Resolving to Have FUN!

Resolving to Have FUN!

Sue came to visit me a couple of days after my boys went back to Michigan. We planned to spend the rest of the holidays on the beach and celebrate the incoming New Year together. For those of you who don't know Sue, she gifted Caesar to us, and I learned how smart and manipulative standard poodles can be! I wish he was still around to travel with me. Unfortunately, the weather stopped cooperating that week and the temperatures were not conducive to sunscreen and swimwear, but we found other Continue reading

The Beach at Panama City Beach

The Beach at Panama City Beach

When I first arrived in Panama City Beach I knew I would have lots of time on my hands to walk the beach, write, and relax…. after my daily allotment of work. In my mind, I'd already put myself on the beach with my computer working from my sandy, sunny office location. Think about that… sand and sun… known by their more realistic names: grit and glare. It was a nice dream. I worked on the beach all of twice, and instead took my breaks there. I'd walk from my campsite across the road and Continue reading

I’m Dreaming of an Expectation Free Christmas

I’m Dreaming of an Expectation Free Christmas

When you grow up in an area with four seasons, as I did, there are things you expect to do at certain times of the year.  When I was a child, summers meant a couple of weeks camping in Northern Ontario among the lush forests and Canadian Shield rocks and lakes. All our Halloween costumes were loose in case it was cold the night we went Trick or Treating, and the Easter bunny always brought us chocolate, which we promptly ate for breakfast.  My brothers and I expected these things.  It was a Continue reading

Raccoon River Campground in Panama City Beach

Raccoon River Campground in Panama City Beach

Sometimes the best laid plans get thrown out the window, and such was the case with an expected visit by Shawna and Alf to Richmond, VA. I was looking forward to seeing them for a quick one night stopover while they were enroute to a camping vacation on the Eastern Seaboard in North Carolina. They had their sights set on sandy beaches and nothing else mattered. Until Matthew. Hurricane Matthew roared up the Florida coast, dropped record rainfall, flooding North Carolina, causing road closures Continue reading

Fresh Squeezed Love

Fresh Squeezed Love

During my drive south, I passed a family on the side of the road. Their car was pulled over, doors wide open to a fallowed field where it's previous inhabitants were dancing, jumping, and waving their arms. Dad was looking on with a face that radiated happiness at the pure joy he was seeing through his children. At first I thought they must be city dwellers experiencing their first visit to the country... touching the land from which their food is grown. Then I realized, we had just passed Continue reading