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Has anyone tried this?  I signed up for it a few years ago (with an account through but this was before I had a smart phone and I wasn’t going to buy a handheld GPS unit.  Fast-forward to iPhones and Apps….

Softball is over and we were looking for something to do- I hear a lot more about geocaching on the Girl Scout sites lately.  Thanks to apps and the location devices on our smart phones, you can download and app and find caches.  What are they?  They are containers ranging in size from nanos and micros (think the size of your thumb!) to large ammo boxes.  They will have a log book to sign, and maybe some little items to trade!  Use the app to find caches close to you, and go for a walk…or a hike!  They are EVERYWHERE!  According to, there are over 2,400,000 caches hidden worldwide!

We started looking for caches at the end of July and have over 25 finds so far.  We just hid our 2nd cache today!  We just got our first travel bug and can’t wait to activate it (these are items that travel from cache to cache and their adventures get logged).

You can follow our adventures on Instagram at my.journeys.thru.selfies

Last week we spent the day in Canada at Niagara on the Lake and the Clifton Hill area at Niagara Falls.  Of course, we had to find  a few caches while we were there, and we’re now “international” cachers! :)

You can find out more at and maybe start your own adventures!

Our first cache at Buffalo's Outer Harbor

Our first cache at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor

A cool bird house cache!

A cool bird house cache!

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Putting together our own cache!

Putting together our own cache!

Our first micro!

Our first micro!

Caching in Caz park

Caching in Caz park


found a trackable in Canada!

found a trackable in Canada!

Caching in Presque Isle, PA.  Dropping off the travel bug.

Caching in Presque Isle, PA. Dropping off the travel bug.

This year’s season kept us busy! 3 daughters, playing on 4 teams, and 1 subbing on another team made for LOTS of softball this summer!  Yesterday was the final day of the season. What will we do with all our free time? :)


Our 10U Magic travel team took 2nd place in the Dazzler’s Tournament.  The girls won all 3 pool play games on Saturday and 2 on Sunday to go to the championship game!  My Rae (in the middle, on the left holding the team trophy), pitched 4 games and got MVP for game 1 on Sunday!


Yesterday (July 26th) was the last game day for our house league- award day.  Each division plays and there are awards and pizza after each game.  Our morning started at 8:15am for warm-ups with game 1 at 9am:


Rae’s 10U house team went 9-1 during the season and won the final game 10-8 for 1st place! Rae was given the game ball by her coach (I’m the assistant) for her amazing game.  She made 6 outs, including an unassisted double play while playing short stop. She pitched the last 3 innings; one of them was a 9 pitch inning. The last inning, 2 outs, up by 2 runs, girls on base…and she struck the batter out!


Nina’s 13U house team took 2nd place with a 7-2 win!  Went to the final game in 4th place (with a 5-2-2 record), took a win and placed 2nd overall!  Nina pitched 3 inning with 5 strike outs, only allowing 2 runs, caught 4 pop flies, including the game winning out- the umpire told her to keep the ball that was in her glove because she deserved it!


And, the final game of the day was Juli’s 8U team.  Love this division- no stress, no real drama and everyone gets a first place trophy! :)  Juli played well, hitting pitches (it’s a coach pitch division, but if the batter is struggling, a tee is brought out to keep the game moving) and making outs!

Now for a couple weeks off until the try outs for the 2015 season!

Thanks for letting me brag about my girls- I am just so proud of how far they’ve come! :)

Hope all my followers and readers have a had a fun, eventful summer! Leave a comment describing your summer activities!


More Wine Glasses

Hello all!  It’s been busy (when isn’t it??).  I have  a few more wine glasses to show off- some were given as Christmas presents and I was asked to paint a set for a bridal party!

Here’s a few pics, more pics (close ups of the bridal party glasses) are in the gallery.

and new photos!

I’ve finally updated the website with more of my favorite photos from 2013 and into 2014.

2 weeks ago we were hit with the polar vortex and the Blizzard of ’14.  Frigid cold temps and brutal winds left behind some wintery beauty!  I took a drive up to Niagara Falls and along Lake Erie- here’s a couple of my favorites, check out my site for more!

Flowing and Frozen

Flowing and Frozen

While the falls didn’t actually freeze, there was a lot of ice along the falls, the gorge and in the trees.  It was starting to thaw and all you could hear was “snap, crackle, pop” as the ice fell out of the trees.


Blue River Ice

Blue River Ice

Saw this blue ice along the upper Niagara near the water intakes.  I’ve never seen blue ice before!


Mountains along the Shore

Mountains along the Shore

Along the lake shore were these 10-12 foot “mountains” of ice, presumably from the high winds and below zero temps!

New year, new things!

I have opened an Etsy shop!  Please take a moment to check it out!


2013 in review

Thank you to all my followers and everyone else that has stopped by!  Looking forward to another great year!!


The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 27 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Merry Christmas

I just want to take a moment to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!!!!  Thank you for following me and looking forward to another fun filled holiday season!!



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