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Hi! My name is Margot. My blog is about the things I love to do. That could be what I'm reading, places we visit, my family, food, or whatever else is happening. I hope you'll stay and visit a while. Contact me by email: joyfullyretired (at) gmail (dot) com.

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First Paragraph: Hercule Poirot’s Christmas

Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea asks us to share the first paragraph of a book we are reading. As you can see it’s called First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. As readers we are often captivated or turned away by that first paragraph or two. Let’s see what you think about the first paragraph of my current read. […]

Road Report #1

We are back visiting some of our Favorite Places. Our first week on the road was great fun. I think we were born to be travelers. Just think about it:  camping in a tent, hours on the back roads, incredible scenery – what’s not to love? We started the trip at Yosemite. I know for most […]

First Paragraph: East of Eden

Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea asks us to share the first paragraph of a book we are reading. As you can see it’s called First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. As readers we are often captivated or turned away by that first paragraph or two. Let’s see what you think about the first paragraph of my current read. […]

Favorite Place: The Redwoods and The Coast

We haven’t been traveling about as much as we did when we first retired. But we did manage to take a little trip  meandering up the northern coast and on over to take a closer look at the giant redwood trees. The northern coast is different from the southern California beaches. Up north the beach […]

Favorite Place: Crater Lake

Last week Jay and I took a road trip. No RV. We just packed a few things in the truck and took off. We headed north to southern Oregon. We’ve visited many national parks, but there are still a few big ones we haven’t seen. One of those is Crater Lake National Park. We set […]

Favorite Places: Mission de San Miguel

Favorite Places is a feature on my blog that allows me to share some of the places I’ve visited in my travels. Whenever I travel on Amtrak from Northern to Southern California I see an old mission out the window on the west side of the train. The mystery for me has been: which of the twenty-one […]

Favorite Places: Vegetable Gardens

A vegetable garden is definitely one of my Favorite Places to be. One day we were taking a drive along a nice country road leading to Bodega Bay. Just off the road is a nice country bakery. The goodies inside are wonderful but what I wanted to show you is what’s out back. Right next […]

Favorite Places: Vine To Wine Update: July

Since April I’ve been following the growth of grapes here in Sonoma County, California. Actuallty, I’ve been following one particular field of grapes. It’s become a Favorite Place. I’ve been gone for a month so I was surprised at how much they have grown. The picture of the vine above was taken in March of […]

Favorite Places: The Alaska Highway

Favorite Places is a time when I can share with you some of the places we’ve been in our travels. This week I want to share another of our Alaska chapters. There are several ways to get to Alaska: airplane, ferry, cruise ship or the Alaska Highway. If you have unlimited time and you crave […]

Favorite Places: Vine To Wine Update: June

This year I’m watching a vineyard as it matures here in Sonoma County, California. It’s become one of my Favorite Places I’m sharing it’s development with you each month. My goal is to show you the changes each month as it go . . . By the middle of June the plants are beginning to […]