The Road South: Charleston ~

Here’s the thing about the deep south, and cities such as Charleston, Beaufort and Savannah, it’s kinda like no other place you’ll ever visit in the US.  But then again the same can probably be said about the Pacific Northwest or the Southwest or the Midwest Bible Belt.  But then again… the history of the south is, well, like no other.

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The Biltmore House ~

As I write this post we are in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  Myrtle Beach, where it’s about 36 degrees and where the rain has been falling in torrential buckets for the better part of the day.  We spent over 2 hours this morning in a nearby coffee house nursing cups of hot steamy goodness while watching the downpour.  Now back in our hotel room, we are basically here in Myrtle Beach to wait out the storm.

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Thoughts on Turning 60 & Grandma Gatewood ~

I can’t be 60-years-old.  I simply cannot be 60.  Six-oh-no!  When did it happen?  How the hell did it happen?  I remember my mother at 60.  Sixty was my mother, not me.  Sixty sounds so old. But, the day has arrived. No matter how I fought it. It arrived. Today.  My birthday.  Can I just skip this day? Continue reading

Their First Dose of Travel in the US ~

I first introduced you to Amy and Andrew just shy of 3 years ago, February, 2013.  They were gearing up to take off to travel the world indefinitely.  Honestly, I don’t even remember how I first came upon their blog, Our Big Fat Travel Adventure, but I did and there was just something about the two of them that touched my heart.  Fast forward to December 2015 and our paths happily crossed in Washington, D.C.  It really is a small world.

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When Harry Met Sally & Auld Lang Syne ~

I’m not a big fan of New Year’s Eve and all that it entails.  I’d much rather snuggle up for the evening with the one I love most, sip a bottle of bubbly and watch a classic movie, such as the one I share every year at this time.   Cheers!

Having never been one to make New Year’s resolutions (I’ve always thought that if I’m going to do something important I better get to it, not wait for the New Year and then spend a year worrying if I’m living up to my self-made promises) I’m not about to start this year.

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The Best of The Christmas Season ~

My 2nd 3rd annual posting of a few of my most favorite Christmas quotes.  I hope at least 1 of them will make you smile, warm your heart or remind you of a Christmas past.  If you have a favorite Christmas message, please post it as a comment for all to enjoy.  The more the merrier, right?!

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We are Patti and Abi. We retired early and downsized our lifestyle. We don’t live large but we have a home base and the resources to travel. By sharing our journey, we hope to inspire others to redefine retirement.


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