From here to there…a change of plans

View from Gilchrist Park, Punta Gorda


Verb, -eled, -el·ing or (especially British) -elled, -el·ling

Noun, adjective verb (used without object)

  1. To go from one place to another, as by car, train, plane, or ship; take a trip, journey–to travel for pleasure.
  2. To move or go from one place or point to another
  3. To proceed or advance in any way
  4. To go from place to place as a representative of a business firm
  5. To associate or consort: He travels in a wealthy crowd

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about traveling. Not sure why, but suspect it has something to do with the impending holiday season. I cannot believe it; we are five weeks away from Christmas. The days are barreling through, toward the end of the year, at the speed of lightning, scary.

Anyway, I have been talking about traveling in “my mind” and that has set my brain in motion—I am now looking at every place I go to as a “travel” destination; convenient, actually. There is a good chance you will be reading more of these stories, as the year-ends; because I will be moving from one point to another very often.

Let the work begin!

Yesterday morning I got up early, thought I would head out of the house–with the intent of going to the park or the beach; take some pictures of birds, the water, boats—or whatever got my eye’s attention; then come back home to write a blog post or two. Well, that was the plan. Before I could get going, I heard some noise outside the door, peeked through the window to see what the racket was and suddenly—there it was, a change of plans. The County, in its infinite wisdom had decided to replace the aluminum culvert pipes around our neighborhood, with concrete ones, and today was our turn. That is fine, but could they have let me know ahead of time?

We need to move...

Not being one to miss an opportunity, I quickly got my Canon out; took some pictures, and went out to talk to the work crew, let them know I might be talking about them in my blog. The men were a good-natured bunch—all they said was “as long as what I had to say about them was good, it would be okay with them”. My response—“it would be all good—as long as I could get out of my driveway”. No problem there, they graciously moved all the heavy trucks and equipment, and I was on my way—to the spot I originally had in mind.

It is beautiful out here,,, the birds agree!

It was a beautiful day, at Gilchrist Park, sunny and bright. There were people out having lunch and reading books under the pavilion. Others were just sitting around enjoying the weather. I got into easy conversation with a woman who reminded me that there will be music on the park Thursday night. I made a mental note of that and went back home.

In addition, I now have added respect for the job those men do every day. It was nearly 90 degrees outside, while they plugged away at their duties. Tough job, but somebody has to do it, right? Glad it is not me.

Life is good!

On any given day, life throws surprises your way, especially in our neighborhood. One day you step outside to find turtles sunning in your backyard, and yet another day you see a bobcat chasing some other animal. Nevertheless, you take it all in stride; life is what you make it, so you learn to enjoy it!

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    1. Thanks Marc; I keep trying to make lemonade with the lemmons I’ve got. I have to confess it is not that bad, lol! One of these days I’ll be writing from all the exciting places mentioned on your blogs.

    1. Hi Christine, yes I got your comment, thanks. I just stopped by your blog and saw the new post on Flagler’s holiday festivities, it looks like the place to be for the season; I am hoping to make it to St Augustine by next summer, we’ll see.

  1. Hello, Marcia! Still working at learning my way around this site! It’s dreary and overcaste here in Michigan! That’s o.k., thought! I’m flying off to California on Tuesday (12/06), for a few days of ocean, warmer breezes, and friendship! I understand Carpinteria is not experiencing bakini weather, but any sunshine is better than none! Have a great weekend!

    1. Hi Marcy, glad you stopped by. You are one busy traveling lady. I am glad to see you had such fun with your friend Dawn and her family, and the Nutcracker ballet; and now heading to Carpinteria? I have to confess never heard of it, so am looking forward to your post on this visit. The techno stuff comes with practice, no way around it. Stay in touch!

  2. A change of plans can be frustrating, but it always gives you a good story! At least they were kind and let you out of the driveway! And you got where you were going anyway. The pictures looked lovely. What a day. I can’t believe it’s so hot where you are!

    1. That is so true, as long as in the end you reach the objective–no problem. Average temps here are 75-90 degrees this time of the year, although in the Summer they can easily reach 100! Thankfully, they do not last too long.

      1. Oh my goodness! So, so hot! 90 degrees in December. I bet Santa wears shorts!
        And to Marcy Padrta, you’re so lucky to be in Michigan! I’d pay money for your weather. I LOVE the cold and snow. ha! Grass is always greener, right? 🙂

      2. Santa wears shorts along with the rest of us; and the funny thing is when the temperature drops below 60, it is shorts and hoodies. Hilarious!
        I love our weather and would not trade with Marcy at all!

      3. LOL! There are people (so I’ve heard) who LOVE cold! They must have the genetics of polar bears! 😀

        My ancestors were Mediterranean, so I believe each and every cell of mine has a solar panel! When it’s overcast and cold, my eyelids are heavy, my feet are heavy, and my days go by in a heavy blur! (Sounds a bit melodramatic, doesn’t it?!) So, I do thrive in sunshine and warmer temps.

        I’m jealous of people who love snow skiing and building snow men. Guess we are who we are. For me, Michigan is WONDERFUL in the Summer and Fall- but I escape at every opportunity in the Winter and Spring!

      4. I AM one of those people. I always get the “You’re crazy,” look. Both my hubby and I are like that, though, he prefers the rain! He’d be happy if it rained all day long every day! (Thunderstorms mostly, can you imagine?) I tell him we should move to London…or Seattle! Even Marcia’s snow flakes that are falling across the page are making me happy! But my brother (brought up in the same household) is like you too! He’ll come to visit in the winter, turn the temp. up to 80 and go put on his shorts! 🙂
        We put it in for CT and Washington State and were sent to south GA! Life is so funny. But I like it down here too…minus the heat. 🙂
        Build a snowman for us Marcy!! (And I do kind of like the idea of Santa in shorts. Humanizes him a bit, like he goes on vacation too!)

      5. I like Fall and Spring the best, anything too extreme and I am miserable. I loved living in NY but winter made me leave to seek warmer weather; that’s why we are now in Florida. You guys can have all the snow, let me have my sandy beaches!

  3. Marcia- found you- after I sent the message. LOL! Obviously you live somewhere warm! Sunshine and turtles! Ahh! I like your blog! You are right! Every day is an adventure- we just have to look for the adventure in everything! Have a good one!

  4. You can say that again! My “surprise” yesterday was a black eye. No, not marital sparring. We’d gone to Durham to view a spectaculat light show and I was so busy looking I tripped. Not a pretty sight today!

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