Financially Independent, Retired Early(ish) at 57.

Wednesday W’s #95.

What’s top of my mind: TRAVEL!

Yesterday I booked a trip to Vietnam for Feb 2025. It was totally spur-of-the-moment… you know, these travel companies really make it far too easy to book things online.

When I was telling my sister about it later in the day, she told me about the travel company Trip-a-Deal. I spent lots of time down that rabbit hole! The company specialises in ‘2 for 1’ deals, but there are ways around it if you’re a solo traveller. I rang their hotline to ask.

Anyway, it’s slowly dawning on my mighty intellect that I don’t have to go away for months each time. Maybe several smaller holidays could be fun, too?

Where I’m going: to take Dad to the dentist.

I wouldn’t mind except he booked an 8:45 appointment on a weekday in Armadale.


Where I’ve been: vacuum packing my veggies.

Rhonda from Down To Earth, a blog I’ve been reading for nearly 20 years, recently bought a Zwilling vacuum sealing kit and she absolutely loves it. She says that it has increased the storage of food, especially fresh veggies, by up to 5 weeks.

I caved and bought a beginners set for my Christmas present to myself. They’re not cheap, but so far I’m loving it. We have many cucumbers safely zwillered away.


What I’m reading: Nothing.

I finished a book this morning but it wasn’t much chop so I won’t bore you with the details.

What I’m watching: Mr In-Between.

And Australian Survivor, of course!

I’m late to the party with ‘Mr In-Between’, but now that I’ve got Binge I started watching it last night. I’m loving it!

What I’m listening to: Jeffery snoring.

It’s lovely to go away on holidays but hey, it’s great to be back with the Little Woofs. His snores are so peaceful.

What I’m eating: Cucumbers.

It’s The Year of Cucumbers in the veggie garden. We’re knee-deep on the things. Ryan29 and I are eating them with almost every meal but we still can’t seem to make a dent in them.

What I’m planning: Whether or not to take a massive Central Australia holiday next year.

I’m tempted… but it’s expensive. But then, I suppose it’s never going to get any cheaper, is it?

Who deserves a thumbs-up: Ryan29.

Ryan29 looked after the dogs, garden and house beautifully again while I was gone.

What has made me smile: Ryan29 asked me which of the dogs I thought missed me most when I was gone.

I guessed Jeffrey.

Turns out it was Scout. The Cavaliers adjusted very quickly to me being absent, moving in to spend their days in the bedroom with Ryan29.

Scout, on the other hand, took days to join them, preferring to spend her time looking out of the front window. She got really excited when Ryan29 mentioned the word “Mum.”

The picture is Scout when she was a puppy.

She really is a very good girl.

Dad joke of the day:


  1. Lucinda

    The travel bug has well and truely bit you, hasn’t it?

    • FrogdancerJones

      It always had… I just didn’t have the time or the $$$ to indulge it before now!
      Plus I have to utilise my time while I have a live-in dog-sitter.

  2. bethh

    Do all the things while you have time, energy, money, and a dog-sitter!!!

  3. sandyg61

    Whether the trips are long or short, close or far away make the most of it while you can. Before family health or circumstances or your own get in the way. It’s a bit of a thought process really happening here after the past few years. We can’t wait to start our travels again.

    • FrogdancerJones

      Yes, Mum and Dad are getting older…

  4. Josie

    You never know the curve balls that life will throw you, so make the most of your travels now. I’ve exceeded my travel budget in the 2 years since I retired, but I now I won’t be spending on this level forever. Luckily, the US stock market has helped my retirement accounts this year lol! Your posts on Antarctica really helped me make up my mind on that trip which is now booked for December- thank you!!

    • FrogdancerJones

      omg… you’re going to LOVE it!
      Yes, I have a strange prodding that’s making me want to do All The Travel Now.

      • Josie

        Funny, I’ve had that same sense of urgency/prodding. I decided to embrace it ????

        • FrogdancerJones

          Haha! We’re on the same wavelength!
          Ryan29 told me to go out and see the world – they don’t mind looking after things here.

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