Where Have I Been?

You know how sometimes when it rains it pours? Well, that is how it has been around here for the last two weeks, and I have felt completely submerged.

But first, a wonderfully joyous event to share, which is the eight days we just spent with my daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter and newest little precious granddaughter in Metro DC.  What a sweetheart she is!

And of course we relished spending time with our first born granddaughter as well. We had so much fun with her! Now that she's closer to four than to three, she is just a hoot and a half to spend time with. She has a wonderful sense of humor, and a memory like a little elephant, which has resulted in lots of funny little memories being brought up over the week we were there, of the things we've done together since she was a toddler. She also told us repeatedly how much she loved us, and mentioned several times that we were her best friends, which warmed our hearts just like you would imagine. She normally calls me 'N…

Home From Our Southwest Adventuring!

Oh, My, Goodness. What a trip! For those of you that might not have followed along via my Instagram account, here is a snapshot of the photos I posted, starting in St. George, Utah, and ending in Kanab, Utah:

We were gone a total of three weeks, visited five national parks, three national monuments, and traveled over 2,000 miles. We visited an amazing array of places by car, foot, kayak, gondola and boat, and made countless memories we will never, ever forget. Our newly retired best friends, who have the same type of travel trailer that we do, accompanied us, and I am pretty confident they had as wonderful of a time as we did in that midway through they were already talking about planning another long distance RV trip to do all together, possibly up into the Pacific Northwest.

Here are a few of the random things that went through my mind during our journey:
Wildfires are a constant summertime threat throughout the southwest. Our scheduled ride on the Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Tr…

Gone Traveling . . . Again!

I'll be on the road traveling through Utah and into Colorado for the rest of the month, and it'll be crickets here on the blog as a result until I return. So, instead, I invite you to follow along on our trip adventures via Instagram. Just click here to find me there at WestCoastTamara.

May 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 May was Hang In There! With our backyard remodel temporarily on hold, I worked hard to stay busy while out plans were finalized, submitted to the city for review, and bounced back, finally, with just a few small change requests. Almost to the finish line!

(And 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 Sentence A Day inspiration!)
May In A Sentence A Month

1. Struggled with a little post-menopausal depression today . . . sometimes it hits out of the blue and I have to just ride it out as best I can.

2. Headed to San Clemente to walk the five mile beach trail the moment it stopped raining this morning in order to take in as much post-storm coastal beauty as I could, and felt soooo much better for doing so,

plus did my weekly grocery shopping, wandered around TJ…

Monday Musings

Welcome to Monday Musings, where I share a bit of what's been going on in my little part of the world. And I have to tell you guys that I am so, so relieved to be putting up this post! Why, you ask? See item #1 below!

This Week's Monday Musings

1. Our balcony expansion and patio cover were approved by the city this afternoon, hip, hip hooray! Oh my goodness what a process! A full eight weeks from start to finish, involving far more players than I care to ever, ever have to coordinate again going forward - our contractor, our HOA, an architect, a structural engineer, and most challenging of all, our bureaucratic city planning department. Not to mention having no clue what any of them did or needed, instead having to simply trust. And write checks of course!

But all's well that ends well, and we are now officially on our way to having a beautiful new backyard that serves to maximize our gorgeous views and provide a wonderful new space in which to entertain. When all is said …

June Goals

We are back from our little RV'ing getaway to the wine country and coastline of Central California (click here to see my photos via Instagram), so with just about 10 days here before we head out on our next RV'ing adventure to the national parks of Utah and Western Colorado, it seems a good time to set some goals for what I would like to accomplish this month.

I can easily get distracted by unimportant 'stuff,' so this should be a good way to keep myself focused and moving forward. My hope is that as I do each month's wrap up, I'll feel a sense of accomplishment at all the items check off. At least, that's the plan!

June Goals

1. Follow up with architect to ensure minor plan changes requested by city after their first round of review are resubmitted to them by next Monday. Five days after that we should receive final approval, yeah!

2. Get our garage door opener lights repaired before our home warranty expires on June 29.

3. Begin tracking my daily food int…

Gone Traveling!

A series of trips will keep me away from blogging for a bit. However, while hubby and I are away, you can follow our adventures on Instagram. Just click here to find me there at WestCoastTamara.