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Finally Meeting Long Time Friends for the First Time

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On Sunday we move back to Gamble Rogers for our final stay for 2018.  I’d stay here all winter if they’d just let me.  It’s not the warmest place in the state for the winter but it’s definitely my favorite.  We arrive in time to go over to the other side and see the sunset.


On Monday we spend some great time visiting with Steve and Mona Liza Lowe.  We’ve been following each other’s blogs for years but this is the first time we’ve met in person.  It’s like we’ve known them forever.  They’ve been here for a week before we arrive and are unfortunately leaving tomorrow so today is our only day to spend some time together.

We have wonderful happy hoppy hour(s) together with great food and fun conversation.



David introduces them to a new beer, Ivory Stout from Brew Link Brew Companyt in Plainsfield Indiana.  Both David and Steve are stout lovers, Mona Liza not so much but even she likes this one.  They toast the beer.  Wish I’d noticed that we didn’t have the front of the can Mona Liza was drinking from in the picture.


IMG_4090We get some great eastern skies as a result of the sunset.  But once the sun is setting it gets too chilly for us all and we call it an evening.  It was so great meeting them.  Hope we’ll be able to see them again in the future.  That may be difficult since we haven’t been able to get out west and Mona Liza doesn’t much care for coming east.


Tuesday I head out to the beach for a little reading time.



Wednesday brings another great sunrise.  The dawn clouds are fantastic!




Here comes the sun!


In the afternoon I take a break from packing for our trip tomorrow to get what is becoming our annual ‘Santa Hats at the Beach’ picture.

Tomorrow we’ll be flying to Baltimore to spend a few Holiday days with Carrie and her family.
More on that when we return.  We hope your holidays are Merry and Bright!


  1. I hope you have a wonderful time with the two grandkiddos this year. Beautiful pics of the sunrise. My husband never sees sunrises either.

  2. Your sky views are incredible. Merry Christmas.

  3. How fun that you got to meet up with MonaLiza and Steve! I love seeing our blogging friends getting together. Cute photos of them, and cute photo of you and David in your Santa hats on the beach. Merry Christmas, and have a wonderful time with Carrie and family! :-))

  4. That sunrise is spectacular! I love the photo of the bird at the edge of the waves- also the Santa Hat picture. Your little tree is cute! Merry Christmas- love you! xxxooo

  5. How fun you were finally able to meet up with Steven and ML!! Great people (all of you!). That Wednesday sunset is beyond magical!! Can't wait to see pics of the grands. All the best of the holidays to you and Dave.

  6. Sweet that you got to meet Steve and ML! They are so much fun. Nice HH! Hope you had a wonderful trip with Carrie and the family. Love your tree.

  7. Your sunrise pictures are the best! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family.
    Always nice to meet bloggers that we and they follow

  8. That was a festive hat you had on in reading picture! Marry Christmas!

  9. Isn't it amazing how well you get to know someone from their blog? You and I are great examples of that. :c)

  10. Mona Liza and Steve are great, we've been fortunate to meet up with them quite a few times. Dave is starting to enjoy some of the stouts. Some great sunrise photos, hope you have a wonderful holiday season with the family.

  11. Love, love, love your santa on the beach pictures, and your little tree is lovely.. can't wait to see what went on with Carrie and fam.... am sure you all had a wonderful xmas.... Take Care and God Bless

  12. Always nice to meet blogger friends. Enjoy your trip:)

  13. I love when we meet friends in real time as it is like old times. LOVE those sunrises!

  14. Looks like a wonderful place to land. I am back on the road fulltime. Next I need up get back to blogging! Glad to see you again!

  15. So glad to finally met you and David. It's funny but I started following your blog when we were here in FL in 2014 and we met you here back in Florida! IT's fate :)

  16. Lovely sunrise! Wow! So neat to meet new friends on the road. This blog is worth following!! Very cute tree. Gone now, I know, but I will look back on this past Christmas as truly special. It really was wonderful having you here with our foursome and it meant so much to me that you came 💝


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