Life’s a wave right now

We made it – 1,100 miles rolling south like a moving parking lot at 60-80 mph. Quite an experience.

Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, had a few sprinkles this morning, but the sun is coming out, and the temperature is going to hit 72Β°F. Color me good. πŸ™‚

Meeting up with a group of retirees covers a wide range of feelings. There are those who are here, we share a hug, and it warms my heart. There are also some who are not here this year for a variety of reasons but in most cases related to medical issues. Those we miss and keep in our thoughts and prayers, but know that you’re on my mind, and I will miss our breakfasts and lunches.

Tomorrow may be New Year’s Eve, but today is unpacking and putting away. It certainly isn’t near as much fun, but it is required if we’re going to survive in a smaller space for three months.

New Year’s Eve there is a get-together planned which, of course, includes food and beverages. Retirees still know how to party even if most of us will be sound asleep at midnight.

Before we leave Christmas 2019 behind, I want to share some lights we saw at a private home last night heading back from dinner with a Maine friend. These folks know how to do LIGHTS, and this is only part of the front yard and the back yard is full of trees of all shapes and sizes.

Have a great Monday and a safe and Happy New Year. πŸ₯³

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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49 Responses to Life’s a wave right now

  1. Dan Antion says:

    I”m glad to hear that you made it safe and sound, Judy. Enjoy all 72 of those degrees. You left behind some cold rain that wants to turn into ice. I’m sure you don’t miss that threat. I’m looking forward to vicariously experiencing green things and warm days.

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  2. Oddment says:

    What a contrast! I suppose the sun on the ocean is its own kind of Christmas light, but what a show your friends put on! I am partial to the horse and carriage and to the little lights in the shrubs (or so it appears). What a send-off to your 72 degrees! I feel warmer just reading about it, and I am looking forward to more. I’m sorry about your missing friends, though. Knowing it’s the way of things doesn’t help at all. A great Monday and very happy new year to you too, Judy!

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  3. Nancy says:

    Glad to see you are there safe!

    And yes us retirees still know how to party! Lol!

    Pretty lights! Happy New Year!

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  4. Murphy's Law says:

    Ahhhh, 72 degrees. I’m soooo jealous!

    That is a remarkable light display. Think about those folks dismantling that display and your unpacking won’t seem so bad. Lol.

    So glad you both arrived in one piece. Perhaps a little worse for the wear, but in tact!

    Enjoy the New Year’s Eve get together. You can watch the ball drop on Wednesday on the news!

    Happy New Year!!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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  5. pbmgarden says:

    Happy new year. Wondered if you’d be beaching it this winter. Have fun.

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  6. pastpeter says:

    Glad your moving parking lot eventually got you there! I-95 is never fun. Enjoy your 70deg plus sprinkles! It’s been very mild here but snow up north today and much colder next week. Blessings on your winter escape!

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  7. Welcome back! The balmy weather extends all the way down to us in South Florida. We are looking forward to a slight break in temps for NYE. Enjoy your home away. Happy New Year!

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  8. Joyce says:

    I join the others in relief that you’ve made it to your winter retreat without weather complications or excess traffic snarls! Only weeks of peaceful enjoyment ahead for you while some of us struggle with upcoming snowfall! We’re expecting 4″-7″ tomorrow – ugh! Was hoping for a nice snowless winter after the lack of it all through December.
    Love the light pictures! What fun to drive home through that parade of joy every day!
    Looking forward to your southern adventures – and wondering if the turtles will be lined up on the log again this year! (my fave of everything you’ve shown us!)

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    • Me too – I LOVE those turtles. I will also be hoping your snowfall is always on the low end of what is forecasted. Happy New Year, Joyce, and may 2020 be a healthy and happy one for each and every member of your family. Take care, friend.


  9. Enjoy your winter getaway! Happy New Year!

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  10. I am glad you made it safely! The lights look beautiful. I hope you have a lovely New Year’s Eve and Happy New Year!

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  11. Eliza Waters says:

    Sounds like a crazy drive down, but glad you have arrived safe and sound. A wee bit envious… gee, you’re missing the latest wintry mix! Not! πŸ˜‰

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  12. Beautiful lights, Judy. Have a marvelous and warm time!


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  13. Ogee says:

    Glad you made it safely to your winter retreat. Enjoy!!

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  14. germac4 says:

    Hope you have a relaxed and happy time catching up with friends, and enjoying sunshine…away from your long cold winters! Here in Canberra, bush fires are still burning in several different states, however, it seems to me that Christmas was one of the most peaceful ever, with a lot of generosity and kindness about, perhaps we sometimes need a crisis to bring out the best in our communities.
    Happy New Year!

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    • I think you are right. In times of crisis, the goodness comes out, and we step up to take care of our neighbors. If only, we could spread that around all the time, imagine the wonderful world we would have. Happy New Year to you and yours as well.

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  15. This is always a good time to not be in New England.

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  16. joey says:

    Wow, those lights are so fun, but the beach — ah, few things top the beach! Glad you got there safely! Enjoy your sunshine and warmth, and show us all the pretties and foods! πŸ˜›

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  17. How wonderful for a winter getaway! My husband and I talk about becoming snow birds ourselves one day. I look forward to reading your mild winter adventures. Those people with the lights know how to put on a show, very festive. Happy New Year!

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  18. Joanne Sisco says:

    Happy New Year, Judy πŸŽ‰
    Enjoy the warmer climes!! Colour me jealous πŸ™‚

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  19. How lovely to have three months of warmth and relaxation to look forward to. Happy 2020.

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  20. Brenda says:

    All the snowbirds on the highway mean a lovely, quiet winter for those of us who stay home! Have a wonderful New Year and enjoy the warmth, sea air, and flowers.

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  21. Glad you made it to your destination! It’s been chilly and cloudy in Arizona since we got here, so I hope the weather is better for you. Happy New Year!

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  22. mitzybricker says:

    Happy New Year to you, Judy. Festive lighting!

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  23. Rose says:

    I hope you had a Merry Christmas and that the New Year is good to you. Glad you had a safe trip….

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  24. Karen says:

    Quite a few of our snowbird friends who have returned to Florida have all said it was like a slow rolling parking lot on the highway. I’m glad you made it down safely and are enjoying the weather.

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