Oh My! Now It’s October…

I just can’t make this time move slower, can I? October is here and I’m not getting any closer to my goals it seems. Anybody else having that problem? Maybe it’s because our Giants are in the playoffs so I’m still consumed with baseball. I don’t usually follow other teams much but now I am watching all the postseason games to see who we might face next. It is nerve wracking sometimes. We made it to the game before they clinched the West. Look at all the boats out in McCovey Cove waiting for a home run to come. Yes we do have a woman coach on our team, the first in MLB!

Our first job is to put a lid on the dreaded Dodger’s season! Not going to be easy but I have faith in my guys. Thanks to Linda for the #SoCS prompt of “lid.” Have a great weekend all.

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Surely it’s not September

Near as I can tell it’s actually closer to October already! I’ve been busy this month with concerts and baseball games! It is so much fun being able to get out and about without too much worry since hubby and I are both fully vaccinated AND the events we’ve been going to are either outside and/or have proof of vaccination requirements. Last post I wrote about The Fab Four and Chicago. This time we went to the San Jose Civic, a new favorite of ours, and saw John Waite and Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. Great show and as you can see, since it was an indoor event masks were worn. We had wonderful seats in the 4th row and there were no picture taking restrictions other than the usual no flash. I have to say that in all the places we’ve been to so far the entry process has been smooth and painless.

We also got memberships to the new 415 Club at Oracle Park where our Giants play. This section is above the visiting bullpen (great for heckling!) and is named because the area code in San Francisco is 415 but also the seats are 415 feet from home plate. With our memberships (we got 2) we each got 10 vouchers for games. So far we’ve been to a total of 3 games with 3 more to go. We can use as many vouchers per game as we want so the kids and a couple of friends have come with us. We won’t be able to use all the vouchers before the end of the season (the program didn’t start when the season began) but we will get to have advance presale for playoff and World Series tickets because of the membership so that’s exciting. We got some pretty cool swag too. I’m wearing the 415 hat and on the Friday game we went to they gave us light up wristbands. You have to show your wristband to get into the members only section! We definitely will get the membership again next year. Totally worth the price.

We are so proud of our boys in Orange and Black. They are doing so well this year! Such exciting games with extra innings and come from behind wins. First to 100 wins! Now if we can just keep the dreaded Dodgers at bay and win the Division Title!

Speaking of orange and black, it is almost time for Halloween! I’ve been crafting some new mini-albums and cards for the Etsy shop. One of them has sold already! Fastest turnaround I think has ever happened. I’m working on a Thanksgiving one now. I have 2 holiday boutiques coming up in November so I better get cracking in the studio.

That’s my catch up. What have you been up to? The end of the year doesn’t seem so far!

Thanks to Linda for the #SoCS prompt of Near/Far.

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Surely it’s not September…

What happened to August? I can’t believe I only managed two posts the whole month. I really haven’t been that busy, have I? Let’s take a look and see…

On the 20th of August we went to our first concert at the Mountain Winery since 2019! This was the Fab Four, the Beatles tribute band. They were good, but we’ve seen them several times now so I don’t think we’ll see them again. Mostly it just felt so good to get out and do some dancing and singing! The Winery is taking Covid precautions and you have to show proof of vaccination or (for this show anyway) a negative test within 72 hours. Beginning in October it is a vaccination only venue. It was a very smooth entry process and I have no problem with it.

We also continued to binge watch The Sopranos and got to see our son win the softball championship. Unfortunately things took a turn for the worse and we had a leak under the house which required new pipes throughout. We could have just replaced the pipes that were actually leaking but we figured that if we did it all now, we wouldn’t have to worry about it anymore. The company was great to work with and although it took a day or two longer than we hoped, we didn’t lose the use of the bathroom so we didn’t have to leave the house. I never thought I’d be so happy to do the dishes and laundry!

September started out much nicer though. Last night we saw Chicago from the 4th row at the Winery. They were much better this year than the last time we saw them, which was about 2006. They have a new lead singer who, while he is no Peter Cetera, does a much better job than the guy they had before. We have 2 more concerts this month, Pat Benatar and then Chris Isaak. Good thing we had gotten the tickets before the pipe problem! We also have tickets to see some Giants games. They are playing so well this year!

This morning I woke up early enough to see this:

So I’m thinking September is going to be a good month. What about you guys?

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…And now it’s August…

Very honored to have been nominated not once but twice for the Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award. I must really be inspiring! I will respond to both now.

The first was from A to Z coordinator J. Lenni Dorner. I have to continually send my appreciation to him, not only for his wonderful work with the A to Z each April but also, and maybe more importantly at least to me, is for his comment on one of my posts where I was ranting about the size of toilet paper rolls. He directed me to the Charmin company who offers a toilet roll extender that makes it easier to use these huge rolls. Now instead of being frustrated when I have to change the TP, it is a breeze. Thanks for making my life easier, J. Lenni. Now to answer his five questions (paraphrased to save time and typing):

  • How seriously are you taking the pandemic? On a scale of 1 to 10 where 1 means you have done nothing and don’t even really believe in it and 10 means you’ve masked, vaccinated and reached out to your political leaders… — Absolutely a 10, except I haven’t reached out to political leaders. I mask, I’ve been vaccinated and definitely take all the precautions. The virus is real.
  • What are your thoughts, etc. about the Kindle Vella? — I know nothing about it so have no opinion. I don’t use a Kindle so if this is a new version, it wouldn’t appeal to me.
  • In the United States voting rights are changing. Do you think it should be harder or easier to vote? — I believe very strongly that every adult of sound mind should be allowed to vote and that all the votes need to be counted. I am praying that the two measures now in congress can get passed. While I am not always on the winning side, I at least want to know that no one is allowed to discount my vote because they don’t like me or the outcome.
  • Who do I think should host “Jeopardy” now that Alex Trebek has passed? — I did not regularly watch the show (I rarely watch TV at all) and so I have no opinion on this.
  • If you had 200 Billion dollars what would you do with the money and would one of the things be sending yourself into space? — If I had that much money, I would share it with the less fortunate for sure. You could seriously change someone’s life with money like that. I’d probably open a scrapbook shop, hire a cleaning service to clean the house, make sure the kids were taken care of. Traveling to space does not interest me at this time. I reserve the right to change my mind about that if something exciting happens out there or if it is the only way I could continue to live.

The second nomination was from Tamara Gerber at Part-Time Working Hockey Mom. Tamara is one of the bloggers I found during the A to Z a few years ago when she was writing about crime. It was a very interesting subject, although she says she was disappointed in its reception. Tamara lives in Switzerland and I love learning more about that country. Her questions are:

  • If you were an animal, what would you be? — I’m stuck between a koala and an owl.
  • In what way has this pandemic changed your view of the world? — I think it is the realization of the extreme differences between people. I mean, I always knew that there were differences of opinion and that countries do things differently but I don’t know if I really felt the extremism. It makes me a little nervous at times.
  • Have you ever lived abroad? If not, would you consider it? — Considering the fact that I wouldn’t even move across the Bay so my husband wouldn’t have to commute over the bridge, I really don’t think living abroad is in my future. LOL. That said, I might like to make an extended visit to Australia or Italy or even London.
  • What are your personal contributions toward reducing your carbon footprint? — Well, of course I probably could do more but in general, I turn off lights when not in the room, I batch my errands so I either park in one spot and walk to several places or do many errands in one day and then don’t drive again for a couple days. We recycle everything we can.
  • If I were to visit you in your town or city, what adventures would we experience there? — This is easy. See my A to Z posts from this year’s challenge where I took you through San Francisco!

I hesitate to nominate people for awards. I don’t want to put any pressure and I know some folks don’t participate in the practice so I will just ask my five questions and if you are so inclined, please answer and link back here so we can read them!

  1. If you were a color, what color and why?
  2. Words of advice I will never forget are…?
  3. In the future I want to be remembered for…?
  4. Alternatively, ever wonder what your role in history would have been? Think of the most historical events in the last 100 years and put yourself there.
  5. Have I truly inspired you? At least, have I made you smile?

Thanks again J. Lenni and Tamara for the nomination. It has been fun answering your questions!

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…And now it’s August…

When last I posted it was about a family emergency that was going to keep my husband away for five weeks. Fortunately, it did not last that long and he was back in 2-1/2. Now we have other issues to deal with but they are not life-threatening so that’s good.

In the meantime, I decided to participate in both the August Break prompts from Susannah Conway and the Tell It course from Liz Lamoreux. I’ve participated with these lovely ladies several times in the past and it is always such fun. It’s not too late to join in.

Here are a couple of my responses to the prompts:

And for the Tell It Course:

I love using art journaling to explore. So often I make things just to sell them but every once in a while I like trying out new techniques and playing with papers and words.

And speaking of the Etsy Shop, they have started a new feature called “Star Seller” and I am just a wee bit short of making it.

I need two more orders by the end of the month to qualify. That’s kind of exciting. What about you? How is your August going? Thanks to lovely Linda for her #SoCS prompt of “wee.”

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July Jumped Right In…

…with a family emergency that means my husband will be out of town for five weeks. How will I last that long without him you ask? Well, let me put it this way. I love my husband very much but we have been together 24/7 (he’s retired, I work from home) for the last 8 years. You know that old saying, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder?” It applies here. LOL

I have big plans for the available time. I have many projects around the house I would like to get done and some serious time in the studio is calling me. It is time for me to look back on the vision cards I made for this year to pick the areas that need tending to the most.

In order from top to bottom, left to right:

Business of Magic is the title I used for my craft business this year. I actually have been doing pretty well there and even was able to do a pop up craft show in June. I have made at least one or two sales every month and that is kind of like magic. I just got a notice to sign up for one of the holiday boutiques in November so it looks like things are flowing in this category. I did some rearranging and reorganizing in the studio too, which makes working in it much easier. Also made myself some new business cards with a new logo. What do you think?

Sharing is the title I used for connecting with family and friends. Of course the pandemic limited that a bit but we have had dinner with friends and made plans to go to a couple concerts in September with others so we’re getting there. I also did some Zoom and FaceTime interactions so I’m counting that too and we had a great 4th of July gathering.

Prosperity is the category title for our financial health. It is a struggle because my transcription business is quite hit and miss but fortunately I’ve been able to move some money around and we are doing okay. Of course winning the lottery would help!

I have had a lot of action in the Experience category. All my excursions through San Francisco for the A to Z really helped there.

Self-Care is one of the areas that needs some work this next six months. I have stalled in the weight loss department but haven’t given up hope to get going again. I intend to use the time while hubby is away to get more serious with my healthy eating and to increase the activity by dancing in the living room since he won’t be there watching TV. I also started listening to meditation while I walk Benny in the morning. It helps me focus on the day.

Nest is another area that I will be concentrating on. I have made a goal to go room by room listing all the things I want to attend to. I also have plans for the outside like a small fence in the front yard so I can let Benny get out there and not have to worry that he’s going to chase a passing motorcycle or run across the street to visit another dog walking by. I still haven’t gotten my fire pit yet either!

So, how has your year been so far. Did you make a list of goals you wanted to accomplish? How are you doing with them? You still have time to tackle something!

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July Jumped right in…

With a Bang! We had our usual 4th of July get together with friends in front of our house. My husband volunteers at the local fireworks booth every year and he gets free fireworks to take home. Our city is one of only 2 in the surrounding area that allows the “Safe and Sane” fireworks to be used in front of your own house. We had a pretty good show if I do say so myself.

And then there were the “illegals” which seemed to be much more prevalent this year, even though there is a fine of $1000 if you are caught.

It almost reminded me of the block parties we used to have when I was growing up. All the neighbors would come to our house and shoot their fireworks off in the street and then we’d watch the sponsored fireworks go off up on the hill. When we were first married my husband promised to show me fireworks every year and he hasn’t disappointed in the last 36 years, including the time we climbed out the bathroom window of the apartment we were living in and sat on the roof to watch the city show. Ah, sweet memories. Hope you all had a good 4th too! Let’s see what the rest of July can bring.

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June is Just so…

Unpredictable. On Wednesday I happened to notice a post on Facebook, or maybe it was Instagram, about a pop-up craft fair that was going on in a little corner of our city. I jumped on the chance to get my creations out in public again. Last year with no craft shows was really difficult.

All together there were 7 of us and I managed to sell some Father’s Day things and baby items. It was warm but not too hot. I got the hat for Christmas a few years ago and I think it was perfect for the day.

Not a bad picture either. I didn’t do my usual elaborate display because it was only for four hours but I learned some tricks for next time. Fun day. There were a lot of positive comments and I got to see some people I hadn’t seen in a long time and met some new folks. I’d say it was a hit.

Thanks again to Linda and her Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt of hat/het/hit/hot/hut.

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June is Just So…

Exciting! So far this month I have a new car, we celebrated 25 years in our house, our state has “opened up” again and I finished two shawls and a scarf. I sold two of the Father’s Day cards I just made and two special order school days albums.

Most exciting of all, the Mountain Winery opened up their season and I got tickets for four shows! We are going to see Chris Isaak, The Fab Four, Chicago and Tower of Power! SO happy to be able to go to concerts again. More memories for the scrapbook! Plus, that keeps my loyalty status going for another year.

Life is good in my neck of the woods. How about you?

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June is Just So…

Linda has given us the prompt of “drive.” I don’t know how she knows what is going on in my life but it seems like she manages to pick relevant topics for me quite often! Driving has always been one of my favorite things to do. My first car was a pedal car and I would drive that thing up and down the block a lot. I had an aunt who lived on the corner so I’d go visit her.

One of my coolest cars was a TR7. I loved to get in that thing and take drives down the coast and on winding roads. I should have paid more attention to it because it ended up giving me a lot of trouble. Still, with the sun roof down it was a blast. I don’t think I’d be able to get into it at this point. Too low to the ground – LOL.

Two years ago I leased a Honda HRV but I really wasn’t happy with it from the beginning. It was a lot smaller than I anticipated and I felt like my head was hitting the roof sometimes. I like to be high up so I can see the road. Last week Honda contacted me to see if I would be interested in trading in the HRV for a new vehicle. I jumped on the chance and traded the HRV for a CRV. I had had a CRV before the HRV (it can be confusing with all these initials) so I knew what they were like.

After the usual wheeling and dealing (with me getting up and saying, “no, I can’t do that,” three times), I managed to make an acceptable arrangement and here is my new CRV!

It is called Aegean Blue and is SO pretty. I haven’t thought of a name for it yet. Any suggestions? It only had 11 miles on it and was covered in plastic when I took it for the test drive since it was fresh on the lot. I look forward to taking some nice long drives in it soon since we got the lineup for the Mountain Winery concerts! June is just so exciting!

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