What I Learned in August

posted by Sharon August 30, 2013 12 Comments

Looking back on August, here are 5 random things I learned.

Wedding planning is SO complicated. My daughter is in search of a wedding venue. So many possibilities, so many lovely places in southern California to consider. I got to check out this one with her. See the view framed between the palms? And when you look the other way there’s a pier. I love piers.

This place gets my vote.

In sickness and health really happens. Speaking of weddings, my husband and I celebrated our anniversary this month. On that day, he was in the hospital, so we had dinner in the lobby, he in his green hospital gown, as doctors rushed to and fro. You just have to laugh at the pendulum swinging to “in sickness” from “in health” on the day we had first said those words. A few days later, he was home and we enjoyed dinner at a fine restaurant. The  sun set on the ocean as we sipped our wine, and the forks weren’t plastic this time.

I found a new yummy treat. To top off our anniversary dinner, we ordered gelato sandwiches. Vanilla goodness between little cookies. I could eat gelato every day forever, and add peanut butter cookies — heavenly!

Good entertainment can have a confusing title. We discovered the new series Endeavour this month. It’s a British detective series that features the young Morse of the long-running series that stars the older Morse. It’s a period piece that showcases the 1960s. The stories are complex and intriguing. I watched all 5 episodes and then read a review that pointed out that Endeavour is Morse’s first name. What?! I figured it was the code name for an operation. So, if you watch this fine series, you’ll know it’s all about Endeavour Morse. (Really, can you imagine naming a little baby boy Endeavour?)

Those rescue dogs you see in the news? Here’s how they do what they do. Dog lovers, this is a book you will enjoy. Scent of the MIssing by Susannah Charleson is the story of the dogs who search for missing people. You follow puppy Puzzle through her extensive, demanding training. You get to know the author’s team and how they conduct their missions. I have amazing respect for these volunteers. And I love reading about the different personalities of the dogs, their incredible ability to sift through all the smells of a disaster site and find survivors. This is one heartwarming read.

 

How about you? What have you been up to this month?

Linking up with Random 5 Friday and What I Learned in August.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12 Comments

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Leave It To Davis August 30, 2013 at 5:51 am

I hope your daughter’s wedding goes off without a hitch! And here’s hoping your hubby stays out of the hospital dining room! Love dogs of every kind! and endeavor sounds like a computer program to me….not the name of a man (or baby when born!)

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Linda R August 30, 2013 at 6:44 am

I had to smile a little at your anniversary story. So glad you got to celebrate it later.. Best of luck with your daughters wedding plans.. It sure can be a stressful time.

Hugs~

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a spirit of simplicity August 30, 2013 at 10:43 am

beautiful places you’ve pictured. I hope your husband is doing better soon. We grab our joy where and when we can.

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Snap August 30, 2013 at 11:05 am

Wonderful 5! Weddings can be so complicated … good luck to you and your daughter for the perfect spot. Happy Anniversary — glad he is home and you celebrated both his homecoming and your Anniversary without plastic forks! I love PBS mystery shows and thanks for the book recommendation.

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Susan W August 30, 2013 at 11:22 am

Happy Anniversary, and by the pier would be a lovely place for the wedding.

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin August 30, 2013 at 11:46 am

Gelato sandwich – yum!! Sounds like a busy, yet a month filled with lessons. Glad the hubs is doing ok!!

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Diane August 30, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Gorgeous venue for a wedding… especially love the pier view!

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createdforajourney August 30, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Weddings and hospitals are big stresses but hopefully all is going well now…Great shots…

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Evelyn in Oregon August 30, 2013 at 4:16 pm

I’ve missed Endeavour! Will have to see if it’s on OPB! I loved the old Morse. I LOVE the piers scenery! So glad our son and his new wife chose the venue they did, although I was dubious when I first saw it! Glad your husband is doing okay again.

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Nancy Claeys August 31, 2013 at 8:31 am

Good luck with the wedding planning Sharon — I have to say I’m glad I have two sons when it comes to that situation (and neither of them seem to be interested in marriage at all right now.) Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

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latane August 31, 2013 at 10:55 am

Oh my, a wedding coming up. How exciting.

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augcott September 1, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Hope your husband is better now and that it was nothing serious.
A wedding! How exciting and stressful at the same time!
You know, I have never had gelato … I just might have to now!
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Diane

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