Winter Bucket List - Update #1

Welcome to Update #1 of how I'm doing on my 10 Things Winter Bucket List!

This is our first winter along the coast, and we are so enjoying discovering a whole host of new activities as a result. So if I appreciated these Bucket Lists before, I'm really appreciating them now in that they force me to keep reaching just a little bit higher. Which is exactly how I like to go about this thing called life!

And as always, I'm linking up with a group of other terrific bloggers to share Winter Bucket List updates from those of us in the northern hemisphere, plus Summer Bucket Lists from the gals Down Under, so be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to see who else is participating, and to visit their blogs for additional change-of-season inspiration.

Update #1 for 10 Things On My Winter Bucket List

1.  Skype our granddaughter on Christmas morning in order to watch her open presents.Yes!We all got onto nice big Skype instead of itty bitty Face Time, and spent an hour and a half…

Five Random Things 1/17

It's been an unusually busy week, split between being in Palm Springs for their annual international film festival, and getting the house emptied out in preparation for new flooring installation upon our return,  but I wanted to do a quick check in so as not to let the radio silence go on to long. So, here are five random things that I've been up to:

1) We have been working to get both of our neighbors to sign off on the designs for our backyard re-landscaping project, and it has been challenging! One neighbor wants to ensure that his views remain wide open, and the other wants to ensure that their privacy is maximized. The former I understand, but the later is a bit unrealistic given we live in an urban, coastal are with rather tightly stacked homes. However, I think we are almost there, and final plans should be signed off by both today.

2) As we've been awaiting our flooring replacement, we've been working on our kitchen. The kitchen is fairly new, having been remo…

Wellness Wednesday Series - 2018 Wellness Goals

Oh my goodness, is this series, sponsored by the wonderful Natalie of Natalie The Explorer, coming along at just the right time. After a month of holiday fun, feasting and frivolity it’s time to get back to the basics of good health and overall well being as we kick off 2018.

My Ten Wellness Goals For 2018

1.  Reduce processed sugar calories to no more than 100 per day.

2.  Increase water intake to 8 glasses per day.

3.  Add in 2x a week of strength training.

4.  Add in 2x a week of yoga.

5.  Train for one long distance biking event.

6.  Train for one backpacking event.

7.  Limit gluten-containing items to no more than 100 calories per day.

8.  Begin meditating 2x daily, five minutes each time to begin.

9.  Initiate internet-free Sunday’s.

10. Lose ten pounds by signing up for an internet support program.

(You might note an absence of anything pertaining to cardio exercises in my Wellness list above. That’s because I already do hours and hours of cardio weekly, and have since my 20’s.…

TBB Asks: New Year, New You?

Today I'm joining in with some other bloggers via The Blended Blog to answer 12 questions about my hopes and plans for the New Year. I so enjoyed being able to join in on this month's Q&A, in that it's gotten me all fired up with determination to make this year, my 55th here on this planet, the best one yet!

The Blended Blog Asks:

1. Resolutions or No Resolutions? Resolutions! I do try to do them in the form of a life plan for the year, and I definitely give myself slack. I'm aiming for progress, not perfection!

2. Love snow or No Snow?No snow. Because we can do this instead on New Years Day, yeah!

3. Name a New Place you want to go this year? Japan! We just booked a trip to visit there this coming Fall, and I'm so looking forward to it!

4. Would you rather have a new Hair cut or Hair color? New haircut. I already have lovely highlights and lowlights  woven throughout my hair thanks to my wonderful stylist, but I mess with my haircut all the time. In fact, I just h…

Our Retirement Relocation - A Final Look Back

Today marks the six month anniversary of our relocation from inland to coastal Orange County. In terms of mileage our move was fairly modest - just 35 miles - but in terms of lifestyle change it was quite significant.

I posted here (three weeks after move in), here (2 and 1/2 months in), and here (4 months in) about how much I was caught off guard by the emotional impact the move had on us. In that we've been visiting and RV'ing the area where we now live for the entire 25 years we've lived in Orange County, I don't think either one of us expected to be hit as hard as we were with the challenges of leaving the familiarity of our former area. It was definitely perplexing to find ourselves mourning somewhat what we had left behind, even as we were both extremely excited about all the lifestyle changes we were discovering and making on an almost daily basis.

Now, at six months in I can honestly say that we are settled, both physically and emotionally, and 100% thrilled t…

December In A Sentence A Day

Greetings! Today, and each month going forward, I'm documenting how I spent my month in just one sentence per day.
Turns out that the theme for December was Joy!, then Dismay!, then Joy! once again. Sigh. It was an unexpectedly challenging month what with our voluminous water loss on the 5th, followed by the decision to go ahead and have our interior doors and kitchen cabinets repainted, and the kitchen ceiling track lighting removed and replaced, since we'd be ripping up all the flooring (again!) anyway. What. A. Mess.

By the time Christmas rolled around, however, everything but the flooring and Christmas tree - poor bald thing, we had to dismantle it for the water remediation, and I didn't have the energy to put all the ornaments back on - was pretty much back to normal. And we did manage to got our bounce back well before Christmas, enjoying lots of time with family and friends, plus holiday concerts, parties and plays, so a big 'yeah' for that.

(P.S. - Be sure …

My Word For 2018

I selected my first theme word in 2016, and I found myself much appreciating the simplicity of doing so as I set goals throughout the year. More on my word for 2017, and how I did, later, because today is all the word I've chosen for 2018 - Energize.

Now that our move is completed, and I'm back to sleeping fairly decently after about four years of peri-menopause disruption (sorry gentlemen!), I'm feeling increasingly like my life is back in my hands to do with what I want. I experienced such severe energy loss over the last couple of years due to my sleep deprivation, that there were times I wondered if I'd ever by my 'old' self again. Now that I'm pretty much over the hump of menopause and feeling increasingly human, this feels like exactly the right word to really punch up 2018 and make it my best year yet.

Here is my plan for applying my word throughout 2018:
Energize my workouts.Add in 2x a week strength training to my workouts.Add in 1x a week yoga wor…