Monday, April 23, 2012

When You Wish Upon A Star...

As you probably know by now (and if not, you will now), I have this bucket list that I regularly work on to keep my dreams alive.  Just less then a year ago I was working on a trip abroad with my daughter.  Unfortunately that isn't going to happen exactly as I had hoped but you know me....I NEVER give up my dreams.

OK, I may not get to the Eiffel Tower as hoped or even Italy to feast on their yummy looking foods. But dog gone it, I am going somewhere! We have modified our trip and are now trying to make our way south to Disney World.  We have been there before and loved it so much, we decided that if we couldn't do France we would do Epcot and take a trip around the world instead!

The reservations are booked (haven't figured out whether I will rent a wheelchair or buy one and bring it with me this time) and I am in the throws of trying to figure out how to pay for this trip. It is like 1/6 of what a European vacation would have cost us and thus the change in plans. Yes, the economy is tight here in my home too but we have already been putting away for our dream trip (see how to earn a little extra cash), so we have a good chunk of the Disney Trip saved already.

Slow and steady will win this race! The target date for this trip is December.

Since Spring is officially here and we have had rain for the past 7 weekends in a row, I am now officially ready for our bi-yearly yard sale. Slow and steady....slow and steady (ABC'S of an RA Yardsale). In the past I would have had our sale only in the garage but since my daughter now has a newer car and needs to park Bee-Bee (the car's name) safely away at night...I now only having two days to set this one up. This should be interesting is all I can say. My new strategy is to label/price items inside my home and pile them all over my living room until the two day set up which starts tomorrow.  At which point I plan on calling in my elfs...I mean family members. Just thinking about this is making me tuckered out. Wish me luck! I am going to need it!

But when I get tired, when I get fed up, when I think I just can't do it anymore...I will wish upon a star and remember...





Dreams really can come true!
We just have to believe!


11 comments:

Christine said...

Power to you for not giving up your travel dreams! I am also planning a Disney trip for our honeymoon next year. It seems like a daunting task to go to Disney considering my diagnosis and physical issues but my fiance and I are determined to do it with some really good planning....and perthaps a motorized scooter!

Deb aka AbcsOfra said...

Disney has wonderful accommodations for us. Go to their website and you will find rides that one can go on in a wheelchair and how their parks are setup to help us. They also have wheelchair rentals by the day or by the week. If you have problems with walking, I would recommend you rent a wheelchair for sure. The parks are big and walking does get exhausting. When I was doing OK I used the wheelchair to hold our purses, etc. and used it like a walker to lean on. When I couldn't walk further, my daughter (my traveling buddy) pushed me in the wheelchair. You can also rent electric ones (I think) there but if not you can rent them off property for sure. Disney is probably the best accessible place I have ever been and that is why we are going back!

Nan said...

You go Deb! Love to hear of your plans to do those things on your 'bucket list" in any way that makes sense...your ability to adapt to the times is a sign of a flexible and open minded persons which will continue to serve you well! all the best, Nan

Wren said...

Deb, that sounds like so much fun! I think it's terrific that you're so serious about your bucket list--and yet can make cheerful changes to your dreams as reality dictates. I've never been to Disney in Florida, but went to Disneyland in California as a kid. Going just about anywhere takes more resources than I can muster these days, but perhaps one day I can visit one of the Disneys again. Hey, maybe even the one in France!
Wishing you the best, as always.
W

Cathy said...

Yay! This post is so motivating. Have a blast Deb.

Deb aka AbcsOfra said...

Nan...I try to be flexible but we all know that we are assuming (and you know how I hate that word) ra will cooperate. And as we also know that might not always be the case. I stay on property and do short stints and since it is my 20 year old traveling with me, we aren't having to do all the rides and stuff. A slow and leisurely visit is what this will be.

Wren...I have been keeping up with your blog and know how hard things have been for you lately. I know this may sound crazy but one of the reasons I feel I should do what I can now is because I know ra is progressive. I am not saying I will get worse but reality is reality and I want to do what I can now...if at all possible. That is one of the reason I am such a picture freak. I can then look back and smile at all the memories. I know they will keep with me for my lifetime and keep me thru the times ahead. I keep hoping and wishing and putting out prayers too that things turn around some for you.

Cathy...Sometimes things can get so dark for us and that is why I try to look at the glass as half full. I have my dark days (trust me on that one!) and I do cover the trials, decisions we face and all of that but truly it is the beautiful, things that make me smile that are my favorite posts. I just feel life is too short already and I just hate focusing on the negatives if I can avoid it. I am so glad you found this post motivating. Wish we could all meet up there one day!

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Theresa

tharr said...

Deb, this is great. It's not always about the destination as much as it is the journey and who you share it with. I know you will have a great time, we have been to Disney World twice.

Deb aka AbcsOfra said...

Tharr...couldn't agree with you more. I am excited about this trip and we love the planning part just as much as the travel part. Can't wait to book our restaurant reservations. We always stay on property and do the meal plan...saves us time and money.

Aviva said...

Ohhh! I love Disney! It was a huge deal for us to go to Disneyland two years ago with my then 5-year-old daughter. We're hoping to go back sometime next year, and then, maybe, go to Disney World a few years after that. My husband and I used to go to Disneyland before our daughter was born, but it was so fun to take her there while she was big enough to go on most rides but still young enough to embrace the magic of Disney and fully believe in it.

I hope you have a wonderful trip! And I look forward to reading about it afterward!!

Deb aka AbcsOfra said...

Aviva...I lived in So. Calif. for a number of years. And although Disney Land is great...well...Disney World is just worlds above Disney Land. I have done both several times and Disney World was built after Disney Land and Disney took all that he learned from Disney Land and made Disney World a top flight vacation spot. It is huge compared to Disney Land. Don't get me wrong, there are duplicates at Disney World but nothing beats Epcot in my book :-) I hope one day you can get your family to Florida for the Disney World vacation.