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Checking In!

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Just a quick note to say, yep, still here, but hampered by having left the laptop at home this trip. It's a bit difficult to put up a comprehensive post on a tablet or smart phone!

We're enjoying ourselves tremendously, mixing it up with a blend of backpacking, hiking, wine tasting, dining and sightseeing. We'll be home in just a few more days, but in the meantime, here are a few photos of our trip so far:






I'll be back on September 1st with my August In A Sentence A Day post. See you all then!


Summer Bucket List - Update #2

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Pssst - I am currently away from all things electronic, backpacking through Point Reyes National Seashore,  so please do understand if I'm a bit delayed responding to any comments accordingly!
Welcome to Progress Report #2 of how I'm doing on my 20 Things Summer Bucket List! I've been more productive at tackling this list now that we are fairly settled in, and it's been a joy to check off each fun activity.

And just like the last time, I'm linking up with a group of other terrific bloggers to share Summer Bucket List updates, so be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to see who else is participating, and to visit their blogs for additional summer inspiration.

Update #2 for 20 Things On My Summer Bucket List
Read by the pool. Yes! Kind of pathetic that I had to leave home to do it, in that we have an HOA pool right up the street, but something else always seems to call my name when at home. But at a recent yoga retreat I managed to relax enough to read by the poo…

A Rare Catching Up Day

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In checking my Google Calendar this morning, today is the only totally clear day I see on my calendar until the middle of October. How and when did that happen, exactly???

We've been in our home for just over a month, and little by little we've been working to improve the house, join clubs and organizations, meet our neighbors, and meet and contract with flooring, painting, window and window covering vendors, which has culminated in our calendar beginning to crowd up. Add in two upcoming trips that are two weeks long each, and suddenly life has gone from seemingly zero to one hundred mph. (I know, I know, when was it ever zero??? But I think you get my drift.)

In some ways it feels like we've been in a period of waiting since moving in here early in July. I think that is largely due to our not being able to fully settle in due to the large amount of work remaining to be done in the house. For every nicety we've put into place since arriving - new plumbing, new plumbin…

Summertime Q & A

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Today I'm joining in with some other bloggers via The Blended Blog to answer 23 questions about my summertime likes and loves. Feel free to add your two cents worth in the comments section below!

The Blended Blog Asks:

1. Pool, lake, or ocean? Well I'll bet you can all guess this one . . . clearly it's ocean!

2. Camping, cottage or hotel? Cottage! Yes, we backpack, but if I could roll up to a warm bed and shower each night on the trail, trust me I would!

3. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor? Anything with lots of added stuff - Turtle Pecan Caramel, Peanut Butter Cup, Coconut Chocolate Almond, Caramel Pralines & Cream - you get the drift.

4. PJ's, Nightgown, T-Shirt/Shorts or Birthday Suit? T-shirt/Shorts. I don't know a woman past 50 that can bear PJ's or a nightgown, and my birthday suit hasn't felt quite right since I left my 20's!

5. Fave Summer Beverage? Sun tea!


6. Would you rather be hot or cold. Cold! See #4 above. ;-)

7. Sandals with heels or flats…

Five Things Making Me Happy Today 8/5

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We are finding that it's very easy to get caught up in seemingly non-stop home improvements, so this week we made a concerted effort to step away from our hammers and screwdrivers on occasion in order to get out into our wonderful new community and do a little exploring. Good progress was made in both areas as a result I think, even though it sometimes feels like both will be never-ending projects!

So here are five things making me happy right today:

I ran four pain-free miles this morning with my running club. That makes four runs with no shin splint flare ups, and I'm so happy I could just about cry. After a year and a half of being plagued by shin pain in one of my legs, I was beginning to accept that running might be off the table, so to once again be back at it feels amazing. I'm going to resist the urge to go farther, and stay with four mile runs for at least one more month, if not two.We are going out with friends tonight to dine at a new Burmese restaurant getting …

July In A Sentence A Day

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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 July was settling-in, as we packed up our old house and moved coastal-close to a new home in beautiful Laguna Niguel. After the first few crazy days of working to clear the mountains of cardboard boxes in our new home, we got to work and started venturing out into the surrounding communities in the hope of building a new life sooner rather than later. And increasingly had a lot of fun doing so, which I think is reflected in my sentences below.

(And P.S. - Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post over the next few days to see who else is participating, and to visit their blogs for additional July In A Sentence A Day inspiration!)
Did some yardwork at our new home, then changed clothes and drove up the coast a couple of amazingly short miles to Laguna Beach to attend a wine club event at the gorgeous…