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A Vacation to Remember!

Updated on August 19, 2014

A Vacation with a Bonus!

When things are stressed, gas prices are crazy, and you just need to unwind, where can you go, what can you do?

Well, first of all, put your feet up, chill out, and you can be amazed at what is just around the corner ~ or in your own home! Without the added road miles and gas stations, you could quite possibly have time to do things you've been dreaming of...

Well, let's not take a rest stop, let's get started on our staycation!

All photos taken by me ~ Bev Lemley. All rights reserved.

Within a few minutes of my staycation, you will find me... - In the garden! Ahh, the perfect start!

A walk in the garden... - peaceful!

Well, what do you know! - A ladybug taking a walk too!

Butterflies and Sunshine... - the dream! And saving time and money!

Even if it rains .. - ...I can have fun ~ I'll hunt for Nature's Art Work!

Break time! - Perfect to catch up on my reading!

One of my favorite magazines, "Living Without"!

Living Without's Gluten Free & More
Living Without's Gluten Free & More

While I'm having my gluten-free snack, I can read up on the latest about celiac disease and gluten sensitivity and intolerance ~ and maybe find some great new recipes I can try out on my staycation!


If I feel like humming... - ...why not?!

Bees on the Butterfly Bush... - ...painting me a picture!

Or I'll just sit... - ...and dream big dreams!

Even the pets are dreamin' - ...and benefiting from the purr-fect staycation, too!

Shhh... - ...the bees are worn out!

There is one thing pressing for time... - ...These rare beauties open in the afternoon for a few hours...

...but we've got time ~ or TOMORROW!

Makes Cents!

With less miles on the road, I have more time for things I enjoy at home ~ makes cents!

Do you prefer a Staycation? - Or a Vacation?

Do the hassles of making it out the door and spending on gas just leave you drained or is it worth it for a few days away?

Or do you find a staycation fits you perfectly, and you enjoy one as often as you can ~ besides that, it's virtually free!

Do you enjoy a staycation?

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A staycation leaves you more rested... - ...and with more money in your pocket

A staycation will leave you more rested...or will it?

Wouldn't you like to stay home and save time, gas, and money?

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    • BLemley profile imageAUTHOR

      Beverly Lemley 

      5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @SusanDeppner: I'm glad to meet another "hermit"! There's a lot to be said about enjoying Home Sweet Home! Thanks for stopping by and for your very kind words! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 

      5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @anonymous: Thanks, Tipi! Glad you stopped by and had time to pause for a little R&R! Thanks for the congrats! I appreciate that ~ what an honor! B : )

    • BLemley profile imageAUTHOR

      Beverly Lemley 

      5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Sundaycoffee: I know you will have fun! No bags to pack or unpack, no traffic headaches ~ perfect! I do hope you enjoy every second ~ do find time to relax! P.S. Be the Cat! Thanks so much for stopping by! B : )

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      5 years ago

      Love the idea and the beautiful photos! Can I be the cat? :)

      We will be staying home this summer, but I doubt that we will get to relax too much...

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      5 years ago

      How very delightful....I just had a little online staycation enjoying your pictures...I know that doesn't count as much but am happy for the little place of rest you are inviting us to here with your always delightful pictures....lovely and congratulations on your Editor for a Day feature! :)

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      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I'm a homebody, bordering on hermit. I love staycations! Love your gorgeous pictures, too.

    • BLemley profile imageAUTHOR

      Beverly Lemley 

      5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Diana Wenzel: That's a great attitude! And a lot cheaper, and sometimes, we don't have any choice, so it's good to appreciate where we are for the time being ~ you're right! Thank you so much for your kind visit! Thanks for stopping by! B : )

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      Renaissance Woman 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      Gorgeous photographic bliss. Why would anyone leave such beauty? If we look closely, pause, breathe deeply, we will find everything we need right where we are.

    • BLemley profile imageAUTHOR

      Beverly Lemley 

      5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @LittleLindaPinda: You're right about that resting part! I didn't think about that! Now if it was designated vacation time, and no housework was allowed...but then that would be like coming home after a vacation, only worse, no one cleaned up behind you! On second thought, maybe a vacation would be nice! B : )

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      Little Linda Pinda 

      5 years ago from Florida

      There are definite benefits to staying home but I doubt that I would rest very much.

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      Johann The Dog 

      6 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      Gorgeous photos you have here too!

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      6 years ago

      I take all my vacations at home.

    • BLemley profile imageAUTHOR

      Beverly Lemley 

      6 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @ItayaLightbourne: Thank you so much for your visit and for your very nice comments! I am blessed to be able to enjoy nature's beauty, even though I live fairly close to a city. Thank you!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      6 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Very lovely and your photos alone would make me want to take a staycation in the midst of so much natural beauty! :)

    • BLemley profile imageAUTHOR

      Beverly Lemley 

      6 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @mbgphoto: I am so honored, thank you!

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Beautiful...blessed by a squidangel.


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