scented candles, a cup of tea and a terry bathrobe.  All purchased on my travels across America, made by true artisans, sold in locally owned shops.

Street ViewHappy Shopping…Keep it Local!



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Historic Bathhouse Row…

Hot Springs Arkansas is home to Bathhouse Row. This row of buildings are a beautiful collection of eclectic architecture in the neoclassical, renaissance revival, Spanish and Italianate styles. Bathhouse Row is a National Historic Landmark and part of Hot Springs National Park.

Buckstaff-BathouseAre you thinking about planning a Spa vacation…you might include Hot Springs in your list of potential spa experiences. The hot springs are known for their therapeutic healing minerals.

Quapaw BathsThe Quapaw Baths and Spa offer a unique way to experience the hot springs mineral baths. The name comes from the local Indian Tribe that once resided in Arkansas.

Quapaw 2The architecture of these buildings is stunning…Most of the bath houses began to fall into disrepair in the 1960’s when therapeutic bathing began to decline in popularity. Restoration of the baths began in the 1980’s by the parks service. Currently the renovated buildings are leased out for commercial enterprises.

FordycePeople have been enjoying thermal baths for centuries.  Thermal baths are well-known in Europe but are also found in Hungary, Canada, Mexico, Iceland, England as well as many locations in America.

Superior BathsWishing you safe travels!

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Inns of America…

I love traveling around the United States. This country has so much to offer if we only take the time to discover it.
On a recent road trip to Branson, Mo. we decided we would take a side trip and stay overnight in Hot Springs, AR. By chance I was able to book a one night stay at a little Inn.

Little did I know what awaited us at the end of our long drive. I was expecting the typical B&B, a residential home renovated to accommodate multiple guests at one time. However, Lookout Point Lakeside Inn was anything but typical. The Inn felt more like a boutique hotel than a B&B.

Lookout Pointe
We were greeted by the same young lady that I spoke with when I made the reservation. We were quickly checked in, given a tour and shown to our room. And that’s when I knew we had made the perfect choice for our overnight stay.

Room with a ViewThere are 12 rooms in the Inn all of which have a view of the lake.  Our room was well appointed and cozy.  Complete with rocking chairs on our private balcony.

The ViewThe grounds surrounding the Inn are well manicured.  There is a little creek with a waterfall that soothes the senses as you walk through the garden breathing the scent of magnolias and listening to the birds sing.

The InnAnd if time permits and you are so inclined you can take the canoe out on Lake Hamilton.

Red CanoeThe Inn even has there very own Labyrinth.  The perfect place for quite meditation.

The LabyrinthThe Lookout Point Lakeside Inn offered a welcome respite for these weary road travelers.  This Inn is also part of a group affectionately referred to as the Eight Broads in the Kitchen.  I know we will certainly seek out these Inns in our future travels.  I hope you will find yourself staying local in your upcoming travels. Wishing you safe travels off the beaten path.


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Edible Color…

I think I love the colors of a candy store as much or more than I do the flavors. The rainbow of colors in this store were a feast for the eyes. I discovered this family owned gem of a shoppe, Northwoods Candy Emporium on the Landing in Branson, Missouri…IMG_7428Giant Lollipops make me smile…

IMG_7429Fruitful flavors…

IMG_7430A flavor to satisfy every craving…

IMG_7431A swirl of a treat for those who prefer to drink their edible color…

IMG_7432And then there is the sweet creamy indulgence of Fudge…peanut butter is an obvious favorite!

IMG_7433Saltwater Taffy…I only admire these chewy treats from afar…I’ll keep my fillings thank you very much.

IMG_7434However, they do look good sitting on the counter in a candy jar…IMG_7435Chewy delights but not quite as sticky as the taffy.IMG_7440A sweet and sour combination in case you are indecisive…IMG_7442Fruity Sours will make your face pucker up…or better yet offer one to a friend and capture the moment for a funny instagram post.IMG_7443These remind me of quartz crystals…very pretty!IMG_7444Need I say more…

IMG_7446I have a perpetual sweet tooth…help me out by sharing your sweet posts.


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