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Sunday, May 28, 2017

A Delightful Afternoon at Scituate Harbor

Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you all are enjoying your long weekend.  We have had a busy one, a couple of fun parties in the 'hood, some friends for dinner, and a fabulous Arts Fest.

We hosted a small dinner for some of the Mister's friends from work, and this was the menu.

For apps, he served tuna tartare, grilled peaches wrapped in pancetta, burrata with beefsteak tomato coulis and fresh basil and Naan.

The entree consisted of lamb chops with avocado tzatziki and pistachio gremolata,  grilled baby carrots, grape tomatoes and micro greens with extra virgin olive oil and grated lemon.

Sorry, no pics of the dessert.  
I was in too much of a hurry to inhale it.
If my camera had gotten in the way, I probably would have eaten that too! 


The Mister knows how I feel about beautiful warm days.  I always want to go out to lunch on the water.  A couple of weeks ago we headed towards Scituate Harbor, which always guarantees great shopping and good food.

That day, the Mister was in the mood for a burger, so we ate at TK O'Malley's and enjoyed lunch waterside.  It was fun watching all the boats heading out for the first sail of the season.  

Scituate Harbor is a great place to stop on your way to the Cape.  It is 20 miles from Boston and about 35 miles from the Cape and well worth the trip.

I can never visit the Harbor without stopping into my favorite shop, Joye.  It is chock full of unique accessories and gifts at great prices.

I have noticed that these nautical bracelets are very popular around here.   They always look so great with a tan.  
But then again, what doesn't?

Lots of great bags in stock.  
I'm a sucker for navy and white, and as far as I'm concerned, a woman can never be too thin, too rich, or have too many totes.

My Mother used to tell my Sista and me to eat carrots for good eye sight.  I passed this pearl of wisdom on to my girls.

They listened to me with as much enthusiasm as I gave my Mother.  And it was usually topped with the almighty eye roll.  

These are really cute and a great size too.  

Great gift bags.

Lots of fun jewelry, too.

Scituate Harbor is a lovely place to spend an afternoon.  
If you are visiting the area, I highly recommend that you stop by.


A heartfelt thank you to all the brave men and women who have served our country.

Until next time...

Interesting story on military dogs right here.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Friday Files

Hello, dear friends.  I'm a day early, but still a dollar short this week.  Tomorrow, I am headed with three of my buddies to the Cape for a literary luncheon.  I won't be taking any pics outside because it is supposed to rain all day.  Oh well, my hydrangeas are happy.   

Here are some photos of the Lake Forest Showhouse.
I spent four years (almost five) going to college in beautiful Lake Forest.
Unfortunately, Barat College had to close their doors because they had trouble recruiting super smart, beautiful girls who also happened to be future trophy wives.


This gorgeous estate can be found in the great state of Virginia.

I don't think that I would have to take Tylenol PM ever again if I slept in this gorgeous room.


This lovely home in Martha's Vineyard is known as The Cliff Cottage.

Good news...

It's for sale.


I found these photos in an article written about unique window treatments for bedrooms.  There are 30 more examples here.


If you're interested in taking a road trip through my original home state, you'll enjoy reading this.


Speaking of reading, need some suggestions for this Summer's beach reads?
They're right here.


If you're thinking about grilling some pizzas this weekend, here are some helpful tips.


Did you know that your iPhone can work as a level?
Fourteen more tips and tricks can be found right here.


I'm almost finished listening to this one.  
It is a captivating story that is beautifully written. 

I'm still reading this inspiring novel about love, life's challenges and imperfections, and bold courage.
I'm taking my time because I don't want it to end.


The Ozzie and Harriet of national politics are back on the air May 30th.
I can't help but wonder if it will seem as crazy now as it did last year.


I just finished watching the last show of the season of Call the Midwife.  I can't believe that I have to wait a whole year to spend time with these delightful characters again.

If you're looking for a good show to binge watch this weekend, I highly recommend this one.

Scoop:  Guess who is dating in real life.
Yup, you heard it here first.


Meanwhile, I am off to celebrate the day.
It's National Wine Day!

Have a great weekend.

Until next time...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Not-So-Stereotypical Hodgepodge

Hello, dear friends.  Can you believe that it is almost Memorial Day?  For me, this year has just whipped by.  Friday, I am off to an Author Literary Luncheon featuring  J. Courtney Sullivan at the Wequassett Resort.  Unfortunately, it is supposed to rain cats and dogs, but there will be sunshine in my heart because I will be with my two buddies, Anne and Annie.

You know the drill, if it's Wednesday, it's time for Hodgepodge.


1.  What color is prominent in your home?  Are you glad about that or wishing you could cover it up or remove it?

Two colors dominate my home and I don't plan on changing them yet.


And blue.

2.  What's something that you'll never do again?

I will never step foot on a plane flown by Spirit Airlines.  If you've never had the pleasure, this article describes the flying experience to a tee.

This should be their slogan.
Spirit Airlines: You'll only fly us once. 

3.  Tell us a couple of ways you fit the stereotype associated with your gender, and a couple of ways you don't.

I have always been a girly girl.  I adore makeup, jewelry, and pretty clothes.  Btw... this is the way I am going to pose for pics from now on so you can't see my double chin.

I am against stereotype when it comes to cooking and basically every other household chore that is associated with the female gender.  

4.  May is Motorcycle Awareness Month.  Have you ever owned a motorcycle?  Have you ever ridden a motorcycle?  If the opportunity presented itself would you hop on a motorcycle and go for a ride?

Ever since I can remember, my father gave me lectures about the dangers of motorcycles and told me that as long as I lived under his roof, I was forbidden to ride on one.  He had never ridden one but was obsessed with the dangers of them.

My Father should have saved his breath because not only have I never been on a motorcycle, but I never had any friends who owned one.  

To this day, I break out in a cold sweat when a motorcycle passes me on the road!

Good job, Dad.   

5.  If someone wanted to understand you, what should they read, watch, and listen to?

All they would have to do is read my posts from the past four and a half years, and if they didn't fall asleep or become bored to tears, they could safely say that they pretty much know me better than I know myself.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Occasionally, people ask me why I blog.  As I have said before, the greatest gift that blogging has given me is meeting interesting people and making new friends.  Yesterday, I met Patti, a fellow blogger from Pandora's Box for lunch on the Cape. She lives in upstate New York and was visiting a friend.  Patti started our little group, The Tales of the Traveling Totes.  We had a wonderful lunch, and we really hit it off, as I knew we would.  

My little Grandma, Margaret used to say if you made a new friend it was a good day.

It was a very good day.

Until next time...

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