6 Romantic Getaways Right Here In The Good Old USA

Summer has arrived! At least in my book 🙂

Are you looking for a romantic getaway?

romantic couple on beach

Here’s 6 suggestions where you won’t need a passport:

  1. Hawaii – I don’t even have to name an island or city, basically anywhere is paradise. Sun, sand, palm trees, ocean and volcanoes. It’s a recipe for love. Romance in Hawaii
  2. Charleston, South Carolina – If strolling through a historic town with plenty of art galleries and Southern cuisine is your idea of romance, then Charleston is where you should head. This southern town always puts me in mind of the Old South where gentlemen and their ladies would stroll down the street arm-in-arm in their best clothes. Romantic Victorian couple
  3. St. Augustine, FL – More history can be found in St. Augustine, Florida. Founded by the Spaniards in 1565, it still has cobblestone streets and historic buildings to please all. Throw in the beautiful beaches and a ghost or two and you have the perfect mix for a romantic getaway. Romantic St. Augustine, FL
  4. Vail, CO – Set in the White National Forest, Vail is home to the Vail Ski Resort. This resort has it all: for winter sports lovers you’ll ski or snowboard by day and snuggle by a fireplace at night or for summer sports lovers you’ll golf, hike and enjoy festivals by day and take moonlight walks at night. All year round this is the place for romance! Romantic Vail, Colorado
  5. Niagara Falls, NY – Niagara Falls is still a very popular honeymoon destination. If you stay on the US side you won’t need a passport and believe me, there is plenty to do on “our side.” There are hikes, gardens, shopping and of course the Falls to explore to fill your day then conclude it by watching the Falls at night lit-up with colors and fireworks. Even in winter, the Falls are something to see and wonder. Romance at Niagara Falls
  6. Biltmore Estate in Ashville, NC – This 8,000 acre estate nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina has romance written all over it. Tour the house of George and Edith Vanderbilt with its Banquet Hall with 70′ ceiling, library with 10,000 books (my dream library), an indoor pool and bowling alley. Hike the grounds with numerous gardens, both formal and in-formal, visit the historic winery, travel back in time at the Antler Hill Village & Farm then check out the activities at the Outdoor Adventure Center. You can even bring your horses and explore the 80 miles of trails! Romantic Biltmore Estate

Romance can be found anywhere you look.

This list could be endless…what places would you add?

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4 Funny Jokes To Start Your Weekend

It’s Friday!

We have a big, holiday weekend in front of us but don’t panic…I’ve got your back. Here are 4 funny jokes to keep you laughing:

Marriage

Q: What’s the difference between love and marriage?

A: Love is blind and marriage is an eye-opener.

 

Weight Loss

All my life I thought air was free…until I bought a bag of chips.

 

Relationship

After waiting two hours for her date, Sarah concluded she’d been stood up. So, she changed into pajamas, made some popcorn and flopped down in front of the TV. Then the doorbell rang–it was her date. He took one look at Sarah and gasped, “You’re still not ready?”

 

Texting Moms

Mom: Your great-aunt just passed away. LOL.

Son: Why is that funny?

Mom: It’s not funny, David. What do you mean?

Son: Mom, LOL means Laughing Out Loud.

Mom: I thought it meant Lots Of Love. I have to call everyone back.

 

(*Courtesy of Reader’s Digest – Jokes )

 

Share these with your friends and I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

To all our military people and families — Thank you!!

Thank You

 

Love Dance

For poetry with passion and romance, try Hector…

Of Love and Passion

10-love-bird-photography-by-max-billder

Love Dance

~

In a dance of colors a feathery display

in this a game of attraction,

words seeking a favorable reaction

to a glimpse of possibilities-

And what I seek but a loving woman

to fill my nights with passion,

 if not love then a warm body,

to carelessly fall

 into my heated arms

for a thousand and one nights

of seductive schemes-

I want to get lost in the charms

of a beautiful woman,

for this dance I will play

all my favorite games

with the brightest colors of all,

hoping love would somehow

find its way to my dreams-

H.O


I wondered what happened when you offered yourself to someone, and they opened you, only to discover you were not the gift they expected and they had to smile and nod and say thank you all the same.”

― Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

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What Can Spring Teach Us About Life?

Everyone loves Spring, even with the high pollen levels that come with it.

Spring

You’ve just survived a long winter of snow and brown, leafless trees. Those first flowers and tender green leaves popping from the trees are like an espresso on the morning after a really late night. You smile, your energy increases and (if you’re like me) you itch to get out to work in the garden/yard.

gardening tools

We all know life is hard, full of trials and tribulations.

  • They can be health issues, financial troubles, emotional trials or even grief from the loss of a loved one or a broken relationship.
  • They can last a few days, a few weeks or even a few years.
  • They may even occur together or overlap each other.

But, one thing they all have in common is that eventually the issue will be resolved.

  • Financial troubles — you get a new job, you refinance your mortgage or maybe you sell a few items to get ready cash.
  • Health issues — you get cured, get on the correct medicine or recuperate from a surgery.
  • Emotional trials — you get a new therapist, you adjust to a new medication or you get some much-needed support.
  • Grief — you “learn to live” without the loved one (that’s about all you can do), you get back into the dating pool or you rebuild your self-esteem damaged after an abusive or bad relationship.

Since the trials and tribulations are so rough getting through, it makes the upswing afterwards like Spring after a tough Winter. The sun feels warmer, the trees are budding out and early flowers are popping up everywhere. Rejoice!

daffodils

So whenever you are going through a rough patch in your life, keep in mind that a Spring is on the horizon. Sooner or later, this trouble will be resolved and you will be celebrating a Spring.

Here are a couple inspirational quotes that may help:

“This too, shall pass.” (Bible)

“The sun will come out…tomorrow…” (Annie)

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you.” (Walt Whitman)

 

Photo Challenge: What Makes Me Smile

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is smile. Boy, that’s an easy one because so many things can put a smile on my face.  Some that top the list would be nature, my family, gurgling babies and cats. There’s a very good reason why there are so many funny and adorable cat photos and videos online. It’s to make people like me laugh and smile, boosting our mood and lowering our stress level.

So here are a few photos of my two, adorable smile-makers. I hope they give you a big smile, too.

cat in a box

 

cats at the door

 

cat

 

cats in bathroom sink

 

cats in laundry tote

Have a great day and share a smile with someone else today. A smile is universally understood. 🙂  🙂  🙂

Photo Challenge: Sunrise/Sunset

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is Rise/Set.

We just to live just off the shores of the beautiful Lake Erie. This is one of the many sunsets we enjoyed.

sunset over Lake Erie

Here are a few other photo challenge posts:

Ahhh, So Serene

Air Plant Collage

Scenes From Atop

 

8 Romance Subgenres To Find Your Next Love

It’s March so that means it’s time for Spring and Romance.

Romance

 

The trees are budding and the first flowers are blooming…turns a female heart to her next Romance read.

read romance

With so many Romance subgenres, there truly is a Romance for everyone!

Here is a list of the Romance subgenres and a few authors to try within that subgenre:

  • Historical Romance – That’s right, it’s romance that takes place in the past, most often in the American West, Medieval England and Regency England. Here are some authors to try Mary Jo Putney, Amanda Quick, Beatrice Small.
  • Contemporary Romance – These take place in the present and tend toward humorous and often suspenseful. (This is my favorite romance subgenre and the type of books I like to write.) Some authors to try would be Jennifer Crusie, Elizabeth Bevarly, Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
  • Category Romance – These romances are often shorter and written in series. Some authors to try would be Suzanne Brockmann, Elizabeth Lowell.
  • Futuristic and Fantasy Romance – These romances are obviously written in the future or in an imaginary world. Some authors to try would be Dara Joy, Susan Grant.
  • Paranormal Romance – You guessed it. These romances contain vampires, ghosts or other creatures. Some authors to try would be Susan Krinard, Christine Feehan.
  • Time Travel Romance – Just like the name implies, these romances involve traveling in time. Some authors to try would be  Lynn Kurland, Sandra Hill.
  • Gothic Romance – These are mostly romances of the past with authors such as Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart (I love these old ones!).
  • Romantic Suspense – These books generally involve plots dealing with drug dealers, smugglers and stalkers. Some authors to try would be Susan Anderson, Tammy Hoag, Melinda Leigh.

So go out and try new subgenres, you’re bound to find your next Romance love. And never be afraid to try a new author, hundreds come out each month.

What are your favs when it comes to Romance reading?