Still Blogging Hodgepodge

Crystal Cove Beach, California, January 2017 with my sister Vera.

It’s time to answer the Wednesday Hodgepodge questions…

1. What keeps you blogging?

I’ve thought about laying it aside and then I bump into someone who says they are reading my blog and enjoying it. I’ve been able to go back and read things I’ve forgotten over the years. If I look at it as a journal I’m content to keep going. From the beginning I’ve wanted my blog to honor and encourage and I hope that it has brought some glory to God and encouragement to others. I’m also interested in what’s going on in the lives of fellow bloggers.

2. Some people like to travel in the winter months. Do you enjoy the beach in winter? According to Southern Living the best U.S. beach towns to visit this winter are-
 St Simons Island (Georgia), Hilton Head (South Carolina), Bald Head Island (North Carolina), Seaside (Florida), Bay St. Louis (Mississippi), Cape San Blas (Florida), South Padre Island (Texas), Folly Beach (South Carolina), Chincoteague (Virginia), Duck Key (Florida), Nags Head (North Carolina), and Fairhope (Alabama)
Well leave it to Southern Living to list Southeast beaches as the best in the U.S., LOL. I’m of the mind that any beach is great to visit in the Winter!
I love the beach in winter and most of the beaches I’ve visited in winter are West Coast beaches. From San Diego to Central California for me winter at the beach is best. Last January I spent time at Port Hueneme, Huntington Beach and Crystal Cove.
Port Hueneme with extended family staying at a VRBO to attend a family wedding north of Santa Barbara.
The Orchid Farm in Goleta, California at our nephew Joe’s wedding in January of 2017.
Huntington Beach pier in January 2017.
 Have you been to any of the towns listed (in any season)? Which on the list appeals to you most this winter?
I have not been to any of the towns listed and they are not on my bucket list. When our son-in-law completed his Marine Corps grueling basic training, my daughter and I flew east and drove to Parris Island for his graduation. We stayed in Beaufort. Later when he was stationed in Jacksonville, N.C. at Camp Lejeune we helped our daughter set up their home on base just before Andrew returned from Afghanistan. While there we took a day trip to Emerald Isle.
Emerald Isle, North Carolina December of 2011.
3. What’s a song you’re embarrassed to know all the lyrics to? Are you really embarrassed or do just think you should be?
I’m not embarrassed about any song I know all the lyrics to and am quite excited if my memory serves me that well.
4. When you were a kid what’s something you thought would be fantastic as an adult, but now that you’re an adult you realize it’s not all that fantastic?
I’m kind of sad to admit this but I thought that being a teacher would be fantastic but when I finally made it into a classroom the federal requirements and paper work wore me down and it was a discouraging endeavor for me. I was happy to retire when our first child was born. My first classroom was on the stage of the cafeteria because the school was over crowded. Yikes. My second classroom was a portable which I got locked in once. My third classroom was a regular classroom with nice windows. Our school was in a low income area and was federally funded, keeping up with the federal paper work made it hard to teach and have good one on one time with the students. I loved the kids but didn’t like the federal meddling.
5. Share a quote you hope will inspire you in 2018.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14
6. Insert your own random thought here.

It’s a big birthday week at this old house. Monday was our daughter-in-law Jamie’s birthday. Tuesday was our son Dan’s birthday and Friday is our son Josh’s birthday. We aren’t seeing any of them on their day since Dan and Jamie are in northeastern Washington and Josh and Laura are celebrating in Hawaii.

Miss seeing our little Addy, too. It’s been almost a month. I’m always a little worried she’ll forget us but she has a sharp fresh mind so I should just let those thoughts go…

Joyce From This Side of the Pond asks the questions for Wednesday Hodgepodge. Thank you Joyce and thank you to those of you who took the time to read this post. I appreciate your visits!

Crystal Cove State Park

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These are some of the cottages that can be rented. Quite a nice location.

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Crystal Cove is a California State Park and the Cottages on the beach can be rented through the Park system. There’s information at this link.

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California beaches in January can be very dramatic. Winter is the time of year I really enjoy the beaches.

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My sister Vera and I walked along the shore while we waited to be buzzed for our meal. There is a restaurant on the beach in the State Park called The Beachcomber. The food and service was real good. My post about the restaurant is here.

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These photos were taken on January 21st. Back here in Western Washington the news of the day is all about mudslides. Our hills have been saturated first with melting snow and now with a significant rain fall. Several roads had to be closed this week because of mudslides. Our major east/west interstate 90 in Issaquah was shut down on the west side this Thursday after mud and debris came across the west bound lanes. Glad I wasn’t there. No one was hurt thankfully. We are getting a little dry spell between the storms which is very helpful!

Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.

I’m linking up to Saturday’s Critters at Viewing Nature with Eileen.

By the Sea Hodgepodge

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1. “The cure for anything is salt water-tears, sweat, or the sea.” (Isak Dinesan) Would you agree? Of the three, which has ‘cured’ you most recently?

I know I enjoy a walk along the seashore and find it refreshing and exhilarating. In the last 12 days I’ve enjoyed several days at the beach. A beach house rental, a beach side wedding, a walk on the pier at Huntington Beach, breakfast on the beach at the Beachcomber in Crystal Cove. I marveled at the waves, the ebb and flow, the tides, the power of the sea. Most of all I was in awe of our God who keeps all of this under control.

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2. What’s something you can’t eat without salt? Do you normally salt your food a lot, a little, or not at all?

I do not like oatmeal when it’s not salted in the cooking process. I enjoy salt to enhance the taste of most anything. I really enjoy salted sunflower seeds. When I was in the first or second grade I was hospitalized because of a kidney infection. My salt intake was totally restricted and I had to drink several glasses of water a day. A Sunday tradition in my family was to stop by a street vendor who sold sunflower seeds across the street from our church. They sold the seeds in small brown paper sacks. Plain, salted, and pumpkin seeds, too. We made a mess as a family enjoying those seeds on a Sunday afternoon. It was torture for me when I couldn’t enjoy those seeds on the Sundays during my infection.

3. Sands of time, bury your head in the sand, built on sand, or draw a line in the sand…which sandy phrase could best be applied to something in your life right now? 

I can typically be a bury your head in the sand person but lately I’m ready to draw a line in the sand especially when it comes to being politically correct. The major thing that I will not stay silent on is the killing of unborn babies. This is not a good thing for women and I think too many are haunted by this act that they have been deceived about.

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.”

4. A favorite book, movie, or song with an island setting or theme?

I asked Dear for his answer to this question and he came up with Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’dell. Since we were just on the California Coast with views of the Channel Islands where the setting of this book might have been. I’ll give this question and answer to Dear.
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A story of survival, based upon the true story of a girl who was left upon an island near the coast of Southern California. She lived there for 18 years, alone. While she waited for rescue, she kept herself alive by building shelter, finding food, and fighting her enemies–the wild dogs.

5. Yesterday-did you run your day or did it run you? How so?

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Another timely question. I’m answering these questions on Tuesday so yesterday was Monday the 23rd of January. I was totally in the hands of others for the run of my day. It was my last full day in Southern California and I was staying with my sister in Huntington Beach. I attended a memorial service for a good friend’s mother and then spent the rest of the day and evening with this friend and her family and two of my sisters. We had a meal together and spent time reminiscing about our families and the times we had with each other.

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This is me with the children of Mrs. Kaluzny. Heidi has been a dear friend since 1969 and her younger brother George was dear to me, too.

6. You’re on an island holiday. Will I most likely find you parked in a beach chair, shopping in town, on the back of a jet ski, or snorkeling off the back of a catamaran?

My island holiday would be in Washington State instead of the tropics so I might be kayaking or rowing and also finding good restaurants and shops to enjoy.

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7. What do you think we humans most take for granted?

I think we take tomorrow for granted. We don’t know if we’ll be here tomorrow or what tomorrow holds. We also don’t know if our loved ones will be here tomorrow. We need to seize the day and be present in the day and know who holds our future in His hands and trust Him.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

It’s so good to spend time with friends and family but it’s always good to come home again to get my bearings. Eleven days in beds that are not my own make me really appreciate my own home and bed and space. I hope to be making long overdue visits to your blogs now that my feedly is working again.

Thank you to Joyce for asking the questions. Click over to From This Side of the Pond to see more answers or join in.

Beach Days Oxnard

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Our family rented a beach house in Oxnard, California to be in closer proximity to a wedding and baby shower we would be attending in Goleta, and Santa Clarita, California. All four couples had their own room and we had 3 bathrooms to make it easy to get ready for our events. We also had a full kitchen.

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The house was a short block to the beach. Dear and I arrived before our kids so we took a walk to the beach to get our first look at Pacific waves in a long time.

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On this evening a couple of the Channel Islands were visible on the horizon.

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The sunset was beautiful with nice views from the upper decks of the house. This was Friday evening. On Saturday we were busy getting ready for and helping at the wedding venue so there was no time for a beach visit.

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On Sunday morning we pulled together a breakfast for all of us and for my brother’s family who were staying close by. After breakfast and before we got ready for the Baby shower for Addy we all walked to the beach and enjoyed some fun in the sun. Some braver souls took a plunge in the cold winter Pacific waters.

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My brother and his family left the beach house to head to the airport flying back to Dallas and the rest of us got ready and headed east for Addy’s baby shower that the women enjoyed and the guys headed to a shotgun range. Fun times for all.

We all checked out of our beach house on Monday the 16th and headed in different directions. Four of our kids flew home on Monday Dear flew home on Tuesday and I stayed on at my sister’s in Huntington Beach. Josh and Laura stayed most of the week and flew home on Friday braving the rain soaked freeway to Los Angeles International Airport.

I’ve been able to enjoy two more glorious days at two different beaches and a day at the Getty Museum while I’ve been in southern California. When I get back to the Seattle area on Tuesday I’ll finish posting about my days here. The rain has been persistent here especially on Friday and today. Streets have turned into rivers. There have been several flash flood warnings in the Los Angeles Basin especially in areas that suffered fires recently.

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This collage shows some mild images compared to what we’ve seen since. Looking forward to catching up with your blog posts when I get back to my own space up north! Blessings.

Let’s Dish ~ Beach Style…

I’m joining Kathleen at Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish at the Beach. Welcome to my many shades of blue and green beach table.

Everything on my table was purchased from Goodwill over the years except for the ginger jar and the shells. The shells in the ginger jar were collected by Dear and I on our beach walks and the larger shells are from Hawaii that Dear’s folks brought back in the 70’s.

I thought the bubble goblets would go well on a beach themed table.

The chargers are pale blue heavy glass.

We finally got some sunshine just in the nick of time to usher in the official start of Summer. Looks like we’re only guaranteed 2 days worth. I’m glad I was able to get out on the patio to set this table while the sun was shining.

I’m headed to the Sounders Soccer game tonight with my son so I hope to get around to see your tables tomorrow! Happy Summer to all of you!

I’m also joining in with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.

Three or More ~ Fur and Feathers!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve participated in Three or More Tuesday but these furry and feathered creatures inspired me to join in this week. Tam at the Gypsy’s Corner is the hostess of this weekly event.

 

 

 

We spotted the dogs and the seagulls while we were watching the huge storm waves that pounded our Southern Beaches this past week. These photos were taken in Ventura, California at Surfer’s Point on Saturday.

 

Have a great Tuesday everyone…

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I Love to go a-wandering…

People are always confusing me – The Happy Wonderer as in “I’m always wondering about things” with the song The Happy Wanderer. I suppose I am a Happy Wanderer too as many of my treks verify so with this post I’m including the words to the song. They make me smile…

 

Tide was high early today so we opted to head to Sycamore Canyon to do our Scenic Hike. On the way I spotted several fins in the water so we pulled over on PCH (Pacific Coast Hiway) to take a look.

 

We saw several Dolphin rising up out of the water in groups of two. Very hard to click the camera at the right time and catch them.

 

I got this one pretty well. We watched the dolphin for a while and then headed to Sycamore Canyon for our hike.

The Happy Wanderer

 I love to go a-wandering,
Along the mountain track,
And as I go, I love to sing,
My knapsack on my back.

Chorus:
Val-deri,Val-dera,
Val-deri,
Val-dera-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha
Val-deri,Val-dera.
My knapsack on my back.

I love to wander by the stream
That dances in the sun,
So joyously it calls to me,
“Come! Join my happy song!”

I wave my hat to all I meet,
And they wave back to me,
And blackbirds call so loud and sweet
From ev’ry green wood tree.

High overhead, the skylarks wing,
They never rest at home
But just like me, they love to sing,
As o’er the world we roam.

Oh, may I go a-wandering
Until the day I die!
Oh, may I always laugh and sing,
Beneath God’s clear blue sky!

 

Here we are at our destination looking down onto PCH and looking back at the rocks where we stopped and saw the dolphin. That is Point Magu.

 

It was fun to watch the pelican from above and to zoom in to capture these shots.

 

 

On our way down we got some close-ups of the deer. This was the first time we’ve seen deer on our hikes here.

 

We saw these little critters at the end of our hike.

 

It really is a treat to get out and experience a bit of the wild side and to get our hearts a pumping. Happy wanderings to y’all!

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