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I am tickled pink to be participating in the Sentence a Day Writing Challenge for July.  This is my first experience with trying to fit an entire day into one sentence and it’s certain to be a challenge!

This is the first day of July, so here we go…

July 1st – In Ventura, CA visiting with family for my Mom’s 85th birthday celebration!

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How lucky can one woman be; my husband, daughter, sons, and grandchildren all around me!

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My special, beautiful, sweet Mom. Happy Birthday!

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July 2nd – Spent a beautiful day walking the beach and pier in Ventura and visiting the Santa Barbara Zoo with my daughter, sons, son-in-law, and grandchildren.

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July 3rd – Today was a fantastic day spent on a whale watching cruise to the Channel Islands where we saw humpbacks, a blue whale and lots of common and bottlenose dolphins; heaven!

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A mother humpback whale and her baby. Notice the two spouts! It was overcast in this picture.

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This is a blue whale! The biggest creature that has ever lived. I’ll never forget this. The sun had come out in this pic.

4th of July – Walked and walked some more at the Ventura street fair followed by a wonderful BBQ and fireworks with the family at my sister’s house.

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July 5th – Long, long day of travel began by leaving Ventura at 9 AM to drive to LAX, then a flight to Salt Lake City and on to Dulles, followed by a drive home where we arrived at 2:00 AM.

July 6th – Never blinked an eye until 9:30 am followed by giving Gunnar loves, lots of laundry and recuperating!

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“Rub my belly, please!”

July 7th – Back to work today after our fantastic week in CA visiting with family, a good day at work and an even better evening going out to dinner with hubs.

July 8th – I can’t remember the last time I slept in until 10:00 in the morning except maybe as a teenager, but it happened today, (just couldn’t get recovered from our trip) and this evening it’s a sleep over with 4 little munchkins, can you spell b-u-s-y.

July 9th – Up at 7am with 4 little ones, baths given, everyone fed, dressed and happy; except for the 3 year old who didn’t want to wear the dress I had ironed for her (yes, I still iron) and out the door by 10:45 and on our way to church, all without a picture… too busy!

July 10th – Monday has arrived and I filled in for another person at work and somehow managed to survive!

July 11th – Worked today and visited with some very special people!

July 12th – Up this AM and off to the groomer with Gunnar and then doing what I like best; puttering around at home, cleaning my wood floor and reading some blogs tonight (puttering at home is what I like best, not cleaning, puttering!).

July 13th – I signed up for an online class about writing children’s books at a local junior college today.

July 14th – It’s Friday and that means a work day for me.

July 15th – Aw, Saturday and a lazy cup of coffee while lounging in bed for awhile!

July 16th – My four little grandchildren came over for the afternoon and a sleep over with Grandma and Grandpa, plans included a trip to the fair with Aunt Holly and Uncle Luke; where we were all very disappointed to find out the Carnival section doesn’t start until tomorrow, though Jacob did get to ride a mechanical bull!

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July 17th – Happy 14th birthday to my special grandson in California; it was wonderful to see him this month!

July 18th – My work day started at 7:30 AM and ended at almost 7:00 PM, I don’t think my fingers have the strength to type!

July 19th – Spent my day at home puttering around the house, finishing a post on the importance of nursery rhymes, watching pretty birds at my bird feeder and the best part; my son stopped in unexpectedly and spent some time with me which made it a great day!

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July 20th – Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it’s off to work I go!

July 21st – And it’s off early to another day at work, which makes three days this week and it should only be two, but it’s vacation season and we all have to help fill in.

July 22nd – It’s Saturday and we waited until after noon for DirecTV to arrive for an installation, but no DirecTV so off to a few antique stores to look for a bench, which we didn’t find, but we did find some old theater seats that will work quite nicely where we’re putting them.

July 23rd – DirecTV showed up today and did their installation, so we are now trying to figure out how to use our TV, Netflix, etc; maybe we need to invite the kids over for dinner!!

July 24th – Paul stayed home with me today and we ran lots of errands, which when he’s along, always includes a stop at Lowes.

July 25th – It was off to work at 7 AM and back home at 6 PM where we enjoyed a dinner consisting of 1/2 of a cantaloupe, seeds scooped out and frozen vanilla yogurt scooped in, mmmm delicious!

July 26th – Worked on finishing up a blog post and some scavenger hunt printables until 11:00AM, then made a quick pass through the house cleaning up, doing a load of laundry, etc. before going over to my grandchildren’s house and finishing up a project we have going for Grandpa’s birthday on Friday!

July 27th – This is my last 3 day work week for a long while I hope, so like the little train I’m saying “I can do it, I can do it”!

July 28th – Today is Paul’s 63rd birthday and the grandchildren and I have a party planned, complete with a banner they decorated and the perfect picture of them with their grandpa in a frame garnished with their handprints and a sleepover of course; they are soooo excited about this!

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July 29th – Today began with four sweet little faces and ended with a date with my hubs of 33 years; to see the movie Dunkirk (should be required viewing in every high school history class) and a nice dinner.

July 30th – Slept in this morning and besides a trip to Tractor Supply for Gunnar’s dog food and Lowes for something Paul wanted (see, Lowes!), we spent a nice, lazy afternoon together.

July 31st – I spent most of the last day of July running errands, such as to the dentist for a filling replacement and the hair dresser for overdue color on those roots!

This sentence a day writing challenge has been a fun experience; I truly hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my month.

Please comment below and tell me about your most memorable day in July.  I’d love to read about it!




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jodie filogomo August 3, 2017, 9:54 am

Hi Teresa!! It was so fun hearing about your month!!
Happy, happy birthday to your wonderful mother! Aren’t we so blessed to have them still in our life??
I love that mechanical bull photo—did you do it too?? That would be fun to see!!

Teresa August 3, 2017, 4:49 pm

Thank you, Jodie, I do feel so blessed to still have my Mom! I didn’t try the mechanical bull, maybe next year? Thank you so much for stopping by and reading!

Leslie Clingan August 3, 2017, 6:19 pm

High fives, I still iron, too. And steam. And always, always have a pile of both to do. Planned on getting to it today but ran out of day.

So glad to have you joining us. Your days are filled with love for your family and lots of busy activity. Where do you work? When you mentioned printables that sounded like teaching.

Happy birthdays to your mom and hubs. Wasn’t Dunkirk a great movie? I would like to see it again. Totally agree that it should be required for American History classes.

Teresa August 5, 2017, 9:48 am

I think ironing is lost to this generation! I’m a registered nurse and I work 2 days a week for a community services organization. We go out to homes and provide assistance with medications, diabetes education, etc and our patients are never charged anything. So it’s like a free clinic for home health. Thank you Leslie for organizing the sentence a day writing challenge; it was so much fun to do!

Debbie Harris August 3, 2017, 7:36 pm

Hi Teresa, I enjoyed reading you sentence a day for July! It’s a fun thing to do isn’t it? Your photos are lovely and you sound blessed with all your children and grandchildren around so often.

Teresa August 5, 2017, 9:43 am

Thank you so much Debbie. I thoroughly enjoyed writing about my month in a sentence a day!

Andrea@WellnessNotes August 3, 2017, 8:13 pm

Welcome to Sentence a Day! I joined Leslie and Sarah in January and really love looking back at each month!

It sounds like July was a busy but fun month for you! Hope you’ll have a wonderful August!

Teresa August 5, 2017, 9:40 am

Thank you Andrea! It was busy, but very memorable time spent with my family!

Jo Tracey August 4, 2017, 2:02 am

OMG a blue whale. The rest of your July sounded great, but OMG a blue whale!

Teresa August 5, 2017, 9:36 am

I know, can you believe it! I remember when I thought they were extinct and now they are frequent visitors to the channel islands and the Monterey Bay area. I love whales!

Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond August 4, 2017, 3:00 am

Hi Teresa! So much to love about your month – birthday celebrations for your Mum, having your children and grandchildren around you plus a humpback whale! I also love those two little birds and you have reminded me I wanted to get a bird feeder for my grandson. Your July looked lots of fun and I hope August is fabulous for you!
Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

Teresa August 5, 2017, 9:34 am

Thank you Sue! It was a very good month. My grandchildren enjoy watching our birds at the bird feeder so your grandson probably would too. We have some cardinals that are very frequent visitors and they love pointing those out!

Pam August 6, 2017, 11:13 am

What a great idea and you did it quite well! I did enjoy reading about your month. Y’all sure did July right!

Teresa August 6, 2017, 11:56 pm

Thanks Pam! It was a busy month, but fun, great to see family. Thank you for stopping by and reading!


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