Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Think outside the box - plan a ‘theme’ vacation!

You know the big thing now days is ‘destination weddings’ where the bride and groom pick an island in the middle of the ocean or the top of a far away mountain and all the friends and relatives jump on a plane or ship to enjoy the wedding and festivities.

Well, why not a ‘theme’ vacation?  What is that you ask?  Here is an example, a very good one actually!  I have a friend who loves roller coasters.  He and some of his buds plan their summer vacations around which amusement parks have the best coasters and off they go to get their thrill rides!  The photo is of a coaster he rode outside of Cincinnati, Ohio – I get chills just looking at the photo!  I am thankful he let me share this photo with you.

What a coaster!

Some amusements parks might be in driving distance, while other require a plane ride.  A few years ago my friend wound up here in Tennessee and visited Dollywood and tried out some rides there.  Dolly now has added a brand new coaster, a wooden one, and I bet he would love to give it a whirl.

OK, so you don’t ‘do’ coasters, neither do I!  But there are as many ‘theme’ vacations as your imagination can come up with.  What about a flea market vacation?  Do some research and find out where the biggest and best flea markets are and plan a vacation around them.

If you are a shop-a-holic  I bet an ‘outlet mall’ theme would work well.  There are outlet malls all over the US – just pick a few of the best, load up your wallet, put on your comfy shoes and head out shopping.

There are many National Parks across this great land.  The Great Smoky National Park is the most visited of the parks!  No matter what time of year you visit the views are amazing.

Views are endless!

What about a zoo vacation?  Most major cities in the US have a zoo and if you are vacationing with your kids they would love seeing all the animals.

To honor those who have died for our country maybe vacations centered around our many National Cemeteries.  This may sound morbid to some of you, but those who are buried there gave their lives for us and we should respect and honor them.

My husband and I pick a vacation area based on restaurants.  Yes, we sure do!  We don’t do the typical tourist stuff but we do not miss a good restaurant!  If I hear of a great restaurant in “some town USA” I will research it and find out if there are more good eateries in that area.  If so, then I next search out vacation rentals that are pet friendly.

Dockside Restaurant Lady's Island, South Carolina

Those are just a few examples of ‘theme vacations’ and you can probably come up with some ideas of your own.  Whatever you do, wherever you go – enjoy your vacation!

Photo Credits:
Roller coaster photo courtesy of John Myers and it is used with his permission.

All other photos belong to AbbyG.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

My thoughts are all over the place today

While sitting at my computer trying to decide what to write, my mind was going in circles.  That doesn’t happen often, but when it does I’m stumped.  I could not seem to focus in on one thing.  There is just so much going on in our country right now and most is not pleasant.  If there isn’t good news today, maybe there will be tomorrow.  Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

But there are always bright spots, there always are: 

  • There are babies being born and families are celebrating those new lives.  Kiss those babies, hold them close and tell them you love them. 
  • There are weddings happening, proving that marriage is still important.  Bless the Bride and Groom who are taking the big step in life.  Congratulate them and offer wishes for their future happiness.  They say 50% of marriages end in divorce, but that means 50% survive! 
  • There were recent graduations from Grade K, from High School and College.  Congrats to one and all.  
  • There is the smile on your husband’s face when he walks in the door after a long hard day at work.
  • There is the apple pie you baked because your son says you are the best pie maker ever. 
  • There are the laughs, hugs and smiles your kids give you on a daily basis. 

How do I transition from the above happy and hopeful times to the current troubles facing the United States…I say I’ll just do it.  Watching the news on TV or scrolling through Facebook is getting more and more upsetting for many of us.  We are living in difficult times and who knows when it will improve.

Sometimes we just have to ‘step-away’ from the TV, the computer and the cell phone.  Take a break from it all, let your mind clear and refresh.  Do something positive with your time, do something to make a difference.

  • Volunteers are always needed.  Work at a soup kitchen.  Even an hour or two a week will make a difference in your life and the lives of others. 
  • Clean out a closet – donate things you no longer need because someone can use them.  
  • Maybe there is a family in your neighborhood who could use a little help.  Do what you can, anything would probably be appreciated. 
  • If your garden is producing more than you need, give some to others who might need the food. 
  • Seniors are often forgotten about – invite an older person for dinner or just sit on their porch and chat with them.

Kiss your kids and your spouse.  Tell them you love them.  Wish them safe travels when they leave the house and welcome them back home with loving arms.  

We are all different, yet we are very much the same.


Wednesday, July 06, 2016

If something happens to you, who would take care of your pets?

It is never too soon to make plans for the future.  Be prepared so that your pet(s) will be taken care of according to your wishes.

Many people don’t think about the future.  Many younger couples say they don’t have a will.  They think they have nothing of value.  They are wrong; if they own anything they have something of value.  What about kids?  If you have kids have you taken into consideration who would get them if something happens to you?  There is much to think about and now is the time to put a plan into action.

My husband and don’t plan on becoming incapacitated or worse, dying.  However, it can and will happen at some point.  We have a will, which takes care of the ‘stuff’….but I got to thinking who would get the dog?  Who do I trust enough to take Ruby and give her a loving home?

Let’s say my husband and I are in a fatal car accident and Ruby is at home nice and comfy, all alone.  How will anyone know she is here alone and who would be responsible for taking care of her.  We don’t want her to wind up at a shelter and we have no family members close by.

We had a plan in place and it seemed to be a good one, but we are now in the process of amending it.  Here’s what our new plan will be.  We have friends that live about two hours from here.  They have the key to our home.  If something happens to us they would be notified and they would come here and pick up Ruby. 

At that point they would notify another couple, friends from another state that are moving to the next town over from us. I know they will give her a loving home.  They have a yellow lab a few years younger than our girl.  They have agreed that they would take her in a heartbeat.  They said they were honored that we asked.  

I hope they let her sleep on their furniture!

Or swim in their pool....

We just proposed this to them at our July 4th get together.  Now we will put a ‘formal’ document in place so that both couples know exactly what to do and how to handle the situation.

What about your Fido or Princess, have you made plans just in case?  

Photos belong to AbbyG