Pictures from the Passenger Seat - December

Hubby and I love to take day trips around Texas. Sometimes we head out on our own (most times without a map!) and other times we hitch a ride with family members or friends. Recently, we hopped on board and joined hubby’s family for a trip to the Hill Country in Texas. Here are a few Texas treats for you:

Military-themed painting on building.

I love how they honor our military here.

 

Ranch entrance

Wow! This is spectacular close up.

 

Bull

Look who you can meet on the side of the road.

 

Wine tree

Hmm…wine grows on trees?! Why didn’t anyone ever tell me this! Seriously, this is a really cute idea.

 

Pumpkin artwork

A little Hill Country pumpkin art.

 

Robo Cowboy

This guy is over six feet tall and scary looking. Kudos to the artist. Amazing!

 

Metal sculpture

I think he’s a little rusty!

 

Longhorn steer

I can hear him saying the slogan, “Don’t mess with Texas!”

 

Traveling tip: Leave your debit and credit cards at home. There are too many ways for someone to capture your cards and drain your accounts. Instead, pick up a pre-loaded debit card (I get mine from our local credit union) and use that on your vacation. Just keep your receipts in an envelope and subtract from the balance as you go. Also, gift cards to certain theme parks for admission and restaurants are alternatives to having to carry your own cards or lots of cash.

I hoped you enjoyed a little slice of Texas with me. There’s always something new and fun to see in and around Austin. Thanks for coming along for the ride. Until next time, friends…

Enjoy,

Laurie

So proud to win!

I’m so excited to share this with all of you! If The Shoe Fits (romantic comedy) and Runaway Wife (women’s fiction) won 1st place in their genre categories in the Cover The Words Cover Contest through the Yellow Rose RWA chapter! Here are the covers and the ribbon!

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Thank you to everyone who took time to vote on them. I may have a concept or idea on how I’d like the cover to look; however, my cover designer, Lyndsey Lewellen of Lewellen Designs created these amazing covers! I’m so proud of Lyndsey!

Thanks again for all your support. It means the world to me!

 

 

Pictures from the Passenger Seat - August

To beat the Texas heat, hubby and I headed north. Here’s what we found at Bradley International Airport in Hartford, CT.

Beauty Cart

Isn’t it adorable? I’m going to work this into my Once Upon A Romance Series. It’s perfect for King’s Department Store, don’t you think?

 

First stop, Kimberly Rocha’s annual Beach BBQ at Lido Beach in New York. We had a great time with the Book Obsessed Chicks Book Club, readers, and authors!

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Sunny with lots of new friends! Creative Crafts by Liz (Whelehan) made the quilt, had all the authors sign it, and donated it to a breast cancer survivor! Btw, Katie, Liz’s daughter and a sweetheart, is holding up the quilt.

 

Next, we went to New England to visit family and friends. We did grab a bite now and then. (Can’t get enough of our hometown favorites! Have you ever had a Del’s lemonade or Rocky Point Clam Cakes?)

Foods

We had to get a sausage grinder (sub in other people’s language), pepperoni pizza, clam chowder (a.k.a. chowdah) and clam cakes, and lots of other goodies along the way. Can you say, there goes the diet?

 

We did find a few landmarks and tourist spots to visit in Newport, RI and Boston, MA.

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Loved taking the trolley tour and seeing the spectacular mansions and breathtaking views in Newport. We toured the JFK presidential library and came away in awe at the simplicity and beauty of the place on the bay.

 

Last but not least we found some fun yard art in our travels!

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Hubby and I love to find unique places, fun objects, and some beauties when we hit the road. And we love to share them with you, too.

 

Vacations are never long enough and, sadly, ours did have to come to an end. But, we already have a few in the works for later this year and into next year. (That’s the only way I know how to get over that end of vacay feeling. Hey, whatever works, right?)

Travel tip: Bring along a large accordion size whatzamagiggy folder to keep your travel paperwork in, divided into sections for plane tickets, car rental papers, hotel reservations, receipts, etc. It keeps all the important travel docs in one place and saves time from having to search through every pocket or zippered compartment in your purse, tote, or carryon. Make travel easy and fun and hopefully stress free!

Enjoy your travels! Hope to meet you along the way!