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Thursday, October 31, 2019

October is history

This month both crawled and zipped by quickly depending upon the day!

It crawled when I was the one to stay home with the dog while the bathroom remodeling folks worked away. However it is done now except for ordering and installing a custom shower door as it is a non-standard size. Then the contractor will come back and install grab bars as we want them. We are in the process of doing a final cleaning, reinstalling towel bars and installing a new light. It came out nice and is a huge improvement over the 1980s version that was there.

The month zipped by when cat sitting, reading, going to lunch or coffee with friends old and new, going out with our son and DIL and then heading back over to their house to spend the night when the winds were so terrible here last night and I would have stayed awake worrying about fires.

Our evening out with our son and DIL was to attend the closing of a gallery show of a friend of theirs at an artist studio space. It involved some unusual music and drinks on the gallery patio followed by the 4 of going out to dinner and a good visit. I like the funky succulent garden wall on the patio and especially like the patterns made by the wood scraps used to build it.


During our unplanned visit we entertained ourselves by dressing the dog for Halloween! Their dog hated to have clothes put on him but ours is fine with it. She makes a cute Halloween bat with her crazy ear hair due to very dry weather adding to the effect.


We came home to piles of pine needles everywhere and a need for a big grocery shop and a nap after 2 nights of poor sleep. Otherwise all is well. I do have to come to grips with how I am going to deal with my fear of wildfires as this will be an annual concern unless we move into the city environment away from the mountains and hills. Something to think about as I get rather panicked at the thought of being stuck with a fire headed our way.

Plans for November are mostly about family time. Lunch with Hubby's aunt and cousin this Saturday, a visit with another of his aunt's and cousin's in a week or two, a trip to Berkeley for granddaughter's 3rd birthday and a good visit with that son and DIL, and then Thanksgiving by ourselves as everyone local is traveling. I think we will go out for a nice dinner the evening before! That is how we handled holidays alone when we lived in Atlanta and it was perfect.

I was hoping to make it to my club's 4 events in November, but have messed up my calendar for 2 of the meetings by forgetting and scheduling other appointments, we will be in Berkeley the date of the monthly luncheon and program, and I may not be able to attend and help with the post-Thanksgiving fundraiser if other family plans come through. Have made sure to update my calendar for December and January so I will have the times booked to attend!


10 comments:

  1. Living with a remodeling project is a challenge. Glad yours is nearing the end.

    I honestly don't know how people out your way can ever get used to the fear of fire. I suppose having go-bags always ready with everything important helps some.

    Your dog makes a cute bat. I have to fight like crazy just to get my dog to wear a coat in the winter.

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    1. Our dog is so cooperative but perhaps it is her breed that accepts costumes. Miniature poodles are the most common type of performing animals for circuses and such. My son's dog hated wearing anything but they kept trying and still have some of his costumes.

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  2. I can't believe it has been a year since you were making airplanes for her last birthday party! Three year olds are so FUN! Oh the funny things they say. Write them down! Sometimes I read old posts from my blog and am so happy to read cute things ours said or did that I had forgotten about.

    I've been wondering how you were making out with all the wind and fires. Prayers that the winds leave and take the fearful nights with them. Be safe.

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    1. Oh, good idea to note her cute sayings. It seems like each time we talk with her both her vocabulary and concepts have exploded. It is a delight to see her anticipating Halloween and her birthday. These years of wonder are short.

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  3. Our living room carpet is down finally and we are just waiting for our new furniture. Other than painting the master bedroom renovations are hopefully done for awhile.

    Chaos reigns during those reno times.

    I would panic too if I lived in a place that had a wildfire season.

    God bless.

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    1. Glad your renos are nearly done too. It is so nice to enjoy the results but a pain to get there!

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  4. I can't imagine what wild fires around you must be like. At least for a Hurricane we are warned way in plenty of time, get supplies laid in and then hunker down. Flooding as in Katrina in New Orleans can be a killer but Fires are a different kind of scary. I won't tell you not to worry but I'm wishing you the best of luck in avoiding it.

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    1. We do have good warning and evacuation systems once the fire has started. To be honest, it is the idea of burning to death that freaks me out so I want to get out early!

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  5. I would have liked that musical event. And Princess looks so cute!
    - Dar @ anexactinglife

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    1. It was certainly interesting and I like the music except that it went on forever. I was ready for a change of tempo!

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