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—just me, my honey and my puppy…

Yesterday was the epitome of FUN! My husband, puppy and I decided to jump in the van and take a day long road trip. Fourteen hours to be exact. We bought a new canon camera in March and are trying to get our photos noticed in the Canon sponsored Project Imagin8ion contest. So out for a photoshoot we went.

For almost twenty years my better half and I have had a variety of individual hobbies. We have each tried to get the other involved with those interests to no avail. My husband is into woodworking, guitars and music, and now enrolled through the University of Phoenix. I, however love dancing, writing, and reading celebrity gossip magazines. But now we have our new Canon T2i camera and a new hobby for two + puppy.

We left at 9:30AM and our first stop was graduation for 3 lovely young women at our church. Out came the T2i as Steve snapped several photos’ during the ceremony and reception. Then we picked up our Annie girl from my sisters and headed out across Interstate 64 in Virginia not knowing where we were going or what we would find to photograph along the way

We found plenty of dusty roads and the van is filthy. We found railroad tracks with a tiny old post office building, the Walton Mountain Museum, Afton Mountain Scenic overpass as well as brooks, streams, creeks, a log cabin building and several old barns.  

We stopped in Charlottesville at a Mexican restaurant with outdoor seating and puppy was able to sit with us. We met a great couple seated next to us and some adorable kids from Hampton who fell in love with Annie. We stopped for ice cream at Bruesters and they gave Annie a free puppy sundae with a dog biscuit on top.

Now let me tell you my puppy is pretty darn spoiled. She has a dog bed we carry on the lap so she can rest comfortably up front with the passenger. She gets to get out at each stop to stretch her legs, has plenty of drinking water and gets treats along the way. It is a great dogs life for Annie.

It was an old fashion quality day. No idea where the day would take us and what we would find. We left with a tank of gas, the camera and an idea. We found a genuine love along the way for a new hobby we can now both enjoy together.

Just me, my honey and my puppy!

Live Life to the Fullest and Follow Your Dreams

see you soon…

Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.~ Dale Carnegie


…wake “UP” AmErIcA…

The Rise and Fall

Recently my husband and I inquired with our mortgage company about our home and land values.  Fortunate to find a 2 acre piece of property with two outbuildings plus the home a few years ago for a major steal was beyond our belief.  Although market prices were fairly reasonable when we relocated from Tampa to Virginia the price we paid was still way below market value. With water view scenery of the Rappahannock River in the middle of the country with corn fields and vast farmland surrounding us we are close enough to city life but far enough out to enjoy the peace, quiet and pristine beauty of the Northern Neck.

Our property had escalated quite nicely over the last ten years and we were pleasantly surprised four years ago when advised our land had increased 2.5 times in value, a significant increase. But as we sat before our financial guru this bleak day a few weeks ago we soon learned just the opposite had taken place over the course of the last couple of years.

Due to the “let’s not really call it a recession even though it is” our property had declined quite nicely. In fact, we now sit directly at the break even point which is certainly better than you have no equity at all. Now our broker put it in really nice terms for us. In fact it was quite commendable when he advised we could not borrow any money whatsoever to make any type of home upgrades. That’s OK he said.  If the housing market ever increases again so will your property. Hello, I need improvements now!

My daughter lives is nice middle class community in St. Petersburg. She purchased her home about 8 years ago for a mere 100K. For those of us considered “lower to middle class”  this kind of money is not easy to come by. Unfortunately with the fall of the housing market the vicinity she resides in has been heavily hit by the decline in home values. Four years ago a home for sale in her neighborhood would yield a value anywhere between $150-$200K. A nice increase to say the least.

There are several homes now on the market in the very same neighborhood. The homes are selling for between $49,000 and $69,000. A large-scale abatement in an economy where the financial leadership of our country refuses to admit we are in an undeniable recession. H-E-L-L-O!

Take a closer look. Working for the public school system has brought us soon entering a fourth year school term with no pay increase yet the cost of fuel and groceries continue rise faster than I can change a toilet paper roll at home. And health care…….let’s not even get into that discussion in this post.

Times are tough and the state of the American economy stinks. It’s time America for this chicken feed fed to us be stopped. We need positional and powerful change in our country with leadership who actually care about you and me. We need it now. So as Earl Pitts would say…………………….


Live Life to its Fullest and Follow Your Dreams

see you soon…

…the SiZe is the matter…

Well, I just landed in Philly heading south from Richmond to Tampa. Go figure! I am sure the God’s of the airlines are certain this is the most direct flight to the Tampa Bay area. Anyways it’s not Chicago, thank goodness. Spring break for teachers is upon us and my wonderful husband said go and have fun. Although I am not a teacher I enjoy many of the same benefits as part of the front office staff.

Excitement set in early this AM as my travels include spending several days with my oldest daughter and her family….my specialty favorites are  Alison 8, an Emily, 6. Unsure who is more excited me or the girls the next few days will be spent in hot humid St. Pete with the two most (oops, make that 3) of the four most special women in my life.

Now Richmond to Philly is only about 35 minutes in the air so you can imagine the type plane assigned to this small flight. As expected it was a commuter plane with 13 rows and 2 very tiny seats on each side of the aisle. With little standing headroom my seat was in aisle 11. I remember years ago flights boarded from the back but not today. Zone 3 was the last to board so I had to plow past everyone hitting outstretched elbows with my big bulky bag.

The fact is most airline carriers do not give ample seating room, just enough to get by if you are an AVERAGE human being. The key word here is AVERAGE. As I moved through the entire length of the plane I was once again reminded I am NOT average.

Tiny little women and YES men sat among the seats each possessing ample head room, plenty of leg room and oh yes, their seat belts fit also. Why is it that each time I fly I find my football girth shoulders hogging the seat of the petite person next to me? Embarrassing at best.

Now I am unsure why airlines don’t partake in an e-Harmony style type of seating. Tiny? Yes. Pretty? Yes? Edumacated? Yes. Zap you belong in row 4 right next to your picture perfect traveling companion. Or toe picker? Yes. Naturalist? Yes. Bad breath? Row 27 last seat right next to your companion.

Today I was the largest passenger on my flight into Philly. My head exceeds the top half of the seat by an uncomfortable margin. The front of my legs touched the seat in front of me and my football wide shoulders basked on the seat next to mine. Oh yes, and although the seatbelt did close once the plane landed I readjusted it to a tiny size person fit.

Live Life to its Fullests and Follow Your Dreams.

see you soon…