Three Years Blogging Results

It’s Blogiversary time again! Three years I’ve been posting on this blog and have had the pleasure of connecting with so many wonderful people.

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So let’s take a speedy look at the past year…

2016 has been a two-sided coin for me, with some stress and trouble in my personal life but also some great things which kept the year from being a total flop.

  • We sold our house of 30 years and moved south to North Carolina.
  • We had to say goodbye to our beloved Aggie Girl. cat
  • I am 98% done with my second romance novel, tentatively called 2 Cats, a Bodyguard & an Heiress. cat

Some stats for the past year:

  • Over 10,000 views
  • Over 7,000 visitors
  • Over 130 comments

Most of my views come from these countries:

  • United States
  • The Philippines
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom

Some of my most popular posts:

Enjoying introducing people to my first book:

Hong Kong Treasure – A deadly Philippines typhoon stole her memory. Now can a handsome Chinese stranger save her from the danger she has forgotten?

Hong Kong Treasure

 

I’ve also began posting on my Romance website and my Author website. Be sure to check them out for more great content.

So, here’s to three great years of blogging with a big Thank You to all my followers, friends and visitors!

Thank You

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Photo Challenge: Let’s Hear It For Tiny!

This week’s Daily Post photo challenge is right up my alley with life in a tiny way. Besides being called tiny myself, I enjoy creating miniature worlds. Miniature dollhouses, miniature beach house, miniature boat house and miniature woodland scene all 1:12 inch scale. Someday I will jump into an even smaller scale, 1:24.

Some of my tiny projects:

woodland scene

My woodland scene with a mouse house

Victorian cottage dollhouse

My Victorian cottage which houses a Confederate General’s widow and her 12 cats

beach house

This is the tiny beach house I will be working on this winter

Anyone else like miniatures?

Relax At The Zoo To Help Conquer Stress

Do you have stress? What a stupid question, right? Everyone has stress in their lives, but sometimes that stress begins to get out of control. Job loss, health scares and death of a loved one can all boost your stress level sky-high. Unfortunately, these stress triggers are a part of life and we need to deal with them in a healthy way.

This blog post shows one of the many healthy ways I deal with my stress. It’s not going to resolve whatever issues you may be going through, but taking a few hours to enjoy life will lower not only your stress levels but also blood pressure levels.

Let’s go to the zoo!

zoo

North Carolina Zoo – Asheboro

We are enjoying the sunshine down here in our new home state of North Carolina so we headed to Asheboro to get up close with our wild sides. My husband knows of my love of zoos so we bought a ‘companion’ zoo membership for only $79 (two adult day tickets run $30). Which means we can go to most any zoo/aquarium nationwide and get in for free or at least a discount. I plan to get my money’s worth before November 2017 🙂

This zoo covers 500 acres with plants, art and spacious natural habitat exhibits, so you will walk about 5 miles covering the whole zoo. Whew! what a workout. There is a tram system that will take you between major sections of the zoo but it runs on the service road so you won’t see any animals while on the tram. They also rent strollers, wheelchairs and those electric mobility chairs.

bear art

First time I’ve ever been this close to a bear 🙂

We followed the zoo’s tip to best see the whole zoo in one day and after entering the gate, we rode the tram to the center of the zoo and started our walk in the Africa region. This area houses gorillas, lemurs, lions, ostriches, elephants and so many more animals.

elephants

helicopter

Here’s a helicopter that would be used on safari to monitor animals. It was mainly for the kids to climb on but I couldn’t resist climbing in myself.

ostrich

There is also a Zoofari which will take you around the 40 acre safari area to see gazelles, antelopes, rhinoceroses and more for an extra charge of $12 (if I remember correctly). We didn’t ride because the sign said it runs in the morning only (not sure if that was because it was November).

Since we went in November, many of the roadside food carts were closed for the season. One we really wished was open was a pizza oven on the back of an old truck. Jim was more interested in the truck, being the car guy he is 🙂

truck

At the center of the zoo is the Air Hike Ropes Course, an elevated course to test your balance and climbing skills. This was closed on the Wednesday we went to the zoo. Not sure if open only weekends during non-peak dates. This is also an additional fee but looked really fun!

climbing fun

climbing fun

climbing fun

Back at the center we headed to the North America region which houses ocelots, wolves, grizzly bears, alligators, cougars and more.

More art

More art

owl

I love owls!

About halfway through the North American region we checked the time and discovered we only had an hour to tour the rest of the exhibits before they would either lock us in with the animals or kick us out. So, we had to move quicker to see everything and still have time to purchase my t-shirt. I wear a lot of t-shirt advertising places we’ve visited.

t-shirt

When we got back to the truck it felt good to sit down after all that walking but I couldn’t believe how quickly the day went by. What a great way to relax and de-stress. After recharging your battery, you’ll be better able to handle your stress period.

To find out more about this zoo or to donate, check out their website: North Carolina Zoo

To view more of our de-stressing trips, check out Whirlwind Weekend in Philly and Getting Wet at Niagara Falls

Where do you like to go to de-stress and recharge? It can be near or far.

Creating an Optimal Dining Experience with Feng Shui

Let Feng Shui help you have a wonderful Thanksgiving…

Feng Shui that Makes Sense by Cathleen McCandless

frog thanksgiving

This article is taken from my November 2016 Newsletter. To read the newsletter, please click here.

Thanksgiving time and on that day most Americans will be sitting around a table sharing a wonderful meal and giving thanks for all their blessings. When you’ve been lovingly cooking all day long, you want the meal to not only taste good, but be a wonderful experience for everyone there. While feng shui can’t do much to change whether or not you’re a great cook, it can help create an ambience that will make the meal even better. Feng Shui goes beyond how things look (and taste), and addresses how things feel. So with that knowledge in mind, here are some quick and easy ways to make your Thanksgiving meal (or any meal for that matter) as excellent as possible.

Table Shape
Most of the time a formal meal takes place around a rectangular-shaped table. While

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