Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Summer Is Coming: Have You Booked Your Vacation?

Summer is coming and I have the travel bug! There is nothing more exciting than planning a fun getaway and dreaming of all the things you'll do when your vacation day arrives. I grew up in a family that traveled extensively across the U.S. and I am so grateful that my parents could afford to expose us to new adventures. I'd be hard-pressed to say which vacation was my favorite---I loved them all from the train rides in Colorado, exploring cliff dwellings in the southwest, ferry boat rides on the northeast coast, hiking mountain ranges, touring ghost towns in the old west, visiting civil war battlefields, shopping in popular outdoor markets, going to the opera, and museums, seeing my first snowfall in Tennesse, to dining on fresh lobster in Maine. 

However, vacations can be costly unless you do your research and figure out the right options for your budget. I like trips that are all-inclusive (like cruise ships) but there are plenty of affordable vacation packages available to fit your needs. Many of these packages include airfare and hotel rooms, plus city tours. They take the guesswork out of your planning to assure that you have a smooth, relaxing vacation. Most of these packages also have great deals in Europe and all across the globe if you feel like exploring exotic destinations. Even if you're only driving a few hours from home for a weekend getaway, vacation packages can still save you time and money. 

We love to visit St. Augustine, Florida every year for our anniversary and I'm always looking for a deal since there is so much to do in the historical city. We are also taking our first RV trip in early June, so I've been scouting the web for the best deals, and found a great value vacation package for our upcoming trip! So if you're thinking about hitting the road soon, find the best deal you can online and start packing your suitcases---summer is just around the corner!

Friday, April 21, 2023

Fly On The Wall During April Showers

    Welcome to another edition of Fly On The Wall hosted by Karen of Baking In A Tornado. Today we're sharing what has gone on behind closed doors this month in our homes.


     If any of you have been following the news, then you know that South Florida was slammed with heavy April rains and flooding about a week ago. Luckily, my neighborhood remained fairly dry, but plenty of people were flooded out of their homes. Many used boats to get around the major streets and it was indeed a strange site to see canoes floating down the highway. Seriously, I was expecting Noah's Ark to float by my house at any minute. My husband suggested we take a few fishing rods down to the community park and see what we could catch on the flooded baseball diamond. Uh, no thanks.

     Speaking of fishing and flies, every time we grill fish (usually 1-2 times per week), a fly or two follows my husband into the house and buzzes around while we eat. It's extremely annoying and the buggers are hard to catch. My dogs snap at them but to no avail. There is a fat fly in particular that has been zooming around now for a few days and I'm about to lose my mind. I guess he is sticking around for the conversations he has been eavesdropping on......

***Please excuse all the photos of us with our cups of "joy." What can I say? It has been a celebratory month with birthdays, Easter, family parties, and a special anniversary getaway....champagne, wine, and some of the best martinis I've ever had (maybe I'm just trying to make you thirsty!).

"That damn fly is back again buzzing around the kitchen."
"Why does he keep going in there?"
"Because that's where all the food is!"
"Hmmmm...must be a Doyle fly---it's always hungry."

"I look old...."
"But you've had numerous people at work tell you how good you look for your age!"
"Yeah, that's because they thought I was in my eighties...."

"Something is wrong with the water dispenser in the fridge. The stream is not strong."
"Sounds like it has a prostate problem."

"Why does my fingernail polish chip off so quickly but not the color on my toes?"
"Because toenail polish is designed to survive a nuclear war."

"I wish I could travel back in time."
"Where to---your college days?"
"No, to the Renaissance era when being pale and fat was a sign of nobility."

"I have such a hangover from that party last night."
"Not me--I feel great!"
"That's because you have guts of steel."
"Yep----that's my new superhero name---Iron Gut Marcia."

"Why do you always wear the same baggy type of clothes every time we go out?" 
"Because my special fashion style is called, clothes-that-still-fit." 

"How come you never put any of your fancy, anti-aging lotions on my face?"
"Oh, you want some? Here, let me rub this cream on your skin."
"That feels really thick. What is it?"
"This is the special cream for people who have faces that resemble a catcher's mitt." 

     Well, it looks like it might rain again today, so I need to cut this short and help Noah divide the squirrels into groups of twos. At least we won't starve---Hubs is headed to the baseball field on a canoe with his fishing rod. 

***Want more Meno Mama? I've been super busy writing for my editors at AARP and Big Edition this month!! But I am especially proud of a personal essay I recently wrote for AARP about the menial jobs I've had---and how they shaped who I am today. Please take a read HERE then check out my new foodie recipe (solo dining) on AARP HERE  Also, you can view my latest on Family Minded about the largest movie theaters in the U.S. HERE Then on Work & Money, I wrote about the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. HERE 

Be sure to buzz around Karen's house too and see what funny things she and her family have been up to! 


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