Sunday: From Sunrise Till Sunset

9 Feb

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”
― Jo Walton
A very busy Sunday. It started out with a gorgeous sunny morning and 9 o’clock Mass. I stopped at Sprouts and picked up some beautiful fruit and vegetables, granola, cashews and…ta-da…chocolate covered peanuts. Peanuts-good. Chocolate covered peanuts-even better. I purchased some extra items to take over to Miss Eleanor.

Then, off to the Square to have breakfast with my friend Chris. We had breakfast at Snug, sat outside in the sunshine, chatted and watched people walk by. We always bump into friends. Laura Bartlett of “Four Funny Females” fame was having breakfast with her sister.


After breakfast, we walk around the Square and stopped in at Sweet Spot Bakery to say “Hi” to Miss Kathy and Miss Elizabeth.

Walking back to my car, I heard a little tap-tap-tap on the glass window at Square Burger. It was my dear friend Sherri Murphy and her husband Michael. I popped in to get my traditional “Sherri siting” photo, and to steal a couple of French fries from Michael’s plate.

On my way home, I stopped at Towne Creek to drop off some fruit and vegetables at Miss Eleanor’s, and have a cup of tea. More chatting and sharing stories. By now it was almost 4.

The beautiful day called for a long walk. The sun was so inviting and invigorating that my friend and I walked for almost two hours. A new trail, new sights, a new adventure until dusk. We stopped for tea and more conversation.


By the time I arrived home it was after 8:30 pm. A twelve hour day, from sunrise till sunset. Hope you had a good Sunday, too.


6 Responses to “Sunday: From Sunrise Till Sunset”

  1. agriffith1 February 10, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

    Hey, Toni. What a lovely, friendly day. Yesterday, we went to the beach in Lompoc. A little cold but gorgeous. I went to the library and obtained a card to check out The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, which I read in hs. Why? Just finished The Woman in White by same and this 1800’s gothic horror/psychological thriller fascinated and intrigued me. It was a gripping page turner of some 600 pages. While in the library, I noticed a photography exhibit: Room with a View by Brenda Maltese. I’m learning why Lompoc is named The City of Arts and Flowers. We’ve seen about fifteen wall size murals around town depicting historical and cultural heritage. Earlie this week we visited the local farmers market and bought orange beets, green onions, carrots, spinach, kale, mixed green and purple lettuce and a couple oranges. For dinner we tried grilled vegetable salad we’d had at a Sherman Oaks diner. What’s missing? We don’t know anyone yet. Would you write a blog on how you got to know so many people in town? P.s. Wilkie Collins used plenty of being verbs, the word “got” and repeated ideas, but her writing was still incredible.

    • toniandrukaitis February 10, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

      Wow! You have been a busy gal. Looks like you’re finding a lot of fun places and fun things to do. It makes me happy, yet sad that you will be moving far away.oh no! As to how to meet people and make friends. I think you already have that down. Just be your sweet self and say HI. Have fun. See ya soon.

      • agriffith1 February 11, 2015 at 3:57 pm #

        Well, just as I ask for assistance, I always figure it out myself. So, I went to the laundromat b/c my gas dryer hookup, though promised with my delivery yesterday, wasn’t pulled off. I met Shirley, a retired teacher, who gave me her card, invited me to Bible study on Tuesdays, a retired teacher meet-up group, and a mural project planning committee. In addition, she told me about Lompoc Bean Warehouse. Tim said, “Bags of beans?” I said, “Yes, in bags, but fresh picked in our city.” Shirley said to call her if I need anything. She moved here from Minnesota about forty years ago with two friends in the spirit of adventure to escape the snow. One gal married a military man and now lives in Santa Barbara. One went back to Minnesota. Shirley stayed and met her husband the first day of teaching business at Lompoc HS.

  2. Brenda Davis Harsham February 11, 2015 at 7:04 pm #

    I have been shoveling. And entertaining my lovely kids during their 6th snow day in three weeks. And did I mention shoveling? And next week is school vacation week. I might shop, too, and I am going to look for some color in the produce area, inspired by your first photo there. I may settle down and do some serious writing. And I may not. LOL I have to keep my options open. I hope you continue to enjoy life, my friend. You make life beautiful.

    • toniandrukaitis February 11, 2015 at 7:25 pm #

      Wow! Sorry about all the snow. I won’t rub it in by saying the weather has been gorgeous here, or did I just do that? But, it’s going to get cold in a few days. At least you get to enjoy the kids a little bit longer. And believe me, coming from a mom who misses her kids like crazy, enjoy them while you can. My mom always used to tell me when mine were little and driving me crazy, “Just blink and they’ll be gone.” It’s so true. Stay warm, my friend. Also, shoveling is good exercise. I know, I did it for almost 50 years. Paid my dues.

      • Brenda Davis Harsham February 12, 2015 at 12:25 am #

        This is more snow than I have ever seen. And I’ve lived up here near 50 years. 🙂

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