Home…temporarily

Made it back to the house. It’s mostly packed up but it’s still so good to be home. This time next week I will hopefully be closed on my house and in my new “home.”

Every time I have to drive through Atlanta, I wonder how I can get to Tybee without that drive through hell. Several observations:

  • You have to be a special kind of person to manage that commute everyday. 
  • I’m always thankful there is a “traffic jam” so we can drive at a speed that would not cause death if I get hit. 
  • I will often pray and cuss in the same span of time. 
  • First responders must live in a special kind of hell…one where you can’t reach the very people that need you. Bless them!
  • Those young boys on crotch rockets that weave in and out of traffic need a good ole’ southern ass-whooping. 
  • We are all truly at the whim of every other single person on the road with us. It’s a shared trust that we will all do the right thing and not endanger everyone on the road. 
  • Several soul-tugging wrecks made me think how all of us leave our homes every day not realizing we may be the ones who don’t come home. No one thinks it will be them…well maybe the crotch rocket riders do…who knows what the heck they’re thinking. 

One of the things I’d missed on the island was some good veggies. I stopped and had a veggie plate and a salad. So good. 

An interesting thing for me…and kind of full circle in an odd way…when I left I turned off my cable so I am now trying to use an antennae to get a few channels. If you’ve been with me through the whole vacation, that was my first week “ordeal” at the beach. I’d like to think I can figure this out and survive without cable…well at least for a week anyway!  Lol

Last Day Eve!

I can’t believe it’s almost over. I will head home tomorrow and often reflect on the great pictures I have to commemorate this amazing vacation. It has been a dream come true. 

As I looked for parking in town for the fireworks tonight, I almost gave up…it was very crowded. But I found a spot and walked several blocks to the beach. Pretty night and the fireworks could be seen from as far away as Hilton Head in addition to the beautiful Tybee Island fireworks. 
As I pack, I realize I have one complete suitcase of clothes that I didn’t wear even once!  The hardest part to going home will be makeup, doing hair, and wearing a real bra. But I guess it’s not fair to subject the rest of the world to my laziness. 

Thank you all for following this dream with me. Next up is a move from a 3 bedroom house to a one bedroom loft…should be interesting. But if I’ve learned anything on this trip, it is that I can totally live with a lot less and love it!  

The end is near!

I can’t believe my summer dream vacation is coming to an end. But alas, life moves on. A couple more days and back to reality. Home to a move and back to school in less than a month. 

Retrieved my wallet today. All was intact!  Yay!  And then a great surprise of old friends. My old neighbors (they left me years ago) were in Savannah and came out to visit me on the island. Love them. Truly amazing people and neither ever meets a stranger. We must make a point to see more of each other. 

Weather was weird today. Thunder and lightening on and off all day. And then a weird storm blew up…tiu know those storms that cast a strange color light outside…this was it!
The white glowed as if a fluorescent light was on it. Even the sand glowed eerily. But it did run off the many new people that have arrived this week. 
Tomorrow fireworks on the beach and then getting ready to head home and back to my real life. 

Best laid plans!

Well I had the day all planned out. Sleep late (watched a movie really late last night); go eat at Macaroni Grill (long ways); and go see Jaws (since it is nearing the end of my stay). 

All was going well until I left my wallet at Macaroni Grill and didn’t realize it until I got back on the island. Of course, by then it was gone. Oh no!  No money. No cards. Yikes!  I called my debit cards and one credit card (thank goodness I only have one) and got them cancelled. 

A huge thunderstorm (along with very startling warnings on the radio) blew in. Again, impressive lightening. Resigned myself to whomever got my cash needed it more than me and started the planning. 

Disclaimer here…my friend Lisa has been “harassing” me for a long time to not carry my “important papers” in my wallet (social security card, my kid’s birth certificates, etc) but old habits are hard to break. So, of course, I had to call her and tell her she was right!  Ugh!  (On a sad note, her brother is going through some terrifying repercussions from back surgery…please include them in your prayers). 

If you’re a man and you’ve never had to go through changing your name on your drivers license and social security card, you will never understand the frustration. Let’s just say, there is a reason there is an armed guard at the social security office!  So I was already bracing myself for the ordeal. 

I figured I had been so blessed lately that it was only fitting that I have some strife. That’s where I was mentally when the call came…they found my wallet!!!

The storm passed, literally and figuratively, in that moment. 
And then I got a message from a dear friend I haven’t seen in a while and they are in town so I will see them tomorrow. I will still have to make a bank trip (can’t undo the cancellation) and go pick up my wallet, but all is well in Kay-Land tonight. 

Maybe my cash will still be there. But if not, then someone needed it more than I did. And I can live with that. 

The Ocean’s Glitz

As I sat at the water’s edge and watched the light shimmer and shine off the waves, I marveled (not for the first time) at the rythym of my life. Are we all just tiny shells buffering the ebb and flow of life going where the tide takes us?  The ocean is a magnificent, awe-inspiring power and it’s impossible to not be lulled by its tranquility. 

The weather man threatened rain but it turned into a beautiful day.  The dolphins were in overdrive and chased bait fish all around us. Lots of splashing going on. 

A new ship came in today. Upon some research, I discovered that it’s a shipping line carries 2.45 million cars per year. Interesting. Wonder how many cars are on that one ship?

And then the storm clouds rolled in and the wind picked up. It was truly electric. I have got to learn to get pictures of lightening. And the moon!  Both very hard to do. 

Politics at the pool!

I’m always amazed at how seemingly-sane adults can get so irate over certain things. At the pool today, 3 young women were in a very heated “discussion” about politics and gay rights. I’m all for having your own opinion and being fervent about that opinion…HOWEVER, once you subject the rest of us to your tantrum, you’ve crossed the line. 

She lost her credibility with me once she quoted the Bible in the same sentence with the f-word…around a pool full of children. I like to think I’m no prude but seriously!?!

It was rainy on and off today. The shrimp boat came in early which should have been my clue. 


Some shell hunting on the beach. I always wonder why specific shells are prevalent on certain days?  And some of the shells are so tiny, it amazes me that anything could’ve lived in there and moved out. Lol


Bingo tonight. Of course, I met another teacher. She teaches on the next island over. I’m always very thankful for my own school and administration when I talk to other teachers. Not sure I could ever teach anywhere else. Again…truly blessed. 

During bingo, the big thunder boomers rolled in and I got soaked going to the car. At this point, I’ve become so accustomed to not worrying with my hair and makeup, that it was actually normal to be wet. As I settle in tonight, the thunder and lightening continues. I love a good thunderstorm. 

One big boat, low tide…2 tugs needed 

Something you don’t see on the river every day. Where I am staying is where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Savannah River. This is where all the cargo ships enter for the long, narrow journey to the Georgia Port Authority. 

This evening, a huge ship came in at low tide and needed the assistance of 2 tugboats. Those little boats are mighty and can maneuver those huge ships. You see them in Savannah assisting with the right turn to the port but I’ve never seen them escorting a ship in. Sometimes they will follow one out to the end of the river, but this was rare. If you look closely, one tug is tied on to the ship’s port side bow and one is following. Very cool. And an even stranger thing, you could hear and feel this ship coming in. This is unusual because I’ve noticed how eerily-quite they are. They are often there before you even notice. Stealthy.
A gloomy day that threatened rain all day. I went in for new toenail color and to wash and vacuum the car. With company this week, we had visited the front beach several times and brought back lots of sand. 

The kitty-cats are awaiting someone to take pity on them and throw them some food. The island has a cool “trap, neuter/spay, release” program. We have several outside the condo. 


The dolphins were plentiful today. They were very leisurely in their wanderings. They almost appeared in slow motion. ​

The shrimp boat has anchored in for the night so it’s gonna rain. Better than your local weatherman. Every single time! 


While my goals for the coming years  include a lot of travel, I can’t imagine loving a place more than I love it here. 

One more week!

So I’m on the back side of my summer dream vacation. It has been amazing to live on Tybee for an extended time. It’s been great to have friends and family visit. Those memories are priceless. For the first time in my life, I feel the need to back up my pictures from my phone because they are so special. 

Amy and the girls went home today. I’ve cleaned and vacuumed and I have a week left to venture out and discover new Tybee treasures. 

I walked the beach tonight. It was breezy and comfortable. I’ll miss my little walks on the beach and being able to dip my toes in the ocean. 
And yes, those toes are teal blue…a color I would never have tried before but I kind of like it. I’m going for something different each week. Purple next. 
Life is good. I have great friends and family; my house seems to be moving along to selling; the condo I want is available earlier than originally thought; and I’ve just gotten to experience the vacation I always dreamed of. Truly blessed. 

The slow life

It only takes a day trip into Savannah to realize I prefer the slow, methodical rhythm of the island. It’s very similar to the tranquility of the waves crashing to shore. It’s predictable and there is some serenity to that. 

Introduced Amy and the girls to Mrs. Wilkes’ restaurant. Always an hour wait no matter when you go but don’t let the line deter you. It is so very good. And once again, I’m saddened that yet another person (Amy) is 3 times smaller than I am and eats 3 times more than I do. How is that fair?  Ok, in all fairness, she is trying very hard to do her 10,000 steps a day. I’m good if I can hang for around 3,000 with them. Have I said this vacation is exhausting?

Saw my future home today!

See that itty-bitty boat behind the yacht…that’s it!
We had dinner at one of my favorites…AJ’s Dockside. The sunset was beautiful and once again I marveled at how pictures just can’t capture the nuance of all the colors. Truly beautiful.  If you look close enough, you can see the rays. 


And if I could have someone follow me around from now on and cast this glow on me during picture-taking moments, that would be great!


As I have said several times during this vacation…”it wouldn’t do for me to have real money!”  I’d be rotten. 

The “wall”

ISo tonight’s discussion is “if we’d (the old people) had Internet when we were young, what famous boy would we have lots of pics of on our phones?  Amy could remember hers (Kirk Cameron, Bruce Springsteen) but I could only remember one poster (our equivalent) and it was The Bee Gees. Yes, I’m really old!

We started the day cloudy and visiting the south beach where the waves were bigger and then came back to the pool and sunshine. Everyone got a little sun. 


Clearly one of Amy’s children has my gene color combination for good melanin. She and I are almost the same color. 

Then we went to Paula Deen’s Creek House which is very yummy.  Back to let Amy and the girls get in their 10,000 steps. 

Amy and daughters 

I joined them for the last leg of the walk so we could look for critters. The sun is barely peaking out before it’s final decent.  And below is the final night sky. 

We sat at the pool and chatted with neighbors and then went down to the dock to talk and a guy caught a baby shark. Nice eventful day. Fun to hang out and build relationships with my people. As I close off tonight I want to ask you to pray for a couple of my friends going through some really crappy family stuff. Lisa and Tammie would move mountains for those they love and are in a bind because  only God has control of these situations. Please keep them in your  prayers. 

Goodnight from me and Amy and the munchkins!