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What a difference a day makes....

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Laguna Beach, from my parent's porch:


My Minnesota backyard:


It is still snowing a bit in Minnesota, and we are supposed to get more. I woke up at 4 am to the sound of snowplows, instead of the breaking of waves. Quite a difference!!

I hope you all had a marvelous Christmas. Mine was wonderful. I was cozy and comfortable in Mom and Dad's guest room with a new firm mattress, and a beautiful house, with incredible parents and a million cool things to look at.

Dad makes all the meals, and they are spectacular. If he was a chef for Sparkpeople, everyone would be on a path to good health, and everyone would be happy about it. His salad before dinner could be from a five-star restaurant, and it looks as good as it tastes. Every dinner has about five different vegetables, all perfectly cooked, all gloriously presented, along with some turkey or salmon, or whatever he chooses. I got spoiled, and coming home to make my salad, I realized how much goes into the preparation of those meals. I'm going back, SOON!!

Every morning, Dad peels himself and my Mom an orange, sets it on a pretty little plate, all perfectly presented. I got one every morning too, and when I had to peel my orange this morning myself, I put it on a plate, to remind myself that presentation DOES matter, and that my Dad is awesome.

Mom would not eat the chocolate I brought her for Christmas, and was adamant that I take it back with me. She won't ever change, and unfortunately she has some memory issues, and it breaks my heart. The fortunate thing is that Dad loves her so much, and will always be there for her. He knows I will come back if he needs me at any time. He is sharp as a tack, funny and healthy. I really lucked out when they handed out parents.

Thanks, Mom & Dad. I love you so much. (Christmas morning...don't you love Dad's festive Christmas vest?)



I came home and my DARLING DAUGHTER had cleaned the kitchen, scrubbed the floors, and was there at the airport to greet me. I lucked out in the kid department too.

I fixed a number of things at my Parent's house. They get a lot of sun, reflecting off the ocean, and a lot of the upholstery needed fixing. I made some slip-covers, made covers for arms of chairs, and had a lot of fun repairing everything. It made Mom very happy, which makes me happy!!

All in all, it was a fabulous trip. I thank you all for indulging me, when I really had no internet service, and understanding that I would be back.

I hope you all had happy, healthy holidays, and that you have no New Year's resolutions, other than to have no New Year's resolutions!! Don't ever set yourself up for failure. IF you want to succeed at something, start tomorrow, then stick with it, even if you have a blip on your radar screen. Life is fleeting, and no specific day will make your resolve any firmer.

Spark on.

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  • MPLSKEN
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    What a great report from an awesome trip! It's so great you had such a good time!

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    1928 days ago
  • KOFFEENUT
    What a blessing - that you have great parents, that you RECOGNIZE you have great parents, that you were able to spend time with them. That your Dad is a great cook and you were able to do something for them. That your daughter is a great kid, which means she likely had a great mom!
    1928 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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  • SHAWFAN
    Wonderful blog. Thank you for sharing the wonderful time you had with your parents. You are lucky to have them both. And your daughter too.
    God Bless and good night.
    1928 days ago
  • MITCHSTA1232
    Thank you for sharing, I can dream of the beach even though I'm also in a deep freeze!
    1928 days ago
  • ICECUB
    SOUNDS LIKE YOU DO HAVE A GREAT DAUGHTER. WE ARE GETTING MOSTLY RAIN BUT FEELS LIKE SPRING.
    1928 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12068097
    Wonderful sweet, happy blog. I loved reading it.

    Have a Happy Healthy Spark New Year.
    1929 days ago
  • AQUAGIRL08
    Awesome parents, awesome daughter, awesome you!
    1929 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
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    1929 days ago
  • MTN_KITTEN
    My back yard looks like yours.

    Sounds like your parents made good on the children department as well.
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  • HOLLYM48
    So glad you had such a great trip to see your parents. They are adorable. And I love that your dad takes so much care with all of the food he prepares. How delightful.
    Welcome back to winter here in MN! What a rude awakening huh!
    Have a great Tuesday.
    1929 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Love the photos and I'm so glad you had such a wonderful visit. As to you lucking out on with your parents and your daughter, I must say that all three are very lucky to have you emoticon

    I'm with you on no New Year's resolutions! Just stepping into 2016 and moving forward.

    Welcome back!
    1929 days ago
  • BAMAJAM2
    I want to be sitting on you parents' porch right now!--- Lovely!

    So glad you had a fabulous visit--- and thanks for pictures...
    Your parents are indeed a blessing!
    1929 days ago
  • KRISZTA11
    I loved your blog, what a wonderful visit at your parents, and a lovely return home to your daughter.
    I peel and cut up an orange for my husband every morning too, he is happy to find it next to his computer screen when he gets up and I'm already at work : )
    1929 days ago
  • MINNIEUK
    Yes there is a big difference between those photos! But I expect you will find the best in whatever situation you are in, and whatever weather.

    It looks and sounds as though your parents are just as lovely as you are, and of course your thoughtful darling daughter!

    Welcome home!
    1929 days ago
  • PJDANIELS
    Lovely blog, lovely attitude. We should all remember to count our blessings and be grateful! --pam
    1929 days ago
  • 50YEARSAWIFE
    Sounds like you had a great time at your parents. You daughter was very thoughtful.
    1929 days ago
  • OBIESMOM2
    sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing & for the photo. Very handsome couple.

    hope your New Year is everything you want it to be.
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  • 1DAY-ATA-TIME
    What a wonderful time you had with your folks in sunny California. You are certainly blessed. Hoping to see some snow in late January when I visit you beautiful state. We don't get much snow in southeast Texas.
    Happy New Year!!
    1929 days ago
  • TIZSLIM
    I'm glad you had such a wonderful visit with your parents. And how thoughtful of your daughter. That view from your parents porch is lovely. One day, I want to live by the sea and if possible have a 'sea view'. No rephrase that - one day I WILL live by the sea. emoticon
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  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Awwww, your parents are adorable!

    Sounds like our Dad's are clones. My Dad is a FABULOUS cook. He (and Mom) live with me since Mom broke her hip in Feb. and has Alzheimer's. Every once-in-a-while he'll cooked and I feel totally pampered!

    **SIGH** The memory issues suck. Mom's Alzheimer's has robbed her of so much (me too -- the Mom I grew up with) BUT . . . as you say . . . she is so loved!

    HUGS
    1929 days ago
  • SRWYLIE
    I want Dad's vest! Your parents are gorgeous! Why am I not surprised? The only thing missing, my dear, is a photo of you smiling so broadly with them!

    I'm glad you made it home safely, and that MF gave you such a grand welcome. How blessed are we that we have such wonderful people in our lives?

    Awesome, awesome, awesome!

    You were missed, but I knew you were doing things you love with people you love, and in the end, that's all that matters. Have a wonderful Tuesday!

    XOX
    1929 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15733790
    I love your grateful heart. emoticon
    1929 days ago
  • SUSANELAINE1956
    I'm glad you had a wonderful time. You have so much to be thankful for, and it's obvious you are. Wishing you another happy, healthy New Year!
    1929 days ago
  • no profile photo CHAYOR73
    I envy you so much!! To have parents is a blessing in it's self, you're a very lucky person................. may you continue to have wonderful moments and memories with your family. thank you for sharing emoticon
    1929 days ago
  • LANADOSTER
    :-)
    1929 days ago
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