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1. Keflavik, Iceland

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"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Mark Twain

In typical Dale-Schmucker-family fashion we arrived at the Cleveland airport hours ahead of our scheduled departure. The guys found a place to sit and wait it out and the girls walked about in the terminal feeling slightly caged.

It's midnight and we are waiting at the Wow airlines gate. My ears are arrested by the sound of clicking heels. I turn my head and spot a troupe of flight attendants, the ladies all dressed in hot pink uniforms topped off with perky little pill-box hats, and they are making their way to our gate. Quite a statement, and they are a cute bunch!

At last we board the plane only to sit in our seats for hours, grounded and fighting that imprisoned sensation associated with long delays in tight spaces. There was …

European Itinerary

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There has been an ever-growing sense of surprised delight and eager anticipation permeating our home for the past few weeks and this is the reason why.

The Schmuckers are about to embark on a journey across the sea.


For me, this is the fulfillment of a dream, a hope and a prayer that began nearly a decade ago and has continued until now. When the month of June is left unscheduled but upon further inquiry only one weekend is actually open for all four of us, we grab it with both hands and make plans.

At the announcement that our tickets to London had been purchased, each member of the family had a unique reaction to the news, a response related to the individual style. It's funny what this trip does to us!

  Jacki cheers and claps her hands and turns a cartwheel.  Julian quietly lights up with the widest grin possible.  Mother feels the need to execute a few dance moves or she might burst.  Father is so overwhelmed he declares he must go lie down.
We are all slightly overcome! As th…

From My Garden

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A sprinkling of floral and garden photos from today, yesterday, and perhaps the day before because June is the month of flowers. I might say the same for May and July but neither can quite match June for the awakening of tiny buds, and new blossoms showing us what they are capable of doing with the right amount of sun, clouds, rain and care.


The balcony is a pleasant change from the five previous years in which I've tried plants that simply would not do as they were told. I hope to fasten a few of the sweet potato vines to the railings in the next day or so but they are certainly finding their way down over the rooftop.



Jacki and I are happily gathering flowers, herbs, and vegetables from the backyard garden. The snapdragons are beginning to pop. Lilies and roses have been in bloom for some time. Lettuce, spinach, radishes and herbs have been keeping us supplied for a few weeks already.



It's another golden evening.





All four of us dug into the mulching this week. It looks beaut…