Joelle Duran (shout_of_joy) wrote in shouts_of_joy,
Joelle Duran

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Lots of highlights over my vacation, here are just a few!

     Aside from flight delays on my return, smooth travel to and from California to visit family.

     My mother and I took two of my nephews to see the movie Abominable and we all enjoyed it, perhaps the adults even more than the kids!

     Thanks to the Towners' generosity, a delicious Sunday meal at Cracker Barrel, though the crowds made for a lot of waiting. And my leftover blueberry syrup made my nephew Mikey happy--a win-win!

     My mother made Key Lime pie and it was fabulous.

     She and I went to Apple Hill on November first. The weather was lovely, it was not as crowded as we expected, and we had a delightful time.

     Organizing my parents' garage felt like entering a time-devouring black hole, but we made a good dent in it.

     A delicious meal out with my brother and sister-in-law...and the fun of being present for Keanna's fifth birthday party (one day early). I've visited for Christmas and Thanksgiving in the past, but it's been years since I've been to one of the kids' parties.

     Between Apple Hill and our Fort Bragg/Mendocino trip, I came across three great Christmas gifts to get for people. Nice to have an early start on the list!

     My mother introduced me to The Ghost and Mrs Muir, a black and white 1947 movie which I would certainly never have found or watched on my own, and which I quite enjoyed.

     I was blessed with an improvement idea for book 5 the day before heading to California and crammed it in that night. Blessed again by my time near the sea around Fort Bragg and seeing some sea caves, since I can use those memories as I edit. Also blessed by how much progress I made with pass 3 work during flights and layovers. Past the 1/3 mark, whoot!
Tags: book 5: editing, cracker barrel, key lime, movies
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