The Weekly Ramble 11/4/23

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Going into the time change tired. How do we think I’ll feel on the other side?

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One of the things I love about our new house is the Eastern view out my window and balcony. I’ve been up before the sun every day this week (which probably accounts for my fatigue), but I’ve been treated to such beautiful sunrises.

Wow. Such a treat.

Today I went to go visit my mom, something I try to do once a month from fall to spring.

I took the summer off due to the extreme heat in LA and for moving, but am glad to get back into the routine. I leave at 6, drive 2 hours from San Diego to North LA County, spend the morning and have lunch, then drive 3 hours home.

It makes for a full day, but it’s always good to do it.

The week itself was super full and went by fast. On Tuesday, I realized that none of the three costumes I bought would work for me.

I don’t normally dress up, but being in a new neighborhood with lots of kids, I thought it would be fun. That day, I decided to try one last thing.

Walmart had one pair of wings left — I ordered them online — but wasn’t sure that they’d actually have them to fill the order. They did!

My daughter had a dress that she wore for my son’s wedding and I had twinkle lights. Instant Fairy. Surprisingly, several neighborhood kids commented, so it turned out to be a good thing.

For only $8.

I took the girls and a couple of their friends trick-or-treating that night. There were a fair number of teenagers out and about which was cool. One house had purchased full-size candy bars for the older kids which was nice.

There were also a fair number of strangers walking the neighborhood and lots of cars coming in from other places, so I felt better walking along. It was fun.

The best thing was when a little girl (dressed as Pikachu) saw me on her dad’s shoulders and shouted, “I love fairies!” I shouted back, “I love Pokemon.” It was very cool.

It was a fun night, and I’m glad I went with the girls. Who knows how many more Halloweens they’ll do?

While I was in LA, I stopped into Whole Foods, the only place I know of that sells clotted cream. They also sell double cream, but I don’t know exactly the difference.

My son and daughter-in-law are coming next weekend for their November visit, and I thought it would be nice to have scones and jam and cream. So yummy!

I will let you know if we figure out the difference between the two.

In the meantime, I’m gearing up to feel very tired this next week (time change) as well as planning for their visit, two kids’ birthdays, Thanksgiving, two more family birthdays, Christmas, and another trip to LA — all in the next 57 days.

I started rewatching last year’s Budget Holiday Prep and was reminded about so many things, in particular… how do I want this year to end?

Although I haven’t had time to really think it through and journal extensively on the idea, it’s given me some really good food for thought!

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