Then and Now

I miss travel! I miss exploring new cultures and cuisines, discovering picturesque landscapes, history lessons, architectural marvels and the unexpected surprises that make a trip especially memorable. I miss the people we meet along the way; locals, travelers, industry workers, tour guides. I miss all that we learn about ourselves and how we work together. I even miss all the time we spend in preparation and anticipation. I know some of you might see preparation as drudgery, but we love it. To us, it is akin to solving a riddle or finding the missing puzzle piece. The anticipation of waiting for a departure date to arrive is just icing on the cake!

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Fall – Florida Style

October is typically the beginning of ‘season’ in Florida, which is signaled by a change in temperature, a decrease in humidity and vehicles with out-of-state tags arriving to our small town almost daily. It is still warm, but not oppressively hot, and was quite rainy for the first two weeks of the month. Nevertheless, we accomplished a few things around the house, visited with friends, celebrated family, took care of our health and enjoyed nature whenever possible.

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Are You Engaged?

If there is one word I have come to detest within the past six months, that word would be ‘DROPLETS.’ But, wouldn’t you know it, Terri Webster has gone and chosen it as this week’s Sunday Stills Photo Challenge. At first I envisioned staging two people, both not wearing masks and one sneezing toward the other. That seemed a bit too ‘real’, so I took the lazy route and dug into my photo archives.

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Miles of Smiles

Even though yesterday was officially the first day of Fall, it is still hot, humid and tropical in South Florida. The storms lined up in the Atlantic Basin have created some very interesting situations at the beach these past two weeks. Coupled with a King tide which happens about twice per year, we have seen an enormous swell and crushing waves along our coast – not good for beach erosion, but spectacular for photography.

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Book Reviews

It has been more of the same this week in hot, humid South Florida and instead of sharing what I’m doing, (eating less and moving more), I thought you might like to hear about what I’m reading.

I have taken this ‘down time’ (are we still allowed to call it that?) to branch out beyond my two favorite genres – historical fiction and psychological thrillers. While I did not like all of the books I reviewed below, I did find something of value in each of them. When a book is relatable, even in a small way, I consider the time spent reading worthwhile.

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Buddha Walks Into A Wine Bar ....

Sits down with The Two Doctors and .....

The59Club

Enjoying life and the empty nest while easing into retirement,

Roaming About

A Life Less Ordinary

EndaStories

More Daddy Fool Than Daddy Cool

Travel with me

Travel snapshots from Toonsarah

THE SPECTACLED BEAN

Tales, Thoughts + Tribulations of a Free Spirit in Suburbia

Circadianreflections Blog

“A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.” ― Eudora Welty

Live Laugh RV

Our Next Chapter

Colourfully Invisible

I'm nothing if not resilient

Marsha Ingrao - Always Write

Having fun, while encouraging, and promoting bloggers

Everyday Gyaan

Keeping Life Simple, Authentic And Holistic

Becky in Portugal

The Joy of Slow Travel

TRAVEL WORDS

Adventures and Postcards from the road

Our Eyes Open

Come along on an adventure with us!

The life of B

Mainly through the lens of a Nikon

msomervillesite

The Beach Girl Chronicles

retirementtransition

envisioning & implementing life's next stage

Book Club Mom

Read this, not that!

Something to Ponder About

Lifestyle, Photography and Traditional Art

The Showers of Blessings

Giving and Receiving Blessings

Writing Bites

by Susanne Fletcher

Change Is Hard

...but change is certain.

BoomingOn

Midlife without the crisis

nowathome

Love life! Sharing and caring!

nancy merrill photography

capturing memories one moment at a time

Retired Introvert

Navigating retirement as an introvert

Trent's World (the Blog)

Random Ramblings and Reviews from Trent P. McDonald

A Day In The Life

People, Places, Nature, LIFE!

The Chicago Files

A Canadian Perspective on Living in the Windy City!

Back Road Journal

Little treasures discovered while exploring the back roads of life

Meditations in Motion

Running and life: thoughts from a runner who has been around the block

And Anyways...

Author, Baker, Sunrise Chaser

P.A. Moed

Creative Exploration in Words and Pictures

Fab in Your Fifties

Encouraging women in their fifties to live in a meaningful way

Life at No. 22

Suzanne's Life and Travel Musings from New Zealand and Beyond

Hugh's Views & News  

A man with dyslexia writing about this and that and everything else!

SWOONING GRACE

Serenity is an Inside Job

A Hundred Years Ago

Food and More

INFJ PHD

Valuing quiet and solitude in academe.

THE WIDOW BADASS BLOG

"This blog is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." - F.G.

Natalie the Explorer

Taking steps to live a healthy and enriched life

Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Behind the Scenery

Grateful for the present moment

Women Living Well After 50

Building a community of Women Living Well and embracing life after 50

Savoring Sixty and Beyond

"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day." 2 Corinthians 4:16

3 Sisters Abroad

Travel - home and away and Chronic Illness's

Defining Third Age

Living in Retirement