2014 in review and plans for 2015!

Wow – can you believe that the first month of 2015 is almost half over?  I’ve neglected this blog for far too long, often being tempted to forego posting totally in favor of FB.  But, while I enjoy FB it certainly isn’t the same as putting pen (fingers to the keyboard) to paper (monitor) and seeing what transpires.

If I could sum up 2014 in one word it would have to be “TRAVEL” – and yes, all in caps.

  • I was able to go to California 3 times to see my daughter and her family.
  • I saw my daughter in San Antonio about 8 times.
  • I went to Georgia and saw my eldest daughter & family.
  • I went to Hilton Head, SC with my eldest and her family.
  • I took my Mom to see the Dalai Lama in Atlanta where I met up with my eldest daughter & her hubby.
  • Another trip to GA and my daughter and I went to see OneRepublic.
  • I went to Indonesia via Hong Kong.

Now, no matter how you look at it, that is a LOT of travel!  2015 won’t hold as much travel, but in October my California daughter & family will meet me in Kauai for nearly 2 weeks of fun in the sun!  We’ve rented a house on the northern shore, just steps from the ocean.  I cannot wait.

My folks had a lot of health issues in 2014, which reminded me that the decision I made to move here was the correct one!  2015 and they are both doing well.

Christmas saw my eldest and youngest visit.  It was nice, really nice.  We did miss the middle daughter greatly tho.

My fibermyalgia worsened and then I was finally able to get some relief with new meds.  And joy-oh-joy — I have osteoathritus in my hips and thumb joints.  What is all of this teaching me?  I have to MOVE more!!  Tonight my Mom and I start water aerobics.

Speaking of exercise – 2015 will be the year.  My lazy bum is back on the treadmill (mainly thanks to iFit which is having a Jan challenge of walking (or running) a mile a day each day in Jan with pre-programed routes).  While I am missing some days, I do enjoy the days I do the walks.  Yoga has entered my life again (more than just thinking about it, LOL) and on Wed my oldest daughter and I do a practice together thanks to Skype.  Next month I want to add weights back into my routine as well.

I stopped the soap business (although I still make soap for myself) and started making quilts again.  I even purchased a long-arm!  My middle daughter in So Cal and I will be doing FaceTime sewing dates.  I’ve also become a volunteer seamstress for NICU Helping Hands, a non-profit out of Dallas.  We take donated wedding gowns and turn them into burial gowns for premie babies that don’t survive.  It is certainly a bitter-sweet task but one where I hope the garments I make can, to some small degree, help a grieving family.

I picked up a second consulting job.  Between the two I’m pretty busy!

2014 saw us have to put our Siamese cat to sleep.  She was 18 and went into total kidney failure.  That was hard.  My youngest daughter and her boyfriend came home to be with her (and me) at the last.  Then then thoughtfully invited me into their home so I wouldn’t have to be alone that first week.  What a comfort they were during that time.  2015 will see a new Siamese kitten entering our lives.  Hopefully in April.

In mid-March I’ll be heading out to So Cal to visit my daughter & family there and watch the grandkids while their Mom goes to a conference for Breast Feeding.  Hopefully I’ll be able to pick up the new kitten (breeder is in San Diego) and bring her back with me when I return home.

So, that’s 2014 summed up and 2015 planned out.

I am so grateful that I have such a life and that my family and friends are with me always!

Home again!

I am home again – it’s been about 6 weeks of traveling and tons of fun!  I spent time with two of my daughters, caught up with dear friends and even went to visit my sister.  I clocked up an amazing 5,290 miles on my car’s odometer.

While I was gone my sister and brother-in-law painted my living room, dining room and office.  After months of trying out what color(s) to paint in those rooms I finally settled on “Enchantment” by Valspar.  It is a light, creamy yellow — almost like thick cream.  The two huge oaks in front keep those rooms rather dark I wanted a color that would brighten things up.  And it does that!  It is lovely.  All I have to do now is to paint the trim (which will be a bright white), move the furniture back and enjoy the “new” rooms. Thank you Sis!!

I have decided to do my gardening this year in raised beds.  My Dad and I went yesterday and bought the lumber and earth for the first bed.  It is going to be 10′ x 4′ and 8″ tall.  (Not so raised, but it’ll do for this year).  Can’t wait to put them together and get the first of the seeds in.

But I got to confess, after all that fun and traveling I am SO tired!  It is almost 7pm and I’m all tucked into my bed, soon to be in dreamland.

Sweet dreams, friends!

I feel temporary

Well last week I was working down by the Ocean again. It was gorgeous. Arrived on Sunday and looked up for rent places on the ‘net. Drove around and identified several worth calling about. Was driving back to my motel and noticed some strange dust on the road. But then I remembered that I wasn’t in the desert so it probably wasn’t dust. Decided it must be smoke – but couldn’t find any sign of a fire. Then (head smack) I remembered where I was and those soft little clouds on the road were FOG! Yep, fog. Haven’t seen that in years. Drove out to the Ocean and sure enough – it was just rolling in! Take a look at the photo here. I was the only one around and I felt isolated, yet safe and happy.

The week was incredibly busy. Time after time I found a spare minute to call the number for one of the places I’d looked at from the outside. Time and again I was told that either the place was off the rental market because it was being sold or that they didn’t take pets. I was feeling down and worried when I did find some place. It’s steps from the water and while I can’t see it from the ground floor apartment (dunes are in the way) I could hear the ocean. I am excited. After some negotiating and back and forth I finally signed the lease and sent it in on Friday. Hopefully the landlord/landlady will sign it this week. Based on that, I’ve made tentative arrangements for the rental truck and my daughter and son-in-law are making plans to come help me. Looks like moving day will be 30 June and 1 July.

And today I find myself wandering around my house. Not wanting to start any new projects, yet too soon to do much packing. (I did pack up the spice cabinet yesterday and then naturally I decided to cook today. Bland, but oh well.) I don’t have that much stuff here, but oh so much more than when I came 2 years ago. Funny about that.

And this week promises to be busy here at work. In the evenings I’ll be going through and donating stuff. No sense to take too much with me. The end of the week my moving boxes and packing paper are due to arrive so I’ll be able to get busy for sure.

Although I’ve moved all my life, the last few weeks at the current home are always a bit depressing. Too much time – yet not enough…


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A day at the beach

This past week saw Chelsea and I meeting up with Steph and Grandkids in San Diego.  Steph (middle daughter) was taking her state board and Chelsea (youngest daughter) and I were there to provide morale support and watch the kids.  Shortly after Steph left for her exam I loaded everyone in the car and it was off to Coronado Island for some fun.

We saw big boats,

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and little ones.

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We swung so high we touched the sky…

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we went on a purple slide (a double one at that), and

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dug for treasure.

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Steph is sure she did well on her test, so we celebrated at a great Afghan restaurant in San Diego.

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Had a great time!