Saturday, October 13, 2018

Shingrix vaccination shot #1 - have you had yours?

Yesterday I finally reached the top of the waiting list to get the improved shingles vaccine which is a 2 shot process. The second shot has to be between 2 and 6 months after the first.

I had the other type the week I turned 60 which was the minimum age limit then, but apparently you need both types to be protected. Now they are available if you are 50 or older.

The pharmacist did the usual warning of you may have swelling, redness or soreness at the site of the injection. Then she said or you may have flu like symptoms but do NOT call me if you feel like you are getting the flu as it is JUST THE SHOT so you can manage with Tylenol! I can only imagine how many phone calls she must have fielded as she is usually so mild mannered lol.

Anyway, soreness and mild flu like symptoms for one night. No flu like symptoms this morning. Still some injection site soreness but the shoulder pain from yoga yesterday is fighting for primary attention so all is good.

Have you had your shingles vaccinations? If you are 50 or older please consider it.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

$1 Fix vs $100

Oddly the top of my car key split (the plastic part) so I headed to Home Depot to get a new key made. Turned out they can't do it as it is a "smart" key and I would need to go to the dealer to do it.

Ok, call the dealer and they have that key in stock. Drive over there to find out that getting a new key would make the key on my Hubby's key ring not work. I would have to come back with both keys and by the way the whole thing is $100.

The service rep then said most people just super glue the key top back together. Brilliant.

I decided that taking the key on and off my current key ring had contributed to the problem and I needed the kind that opens up. Back to Home Depot to purchase a $0.97 key ring (package of 2).

Put my keys on the new key ring and there is no way the broken one will fall off even if I don't glue it. Decide to use it a while to make sure and then return the $4.97 glue if all is well.

Like the $99 savings!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Flu Vaccinations - Have you had yours?

I had mine early in September and never miss it. This post over at Retirementally Challenged supports my decision!

Flu Vaccinations

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

September wrap up

September was all about family and being active!

I've joined up with Leslie and other bloggers to keep track of the month with a sentence (or more) a day. There's a link up below if you'd like to see what others have done or join in.

1 - 4
My 69th birthday was on September 1st and I spend that day and the rest of Labor Day weekend with my younger son, DIL and granddaughter at their new house in Berkeley. There was a made to order birthday dinner (chili and strawberry shortcake - much more delicious than it might sound) and a little voice singing Happy Birthday Nanna. Also a visit to a little farm and a little train ride, a trip into San Francisco involving buses and BART followed by a walk along the waterfront and many viewings of "BOATS! WATER!" with much excitement by an almost 2 year old. A visit to the Exploratorium too. Helping with unpacking, weeding,  and general getting the house set up. Reading toddler books, building with legos and making playdough creatures. Wonderful. Then a drive home with another stop at our favorite Pismo Beach cafe (this time for BLAT sandwiches and a large side salad).
A train ride in the park
5 & 6Catch up day of bill paying, laundry, groceries, dog grooming appointment, flu shot, a chat with a neighbor, and there may have been some Chardonnay involved. The next day I pruned the bushes that are our responsibility, returned a plant to Home Depot, took a walk and browsed the internet!

Had a lovely time at my Women's Club book discussion group but Hubby is sick so unfortunately he had to reschedule his lunch with an old friend and I was tired so I picked up some ready made food.

Getting the stuff of life done: washed sheets and towels, mended, filed paperwork, ran errands for Women's Club and Pet Club, emailed my brother details about wedding weekend and visit after, cancelled Monday's massage as am feeling like I am getting sick after DH's 4 day illness (yuck and sigh - I really wanted that massage).

But then DH cooked dinner, I took more Tylenol and felt well enough to watch The Notorious RBG - wow!

Sold raffle tickets for a Pet Club fundraiser this morning wearing an outfit that received compliments of "adorable" and "hip" (neither of which I have ever been called since memory began LOL)
Tennies since I had to walk home. The dog is saying those shoes are for dog walking!!!
Haircut, more stuff for Pet Club, library, cooked dinner, took a family dog walk afterwards.

My women's club started meeting again after summer break so had a chance to get to know more of these lovely women better, eat a delicious lunch and here a live performance of some excerpts from Puccini operas plus all of us September birthday girls got balloons.

What a great Pet Club event - a potluck lunch followed by an exotic animal show put on by students in the Moorpark College animal trainer program AND we raised $532 from our raffle!

15 - 17
Errands plus casual dinner out Saturday night. Found out Home Depot can't copy my car key so I will have to go to the dealership, picked up a pair of olive jeans and a top at Macy's, grocery shopped and did some laundry. The dog saw a rabbit sitting still while we were on a walk and didn't know what to make of it until it moved and then she decided it was something to chase lol.

Follow up visit to dermatologist and cancerous spot on my nose had another round of freezing and so did another spot.

19 -20
Drove over to my son and DIL-to-be's home to have lunch with them and her parents and younger brother who just arrived for this weekend's wedding. Prepared for dog sitter to stay the weekend.

21 - 23
Wedding weekend! Pub crawl, final venue set up, "I Do BBQ" wedding event, brunch at Santa Anita race track followed by a stables tour and wedding venue clear out. Came home to a coping pretty well dog.

24 - 25
Caught up on household chores and prepared for my brother and sister-in-law to arrive.

Took them to the Reagan Library & Museum which is quite interesting no matter what your politics are.

Coastal day: Maritime Museum which has lots of ship models and paintings, beach boardwalk and Ventura pier, tacos on the pier and later dinner outside at a wine and beer bistro here in Camarillo.

Korean turtle ship with spikes to keep Japanese warriors from boarding
A ship designed by a king of Sweden that was so top heavy that it sank upon launching
Murphy Auto Museum and Heritage Square in Oxnard followed by a great lunch on a patio at a new to us Italian restaurant in Oxnard's Heritage Square.

29 - 30
Catch up on chores and errands.

Monday, October 1, 2018

National Pumpkin Month

I kind of thought that October was National Pumpkin Month but who knew if was also National Cookie Month, National Pickled Peppers Month and many more!

October 1st is National Pumpkin Spice Day so I celebrated by getting a grande Starbuck's pumpkin spice latte to get me through a Pet Club board meeting.

It was good and I chaired the meeting so it went quickly.

If you want more info about monthly and daily food holidays check out Foodimentary

11 Goals for 11 Months

Focus! It has been hard to do that since our big move project was over with but I am going to try again. Just in time to turn 70 on 9/1/19. That gives me 11 months so there are 11 goals!

Additional ideas are very welcome.


Get off my butt - or at least off the computer!
1. Develop a yoga practice of 3 days a week. I like the yoga studio nearby.

2. Build up to swimming laps and/or going to gym 3 days a week. This will utilize my HOA facilities.

More experiences!
3. Become more involved in my women's club including at next level (regional). I can do this by raising my hand more often.

4. Plan and take a vacation before I turn 70. Perhaps Santa Fe and Taos in the spring?

5. Find and book regular live theater or other performance outings

Love and be loved!
6. Family time! Spend as much time as possible doing things with Hubby that we both enjoy. Ditto to spending as much time as possible with our sons, DILs and granddaughter. Throw in a dash of time with FIL, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

7. Friend time!

Surprise myself!
8. Try new things with hopes of developing new interests and learning.

Get more done!
9. Create plan for redoing guest bath and complete

10. Fill out my wardrobe for each season with emphasis on cool weather items, shoes and coats. Have fun doing it. Make a plan!

11. Check off more small tasks:
      - Find a way to make car seats comfortable for long drives
      - Find a new internist & have preventive exams
      - Carpet cleaned
      - Give paints to cousin who is painting again (I seem to have stopped)
      - Develop a list of healthy lunches that keep me from eating before dinner.
      - Replace bed pillows and other linens as needed
      - Develop a weekly routine with one errand day, exercise, etc.
      - Make a monthly chart of medical appts, car servicing, irregular bills, travel, etc.
      - Etc.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

What a lot of fun! Wedding week.

 First up was the much awaited wedding of my older son and his sweetie after almost 21 years together. A pub crawl Friday night, final wedding venue set up Saturday morning, wedding Saturday afternoon/evening, brunch at Santa Anita race track followed by a stables tour on Sunday morning, final venue tear down Sunday afternoon and then home for us!

Then we scurried around getting ready for my brother and sister-in-law to visit. Besides going to the Reagan Library and the Ventura beach and pier, we took them to the Maritime Museum, Murphy Auto Museum and an Italian restaurant all in Oxnard. Camarillo got represented in a tour of our lovely library (SIL is a retired librarian) and dinner at a wine and beer bistro. It was a nice mix for us of places we had been and liked and new experiences. I hadn't seen them since my Mom died 4 years ago and now we live on opposite coasts so it is even harder. Nice to have a long visit.

A much quieter week is on the horizon which is great. Volunteer meetings, book discussion group, yoga, swimming and regular life.