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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

My Many Travels in 2016

Where did 2016 go to? Tomorrow is December 1st and I feel like the year just rushed on by. I started this blog and haven't had much time to write any posts!

It's been a very busy year for me as far as travel goes. I drove from Florida to the northeast  3 times in August, September and October. It was a bit rough for me with my physical issues; i.e. fibromyalgia and my knees and back but there was a need to do these trips.

I spent 2 weeks vacationing with my granddaughters in Connecticut. Then went on to Long Island to see the man's sister and brother-in-law. We made a pit stop in NYC to get up close to the new Freedom Tower.


Summer in Mystic, CT


The new Freedom Tower. 9/11 commemorated in NYC. 

We were home for just a couple of weeks when I got the call that my brother in Pennsylvania fell off his 2nd floor balcony and broke his neck. He was airlifted to Philadelphia and operated on the very next day. After 10 hours of surgery, the doctors said he would make a full recovery. They were in awe that he was not paralyzed. I got in my car and drove up to Philadelphia by myself and stayed for a week when he was sent home. I wanted to help out in any way that I could even if just being there to help him adjust pillows, get food/drink, just anything. He made such remarkable strides that first week that I was able to leave and return home. Six weeks later he made a full recovery!!

Philadelphia. The City of Brotherly Love


After driving home from there and seriously feeling the fatigue, I was just getting back to a normal routine when my neighbor asked me if I wanted to join her on a road trip to Connecticut. That would mean that I could see my girls and my son again. That's a huge bonus for me so I threw my suitcase together again and we hit the road two days later. It was a great trip and I'm glad I did it. I was able to surprise my granddaughter's by hiding on them when they opened up the door. The shock and smiles on their faces was worth every ache and pain I felt.  The weather turned really cold up there and we even had snow in October so my when I say I ached...believe me I was hurting. The treat though was getting to see the change of autumn colors which I haven't seen in quite a few years, so that was so much appreciated. After 10 days away we returned home.



New England at it's best in autumn

Connecticut is truly a beautiful state.

View from on top of a mountain in CT. Gorgeous foliage.



I've been experiencing some new and quite bothersome nerve pain in my lower back, hips and thighs so I have to see the neurologist about that but overall, I'm so grateful I was able to do all this traveling. I'm paying the piper now but oh well!!

Thanksgiving has just passed and we hosted the man's daughter and boyfriend. It was so enjoyable but the prep work I did with all the food left me having to take Vicodin before 10 a.m. I don't know if I could do all that work again. We'll see but this year...so much to be thankful for!

Two days after a big turkey dinner, we were working for two days at his art show. I just sat there and chatted up the customers and he has a huge following so lots of introductions were made. I seriously was exhausted and completely lost a day on Monday as I was in a fog all that day. All in all it was worth it when he was awarded Best Painting for his body of work on display. So proud of him.

Busy Booth for the Art Show

His talent and hard work paid off!



So there it is. My last few months in a nutshell. Are you tired yet?

Have you done any traveling this year?


Until next time, remember...


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18 comments:

  1. way to go BB.. you pushed through the pain and fatigue.. <3 chris

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    1. Thank you Chris! I have to fight it. We both do ;-)

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  2. Well Bee Bee, you certainly have had a busy year! Let's hope that the month of December will be calm and peaceful for you. So glad your brother made a full recovery. Amazing! Lovely that you were able to surprise your granddaughters like that. Lovely photos today.

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    1. Thanks so much This! It has been busy but in a great way. Otherwise I would have been sitting out in the sun doing nothing..lol

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  3. Hello BB. I'm popping in at Pam's suggestion. Wondering who your artist "man" is since I work at Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland and we host Mayfaire by-the-Lake in May. Has he done our show? Congrats to him for winning in St. Augustine!!

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    1. You'll have to tell me more about this event Terri! Thank you. Glad you popped in!!

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  4. Your brother's recovery is amzing! As is your love for the girls. Not many people wouldn't have just said, "I'd love to, but I need the rest." Hell, I say that about work every day, lol!

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    1. Work vs. seeing granddaughters? I'd say the same thing if I were in your shoes! Now that you're a grandpa you'll understand!! Thanks for your continued support of me CW

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  5. Wow you have been busy. Love your photos and your fortitude and enthusiasm despite your pain is an inspiration to all. Thank goodness for your brother's miraculous recovery and congrats to your man on Best Painting! I hope you have a lovely and restful December and Christmas when it comes - you deserve it! xx

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    1. Thanks Janice. I'm so honored that you take the time to stop in and comment. You are always on the go and/or writing so thank you so much!! It's now 12/3 and I haven't rested yet!! LOL

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  6. All those trips in just a few months time! No wonder you're hurting! Loved the photos!

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    1. Hi Glenda. Yes, it was a bit much and I'm paying for it but The memories are well worth it.

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  7. Haven't been for a blog visit in ages, but here now, so all good, I agree with Chris your brother's recovery is amazing. Road trips can be fun and exhausting at the same time, I like them but I am not the one driving that is left up to Tim and he prefers to drive so all good but I can still feel exhausted by the time we get to wherever we are going.

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    1. I did alot of the driving on these trips. I enjoy driving when I'm feeling ok but it does exhaust me which is why I'm so tired now. Good to hear from you. Hope you're doing well.

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  8. I do hope you are taking it easy now. Going on your travels was very important and good for everyone, but now you need to take extra care of you! Love reading your blog as always~ YOU are truly awesome! 💗

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    1. I'm trying to take it easy now. One day at a time. Hope you are coming along with your recovery. I think of you every day. YOU are truly awesome in my book! <3

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  9. I know I would be paying for all that, too. But so worth it! Getting to visit your girls twice in a couple months time? What a blessing! I've only seen Connecticut in videos and television but it certainly was beautiful. Though I can't tolerate the heat anymore and prefer the cold, I'm sure that cold is way more than I could handle. :)

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    1. I know you do love colder weather but I just can't take it anymore. It makes me tense up and ache from neck to feet. It's not as fun as when I was young!! CT is beautiful. My photos do it no justice. Hugs XX

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