The Dream: 3 Weeks

Wow!  Time is flying. Today started very humid and muggy and ended with a tornado siren. That is NOT what you want to happen while you’re having dinner. 

A powerful storm blew in and cooled the island down nicely. 

And this is what I learned today…it is REALLY hard to get a picture of lightening with a cell phone camera. 
I walked the beach after the storm and noticed a ship coming in and one going out. Notice anything?

I don’t remember my high school economics class (did I even have one?) but it appears that we are exporting more than we are importing. That’s good, right?
And this cute little egret reminded me of an old man with his black socks all pulled up. Cute!

Another friend (Amy) and her daughters show up tonight so I’m relaxing before exhaustion sets in again. 

The Dream: Day 20

Boy, it was “fry an egg on the pavement” hot today. Even the pool was little relief…bath water warm. I did my usual hour with lots of sunscreen and then needed a nap from all that hard work. 

Still using 30 spf on my legs, 50 spf on chest and shoulders, and 70 spf on my face. Thanks again to Rebecca for the recommendation of Sun Bum sunscreen…it really is good. Here’s one thing I’ve learned…my toenail polish will not hold up to sunscreen…makes it gloopy. I do have enough sun to routinely go out in public with shorts and sleeveless tops, which is good because it is sweltering hot. 

Checked out a movie at the cute little Tybee theater. 
Saw the new Baywatch because it was largely filmed on Tybee. Predictable outcome adventure movie with WAY too much cussing. This is NOT the movie to take your children to see unfortunately. I’ve seen more than my share of manly parts (yes, those parts!) for a solo vacation.  But any time you can watch Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a good time. 

Just so I never forget how lucky I am…another beautiful nightfall. 

The Dream: Day 19

The Georgia sun is hot, hot, hot!  As I am trying to parcel my sun days wisely, I ventured into Wilmington Island (which is weird because it evidently isn’t actually an “island” at all) and roamed and explored. 

As I am from a town that has a large Hispanic population, Mexican food is at a premium. Therefore, it isn’t easy to find good Mexican food just anywhere. As I was exploring, I found a Mexican restaurant and decided to do something other than seafood for a change. It was good!

It’s no Los Reyes (best salsa ever) but a nice change of pace. 

Bingo on the island was in store for the evening. As is always my way, I happen to sit at a table with a teacher (retired). She (Elaine) was delightful and very helpful. I didn’t win money but I did win a new connection. 

Two weeks left and then home to hopefully an uneventful move and onto a new chapter of my life. Minimalism is my new goal. I’ve done very well downsizing in the last few years. I want to travel more and have less things to hold me back. Night all from Tybee Island. 

The Dream: Day 18

The clouds lifted today and the sun returned. Lisa and the girls went home and I’m already planning for my next visitors. Couple of friends from work and some family will close out the stay on Tybee. It’s been relaxing and exhausting, busy and boredom, sunny and rainy…and always hot!  Georgia summers. Whew!

Last night when we went to dinner (Lighthouse Pizza), the waitress recognized me!  That’s either good or bad, depending on your perspective. I’m going with good!  I felt “part” of the island at that moment. And it is one of my favorite places. 

The rental agency delivered a brand new vacuum to me today so I could tidy up and I found a Kroger on Wilmington Island. There’s only one small IGA on the island so it was a nice familiar find. 

Another beautiful end to a nice day. My life is so blessed. I try to remind myself of that daily and be thankful for this opportunity. It’s been nice to relax and spend time with family and friends. Great memories. 

No “sun” in this sunset, but equally beautiful. 

The Dream: Day 17

It has been a whirlwind few days. Lisa and the girls (3 teenagers) arrived on Monday and we’ve been busy every moment since. 

Lots of walking the beach, shell hunting, and showing off “my island” to new people. Love that. It’s been cloudy and rainy…not so great for the girls but great for me as I’ve gotten a lot of sun already. 

We ate at Paula Deen’s Creekhouse. Wonderful food and atmosphere. Great little homey yard out back where you can hang out on the swing and watch the kids play. Pretty. 

And then the girls went to the pier and beach for a few hours while Lisa and I spent some time catching up. 

Then off to The Crab Shack for the next evening which is an essential if you’re visiting the area. The atmosphere is phenomenal. 

Off to Savannah today. Whew!  I’m exhausted. These people will have to go home for me to recuperate. 

The most beautiful Catholic church and magnificent fountain at Forsythe Park. 

And my new motto:

Now trying to think about the next stage of my summer…the moving part. I feel like it’s moving along nicely. 

2 weeks!  I miss home!

It’s weird that leaving home made me realize where home is. Funny how that works. Don’t get me wrong, Tybee is amazing. Love this place. But I miss my people. I’ve wondered if I will miss my house. Technically, when I left it for this adventure I knew it very probably wouldn’t be “mine” when I came back. Most of my stuff has been packed up and I’m looking forward to living IN Dalton and a whole lot less maintenance. 

On this Father’s Day, I reflect on my own father. Technically he’s a man that didn’t have to take on a woman with 2 children already. But he did and gave us more than his name…he gave us his time; his outlook on the world beyond the small town we’d grown up in; his love for all things intellectual; a faith that all things were doable if you tried hard enough; and a love for my mother even when she didn’t love herself. 

As everyone else gets older, he doesn’t seem to age. He is the line that anchors my balloon. I know that no matter how high I fly, he will always be there to at least soften the landing when I crash…and I have done some major crashing over the years. He is s moral compass that I can’t fathom living up to. Recently, my aunt (his sister) reminded me that “after all, he’s just a man!”  Yes, but what a mighty man he is!

On this day, I hope you’ve honored those men in your life that anchor you and teach you to soar.  It’s the ultimate parenting balance act. 

Tomorrow my friend Lisa joins me on Tybee. She and I were instant friends some 3 or 4 years ago and I am blessed to have her in my life. It has been said that if you can have 1 or 2 people in your life that you can always count on, you’re lucky. I am a very lucky woman indeed. 

As I take my evening walk tonight, I wonder who affords this? But then I realize we have the same view and isn’t that what is most important?

The Dream: Day 13

Sometimes it feels like I’ve been here a lot longer than 13 days and sometimes it’s all new again. All my company went home today. But in a couple of days I’ll get more company. 

It was steamy hot today. I got some housework and laundry done. Went to “town” for dinner but typical for a weekend night, too busy to even find parking. Found something a little closer to the condo. 

Beautiful end to another beautiful day. 

It never escapes me how truly blessed my life is each day. 

The Dream: Day 12

Here’s what I realized today…these 2 parents are working way too hard!

It’s exhausting. I don’t know how they do it. And they have another foster baby at home. Very proud of the parents they’ve become. 
I actually stayed in today. Too much sun last couple of days for me. Gotta pace myself. But I did keep an eye out the balcony door and these 2 things interested me. 

Dolphins really close to the shore all day today. 

Those 2 ships are passing in a very narrow shipping lane. And they’re huge. Impressive. 
We had dinner and came back to walk to beach and check out the oyster bed up the beach. Very cool. Lots of critters. The kids have one more day and then I’ll be alone again. It will nice and peaceful for about half a day, then I’ll be bored again. Lol. But it’s a beautiful way to spend a bored day. 

The Dream: Day 11

Ok…it’s now officially so many days I have to go back and check before I post. Six weeks is a very long time for a vacation in one spot. Don’t get me wrong, I am blessed and thankful for every moment…if for nothing else than to make me realize where “home” is. Home is my family, friends, job, and familiar and predictable “things” to do (auction, ride to the mountains, sleep in my own bed). Ok…another admission…as I listed those things I realize I have a boring life. But it’s MY life and it is what I’ve made it. 

On the other hand, having my son and wife and grandkids here has made it much more enjoyable. Exhausting, yes. But fulfilling exhaustion. 

This is what 2 days without cable tv does to the kids…

The cable guy came today. It’s like cellphones…not sure I can live without either. 
Granddaughter being the fashion maven that she is. She’s finally warmed up to the yuckiness of sand. 
And Ricky enjoying some “me” time doing what he loves…fishing. 
It was a spectacularly sunny and hot Georgia day. I was looking forward for an amazing sunset and then the clouds rolled in but I still love this shot. 

I’m trying to put moving in 30 days on the back burner…at least until Lisa arrives next week. She’s a make-a-list girl…she won’t let me linger in that dream world for long. 

The Dream: Day 10

Busy, busy day. My oldest son and family came in late last night and we have been non-stop since then. Interesting maneuvering for 6 people in a small one bedroom condo but it’s working quite well. 

The boys wore me out at the pool and the beach. I don’t ever remember having that endless energy. I’m sure they will crash hard tonight…as will I!  

Someone down the beach from us today was fishing and caught a huge stingray. It took him and Ricky to pull the hook out. 

Cable man comes today so that’s good news…assuming of course that he does make it. 

Making great memories with the kids.