I’ll be crossing this off my bucket list in 2018.


I have two weeks vacation coming up in Summer 2018, but I’m pretty certain my boss will allow me to take it in mid-May.

It’s the perfect time to visit my son in Florida again — not too hot yet, but warmer than it was last April (it was a bit chilly!).  However, this time we’re doing something different.  We’ll spend about 5 or 6 days in the Tampa area like we did last year, and visit places like Clearwater and Tarpon Springs, but then I’m planning planning to take everyone to Key West for a few days.   It’s not expensive if we pool our resources and drive there from central Florida rather than flying and then worrying about car rentals.

3 reasons visiting why Key West is on my bucket list:

1.  The beaches.

2. The six toed cats.

3. It might not be around much longer.

I just talked to my son and he’s eager to do this too.


Excited AND jealous!


My son LIVES here in this beautiful apartment complex with a pool and a hot tub.  AND only a few minutes away from the beach.   Ahhhhh!   SO jealous!   I can’t wait to be there in just a few more days!  I may never come home!

Getting ready for my road trip next week!

The Florida Gulf Coast before a storm (credit: my son)

I haven’t taken a long road trip since 2008! That’s WAYYYY too long. But after 8 long years, I’m getting ready for another one. Today I got my oil changed and my tires checked to make sure my car is road worthy for the 700 mile trip. I took Monday off so I’m going to Goodwill to look for an inexpensive travel bag. (I also have an emergency appointment with my therapist).

Next week, most likely next Sunday when the traffic on the highways is a little lighter, I’m driving to Port Richey, Florida, to visit my son for a whole week. I saw him in April when he came here to visit for a few days, but I’m dying to see his place (he lives in a nice apartment complex with a pool and a hot tub). I’ll be staying there to save money instead of staying in a hotel. He lives close to the beach, so we will also be hitting the beach a few times. He wasn’t able to get days off from work, but his hours are variable and I’m sure we’ll have a lot of time to spend together. He’s as excited as I am, and is planning to take me to a couple of his favorite eateries, of course the beach, and also fishing!

The water looks like molten gold.

Hopefully the weather holds up. The Gulf Coast can be iffy this time of year since it’s the middle of hurricane season. I really need this trip, not only to see my son but also to get away and just relax near the ocean and see some new sights. The timing couldn’t be better, since I’ve been so triggered and upset lately. I think this trip is just what I need and will help me regroup and get my head and my emotions together.

I’m bringing my laptop with me because I will continue to blog while in Florida, and will post pictures every day of my adventures with my son. Gosh, I can’t wait!

My son in Clearwater last year.