A to Z – The ABC’s of Me: V


This is my seventh year of participation in the A to Z Challenge. My intent this year is to share a little bit about me each day… the good, the bad, and the ugly… so you can get to know “the woman behind the words” a little better!

I love vibrant colors and bold prints, they energize me!  My mother preferred more subdued shades and I was disappointed when she overruled my clothing choices in stores as “not practical”.  My son and daughter are also more conservative in their clothing choices, and it could probably be said they have better taste and style than I do. While I don’t mean gaudy, as in circus attire, vibrant clothing makes me smile, and when I see other people wearing them that makes me smile too! 🙂 The only color I don’t often wear is red, it just doesn’t appeal to me.

I can remember looking at my mother’s hands as she aged.  He skin became more transparent and was mapped with veins.  Now I look down at my own hands I see my mother’s hands, and I wonder when I became old. I also see my father’s eyelids, drooping down in the corners when I look in the mirror, and it’s interesting how your perception of age changes when you are on the other side of sixty and looking back.  Both Papa Bear and I are ever so aware of elders in our midst now, their struggles and their strategies for negotiating life challenges. We realize that in this years not too far down the road we will be as they are, and people will be looking at us.  One thing we intend to carry with us is our sense of humor. I don’t want to become one of those grumpy, complaining old folks!

I love vacations! I think that is obvious from the pictures I’ve been sharing on Facebook of our vacation this week. (If you are not friends with me on Facebook, but would like to be, drop me an email with your Facebook ID.)

Papa Bear works hard, six days a week, and we try to plan a vacation once or twice a year as finances make possible.  Since we don’t have a great deal of money this usually means a road trip and we limit that to not more than a couple days distance or the whole week is taken up with driving; but I love road trip vacations and so does he!

I love the ocean best, he loves the mountains best (I like them but not the winding mountain roads). We both love to experience new places and if we could afford it in retirement, we would crisscross the country to see what there is to see.  I haven’t been to the Northwest yet, nor New England, and we want to see the giant redwoods before we die too!

We try to balance our vacation time with sightseeing and relaxing, not a whole lot of go.. go… go, which leaves you coming home tired instead of recharged.  This week we’ve been staying on Galveston Island on the Texas Gulf Coast, my favorite place within driving range.

Tonight is our last night here, and tomorrow we must begin to head back; we’ve taken our last ferry ride and said goodbye to the ocean. We’ve tried to make leaving a little less sad by deciding to spend a couple nights at a hideaway near Kerrville, northwest of San Antonio, about halfway home.  We found it on the Internet and it looked like a fun place to stay. We like green surroundings, rustic cabins and such, a switch up from the very nice hotel suite we’ve been staying in these past four nights, compliments of my son-in-law.

By the time we end our vacation on Saturday morning and start on that last stretch of road, we’ll be ready to go home again, with lots of great memories made together, and a five furkids eager to greet us at the door. 🙂  Vacations are good for the soul!

Do you like to wear vibrant colors or do you prefer more subdued clothing?  What is your favorite vacation destination or vacation memory? 


Links to all of my 2018 A-Z Posts:

Author: Josie Two Shoes

I've been blogging off and on since August of 2006. I adopted the pen name Josie Two Shoes in 2007 as I began a new chapter of my life standing on my own two feet. Now I'm married to the man of my dreams; we live in dusty West Texas with a house full of furkids. I am an Aquarian by birth, and although I am past sixty and slightly frayed around the edges, my fascination with this thing called life continues. Faith, family, and friends are important to me; so are honesty, trust, tolerance, compassion and kindness. I'm pretty up front about most things, so if you want to know something more about me, just ask! :-) You can also reach me by email and find me at my Facebook page.

9 thoughts on “A to Z – The ABC’s of Me: V”

  1. I like the subtle colors more than the bright ones. I am struggling going on vacation and adapt to a new environment right now, but I always like to hear what other people tell about their holidays.

  2. Your vacation sounds lovely – and exactly the right kind of re-charging for you.
    I absolutely believe people should dress in ways that make them feel good. I don’t wear a lot of vibrant patterns, and I suppose my color choices are more subdued, but I always wear some special jewelry that has meaning to me.

  3. I haven’t been on FB all week, I need to get there to see your photos. I hope you get to New England someday so I can meet you. 🙂 XO

  4. Delightful V post, Josie.
    I love vibrant colours too, including red.🙂 I usually prefer solid colours in tops and kurtas without patterns on them.
    I happen to agree with your idea of vacationing- there needs to be s balance between sightseeing and relaxing. I hope to you get to visit the North west and New England, someday.
    Really enjoyed reading your post, Josie. Thank you for writing it.

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