Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Years Eve Wednesday

This was a hang around the beach and try to get some sun kind of day. We spent the morning on the beach, then walked into town for lunch. We spent some time on 5th Avenue, then came back to the hotel for a siesta before the BIG evening. You see, we were determined to make it through until midnight! We even practiced last night and made it until 11:00! :)

Mexico 084 We had a wonderful dinner! I had garlic grilled shrimp that, I think, may be the best I’ve ever eaten! They were wonderful. Rick had Red Snapper, Vern, a rib eye steak and Sheila had a NY strip.

Mexico 082We left the restaurant around 11:30, full and tired. We thought we’d stop at the Beer Bucket for a night cap and to bring in the new year, but it was so packed we couldn’t get in the door. At that point we decided to just go home; we could hardly stay awake. We started walking toward the resort and the crowd was so thick we could hardly move forward. I glanced at my watch and saw it was only 10 minutes till midnight. We plopped ourselves down on a bench, waited the 10 minutes, kissed at midnight and headed for bed :) We had accomplished our mission.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Tulum Tuesday

We split up today with Sheila and Vern going to Xel Ha and we went to Tulum to see the Mayan Ruins. It was so hot and there were so many people there it was difficult to really enjoy what we were seeing. Mexico 032  Mexico 035






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After wandering the grounds for quite awhile and sweating for quite a bit, we stopped for lunch and a couple cerveza’s (beers).The shade of the restaurant overhang and the breeze, along with the cold cerveza sure was good!Mexico 058

We joined Sheila and Vern at our favorite  watering hole, The Beer Bucket for Happy Hour and then got a bite to eat. All in all, a very nice day :)

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Isla Mujeres Monday

Today we took the ADO bus from Playa to Cancun, grabbed a Collectivo to the ferry dock at Puerto Juarez and took the ferry to Isla Mujeres for the day.Mexico 014

From there we rented a golf cart and explored the island. Mexico 017 We drove all around the perimeter of the island stopping to see the turtle farm.Mexico 022 Mexico 025

We also stopped to see the dolphins at Dolphin Discovery but it was pricey. We only wanted to look around, not swim with the dolphins, but it was $50 per person just to get in so we passed.

We had dinner at  a little waterfront restaurant that serves fresh lobster right off the boat, cooked to order. It was excellent! Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the lobsters…they were quite impressive!Mexico 015 Mexico 016

We took the ferry back to Cancun and got a cab to take us to the bus station. The bus driver offered to take us back to the hotel for $30 so we took him up on it. It’s normally a $50 fare, so we did good! We were so tired when we got back the we just went to bed. None of us has made it until 10:00 yet this week!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Mexico Saturday

Mexico 134 Mexico 002Mexico 132 We left home this morning, December 27th and arrived in Playa del Carmen mid-afternoon. We joined up with Sheila and Vern shortly after arriving at the Grand Coco Bay Resort. Without even making arrangements, we ended up only being a couple doors away from each other. Very convenient :)

Everyone was hungry, so we headed for Fifth Avenue, the main shopping/restaurant area to see what we could find. What we found was a very nice Mexican meal at a very busy, hopping restaurant right on 5th. It was very good.

We called it an early evening; everyone was really pooped from all the traveling.Mexico 006

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Day

Merry Christmas!

It was a beautiful day. Nicole had us over for brunch and then we went to the park for a nice long hike. Just what the doctor ordered!

We talked to the grandkids on the webcam and Skype. That was great fun! So neat to be able to see them as we talk.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve

We spent Christmas Eve with Nicole and friends. A little food, a little wine, a little conversation…perfect!

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Garmin Nuvi 750

Six months ago, we bought a Magellan GPS. It was a basic entry level model but worked great for us. I particularly liked it because I can get lost driving around the block! It was used infrequently over these 6 months wih the last time being the end of October for our trip to Nashville. It did a great job on that trip. So, imagine my surprise when I attempted to use it last Sunday and it wouldn’t even power on. I tried everything…A/C adapter, USB adapter, cigarette lighter in the car. Nothing. Zilch. Nada. I had purchased it at Costco, so took it back there on Monday. Again, imagine my surprise when they gave me a full refund, no questions asked. They didn’t even care that it wasn’t working. They would have done the same thing if I had just changed my mind and decided I didn’t like it. Amazing! I hesitated to replace it with the same model, but guess I could have. If it broke, I’d just take it back again. After doing some research online, I settled on a Garmin model 750 and purchased it from It’s covered by the same guarantee as items purchased in the store. If you’re not happy for any reason, you can take it to any store and they’ll even refund your shipping charges. I can’t imagine how they can do this and stay in business. Anyone know?

Happy 9th Birthday, Lily!

You’re half grown up!!

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

It’s the holiday season!

No, I didn’t go shopping on Black Friday, unless you count a quick run to Kroger :)  In fact, I’m done with my Christmas shopping so going out there would only tempt me to spend money. But, I did drag the tree and a few other things out of the attic. It is time to spruce this place up for the holidays. I didn’t want to put up too much (I used to do 4 trees!) as we are leaving right after Christmas for Mexico for a week. But, it just wouldn’t be Christmas without something :)


This is it for this year! One of these years, we’ll be in our RV and won’t have room for much of anything. We’ll have to plan for that.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Giving Thanks

It’s been quite a year and even though the financial markets have left us in a less than desirable position so close to retirement, we have so much to be thankful for. We’re healthy, we’re happy and we have JOBS which is a lot more than many people. If we continue with these things, we’ll be just fine.

We spent Thanksgiving celebrating with friends. Great food, great company, great food, great food, great food :)

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Steve, turkey carver extraordinaire, and Paula

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Rick, Elisabeth, Laine

Hope your Thanksgiving was as blessed.

Monday, November 24, 2008

A new hobby-maybe?

Digital scrapbooking! Very cool. I’m not sure what inspired me, but over the weekend I found some quick pages online and started playing. Here is what I created. Pretty cool, huh?Lily


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Pocky and Maggie

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Daylight Standard Time and going home

Turning the clocks back before we went to bed last night worked temporarily to give us another hour. We left Nashville at 8:15 AM but lost our found hour around Knoxville when we returned to Eastern time. We arrived home at 5:30 PM. We made good time but sure are tired. Seeing Lily, Patrick and Maggie was well worth it though!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Today was all about the kids and Halloween. What fun! First, we spent the whole afternoon at the zoo.

After that, we went to the Halloween Party at their church.

Finally, they were able to come home and go Trick or Treating. They had a great time and ended up with quite the stash! Gramma even got a couple of Butterfingers out of the deal :)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Road Trip!

It's time to visit the grandkids in Nashville! We left home about 8:30 AM and arrived there about 4:30 PM Nashville time. What a wonderful weekend to take a trip through the North Carolina and Tennessee mountains! Natures color palette was at her peak. Pictures cannot capture the beauty but I tried :)

Saturday, October 18, 2008

It's been a long time and it's not over yet...


The last year North Carolina beat Virginia in Virginia.

Virginia 16, North Carolina 13 in OT

Guess it'll be a bit longer before that record is broken.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Carolina 29 Notre Dame 24

What a football game! A great win, in spite of the officials. They liked to have given me a heart attack once or twice! Another fun Saturday watching the Tarheels play. They have certainly become a real football team this year. It's so much fun to watch.

Tonight is my 40th high school reunion. I can't be there but I did do the website for the reunion. It's at I'm real happy with the way it turned out; especially since I used blogger and just tweaked it to mimic a website :)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Aaaaccckkk! Economy Woes

Is retirement even possible at this point? It may be a ways off. Thankfully we are both healthy and still have our jobs. This, too, shall pass.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

One step closer...

Last Saturday, the day before Easter, we bought our toad! A toad is the vehicle RVers tow behind their motorhomes. In our case, it's a bright red Jeep Wrangler Sport. Very, very cute :)
Here's Rick with his new toy. It has a hard top that's removable. We plan to also get a bikini top for it so we have some protection from the sun when in open air.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Second date with friends

We had a very nice time today meeting up with another future rv'ing couple we had met last year around this same time. We met Jim and Denyce at Southpoint Mall and went to Champs for lunch. The food was just ok but the company was lively and fun. It's nice to visit with people that have the same interests as you. Here's the 4 of us at the restaurant. That's them on the left.
Denyce and I might try to do some geo-caching together as neither of the guys have an interest.
I think it sounds like fun. There are thousands of caches hidden all over the world just for the finding. You don't actually take the cache but sign and date the log book proving you found it. Most of it is done with GPS co-ordinates and Denyce has a handheld GPS unit she uses. She publishes her own blog at