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This past weekend we traveled to the central coast of California.  We were in Ventura and Oxnard and I was pleasantly surprised with what there was to see.

Although we were there for a soccer tournament  we still had a chance to be tourists.  The Ventura Harbor Village offers quite a visual of  boats, large and small. This one was called the Dragon Lady.

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Of course the little shops are full of pricey items . My favorite was a hat shop. I felt like Audrey Hepburn in this one.

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This one was too orange for me, but still very pretty.

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If you’re an outlet shopper you must go to the Camarrillo outlet center, which has over 100 stores, but be prepared, parking was a chore,  and I’m thinking you’ll need at least 2 days to visit all the shops.

Sadly, we ran out of time. So many things were left unseen;  maybe next time we’ll have more time.

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”—Confucius


Many years ago women wore aprons for cooking, and cleaning, now, not so much. I remember my mother wearing them all the time as she worked in the home.  Now aprons are more of a decoration, and I have  seen some lovely ones on Pinterest.

  At one point I was making aprons from recycled jeans, so  I decided to participate in a craft show , and thought  that my aprons  would be a big hit.  Well they were a big hit, in a way.  The people gave me many compliments and examined them very carefully, but then never even bought one.  I could hear them trying to figure out how I made them and tried to guess what part of the jeans I had used.  But still, not one person bought a single one. One person came back twice and looked at a certain apron. I could tell she was debating on what to do, well she finally walked away without the apron.

Disappointment turned into anger, but then I realized that I did the very same thing when I attended craft shows.  I’d always examine the item very carefully and then I’d say, ” Oh I can make that.” and walk away.  Actually, I still do this.  Well I guess the old saying is true; “What goes around, comes around.” Lesson learned!  But I’m not going to be discouraged and will now continue to make my aprons and see if I can do a little better.

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