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Georgia O’Keeffe

“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

Loved being able to see this with my own eyes…at the National Gallery of Arts East in Washington DC.


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Sunday Thought

This past week has been wonderful, as we have been in Virginia and DC.  David had to work, and I got to go along to play in DC on my own and to visit family.  Truly satisfying all my desires of my heart.  I have missed my nieces, and being able to spend three days with them was glorious.  DC on my own was wonderfully exhausting.  Over 14,000 steps –such a NSV as when we went with the family a couple of years ago, I was unable to walk up the stairs to see the Lincoln Memorial.  So to be able (after a day of already walking everywhere) walk up with NO issues and take this picture–perfect!!  I will say…I was really sad at myself after walking up those stairs thinking about the time before—I had thought it was so far up that I couldn’t do it—it really was nothing–this time. WOW.  Time with family was the best…I got to spend three precious days with my nieces on their farm–aren’t silly faces the best?  Then back to DC with David. On Friday, David and I got to explore DC.Not as many steps as I got on Monday, but a wonderful time exploring DC. If you have an opportunity to go to The Dubliner–GO. David actually got a 10 year old whiskey called the Dubliner, I got Chardonnay (I know – not Irish but really a nice wine).It has great food, Guinness, and Irish whiskey. We explored some more of DC…before heading back to the hotel in Reston, VA.  It was a wonderful week.  The 16 hour drive from Reston, VA back to Fort Walton Beach, FL was exhausting yesterday…which is why my post today is so late…

So…go explore, wherever you might be!



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Bestie Time

This past weekend I got to spend with my girlfriends Beth and Julie.  This was our fourth year getting together over the first weekend of December.

Last year, December 2016.

December 2015.

Lot of changes, love these women and the unconditional love they give.  Love our time together as well.


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Letting Go

Asking for God to give me the grace to let go of former things so that I can embrace what He has for me in the future. 

Ecclesiastes 3:6


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Non-Scale Victory 

Carmen and traveled to Walt Disney World over the Fourth of July holiday.

In the past, I would have had to rent a scooter just to get around.  I wouldn’t be able to ride any rides (or if I did my bones would not like me).

This time was SO different.  I was able not only to walk, and ride the roller coasters, but I was able to last till then end of the day.

I was so grateful to be able to fit into the chairs of the rides.  To sit and enjoy the day.  It was amazing.

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It was such a nice trip.  I have a bit farther to go in my weight loss, but this trip confirmed that I have come a long way already.




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Cold Cuts and Cheese

Carmen and I spent some time last week (around the 4th) at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

We ate at several wonderful places at each park, but one that is really special to us is the Brown Derby in Hollywood Studios.  The Starring Rolls Cafe (just outside The Brown Derby) is a tapas and lounge area that was unexpected treat.

Since my surgery (once I was released to normal food), I normally eat cold cuts and nuts for my lunch.

This board was super flavorful with blue, cheddar, Gouda cheese, prosciutto, hard salami, duck pate’ and I don’t remember the other pate, fresh pickles and kalamatas, dried fruit, and a ground mustard with applesauce.  The crackers were enjoyed more by Carmen, but I did have one.

It was light, refreshing, and filling.  The pate’ was amazing (garlic and spices really made the flavor pop), and the combination of flavors were really nice.

We enjoyed our time just sitting and people watching as well.  This is a great spot to do just that.


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Kentucky Derby

So today is the Kentucky Derby.  I have become more fascinated with it the past several years, and would like to attend one day.  Won’t be today, but one day.

And, just really to dress up and wear a fascinator: A fascinator hat is a small ornamental headpiece that fits on the head using an alice-band-type base or headband or even a small comb. It is always lightweight and usually features feathers, beads or flowers.

I especially like these:

Ah, one day.  Just add it to my wish list.

Happy Saturday! Happy Derby Day!



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Weekend Trips

I am in charge of our next couples weekend trip.  Some of the parameters for the trips are that they stay in budget of $400 for each couple for the rooms, within a days drive, and can work within everyone’s schedule.  Ha.

So, we are looking at early October, and I have no clue where to go.  The girls have gone to New Orleans, and that is an option for all of us since there is so much history for the guys to see.  But, been there, done that, ya know.

So…do you have any ideas? Favorite places in the South?  Any input is welcomed! And, thank you in advance.


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LSU & Baby Girl

This week is my Spring Break at the Northwest Florida State College.  I love being able to be off for both school and work.  I do have Math test on Monday when we return, but overall, I have the week off.

Catching up on appointments, the dentist, rheumatologist, and eye doctor all this week.  But…I also get to see Carmen at LSU.  I wasn’t able to move her in last summer (we went on a 50th birthday cruise), and haven’t had the opportunity until now.  I was able to go over on Tuesday, and come home today.

The main event of the trip was to go a LSU Men’s Baseball game on Wednesday evening.  I am all about LSU, Geaux Tigers! except when they play Arkansas.  You know that I LOVE my Razorbacks, win or lose, right?!  We had a great time, cold, but the best part was spending time with Carmen.

They lost in extra innings! 15 Innings to be exact. We got too cold and left after the 14th inning.  We did really try to stay but it was 11pm, and 48 degrees. Ugh. 

Love her.  Loved this time together.




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My Baby Girl’s Senior Year

I wanted to do something special with Carmen for her High School Graduating year.  She didn’t care for the traditional school class rings, nor did I, only wearing mine for my Senior year in High School.  I considered it a waste of money, and not something to carry with you forever.  She did agree with me, but wanted to have something to symbolize her high school years.

I love Tiffany & Co. (what girl doesn’t?)!  We looked online (their site is really wonderful), and had chosen this one but in pink sapphire instead.

We traveled to Atlanta this past weekend, just Carmen and I, for a whirlwind trip.  I thought that it would be special for her to have time with me (and selfishly – me too), and for her to “shop” at Tiffany. 

We went into Tiffany & Co, and went to the counter where her “ring” should be. Tried on several, and then discovered that they didn’t have the pink sapphire in stock.  They could order it for us, and ship it, but that isn’t why we traveled all the way to Atlanta.  (Yes, I know that it isn’t that far of a drive, but driving longer than 2 hours for me is difficult and terribly tiring.)  Carmen really did want to be wearing her ring that very day.  It was disappointing, until I pointed out that her high school color was green, and they had that in stock.

The box and the bag.
I truly think that Carmen would have been just as happy with just these two items.

Opening (excuse the quality of the photo – in a restaurant)!

Love her expression.

Do something special, and out of the ordinary for your children.  It doesn’t have to be all the time, just once in a while. (oh, and it was actually cheaper than the traditional class ring.) It really speaks volumes for communication, and love.
Jerry Ann