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There wasn’t much I did in November. We didn’t do a staycation because we had our Thanksgiving dinner feast and leftovers all weekend. I guess you can say we did a Turkey staycation (not the country, though that could have been fun & different).
I’ve been going on hikes each Sunday with a friend. You really get to find out how much there is to explore in places nearby. We’ve been lucky in not passing too many people on these trails. Knock on wood, to stay lucky. I will get to writing and sharing some photos soon.
December and Christmas decorations are so whimsical & magical with their colors and bring such delight. Don’t you think?
It’s fun to watch Hallmark movies, even if the plot lines are pretty much the same. Some people have even created bingo cards or checklists. Just like romance books, these movies are a light & easy distraction from the everyday. I’ve been thinking of using the typical activities they like to do in movies and add it to my winter bucketlist (like decorating the tree, gingerbread houses, snowball fights…..)
I’ve seen bloggers participating in Blogmas, which I might also do. I remember a few years ago looking at a list of posts that encouraged one to write down family traditions and memories. I am going to try to do that and get family members to join, then create a book to give to them.
December is also when I reflect on how much (or how little) I’ve accomplished in checking things off my different lists, and what I would like to get to next year. I really have liked doing these monthly check-ins and plans for the upcoming month posts. I haven’t done much, but I have done little things here and there that are fun to look back at, and these posts help. I’ve really missed the social events and such, but I’ve been okay, for the most part and will continue to be okay. Thank goodness for the internet and facetime. I’d of hated to be like in the dark ages where you were stuck in a house and had no way to know what’s happening (actually sometimes I’d had rather not know about some things, it was very overwhelming at times). But then you wouldn’t have heard about the neighbors in Italy singing to each other from their houses. I love hearing about those little moments of happiness.
There is plenty of things to do on my lists (like trying different foods) that I will try to work on more next year. There are plenty of memories I have been wanting to write down too. And I’m sure there’s some things I can do distancing with friends.
One thing new this month, is that I was gifted with a wine advent calendar. There are wines around the world in it. I had the first one yesterday, it was a French Merlot. I’ll be posting more on that soon, but it is exciting to look forward to each night. Cheers!
And Happy Holidays to you!
General Things Done the Past Month:
- Thanked veterans
- More hikes & checking off visits to different California State Parks
- Signed up for a couple of Christmas virtual runs (and learned what the Christmas Pickle tradition is all about)
- Thanksgiving dinner
- Started watching Hallmark’s & Lifetime’s & Netflix’s Christmas movies
- Decorated the house with Christmas
Music: current music challenge: “1001 Songs to Hear Before You Die”.
Trying to post on Mondays and listen to 20 songs each week.
- Only did one post with 20 songs during the month.
Breweries, Cocktails, & Wineries: See posts over at “My Drinktopia”
- La Mesa (newly opened in Amador County, California)
- Di Stasio Vineyards (replaced Nine Gables in Amador County, California)
Movies: current movie challenge: “1001 Movies to Watch Before you Die”
(2018 edition) In looking at all the movies, I’ve come to the realization that there are movies (like some dramas, horror & foreign) that I have absolutely no interest in watching. Which means I need to learn to be okay with knowing I will not completely watch all movies on the list. There are movies that were on previous lists that I will watch, so maybe I’ll get to 1001.
Books: current book challenge: “1001 Books to Read Before you Die”
- (took a break and read other stuff – fantasy, need to get back to this)
- Currently reading = All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
I’m always open to suggestions for any of these categories. Continuously adding to my list of things to do.