Hello, I was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, lived on a farm in Massachusetts, moved with family to various locations in Florida, then settled in Melbourne, Florida for all my schooling, got married and finally moved to East Tennessee where we still reside. Really enjoy being part of this online community site.
Camping! For as long as I can remember, my family camped out in the mountains, deserts, rivers, lakes and the high Serra's. Most trips my sister and I were allowed to bring a best friend. There's nothing like grilling food over an open fire, roasting marshmallows and singing old folk songs or playing games together to pass the time. We always had a ton of fun swimming, skiing, motorcycle riding and we made cherished memories that I fondly look back on! To this day, it's been a tradition that my DH and I have kept up with our own family.
One memory I have from my childhood is that of my Dad building me a cute set of bunkbeds for my dolls. My Mom then made bedding for them. After my parents passed away I got all the family photos and unfortunately there was no photos of the bunkbeds. I ended up giving them to a cousin but as time went by wished I had kept them and now would give them to my granddaughter if I had kept them.
I remember our countryside house in Småland, Sweden, where I Spent my childhood summers. My parents restored the house completely. It had no running water or toilet inside, but that was no problem for me as a child. I loved playing with my friend Peter who lived close to us, picking berries and flowers, cykling, camping in the garden or nearby and “helped” the farmers taking in the hay. I have so many happy memories from that place.
I was born in Osaka Japan but grew up in the States. My favorite childhood memory...that's so hard, there are so so many. Growing up, we didn't have a lot of money so family vacations were camping trip. We didn't have money for anything so fancy but we did have a big yellow-olive-y tent and we'd fish for dinner (though dad had freeze-dried “space” stew in case of emergency). Why I think it's one of my favorite memories because it was fun family time (I'm an only child) and we always found something interesting - salamanders, moose sightings, trips to the granite quarry, and I got to meet other kids who were camping with their families. (The absolute best trips, though, were when my dad found campgrounds with flushing toilets and running water...the ports-potty was a poor upgrade from outhouses and ... the woods.)
For me, my favorite place to travel to is Boston. Love that town, so much history there, lots to do and see with the many tours. I told my dh that I would love to spend a month in the city in one of the rental's row houses, just to get the feel of living in a big city.
I traveled the US extensively for business and made time to venture out and about with Clients during my travels. One of my favorite stops was a small park in Boston where "The shot heard around the world" was fired from. It's a simple little park with walking paths and history markers posted here and there. It was unpretentious, just the kind of place you would imagine, for the birth of our nation. I've also seen some of our fabulous National parks, Carlsbad Caverns is one of my favorite stops. But, if I'm being really honest, my most favorite place to travel, was home. No matter where I've traveled, there's simply no other place that brings me so much comfort, than home!
I've always wanted to visit Rome with it's rich history, unprecedented architecture, master works, it would be the trip of a life time. Growing up I always wanted to be a mom. Having my own family was something I always day dreamed about. Of course it didn't hurt that my dad built me a wonderful playhouse and me and my friends would play for hours on end.
First job was "walking beans" as its called in Illinois farm country. Walking through fields of soybeans, cutting or hoeing out weeds or corn growing in the beans. We did it as a family and the money went towards our vacation or a family purchase that wasn't a necessity.