Return of Traditional Summer Activities & Family Visits

Return of Traditional Summer Activities & Family Visits


Hello all! Sorry I haven’t posted in a bit. But, we’ve been busy enjoying back-to-sorta-normal summer activities with family and friends. Rather than living a more virtual existence on the computer or watching TV, I’ve been out and about. How about you?

Following ten days in Philadelphia, we drove back across the state with my mom and Whiskey — the puppy, not the alcohol lol! She spent nearly three weeks here with us enjoying summer activities, including trips to the zoo and aviary.

A couple of weeks later, we had the best July 4th in years! Both our adult sons were here for an extended visit. It was a big dose of happiness and fun!

There was a Pirates baseball game, riding roller coasters at Kennywood, dining out at favorite restaurants in different parts of the city, and playing amusing games together. On July 4th we all pitched in to create a wonderful meal on the porch, followed by fabulous community fireworks.

Bird Bonding at the National Aviary

Bird Bonding at the National Aviary

Mr. Buzz and I have been trying to enjoy a local excursion once or twice a week this summer. Recently, we spent a wonderful afternoon at the National Aviary.


Pittsburgh is extremely fortunate to have both a world-class zoo and aviary. They are completely separate and located in different parts of the city. When the boys were small, we went often. Birthday parties were held there. Many times, visiting grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins joined us.

While vacationing this past June in Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, we were awed by the diversity and beauty of nature and wildlife. In particular, was the experience of seeing so many rare and endangered birds; including the Andean Condor, Galapagos Penguin, and Blue-Footed Booby.

I get goosebumps and choked-up when I think about what an incredibly moving experience it was to see exotic birds up close, in their natural habitat.

Upon returning home, we realized it had been years since we’d visited the National Aviary — located right in Pittsburgh. Come see why so many birds of a feather flock here!


Spring Flower Show, Brunch Ward Off Winter’s Chill

Spring Flower Show, Brunch Ward Off Winter’s Chill

It was depressingly cold outside, when I saw the feature in Sunday’s newspaper on the start of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens spring flower show.


Hubby was game, and suggested we go out to eat too. So after dragging ourselves to the gym, we came home, showered and headed downtown for a lovely brunch and afternoon among flowers.

As a holiday present to ourselves, we recently joined Phipps as members. As I discussed in Christmas Card from Old Quebec City, Mr. Buzz and I decided to give each other experiences rather than things this year.

Our first visit as members was just prior to New Years, taking you with us in the post, Magical Phipps Winter Flower & Light Show. In retrospect, it was a lot colder, actually frigid then.

Come with us on an impromptu, lovely way to ward off the winter blues.  (more…)

Illuminating Visit to the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh

Illuminating Visit to the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh

The Andy Warhol Museum is located on the North Shore of Pittsburgh, the place of Warhol’s birth and my home town.

Although the museum opened in 1996, my husband and I had never been there until a couple of weeks ago.

I’m not sure if we should have gone sooner, or the time was just right, but we really enjoyed our visit. It was informative, interesting and not at all what I expected. A most pleasant afternoon.

Andy Warhol was an American artist, director and producer, and leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. The Warhol claims to be one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world. It features paintings, works on paper, published prints, sculptures, photographs, films and videotape.

Located in nearly 90,000 square feet of what was once an industrial building, the museum spans seven floors of gallery and exhibition space. Come along for highlights of our Warhol visit. (more…)

Magical Phipps Winter Flower & Light Show

Magical Phipps Winter Flower & Light Show

The Gift of Membership

Join me on a nighttime tour of Phipps winter flower and Christmas light show.

As I mentioned in the post, Christmas Card from Old Quebec City, my husband and I gave each other gifts of experiences this year. After spending a fabulous four-day weekend in Quebec prior, we agreed to a modest budget for presents on Christmas Day. One gift was a couples membership to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, along with a timed ticket to the holiday lights show.

It was the perfect evening to go too, because it was the same day our sons flew home. We both needed something to shake off the blues. It was awfully cold that night, but that’s where my lovely new sweater wrap came in handy!

Join me now, in the warmth of your home, while we stroll through the conservatory and outdoor Christmas light show. (more…)

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