The 50 THINGS I DID TO CELEBRATE MY 50th YEAR!

Even though I am NOW well into my 51st Year…

Still Wanted to Post This!

And These are the 50 Things I did in My 50th Year!

Not In Order, But, Oh, What a Collection of Things.

1.  Since we Just Moved to Georgia and Jim Had to Work…

I Took a Birthday Trip on my Own and Sweetly named it “The 5P Trip” for Pamper, Photography, People, Pick and Party!
Drove to Jekyll Island, Picking along the Way.  Stayed at the Old Lovely Jekyll Island Resort 2-3 Nights taking lots of photos, Jim Surprised me and Met a couple who live near our FL House and we see regularly, drove up coast to Savannah still picking and stayed in Savannah for a couple of nights.  Well, Had to leave early because of a Tire Fire.

Party!

From 5 P Weekend

Pamper!

From 5 P Weekend

Photography!

From 5 P Weekend

Picking!

From 5 P Weekend

People…
Well, At Least This Person (And I’m Not Talking About SpongeBob)…                                                                                     Who Surprised me on the Morning of my Birthday!

From 5 P Weekend

2.  Baxley Tree Fest
It was more of a Logging Fest.  No Tree Huggers There.

From 50 Things

3. Rattlesnake Round Up
Yep, Snakes. Rounded Up into One Place.

Right There in Little Ole’ Claxton, GA, Which is Also the Fruitcake Capitol of the World!                                                Who Knew Rattlesnakes and Fruitcake Goes Together?

From GARattleSnakeRoundup2014

4. & 5. Vidalia Sweet Onion Fest and Spent Time with the Sanborns!
The Best Thing about the Fest, besides the Sanborns, were the Sweet Onion Rings!

From April2014BlogPostPhotos

6. BBQ Fest
Not sure why they need to have a Fest, it is basically any day in the South.

From 50 Things

7. Wild Hog Fest
No Wild Hog BBQ Was Served And there were a lot of Men wearing Pink!

From 50 Things

8. Soap Box Derby Competition
Oh, yes we did!

From Summer of 2014

9. Peaches to Beaches Yard Sale

One of My Favorite Thing About Our Time in South East Georgia!
Over 700 Miles of Yard Sales, We only went to around 20 miles of it…
But Got Two Subaru Loads of Stuff!

From April2014BlogPostPhotos

10. First Cruise – Key West / Cozumel
Liked it More than I thought I Would, probably because My Bunny Was with Me!

From The Cruise

11.  Friend Trip with Bunny!
Good Times…And We Found Swings!

From The Cruise

12. Cruise With Jim
We both Liked it way more than we Thought We Would!

From Summer of 2014

13. Hit Going to 40 Countries
I went to 3 new Countries on the cruise getting me to my goal this year of visiting 40 Countries by the End of my 50th Year!

From Summer of 2014

14. St. Maarten
New Country…not a lot of time there, but I am counting it Baby!

From Summer of 2014

15. St. Kitts
Another New Country…Again not much time but enjoyed it there!

From Summer of 2014

16. St. Lucia
Third New Country and the most fun of all of them!

From Summer of 2014

17. Cut Hair Short
Yes, I Went Short…with Birds On Top!

From HendersonsVisit

18. Opened a Booth to Sell My Wares!
I rented a booth space in a store and made money 8 months out of the 10 months I was there!                                      And I met the nicest, most creative people ever!

From ShabbyLaneBlog

19. Started to Pick as a Middle Girl!
I made money selling to a few people for them to resell.  My Biggest Seller was Vintage Chenille Bedspreads!

From April2014BlogPostPhotos

20. Lived in a Place with a Big Porch which I got to decorate in My Own Southern Porch Way.

From GnomeShackPorch

21., 22., & 23. Not Only When to Antique Road Show, but Got On TV and Stumped an Expert!

We Waited on Lots of Lines!

From 50 Things

That is Me Me Me…on the Beginning Credits of the Show!

From 50 Things

The Item that Not Only Stumped 1, but 3 Experts, on the Show. They All Deemed it as Antique Folk Art.

From 50 Things

24. Photographed my First Wedding

From Lis & Blake’s Wedding #4 / 8.16.2014-4

25. Trip to Vermont!

Quiet Moment for Jim.

From 50 Things

26. Trip to Asheville, NC

From The Biltmore

27.  Friend Time Trip with Steve and Amy Jean

From The Biltmore

28.  Zip Lining in Blue Ridge Mountains.

From ZipLining

29.  Casino Boat with Jim’s Parents in Florida.

Dancing to Celebrate My Win at the Craps Table!

From HendersonsVisit

30.  Thanksgiving at the FL House with Family

From HendersonsVisit

31.  Retro Themed Party at FL Retro House for Jim’s Birthday

All Dressed at the Gnomad Pad!

From 50 Things

32.  Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Fest

Only in Savannah!

From 50 Things

33.  Petting Rhinos at the Brevard Zoo!

Not a Great Photo…but I Did it and a Lot!

From 50 Things

34. Friend time with Rina for a long weekend at the FL House.

Only Such a Great Friend Will Dress Up Like This for Me!

From 50 Things

35.  Friend Time for a Night with Jenn  O”Donnell
No photo…but It did Happen! And Happens almost Every Year in Florida!

36.  First Private Boat Ride Around Manhattan!

From Summer of 2014

37.  Friend Time with Patty, Rich, Cooper, Suzi and Jason Storm

We All Headed Off for an Adventure At Sea!

From 50 Things

The Captain and His Stand In First Mates!

From 50 Things

38.  Road Trip Adventure with Brother, Randy, and his Kids In Northern Cal/Oregon

From Summer of 2014

39.  Saw all my West Coast Nieces and Nephews along with My Little Brother and Big Sister!

From Summer of 2014

40.  Went to the Stone Mountain Park and saw the Mt. Rushmore of the South

From Summer of 2014

41.  Went to a Rave in a Cemetery in Jersey City, NY
No Photo, but I swear it happened. There were Witnesses and Goats.

42.  Went to a Concert Music Festival in a Cemetery in Macon, GA.

This Time I Got Proof!

From 50 Things

43. Went to Tybee Island for First time with visiting Australian Friend, Cynthia!

From Summer of 2014

44. Went Boating and spent time with the Spragins in Florida.

From Summer of 2014

45. Sold Items I created!

Below is My Belt Bench.

And I also Sold Things Like, Twig Garland, Vintage Material Garland, Ornaments, Small Renovated Upcycled Table Covered in Vintage Book Pages, Double Yoke Light, Half Globe Light, And So On.  

From 2014 Projects

46.  Swam, snorkeled and went diving in Island Water on the Cruise!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE ISLAND WATER!  It Turns Me Into a Fish!

From Summer of 2014

47. Went Horse Back Riding on the beach with Jim on Jekyll Island for my Birthday.

I love horse back riding, especially on the beach.

From 5 P Weekend

48. Moved to Chicago…In January.

Bean Burr!

From 50 Things

Cold But Happy!

From 50Things2

49. I Wandered Around an Art Museum All by Myself.
I ran into these two!  It seems I am usually with others when at Museums of any kind, but Jim’s new co-worker gave me his membership card to use for the day!  We are now members and I hope to wander around more on my own. The place is HUGE!

From 50Things2

50.  Moved into a High Rise Apartment.

The Views from Our “Gnomin’ On Up” Home…In the Warmer Weather.

The Lake!

From 50 Things

And Millennium/Daley/Grant Parks!

From 50 Things

And to Finish this Post Off…

My 51st Birthday Chicago Celebrations!

Lunch After a Massage!

From 51st Birthday 2015

Afternoon Pick Me Up After Chicago Sight Seeing!

From 51st Birthday 2015

Late Night Dinner after The Peking Acrobat Show!

From 51st Birthday 2015

And that is about it!

Thank you for stopping  by and Please Visit Back, as I Promise I will Post More than Once a Year from Now On!

I Already Have the New One Started!

And even though I took a 6 month Vacation from my Online Store, I just started it Back Up.

Please visit for cool items to buy buy buy!

OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

I am in the process of putting more, at least 20, items in the shop…so visit a lot!

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~ by HenderBalz on July 29, 2015.

3 Responses to “The 50 THINGS I DID TO CELEBRATE MY 50th YEAR!”

  1. Happy 50s mi Amor! I forgot how much we did last year, great memories, thank you for sharing them!

  2. As Jim mentioned thanks for sharing all these beautiful and memorable photos!!!! David and I loved being with you and Jim in Florida. We had a fantastic fun time. We love you.

  3. So fun Dawn, thank you for sharing. Love to you Lady!

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