FEBRUARY 2023: Celebrate Every Day

Several websites, calendars, and books lists the celebrations for each day. It can be an anniversary of an event, a major holiday, get people aware of the subject, food and drinks, or just strange & random ones.

Here’s a list of ones I picked to try celebrating every day this month. These were found at Nationaltoday.com. I also like to go to National Day Calendar’s website. I might post what I do for some here, but it will be mostly recorded on my Instagram page.

  1. National Girls and Women in Sports Day / Hula in the Coola Day
  2. Groundhog Day / Author: Ayn Rand Day
  3. Carrot Cake Day / Wear Red Day
  4. Sweater Day / National Stuffed Mushroom Day
  5. World Nutella Day
  6. Oatmeal Monday
  7. Send a Card to a Friend Day
  8. National Kite-Flying Day / Opera Day
  9. Pizza Day
  10. Teddy Day / National Flannel Day
  11. International Day of Women and Girls in Science / Be Electrific Day
  12. Super Bowl Sunday / Darwin Day
  13. Galentine’s Day / Tortellini Day
  14. Valentine’s Day
  15. Susan B. Anthony Day
  16. National Almond Day
  17. Random Acts of Kindness Day
  18. National Drink Wine Day
  19. National Chocolate Mint Day
  20. President’s Day / National Comfy Day
  21. Mardi Gras
  22. National Margarita Day / National California Day
  23. Chili Day / Curling is Cool Day
  24. Tortilla Chip Day
  25. Let’s All Eat Right Day
  26. National Pistachio Day
  27. National Retro Day / International Polar Bear Day
  28. National Snow Shoe Day / National Essay Day

What days will you be celebrating? Are there other days not on this list you will be participating in?

January Wrap Up / February Plans 2023

JANUARY WRAP UP

New year eve brunch with friends.

Power went out that night, strong winds. But only lasted a hour for us.

Celebrated midnight with champagne and snacks and then went to bed

1st hike of the year on the 2nd. Tried to find an eagle nest by a lake. Trees down everywhere

Worked on celebrating something and posting about it every day. Got 9 out of 31 days. Will keep trying.

Attended a crab feed fundraiser. It was so nice to see some people that I haven’t in a while. And yummy crab and shrimp. Getting close to being out of my price range, as crab prices have gone up, so has crab feed tickets. I usually go to two or three to support nonprofits, but probably only going to just the one this year.

After a couple of weeks of much needed rain, it stopped. Went out to try to find the eagles again. Found the tree with their nest, but still didn’t see the birds. Luckily there is a sign on a fence pointing out the area they nest. Will keep trying.

This last weekend, went to find a waterfall up near Orville, California. It’s called phantom falls. By the time we had planned to go last year, it had disappeared. It’s supposed to be really pretty when flowers bloom in the spring, and hopefully we can go see. We decided to go right now after these storms had to increase the water flowing. As we drove to it, it was raining and we were not looking forward to hiking in rain, but luckily it stopped during our hike. It definitely is a pretty area and pretty falls, I’ll do separate post repeating this, and include photos.

FEBRUARY PLANS

Looking forward to more every day celebrations. Got to enjoy little moments as well as the big ones right? And more hikes and hopefully go snowshoeing at the end of the month.

What’s something you are looking forward to doing in February?

I’m always open to suggestions for adding to my list of things to do.

JANUARY 2023: Celebrate Every Day

Several websites, calendars, and books lists the celebrations for each day. It can be an anniversary of an event, a major holiday, get people aware of the subject, food and drinks, or just strange & random ones.

Here’s a list of ones I picked to try celebrating every day in January. These were found at Nationaltoday.com. I also like to go to National Day Calendar’s website. I might post what I do for some here, but it will be mostly recorded on my Instagram page.

  1. New Year’s Day / National Bloody Mary Day / Rose Bowl
  2. National Science Fiction Day
  3. National Drinking Straw Day / J.R.R. Tolkien Day
  4. National Spaghetti Day / National Trivia Day
  5. National Whipped Cream Day
  6. National Take Down the Christmas Tree Day
  7. National Bobblehead Day
  8. National Joy Germ Day / Argyle Day
  9. National Cassoulet Day / National Apricot Day
  10. Houseplant Appreciation Day
  11. Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day / Hot Toddy Day
  12. National Hot Tea Day
  13. National Rubber Ducky Day
  14. International Kite Day / National Vision Board Day
  15. National Hat Day
  16. Martin Luther King Jr Day
  17. Popeye Day
  18. Museum Selfie Day / National Gourmet Coffee Day / National Winnie the Pooh Day
  19. National Popcorn Day
  20. National Penguin Day / Take a Walk Outdoors Day
  21. National Hugging Day / International Sweatpants Day
  22. National Polka Dot Day
  23. National Pie Day / National Rhubarb Pie Day / National Handwriting Day
  24. National Peanut Butter Day / Beer Can Appreciation Day / National Compliment Day
  25. Burns Night, Supper / Library Shelfie Day
  26. National Green Juice Day
  27. International Holocaust Remembrance Day / National Big Wig Day
  28. National Blueberry Pancake Day
  29. National Puzzle Day / National Carnation Day
  30. National Escape Day / National Draw A Dinosaur Day
  31. National Hot Chocolate Day / National Plan for Vacation Day / Brandy Alexander Day

2022 Highlights / January Plans 2023

found online

Time to go back to be beginning of the year and look at all that happened during 2022. I started off on putting together weekly activity challenges. I did some and then if fizzled out, so I plan to try it again.

I got several hikes in before it got to warm. I had hoped to transition to paddle boarding but only got that in one time.

The biggest adventure was being able to go to Hawaii to visit my sister there. I had not been in 8 years. We also crammed in lots of memorable moments and activities.

I love to post about the different celebrations you could observe every day. I only participate in a few, but I hope to do more in 2023. The plan is also to do a daily photo challenge. We will see, it is a lot harder than it seems.

Made it to several new breweries and checked them off in my Sacramento Beer passport book. I bought an updated one, and already there are places that have closed and new ones opened. I highlighted a bunch of the places here on the blog.

During Memorial Day weekend, a friend celebrated her birthday by going to a few different rooftop bars. That was a lot of fun.

Active 20-30 Club held their annual convention here in Sacramento, California. People from all over came to be at meetings, a volunteer event, celebrate the past term and get going with the new term. They are also celebrating being around for 100 years, so there was a big gala dinner with past members in attendance. As soon as I walked into the hotel, it was so great being greeted by people I haven’t seen in a few years. The friendships made by being in this organization have been so great. Lots of smiles and laughs all week.

Had dinner at Club Pheasant in August before it closed. This restaurant that has been around for 87 years. Our family has had many gatherings there, as well as takeout meals. This place will be missed.

The second weekend of October had me checking out a haunted castle. I made it through my first haunted house production. Only screamed once, and got startled into jumping a few times. I made my friends go in front of me. Expected to have people lurching out at us, but did not expect people crawling and sliding around on the ground. This was at Preston Castle in Ione, California. It would be fun to go do one of the regular history tours of the place sometime.

DECEMBER WRAP UP

December was pretty good. Got the Christmas décor out right after Thanksgiving. Love how festive it makes dark early nights. Watched plenty of Hallmark movies and a few from the other channels and streaming services. Got together with friends to walk around looking at holiday lights. Celebrated Christmas with screen time with my sister and then visited my dad’s side of the family for dinner.

JANUARY PLANS

Looking forward to brunch with friends on New Year’s Eve, having a quite night, and maybe doing something fun out of the house on New Year’s Day. Of course that will be after enjoying bloody mary’s drinks and breakfast while watching the Rose Bowl Parade.

Hope you enjoyed plenty of happy moments this year, and cheers to 2023 having even more.

Blogmas 2022: Winter Time

Happy 1st day of Winter. Time to celebrate the shortest day of the year, Winter Solstice. I searched some simple ways to celebrate this day:

  1. Enjoy a warm drink (one example was mulled cider)
  2. Eat some festive foods.
  3. Recite some winter quotes, poems, or stories. (I will have to search for one of these)
  4. Reflect on the year, and set some intentions for the new one.
  5. Have a bonfire. If you wrote down your reflections of the year, place the paper in the fire. Use it to let go of the past and start with a fresh paper for the next year.

I have been reflecting on the highs and lows of this past year. Especially my not really wanting to do much of anything. But, as I looked back over my monthly reviews, there were plenty of fun moments. I feel like I took a break from any goals these last couple of years. With a new year, I am hoping to get back on track and make the most out of the year.

What are some fun winter activities to experience the next few months?

Winter Activities List

  • Ice-skate by candlelight at midnight
  • ski by torchlight
  • walk on the beach in winter
  • find out what auld lange syne really means
  • snowmobile
  • drink mulled wine on a snowy night
  • build a glorious, elaborate snow castle
  • build an igloo
  • skate a perfect figure-eight
  • spend the winter holidays in Austria or Switzerland
  • catch a snowflake on your tongue
  • take a walk in the woods at night when it’s snowing
  • Have a picnic on the beach in February
  • Pack a thermos full of hot cocoa and go for a long walk in the wintry woods
  • Camp out in the snow
  • Make a snowman
  • Build a snow fort
  • Snowshoe
  • Go sleigh riding

Blogmas 2022: Holidays to Celebrate Every Day in December

Happy December 1st! Whether you participate I Blogmas or December Daily (or neither and just do whatever), I love seeing the festive everyday posts. The next few days I will be sharing a bunch of different lists.

Several websites, calendars, and books lists the celebrations for each day. It can be an anniversary of an event, a major holiday, get people aware of the subject, food and drinks, or just strange & random ones.

Here is a list of ones I picked to try celebrating every day in December. These were found on Susan Boynton’s wall calendar (pictured below) and Nationaltoday.com. I also like to go to National Day Calendar’s website. I might post what I do for some here, but it will be mostly recorded on my Instagram page.

  1. Eat a Red Apple Day
  2. National Fritters Day, Business of Popping Corn Day, National Anytime Hawaiian Day (haven’t decided which 1 yet, leaning towards just popping corn).
  3. National Roof Over Your Head Day
  4. National Cookie Day, Cabernet Franc Day, & National Sock Day (let’s just combine all 3)
  5. National Blue Jeans Day (and Walt Disney’s Birthday)
  6. National Microwave Oven Day
  7. Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
  8. Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day
  9. National Opal Apples Day & Christmas Card Day
  10. National Lager Day
  11. International Mountain Day, Have a Bagel Day (and maybe National Noodle Ring Day)
  12. National Gingerbread House Day, National Poinsettia Day (and Frank Sinatra’s Birthday)
  13. National Cocoa Day
  14. National Roasted Chestnuts Day
  15. National Wear Your Pearls Day
  16. Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, National Chocolate Covered Anything Day (and Jane Austen’s Birthday)
  17. National Maple Syrup Day
  18. Answer the Telephone like Buddy the Elf Day
  19. National Look For an Evergreen Day & National Oatmeal Muffin Day
  20. Sacagawea day
  21. Winter Solstice & Crossword Puzzle Day
  22. National Date Nut Bread Day
  23. National Roots Day & Pfeffernusse Day
  24. Christmas Eve & National Eggnog Day
  25. Christmas
  26. Boxing Day, Kwanza, National Thank You Notes Day
  27. Make Cut-Out Snowflakes Day
  28. National Card Playing Day
  29. National Pepper Pot Day & International Cello Day
  30. National Bacon Day
  31. New Year’s Eve & National Champagne Day

What days will you be celebrating? Are there other days not on this list you will be participating in?

November Wrap Up / December Plans 2022

NOVEMBER WRAP UP

I feel like I just wrote the wrap up for the end of October. How can this month be already over?

Most of the time it was the daily routine of work, home, grocery shopping, and repeat. I did have a couple of fun weekends. The second weekend of November, I went to Apple Hill (in and around Placerville, California) with a few friends. This is the same place I mentioned going to with my mom last month. We went to get apple fritters and doughnuts, and then wine tastings.

My mom and I had a fun Saturday. We went to the Beyond Van Gogh exhibit. It’s one of those immersive experience art shows that have popped the last couple of years. They create a 360º digital room displaying his art and making parts of it come alive with motion. Like making Van Gogh’s Starry Night more realistic with the stars blinking, and the water moving. They also have an instrumental playlist of music. It really helps you get the feel of the painting a lot more then just seeing it in the museum. Afterwards we went to have lunch. And a bakery was nearby, so we walked over and treated ourselves to pastry and dessert. Trying to decide on what else to do, we ended up going to the movies and watching Black Panther.

And last but not least, we drove 2 hours to my Uncle’s place. Some family was not there because they were sick, but overall it was a pleasant visit. We caught up with each other, played games, and enjoyed way to much yummy food.

On Saturday, a friend and I went to a couple of wineries. That was a tradition that had gotten put on hold the last couple of years. So, it was fun to do that again. We visited a couple of our favorites and then a new place. I once found a site that mentioned there is 200 wineries in and around Sacramento area. I forget the radius, but it was quite a bit, and I can totally guess that might be true. Napa, Sonoma and their surrounding areas has like 900.
We decided to check out Housley’s Century Oak Winery as our new place. It was even more fun to learn it’s family owned and one of them is actress Tamera Mowry-Housley. She wasn’t there, but it was fun to learn about their wineries in Napa and Lodi.

DECEMBER PLANS

Looking forward to December. There will be lots of events and things to do for the holiday. I am hoping to do more Everyday Holidays and winter activities check list. I am even going to try to participate in Blogmas.

What’s something you are looking forward to doing in November?

I’m always open to suggestions for adding to my list of things to do.

October Wrap Up / November Plans 2022

OCTOBER WRAP UP

I play Bunco (a dice game) with friends the 1st Friday of every month. This month’s theme was Halloween. I got a gift bag for the most wins. Inside was a little pumpkin waffle maker. So, I made pumpkin flavored waffles with it over the weekend. That was very yummy.

The second weekend of October had me checking out a haunted castle. I made it through my first haunted house production. Only screamed once, and got startled into jumping a few times. I made my friends go in front of me. Expected to have people lurching out at us, but did not expect people crawling and sliding around on the ground. This was at Preston Castle in Ione, California. It would be fun to go do one of the regular history tours of the place sometime.

That same weekend, my mom and I went to Apple Hill. It’s a must go during the fall and winter. Some places are open year-round and some are seasonal. It’s up near Placerville, California. Lots of pumpkins, apples, and pretty fall colors.

Celebrated my Birthday this month. I always have grand plans that I end up just chilling at home and maybe going to a nice dinner or movie. This year, decided on seeing The Woman King in theater. And pizza for dinner.

Had hoped to do some fun stuff Halloween weekend, but I got a cold. So, binged watched shows and movies all weekend, and lots of soup.

NOVEMBER PLANS

Looking forward to some events in November, especially Thanksgiving with family.

What’s something you are looking forward to doing in November?

I’m always open to suggestions for adding to my list of things to do.

Blogtober 2022: Fall Foodie List

In the fall I’ve created a Pumpkin Food & Drink List. I really should do one for fall apple dishes too. Or just one complete one for any fall foods & drinks. But for the moment, I would like to share my pumpkin list. There are a few favorites that I enjoy every year, and a few news one I want to give a try.

  • pumpkin spice – latte (or any coffee or hot chocolate drink)
  • pumpkin muffin
  • pumpkin chili (One of my favorites, I love to make this as soon as the weather chills down some)
  • pumpkin pancakes / waffles
  • pumpkin doughnuts
  • pumpkin pie
  • pumpkin oatmeal
  • pumpkin cookies
  • pumpkin Oreos (surprisingly good)
  • pumpkin granola
  • pumpkin cranberry crisps
  • pumpkin ice cream
  • pumpkin cheesecake
  • pumpkin chips
  • pumpkin yogurt
  • pumpkin hummus
  • pumpkin spiked setlzer
  • pumpkin beer
  • pumpkin samosas
  • pumpkin pasta
  • pumpkin bagels & cream cheese spread
  • pumpkin empanadas
  • pumpkin cocktails
  • pumpkin & turkey burrito

What foods and drinks have you tried? What more can I add to my pumpkin list? What are some other fun fall foods & drinks to try?

Blogtober 2022: Favorite Décor

It’s fun to decorate the house for different holidays. I wait until the first of the month that has a holiday to decorate. This year, I did a week before October 1st because I just couldn’t wait. Here’s a few of my favorite decorations, and a couple of new ones I got this year. I don’t have a theme, it’s just whatever catches my eyes. I am wanting to find and add a raven or two.

Blogtober 2022: Autumn Activities

Time for a seasonal things to do list. I saw someone create a cute bingo card to check things off, instead of just a list. Now I just have to think up 25 activities. There is some ideas below, that I typically like to do each fall.

Decorate the house
Movies
Books
Haunted house
Pumpkin patch / photo shoot
Carving pumpkins
Fall leaves
Corn maze
Six flags?
Fall festivals?
Apple hill – foods – hayride –
Hike
Do a craft

What else?

Blogtober 2022: The Movie List

I was looking at posts of people who like to scrapbook. They create “October Daily” pages for an album. It’s basically the same as Blogtober. The main purpose for both is to document something daily for the month. Some of those ideas are creating different lists (books, movies, music, fall foods & drinks, etc..).

I had the idea to create a two page layout. One page featuring my favorite Halloween-ish movies. The other page will be for any new movies I watch for that year. I am going to watch a bunch to figure out which ones are my top favorites.

Here’s the start of a list of movies I’ll be trying to watch this month.

  • Hocus Pocus
  • Hocus Pocus 2 (already watched)
  • Ghostbusters (and the movies the come after)
  • An American Werewolf in London
  • Frankenstein
  • Bride of Frankenstein
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  • Carrie
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Dracula
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • The Evil Dead
  • The Exorcist
  • Field of Dreams
  • Halloween
  • The Haunting
  • The Hills Have Eyes
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • The Masque of the Red Death
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Nosferatu
  • Poltergeist
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Casper
  • Scream
  • The Shining
  • The Sixth Sense
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • The Vampire
  • The Wolf Man
  • Pirates of the Caribbean

What are your favorites? Any new ones you are excited to be watching?

September Wrap Up / October Plans 2022

HAPPY HOCUS POCUS 2 DAY!

I am so happy they did make a sequel. And it is available today! This makes a perfect end of September and the start of October. I love October for the Fall colors and festivals, Halloween, it being Pizza month, but most importantly, it’s my Birthday month. I’m looking up lots of things to do.

SEPTEMBER WRAP UP

On September 9th, California celebrated it’s 172nd anniversary of admission into the US and becoming the 31st state. I usually like to shout out a “happy anniversary” and that’s about it. I might do more in the future. Like go to the capital or Sutter’s Fort, or even Coloma where gold was found. And celebrate a little more. The historian inside me loves to read about past stuff.

It had been a while since I did a dish in our instant pot. It was a pasta primerva and you can’t usually go wrong with a pasta recipe. I didn’t have the pressure cooker set right, the air was escaping from the valve. I finally fixed it, and it wasn’t bad, but the pasta did get mushy.

We had a good rain storm, YEAH! A week after having the hottest temps of the year for a few days. I made our annual pumpkin chili & cornbread to welcome fall coming. So yummy!

I volunteered early on a Saturday morning at a children’s back to school shopping spree. We take a bunch of kids from a low income area school and shop with them. They get shoes, clothes, a backpack full of supplies, and a breakfast. It’s always so fun & great to see the smiles on the kids faces when they realize these are brand new clothes for them. No hand me downs.

Didn’t do much else. This last weekend, my mom and I looked up lunch spots out of town & along the river. Settled on Rio Vista, which was only 1 hour drive along the river. I’m hoping to remember to write up the memories of the day and post. We both said it’d be fun to get out of town for a day trip at least once a month.

OCTOBER PLANS

I am hoping to participate in Blogtober. We’ll see.

Like I said at the beginning of this post, I have been looking up some things to do this month. And figuring out how I want to celebrate my birthday. I have already purchased tickets to a haunted house at the Preston Castle in Ione, California. I thought it was more a tour of the place, but they make it a haunt house during October. I’m already scared. I easily jump at things I’m not expecting when I see it out of the corner of my eye. But I do want to experience a haunted house at least one time.

What’s something you are looking forward to doing in October?

I’m always open to suggestions for adding to my list of things to do.

August Wrap Up / September Plans 2022

I keep hoping that I will start being consistent in writing up and posting my adventures. If only for memory keeping. One of these months, I am sure it’ll click, just need to sit down and get into a rhythm. At least I have been having fun looking back on a month and see what I’ve done. Even if it has not been much or amazing adventures. I have learned that even the small moments create the same smiles as big ones.

AUGUST WRAP UP

Dinner at Club Pheasant. A restaurant that has been around for 87 years. The family has decided to sell and will be closing the doors at the end of the year. Our family has had many gatherings there, as well as takeout meals. So, we wanted to make sure to treat ourselves to their famous dishes at least one more time. Tonight, were their raviolis.

Did one of the adventure challenges this week. Went to the store to pick out cereal that reminded me of my childhood. I realized that I’ve had pretty much all that’s on the shelves. What would be your pick? Then I waited til Saturday morning to watch some cartoons. Brought back memories. I also found some videos from my mom’s childhood

Went to the movie theater a few times. Watched Elvis, Where the Crawdads Sing, and Jurassic World.

Started creating lists for things to do in the Fall. And one for hikes to go on.

Looked up what events were happening at breweries around town. Saw one had a comedy night and got to enjoy the evening outside with friends.

Went to a farm stand that is close to my house. They have seedless black watermelon, which are sweeter. It was so good. And picked up some yellow corn, peaches, and spaghetti squash.

SEPTEMBER PLANS

I had been looking forward to a 3-day Labor day weekend. Mostly chilled, but did some things around the house I have been wanting to do. It’s almost half way through the month already, so what else?

I am looking forward to the official day of Fall – Sept 22. And do something to celebrate Oktoberfest.

Also excited for returning TV shows and new ones. AND Hocus Pocus 2 on Sept 30th.

What’s something you are looking forward to doing in September?

I’m always open to suggestions for adding to my list of things to do.

Winter Beach Walking

One of the things I wanted to do this year was to go for a walk on the beach in winter. Simple enough since Sacramento has 2 rivers flowing through the city, as well as lakes nearby. But I had it in my head, it had to be on a beach connected to the ocean. Which is not that far away, but I wasn’t sure when I’d be going.

On March 6th, I was hiking with a friend and part of our path took us along a river. There was a nice little beach to chill. I realized it was technically still winter. The Spring Equinox was on March 20th. I had a chance here to walk some along the river and on the beach. And cross off this item on my list.

Have you walked on a beach in the winter time? Did you go into the water?