Category Archives: Fun Things to Do


9-Painted Caps

I learned how to make these bottle cap charms from my good friend, Thom Wilder.  He creates some of the most incredible hand-made jewelry I’ve ever seen.  Follow OilCanTommy on Instagram to see his work.

I use regular bottle caps…

1-Bottle Caps

And pound them with a hammer until they are flat…

2-Smashing Caps

Then I torch them to remove all the paint…

4-Torching Caps

They will look like this…

7-Raw Caps

Then I paint them with enamel paint…

8-Painting Caps

Once they are baked in the oven, they are ready to be attached to my candles…

Finished Candles2

Finished Candles

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Beauty BeachSunshine and I get up early every Friday morning and head down to Treasure Island Beach in Laguna to go for a walk before work.

Yesterday was beautiful.  We got there at about 6:15am and had the beach to ourselves.  So peaceful…

Guy on Beach

It was a glorious day…

Sunshine Celebrates

What a great way to start the weekend…

Guy Celebrates

We got to see the sun rise over the mountains…

Sunrise Over Mountain

If you want to meet us there next Friday, let us know.  We’d love to have you join us!!



Sunshine loves working at Vans.  They just started a six-week walking program designed to encourage employees and their spouses to be more active.  It’s called Step It Up!®.

Sunshine and I registered for the program that started last week and they sent us our very own pedometers.  They suggested that we walk 10,000 steps each day.

10,000 steps?  Shouldn’t be a problem!  I probably do that every day before noon without trying.   Nope!  I actually only walk about 2,500 steps on a regular day working at my office.

If you can believe it, it takes me over 90 minutes of pretty fast walking to get 10,000 steps.  So now I find ways to sneak in extra steps every day.

This week I’ve logged…

Monday = 10,379

Tuesday = 10,447

Wednesday = 10,886

Thursday = 12,584

Friday = 10,544

Saturday = 11,489

Sunday = Uh oh, I only have 9,858 steps.  I better get moving!!


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Last week, Sunshine and I had an awesome time flying our monkey kite down at the beach, so we decided to do it again.

We stopped at Costco, picked up a dragon kite and a penguin kite, and went straight to Treasure Island Park.  We assembled our kites and couldn’t wait to get flying.

We learned a simple formula that we will never forget… NO WIND = NO KITE FLYING…

No Wind

Oh well… now we have three kites for the next time!!

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Flying High…

Monkey KiteSunshine and I love to go to Treasure Island Beach in front of Montage Laguna Beach early Friday mornings before work.  We see seals and dolphins, people paddle boarding, walking their dogs, practicing yoga and jogging on the sand.  It’s very relaxing.

A couple of weeks ago, we saw someone flying a kite.  That looked like fun, so I ordered a monkey kite on Amazon and it just arrived.

We decided to go to the beach and watch it fly.

Assembling Kite

Since it’s been about 30 or 40 years since we’ve flown a kite, we were a little rusty on how to get them to fly. Our first attempt was a minor failure…

No Wind Kite

Once we realized we needed some wind, our monkey kite really took off…

Flying Higher

He wanted to fly higher and higher, so we took that little monkey down to the sand and let him fly as high as possible…

Guy on Beach

Man, that monkey wanted to soar!  He went higher and higher and all the people walking by stared in amazement.  We came to the end of the string and the monkey still wanted more.  It sure was fun!!!

Sunshine Flying Guy Smiling

After about an hour, we brought the monkey kite down (almost a crash-landing!)…


It sure was a good kite-flying day!!  We’ll bring more string next time.

That Was FunThat Was Fun

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