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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
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
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
Roller coaster photo courtesy of John Myers and it is used
with his permission.
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
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
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
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
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?