Our fantastic trip, part one

There are ALL sorts of gators in Florida!

There are ALL sorts of gators in Florida!

I’ve said it before, I love to travel.  Not all the time, but yes, once in a while it is so much fun to get out and see something new, something different.  Recently we had a wonderful opportunity to go to three states, two of which we had never been to before – Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.  In Florida (which was not a new state for us) we spent three nights with our friends and part-time neighbors, Irv and Elaine.  In GA and SC we tried to take in all we possibly could in the cities we had chosen to visit.  It was a whirlwind trip and it sure seemed like we were on the go, go, go!!

We flew into Jacksonville Florida, rented a car, and then drove the hour and a half or so it took to get to our friends’ home.  All I can say is that Irv and Elaine showed us the epitome of “Southern hospitality”.   One day we went out on the lake in their boat… the lake leads to a river… the river led to a waterside restaurant where both John and I tried some awesome new foods!  (fried catfish, hush-puppies, black-eyed peas, cheesy grits, okra in tomatoes on rice, and FRIED DILL PICKLES!)  Along the way we encountered alligators, turtles and plenty of birds.  It was warm and sunny and just the tonic we needed after our very long, wet, dreary winter up here in the northwest. 

Alligator, sunning on a log

Alligator, sunning on a log

Folks, these are fried DILL PICKLE slices! I have to admit they were good!!!

Folks, these are fried DILL PICKLE slices! I have to admit they were good!!!

Hush puppies, fried catfish, and black-eyed peas.  Again, everything was delicious!

Hush puppies, fried catfish, and black-eyed peas. Again, everything was delicious!

The next day we drove over to St. Augustine to explore the oldest city in America.  We had a great day, despite the weather being cool and windy.  We wandered through the pedestrian-only streets, check out the fort right there on the water – Castillo de San Marcos, and had lunch at a delicious restaurant, The Columbia. 

outside the Columbia restaurant, St. Augustine

outside the Columbia restaurant, St. Augustine

John and Irv played in a golf tournament on the Saturday we were there.  Of course, just the mention of golf and John was all for it!  After the tournament, Irv and Elaine hosted a get together at their home for some of the other golfers and their spouses.  We loved getting to meet the folks that are their friends and neighbors in Florida.  There was plenty of food and beverages, as well as quite a few games of pool played in the basement.  I don’t think we made it to bed till at least 2 AM!  A very late night for us “older” folks! 

The next day it was time to say a huge thank you to our gracious hosts and head north to Charleston, South Carolina.    To be continued!

Ordinary Life

ordinary-lifeOrdinary life.  Nothing wrong with that. But also nothing too pressing in my mind that I’ve wanted to blog about lately.  Guess it’s the blah’s or the mid-winter blues, or writer’s block.  So, instead of an interesting quip or topic about today’s political atmoshpere, I’ll just update everyone on what’s new around here.    Not much.  No, really.  Let’s see….. 

  • After being layed off work for nearly three months, hubby has a job!  Actually this is wonderful!  Especially in this unsettled time!  Thank you Lord!
  • The hospital where I work has recently announced layoffs!  They say it won’t involve any nursing positions.  Keeping my fingers crossed here that they are telling the truth.  Especially since….
  • We are planning a trip to Florida!  Our “part time” neighbors live in Florida and have asked us so many times to come see them.  This year we finally said YES!  We are going towards the middle of March and will visit several other places as well.  Savannah Georgia, Hilton Head Island, and Charleston, South Carolina.  Places we’ve never been but are very excited to explore.  If anyone has been to these particular spots, why not email me or leave a comment about things that should NOT be missed… as well as great places to eat! 🙂
  • I’ve actually gone through several closets and again have a big bag of stuff ready to donate. (part of my de-cluttering plan)
  • We went out to dinner with friends on Saturday night and actually went dancing afterwards.  What a heck of a good time that was.  The food, the dancing, as well as the company!
  • Ok I’ll admit it.  I’ve been stupidly addicted to the TV of late.  I’ve been watching or recording “The Biggest Loser”; “American Idol”; “The Bachelor” (hey, it’s the guy from Seattle this time!)– and I’m looking forward to the start of both “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race”. 
  • I’ve picked out a date this month that will work well to get over the mountains and go see my Dad, brother, son, dear DIL, and the newest addition to the family – “Lucy” the baby beagle! 
  • Dear Hubby and I have had a bit of fun playing a few of the games on our Wii system!  Honestly, my arm was killing me the day after I whipped his bum at tennis!!  🙂

So, there you have it.  That’s what’s new in the ordinary life of this ordinary baby boomer gal.  You know what?  It may not be too thrilling, but I am so content.  I am so blessed.