As I sit here listening to the wind howl in Iowa, I am basking in a patch of sun on the bed, wondering how to finish the year on my blog. After vacillating between returning to France and more recent ventures, I settled on recent-a visit to the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Normally I spend all my time in the butterfly house, but since my family and my sister’s family were both there, I decided to branch out. We explored the paleontology wing, the gemstones and a shell display before we had to go. Such fun and beauty! Enjoy!