Thursday, September 21, 2017

Summer bucket list - Final report

I'm joining in with the summer bucket list challenge wrap up! Please share your summer plans - I love getting ideas from others. Check out all the interesting blogs that have linked up by scrolling to the bottom of this post.


What is working out well is spending time with family, completing many house repairs and getting furnishings, and a moderate level of exercise. As is usual for me I set too many goals but I think what I do get done tells me what I am really interested in spending my time on!

Family & Friends - Lots of success here! I've seen more of my immediate and extended family this summer than in years. Lots of fun, some opportunities to be of assistance and just building stronger connections after 20 years of geographic distance.

A+ See and play with my baby granddaughter for the weekend at least twice - so much fun!
A+ See my local son, DIL & FIL at least 3 times each plus make the aunt, uncle, cousin rounds - Yes!
B Schedule visits with 2 long term local friends/couples - we got together with one couple
C Invite new neighbors/acquaintances out or over 
F Plan and hold a "next generation cousins" get together for my sons' generation of family.

Exercise - I am exercising more than I was except I do miss Pilates and have to decide if I am going to find an instructor again

A+ Take the dog for a long walk each day to help her relax in her new surroundings - since we have no yard this is happening and she is doing much better
C Go to the community based yoga class or use stretch DVD at home at least twice a week when I am in town 
F Use the pool in my community each week! Swim, do water aerobics or just float around. - Don't know why I haven't done this.
F Take a hike on a trail nearby. 

Food - Clearly too ambitious with this set of goals!

A Eat at the beach! - Does the harbor count? Last day of the challenge but we went out to eat there.
B Try three new to us restaurants in our new hometown - had dinner at two
B Go to the local Farmer's Market - we have been a few times 
D Try 3 recipes in my new cookbook, "America's Test Kitchen: The Best Mexican Recipes" - just one and it was delicious
D 3 new summer main dish salads - just one
D Eat on our patio - We did sit out and enjoy a glass of wine 
F Test and decide on 3 large group dishes/menus for future entertaining.
F Try a new cocktail to make at home

Fun & Exploration - I'd count this area as a success

A+ Celebrate my 68th birthday! Been a few trips around the sun since this one. - fun weekend with family.
A+ Go to the nearest art museum and one or more galleries - I am really enjoying the local artist collective gallery
A+ See summer blockbuster movie - Wonderwoman!
A+ Get massages (a change from Get a pedicure and fun nail polish)  - great masseuse 
Go to a local event, fun store or attraction each month - Two so far; music and food trucks and then magic and cocktails
D Read at least one five books from Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide - found I didn't enjoy her selections so just read one.

Settling In - Progress but not finished yet

Figure out how to have music playing in house - still need to buy a stereo cabinet and get set up
B Regularly attend one social and/or service group - I signed up for a senior university (OLLI) class that I am really enjoying and also have been attending a yoga class about every other week. 
Finish furnishing and decorating our new home. We need den furniture and shelves for displaying decorative items and/or photos - all that is left is to finish hanging pictures and buy a stereo cabinet and display shelves perhaps.
Finish repairs on home inspection punch list - we are close on this
C Finish creating earthquake/emergency supply stockpile - lots of water and canned goods plus additional first aid supplies so far
F Create a succulent patio garden - NOT enough sun to do this 
F Volunteer for a role in at least one group.



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fall Fabulous Fun and Fundamentals Bucket List

Wow, Fall is here and its hard to tell by the weather where I live but the annual appearance of pumpkin flavored items and kids going back to school says it is so.

I am limiting my list to 10 this time in hopes of actually getting things done.

Fun
- Have at least 3 date nights that aren't just going out for food LOL
- Spend our granddaughter's 1st birthday and Hubby's 65th with family in N. Cal (and yes, we are all bringing the dogs)
- Have coffee or lunch with 3 potential new friends
- Give myself a budget and go shopping for some new Fall clothes but everything I buy has to be at least an 8.  I'm thinking a cozy cardigan, something light like this. Don't know why I could only save the back view LOL.



A pair of booties with a flat sole.

And a sweatsuit alternative dress.
- Plan a vacation that will add some variety to our experiences and where we can take the dog along since we know she travels so well.

Fundamentals
- Figure out a weekly schedule of interesting activities, health promoting exercise and homemaking and stick to it (unless something more fun beckons)
- Finish the repairs and upgrades to our new to us home
- Make plans for the big 3 holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's
- Make the rounds of elderly relatives and cousins in person, by phone or writing
- Get our home and car earthquake/emergency kits fully stocked

What is on your list?

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I'm weary!

I'm blaming the marathon of moving being over and the letdown that accompanies the end of sustained effort. Or it could be that I'm trying to increase my exercise level but haven't decreased the caffeine intake. Maybe it is that glass of wine each night or the lack of full, interesting days. Perhaps the lingering effect of the recent flu shot

Don't know but I'm just plain tired right now. We went out to eat last night at a no effort restaurant and I lounged on the couch another night while Hubby made dinner. I'm doing one major household chore a day rather than a day of chores. Took a nap one day. Hopefully this will pass soon.

My usual response is to up my activity level and try to power through it unless I can see that I am actually ill in which case I take to the couch or bed if possible. This time I am considering whether or not to do optional things and only doing them if they are energizing me.

So I'm making progress on my September goal list but cutting back on it too. Phone calls instead of travel for example. 

Family and Friends Related

Meet up with cousins during their vacation
·        Go to visit granddaughter using credit with Southwest plus some more
Have lunch with elderly aunt and uncle – we had a long phone call instead
·        Arrange to get together with another cousin and an old friend
Write aunt and a cousin
Call friend in former location to hear about her vacation in Italy

Personal
Pick out a pattern to make a small cross body purse
       ·        and get fabric
So far so good - Keep promise to myself by stretching and exercising daily starting 9/9
·        Add one more weekly activity to my yoga class and OLLI class (sewing group, genealogy, music & motion?)
Get flu shot

Cross Country Move Related
Came by to see what needs to be done & hope to get bit and appointment soon - Schedule handyman service for:
-        Recirculating pump installed and outlet under sink removed
-        Holes in attic firewall between garage and living area repaired
-        Back door threshold repair
Shutters for family room window ordered
·        Update wills, power of attorney, health care power of attorney, living trust
·        Identify items needed for earthquake/emergency supplies & bug out kits for home & car; start purchasing
Purchased additional first aid items; started a backpack for car with shoes, flashlight, survival blanket, some first aid supplies, bottles of water

Retirement Related
Hubby sign up for Medicare Parts A & B

Others Added
Welcome to Medicare appointment
DDS appointment and insurance

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Checking out the local thrift and consignment stores

This afternoon I declared myself some time putter and made the rounds of the local thrift and consignment stores that I am aware of.

2 things in mind for shopping: 12 month short sleeve tops for the grand baby and ornate picture frames in various sizes for my DIL to use the the upcoming 1 year birthday party.

I was also open to finding anything on my own clothing needs and wants list.

Well that was a total fail! I did buy two glass serving bowls and two large coffee mugs as those are items I am seeing we will use when having company. $8.36 later I replaced some things I hadn't moved because I knew how many were at Goodwill LOL.

I did have fun toting around my birthday gift made by my other DIL - a shopping/beach bag that is so cute with pompoms and a cheery fabric. You can tell by the smile that I love it. Now to find something to put in it next time.




August in (Not Quite) a Sentence a Day

Whew, summer went by quickly and now I am 68! So next month I'll be reporting from that new vantage point LOL.

Be sure to go to the bottom of this page to check out all the wonderful bloggers linked in to this Sentence a Day monthly post.

My Best Days in August:

1st: I signed up for an OLLI course starting September 1st and called "After Impressionism" which will be held locally at Studio Channel Islands, an artist collective and gallery and which will give me a chance to meet more people.

4th: I had my second wonderfully therapeutic massage today and scheduled the handyman service to complete their work.

5th: Happy 65th to a dear cousin and a fun party thrown by his daughters and sister.

6th: Same cousin and his daughters over for brunch and had a lovely visit.

7th: Went to the jewelry group's weekly meeting and the people were so friendly and welcoming that I will be going back to learn to make wire wrapped jewelry.

8th: Once again I'm binge reading a murder mystery series and loving it. 

11th: Continuing my "research" of clothing stores in my new hometown and nearby.

12th: Fun lunch seated on the restaurant patio on a hot summer day with old friends who we hadn't seen for 3 years but will be able to see often now that we are back in California.
14th: One of the pleasures of retirement is napping with your dog in the afternoon when you had a lousy nights sleep.

15th: We were so excited to have the installation of a bath vent fan, opening up of a dry walled over window, and repair of many little things to start this morning and then they called to reschedule it all for a week from now and I still missed yoga (sigh). 

17th: Decided to hold off on one home repair that is not essential which saves $425 that can go toward a whole house water treatment system which is essential.

19th: It really is the small things sometimes especially with new to you homes so we finally hung the broom hanger in the garage and then went to see a movie!

 20th:  A few pictures hung in the guest room in preparation for family visits the next 2 weekends!
21st: Bought groceries and then was too tired to fix dinner so Hubby made us beautiful looking and healthy salads.

22nd: We have another window now that the drywall installed by previous owners has been removed.
25th: Had a lot of laughs at the Magic and Cocktails show at a nearby gallery with the great company of our older son and DIL.
26th: Ended up our son and DIL's visit with a trip to the Camarillo Farmer's Market where on impulse we bought giant tamales from a food truck and took them home for lunch - delicious!
29th: Made it to yoga class!
30th: Hubby left on his last business trip before retirement at the end of September.
31st: Getting ready for baby granddaughter to visit as she is now crawling and standing so things put away in preparation.  





Tuesday, September 5, 2017

September Goals and Fabulous Family Time

Wow, that was fun! We had both sons, DILs, their dogs and our baby granddaughter at our house for Labor Day (aka my birthday weekend) and it was so much fun!

Here is the precious one.


They are all back  home and ready to work again now and we and our dog are catching up on our sleep.

Today I have been thinking about what I want to accomplish in September and trying to focus on the most important things. My list of goals - dreams perhaps?

I am so excited that one of my East coast cousins and her husband are in California on vacation and it looks like we can meet up.



SEPTEMBER GOALS

Family and Friends Related
·        Meet up with cousins during their vacation
·        Go to visit granddaughter using credit with Southwest plus some more
·        Have lunch with elderly aunt and uncle
·        Arrange to get together with another cousin and an old friend
·        Write aunt and a cousin
·        Call friend in former location to hear about her vacation in Italy

Personal:
·        Pick out a pattern to make a small cross body purse and get fabric
·        Keep promise to myself by stretching and exercising daily
·        Add one more weekly activity to my yoga class and OLLI class
·        Get flu shot

Cross Country Move Related:
·        Schedule handyman service for:
-        Recirculating pump installed and outlet under sink removed
-        Holes in attic firewall between garage and living area repaired
-        Back door threshold repair
·        Shutters for family room window ordered
·        Update wills, power of attorney, health care power of attorney, living trust
·        Identify items needed for earthquake/emergency supplies & bug out kits for home & car; start purchasing

Retirement Related:
·        Hubby sign up for Medicare Parts A & B


Friday, September 1, 2017

68 trips around the sun

The start of a new year in my life. Grateful I made it this far. Excited that both sons, DILs and grandbaby (plus 2 granddogs) are going to spend the weekend.

It was a quiet actual birthday as its just me and the dog at home. DH is on his last business trip and arriving home tomorrow evening before the kids arrive.

I started an OLLI class this morning, Post Impressionism, that is being held at a local artist collective gallery. Huge turnout of 74 enrollees which surprised me but gives lots of opportunities to meet people. I went shopping yesterday at a newly opened consignment store in town and found some birthday presents for myself: a cardigan, necklace and scarf plus a couple of toys for the grandbaby to have at our house. I wore the cardigan and necklace this morning and felt great.


Then I rushed home to await delivery of our den furniture which was ordered 8 weeks ago. Nice birthday present LOL. Now we have a furnished den off of the living room. I didn't even cut off the tags before I took pictures. We'll get pictures hung after the family is here.


Got to one grocery store to stock up and will do the other in the morning as well as finish babyproofing and cleaning. Can't wait to have "my dream come true" by having all of my immediate family together. Makes all the effort of moving across the country worthwhile.

Hope you have a lovely long weekend.