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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Road Trip!

Hello, dear friends.  How is your week going?  All is well here.  Tonight I am off to Book Club which is always the highlight of my month.  


This is the book that is up for discussion.  
Spoiler alert:  I loved it.

Today, I am linking up with my friend, Terri, who writes the questions. I bet you didn't know it is National Road Trip Day.  You heard it here first, Ladies and Gents. 

1.  Have you ever done a spur-of-the-moment road trip?  
Where did it take you?

Last Summer, my #2 who was living in Atlanta accepted a job in Dallas.  Her new company wanted her to start asap, so she sold all of her furniture, packed up her clothes, and rented a U-Haul.  She needed someone to drive her car so I volunteered.

I definitely got the sweet end of the deal because her car was only a few weeks old and drove like a dream.  My girl drove this rickety UHaul that felt every bump in the road.  It didn't help that she has a lead foot, either.  I spent every minute doing my best to keep up with her while saying Hail Marys that she would let up on the gas pedal.

It was the longest 22 hours of my life. 

2.  If time and money wasn't an issue, what roads would you choose to travel and how long would you be gone?

Big Bus Tours
Good Housekeeping
I would like to take a trip like this one from San Francisco to Carmel-by-the Sea.  

3.  When you go on a long road trip, what snacks and beverages do you take?  Do you pack a picnic? Does the back seat turn into a nest?
My idea of the perfect road trip is a variety of sweet/salty snacks, a juicy audiobook, and clean restrooms along the way.  

4.  Please tell us about something interesting or strange you have seen on the side of the road.

I've seen my share of mattresses along the way.
My favorites are the ones with messages like this one.

5.  Who does the driving when you head out in the car?  Do you stop in the rest areas along our Interstate highways when you have to use the facilities, or do you choose a fast-food restaurant or gas station instead?  Not TMI... inquiring minds want to know!

The Mister prefers to do the driving when we go on a road trip.


Because he doesn't appreciate my multitasking skills.
As far as the facilities go, I prefer 5-star restrooms.
I'm still looking for one.

6.  Please share something with us about your week so far.

Last night I attended a surprise birthday party for this young man's Mom.  Emmett is our hometown hero.  Here's why.

Until next time...

Don't leave home without us!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Beacon Hill Hidden Gardens

Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you had an enjoyable weekend.  The only problem with ours was that it flew by too fast.  

Last Thursday, I attended the Beacon Hill garden tour.  I look forward to this great day every year.  The weather is very unpredictable in May, so you never know what kind of day is in store - it's a rain or shine event.  

The meteorologists were predicting passing showers.  I have learned from experience that passing showers in the Boston area can be interpreted as torrential downpours every twenty minutes.  

The weather gods were with us on Thursday because it turned out to be a picture-perfect day of sunshine.  We even ended up enjoying our lunch al fresco.  

Can you tell how happy we were to be headed to the tour?
The cast of characters includes Jill, my tennis bud from Texas who now resides on the Cape, moi, Mary, Queen of the Sudbury Sweethearts, Holly, Mary's lovely sister, and my old pal, dear Annie.

The minute we arrived I was mobbed by the paparazzi. 
Same questions, same answers every time. 

Yes, I am his first wife.
Yes, it's a shame that he married down after me.
Amal has let herself go, hasn't she?
blah, blah, blah.

Our first garden was a drive-by. 
We could just peek in.

I took a lot more pics on our way to the gardens as opposed to in the gardens because they were a bit crowded and you wouldn't be able to get the full effect.

The Queen and her program.
By the way, Mary is always well prepared.  She brought a travel umbrella, and we all agreed that that was our lucky charm and the reason that the rain never made an appearance.

There was no way my Sara Campbell aficionados, Mary and Annie were going to walk past their favorite shop without sticking their heads in.

And wouldn't you know that their favorite SC rep, Jean was there?

Thank goodness for Annie.  She knows BH like the back of her hand.  Because of her strategic planning and razor-sharp sense of direction, we made very good time touring the ten gardens and stood in very few lines.  

Remind me to take her with me to the RMV next time I have to renew my driver's license.   

This pretty table was set in one of the gardens.

I met Hannibal Lecter along the way.
He kind of reminded me of somebody I know whose name rhymes with Silly.

I don't know who the lady is posing in front of this charming building, but I am glad that she smiled for me.

I learned after my first year at the tour to wear sneaks.
Those cobblestones are no fun to walk on in stilettos, especially at my ripe age of forty.

Take my word for it... the dogs had a lot more personality than the walker.

I love the little one's serious face.

I hope they can read!

We were only welcome inside one house and let me tell you, it was breathtaking.  I wasn't allowed to take pics inside, so I took this one while waiting in line.  Don't tell anyone.  The house was filled with gorgeous French antiques and pottery.  

I take a picture of this flower shop every year.  
Doesn't it look like it should be in a Nancy Meyers movie?

I took so many photos of the lush window boxes that I thought that my camera battery was going to wear out!

When we approached this shop, this darling dog ran into the owner and started barking.  The owner said that the dog likes to do tricks for everyone that walks by.  

The owner proceeded to ask the dog who is going to win the World Series next year.  The dog barked twice, and the owner said...
 that's right - the Red Sox.

What a fabulous day.
Warm sunshine, beautiful gardens, and best of all, dear friends.

Until next time...

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