Welcome to the end of the month recap for January 2024. Here are some of the high points:

*In Sickness and Health – The year started off with a real bang, so to speak, with my husband Jim and I both getting Covid a few days before the New Year. We were so sick, Jim deemed it “the worst New Year’s Eve ever!” Despite fever, cough and low energy for a week or so, we managed to get the house undecorated from Christmas and the garage rearranged, a job that included purging some tired decorations to the trash and donation center.

*Sad Passing – On January 11th, we received the unexpected news that my beloved uncle Eddie had passed away at home at the age of 88. I was 3 1/2 years old when he and my aunt Harriet married, so he has been a constant presence in my life and will be greatly missed by all of our family.

A beautiful Cabo, Mexico sunset…

*Travel – On the 12th, we flew to Long Beach, California to embark on a seven-day cruise on the Discovery Princess to Mexico with some friends. We visited Cabo, Mazatlan and Puerta Vallarta, and enjoyed three relaxing days at sea. For the port visit to Cabo, we spent the day on a sailboat excursion that took us all along the coastline, included amazing food and beverages, and ended at sunset. This was the best port visit of all!

Sail boating in Cabo…

In Mazatlan, we took a guided tour of the city and attended a church service in a beautiful cathedral. We sampled homemade tortillas and guacamole, watched cliff divers and got a nice tour of the area.

Even in Spanish, this service was beautiful, as was the church…

After the cruise, we went to Palm Desert to meet our neighbors who had flown in the day before. We had four days of fun there, which included attending Pretty Woman the Musical at the McCallum Theater, which was a real high point.

Jim at Palm Desert…
Hey, even on a morning walk a girl has to check her phone:)

Beautiful Palm Desert, California…

We finished this vacation with three days at Disneyland, the “Happiest Place on Earth.” There is nothing like walking 6-7 miles a day to get rid of any post-cruise weight gain, and we had so much fun riding rides and enjoying the warm weather! Disneyland is one of those places where, regardless of your age, you just can’t help feeling like a kid. As we heard reports from home of freezing rain, school closures, frigid temperatures and snow, we felt a little guilty being on a sunny vacation, but we knew that we would be back to reality soon enough.

And to think, it all started with a mouse…

* Reading – During some sea days on the cruise, I read Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus, a gift from my husband for Christmas. I LOVED this book so much I blew through it in two days. It was one of those books that I couldn’t wait to see what happened and yet didn’t want it to end, all at the same time. Does that ever happen to you? The book has now been turned into a movie, but my daughter said to read the book first, so I did. Highly recommend.

*Back to Reality – After we returned home, the last week of the month was spent with the typical household chores, a visit to my lovely mother, and for Jim, back to work. Alas, all good things must come to an end, but the great memories will last for a long time.

*Looking ahead – I hope your January was a good one and 2024 is a great year for all. Looking ahead, I have several posts ready to share on thrift store finds, Valentine’s Day goodies, what’s trending for 2024, packing tips, and how to use one centerpiece container over and over and over again. See you soon!

Good tidings,

Diane

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