Monday, April 13, 2020


So, here I am, already at home, feeling lousy. Last night I took advantage of my local telehealth option, and part of the medical advice was to self-quarantine for two week, and perhaps get the COVID-19 test. Well, I'm home (and working from home) anyway. The good news is that I don't have anyfever, and I'm not in respiratory distress. This afternoon, I called my doctor's office to let them know, and to find out what my next step should be. I talked with a nurse, since the practice is currently closed to patients. She gave me a local number for a testing hotline--yay! She's also passing along my symptoms and concerns to my primary care physician.

We're in such strange times. The work and home lines are very blurred. (And what day is it, by the way?!)

Thursday, March 12, 2020


In a year where I'm working on taking better care of my health, now the COVID-19 (coronavirus) is making the news. There have been a lot of cancellations in my area to help prevent the spread of the virus. I'm hoping that all the precautions being taken will help!

As for me, I'm taking extra vitamin C, trying to eat well and get enough sleep, and (of course) washing my hands a lot! I'm also trying to relax at home and take a break from the coronavirus (and stock market) news.

How are you taking care of yourself?

Thursday, September 26, 2019

All the Books

I've been on a mission lately to whittle down some of the many Kindle books I've purchased, that are just hanging out on my Kindle and Kindle app. SO many books! Some were on sale. Some were recommendations or passing interests. But they're there, almost begging to be read, and I'm growing hesitant to buy MORE books before I finish some of the Kindle books I already own.

For quite a while, having so many Kindle books "on hand" didn't bother me. They were a comfort, in fact, much like having a bookcase full of interesting books to choose from without gathering dust or (in theory) running out of room. Last year was so challenging personally, since both of my parents passed away. I never knew what I'd be in the mood to read, so it was nice to have a wide variety on hand.

Now, though, I'm ready to add some newer books to my Kindle arsenal, but not without dusting off some older purchases and taking them out for a spin. It's taking some effort sometimes, almost like reading for a class assignment or something. It's all good, though, because I'm making progress, and keeping track on Goodreads.

Want to follow my progress on Goodreads? Click here.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Boning Up on French

Over the past several months, I've been reviewing/learning French on a website and iPhone app called Duolingo. Duolingo makes the language learning process pretty fun! There's a little green owl called Duo that pops up periodically with words of encouragement, which I find cute.

I've also tried my hand at Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, and most recently Latin, on Duolingo. The French is easiest for me, since I had French in elementary school, junior and senior high, and a semester in college.

I hope to use my French some day during a trip to France!

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

My 1,000th Geocache Find

Lesley with Steely Dan
I took a vacation day last Friday to make it an extra long weekend (with July 4th on Thursday). The highlight of the day was finding Steely Dan, my 1,000th geocache! George was a big help with bushwhacking through the woods and navigating to the cache.

This (1,000 geocache finds) has been a goal for several years. Goals are good. So what's next?

Monday, April 22, 2019

Easter Weekend Trip to Delaware

A few weeks ago, I decided it was time for a weekend adventure--a nice change of scenery, as well as something to reset the brain. Work has been good but challenging, and my sister and I have been planning our father's graveside service and interment of ashes. All important stuff, but I needed a break. I thought about it, and made a hotel reservation in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Why Rehoboth Beach? First of all, a beach location sounded great! Next, I've never been to Delaware. And it was driveable. Another big lure for me--finding a geocache in a "new" state!

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
My boyfriend had planned to join me, but wasn't feeling well late last week. So, with his blessing, I got up early on Saturday morning and headed north toward Delaware! Between home and Reboboth Beach was a big bridge-tunnel that I was a little nervous about, but looked to save me some travel time. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is 17.6 miles long. I thought I'd be nervous about it, but once I got started, it was really nice! Each side of the bridge (north and south-bound) was two-lane, with plenty of room. The two tunnels were one-lane each way, and little more nerve-wracking for me at first. By the time I came through south-bound, though, the tunnels were a breeze! Whew! The views of the Chesapeake Bay from the bridge were lovely, to boot.

Old Northampton, VA, Courthouse, Eastville
On the way up, I found a geocache in the pretty little town of Eastville, Virginia. The cache was located in the area of the old Northampton County, Virginia, courthouse.

Once in Rehoboth Beach,  I checked into my hotel, found my first Delaware geocache (yay!), then went to dinner at the Pickled Pig Pub (cute name award!). Back at the hotel, I hit the sack early.

Sunday (Easter) morning, I got up early, and decided I couldn't leave without seeing the Atlantic Ocean and the famous Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk. I drove there after checking out of the hotel, and arrived about 7:30 in the
Korean Noodle Stirfry at the Pickled Pig
morning. It was so pretty and peaceful, it was a perfect thing to do! I'm so glad I made the effort.

Afterward, I found another geocache nearby, and then headed toward home.Along the way, I found two geocaches in Maryland and another in Virginia.

This trip was just what I needed, some much needed time away, with the challenge of geocaching. That being said, I was very
glad to get home, which was a good sign!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Planning a Graveside Service

My sister and I have been planning our dad's graveside service for our dad, who passed away in January 2018. The planning has been draining, but also cathartic. I'm mostly excited about visiting with the people who are coming. My aunt from England wins the "farthest distance" award, and I can't wait to visit with her! After my dad's memorial service in January 2018, we had a visitation at the house, and that was definitely my favorite part. So here's to bringing family and friends together!