Friday, August 16, 2019

Friday Miscellany - The First of my (Pre) 70th Birthday Adventures & Socializing More

I'm not sure this is a good habit - but each morning I have been checking to see if there has been an earthquake registered where I live! (Camarillo recent earthquakes). If you have never lived in an earthquake frequent area you may not know that the smaller ones aren't felt typically unless you live right where it is happening - basically right on top of it. That 7.1 in Ridgecrest earlier this year we definitely felt though! To put it all in context, Ridgecrest has had over 10,000 earthquakes this year.

Starting my Birthday adventures in advance

My birthday isn't until September 1st, but I decided I wanted to celebrate before, during and after LOL. So turning 70 is going to be celebrated by 7 adventures in our extended neighborhood!

First one was a trip to the Santa Paula art museum about 30 minutes away. It is housed in an old building that was the offices for a lemon ranch/sales operation. The docent at the art museum really chatted us up and tried to recruit us to be docents too! We followed an enjoyable time looking at art by current California artists with lunch at an Irish restaurant and pub in the same old town area. They have kept the old buildings probably dating from 1890-1900. No empty stores that we could see. We will be going back to see the Oil Museum and the county Ag Museum. We've already been to the Aviation Museum at the old airfield.

Then we drove home on a canyon road that took us through the mountains nearby. Back to the earthquake thoughts again as that is why we have mountains here!

Socializing and fun activities:

We took Hubby's 91 year old aunt out for lunch and had a wide ranging, interesting discussion. She is amazing and my older DIL and I both have said that we want to be like her when we "grow up"! She got a chuckle out of that when I told her and thought it was a great compliment. I continue to be amazed at the resilience of our over 90 family members.

Determined to put down deeper roots in our community, we invited the couple across the street over for drinks and hearty hor d'oeuvres which led to trying some new things to make for entertaining. It went well and everything we made was gobbled so now we have a potential menu for future gatherings. Since there were just the 4 of us it turned into dinner. Menu: bruschetta, sausage, melon & grapes, cheese, roasted asparagus, nuts & biscotti plus wine or pear martinis.

I went to my club's holiday crafting morning to help make items to sell at some upcoming events as part of our fundraising efforts. Had a lot of fun chatting with the other women who showed up.

The same day I helped run the Pet Club Health Fair which is always popular as the animal shelter gives free shots, microchips and licenses. Only 2 more Pet Club events and then at the end of the year my term as Treasurer is over and I'm glad!

Last but not least I am still checking off the To Do list:

- Signed up for one OLLI class for fall. I'm taking "What Should I Eat?" which looks at the evidence for different dietary choices.
- Ordered checks which will mean we finally have our current address on them LOL. Not many used these days with online payments.
- Scheduled an appointment to drop off old unusable paint although it is a month from now its on the calendar.
- Found a new dog groomer and scheduled an appointment - hope it goes well.


  1. What fun activities...well, except for the earthquake checks. That could be scary to be reminded of those happening. Every area of the country has something Mother Nature likes to serve up from time to time.

    You have a nice balance of fun and productivity in your life, I think.

    1. I'm working on getting more of a balance - thanks.

  2. I think it is a grand idea to celebrate your upcoming birthday a little before the actual day and a little after! Sounds like you are off to a great start. My mom is 92 and amazes me with every phone conversation. She keeps up with the stock market, politics, and all the goings-on in the family. Some days, I can't remember my name!
    The date to the art museum and Irish pub sound delightful. We had a good date last night with a little beer and live music. Nice to do something different.

    1. It is nice to do different things and important to me more so than Hubby. Have a great trip.


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