A Little Moving Excitement!

When it came time to unload the packed moving truck, we had the help of Collin, Toni, and Brady. Collin just turned 23, Toni is 22, and Brady is about 28, I think. Kids. According to Collin and Toni, the story went like this:

Someone carried down a rather large box and sat it on the ground. For whatever reason, someone else gave the box a little shove with their foot, at which time the box began to make an odd noise….a vibrating noise! As told by Toni, Collin turned a million shades of red, and the three of them all looked at each other with startled embarrassment. Collin informed Scott that something in the box was vibrating and that they weren’t touching it. Scott just moved the box into the garage and kept unloading. Curiosity got the best of Toni, and she decided that she was going to solve the question of what it was, regardless of how embarrassing it might be! Leave it to the girl! This, my friends, is what she found….

ImageIt’s Scott’s cordless trimmer! tsk tsk tsk. Sure made me laugh!



The Full Moon Wine Bar & Bistro

Since we are now living in a totally new city, I’m excited to try new places to eat and drink! My friend, Pam, was in Cayucos to see her in-laws and her daughter for Mother’s Day. Pam and Caitlin invited me to join them for gourmet goodies and a glass of wine at the Full Moon Wine Bar & Bistro in Cayucos, which is only a few minutes up the road from me.

As soon as I walked into the place, I was greeted with warm smiles and friendly hellos from the owners, Jeannettie and Mika. What a way to make a person feel welcomed!

I started with a glass of sangria. It wasn’t your run-of-the-mill sangria. It was a gorgeous glass of pink liquid, decorated with a variety of gorgeous fresh fruit and sprinkled with a touch of pomegranite seeds! I won’t give away the secret that makes it pink, but it was deliciously refreshing! 


Next, I was treated to a plate of petite lovlies that included a variety of cheeses, fresh miniature tomatoes, and homemade pesto, all sitting atop a star shaped bit of bread. Absolutely lovely! My favorite was the 5 year aged cheddar, rolled in coffee and lavendar. Divine!Image

The fresh onion soup was fabulous! A tasty broth, lots of onions, and yummy croutons. I should have snapped a pic before I’d eaten the croutons!ImageDessert was a delicious bit of tasty pleasure! A chocolate truffle, a fresh raspberry, a dab of caramel, sitting in a puddle of caramel sauce. I had to eat it very slowly, just because I wanted to savor each and every bit!Image

The Full Moon Wine Bar & Bistro also has wine tasting, a variety of beer, and other lovely goodies to savor. It’s located in the heart of downtown Cayucos. You can enjoy a relaxing time with your best guy or girl, or enjoy time with your friends with great hosts, drinks, food, and a beautiful view of the ocean. I’ll definitely be going back! 

The Big Move

Leaving our home in Bakersfield was bittersweet. In taking the transfer to the coast, we were fulfilling a dream and moving to a place where my health could be better. In moving, we were leaving behind family, friends, and 10 years of memories. It was both sad and exciting.



The growth chart written on the kitchen wall. As I took this picture just before I left the house, I couldn’t help but feel a wave of emotion and sentiment. 


All loaded up and ready to leave.



Chunk barked with excitement, then settled in and enjoyed the ride. Shamus didn’t seem to mind his first trip in the new kitty carrier. He’d let me know he was there from time to time, but they were both really good travelers!


It doesn’t look so big from the back, but it was! We hit wind in a few spots along the way, and it was a bit hairy to watch that truck rock back and forth! 

I didn’t get any pictures of the crew unloading the truck, because I was too busy working! Thanks to Brady, Jen, Collin & Toni, we got everything unloaded. We’d have been lost without you guys! 

We love the new house, though it’s quite a bit smaller than the Bakersfield house. Trying to figure out where to put things and how to set up my sewing and longarm rooms is a bit of a challenge, to say the least. To say that I’m purging doesn’t even begin to describe it! There won’t be a guest room after all, but there will be room to throw down an air bed or two! Our neighborhood is full of very friendly people, and the neighbors across the street brought over fresh baked cookies on the night we moved in. Chunky has gotten acquainted with several of the local pups, and we enjoy our daily walks. I can sit on the balcony in the evenings and hear the sounds of the ocean and music of the frogs that inhabit the creek that runs across the back of our yard. A beach walk is literally down the street. It’s challenging to scale down so much, but I think it will be well worth it in the long run! 


1 Cup of Chaos, a Teaspoon of Excitement, and a Lot Of Sugar!

Packing is in full swing at my house, thus the cup of chaos! A lot more than a cup actually, but you get the picture. The excitement is all about where we’re moving to…the Central California Coast! Never in my wildest dreams, did I think something like this would ever happen! It truly is a dream come true, and I’m finally realizing that it’s happening! Gives me that little flutter of panic to realize how much still needs to be done, but as Collin said to me last night, “You’re almost to it’s all good!” It’s the getting there that’s so hard. 

I’m so completely exhausted at this point, that I feel as if my body and mind are numb. Yesterday, I worked through my day in a fog. With Scott being home only on the weekends, the packing of the house has been left to me. It’s truly by God’s grace that I’m still standing, and my arthritis and fibromyalgia hasn’t put me under! This is my garage a few days ago. There are a lot more boxes packed and stacked now! 


I have today and tomorrow to finish up, then we start loading on Saturday morning. Hopefully, we’ll be ready to drive over to the new house and unload on Sunday. Now I just need a big ol’ shot of energy with a side of focus! Anyone have any to share?

In the midst of the chaos and excitement, came the big helping of sugar! The sugar would be my BMQG friends. They hosted a little get together at Tahoe Joe’s for me last night. I was expecting nothing more than a drink or two, dinner, and a fun evening of visiting. I got goodies, too! Shamus approved, of course!


Terry couldn’t make it, but she sent along the gift of the lovely Longaburger basket and liner. I’m gonna fill it with fat quarters! Holley called to let me know that she had a meeting she had to attend, but invited me to get to the restaurant a little early for a drink and a hug. She gave me the gardening gloves and clippers. Since Scott lost my clippers, I was tickled to get a new pair! Meg also came a little early, and she brought her little girl, Samantha. I’d not yet met her, so I was very glad Meg brought her. She’s such a little sweety! Meg made me the sweet hexie mug rug. I’ll think of her every time I use it, and I will use it!  Marissa gave me a Kaffe Fassett charm pack. She works at Strawberry Patches, so she knows what I get all excited about! Kaffe! The rest of the guild members gifted me with the beautiful glass vase filled with Kaffe fabrics, Kaffe’s new book (forgot to get it in the shot), and a gift certificate to my favorite central coast quilt shop! 

After I got home last night, I let myself have a good cry. I started to look at your cards this morning, and started to cry again! I set them aside to read later. I’ve made some wonderful friends through this group, and I’m thankful to have been a part of helping our group grow. Our Saturday sew-ins were the best! It always allowed us to get to know each other a bit more, and to just let down and enjoy each other’s company! I’m truly going to miss you guys! Thank you so much, for not only the gifts of last night, but the many cherished gifts of friendship, kindness and encouragement that you’ve all given me. I look forward to visits from you at my new house! The door is always open!