Monday Musings


Hello out there! We've been entertaining house guests for the last seven days straight, and it's been a bit hectic. All good, though, and since today we say goodbye to our current guests (the second of two in a row), life should be slowing down enough for me to get back to blogging here.

So to kick things off, here are some Monday Musings that are rattling around my head at the moment.

1) I've been putting together little Happy Hour Charcuterie Boards each day for our guests, and it's been fun! I'd accumulated a variety of wooden cutting boards over the years, so I pulled a few out and just started arranging away. It doesn't seem to matter what you put out on them, it somehow all ends up looking rather pretty.

This one had three dips/toppers, an olive tapenade, a blue cheese spread, and hummus,
plus some thinly sliced baguettes and veggies.

This one had a variety of sliced cheeses, plus nuts and dried fruit, along with some crackers.

And here's a link sharing some examples of how to do one of your own: How to make a charcuterie cheese and meat plate.

2. We've been at the beach pretty much every single day this past week with our various houseguests, and it's been glorious. From hiking to a hill overlooking Laguna Beach in order to enjoy an al fresco sack lunch, to sitting at the harbor watching boats sail in and out while enjoying coffee and bagels, to a rocking and rolling whale watch excursion out in the open seas, we've experienced the ocean as if we were visiting here for the first time, and it's been delightful.

Walking along the cliffs in Laguna Beach.

Sailing out of Dana Point Harbor.

Walking to the San Clemente Pier under stormy skies.

3. The weather should be warm enough here this week to leave our doors and windows open, turn on our outdoor fountain, and sit outside for dinner on a few occasions.

Even though winter in California isn't much to complain about, it's still a wonderful thing to see a series of increasingly warm and sunny days coming our way!


4. I'm at this strange phase of life where I seem to only be able to watch documentaries rather than feature films. However, as a result, I've recently seen two that were absolutely excellent, and both available for streaming via Netflix:

- This 2018 Oscar winning documentary Icarus, about pervasive doping in the world of athletics:


- And this excellent documentary, How The Beatles Changed The World, containing never before viewed footage that impressed even our very knowledgeable, former-radio DJ houseguest.



5. Having guests for days on end has been hard on my diet, to say the least! I'm looking forward to getting back to more normal, lighter, eating as to date I'm pretty sure I've made zero progress on shedding those 10 pounds I have as one of my goals for 2018. Much more on this to follow as I finally get serious, but for now, I'll be reactivating my account at Spark People, a fun, easy, motivating, and totally free website that helps folk set dietary goals and track their progress. If you have any sort of lifestyle health goals such as losing weight, increasing your daily exercise, improving the quality of your diet, or even just getting more sleep, I think you'll find it a most helpful tool.

And free! Did I mention it's free? (I love free!)


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That's it for today's Monday Musings, but would love to know what's running through your heads this morning, so please do feel free to share some of your musings below!

Comments

  1. Your Happy Hour Charcuterie Boards look great and thanks for the link for more ideas! We are working on plans for our one year back in California open house and I'm going to steal some of these. And yes, the weather is looking up isn't it? I am determinedly wearing more Spring type clothing.

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    1. Aaah, has it been a year already for you both? It seems to have flown by!

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  2. Charcuterie . . . I don't have many occasions to use this word, but I do love the way it rolls off the tongue. Simple is best in my book - it all looks scrumptious!

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    1. Well, Mary, just because I can spell it doesn't mean I know how to say it! And it is kind of interesting how much more appealing small items look when placed together, which is the epitome of a charcuterie!

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    2. The first time I saw the word in print I had no idea how to pronounce it. That's why the Merriam-Webster online dictionary has an audio button. :) Did the same thing with "tapenade," too. Have a terrific day, Tamara!

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    3. Oh, such a good idea, Mary! I just listened to it online, practiced it a couple of times, and I now think I can use it while dining out without embarrassing myself. 😆

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  3. It is lovely to entertain guests but it can be tiring and of course the diet goes out the window. However, life is there to be enjoyed isn't it Tamara. I would love to join you for your Happy Hour Charcuterie Board it looks delicious. Gorgeous photos of the beach and I'm going to check out the Spark People website. Have a fabulous week! My husband has been away for three weeks so it is lovely to have him home and we are escaping to the Coast for the Easter break. xx

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    1. Hi Sue, yes, it can be tiring, but for sure the tiredness fades quickly while the memories remain forever, so we wouldn't change a thing. Our fatal flaw was in having two sets practically overlap, so in the future a small break between would probably be a good thing!

      Enjoy having your hubby home, not to mention your upcoming coastal getaway, so nice both!

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  4. Based on the cutting board/snacks we enjoyed, we start our own version this afternoon. After a quick trip to Sprouts we are ready!

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    1. Oh, would love to see a photo! We are doing one tonight as well, for visiting friends, and a certain sour cherry jam will be making a guest appearance. ;-)

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    2. Guess what: we picked up sour cherry jam, too!

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  5. Your kitchen is gorgeous and the pictures of the ocean are lovely! I so enjoyed them! I have a quick three hour beach trip planned for the Alabama/Mississippi coast, which looks very different, but is enjoyable just the same.

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    1. Hi, welcome and thank you for your kind comments! Are you a blogger? Would love to see photos of your upcoming trip along the Gulf Coast if so, a place I've really never been, other than boarding a cruise ship once out of Galveston, Texas!

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    2. No, I am not a blogger. I just comment, occasionally, on blogs like A Satisfying Retirement, The Prudent Homemaker, The Non-Consumer Advocate, etc.

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