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20 Questions For New Year's Eve

Even as I am in the midst of planning a most romantic New Year's Eve dinner for my sweetie and myself of shrimp scampi, asparagus, salad, and a chilled Chardonnay, I wanted to spend a little time thinking back to what 2017 was all about, so that I could start 2018 off with the appropriate fresh perspective. In searching around, I found the list below and immediately thought, 'Yes, this is exactly what I'm looking for.'  So, while my upcoming list of 2018 goals will likely be a bit more lighthearted, this list reflects some of the more serious lessons I hope to have learned this past year while slogging through this crazy thing called life.

20 Questions For New Year's Eve

1.  What was the single best thing that happened this past year? That moment, on June 3rd, when we learned that our bid had been accepted on our new home in coastal S. Orange County. We initially thought we'd end up at least five miles inland with mountain views due to the area being pricier th…

Travel Plans For 2018 Are Shaping Up

After going nonstop for five years, particularly in 2016 when we broke all our prior records and spent over 200 days away from home, we desperately needed a break, and so we took one in 2017. We did still travel, but just 10 weeks in total, far less than our normal retirement mode of half the year, and most of it prior to our relocation move in July.

Since then we've focused primarily on getting our home fixed up and settling into our new community, though we did break away for an RVing/backpacking trip with long-time friends, and traveled east several times to see our granddaughter. Other than that, though, we've been here. And you know what? I'm getting the itch again!

So I've spent a good amount of time this week making RV and VRBO reservations (I posted here about what we'd already planned to do in 2018). I also found myself reading emails about travel deals for the first time in a long while, and guess what? I booked one, and we're traveling to Japan in t…

How I Did On My Mini-Christmas Bucket List

Oh my goodness I had such high hopes when I created list list on December 1st. A whole month of lovely activities awaited and I was so excited to add the items on this list to what had already been planned. But then, on December 5, we had our water loss, and with that, 'poof,' my holiday spirit evaporated. I did eventually get it back, but a couple of the items below suffered as a result. Guys, I just wasn't feeling it for a good chunk of December! But, lessons have been learned, and I hope to do better next time, should there be a next time, and remember that a house is just a house, and that it can be repaired in time. Family, on the other hand, is forever, and it's where the true essence of home is found, and that matters more than anything else.

So onward we go-

My Christmas Mini-Bucket List

1. Attend a Christmas tree lighting ceremony. No, I am sorry to say. I was just not feeling it yet when this occurred, just a few days after our loss, and during the time our h…

Our Merry Christmas Plans And My Holiday Menu

It's a beautiful sunny Christmas Eve morning here, with temperatures projected to be in the mid to high 60's all week. Our plans for today and tomorrow include lots of family, outdoor time, and good food.

This morning we'll be taking a walk along the beach, and are hoping to see whale, although I think we are still a few weeks too early to see them in really large numbers. Still, I'll be bringing my binoculars just to be safe. For those of you that are curious as to just how close we are to the ocean - we live two miles inland on the top of a hill, and can see it clearly from both our backyard and our backyard balcony. It takes about twenty to thirty minutes to get there by foot, depending on if we are running or walking, and just five minutes to eight minutes by car depending on whether we are heading to the beach just down the street, or the harbor which is one mile further. No traffic to speak of regardless, in that we travel on lesser known residential streets, no…

10 Things On My Winter Bucket List

Greetings, and welcome to 10 Things On My Winter Bucket List!

Goodness winter got here fast! And though I admit it's not quite the winter I'd imagined (I'm talking to you washing machine overflow!), I have many, many things to look forward to, and I am excited to get going on them.

P.S. - Be sure to scroll down to the bottome of this post to see what other wonderful bloggers are joining in on this challenge.

10 Things On My Winter Bucket List
1.  Skype our granddaughter on Christmas morning in order to watch her open presents. This is going to take some nagging, in that my daughter prefers FaceTiming, but I want a great big computer screen on Christmas, not a little iPhone screen!

2.  Go for a hike at the beach on Christmas morning. Since we'll be attending services on Christmas Eve, then waking at the right ole hour of 4:00 AM or so to watch our little granddaughter open her gifts on the east coast, we thought we'd keep right on going and head out afterward to enjoy t…

Weekend Wrap Up 12/15 - 12/17

I haven't done one of these for quite a bit, not sure why! But, it was a really wonderful weekend here so it seems the perfect time to start these back up again.


Friday was interesting in that we were on Day 2 of our kitchen refresh project and the house was an absolute wreck, and we were supposed to entertain in the evening, believe it or not. Not for very long, just an hour or so before leaving for dinner out, and the two couples we'd invited over were very good friends, but still, the house looked like this:

We could have simply said, 'Hey guys, let's just meet at the restaurant instead,' but we knew they were driving a good distance on a Friday night, which we call get-away Friday traffic here, i.e., folks heading down to San Diego or Mexico for the weekend, and it can be very heavy. So, we ultimately decided to keep our plans as-is and just hope they'd have a good sense of humor about the whole thing. Which, nicely, all four of them did.

We spent a …

Kitchen Refresh In Process

Because we don't have enough quite enough going on at the house already(!), we decided that since the kitchen flooring will all need to be ripped up and replaced due to our recent water loss, we might as well go ahead and get the kitchen cabinets repainted, and the dated track lighting on the kitchen ceiling removed and replaced with recessed lighting. So in the midst of still being rather bummed about being in construction mode again, I am actually pretty delighted about tackling two of my kitchen's least redeeming features (there is still one more, which I'll explain a bit later in this post).

The overall layout of the kitchen is terrific, particularly the oversized island which is an absolute joy to prep food on. It's a hugh workspace, plus it allows me to face out to my husband, family and/or guests while working on food prep. Additionally, people seem to enjoy sitting at the end of the island counter when visiting, which is nice as well.

The overhead track lighti…

Five Things Making Me Happy Today 12/11

Time to put last week's unpleasantness behind and get back to a better place, so here are five things making me happy today!

1. I spent the afternoon walking and basking along our beautiful coastline, and felt so very, very thankful this is now mine anytime I wish. And as a five-month 'local' I now know all the places where parking is free, so even if I only have a few minutes to spare, I can swing by for a quick dose of ocean tranquility.

2. During last week's chaos I sent this photo to my daughter, showing the flurry of activity occurring in the house. When my three year old granddaughter saw it she asked, 'What are all those green robots doing in Nana's house?' I died.

3. We attended the most wonderful holiday big band jazz concert last night at a nearby college. The conductor was fantastic, comedy-club funny, provided each student with well deserved solos, gave the children an opportunity to get involved on stage, hopefully planting seeds for future ja…

Making Lemonade Out Of Lemons

It's been a rough week.

The washing machine overflow that occurred last Monday has resulted in a solid week of pretty significant chaos. The water remediation team arrived within an hour of our discovering water throughout our downstairs, and they've been here pretty much ever since. We started with about 25 fans and water extractors, with the noise level being pretty close to unbearable I'm here to say, and have now moved onto demolition. The flooring could not be saved, and we are now living with plastic sheeting, dust vacuums, and debris as the team tears out about 50% of our brand new flooring. There is noise everywhere still, with about eight of the fans still here and blowing/working, the dust is pretty much everywhere as well, out kitchen is blocked off to protect the cabinetry, and so is our living room, which means our Christmas tree, poor thing, is as well.

I shed tears at least once a day pretty consistently from Monday to Thursday. I think I was mourning a lot…

November In A Sentence A Day

Greetings! Today, and each month going forward, I'm joining in with some other fab bloggers to share how we spent our month in just one sentence per day.
Turns out that the theme for November was creating new routines as we branched out and really starting exploring our new community. We discovered new hiking trails, new restaurants, new entertainment venues, new lecture series, and made several new friends. The month also included a visit from our East Coast daughter and family meaning we also got lots of granddaughter time!

(P.S. - Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to see who else is participating, and to visit their blogs for additional September In A Sentence A Day inspiration!)
November In A Sentence A Day Another home project kicked off, as cabinets arrived and started going in for my husband's home office, plus, my Pottery Barn home office furniture finally arrived in good form, plus we attended our first monthly dining event with a group attached to our Lifelo…