Papa’s Surprise 75th Birthday

My Padir turns 75 today! This year my family finally managed to throw him a surprise party.  We have been planning on a surprise birthday party for him since he turned 70 but every year we end up celebrating it his preferred and usual way - quiet and just with his family and friends. So… Continue reading Papa’s Surprise 75th Birthday



It's an insect-kind-of-day today. Lake Jacomo - same place we go to everyday to take a walk and unwind yet everyday there's always new things to see.  Today, aside from the bunnies, deers, hawks, and prairie dogs, dragonflies and several insects are everywhere too. I told Tashi, dragonflies make me feel like I'm in a… Continue reading Insects


Wildlife Habitat Trail

Day four of our Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center visit and today Tashi decided to explore the Wildlife Habitat Trail.  The trail is 1.50 miles with a short/long loop option and gravel base surface. It was a little hot today but the trees provided shade which made our walk comfortable and more enjoyable. Burr Oak… Continue reading Wildlife Habitat Trail


Backyard Bliss

Nothing better to get up to the birds chirping and the sun shining. It was a good thing to clean the birdbath last night and pour fresh water in it. I think it attracted the birds and made it their spot for taking a bathe this morning. It was so nice to see them enjoy… Continue reading Backyard Bliss


Watkins Mill State Park

Tashi and I's daily late afternoon walks by the lake reminded me of the Watkins Mill State Park. If I remember it right, we went there last September 2015 and walked around the lake without realizing it was a 5-mile walk. The park is huge and very pretty.  It offers a variety of activities to… Continue reading Watkins Mill State Park


Black Bean Veggie Burrito

Third time to make tortilla/wraps for Tashi this week.  This time it's black bean veggie burrito for lunch. Ingredients 1/2 cup chopped red onion 1 cup chopped red bell pepper 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed 1/2 cup julienned carrot (I used frozen carrots) 1 can black beans, rinsed, drained 1/2 cup diced tomatoes ( I… Continue reading Black Bean Veggie Burrito


Lake Jacomo Marina

We didn't learn our lesson.  After getting lost this morning (but ended up at the beautiful Marina) we went back this afternoon and got lost again.  This time, google maps just stopped working after announcing we've reached our destination. We haven't. We are in the middle of the road with no sign of the lake.… Continue reading Lake Jacomo Marina