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#SecretSubjectSwap: Jul 5 2019

Friday, July 5, 2019

Welcome to my first post in the Secret Subject Swap. What is it? Well, a group of bloggers submit ideas for a post and the hostess, Karen @, divies the ideas back out. Then we write.

This time around, seven brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

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My topic this month came from Wandering Web Designer:
     "Did you take a vacation this year? Where did you go and what did you do?"

Vacation Picture
Now this is interesting since it's only just become July and the kids are finally all out of school. July and August, the traditional vacation time.

So do I look at the first six months of 2019?

Or do I go back to July 2018 for my view?

Hmmm, even funnier, after retirement it's all vacation time, isn't it?

I mean, we don't WORK, not in the traditional sense. Okay, so I do write novels but it's a part-time thing and believe me, I don't make a lot of money from it. I continue doing it because my readers want more. Stu works his butt off around out house. Between the over two acres of land that needs mowing, the landscaping simplify plan we're putting into place this year, pressure washing the deck and house, building his hobby barn, keeping all our vehicles in running order, well, it's like having a job.

Seriously, we have had some mini-vacations already this year. First was a cruise in to the Western Caribbean on Carnival Cruise Line, followed by attending the Northeast Florida Highland Games in Green Cove Springs, FL, capped off with five days at Walt Disney World (sans kids). Let's take a quick look at each one.

January - Carnival Breeze
We try to cruise at least once a year and often it's to the Western Caribbean. We have done this itinerary probably half a dozen times. Why? Because hubby gets to scuba dive most, if not all, of the ports. While we love Princess Cruises, they don't offer the number of dive excursions that Carnival does. Plus, they are more expensive.

Here are a few choice photos from the cruise...

Hubby on our balcony
Lido buffet area - loved the decor!
This is the library - with self serve wine!
Me relaxing on the balcony - there is a clear panel in front of my feet.
No, I didn't participate in the water
Our guilty pleasure - iced cappuccino from the Coffee Bar
Sunset from the ship
There are many more photos and videos in our SmugMug Album...

March - Northeast Florida Scottish Highland Games & Festival
The middle of March found us headed from our RV site in Folkston, GA to Green Cove Springs, FL for the Highland Games. This had been on my bucket list for years, there was always a reason I had to miss them when they were close enough to attend.

This one was perfect - a one day event, an ultra reasonable admission fee, fantastic fairgrounds for the event, great weather, and AWESOME bands! Oh, my interest isn't just my married name, McNicol, but my paternal grandmother was a MacQuarrie.

Take a peek and see what you think.

There are many more photos and videos in our SmugMug Album...

April - Walt Disney World

We have done Disney several times since we met in 2008, but other than a one day trip, it's always been with the grandkids. This time it was for us and we have a reason - we were celebrating our tenth anniversary!

We booked our vacation (yes, I used that word) well in advance, getting a package that included our park tickets. I also, for the first time, rented a scooter in advance, knowing it would enhance my enjoyment. We spent the first afternoon/evening in Disney Springs, two days in Animal Kingdom, one day in Hollywood Studios, and one day in Epcot.

It was fun to see some of the newer attractions in Animal Kingdom, most related to the movie Avatar. We also splurged on our dining plan, opting for three paid for sit down meals every day. And we took advantage, even with the ones that took "two meal coupons", easy to do since we rarely eat three meals a day.

Here are a few (very few) of our days there...

Disney Springs
Pandora in Animal Kingdom
Lion King nap (excuse the blur, taken from moving vehicle)
Definitely nap time...
Epcot breakfast visitor
It was the annual flower festival at Epcot
Topiaries were everywhere!

Dinner in Epcot
Toy Story Land was completely redesigned in Hollywood Studios
It even has a roller coaster for the littles - Slinky Dog
I found my perfect t-shirt! (I love T-Rex jokes)
Having lunch at Sanaa restaurant in the Animal Kingdom Lodge - animals galore!
Kevin from the movie Up
Lazy sunny day
Definitely a lazy day - again
Mother Nature's show before the Disney night show
A teensy piece of the spectacular show in Animal Kingdom
There are many more photos and videos in our SmugMug Album...

So there you have it - I guess we have had some pretty amazing vacations in 2019. We are blessed.

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Ciao for now!


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

We have NEWS! Well, I have news...
My author website has been totally redesigned. I hope you will visit, take a peek around, and then maybe follow it so you know when there is a new blog post. Oh, and please feel free to share the link with your family and friends!


Next up, I will be tackling our personal website, Our Prime Years. Won't that be fun....

Ciao for now!

What are the #2doods up to?

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

For anyone needing a little Cooper & Murphy you go!

First - a little then and now...from puppy to recent. Quite a difference, I can barely remember when either of them were that small!

The only jealousy they have is when one gets attention, then the other needs it as well.

They do love their daddy!

There is no food aggression here (or toy). They love sharing a bowl with yogurt remains...both tongues, lapping away. Same with the yogurt container, no matter how small it is.

They are enjoying the magnetic screen door we installed (the old one was trash). But sometimes they can't make up their mind - in or out?

There's nothing better than comfortable temps and relaxing on the deck with us...

But when they can't go outside...

It's always fun to play inside...

Ciao for now!

My Random Musings

A look back...WAY back...

Saturday, June 8, 2019

I spend a lot of time on Facebook (I know, too much time some days). But it can be interesting and for me, it's a great way to keep in touch with family and friends who live far away (which is the majority).

Today one of my stepdaughters posted a challenge to share a current photo beside one taken 20-30 years. I took her up on it and this is what I posted.

What do you think? The early one was when I was wearing contacts and had naturally wavy hair. I  was in the 110-115# range. My career in IT was just starting and I was on marriage #2 with no hint of a #3 (or the widowhood that would lead me to #4).

Anyone up to the challenge on their blog? Post a link in the comments - if you dare!

Ciao for now!

Spring arrived...again!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

After moving from a week of spring into mid-summer temps, it looks like spring came back and we are all happy about that! We even had one day where we could leave the back door open and use the magnetic screen for the #2doods. I sat outside on the deck all day, even brought my computer out!

Stu couldn't resist doing a little yard work while I enjoyed the shade.

I finally put up our hummingbird feeders and in less than twenty minutes, had our first visitor.

After a day outside, this is what the #2doods looked like!

Saturday was a picture perfect day for a motorcycle ride and our local volunteer fire department was having a benefit ride so we joined in the fun. The bike had been in the RV until last week and this was our first time out since Georgia. The ride was about 90 minutes over 75 or so miles, then we came back to a nicely prepared lunch. One of the department's fire trucks led us up US 127 until we turned off, nice escort! It was a beautiful ride, a lot of twisties, hills, great scenery. I did my best to recreate it on Google Maps based upon the maps in Life360 app on our phones.

This was about half the number of bikes we ended up riding with...

We headed back home without waiting for the door prize drawings since the #2doods had been crated for four hours at that point. It was a great day and benefited a good cause.

The rest of the week has been spent organizing - yes, I'm still sorting through clothes as well as stuff that has been stored in our guest room closet. I pulled out old tax stuff from 2001 to 2009 to be discarded properly, that was a ton of paperwork!

Stu tackled the garage, moving a lot of things that will go in the pole barn eventually and storing them in our cargo trailer. That freed up a lot of space and he finally got to set up the two lockers we bought at Sam's Club to store our motorcycle gear. They worked perfectly! We now have so much more room overall in the garage. He did a great job!

We have rain in the forecast for the next 5-7 days so I hope to finish with the clothes organization. Then I will sort out the items I plan to sell on eBay or Facebook Marketplace, the rest being donated. Such fun...LOL!

My Random Musings

Ciao for now!

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