Nomad on the Loose – 2013 Recap

Last year was a busy one. Some challenges and some fun.

My child’s father, Nicholas, died a year ago today after a battle with cancer. In February we traveled to Milwaukee to bury him. We stayed a couple of extra days and saw the IMG_0092 Quadracci Pavilion and the Alumni House at the University of Wisconsin.



I posted 43 recipes and published my cookbook 52 Food Fridays on Amazon. IMG_1551 Baked Asparagus was my most popular recipe. 




I started writing for the Baltimore Post Examiner. Check it out – there is a good post on Boarding Schools.

IMG_1418In March I spent four days in Miami reunited with old friends.





In April it was back to Wisconsin for my parent’s 70th Wedding Anniversary. While we were there we enjoyed a quick tour of the Capital building. P1140558




IITA268I wrote a posts on TCK Patriotism HOME and Facebook and the TCK




P1150226In July we went to Halifax, Nova Scotia. A beautiful amazing place – Public Gardens, Halifax Part Two. This piece was so good somebody stole it and put it on their Facebook page claiming to have written it themselves.   After asking him politely to take it down, I had to write to Facebook to get it off.


IMG_2185My local trips included the National GalleryGreat Falls National Park, the Botanical Gardens and Shenandoah Skyline Drive.  


CoverShotI had a promotion on Amazon that gave away my memoir, Expat Alien.  I was surprised when 712 people in the US and 103 people in the UK downloaded it. I hope you all enjoyed it!  Write a review on Amazon!! Help me out!   



20131122-160324.jpgIn November it was a quick trip to New York City.




IMG_0115December took us to Chicago and back to Madison to celebrate some Nomad Holiday Traditions.





What will the New Year bring? My son graduates high school and goes off to college. I’m going to Europe in June. Anything can happen, and probably will. Let’s hope we all have a great year!


Halifax Part Two



From the Public Gardens we made our way up the hill to the Citadel.  It is a star shaped fort that has been restored to its glory during the period from 1869 to 1871.  The 78th Highlanders were in garrison at the time so it is now populated with “soldiers” in traditional Scottish dress.  They conduct tours and provide “color”.















There were several museums inside the fort.  One was a military museum that spanned multiple wars including World War II.  I especially like this lamp.















From there we walked down the hill, much easier than up, and looked for someplace to sit down and have a beverage.  It was hot.  Very hot.  We found a Starbucks and air conditioning and eventually I was ready to continue the tour.

We discovered that they make crystal in Nova Scotia.  We saw several crystal shops and even came across these glass blowers.



We had a decent lunch with some good beer and hit the Maritime Museum.  I learned that Halifax played an important role in the Titanic’s history.  Four ships were dispatched from Halifax in April, 1912, with a minister, an undertaker, a cargo of ice, coffins and canvas bags aboard.  In total they found 328 bodies.  Of those recovered 209 were brought to land and the rest were buried at sea.  Fifty-nine bodies were shipped by train to their families and the rest were buried in three different cemeteries in Halifax.  Religious services were held for all.  There were several recovered artifacts on view at the Maritime Museum.



Detail from the grand staircase on the Titanic


Titanic Deck Chair

Titanic Deck Chair

The next day we rented a car and drove down the coast.  Noah had decided we needed to immerse ourselves in French so we only listened to French radio.  He understood nothing, and I caught bits and pieces.  But the music was eclectic enough to keep us both happy.

We started out trying to find all the lighthouses and the map promised us many.  Turned out either they weren’t there or we couldn’t find them.  We found a few but only one we were at all impressed with.

The countryside, however, was spectacular.