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Anniversary Trip

Lynton and I celebrate our anniversary this week. We have been in Santa Barbara since Monday, August 16 and will stay until the 20th. Even though we’ve visited our granddaughters in Portland, Oregon several times during the last eighteen months, as far as vacation, this is the first vacation in almost two years.

Our original plan was to go to Banff, Canada, for our anniversary, but because of the pandemic, we had to change the plan. Santa Barbara is only a two-hour drive from home. The last time we came to Santa Barbara on a train probably was twenty years ago.

We decided to drive this time so that it would be more flexible to go to nearby places. Two days before the trip, I listed of the information of the places to visit. So far, we’re on schedule. We have walked around Santa Barbara downtown, visited the Old Mission, and the Botanical Garden. Today, we drove to Solvang which is forty-five minutes away. Tomorrow, we’ll visit the Natural History Museum and the butterfly garden.

After we return home on Friday, I’ll rest on Saturday. My next trip will go to Portland, Oregon from Sunday, August 22 to Saturday, September 4. I’ll help my daughter to take care of my granddaughters, but basically just take care of Nora. My daughter got a job and started working already. Knowing that I would take a trip for our anniversary, she asked me to go afterwards. She needs me to help until Nora goes to the daycare on September 7th, the day after Labor Day.

I have a couple of posts scheduled for the next two weeks. I’ll also post some news about Autumn and Nora, and try to pop in to check your blogs every so often.

The following photos are Downtown Santa Barbara and our first dinner there.

The drought affects all the plants in the Botanical Garden. The creek is as dry as the dessert.

Santa Barbara Harbor boat docks

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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3010 Followers, Thank You!

Before midnight last night, my followers count turned 3000. I was too tired to let you know and give you my big HUGS and THANK YOU. Miriam

Even though I registered my WordPress account in July 2011, I didn’t get into blogging until July 29, 2016. Better later than never!

WordPress sent me the 6-year congrats. But I consider my blogging as ONE YEAR and eight days old.

Within this one year+, the number of posts I have made: 589

Top Posts:           About Me 424 votes

                              WPC, It’s Easy to be Green 234

                              Bees and Butterflies in My Garden 214

                             WPC Travel Photo, Collage 212

                              Our Love 203

                              TPC, Healthy Grieving 194

                              WPC, Home and Now-Home 186

                              Tender Love 185

                              WPC, The Road Taken 181

                              WPC, Wish 180

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From the bottom of my heart!

Our Love

Weekly Photo Challenge – Travel Satisfaction

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Most of our traveling experiences were to our satisfaction. My husband had more satisfaction in several of the diving trips. I don’t dive, so I went along as a time for relaxation.

Our family vacation to China was a great satisfaction. The tour company made all the arrangements for sightseeing, and we had our private van and driver.

I would say the trip to Spain last year to celebrate our anniversary was fantastic. We love the beautiful country and appreciate the outstanding architecture.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Satisfaction

My Turn

We just came back from a 10-day vacation.

“My Turn!” It is a long story. I am trying to put it in a capsule……

Year 1998, I was promoted from a classroom teacher to a school district administrator.

The package came with 12 work months, 22 vacation days and 10 personal or sick leave days.

My husband had his own business and a flexible schedule.

We started to do one major and several mini-travels a year.

My husband liked to pick destinations where he could go diving.

I don’t dive! I could do snorkeling.

After several diving vacations, I recommended taking turns to pick vacation destinations.

My husband made the last pick: Maui, Hawaii. It was our fourth visit!

This year is my turn! My choice was Spain.

It was a wonderful trip! We visited Madrid, Seville, Granada, Toledo, and Barcelona.

Oh, it was beyond wonderful, because we celebrated our wedding anniversary with Catalonian dinner and watched Dancing Fountains in Barcelona!

(More travel pictures will be posted.)