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2016 Look-Back

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When I look back on 2016, I am amazed, thankful, and yes, a bit exhausted, at all we did and accomplished. Here's a quick rundown:

January - Kicked the New Year off with an RV rally in San Diego county, attended the Palm Springs Film Festival, traveled to Costa Rica to attend Spanish immersion school

February - Continued my time in Costa Rica, went RV'ing at the beach upon returning, then down to San Diego to see our granddaughter, and her mama and papa, upon my return,

March - Attended a Jewish Film Festival in Palm Springs, hosted bloggers from Canada we'd followed for years, returned to San Diego to visit our dear granddaughter.

April - Went backpacking on Catalina Island with friends, left for a six week trip to Europe, starting with a week in Amsterdam.

May - Continued our six week trip in Europe by boarding the River Voyager in Cologne, which would carry us through Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia and Romania. What an amazing trip it turned out to be!

Random Thoughts

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Well, that was brief wasn't it? My excuse is that shortly after creating this blog we left on a series of trips that didn't stop until just this past weekend. So, now that those are behind us, I'm ready to try this again . . .

We are in the midst of home remodeling upheaval, and I'm feeling at loose ends as a result of not having a quiet, scenic place to land. Only when we are in the midst of having something done to the house, do I realize how much my normally-lovely home means to me. I love keeping it tidy, caring for my display items, looking for interesting art to hang, changing out the decor, and prepping for entertaining, particular at this time of year. Not being able to do those things creates a sense of having no place to land, a very uncomfortable thing for me to deal with. The good news, however, is that the bulk of the work will be completed by next weekend, at which point I will have a gorgeous new marble tile entry and equally gorgeous new wood floors th…

Sunday Afternoon Musings

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Now retired five years, I'm interested, intent, determined,  to live each day in as full a state of consciousness as possible. To me, at this moment at least, that means striving to do those things that are good for me, those things that make me content, happy, joyful, and to lessen or eliminate those things that leave me feeling wasteful, empty, blah. For sure my life in retirement has continued to grow richer with each passing year, but it has also delivered its fair share of challenges. I look forward to blogging here about my thoughts, my successes, my failures and the lessons, hopefully, learned as a result.

Today started with coffee for two on our just-completed front yard patio. Living in perpetually thirsty Southern California, front yard patios have recently become 'a thing' as people search for ways to reduce their water-reliant front lawns. In our case, as a result of spending so many weeks and months exploring the world since retiring, we craved open space, an…