Two Planes, A Couple of Storms and a VRBO Scam = Interesting Day

It was supposed to be a romantic weekend.  Mr. Diamond and I were meeting in Chicago for the weekend.  He was coming from Texas and I was taking the short flight from Cedar Rapids to Chicago so I would not have to mess with driving in Chicago.  We were meeting at the airport and then getting a rental car to take us to our VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner) house in Oak Park. Not only was I super excited because not only would I spend a weekend with my husband, I was also going to be able to tour … [Read more...]

Holiday Fun

We have had such a great time in Jacksonville Beach over Christmas.  Took a bit to get here but once we did it was fabulous.  We rented a condo on the beach from Raney and Steve Hite and I tell you---if you are ever needing a place to stay these folks are the ones to rent from! The condo was so comfortable and they thought of all of the little extras that are needed and appreciated.  We met them and talked to them for a bit this morning and they are just nice people through and through.  I can … [Read more...]

Wilmington Oasis

We are really enjoying being in Wilmington!  It is a tad brisk outside still but lovely and the SUN IS OUT!!! I repeat--THE SUN IS OUT!!!  We did not see the sun in Ohio other than about 10 minutes I think so it was simply lovely to be able to see it all the time even if it is a bit nippy!!!   We have enjoyed some great food already at The Dixie Grill and The Pilot House and I also had a lovely breakfast with a long time friend at the Causeway Cafe in Wrightsville Beach.  Eating our way through … [Read more...]

Reflections on the Week Gone By

We had such a great time last week----as most of you know we spent 8 days in Austin, TX for Thanksgiving. We decided last year that we would start our own traditions at Christmas and instead of driving like idiots for a very short visit with our families in Ohio we selfishly are blocking out Thanksgiving week for just Chris, Beth Ann, Micah and Aaron. We started last year with a trip to Amelia Island in Florida, rented a condo we found on and had a great time (other than the ant … [Read more...]