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Sunday, December 10, 2017

What a nice way to start the day


This joyous picture of my granddaughter was in my Facebook feed this morning. I want to capture this feeling for myself today!

Friday, December 8, 2017

5 for Friday: Edition 4 - Where there is smoke there is fire

There is certainly a lot of smoke and fire in our area right now. I'm sure you are hearing about all of the horrible wildfires in the Los Angeles area. Ours is the Ventura one (Thomas fire) but it is not endangering our community.

My heart goes out to everyone with losses and to the animals suffering now and later as their habitat is destroyed. My heartfelt thanks to all the firefighters and volunteers helping the evacuated humans and animals. May the winds end soon so the fires can be put out.

1. We have seen flames at the top of a mountain ridge one night while driving home from dinner out (3rd Thai restaurant was a winner!). We also have smelled smoke and greeted people who are sheltering with neighbors while evacuated from their homes in the fire area.

2. Yesterday was the first day I was really concerned for our home and health but fortunately it turned out to not be a problem. I was finally taking a walk as the winds had died down so the air quality was better and I really needed some exercise. A bit into my walk I saw a smoke plume rising nearer to us than before. By the time I got home from my short one mile walk there was a huge black smoke cloud.

We finally learned where this flare up was and were able to pull back on our personal concern. I did sleep with the cell phone by bed though so if an alert came through I would hear it. Instead email updating woke me up at 3:30am LOL.

3. My emergency preparedness now that we are back in California had been focusing on earthquake readiness. Now we are talking about potential fire evacuation routes and what we would try to take if we had to leave very quickly vs having time to pack.

We are so fortunate that we have places to stay with family if we even need a break from smokey air or just from concern. Not everyone is being as fortunate as these fires have devastated over 100,000 acres so far and displaced hundreds of thousands of  people.

4. 2018 will be our first year on Federal retiree benefits and Medicare. We took the time to research our Federal health insurance options as it will be secondary to Medicare. We changed to a different health plan with lower costs but our same doctors. Since the combined insurance and Medicare will eliminate copays and annual deductibles, it looks like we will be able to keep total health care costs about the same for another year even with adding dental insurance. That is a huge accomplishment I think. Even better? Hubby took care of the registration/insurance change while I was out.

5. On a more cheerful note, I sold tickets for the Pet Club holiday dinner and bought tickets for a holiday brass band concert.

How was your week?

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

November in a sentence a day - 1st & 65th Birthdays, an Engagement, Thanksgiving ... What's not to love?

Once again joining in with a lovely group of bloggers to journal my days a month at a time. Check out their posts below. Are you ready for December?
One year old already!

1. With my commitment to trying to continue to live as a one car family and to trying new things, I took the free city bus to the library which was a bit time consuming but fine.

2. Another exploration of our new area that included going to the Channel Islands Maritime Museum by the Oxnard marina.

3. Clothes shopping is so time consuming what with all the driving or online searching followed by trying on and finding little to suit you as well as fill wardrobe holes.

4. Looks like I will get my wish of hosting a small family Thanksgiving for 7 or 8 people rather than the massive one for 25 - 30 that was initially envisioned by my Hubby.

5. We walked to the rec center to check out the holiday craft sale and bought nothing, I went to the library and as usual drank too much coffee and ate too many sweets.

6. Received all the documentation needed to act as Pet Club treasurer and will have to plow through it to bring records up to date.

7. Yoga class for 1 1/2 hours left me pretty tired but I did the laundry and read before falling asleep quite early.

8. I'm really liking how my Social Security payment shows up in my bank account each month without my having to go to work to earn it LOL.

9. The shutters we ordered back on Sept. 11th that were supposed to be here in 60 days or less are now scheduled to arrive on 11/30 but that is often the way of home repairs.

10. Checked out the TJMaxx in an adjacent town and will go back to shop there.

11. Beautiful day for a walk so took one to CVS to buy cards for birthdays and engagement celebrations.

12. An overcast day perfect for house cleaning which was rewarded by us picking up Chinese food to take to my FIL at his assisted living facility.

13. This month's muffin making session produced zucchini walnut muffins as part of my effort to use up the too many veggies in the frig before we go out of town.

14. I am finding clothes shopping difficult as I ordered ankle boots, 2 sweaters, 2 long sleeve tops (both in 2 sizes), and a cardigan but ended up only keeping one long sleeve top that aren't quite the right colors and returned the others today.

15. Laundry, car washed, suitcases packed and more so we are ready to head north early in the morning to see that granddaughter!

16. We had good weather most of the way on our drive to Berkeley from Camarillo and were welcomed with big smiles by our baby granddaughter and her parents too before settling in for dinner and overnight there.

17. We pitched in and did a lot of house and yard work to help prepare for the big first birthday party tomorrow, the baby's parents went to work at the symphony including the evening's concert, we went on baby duty including picking her up at day care and then our other son and his sweetie came over to fix us all dinner and help babysit until her other grandma showed up to take over.

18. After a night at an apartment in a Victorian house AirB&B we went back to help finish up setting up the birthday part which was lots of fun and followed by dinner out on us to celebrate the older son and his sweetie's engagement.
Nana loves her granddaughter
Happy Papa & granddaughter
19. This morning was a 65th birthday celebration brunch for Hubby complete with donuts instead of cake and then we all did some clean up and played with the baby before crashing again at her house.
65th birthday donut cake with all his favorites
20. After seeing our granddaughter on her actual first birthday we had another day of driving back to Camarillo so we can start preparing for a family Thanksgiving here.

21. Hubby's actual birthday!

22. Made the cranberry sauce and took the dog to the vet for routine care on a very hot day.

23. Spent the morning and part of the afternoon preparing for Thanksgiving dinner which was a lovely time with 8 of us seated at one table. 
Starting off Thanksgiving with snacks.
24. I crashed and took a 2 1/2 hour afternoon nap.

25. With Christmas wish lists on Amazon and free shipping so much that shopping for the Berkeley family presents was finished in less than an hour.

26. I did laundry, returned some online order items, bought a pretty top, as the new Treasurer I spent some time trying to figure out the balance sheet entries for Pet Club, and then we went out for Indian food as an antidote to too much turkey.

27. Spent the morning working a table to sell tickets to the Pet Club holiday dinner and then part of the afternoon trying to reconcile the books and get on the signature card at the bank.

28. Shopping for baby girl clothes is so much fun and they are sooooo cute!

29. We spent the afternoon helping Hubby's cousin and aunt pack up their kitchen in prep for a move and then took ourselves out for  pizza and beer at our local brewery.

30. Ending the month with a dose of self care by having a massage.


Friday, December 1, 2017

5 for Friday - Edition 3

It's December already - wow! The year is fast coming to a close and we are busier than usual.

1. We have volunteered to help my husband's 89 year old aunt and her daughter pack for their upcoming move. At least we have expertise in this LOL.

2. My DIL has asked me to help her with a work related project and I'm feeling pretty honored.

3. I went shopping for clothes for my 1 year old granddaughter and wanted to buy everything because it was all so cute! I limited myself to 4 outfits and 2 pairs of pajamas in the size she is transitioning into. It was fun.

4. I treated myself to a one hour massage to try to get my body back in alignment after travel, Thanksgiving and packing. Went ahead an booked another 2 weeks out because of more packing ahead.

5. I am so thankful that this move has worked out as we had hoped.

What about your week?

Monday, November 27, 2017

Where do you like to stay current?





Yesterday I bought a new sweater. No big deal. People do this all the time.

However, as I was shopping I noticed I passed by the classic styles and colors in search of something that had a touch of being on trend without being trendy. For me that meant a current color plus a bit of an oversized look which in fact may not be best for my body shape but helps make me feel current.

So fashion is one area to consider but where else do you try to stay current?

I do follow the news enough to know the main stories. However, both my sons deliberately ignore it.

I keep track of our financial situation monthly.

I'm not an early adopter but I keep our software and passwords up to date and like to know where technology is headed.

I like to know the weather predictions.

I use Facebook, texts, email and phone calls to stay current with friends and family.

To a lesser extent I keep current on medical advances and nutritional guidelines.

That is all I can think of right now but I am curious where you spend time staying current?


Friday, November 24, 2017

5 for Friday - Edition 2






Since we were visiting family last Friday this is a 2 for 1 edition.

1. It is so great being near to our nuclear family. First birthday, engagement and 65th birthday celebrations plus Thanksgiving during these 2 weeks.

2. Having a guest room means our sons and their families stay over when they visit which is the best.

3. Our recent time in Berkeley proved that the dog's eye problems are an allergic reaction to something in our new location of Camarillo just as the vet said. No problems while in Berkeley but immediately upon returning home they started again. I will have to routinely put medication in her eyes I guess.

4. I am ready to get back into more exercising and less eating starting with yoga tomorrow.

5. Buying a cooked turkey and ready made gravy was so worth it and will be repeated next year!

Boycotting Black Friday


We are going to have a leisurely breakfast and then enjoy the day without going out shopping. I have to admit I might load up some Christmas presents online though!

Hope you enjoy your day too.