Monday, December 21, 2020

Social distancing, elk & high wind warnings

 It's not hard to socially distance at the beach right now (or, ever, at this beach). 

We also saw the local herd of elk:

Yesterday we met my parents, dropped off the boys for what's being called, "Nana & Papa Holiday Camp", and stocked up on groceries & supplies. It was a big shopping trip, as we purchased items for our contribution to Christmas Eve, bought groceries for the largely empty beach house, picked up some clothes for the kids, toiletries for the house, etc. Phew. 

We also took a walk on the beach, watched a couple of movies, and had dinner: coconut shrimp with bacon wrapped chicken. Delicious! Perfect "date night" at home. Meanwhile, last time I checked in, the boys were playing the guitar with my dad, and relaxing at my parents house. 

Here's what I need to do today:
  • Work out (indoors, if the high wind warning keeps up)
  • Budget
  • Menu plan
  • Organize the garage
  • Work on my craft project
  • Take a bath (we don't have a proper bath at our other house, so this is such a pleasure)
  • Choose one of my deep cleaning projects from the list that always seems to appear while we're here

What about you? Are you ready for the holidays? Are you working this week, or getting ready for the end of the year?


  1. We finished our work this weekend, so we are going to do fun things and relax this week. The elk are beautiful. I would have loved to have seen that in person. Coconut shrimp sounds so good, it's been a long time since I had that. Coconut chicken is always good too.

    1. The elk were beautiful - and huge! I hope you have a wonderful & relaxing week.

  2. I LOVE that your growing boys still enjoy spending time with their grandparents. Gives me hope! (My strategy is going to be offering to take my growing granddaughters shopping, surfing, to Hawaii . . . whatever it takes! 😄 )

    Ready for the holidays here, easy, because everything was ordered online, and we have no Christmas tree or lights up due to our current remodeling project. Our plan for Christmas Day is to go walking at the beach, then enjoy an outdoor meal with our nearby daughter and her boyfriend.

    Elk . . . we've had several unexpected encounters over the years while out hiking along our western coastline. I'm always equal parts thrilled and terrified - I know them to be ferocious protectors of their territory, babies, and in the case of males, their harem!

    1. Oh, they really do enjoy time with my parents so very much. I feel grateful that my parents are willing & healthy & that the kids appreciate the time together.

  3. I feel like we only had three things to do on our list for the holidays and I have not spent time on any of them. Wrapping a gift for JB (I'd rather see a fabric bag but I don't have time for that), a very small gift for PiC (but I didn't buy it yet), and figuring out food.

  4. You certainly have everything planned well.

    1. I like plans, even though they only happen about half the time! It keeps me motivated, at least.