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Friday, February 24, 2017

The Friday Files

Hello, dear friends.  Happy National Tortilla Chip Day!  Bet you didn't know that this was such an important day.  I'll look for any excuse to inhale a bowl of chips.

I am hosting a luncheon this weekend and a special guest will be joining us.  Don't worry, I will take lots of pictures.

Here is a list of things that have been on my radar this week.

Looking to buy a fabulous house in Tuscany?  It's one link away.
I hope that you invite me for a visit.


I have a feeling I know why Heather is not returning to RHOC.  She can't find the front door in her gargantuan home.


Think you're a pretty good cook?  Tweet a picture of your piece de resistance to this guy and he'll tell you the truth.  
And he will not sugarcoat it, either.


There's good news for all you cat owners.


ATTENTION: #1 & #2


If you enjoy a combination of handsome and humor, you're going to love this video.


It took me less than six minutes into This Is Us this week to reach for the kleenex box.  This show just keeps getting better.  

This is a video of a fascinating conversation between the stars discussing this particular episode. 


The Mister and I just finished watching Sneaky Pete.  This series has gotten rave reviews.  I don't get it.  The acting is great but the plot gets so convoluted that I lost interest in the last episodes.


We are watching Suits and savoring it like an ice cream sundae.  This show is so well written and the acting is phenomenal.

In my next life, I want to come back as Donna.
If you don't know who Donna is, you'll have to watch the show!


I am a huge fan of Hoda's and couldn't be happier to hear her baby news.


Sunday night is the big night.  The following is a glimpse of who will win versus who I think should win in two categories.  I have not seen all of the movies so take this with a grain of salt.  And for heaven's sakes, don't put any money down on my predictions.

Best Picture

Who will win

Who should win


Best Actor

Who will win

Who should win

These are the only two categories I care about so hopefully, they will announce them in the beginning of the show so that I can catch up on my beauty sleep.


I hope that you have a wonderful weekend.  
If you're looking for me, I'll be working on my beach body.

Until next time...

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A Relaxing Hodgepodge

Hello, dear friends.  Oh, how I wish I was sitting next to this glass of vino while gazing at the water.  We are in the home stretch towards Spring and as far as I'm concerned, it can't come soon enough.   

It's Wednesday, and that means it's time for Joyce to pose the thoughtful questions to willing fellow bloggers.  I always love to hear your answers to the questions as well.   

1.  Have you ever been fishing?  Did you catch a fish?  If so, did you keep it or throw it back?  If you haven't been fishing is that something you'd like to try?

When we lived in McKinney, our home was steps away from this pond.  It had only been a week that we had moved into our new home and the girls were begging their Dad to buy them some fishing rods.  The Mister was excited, as well. It didn't turn out quite the way the Mister had hoped.  

They arrived at the pond, and as the Mister was baiting the hooks, the girls spotted some neighborhood girls riding their bikes.  As the Mister handed their brand spanking new fishing rods to them, they informed their Dad that they didn't feel like going fishing anymore and wanted to go home to ride their bikes.

The girls never mentioned fishing again, and we gave away those fishing rods with our blessings to the new neighbors who moved in down the street.  

Fish out of water, big fish in a small pond, living in a fishbowl, packed in like sardines, this is a fine kettle of fish or cut bait... which fishy phrase most recently applies to some area of your life?

None of those sayings describe my life right now.  However, one of my departed little Grandma Margaret's favorite sayings was that's a fine kettle of fish! 

2.  What's something you're always fishing for in your purse, wallet, desk or kitchen junk drawer?

The Mister refers to my purse as the Bermuda Triangle.  If I'm not fishing for my keys, I have my nose in my bag hunting for my Dollar Store readers. 

I swear some things go in my purse and are never seen again.
By the way... whatever happened to the term pocketbook?

3.  Your favorite fish tale or movie?

The first movie that popped into my head is one of my all-time favorites, On Golden Pond, which features some memorable fishing scenes.   

4.  Are you sunrise, daylight, twilight or night?  Explain why you chose your answer.

Twilight is my favorite time of day because that means two things: Chardonnay and a good book.

I also partake in some cross-examination exercises.

5.  What's the oldest piece of clothing you own and still wear?

I can't wear any of my old clothes because unfortunately, the humidity in my closet causes everything to shrink.  And when I buy the replacements, I have to go up a size.  Evidently, Massachusetts has a different size scale than Texas.

It's not easy being me. 

6.  We've got one more month of (officially) winter here in the Northern hemisphere.  Are you feeling the need for a getaway?  What's been the best and worst part of your winter so far?

The best part of the winter this year was that we had very little snow.

The worst part of this and every winter are the long, gray, dreary days. 

7.The Wednesday Hodgepodge lands on National Margarita Day... will you be celebrating?  Frozen or on the Rocks.  Are you a Jimmy Buffet fan?  If so, what's your favorite JB tune.

I like my Margaritas on a nice warm day on the rocks with salt, please.  And keep 'em coming. 

To be totally candid, I can't name another one of JB's songs.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

How do I get an appointment at this spa?

Until next time...

This cute pup would never be seen again if he popped into my purse!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Keeping Room

Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you are enjoying your weekend.  The Mister and I have spent the past two days examining tile and marble slabs.  We are in the first stage of renovating our master bath.  Between you and me, the process would go a lot smoother if the Mister kept his opinions to himself. 

The first time that I heard the term Keeping Room was about twelve years ago.  A decorator friend of mine bought a gorgeous large home for a song.  The reason that she got such a good deal is that every room was adorned with very busy wallpaper, even the library.  A lot of buyers couldn't see past it which made my friend the lucky buyer.

The house had a keeping room.  The definition is:  

The actual definition of a keeping room is – “an area adjacent to the kitchen”. It is a term that dates back to Colonial times when homes were typically heated by a small fireplace or wood-burning stove in the kitchen. 

I found some lovely examples on Pinterest.



I love the idea of a keeping room.  If we had one, I could supervise the Mister while he was at work and give him helpful suggestions.
He is not as enthusiastic about the concept.  

Bdg Style Blog

Western Cabinet Co.

Love this look.
It would be pretty difficult to keep clean if you had kids, though.

Laurel Bern Interiors


Southern Living

Southern Living


Stunning wallpaper.

Sweet & cozy.
Now that's what I call a fireplace!

Hadley Ct.


Emily A Clark

The Mister and I talk about building a house some day.  We have learned a lot over the years from living in six homes.  We have made our share of mistakes.  I would love to include a Keeping Room in the dream house.  The Mister is not convinced... yet.

Enjoy your Sunday.

Would you include a Keeping Room in your home design?

Until next time...

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Friday Files

Hello, dear friends.  At last... it's Friday.  It was a long week around here.  I missed my Book Club on Wednesday night due to bad weather. The highlight was meeting my friend, Anne, for lunch on Thursday.

Here are a few things that are on my radar this week.

Have you ever seen the 1975 documentary, Gray Gardens?  It chronicles the lives of a very eccentric Mother and Daughter who also happen to be cousins of Jackie Kennedy.  Anne sent me this link to the house that they lived in and what it looks like today.  It was an absolute mess when they were there, and now it is positively breathtaking.  You can find the tour of the house here.  By the way, it's for sale, and it could be yours for a cool 20 Mil.


Planning on celebrating Valentine's Day this weekend?  
Here's a list of every state's most romantic restaurants.


Speaking of romantic places, this gorgeous bed and breakfast is owned by a very handsome movie star.  Hmm... I wonder if he works at the front desk.  
Your tour is here.


Looking for some bright, pretty table settings to brighten your day?  
You can find them right here


Isn't this positively magnificent?  Ann Carrington made it from silverware.  You can find her website here.


If you plan on having an affair, don't use Uber.
Here's why.


Speaking of affairs, the Mister sent me this article and accused me of cheating.

And he's right.


Can you remember your childhood phone number?  I don't want to brag or anything, but I can not only recite my home phone number but also my Grandma's and four of my friends.

However, I couldn't tell you the Mister's or my girls' phone numbers today.

Do you remember your childhood home phone number?


Can anyone guess who this very handsome guy is?  


I just started reading this thriller, and I'm glued.  It comes out on March 1st, but I got it for free and early because of Kindle First which is a benefit of the Amazon Prime program


My friend, Barbara, put this little video on Facebook.  
I love how the Dads take their dancing so seriously.

Until next time...

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