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Thursday 13: Fifth Edition – 13 Places I’ve Visited

Ok. This one is tough – 13 places that I have visited and what I liked about each? Hmm…this requires a bit of thought.

  1. Cape Cod:  I stayed in a time share in Mash Pea.  It was a wonderful experience despite the fact that I came down with sinusitus and bronchitus.  The New England clam chowder – the honest-to-goodness clam chowder – is out of this world.  I loved the scenery, the food, the people.
  2. Orlando, FL:  I’ve stayed in a time share (my parents-in-law) a number of times.  I’ve had a terrific time down there, though I realized that I don’t want to live in FL again.  What I liked about my stays is that we were close to everything, including SeaWorld (my favorite place down there).
  3. New Orleans, LA: I visited New Orleans when I was much, much younger – for a World’s Fair.  It was a fantastic experience: lots of action, color, music, food.  Looking back, I realize we didn’t even get into the history of the area, the old houses, the architecture and so much more.  I have to go back some day.
  4. St. Augustine, FL:  A beautiful, beautiful place.  I didn’t get a chance to spend much time there, just a few days, so I want to go back.  I believe that this is the oldest city in the US and there is so much history.  I loved the history of the place, the architecture, the atmosphere.
  5. Chattanoga, TN: I visited Chattanoga several times with my father.  I absolutely LOVE the aquarium there; it is beyond words, really.  I cannot recommend this enough for people that are fascinated by ocean life.
  6. Murfeesboro, NC: This wasn’t a voluntary visit, exactly.  I went there in high school for band camp.  I can’t say that it is a hotbed of activity, but the people there are definitely charming.  It is a family environment and the picture of “small town America.”
  7. Williamsburg, VA:  In terms of history, this is a great place to visit.  I love to walk around Colonial Williamsburg and get a glimpse of how daily life in that time was.  I love the fact that discoveries are still taking place in this area.
  8. The Pocanos, PA: The Pocanos are a mountainous region in Pennsylvania.  I’ve been to several different areas of the Pocanos and they are beautiful – incredibly beautiful.  I love the waterfalls, the mountains, the greenery, the animal life…
  9. Key West, FL: I had a great time visiting the Keys when I was growing up.  If you like sun, sand, and water – hey, this is the place for you.  I imagine the bar scene is fun as well, but I haven’t been back since I was old enough to drink.  I recommend going, if you can get into a place to stay, just for the beauty of the place.  The sunsets are incredible.
  10. Nags Head, NC: A lovely place, and another nice place for beaches.
  11. Duck, NC: Similar to Nags Head – good for beaches, peace and quiet, etc.

Well, this week’s 13 is incomplete – I cannot think of two more places that I’ve visited.  I’ll keep thinking, but I figured I was close enough to include it in the Thursday 13.

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Thursday 13 (4th Edition) – Gratitude

13 Things I’m Grateful For

  1. I am grateful for my beautiful, loving children.
  2. I am grateful for the support and encouragement of my family.
  3. I am grateful to have had a wonderful life here.
  4. I am grateful for good health.
  5. I am grateful for good night’s sleep – when I can get one!
  6. I am grateful for beautiful spring days.
  7. I am grateful for a hair stylist that does a wonderful job.
  8. I am grateful for my life.
  9. I am grateful for time to unwind in the evening.
  10. I am grateful for a new perspective on what’s important – and what really isn’t.
  11. I am grateful for my friends who have really shown me they care.
  12. I am grateful for cars that are functional – even if they are old.
  13. I am grateful for meals that I haven’t had to cook this week.

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Thursday 13 – 3rd Edition – 13 Things I Need to Do SOON

  1. Get a storage unit. We’ve got to declutter the house before we try to sell it – lots of things need to move, move, move. Well, ok – lots of things also need to be thrown out; that leads to number 2 on the list.
  2. Clean out our stuff. What do we REALLY not want to move again? I plan to donate some books to the library rather than haul them around again. Also, there are things I can probably donate to a women’s shelter. This will take some time – I really should start soon, like this week.
  3. Clean the house. Not much to add to this.
  4. Clean out the flower beds. They have become overgrown and weed-y. I need to remove the old plants that are just kind of mixed together and put in simple, easily cared for plants.
  5. Clean the windows. They haven’t been cleaned in a while and it would be nice is prospective buyers could see out!
  6. Make a list of who to notify about the move. I need to make a list of everyone that will need to be notified of the address change or of the cancellation of services.
  7. Look for and apply for jobs in the new area. I’m including updating my resume and posting it online in this one.
  8. Get my hair cut. Gotta look nice for the job hunt – and this might be the last time to get it cut by my regular stylist.
  9. Write letters to my grandmothers. I’m trying to stay in touch as best as I can right now – at least one letter (with pictures of the kids) per month. They seem to be enjoying it.
  10. Catch up on my reading. I’ve really let this slide.
  11. Catch up on my crafts. I really, really need to work on this. Not because what I’m making is so earthshattering – just because it relaxes me and is a good way for me to de-stress. Goodness knows I need that right now.
  12. Lose weight. Well, this will probably be easier when our situation improves, but I really need to start working on it. I need to get away from “comfort foods” – or at least eat less of them. I need to get more exercise and take better care of myself NOW rather than later.
  13. Make more lists. I need to really start organizing for the move.

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