bedside table


and salt lamp, bowl, flashlight, and clock.

This is a plant stand that my uncle made, but I use it as a bedside stand. Under this top is another shelf near the floor that I use to store my Book of Common Prayer, Bible, journal,  and Kindle.

On the top I have my salt stone lamp (which I LOVE), small wooden bowl that holds my lip balm, red light flash light (makes trips to the bathroom do-able without waking my body completely up), and my small clock.

My iPad mini will fit up there too and I use that to listen to an audiobook as I fall asleep.


girls’ trip

My best-est friend, since second grade, and I got together for a two day trip this week. We always have such a lovely time together . . . talking, eating, and talking. We spent our time together at Spring Mill State Park in IN.

Weather: mid-upper 80s, partly cloudy, but dry

Activities: walking, talking, and eating

Packing List:

  • wearing: t-shirt, cardigan, shorts, unders/bra, trainers
  • in the bag: pjs, t-shirt, unders, yoga pants (for lounging), swim suit, sandals (for pool), sun hat
  • 3-1-1: shampoo/soap bar, face serum, deodorant stone, toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, eye drops
  • Iberian Cube: altoids, Rx & supplements, comb, phone charger, ear buds, mini first-aid kit,




Tom Bihn Co-Pilot in Aubergine 525 Ballistic and Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon.

Dimensions: 11.8” x 10” x 4.9”, 10 liters, 1 pound

My first reaction upon opening the box was, “Wow! That’s really tiny.” In no time at all I was pushing stuff into it just to see what would fit. And I was AMAZED!


After the amazement wore off, I began to think more deliberately about what should go in this bag for a short trip. Here is the list of what fit and in the picture below they are laid out in the same general way they went into the bag.

  • Total weight packed:  8 pounds
  • Main back pocket: jeans (size 8), 3 t-shirts (size small), yoga pants & tank top (PJs), 3 pair of socks, 3 pair of underwear, 1 bra, barefoot sandals
  • front left pocket: 3-1-1 bag
  • front middle pocket: water bottle
  • front right pocket: Iberian cube with comb, soap, deodorant crystal, toothbrush, prescriptions & supplements, flashlight, floss, mini first-aid pouch,
  • back zip pocket (this is so cool, it unzips to create a sleeve that can go over a roller bag handle or it is a open top pocket): Aubergine Cubelet with technology stuff (charger, stand, earbuds) and my Kindle

In my purse, also Tom Bihn, are my glasses, wallet, phone, etc . . . normal purse stuff.


Below are pictures of the bag completely packed. It’s not too bulgy. I added the Co-Pilot to “The List” because it is just that amazing!




Nothing fancy, but pretty effective. When closed, it is about the same size as my 12 oz water bottle. Tucks into my straw bag or black tote and doesn’t weigh a ton. This one is strictly for emergencies when out and about.

I usually just toss on my rain jacket when I am at home and need to be out in the rain. Sometimes if Jasper needs a quick trip out, I’ll grab one of the larger umbrellas that sit by the front door.

Something I am wondering about . . .  is an umbrella or a rain jacket easier when traveling. I have London on my mind . . .

London: hopes & plans


I am planning a trip to London in October 2019. Hoping and planning are two of my favorite things about traveling. I do love the adventure, but I also love all the anticipation and preparation. I haven’t done much traveling since my auto-immune diagnosis. I’m setting out to change that!

I drew up a bucket list during a time of deep struggle and told myself, “Get well, and get going.” It has helped me remember my “why” when things get rough or I wake up achey. I have been working very hard to regain my health and to learn to cope with the permanent side effects. I feel pretty confident that by next Autumn, I will be ready.

and Plans

  1.  We’ve been diligently working to pay off medical debt. It was $20,000 when we started. If things continue along their present course we should be clear sometime in January 2019.
  2. Then I will save and save and save.
  3. I have decided to mainly focus on the Kensington area of London. Hotel picked, flights priced (well, you can really on estimate this far in advance), transportation researched, and days planned.
  4. The planning of days includes plenty of time to just rest. I’ve built our trip around running around in the morning, having a nice lunch out, and heading back to the hotel by 3 or 4. I’ll grocery shop so we have soup/sandwich type dinners in our room.
  5. And my fellow adventurer?  Hannah, Abby, and maybe Abby’s mom. Any other mother-daughter-sister duos want to tag along.

black tote


This is the black tote bag I am using during the cooler months to replace my straw bag. Same use, same stuff . . .

I did some creative switching to make this bag work. It is clearly built to be a purse for a significantly taller gal. So I took off the shoulder strap it came with because at its shortest setting it came down to my knee 😦

Instead I put on one of my Tom Bihn shoulder straps — I believe the one that goes to the Side Kick. and now it can be tucked under my arm or worn cross body.