Thursday, October 8, 2015

Supermodels & Boutique Hotels

Hello dear friends.  I hope that you are enjoying your week.  This post covers my afternoon of lunch and shopping with my old friend, Skinny Delaney, who is now living in Pennsylvania.  

We had a wonderful lunch.  It was like old times.  

Sidenote to Sherry who wrote me a note about seeing this pic on Instagram.  She asked me how I tied my scarf.  It is a long scarf and I folded in half and put the tail through the loop.  Thanks for asking, Sherry.  I basically know how to tie a scarf two ways and I forget how to do the other one. 

This is Skinny Delaney proving that she can be surrounded by this much sugar, and still not pass out.

The shopping mall was holding an exhibit displaying creations by students of Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

I am in awe of the talent at this school. 

A gentleman came up to us and offered to take a picture of us.  He probably thought we were supermodels.

The gentleman then talked Skinny Delaney into standing on the platform.

As you can see, Skinny Delaney has no fear.

Next thing we know, Skinny Delaney is in cuffs and I'm raising money for bail.  If you're interested send money to:

On another note, my #1 took her first business trip.  The destination was Santa Monica, CA.  My kid has the best luck.  She called me as soon as she arrived at the hotel brimming with excitement.  She said the hotel was so charming.    She stayed at Palihouse which is a beach lodge that offers 37 beautiful guest rooms.  It is a Santa Monica Historic Landmark. 

Naturally I told her to take some pics.  The hotel photos are off the  hotel's website and the rest were taken by #1.  

I'm positively in love with the wallpaper and bedding.

Love it!

#1 didn't have a meeting until noon, so she ventured out for coffee and took some pics at the Farmers Market.

And of the beach.

#1 and her wonderful boss.

Until next time...

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A Fitbit Kind of Hodgepodge

Hello dear friends.  I hope that you are enjoying your week.  If it's Wednesday, it is time for Hodgepodge.

1.  It's October so let's get this out there first thing ... have you jumped on the all-things-pumpkin bandwagon?  How so?

It's pumpkins galore over at my house.  If you missed my post on Fall decorating, you can find it here.

2.  "We have more power than will; and it is often by way of excuse to ourselves that we fancy things are impossible."  Francois Duc De la Rochefoucauld

What's something you once thought impossible, but in hindsight see as more a lack of will?

Two words:  weight loss.

3.  The rose is America's National Flower, but every state also has its own (click here to see the list).  Are you happy with yours?  If you were in charge what would you declare your state's flower?  If you're outside the U.S> what bloom would you like to see labelled as your country as you country's national flower?

Trailing - arbutus is the state flower of Massachusetts.  I have never heard of it before.  The one thing I love about Hodgepodge is that I always learn something.

If I were to designate a flower of Massachusetts, it would be the hydrangea because they are so full and brilliant in color here.  It may have to do with the salt air. 

4.  What have you lost interest in recently?

I was a loyal watcher of The Voice during the first few seasons.  For some reason, it's not doing it for me anymore.  The Mister still watches it, though.

5.  In your opinion, who's the best living musician?

I googled the word "musician" to see if it was restricted to a person who actually plays a musical instrument.  It also includes people who perform music.  

With that being said, I would have to go with Barbra Streisand.  I can't think of anyone's voice who can match her range.

6.  S'mores - love 'em or no?  Ever make them indoors?  Last time you sat around an outdoor fire?  Are making s'mores and sitting around a fire pit on your autumn bucket list?  Do you have an autumn bucket list?

The last time that we made s'mores, it was in front of our fireplace in Texas. 



Can you imagine s'mores with a slice of bacon or a generous dab of peanut butter?  I'm getting emotional just thinking about it! 

I guess I would put these on my bucket list.

7.  Your favorite small town?  Why?

No question about it.  Nantucket has my vote.  Of course, it is breathtaking in the warm weather with its architecture, gorgeous landscaping, and blue waters.  But it is just as magical on a winter's day. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

This week I jumped on the Fitbit wagon.  I didn't go out and buy one, the Mister got it as an amenity and passed it on to moi.  I hope he's not trying to tell me something.

From the moment I get up, this is how I feel.
It's only been a day, but the pressure is killing me.

Let's put it this way... I don't feel the addiction yet.

Do you have a fitbit?  
What do you think of it? 

Until next time...