Thursday, April 30, 2015

So excited ...

We are all looking forward to Nicole's upcoming graduation from Rocky Mountain College. We are also so very proud of her. All through her homeschooling years, she told me she didn't want to go to college, and here she is graduating this Saturday. More pictures to follow ...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Jones Zoo

I haven't seen any bears yet, but I'm sure they're out there. In addition to deer, turkeys, and chipmunks, I've also seen a lot of birds, squirrels—even flying squirrels at night. Those are so strange with their big, buggy eyes. They're super skittish too, so I haven't been able to get a picture of one yet. I love seeing all the animals here. The only ones I don't like are two different cats that are allowed to roam freely around the neighborhood. They keep showing up on my deck and it's really stressing Denny out. Why people let their animals have free roam is beyond me, especially in a place with bears, coyotes, wolves, and big cats.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Reader Sunglasses? Who knew?

First off, I apologize for the lame, dorky picture, but I am totally loving these sunglasses. Call me stupid, but I had no idea they made reader sunglasses. I have prescription progressive glasses, but I just can't get into them much. I also have prescription reader glasses that work fine, but I've found that I can read just as well with the over-the-counter ones. Anyway, the other day I saw these and was blown away. And now, of course, I'm seeing them everywhere I go. Obviously, I wasn't looking for them before because I didn't know they even existed.

It's so awesome not having to switch from readers to sunglasses to readers and back again. I went for a walk at a park yesterday and found that if I look right at the ground through the reader part, it looks a little blurry. Reminded me of a mini-blast wave moving by my feet. Ha! For the most part though, they were fine to walk in because they only have the reader part at the bottom. It sucks not being able to read outside or having to switch glasses constantly. Little findings like this make life so much easier.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Thirty-four years ...

April 24th marked the 34th anniversary of Rick and my first date in 1981. I met Rick through a mutual friend during PE class. A few days later he asked me to a local dance for the annual Ojai Tennis Tournament. I was looking for the earliest photographs of us around that time, and came up with this one that was in the Ojai Valley News. Even though we're not pictured together, we were standing next to each other with they were taken. This is probably the earliest picture of us as a couple. A guy from the paper came by on the last day of school and was interviewing students. If you click on the picture below, you should be able to read it better.

So many years later, I just have to laugh at the NOW and Gloria Steinam comment. I realize it's no reflection on her personally, even though she didn't marry until she was sixty-six years old, and sadly that marriage lasted only three years before her husband died. However, since she's been so outspoken on radical feminism and oppressed women, I find this newspaper comment pretty funny today. I've been with the same man for thirty-four years. I met him when I was just sixteen. I'm fifty now. Oppressed is NOT a word I would use to describe myself. And thirty-four years later, I'm still "hanging around with Rick" all the time. Go figure.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Another DUH moment ...

I'm really into Rimmel make-up at the moment. I love their new non-transferable lipstick. So, I was happy to see they came out with a quick-drying nail polish recently called 60 Seconds. Anything that stays on all day or dries quick is a winner for me. So, I went to check out all the shades, and then decided on this one above. As I painted my nails, I had a revelation ...

Yeah. Duh. I must really like violet. Oh well. At least the bottles are small, right? I did buy another one yesterday in a gray tone. I'm sure I don't have a gray one. I don't think ... uhhh?

Monday, April 6, 2015


A lot of you know that I'm slightly addicted to photo challenges on Instagram. That's when you have a certain theme or prompt and try to take a daily picture relating to it. Well, this new one came up that I just had to participate in. It's by @photoadventurersclub and you use the hashtag #PACdailyphoto for the prompts. The idea is to adopt a pet rock and send it on adventures for the month of April. I got a late start due to some health issues, but I've finally caught up. When I showed the rock to Rick and asked what he thought I should name it, he goes, "Muffin Top." What an utterly perfect name! So, this is MUFFIN TOP pictured here. April 1st she was supposed to "Go For A Walk", but since it was late, I just had her walking along my dresser. That was kind of her introduction. Then April 2nd the prompt was "Takes A Bath", so of course, a girl like that had to take a bubble bath in a crystal heart-shaped tub ...

April 3rd the prompt was "Plays A Game", but Rick said she only goes to Vegas for the buffets.

April 4th was "Watches A Film". MUFFIN TOP thinks Sean Connery rocks!

April 5th found her "Playing An Instrument". Shhh, don't tell Nichelle. She was at work.

And today, April 6th, the prompt was "Takes A Nap". She hadn't fallen asleep yet, obviously.

I have to say ... I'm having a little too much fun with MUFFIN TOP. I've gotten another IG friend doing it, so we're both cracking up at each other's photos.