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Quiet Vacation Day -- Starbucks with Sue

Really, this was a VERY QUIET vacation day for Marilyn and me. In fact, I didn't even get up until past noon!!! No, I'm NOT kidding...

Lots of TV watching and iPad playing went on.

By the way, yesterday our friend (and co-worker) Rich was setting up his NEW iPad (go, Rich!!!) that they got (he and Merlin) as his Christmas present. They had such GOOD sales on tablets for Black Friday. Anyway, he had messed it up and contacted me for help -- and I sent him a link that apparently worked. So I guess he's good to go now! (woo hoo)

Marilyn and I both washed our hair today...

And we went with our sister Sue to Starbucks in St. Johns, which was very nice!

Aside from the usual Saturday TV watching, that was our day in a nutshell.

The episode of Batman was WONDERFUL, by the way! All about the Penguin and Batman running against each other for Mayor of Gotham City!!! We'd both LOVE to own it, I have to tell you. In light of the recent Presidential election, this was CLASSIC!!!!!!!!!!! Anyway, if you get a chance to see it, I'd highly recommend it.

The weather here is still miserable. Too damn much RAIN and it's cold, to boot. (ugh)

On that note, I'm heading for bed!
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Seaside: Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

Even though it rained cats and dogs (!!!) all day long, Marilyn and I decided NOT to skip attending the Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting in Seaside, Oregon this evening. We bundled up and headed out, ready to brave the elements. (Yes, I've been fighting off a cold -- and doing pretty well, so far. But what the heck -- we wanted to go. We're very into participating in local activities -- which is part of the fun of having a house here, after all.)

We had on good jackets with hoods (our blue and black festival jackets from a couple years back), so we were good to go.

There was a decent turnout of people, too, believe it or not! It was raining when we first got there, but then it cleared up and stopped entirely. Plus it was a pretty mild evening, in spite of the constant day-long storm.

The parade was illuminated and short -- which is probably perfect, considering everyone is outside and it was a miracle there was no rain. (smile) We got there around 7:00 and by 7:30 the parade was over. The tree lighting happened shortly after. We stood around in a large group near what everybody was calling the 'Charlie Brown tree' (it got damaged earlier this week during the storm -- it was knocked over by the wind). The crowd sang four songs with enthusiasm (if not much musicality). We were doing a countdown backwards from five and only made it to three when the lights went on! Everybody laughed like crazy! We shook hands with strangers and wished one another Happy Holidays and then it was over.

Marilyn greeted the woman from Pacific Power -- Sheila -- who was there speaking as one of the parade sponsors (Marilyn knows her from festival interactions). We each had a glow stick (Marilyn's was green -- mine was red), and we wore them as we headed off for ice cream. Then we walked down to the turnaround to see the ocean and eat our treat, before finally heading back to the car and home again.

We did go to a movie last night, by the way! We saw "Skyfall," which we both LOVED -- and which was far better than either of us had expected (even though we'd been hearing nothing but good things about the film). I'd highly recommend it, even if you're not a James Bond fan -- but especially if you are a fan! It may well be the BEST of all the Bond films (and, yes, Marilyn and I are lifelong fans -- one of the first adult novels I ever read in my life was a Bond book...).

Directly after the movie we went to the Seaside mall for the Black Friday sales. We'd been told they were opening at midnight, but they were open earlier than that, for sure. We got some AMAZING buys at the Jones New York store -- and bought some things at Claire's and a kitchen store, too. We went in a couple other places, but didn't buy anything. It was very relaxing, compared to shopping in Portland, with hardly anyone there to speak of.

As for today, Marilyn didn't take her usual walk because of the heavy rain all day. I wouldn't have gone along anyway, because I didn't want to risk it. I may avoid a full-blown cold, if I'm careful.

I wore jeans tonight that were too long (???) for me. I'd picked an older pair, because of the potential of getting soaked (and wanting to be able to change to my other jeans when we got home). They got really wet for several inches at the bottom, so I was glad to get out of them when we got back! That was really the only discomfort, though, because the weather was very kind to us while we were outside...

The rest of the day was quiet. We read, played on our iPads and watched TV (including some Bond movies on cable). Very RELAXING.

Our friend Rosanna got bad news today about her father. Our prayers are with both of them and we'd appreciate good thoughts and prayers to be sent their way... Thanks!

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Marilyn, the cats and I are all having a lovely Thanksgiving Day, here at our beach house! It has been mild today, with no rain -- really lovely.

I slept in REALLY late (smile), with Colin cuddled up with me under the covers -- and Henry on the other side of me part of the time.

After I got up and had my morning Activia and coffee, Marilyn went off for her daily walk. I stayed home, as I seem to be trying to catch a cold (I'm fighting it hard!). She discovered that the Pig 'N Pancake would actually be open until 3:00 p.m. today, so we could get a meal there. (Seriously, folks, there are very few places OPEN here in Seaside on Thanksgiving Day!)

Before I say more, I want to wish all my American friends (who celebrate) a very Happy Thanksgiving!


Marilyn had an omelet and I had fried clams -- and then we both had pumpkin pie (!!!) for dessert. It was a nice Thanksgiving meal. And call us crazy, but we happen to like the Pig 'N Pancake. That's where we were when we signed the paperwork to get our beach house, just for the record. We've had many wonderful meals there over the years (including meals with sister Sue and deceased friend Mitch).

Speaking of Mitch, we're missing him today. We didn't always see him for Thanksgiving, but we almost always talked to him. I know it's normal to miss our loved ones on holidays. But I'd like to think he's here with us in spirit (as are other loved ones who have passed on).

I feel very, very blessed on this Thanksgiving. I have a long list of things I'm thankful for! I'm thankful for my sisters, Marilyn and Sue, who are wonderful sisters and friends. I'm thankful for my entire family/extended family, which includes all my friends, and especially my cyber friends -- who are so important to me! (Thanks to YOU for being a part of my life.) I'm thankful for my job, that I truly love. I'm thankful for both our homes -- and especially thankful this year to have our wonderful beach house as a part of our lives. I'm thankful for the award I was nominated for and won this year -- and for all the kindnesses I received because of it. I'm thankful for my improving health (diabetes seems better and dental health is much improved) and potential for even better health. I'm thankful for good neighbors. I'm thankful for my talents and skills and the ability to keep learning more. I'm thankful for whatever wisdom I've gained and for the part prayer plays in my life.

I'm sure I'm forgetting things, but that's a start, anyway!

Marilyn and I want to catch a nap -- then we'll be off to see a movie. After that we're actually going to go to Black Friday here at the local mall! It opens at midnight, and we think it might be fun just to check it out, anyway. We normally avoid it pretty much back in Portland, but we're thinking it might be less hectic here. I guess we'll see!

I hope all my friends are having a good day -- whether you're celebrating Thanksgiving or not. And that your lives are healthy and happy.

Black Friday Shopping.

For the first time ever in our lives, Marilyn and I actually went shopping on Black Friday. We were at Toys R Us at just around 4:00 a.m. (where I bought the only thing we ended up purchasing). We also went to Old Navy and Target, but with no plans on anything to buy and all the HUGE lines to check out, we didn't get anything else.

We tried to go to Starbucks at Jantzen Beach, but it was too crowded (and hot in there), so we left. We headed to St. Johns and went to the Starbucks there. I had no idea they open daily at 4:30 a.m., by the way -- something nice to know, just in case.

The rest of our day was quiet. Sleeping, watching TV. Marilyn playing her computer game and me reading my Kindle.

We did have more wonderful food (!!!), which was nice. And we FINALLY got donuts (we've wanted them for days) and had them with homemade coffee.

Oh, and we watched some zombie movie about cowboys. It wasn't great, but it was mildly entertaining (and a bit slashy, too).