Friday, June 23, 2023

Fly On The Wall On A Camping Trip

Welcome to another edition of Fly On The Wall, hosted by Karen of Baking In A Tornado. Today, the two of us are inviting you into our homes to give you a fly's eye view of what goes on behind closed doors. 

That nosy fly felt right at home with us recently on our first RV trip we took over the weekend of June 9. He brought a bunch of his friends, too, but I didn't care because I was having too much fun exploring beautiful Highlands Hammock State Park in Florida. If you know me well, then you already know that RV camping has been on my bucket list for many years. Hubs and I have dreamed of retiring together and hitting the road in a little RV, and we finally took the first step to make that dream come true. 

We rented a fully equipped 24 ft. drivable RV and it was perfect! I'm a very organized person who did my research, so the trip went smoothly and was absolutely the most relaxing vacation I have ever had. In fact, I'd say this trip was a game changer for me and my hubs. We know for sure now that this is the life we want, so we are making future plans to turn this dream lifestyle into a reality. The cool thing is that Hubs will be retiring next year, and I work remotely with my writing job, so I can continue to write anywhere, anytime. 

What I loved most about this trip was the pure serenity we felt in the park--it was so peaceful, plus we were surrounded by all kinds of wildlife. The sites, the sounds....we were totally immersed in nature, exploring her glory---but with A/C, indoor plumbing, comfy beds, and a mini kitchen, of course! We spent our days walking trails, checking out the park's CCC museum, photographing wild birds and animals, and socializing with other campers. We also ate like kings during the trip---steaks, ribs, and fresh veggies on the grill as well as yummy side dishes and desserts (calories don't count while you're on vacation, right?). 

But I'd say the best part of the trip was the evenings spent outside playing many rounds of horseshoes,  cornhole, and lawn darts. It was also nice listening to our son softly playing his acoustic guitar while Hubs and I sipped cocktails as the sun set over the thick line of trees. The night sky was so vast and clear that we could see hundreds of stars and track the constellations above us. 

There were also many funny moments on the trip between my son and Hubs, but the funniest was watching them try to figure out how to empty and clean the bathroom tanks. Yes, I'm talking about poo, and it was hilarious. 

This trip was by far one of our best--so much so that we already booked another one in October. Words cannot express how much this experience meant to me, so I'll have to share some of the highlights with photos: 

If you've been thinking of taking a camping trip in an RV, I highly recommend it! It was one of the best vacations I've ever had, so I can't say enough good stuff about it. I promise it will be an experience you will never forget---bathroom tanks and all!

***WANT MORE MENO MAMA? You can catch me over at AARP talking about another type of vacation (cruising!) with my helpful tips here:

Be sure to buzz around Karen's blog at and see what the fly has been up to over there!

Monday, June 19, 2023

Inflammation And Achy Muscles? Go Natural For Pain Relief

Many people my age claim to have sudden, mysterious body aches that seem to come out of nowhere. Inflammation, joint pain, sore muscles, and arthritis are common complaints. Fortunately, there are natural pain relievers and anti-inflammatory creams on the market to help with these uncomfortable conditions. 

My husband has suffered from back pain for several years now, mostly due to his outdoor job in landscaping and property maintenance. He used over-the-counter medications for his pain and has even been to chiropractors, but the pain never quite disappeared. Lately, he has been considering acupuncture or  massage therapy But this can get expensive, so now he is mostly interested in natural pain relievers such as turmeric and anti-inflammatory creams. These have offered a certain amount of relief for his back pain and are far more cost-effective. He prefers products with natural ingredients that do not contain carcinogens/poisons and ones that have not been tested on animals. 

Although I don't have the same degree of inflammation or joint pain that my husband experiences, there have been times after my cardio workouts when I feel soreness in my knees or upper arms. If my muscles start to hurt, I simply soak in a warm bath or apply anti-inflammatory cream to the areas that bother me. 

Of course, there are other options that help relieve pain that include relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises, and meditation There are also pain management programs available if the pain is chronic. My advice would be to get enough rest, eat a healthy diet, and incorporate gentle exercises into your daily routine. It's also a good idea to distract yourself with activities you enjoy, whether it's knitting, cooking, journaling or reading, etc. 

The idea here is to begin with natural alternatives to reduce pain and inflammation without the use of prescription medication---if possible. But first, do your research and consult with your physician to find out what pain relief method is best for you!

***Disclaimer: This blog post is in partnership with Responsival.


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