October 4, 2019

A Month in Summary - September 2019

Amy & Will
Estancia La Jolla
Photo Credit: Jordan Voth

What a month! We headed out on our two-month road trip on Labor Day, with our ultimate destination of San Diego for our daughter's wedding on the 22nd. We had a great time traveling down the coast (Hwy. 101), visiting family and exploring new areas along the way. We spent a dozen days in San Diego and the wedding was all we could have ever wished for Amy & Will. We celebrated for an entire week prior to the big day with a bridal brunch, meet-the-family dinner, bridal girls night out, family picnic, and rehearsal/rehearsal dinner. So.Much.Fun! And, yet, we were ready to get back on the road and continue our road trip up Hwy. 395 once Amy and Will were married and off on their own adventures to Greece and Italy (!!). As you can imagine, reading has not been high on my list of things to do, but I did manage to finish one audio book and two novels. I doubt I'll get much read in October since we spend so much of our days exploring and the evenings are devoted to travel journaling, catching up on social media, and an episode or two of Game of Thrones. Never a dull moment around here!

Books Read in September (click on titles for my review):

The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt

Atonement by Ian McEwan

After Her by Joyce Maynard

First Lines:

My mother comes from a vanished world, a place and a time that no longer exist. I have always thought of her as a visitor stranded here; an emissary from a distant star that burned out long ago. (The Rainbow Comes and Goes)

The play, for which Briony has designed the posters, programmes and tickets, constructed the sales booth out of a folding screen tipped on its side, and lined the collection box in red crepe paper, was written by her in a two-day tempest of composition, causing her to miss a breakfast and a lunch. When the preparations were complete, she had nothing to do but contemplate her finished draft and wait for the appearance of her cousins from the distant north. (Atonement)

A little over thirty years ago, on a June day just before sunset--alone on a mountain in Marin County, California--a man came toward me with a length of piano wire stretched between his hands, and the intention of ending my days. I was fourteen years old, and many others had already died at his hands. Ever since then I have known what it is like to look into a man's eyes and believe his face is the last thing you will ever see. (After Her)

Movies and TV Shows:

Game of Thrones - Seasons 4 and 5: These continue to be highly entertaining and addictive. I'm glad we still have three more season to watch!

Outings and Trips:

I could fill this post with hundreds of photos from our road trip (and we're only five weeks in!), as well as that many from our daughter's wedding (and all the events leading up to it), but that will come later when I share more complete posts about this trip just as I did with last year's Texas road trip. Until then, here are a few pictures from this past month, some of which have already been shared on Facebook and Instagram. 

Rod and my auntie Sue playing Kristofferson songs.

 Such a sweetheart!
I adore my great-nephew Declan.

Our gracious hosts for well over a week.
Ana, Declan and Mark (my sister-in-law, great-nephew, and brother).

 Rod and our beautiful granddaughter Shaylyn.
A short, but sweet visit!

Rehearsal night.

The bride-to-be.

The proud parents.

Waiting to walk down the aisle!

Me and my dearest friend since high school. 
Kristy is also Amy's godmother.

Mr. and Mrs. William Barron!

I hope you are all enjoying the cooler weather that comes with fall. We've experienced some very chilly temps with a low of 27 this morning in Lee Vining, CA! We still have another three weeks or so of this road trip, weather permitting. Stay tuned for more pictures and travel posts later this year!


  1. So pretty, beautiful bride, beautiful bride's mom (yes, you looked gorgeous), Rod was very handsome as was Mr. Groom. Like the dress you picked - know it took you a while - ha! Enjoy your relaxing trip back up the coast.

    1. Kay, you are so sweet. Thank you. We actually enjoyed getting dressed up for the big event. :)

      We're enjoying our trip back north, but we're not on the coast. We're on the east side of the Sierras. Probably won't hit the coast until we get to Newport!

  2. Congratulations to Amy and Will - they're such a handsome couple! Your trip sounds like so much fun! We're finally going to see some fall temperatures tomorrow - with quite a drastic drop in temperatures. Today's high was 97 and tomorrow's is supposed to be 70.

    1. Thanks, Kathy. They do make a good-looking couple, don't they? The trip has been a lot of fun and we're still enjoying our time exploring the Sierras. Enjoy your cooler temps. About time, right?

  3. Beautiful bride, beautiful dress!!!!

    1. Thanks for your kind words and for stopping by my blog.

  4. What a wonderful month! Amy & Will look so happy and wish them all the best!

    1. It was a fun-filled month, Iliana! Thanks for the good wishes!

  5. I loved reading this and seeing the photos! The last one is quite magical. And I love the ones of you most of all!

    1. Nan, thank you for your sweet words. It was a magical wedding!

  6. What a month you've had!! The photos capture so much beauty and happiness... congratulations to Amy and Will.

    1. Thanks so much, JoAnn. It was a fabulous month. And October has been great fun so far, too. We are just wrapping up week six of our two month road trip. It's going to take me another year to get all those blog posts shared! :)

      Also, I'm sorry for the delayed reply. I keep forgetting to look for comments awaiting moderation that fail to show up in my inbox! I always love to hear from you, so please don't stop. :)

      Hope you're having a fabulous time in Florida!


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