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Celebrating 50 in Style

Celebrating 50 in Style


Heathe, MA & Ella at the Hotel Del, San Diego, CA

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will have truly defeated age.”

– Sofia Loren 

Hello from Oceanside, California…hope you’ve had a good week!

Well, I sure turned 50 in style…I was treated to a delightful dinner at the oh-so-lovely Hotel Del Coronado (a.k.a. “The Hotel Del”) by my amazing friend, Heather (a.k.a. “Heathe”), and the youngest of her three awesome daughters, Ella (a.k.a. “LJ”).

It all went down pretty last minute but they flew into San Diego to join me for my fiftieth and we had a fantastic few days, frolicking about on the beautiful beaches and catching some spectacular sunsets.

Here are a few photos:

Hotel Del, San Diego, CA


Sunset at the Hotel Del (those are Birds of Paradise in the foreground)

We didn’t stay at the Hotel Del (maybe one day!). My VRBO is in Oceanside, which is about an hour north of San Diego. Oceanside is a great town and the beach is stunning but dogs aren’t allowed 🙁

The cottage itself is okay (I am trying to be polite) but a bit, er…tired, shall we say. And wouldn’t you know it but the road out front is undergoing some sort of major overhaul. To say it is noisy would be an understatement. Heather strongly suspects that NOISE follows me!

These are NOT the cluster of cottages I am in but they are super cute, so I took a photo:


Sunset in Oceanside (no filter)


My octopus henna tattoo


MA & Sadie (yup – ball in mouth) on the dog beach at Del Mar, CA

LOVE this shot of LJ leaping on the beach:

After dropping Heathe & LJ off at the airport in San Diego 🙁 Sadie and I returned to Oceanside and were treated to this wild sunset:


I would love to hear what shape YOU see in those clouds!

I must say it was awfully nice to take four whole days off work and have fun with friends in beautiful sunny Southern California. Sadie and I leave Oceanside tomorrow and head to San Diego. Our VRBO is in the (hopefully quiet) community of Ocean Beach, where there is a great dog beach…hooray!

Take care, stay safe, have a great week and thanks for reading!

“If you haven’t grown up by age 50, you don’t have to.” 

– Anon

If you are just joining us on our Bohemian Writing Road Trip Adventure & would like to do a little catch-up reading ? here are my previous blogs:

She Packed Up Her Potential…

Write On – Writing What We Know May Help Teach Us What We Need to Learn

On the Road…But Nearly Not

Surprise! Greetings from Newport

Is That a Dipstick in Your Pocket – Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Dipstick Theme Continues – Don’t Get Excited

Hunkered Down in Hollywood

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here. As a thank you, you’ll receive a short but saucy e-book entitled, Dive into this Chicago Deep Dish – Ten Bite-Sized Steps for a Yummier Slice of Life



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8 thoughts on “Celebrating 50 in Style”

  1. What a fantastic 50th!!! Many happy returns, Maryanne! I am enjoying your travels with Sadie so very much — you look incredibly happy — thinking of you and looking forward to seeing you . . . who knows where or when?!

  2. I was just thinking about you gals this morning, Glynis! I look forward to a walk & talk with you, Midge & Cindy (they will be walking more than talking, I guess) when I return in the spring 🙂
    Take care and I look forward to hearing all your latest!

  3. I so enjoy your travels. You are so brave. Keep up the good work. I too am a widow. My husband passed on 2/11/12 from colon cancer. I had the privilege of being his care giver along with the nurses who came to the house to check on us. I still live alone on acerage in the country. He made it so pretty with his flowers and trees and him. Thank you for your blog!

  4. Hi Paula! Thank you so much for taking time to write me a note and for reading my blog. I am so sorry to hear about your husband passing away in 2012. It is SO difficult, isn’t it? I am glad that you were able to care for him…he sounds like a lovely man! Big hugs to you and I hope you are having an okay summer. Take care, Maryanne

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