1. We visited a new Wednesday farmers market in town because the market was closed on Saturday for our Camarillo Fiesta Days which is held in the same place. Some of the Saturday vendors were there and greeted us like long lost friends. Sprouts, carrots, lettuce, broccoli were bought (and consumed).
2. We have resumed our big clear out and declutter which we began before we left on our road trip. We've pulled out bags of stuff--clothes, old towels, and the like. Oh, it makes me happy to have more open space in closets and drawers.
3. Part of the clear out included our storage shed. We finally made the decision to let go of our back packing packs. We haven't used them for years. I listed them along with some quart canning jars and a lovely solid wood quilt rack on a local resource exchange site. Today they are gone, and I'm $60.00 richer. I love the double win--declutter and get cash for it. And the buyers were thrilled to get a good deal.
4. This week on Bastille Day was our wedding anniversary. When you've been married as long as we have, you don't need all the fuss (we never did; we're quiet people), so we drove up to Santa Barbara and visited the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens. We've been there before but wanted to stroll again through the native California garden along the famous Mission Creek. In fact, we bought ourselves an anniversary present: a year membership to the garden so we can visit as often as we want.
5. Back to our anniversary---I am a most blessed woman. We have had a wonderful and long marriage. We both possess a refined sense of adventure and that has worked well for us--we've lived in crazy places and done crazy things. We share the same goals to live as true Christians and share the same beliefs. Sometimes people ask us for advice for a successful marriage. We have two suggestions. 1) Don't take everything seriously. Laugh a lot. Like every day. 2) Don't make everything a hill to die on. It is guaranteed that if everything is so important that you make it a hill to die on, you will die on a hill. Give a little, or a lot. Choose your battles. Happy Anniversary to The Professor and me!
A fun snapshot. I was trying to photograph the wild flowers as we were driving through Cimarron Canyon in New Mexico. What I got was a surprise. Prairie dogs...do you see them?