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Haven't been Around Lately

January 22nd, 2017 at 07:31 pm

I haven't been around for over two weeks. No, I wasn't boycotting SA. I was either getting things ready or away on vacation. Yep, you read that correctly...two weeks of vacation. Never in my life have I been on vacation that long. It as something we had planned and saved for. In fact, we've been planning this for a few years. A goal we had once I retired was to rent a condo in Savannah, Georgia, and spend some time there. A friend suggested we rent one on Tybee Island so we did.

It was an enjoyable time, but I can say from my perspective, two weeks is too long. I missed my home. I missed my routines (does that mean I'm getting old and crotchety?).

We planned to eat out some, but we ate the bulk of our meals at the condo. I took many non perishables and we bought some fresh stuff while there. There is an IGA on the island and we made friends with the butcher. I asked him to tenderize some meat and he told me it would be a little bit because he had to clean the machine...fine with us. But get this, we were going to come back to the meat case but we didn't have to. He found us and delivered the meat to us! I felt like Tybee was a small town. We had lunch at a place and the owner was friendly and learned our names and was happy to give us directions and advice. Although I took some things with us, it isn't the same as having things in my pantry and freezer, so I had to plan carefully what I would fix because I didn't want to buy unnecessary things.

Our condo had a beach view. It was fun looking at the freighters and fishing boats as well as other boats. One afternoon and night it was really foggy over the ocean so there was a ship that had a continual fog horn. Living in land locked central Illinois, this was truly a new experience.

We found Sandra Bullock's house on the island. We viewed it from afar, but DH is a big Sandra Bullock fan so that was pretty exciting, even if she wasn't there. We did eat at a restaurant there she supposedly likes called the Breakfast Club. It is a small building and not real fancy inside or out, but the breakfast was marvelous. We were fortunate because we didn't have to wait for a table...I guess there are often lines outside waiting to get in.

We went into Savannah a few times. Let me tell you, if you go to Savannah and Tybee, be sure and have a pocketful of quarters. You pay for parking everywhere from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. We mostly went to eat some place. We really like Leopold's Ice Cream Shop. We've been to Savannah three times before this, so this is a must do place on our agenda. It was as good as ever. While we were there and parked, we walked around to some of the different shops. I did buy some tea from a locally owned shop and some spices from another that sells only things grown/manufactured in Georgia, I am not a big shopper so I don't think we increased their economy much. We walked to some of the shops on the main highway in Tybee and I got a bigger kick out to finding some pinecones on the way. Georgia pine trees are much taller than those here in the Midwest and the pinecones are huge. We also collected sea shells on the beach which we will give to the 5 classes DH and I volunteer in as souvenirs. Here are photos of DH and then me on the beach. I hate having my photo taken, but I figured I'm not getting any younger and I'm not going to ever be beautiful, so why not?

We had saved money to pay for everything. I still owe the credit card for two hotel room stays, one on the way there and one on the way back, but I have the cash put in the checking account to pay that. So, we walk away from our vacation not having a big bill over our head.

I think the best thing was getting home. It was an adventure -- we have never rented a condo before and we haven't been beach folks either, so it was something different and sometimes challenging. The condo was small -- we knew that and it isn't a criticism. We couldn't see paying more for the condo than we would for a hotel room. But, after being in a place so small, our house which isn't huge seemed very roomy! I'm glad to be home and I'm glad to be back on SA.

12 Responses to “Haven't been Around Lately”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Oh, the beach anytime of year is beautiful to me particularly having grown up in the Midwest! I think it's great you took each other's pictures. Those are the ones you will treasure most, than the ones of just scenery.

  2. laura Says:

    We have friends who LOVE LOVE Tybee (named their current dog after it).

    Thank you for the pictures! I love to see beach scenes, especially in January!

    What a cute couple you guys are!

    Glad you enjoyed your time. I was away for two months; I think one month will be the duration for this summer.

    Welcome home!

  3. My English Castle Says:

    Love the pictures and glad to have you home on SA!

  4. Wink Says:

    I think that IS a beautiful picture of you! You look relaxed and happy. I like a good vacation but I am always glad to return home to my space, and routines.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    It sounds like you had a really good time. Beautiful pics!

  6. CB in the City Says:

    I was missing you! Glad you had a nice vacation and glad you are happily back at home! My girlfriends and I are going on a short vacation this year, and I'm suggesting Savannah as a location.

  7. snafu Says:

    Thanks for the photos and updates. As a retiree. I think it's imperative to get away to a different locale to meet new people and try new, unfamiliar things, particularly early years. I wish I could think of words to use to entice you to take a cruise. It's such a different experience for someone living landlocked. for example
    I think you need to pick cruise lines that cater to mature clients, avoid those for 20ish in partying mode.

    We loved the few days we had in Savannah, so different from ultra polite life in Canada. I wasn't always sure we were conversing in English, words are used differently in Georgia...likened to an Australian experience.

  8. NJDebbie Says:

    Great pictures! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Amber Says:

    Aw thanks for sharing. We passed through Savannah once and loved it. It's on my bucket list to return.
    I'm glad you all had fun and your DH was able to see Sandra Bullock's home, how exciting

  10. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Nice to put a face to the name, looks like a wonderful trip!

  11. scottish girl Says:

    It looks amazing! Thanks for posting a pic! I like being able to put a face to the name Smile

  12. LuckyRobin Says:

    Oh, wow. You look shockingly like my aunt Connie when she was younger.

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