Oh boy, what a terrible blogger I am announcing in June that I have returned to blogging, write one post then disappear for over a month.
My husband and I traveled so much in July – some planned, some unexpected – I think we only slept in our bed 6 or 7 nights all month.
In early July we went away with a group of friends to a ranch in Cloverdale for a couple nights for the July 4th holiday. It’s a gorgeous property, owned by the family of one of our friends. The six of us – three couples – had such a fun time and made some wonderful memories.
Two days after coming home from Cloverdale, we were off again. This time we traveled to North Carolina for 10 days to see my mother and her husband. They live on a big lake so we went out on their patio boat almost every day, played with their adorable dogs and just relaxed! I ate all my southern food favorites including grits, country ham and turnip greens.
It had been such a long time since I had seen my mother. It makes me sad we live so far apart but I have a full heart now that we had a long and wonderful visit. I plan to visit at least once a year from now on. In fact, we’re considering another visit this fall.
One day after returning from North Carolina, we were invited to spend the weekend with Bill’s best friend (who introduced Bill and me back in 1998) and his wife and another couple at a vineyard cottage on a winery’s property in Napa Valley. Although I planned to do household things, run errands and pack for our next trip that weekend, we could not pass up the offer to spend time with them. We haven’t seen these friends in such a long time and we always enjoy their company.
We came home at the end of the weekend away in Napa Valley, packed our bags and got back on the road early the next morning to drive to Oregon. My stepdaughter Tori moved to the Oregon Coast at the end of 2017 to start her new life with her boyfriend, Joe. With her two siblings each getting married and her grandfather passing away this year, we have seen quite a bit of Tori here in California but we had yet to see where she lives.
Tori is currently earning her master’s degree in special education and had a light schedule in late July so we thought it would be the best time to visit. We spent a week in Oregon and had a lovely time with Tori, Joe and his family. Along with visiting some spots along the Oregon Coast, Bill and I also took a couple of days to see Ashland and Eugene.
After all that traveling we missed being home and plan to stay put for the next month or two – maybe longer. Since we returned home a week ago, Bill has resumed painting the interior of our home while I am working on the never-ending project of decluttering and organizing the house.
While we were traveling, our friend and artist Nora Russo worked on our fireplace wall by re-plastering and painting it. Nora plastered and painted it, then added some fruit and vines, about 14 years ago. We loved it for many years but recently we decided we wanted something simpler and lighter to brighten up the den. Here is how the wall was for 14 years:
And here is how it is now. I love it!
At some point we will add a painting or something above the mantle. But for now, I am enjoying the simplicity of this look.
When I do get on my laptop it hasn’t been to blog, as you can tell. I mostly look at Pinterest for ideas for our backyard redo and color palates for when it comes time to paint the exterior of our house. I also search online for a new bedroom set for one of our guest rooms.
So while July was all about travel, this month will be about home improvement projects, checking a few to-dos off the list like getting a Real ID and having my first colonoscopy (eek!). We just got a top notch Pilates reformer so I spend at least an hour in our home gym everyday. I am in love with it! I am hoping I can get Bill to use it too.
Thanks for letting me share my travel stories with you.
Hope you all had a great July!
What plans do you have for August?