IT’S EASY TO PLAY ALONG WITH #WQW
This weekly writing challenge runs from Wednesday through Tuesday. The only rule is to use a quote. If you want to participate, create a pingback to link your post. Not sure how to do that? See how to create pingbacks here. Be sure to link to this post, not my page.
Featured Bloggers for WQW #6
Your friendships mean so much. Thank you all for joining in.
- BEACH WALK REFLECTIONS LOVE
- BEACH WALK REFLECTIONS HEART
- CATH’S CAMERA
- CEEN PHOTOGRAPHY
- GYPSIE’S WRITINGS, MUSINGS, QUOTES AND GRIPES
- LADY LEE MANILLA
- LADY SIGHS
- LOVING LIFE
- LIFE AFTER 50 FOR WOMEN
- POETRY IF NOTHING ELSE
- SECOND WIND LEISURE (SUNDAY STILLS)
I don’t usually post links after the deadline, but Suzanne from PICTURE RETIREMENT posted such an informative essay on socialization, that it is worth your effort to read it. If you haven’t checked out the other social posts they are all listed at the beginning of last week’s WQW. Many of you think that socializing is one of the most important aspects of blogging.
#WQW #7 – Topic: Where Do You Want to Travel?
Definition: Travel: go from one place to another, typically over a distance of some length.
Travel has been severely curtailed over the past two years. Maybe travel is nothing but a dream. Today let’s DREAM together. There have probably been some places you have seen on blogs, travel magazines, or heard your friend’s stories.
You’ve thought, “That sounds like fun. I’d really like to do some research there. I could get some gorgeous photos there. My parents used to live there before I was born. My ancestors are from there.”
At some level, you’ve mentally added those locales to your bucket list.
My Choices for Travel Dreams
“Work, travel, save, repeat”-Unknown
During my last few years of work, we lived this quote. We bought a timeshare and traveled to places of our dreams. When COVID hit, we gave that investment back to the company for an extra $1,000 and cut our losses to better prepare for retirement.
“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.– Susan Heller
Right after COVID hit, Vince and I decided to move to his dream vacationland, the high desert. It’s been like a vacation since. We can go on short trips even though I struggled after my pickleball injury with DVT from September to now. I can sit for an hour or so with no problem. We go off to Sedona, Scottsdale, Wickenburg, or Williams., AZ. The choices have been endless, really.
For now, long travel is primarily in our dreams. Some dreams may be obtainable, though. Maybe you can tell which is which. As the curator of my life, I am going to have to prioritize which ones are doable and plan accordingly. In each of the locations, one of my goals would be to meet blogging friends I have made and take lots of photos.
“Traveling leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller.”-Ian Battuta
My List of Dream Vacations
- Portland, OR – to meet up with local bloggers, my brother and some Kiwanis friends who moved there.
- Italy – to see where Vince’s ancestors are from. I just love Italy
- Alaska – My husband would love to go on a cruise.
- Vegas to see a show, the Bellagio Garden Display and more of the countryside.
- Toronto – to see all the gorgeous places I see in Natalie the Explorer’s and Mama Cormier’s pictures.
- Buchart Gardens – because Vince has never been there and to me it’s one of the wonders of the world.
- the Central California Coast and walk on the beach and visit the beautiful vineyards, spend time with friends
- Scotland and Ireland to see the beautiful green countrysides.
- Walk the Camino de Santiago with my friend Connie.
- Home to Woodlake, CA to see my friends and dig in the Woodlake Rose and Botanical Gardens.
- Hike with Johnbo and his wife, Lynn various places in AZ.
“Live your life by a compass not a clock.”Steven Covey
Past Memorable Trip – Buildings in Chicago, IL
“There seems to be a different Chicago around every street corner, behind every bar, and within every apartment, two-flat, cottage, or bungalow. City of immigrants or city of heartless plutocrats, say what you will, Chicago almost defies interpretation. In many ways, Chicago is like a snake that sheds its skin every thirty years or so and puts on a new coat to conform to a new reality.”—Dominic A. Pacyga, “Chicago: A Biography” (2009)
These buildings we saw on an architectural tour meet Cee’s CFFC topic: buildings. In 2013, my brother Randy and I, took an epic trip to visit our homeland, Indianapolis. We journeyed by train honoring his inner ear problem disallowing him from flying. It turned out to be a great opportunity. We stopped off in Chicago and spent a couple of days touring this beautiful city.
Some of these photos are also #SquareOdds. Odd being this was a once-in-a-lifetime trip with my brother. Odd also in that I never liked living in Indiana, and yet we had a fabulous time there and discovered lots of things about Indiana that I liked and could be proud of.
The oddest to me was the man with the scowl as we toured this architectural oasis. In his defense, he was probably looking into the sun with no sunglasses. But that’s a bit odd to think your eyes are invulnerable to cataracts at any age over 55. He looks a little bit like William Shatner.
High Chigago Windows
Windows reigned in Chicago, so I lucked out meeting Ludwig’s Monday Windows. Randy was such a trooper. First, he went on a boat. Fortunately, it went slowly and didn’t bother him. Then we went to Willis Tower. The last place I expected to find this guy who is deathly afraid of heights when he disappeared was on the ledge. LOL. It proves that you never really know the people you live with.
Other Challenges that Inspired WQW #7
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