Welcome 2020

January 04, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Welcome 2020

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Just like that we are into a new year and a new decade. It’s hard to believe how fast the year has gone. I feel like it was just yesterday, last January, that my husband and I sat down and scheduled all our camping for the year. Between camping, traveling with friends and leading workshops, I traveled to eight states and put on approximately 17,000 miles. You’d think I would be tired of traveling, but I am not. I am looking forward to the adventures that 2020 will bring.

I am not big into new year’s resolutions, and I don’t make them, though I do look at the new year as a kick off spot for a reboot on everything from finances to healthy life style choices. And with the turn of the calendar it’s a great time to plan the year. Planning does include personal goals, such as eating healthy and setting new fitness goals. We also take a look at our finances and ways to de-clutter, though I must say travel is always at the top. This year will be a little different because there will be more travel. YAY!


My husband and I love the RV lifestyle and the variety of places we can go. We have developed some close friendships with several other couples that enjoy camping. We have a lot of fun, hiking, biking and exploring new places with others. Last year we did a 2400-mile loop that started in Minnesota, took us through Wisconsin, a large portion of Michigan and back through Wisconsin landing us back in Minnesota. We also enjoyed Palisades state park, just across the border in South Dakota. It’s a tiny little park, but very beautiful and unique. And of course, we knocked off a few state parks in Minnesota.

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With the launch of Inspire Photo Tours, I traveled to Northern Minnesota and Colorado leading workshops. I will be teaching more workshops and presenting at more organizations in 2020. I will also be exploring several other locations in anticipation of tours to be scheduled in 2021. Super cool and I can’t wait to tell you all about upcoming adventures. Sign up for news alerts on the Inspire Photo Tours website to keep informed on upcoming trips.

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January is also a great time to start planning home projects cleaning and organizing and thinking about what to plant in the garden. It’s hard not to when you get at least one garden catalog a day. It seems weird, but it does make you think about spring and warm summer days.  I do love my garden. Going down to pick produce an hour or so before dinner. When my kids were little they would just go down to the garden and pick their snacks. Then they discovered junk food and all that was over.


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I didn’t get a garden in last year. Between the weather and the schedule, it just didn’t get done. I really missed it. I also missed making wine and my salsa. The whole family was sad about the salsa. It’s a little bit sweeter than normal salsas, but that makes it SO good on breakfast burritos. I’ll add the recipe here in case you want to give it a go, though make sure you adjust it to meet your “heat” needs.



What are you waiting for? Plan those trips and get all your spring cleaning done now so when the weather turns warm you can get out there and enjoy all that 2020 has to offer.

I wish you and your family health, happiness and the best of adventure!


Kristy & “the Office Staff”




4 tomatoes, peeled & chopped

2 cups onions, chopped

2 cups peppers, (any mixture see below), chopped

1/2 to 1 cup vinegar

1/2 to 1 cup brown sugar, packed

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Peppers: any mixture: green, red, red chili, 2 jalapenos, etc. The hotter the pepper the spicier the salsa.

bring to boil, then reduce heat to med-low and simmer until the desired consistency is reached (3-8 hours). Stir every 1/2 hour.


Place in sterile jars & seal. Cover the jars with at least 1-inch of water. Bring to a rolling boil and process for 15 minutes (20 minutes for altitudes 1000 to 6000 ft, 25 minutes above 6000 ft). Then turn off heat and let the jars sit in the hot water for 5 minutes.









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