DH and I took the opportunity to join Dear Daughter on a Spring Break hiking trip. We started with the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens, then on to Inspiration Point. The views were spectacular! And on the advice of our Innkeeper, we climbed Grass Mountain. Well, I managed 1,950 feet climb before it got too steep and gravelly, and my mild high anxiety kicked in :). DH and DD sallied forth and made it to the top, another 150 feet climb or so. This time of year, the wild flowers were in full bloom and amazing! And we managed to fit in a hike up to the Gaviota Wind Caves, another hike with gorgeous views.
I don’t know why, but I am not a fan of shoe shopping. After wearing my all purpose sneakers on my last hike and nearly destroying them, I realized I really needed new hiking shoes as well as workout shoes. So, dear hubby happily accompanied me to the outlets. I am very fortunate to have such a patient husband. I was the one shopping for shoes, and getting bored. He reminded me that shoe shopping couldn’t possibly be worse than the root canal I got last week. I had to think about that one…
Sometimes crappy things happen… Dear younger son had his car stolen off the street near his apartment the other day. This dear little car was handed down from his three older cousins, who owned it in succession. It had seen better days, but was in amazing shape and well loved. He took possession of it in High School. It went with him to college. Always very reliable, and younger son added his dings and marks to it. Then he took it up to the Bay Area on his “adventure”… And the other day, someone drove away with it. I just don’t get how some people can do such things. If it was a careless theft, I hope your mother is proud of you, I wouldn’t be. And if it was someone in dire straits, I hope the car serves your needs – please take good care of it…
It’s been a very busy last few weeks. Dear older son has come and gone, dear younger son and dear daughter will be returning to the Bay area and University after the new year. The quilts I made for them were a hit. I had been collecting Japanese themed fabrics, and made them all the same quilt, with different sashings. We also still keep up the tradition of “picture with Santa”. A few years back, it became too difficult to organize going to the mall to take Santa photos, so I bought a Santa costume, and now, dear hubby dons the suit for our annual Santa photo. It takes a few attempts to get the “almost” perfect shot as the kids are always goofing off.
And, Santa was very generous to me this year – I am now the proud owner of a Featherweight! I can even join the Featherweight club, haha. And we also picked up dear daughters Elna Grasshopper from the shop – it runs beautifully now. It belonged to her great grandmother Frederica. She has named her Freddy :).
Happy New Year to you all!
Now that dear younger son graduated, we have been deprived of watching Collegiate Ice Hockey games. But fear not, dear daughter has joined the Triathlon team in addition to the cycling team. So last weekend, we woke at 4:30 in the morning and headed to my alma mater to watch her participate in her first triathlon, the UCLA IronBruin. It was really a lot of fun! Photo taking was a bit difficult as they are in motion all the time.
We are very proud of her – her first triathlon, and she managed to come in #112 of 300!
Last month was my Birthday. For whatever reason, I spent the last year thinking I was 53, when in fact, I was 54. So, it felt like I got two years older! Oh well, I am just happy to celebrate another birthday :). Normally, dear hubby bakes me a cake, but he was out of town. So, since I wouldn’t be alone, he booked a very nice hotel in La Jolla for me to spend the weekend with dear daughter. I started off by meeting best friend from 4th grade, Linda for lunch. It was really nice! Then I picked up dear daughter at University, and we went to a most wonderful quilt shop! The hotel was beautiful, and a bouquet of flowers was waiting for me from dear hubby – so sweet! Dear daughter and I ordered room service for dinner and watched a movie in our pajamas. The next morning, we headed to the Village and had brunch at a really quaint seaside restaurant. It really was a wonderful Birthday even though I aged by two years :).
Since dear hubby drove up with younger son to the bay area, then flew home, it was my turn to drive dear daughter back down to University. We managed to pack everything in – I think it helped that she only took her road bike. Now it’s time to pick up and clean up the house. There is so much of their stuff still in the house. It doesn’t even seem like they moved out!
Oh, and I just wanted to share these cute horse drawn carts I found at a small village in Croatia. Not sure if they were intended for children’s toys, but I immediately imagined a vintage Santa or little gift packages in the carts for Christmas decorating:
Younger son has moved up to the bay area to start his newly graduated life. Unlike older son, younger son goes without employment. It is an adventure of sorts. He and two of his friends are working on a Social Media start up, and will find jobs(eventually) to sustain themselves. Oh, to be young again, without a care in the world, and only to be responsible for oneself!
Second time around, waving good bye again… It is never easy…
I started this blog four years ago, when dear younger son went off to college and I was sad. This weekend, he graduated from University. Dear older son drove out from Arizona for the event. So, it was a wonderful weekend – we were once again all together! And finally, the Kings won, and younger son shaved off his playoff beard, but older son said he hadn’t had time to shave:
I have told myself no more buying fabric…
Well, leave it to my Quilty friends to surprise me with fabric! After we’ve been quilting together for a while, we know exactly what the others like. And here are the cute, colorful vintage fabrics they got me. Thanks Ellie & Donna – so sweet!
And here we are at a Galaxy game:
The best part of the holidays were and will always be the gathering of loved ones. Dear older son flew back to Arizona yesterday, and younger two return to University today. Here is a photo of the kids taken at my parents house, playfully shoving each other – always hard to get a good photo of them together. When I bring out the camera, it’s almost a cue for them to make faces and act silly, especially the boys:
Some quick lampwork bead jewelry – a commission from my sister:
And to plant some pink buttercups. On a cycling ride up to Oak Glen, dear daughter saw these and thought I would enjoy them – so thoughtful!
Now on to tackle all the things I have planned for the year!