Feb 27, 2018

{The Celebration Is Winding Down}


I have tried to celebrate my birthday for a month now so guess it's time to move on.....
(SAD FACE)
But, it has been a great birthday and I thank you all for the sweet birthday notes and the cards with gifts of TEA! Love it!


Daytona Beach was our first destination of celebrating. Marty and I both wanted a time of relaxing and for the most part we done just that. We went on a Scenic Dinner cruise and it was so very relaxing. Very low key cruise and laid back. Awesome food and 70's music playing. Needless to say we could hum right along with some of those old tunes. 


The weather was beautiful that day and couldn't have been any more perfect for a boat ride.

 When we passed this sign it brought back memories of 40 years ago. Holy Hill is where we spent our honeymoon. We laughed as we were so young and wondered, "How did we even know how to get there". NO GOOGLE MAPS back then! 


After our scenic dinner cruise we done a little shopping. Well, I done a little shopping. My man just walked around and tried to encourage me that "I did not NEED that probably". LOL! We then went to St. Augustine where we had a little sweet place at an Inn on the harbor. 


The little Inn was really sweet. They like to call it "Condotels". It's the luxury of a condo with a hotel twist. Each unit is owned by someone different and each room is totally different. The one we stayed in was two levels. You walked down into the living area space from the bedroom. A condotel has the luxury of a condo with full size coffee pot, not a one cupper as my man would say, along with lots of extras such as blankets, pillows, full size living room area, two tv's and more. Our unit also had a fireplace.  Of course we had the norm of a hotel with iron, blow dryer, toiletries, microwave as well as a mini fridge but with a freezer. All of our coffee and teas was furnished daily as well as a morning box of fresh baked pastries and fruit from The Bistro which served breakfast and lunch. 



We enjoyed our breakfast treats with coffee each morning on the patio overlooking the harbor. At night the harbor was really pretty. Lights from everywhere glistened on the harbor. Everything was quiet and peaceful. My kind of evening.



 We spent a day on the beach. Me and my daughter Melissa calls it our Happy Place as we both love the beach. Needless to say the water in February was NOT swimming water by any means. I couldn't hardly stand to stick my feet in it. Which to be honest, I do not care about the beach water.  But oh do I love laying in my chair and reading a good book as I listened to the waves. Which speaking of books, this is my 2nd read of "One Church, Four Generations" and it is a great read and eye opening.  


One night we enjoyed pizza from Vinny's pizza which is very good and enjoyed a display of fireworks. 


Found me a thrift store. Bet that doesn't shock you huh? Isn't she just a pretty little thing? She's not a adult size. More a child size but for $3.99 I just had to have her. Going to give her a good spray paint as there are a few places that need touching up.  


We had reservations at the Columbia one night and enjoyed that. Walked around the old streets of St. Augustine and listen to a little music. Well, and people watched. Mercy, that alone can be an eye opener! 


The gift shop at the Columbia has tons of dishes. YES, I disciplined myself and did not come home with not one dish! Not from the Columbia....

 I did find a pair of comfy shoes. No, nothing prissy this time but oh so comfortable. Good walking shoes.

 We ended our trip at Carrabba's before heading home. I must say that this was a most relaxing trip and a wonderful birthday. I am grateful for the opportunity to celebrate life. God is good to me. Always has been and always will be. And can I tell you a little secret? I would have been just as happy celebrating at home, sitting in my backyard by the pond with my man, grilling a steak. Sometimes, it's not so much where we go than it is the change of scenery and change of scenery is good for us all. Don't minsuncerstand me, I love to go and do things. Life is short! But, I am just as content with my life as I can be. Love life...no matter where I am. Thank you all for celebrating with me. 


But....you know? The month isn't quite over......LOL! 

Joining Deb this week for Foto Friday.  
http://www.jeremiah-2911.com/2018/03/friday-foto-friends-120.html


Hugs and blessings, Cindy


58 comments:

  1. So glad you enjoyed your birthday getaway. I sent you an email on Sunday to see how you liked the dinner cruise but then I realized on Monday apparently I never hit the SEND button! I need an outing for my mind! Yes, those little shoes are cute and so in style. I've been twice to the Columbia. I actually bought some spices from the gift store. Glad you had fun.
    Connie Royals

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    1. Connie, we enjoyed the whole trip . Those cute little shoes came on handy too .😂

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  2. Sounds like a wonderful birthday celebration!!Wow! How can you top that one? So happy for you to have this special time with your hubby...sounds more like a little honeymoon...but that's great too!! Thank you for bringing us along for the journey. I feel like I've been somewhere! LOL Happy Birthday!!

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    1. We did enjoy . It’s always good to get away but even better to come home❤️

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  3. So glad that you enjoyed your birthday trip! The condotels sound charming. Good for you for resisting the pretty china at the Columbia shop.

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    1. Thank you sweet lady . It was a charming little inn . Nothing fancy but quaint and quiet . Loved the conveniences of it all .

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  4. You are the cutest thing. This was such a great account of a time away--so needed for couples for a change of scenery. Thank you for sharing these lovely photos. And the thrift store....I laughed so hard.

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    1. Mary, you know i can’t go anywhere without finding a thrift store . I know where quiet a few are in st Augustine .😊 and i found a cute little thrift store in Daytona . I was quite proud though . Only bought the one thing at the thrift store . I know , it’s a miracle .

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  5. Oh, what a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday! I'm so happy for you, sweet Friend. You and Mr. Marty are such a precious couple... I'm envious. And, yes .. You've still got today to celebrate! ☺ 💜

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    1. Awe thanks Deb . We had a great getaway. I think my birthday month of celebration is winding down .😂

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  6. I am so glad that you and your hubby had this time away...just the two of you...to enjoy a different bit of scenery, but most of all to just enjoy one another. xx

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    1. Thank you. We had different sceneries to enjoy . Hope to do another getaway soon .

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  7. I’m so glad you had a great trip! I agree, it is a real blessing and rejuvenator to get away from your everyday and have a change of scenery. The dinner cruise sounded so fun and all of your shopping, I mean strolling, looked like fun, too!! Happy birthday (again), dear Cindy!!

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    1. We did! Well, I did do more strolling. LOL! I am one of these that has to touch everything and wind up putting it back down. Thanks so much for coming by.

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  8. We've both enjoyed celebrating all month! Yea for February birthdays, Cindy! I know it was fun to getaway with your Man. The Inn sounded wonderful, and right away I noticed the pretty dishes that they had in the condotel. My late hubby and I visited St. Augustine, and other places in Florida, when we lived in Ohio, years ago. Those shoes are awfully cute, my friend! Are they Sketchers? I'm into comfy, but still must look cute. My youngest son told me years ago that if I ever wore "old lady looking shoes", he would take me out and buy me a new pair!! I probably should buy an ugly pair and keep him to his promise...ha ha ha!!!
    Yea for being content and enjoying HAPPINESS! Love to you, Cindy!

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    1. Kitty, start wearing the old ladies shoes so you can get some new ones from your son! LOL! I bought those cute shoes at Marshall's. They are not sketchers. But very comfortable. What really make me HAPPY is they were on sale! YEP, my kind of shoes! LOL!

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  9. Oh, I think it would be just grand if we all could celebrate our birthdays all month instead of just one day. Perhaps if a month is too much, we could do a week of celebrating?! :)
    Enjoyed seeing all the places you traveled. Our family visited St. Augustine once. There is so much history there, and it's beautiful at Christmas. That's when we went. They have a trolley of lights and free hot cider and cookies because it's cold out then! And a condotel is a cool place. I've never heard of it, but sounds fun to stay in!
    Glad you were able to relax and enjoy the beach. And are those books I saw in the beach bag?! ;) That's my kind of relaxing. :) lol.

    Hope you have a simply lovely day!

    Love,
    Ashley

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    1. Ashley, my husband has worked in St. Augustine for many, many years. People will ask me why would I want to go to St. Augustine when he works there. I tell them, He works there, I don't! LOL! But yes the festival of lights are beautiful there. Christmas is a good time to visit St. Augustine. The history is rich. It is a happening place around there too. I personally love St. Augustine. Yes girl, If I am going to the beach I have to carry a book. Glad you stopped by.

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  10. Oh, sweet friend! This is just wonderful! Your zest for life is contagious!! Love and appreciate you and hope God blesses you with many, many more birthdays every bit as happy as this one!

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    1. Thank you sweet Cheryl. Hope you are doing well.

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  11. I'm smiling! Sounds like a great birthday celebration. I could get into some beach sitting myself!
    Love your wit and sweet attitude about life. Glad you and hubby had a good time.
    Happy Birthday, sweet Cindy!

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    1. We did have a great time Bonnie. I am so jealous though that you got to meet the gals! Wish I could have tagged along.

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  12. Happy, happy belated birthday dear friend! What a fabulous and romantic get away you both did.
    Thank you for your kind comment. Don't worry we will pray for your sweet daughter. God is good.
    Hugs,
    Fabby

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    1. Thank you Fabby. My girl has had a very healthy pregnancy and we are expecting a smooth delivery and healthy baby end of May.

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  13. Cindy, what a fabulous birthday month you had! Your trip looks relaxing and just perfect. My hubby and I just got back from our 45th anniversary getaway. I will be posting about it tomorrow!

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    1. Can't wait to hear about the anniversary trip.

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  14. I hope you're fully enjoying your last day of birthday month. What a wonderful trip. Thanks for taking us along! I love your beach hat. I could sit and read a book all day on the beach, just listening to the waves and beach sounds. Of course you found a thrift shop! I'm the same way.. That Columbia had gorgeous dishes. I know you'll do something cute with that dress form. I love the idea of a condotel!

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    1. That’s my new hat so had to break it in . 😂 yep i visited several thrift stores and loved that sweet little dress form . Marty said , what are going to do with it ? I told him i might just play dress up and some of the grandgirls clothes on it ! He just rolls his eyes at me. 😂

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  15. Well, you're worth a months worth of celebrating! :) Glad you have had such a fun time. Love your new shoes too. I bought a cute comfy pair today as well. Hubby and I are headed for a two week trip to Texas in the morning. Can't wait to see those bluebonnets blooming!
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Love pretty shoes but i do like a pair of comfy shoes too . So glad i found some cute ones . You are going to have fun girl . Enjoy those blue bonnets .

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  16. How nice to get away for your birthday! My celebrations usually last about a week....I will have to see about doing a whole month! Looks like it was a great time and you got a really cute pair of shoes!

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    1. thanks Ann marie . It’s been an awesome birthday . That’s one good thing about birthdays, the celebration time ! 😂

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  17. Looks like you had a great BDAY month! Not been to Daytona is years. I was there for a couple of Daytona Race Openings! And St Augustine what a beautiful place!! Both great places to visit for you bday. Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed my time.

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    1. We went to a few of the races years ago . Girl, you talk about crowded ! Whoa ! Happening place when the race is on ! I’ve been blessed for my birthday .

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  18. Great that you had a month of b'day celebrations! You were in my neck of the woods - St. Aug. is 30 min. north of us and Daytona is 30 min. south of us. We love going to both, and go often! Like being on a permanent vacation!

    God Bless!

    Katherine

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    1. Katherine i actually thought about you coming back from Daytona . I knew you lived around palm coast area . We surely enjoyed our time .

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  19. I had to pop on over and wish you the sweetest of birthdays!
    Beautiful relaxing getaway, sigh...

    Love to you~

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  20. Good Morning!
    You are the cutest little miss ever! What a lucky man your man is to have you by his side. Just love that you had such a great time and were able to get away for your Birthday celebration! Happy Birthday year to YOU!!
    Hugs,
    Jemma

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    1. Thanks Jemma. We did have a great time.

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  21. Happy Birthday! Sounds like you really know how to celebrate and enjoy it. We were at St. Augustine years ago and climbed all those steps in that lighthouse! Oh, my, could not do that now. May you have many more years of happiness and serving the Lord. Nancy

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    1. Thanks Nancy. Yes I too climbed those steps YEARS AGO! Won't happen now! LOL!

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  22. Oh, what a fun birthday! Happy Birthday, my friend! (Late...or maybe again...I can't remember because that's just my life, lol.) These photos were so fun to look at. :) I'm so glad you got to do this. Great memories!!

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    1. Thanks. You sound like me! I do good to remember yesterday.

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  23. Oh what a fun, fun time that had to be! The cruise alone but then the fabulous accommodations...wonderful with all those lovely perks! I do love lounging on the beach...I feel so close to the Lord walking along the beach very early in the morning before anyone else is up. Thank you for sharing your lovely time with us. Birthday HUGS to you, sweet friend!♥

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    1. Thank you . We did have fun . I’m ready to go back to beach 😊

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  24. Wow.. what a great birthday!
    Happy birthday and many more to come!

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  25. Love the idea of celebrating your birthday all month. Looks like a wonderful birthday Cindy. Happy birthday sweet Cindy. Hugs

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  26. Happy Happy Birthday! How wonderful that you got to spend such a lovely time with your husband in such a lovely getaway place! I imagine it must be lovely visiting the beach when there aren't so many people around. Just sitting, relaxing and enjoying the ocean waves is so relaxing. Glad you got to visit a few thrift shops and found some fun things to bring home with you! Sweet precious pictures of you and Marty :) So happy you had such a blessed, sweet and wonderful time celebrating your birthday!

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    1. Thank you sweet friend . I love the beach and we sure did have a great time .

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  27. Cindy,
    Glad that you enjoyed your Birthday Getaway......And thanks so much for stopping by and for commenting on my post about blogging!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  28. Happy birthday Cindy! What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday. And 40 years together - that's amazing.

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    1. Thanks Kelly . Our anniversary was back in September s d our daughters had us a small private family party . But we did get a good laugh wondering how we ever made it to the hotel in holly hills with google map 40 years ago 😂

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  29. Beautiful pics. What a wonderful birthday. Happy birthday Cindy. Hugs and Happy week.

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So glad you stopped by to visit.
Hugs and blessings, Cindy