Everyone always asks us what our favorite places are to visit. Upstate New York is definitely one of our top 10. We didn’t travel to Upstate New York for the purpose of exploring a beautiful area. I wanted to go there to visit one of my close friends of 40 plus years, Vicky and meet her new husband, Gary. What a pleasant surprise when she wanted to take me for a ride as you will see in this video!
"Gypsy Rubber Tramps!"
Written in 2016 as we began making plans of what retirement would look like for us:
We were fearless when we were young and then life shows you a few too many things to fear. In my 50's I am having to overcome more fears than I care to admit. We don't want fear to keep us from living our dream. It is so easy to do and easier to just stay put because of fear. I have relatives that won't leave the house if there is a rain cloud above their house and I have other relatives that travel in ice storms and monsoons. I am hoping there is a happy medium. I have no desire to drive in perilous weather but I don't want my day to be decided on by the weather either.
Family Time in Texas
I travel to Texas to visit my little brother, his wife, their children and grandchildren. We do family stuff and just enjoy being together. God has given us the gift of a large family so we never want to take that for granted. We don’t ever want to miss the opportunity of making a memory with them. Life is short and nothing matters more to us than family!
How wonderful it is for us to be able to travel around the country and Europe to visit with as many family members as possible. It is not the only reason but definitely my favorite reason. I also love getting to see different areas of the country, the landscapes and the culture of each state. Yes, each state definitely has it’s own culture. There is so much to learn about our great country and it’s history. We are not the kind of travelers that make it our mission to exhaust every opportunity to learn everything about every area we travel. Instead, we enjoy and live normally but do include some exploration of the places we travel because we are always planning to return again.
This is an area of Texas that we have been many times before but on this visit we took time to see a small town we have traveled through often. Jimmy loves to take me on a date and this was a fun date! It’s similar to what he has done when we lived in South Florida by taking me to all the neighboring towns to see and enjoy new restaurants and surroundings. You don’t have to travel like us to see new things just begin to venture out of your own area and enjoy what is nearby. It’s a favorite for us both!
Rockwall County Court House
Community BBQ and Grill
This was our beginning: Dreaming of being Nomads 🌅
Written 8/21/2016 as we were making plans to retire by 2018:
When we were young we dreamed of being "rock stars" then realities of life came along and our own dreams turn into the dreams for our children. We have all been there thinking that our children would get life right because we were motivated to help them reach their own dreams. Life comes along for our children too and there you are feeling you will leave the dreaming to another generation instead. At my age I really didn't believe it was possible to still dream. Especially after life crushed so many before. It is possible!
Right now we are in the "dream" stage for the first time in many, many years. We are like high school teens picking out the perfect college and what will we be when we grow up kind of thing. This is the first time that I actually don't find myself filled with anxiety over what may be wrong with one of my kids or one of my grandkids. I had an "aha" moment not long ago that I am not doing my kids any favor by worrying over them. If anything all the anxiety is taking me to an early grave.
My husband and I are very controlling personalities and we want to control everyone around us. We have learned that we have NO control of anything, especially our children. So lesson learned! So let's learn to live by letting go. If we poured into them anything good then they will benefit and hopefully wherever we failed - which was often - God can help them without our interference.