My many adventures

Hi Folks, I want to dedicate this first part to all the Houston people and now the Florida folks who were and are in the path of dangerous hurricanes. I pray for you, your family and your pets to get through this terrible time in your life. Some countries all around the world are facing flooding, mud slides and war, please send help, relief and prayers their way.

I survived breast cancer, to travel around the world to some of the many places I've always wanted to go. There are lots more places I still want to visit.

I've been to Scotland, England, Vancouver, Victoria BC, an Alaskan cruise, Yukon, Alaska (Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway), a fab Mediterranean cruise which took us to Barcelona, the Vatican & Rome, the island of Crete, Izmir & Sulcuk, Ephesus Turkey, Egypt and Malta. I have been to Las Vegas, Hollywood LA, Cabo San Lucas, Orlando, Daytona Beach, Tampa, a Disney Cruise to Bahamas and Disney's Castaway Cay island, all over Canada and Hawaii and Pearl Harbour. We can add Cozumel, Costa Maya, Mexico, Belize City and Honduras. What a fabulous way to see the world!
Take the time to do the things you want to do because life is too short and if you wait until you can afford it, you'll likely never go. So get your plans ready and pick a place and start booking your trip. It is so worth it.
Thanks for dropping by. I have lots of posts to put up so stay tuned...

BLOG POST OF THE MONTH: September 7, 2017

Hi Folks! My daughter and her new husband have been married one year. WOW that went fast. Was invited to Toronto in July to receive an Honorary Membership award from my union PSAC/USGE. They even brought my grandson up with me. We visited Niagara Falls, CN Tower and went to Medieval Knights dinner theatre. We had such a fabulous time!

I still have a great deal of travel posts to put up. I want our vacations and travel to be shared with you all. I'm not sure of what our travel plans will be for 2017, but for 2016, I rested all the time. Retirement is so awesome!! I was able to take pictures of the summer's Totally Eclipse of the Moom, which I'll share with you here on a post. It was incredible for sure.
I just love summer! I hope the winter will be gentle to us.

Still trying to find my ancesters with the Foran/Forhan name. Apparently two brothers came over from Dublin, one was name Edward who had a son named Edward born in Prince Edward Island and he had a son named William who had my father. I love doing ancestry but it is very frustrating when you can get no further without the "parents" names.

I have so many posts to write about so please keep patience with me. I received a great posting from which looks to be a great animal site. Hope you enjoy it.

My granddaughter Layla moved back in so now the family is together again for a while. She is a musician and is going to Community College for a Certificate in Music Finance. She also wants to cook for a living because she just loves food and boy can she cook. I wanted to help her to go to Culinary School but we will have to wait to see when she finally makes up her mind.

My little guy Rialey is now 14 and is 6'1 1/2 ". He is so thoughtful of me and helps me a lot.

I really wanted to travel this year but since retirement, the money is too tight. I'll have to save up but I have all those beautiful memories to keep me smiling for now. Thankfully I have posted most here on my blod.

Take care my blogger friends.

Thanks friends,


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Guest Blogger - Your Next Getaway is Closer Than You Think!

Your Next Getaway is Closer Than You Think!

After my first home swap, I pretty much knew I found the best way to travel! With swapping, not only did I eliminate the cost of my accommodation from my travel budget, a home gave me the amenities I needed (such as a kitchen to prepare meals), more space to relax and an opportunity to experience a different way of living. I thought I knew everything about the concept... so much so that I wrote a book about it! But I was wrong.

Being involved with home swapping has allowed me to travel the world while only paying for my transportation. But now, with work and other demands, travelling abroad is becoming less frequent. Yet with still having the need to regularly get away, I came upon the perfect solution - house swapping locally where the swap is only a road trip away. Here homeowners trade their city homes for country retreats and vice versa offering everyone a much needed change of pace without the stress of a long distance trip.

In looking closely at the concept, I was thrilled with the ease of its preparation. I would no longer need to spend the countless hours that’s usually required when planning an international exchange. Nor would I need to pay the steep price for an airline ticket. All I would need would be a full tank of gas in my vehicle and I’d be on my way.

I was also delighted with the many other benefits of swapping locally such as reducing any unknowns by talking directly my swapping partner or having the option to have a pre-vacation visit to the home to ensure that it would meet all my needs. Most importantly, the flexibility of swapping locally offers the perfect solution as it allows me to take several mini-vacations throughout the year. I no longer need to cash in all my vacation days at once for an extended trip down south or abroad because sometimes all I need is a weekend escape to recharge my batteries.

Swapping locally is also ideal for the novice swapper who has heard of the concept and wants to give it a try to see if it’s right for them. For seasoned swappers, it’s a chance to getaway and rejuvenate in surroundings not far from home but light years away from everyday routine. It’s also a great accommodation alternative when visiting one’s children at university or attending an organized sports tournament or class reunion.

And the best part when swapping homes with someone who is only a road-trip away, if the weather forecast looks unfavourable, the swap can be postponed to a time when the weather is more pleasant. There are no airline tickets to cancel!

The concept of swapping locally was conceived by Montreal-based Catherine Massé when she traded her city home for a weekend getaway with a friend’s home in the country. After a 45 minute drive, Massé and her family were instantly surrounded by the calmness of a country setting while her friend’s weekend was filled with the vibrancy of city life. “We both enjoyed the best that each other’s world had to offer and it was the least complicated (and least expensive) vacation I’ve ever planned for my family” recalls Massé.

Seeing a need to make home swapping more accessible to all homeowners (and not just to those who live in popular tourist destinations) and after experiencing all the countless benefits of exchanging, was created. The community is made up of like-minded travellers who support the sharing economy concept. And as part of a community, mutual respect is one of the natural results of sharing, with members caring for each other’s homes as though they were their own. It’s a true win-win!

For a limited time, Local Home Swap is offering free annual memberships. It’s a great way to experience a home exchange and to save hundreds to thousands of dollars on your next vacation. Join this growing community of home swappers and discover why
your next escape is closer (and sooner) than you think!

Here are some pictures for you to enjoy on home swapping.

This post has been written by Sandra Pearson, a serial home swapper based in Toronto, Ontario. Driven to have everyone try a home swap at least once, Sandra recently joined Local Home Swap to make swapping easier and more accessible to everyone. She has shared this passion recently when interviewed by the Globe and Mail’s Travel Concierge. (see link for featured article Whether travelling or at home, Sandra is always available to answer your home swapping questions,

All the above comments belong to the Guest Blogger Sandra Pearson. 
I have received nothing for posting this guest blogger's information except to share with my followers and viewers.  Debbie