Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Reflection - Lesson Learned

Freddie (1996? - 2016)
On April 1st, I was unsure what my theme for the 2016 A to Z Challenge would be. But, after the first week, I figured I'd continue posting pictures from my trips.

X was the hardest for me, so I decided to dedicate that post to Freddie. Despite her advance age and an illness, she continued to fight. Unfortunately, the day after the post was made public, she had to be put down.

To honor Freddie, I will determine my goals then go after them.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Zombie Zebra at the Zoo

At the end of last year's A to Z Challenge, I joked about writing a novel about a zombie zebra at the zoo. But, since I have zilch, I will end with of my favorite photos from the Central Park Zoo.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Yellow Beck Hornbill Bird

This bird appears so serious as he poses for this picture. I shot this picture while I was practicing taking indoor photos without a flash.

Thursday, April 28, 2016


Freddie and Her Box
Because of an ear infection, Freddie has had trouble walking for the past several days. However, on Sunday she was determined to climb onto the sofa. It took her five minutes of clawing before she achieved her goal.

Her moxie was a reminder not to let anything keep me from achieving my goals. Whether it is visiting every state or trying new challenges, like horse back riding or ice skating, I need to go for it.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wave Hill

Aquatic Garden

I finally caught the shuttle at Van Cortlandt Park to Wave Hill, one of five Botanical Gardens in New York City. Here I had to pleasure of finding a frog sitting in the plants in the Aquatic Garden.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Van Cortlandt Park

Grand Central Stones

I missed the shuttle to Wave Hill and decided to explore the park while I waited for the next bus. These stones that sit along the Putnam Trail were used to determine what stones would be used to build Grand Central Terminal.

Monday, April 25, 2016

United States Capitol

I visit Washington, D.C. at least once a year. Whether I'm there to do research for my family tree or a novel I'm working on, I always take time out to explore the sights.

Saturday, April 23, 2016


San Antonio, Texas
I attended a conference in San Antonio and the hotel was along the Riverwalk. During the morning, the area is peaceful, but by sundown, it is bustling with activity.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Sleepy Hollow

I traveled to Sleepy Hollow to do research for a novel. While I had to stop in the cemetery, where Washington Irving, the author of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," is buried, the Philipsburg Manor, which is across the from the cemetery, really fascinated the history buff inside me.

Thursday, April 21, 2016


Wilmington, DE
When we visited Wilmington, DE, most of the businesses were closed on Sunday. Therefore, there was not much to do besides strolling down the Riverwalk while we waited for the bus to go back home.