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Thursday, August 31, 2017

August Adventures - I made it

August definitely was a month of adventures!  We saw two concerts (Fab Four and Pat Benatar and Toto), took a trip down memory lane at the Summer of Love exhibit and I successfully completed all the August Break picture prompts.

In addition to all that, I managed to be pretty busy in my craft room too and made these goodies to put up for sale on my Etsy shop:

Cake shaped gift card holders

Ice cream cone shaped gift card holders

Mug shaped gift card holders

Wedding card

Thinking of you


Masculine birthday

Christmas two sided gift card holder



Male birthday or anniversary ticket/gift card holder


Purse shaped birthday/Just Because tag/gift card holder

September promises to start out with a bang as well.  Tomorrow I have a JOB INTERVIEW!  I have been working for myself from home for the last 17 years but the majority of my medical transcription has dwindled and if I want to continue going to my concerts, I need to find a way to supplement the income.  The interview is at Michael's Crafts so I am thinking it will be a good fit.  Still, not only have I worked for myself for so long, even when I was out in the job force I have never worked in retail.  I'm going to think positively.

Over the weekend we have concerts:  Foreigner, Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham on Saturday and Nickelback and Daughtry on Sunday.  Then things settle down somewhat until the end of the month when we go to Boulder Creek for the annual golf tournament my husband golfs in.  We've been doing that for over 20 years!  I'm glad we have some time because I just realized that I need to get the pictures from last year put together for the scrapbook!  

How about you?  Manage to come through August okay?  Big plans for September?  Love to hear about it.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

August Adventures - 365 Pictures update

We have 5 days left in August!  This year is going by rather quickly.  Here are a few more of the 365 pictures I've been taking:

This is the "official" picture I'm using for the 365 book but I did take a few other shots of the eclipse we had on the 21st.  Where we are in California it was only a 75% coverage but I was able to get some pretty good shots, I think.  I used both the paper protective glasses and my husband has some welding glasses which we doubled.  

This is through the protective glasses.

This is when there was enough cloud cover to take a regular shot.

This is through the welding glasses.  

#235 - A sign.  I wrote earlier about the biggest "sign" for me so far this year, when I found the word Believe on our walk in Reno.  This is the sign we see before every concert at the Mountain Winery.  Sometimes we can get a good picture, if there are not too many cars coming in behind us.  I don't like to hold up the line.

#236 - Silver - This is one of my favorite silver rings.  It came with a bag of marbles that can be interchanged depending on my mood or to match what I am wearing.  I love the fact that I could just go into a toy store and get another bag of marbles and have more rings!    

#234 - Sour.  The kids used to love these things but just looking at the packaging makes my mouth pucker.

#237 - Pretty Weeds.  This tiny flower is growing in our front yard.

#239 - Stone.  I have this collection of stones and I am not really sure what kind they are.  I know the striped one is Tiger's Eye but the other ones I need help with.  Anybody?

#238 - Window.  Sometimes the airplanes fly so close over our house that I could almost see in the windows.  Obviously this is blown up a bit but it was a real plane that flew over!

Okay, that brings us up to date on the pictures.  I am going to look for some prompts now so I have clues for next month.   Did you see the eclipse?  Get pictures?  Know what kind of stones I have?  Please share!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

August Adventures - Pat Benatar and Toto

This was our last concert for the season at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California.

The venue is so pretty, up on top of the mountain.  

We were sitting close enough that Bill was able to sneak up to get a picture of the setlist that they usually tape to the floor in front of the stage.  This was Toto's.

We were sitting back five rows, dead center.   

Toto was the opening act and they did not disappoint except that we wished they would have been able to play longer. 

I tried to capture the speed at which Steve Lukather was strumming this guitar.

Here is Africa.  I will say right up front that it is really hard for me to take a video without dancing so sometimes the camera gets a bit shaky.  I can live with it, can you?

They were really good and had the crowd singing along.  In addition to being right in the center, we were the last row before a dividing walkway so there was no one sitting behind us, which made it much easier for us to get up and dance to the music, not that having people sitting behind us stops us from doing that, it just meant we didn't have to turn around and explain that we intend to do so.  

Here is Pat Benatar's set list.  Bill almost got in trouble for doing this one since there were more people around at this point.  One of the ushers said, "You can't do that."  Fortunately, he had already done it, so he just said, "Okay" and came back to his seat.   

They've been married for quite a while (35 years) and they still look like they love each other. 

Here is Love is a Battlefield.

Unfortunately the problem at the Mountain Winery is that they have a curfew and on the weeknights it is 10:30 PM.  On Friday nights they can go to 11 PM but this was a Wednesday so both bands had to limit their songs in order to finish on time.  In fact, the last band usually walks off stage for a few minutes and then comes back out to do an encore but Pat said that they would skip that and stay on stage.  Again, there were lots of songs we would have loved to hear them sing.  The crowd was still ready to rock.

So that is the end of our concert season at the Winery for this year.  We have seen four shows there which qualifies us for Loyalty Status so next year when the line-up is announced we will have preview privileges and can get tickets before they go on sale to the general public.  That's how I manage to get those great seats!  

What do you think?  Toto fan?  Favorite Benatar song?  Love to hear about it!