Here we are…emerging from what has been an historic time. As I slowly peek out from under the covers, I want to take stock.
I want to move forward, keeping what was good about “then.” And I want to look for the good and right and life-giving “now.” A combo of “good old” and “good new” is what I’m hoping to create.
One example of that combination occurred this week. We returned to the place where we met dancing 39 years ago and celebrated our wedding anniversary over our first outdoor restaurant experience in over a year! We were gifted with a beautiful day, a beautiful view, sweet memories of the old and musings about the new.
I also went into my first clothing store. Oh, my. I bought two new tops to go with two old favorite pairs of pants. My credit card was happy! And I visited a local jeweler with a tiny collection of beloved but broken watches and jewelry to be brought back to life.
I tried a new local coffee-pastry place—The Sweet Spot—and a new local book store—Olivia and Daisy–and we did our first van camping trip since October to one of our favorite spots–Morro Bay–and to some brand new spots for us–Oceano and Gaviota Beach. All fun.
As for food? Ah, yes!
🍴We explored Japanese food via takeout from a new restaurant in our village called Mika Sushi. We tasted, and liked, a variety of maki and a thick noodle chicken soup. We will return; we have much to learn about Japanese cuisine!
🍴Inspired by CNN’s Stanley Tucci Italian food series, I bought a large bag of cantuccini, biscotti-like cookies, and have enjoyed dipping them in wine and coffee.
🍴I’ve tried two new cheeses—a Petite Jalapeño Triple Crème Brie (very soft, pretty and tasty) from Marin French Cheese Company; and a cheddar cheese that’s been rubbed with Earl Grey tea called TeaHive, from Beehive Cheeses.
I look forward to this next part of the journey with optimism and gratitude for life. I’ll be reinvigorating the “good old” and adding some “good new.” I hope your path will be filled with all that you most value. And bottom line, may we all stay healthy!