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Favorite Getaways!Posted Wednesday, February 18, 2009, at 9:45 AM
This beach is labeled "Rondinara Beach" and I found it on a Corsica Beaches site. No, I haven't been there, but it's fun to fantasize about it during these cold Missouri winters!
I admit that the most distant beaches I've visited are in Florida and Virginia...so I'm a bit limited on that field. If you check my archives, you'll notice that most of my "getaways" are within a day's motor trip -- Branson, Van Buren, Whippoorwill Lake between here and Marble Hill (no kidding!), Trail's End campground (Bollinger County). Only thing I know about Corsica (where that photo was taken) is that Napoleon was born there...
Lest you think I have never been outside the U.S., think again! In fact, I recently used my passport to get my new driver's license. (Traveled to Chaffee for that, by the way...as per our earlier conversation about DMV locations and attitudes...) My passport is expired, but I was told that it doesn't matter; even if you have your baby picture on it, it's still good for driver's license renewal purposes.
But I digress, as usual! The point is -- We are ready for SPRING!! How do I know? I actually had CUSTOMERS in the NSC office yesterday! No kidding! People in Advance do not get out in bad weather, so it's been ....what..at least three months... since I had anyone walk in my office!! Yes, yes, maybe I'm exaggerating just a tad -- but it's been pretty lonely in there! Of course, it didn't help that I didn't have heat for several days (even before the ice hit). Then, there's the usual rash of sickness...etc., etc., etc....ad infinitum!
I'm looking longingly at the poppy seeds that I bought at D.G. - four for a dollar - I have them hanging on the wall by the window. I can hardly wait to plant my flowers in front of the office. I should have lots of volunteers coming up from last year!
Ahhhhhhhh.......!!! Summer time! Get out the seed and travel catalogs and browse, as the sun stays in the sky longer and longer.
As bad as we think we've had it this year, I'm well aware that my old stomping grounds in Fairbanks has a temp. of -24F today, and they're getting 8 hours and 55 minutes of daylight (not sunlight). Their sun comes up at 8:55 a.m. and sets at 17:33 (that's military time...so is it about 5:30 p.m.? Doesn't sound right...)March is still pretty dismal up there.
Okay, so I'm ready for some recipes for getaways -- whether it's planning a trip to Hawaii, browsing through the seed catalog, or sitting in a sunny window in the breakfast nook!!
From the suddenly sunny hills of Tillman, Missouri, this is your rural reporter Madeline, suffering with a bad case of Cabin Fever...
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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.