We're Doug and Kim, a Baby Boomer/Gen X couple in
Pittsburgh, PA Louisville, KY.
We try to live sunny-side up and count our blessings - even through the hard work of navigating the day-to-day and planning for our future. Because of that, we named our blog a mash-up of "gratitude" and "vibe". It suits how we are most of the time.
And with big grativibes, we're sharing with you our favorite recipes, places, hopes, dreams, and strategies for making the most of our time here on Earth.
Who We Are
Kim here! I've had a meandering career path, but my passion has always been food. From a young age, I've loved spending time in the kitchen, making delicious things for my friends & family.
For over two decades, my day job was in transportation engineering as a drafter and software developer, and then as a federal planner. More than anything, I was probably best known for organizing potluck lunches!
I got asked for my recipes, and from that sprouted my first food blog. That became a personal chef business that grew to include boutique catering. The blog took a back burner to the business for many years, but now it's back with a new name & logo - with Doug writing a post here and there.
Doug is an engineer with a creative streak. He is not a financial planner, but he has a business degree and financial background and makes a mean spreadsheet! In his quest to secure a great retirement, he has read many articles and books, learned from his own investing, and run into challenges. He loves helping others and has created his own tools that he wants to share with you.
The plant in the logo is commonly called goldenrod, a North American native plant. It's an herbaceous perennial, which means that it makes a comeback no matter how harsh a season it's weathered. Kinda like us.
Our logo features goldenrod because these bright blooms symbolize encouragement and growth and good luck! Also, yellow is thought to stand for creativity and for inspiration in life. It's everything we hope our blog means to you.
We have goldenrod planted among other native plants along our driveway. We love it for its late summer cheer. We also love that the pretty yellow blooms provide crucial support for many pollinators, including the honeybees and butterflies. It's an underdog that comes through in a big way.
A little known fact about goldenrod: It is not to blame for seasonal allergies. Its pollen is actually too sticky and heavy to become airborne. So cast those watery-eyed, judging stares at ragweed!
Don't be a Stranger
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