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Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Friday Files

Hello, dear friends.  Welcome to the early edition of The Friday Files.  As I told you in my last post, I am off to enjoy an adventure with my #2 this weekend.

Here are some things that have crossed my radar this week. 

A celebrity chef just put her NYC pad on the market.  
You can take the tour here.


A man's home is his castle. 
 This one is for sale.    
I get first dibs on the guest room.


Can you guess the wealthiest zip code in your state?
The answer is here


Are you making any of these design mistakes in your home?
I'm guilty of this one.   


Who wouldn't want to introduce the original Mary Poppins to the little ones in their life?  This new show on Netflix looks darling.


This new cookbook is getting lots of buzz in blogland.  Many of the recipes can be prepared in less than an hour which is important when you are madly in love.  It will be released on April 4th and would make a great engagement or shower gift.


When my #1 was little, she only wanted to eat pink food.  If you asked her what she wanted for dinner, she would tell me "pink."  It's a shame that there weren't any pink veggies.  When I came across this Paula Deen Strawberry cake,  I couldn't help but think of my girl.  The recipe is categorized as easy.  Yeah, I've heard that before.


Speaking of cakes... if you are in the throes of planning a wedding, here are the biggest trends in cakes.


Is your book club looking for a challenge?
Here's a list of books that will meet your needs.


Are you looking for a job or to advance in your career?  
Here is a list of five books recommended by recruiters to aid you in the process.


I will probably finish up this novel on my trip.  No question about it, Slightly South of Simple is Kristy's best.  It is available for pre-order now and will be released on April 25th.  I will do a full review on this little gem of a page turner in mid-April.  Let me give you a hint... I love it. 


I am about halfway done listening to The Widower's Wife.  So far, there has not been a dull moment.  Plenty of twists and turns.  But as I always say, a book can be ruined by its ending.  I'll keep you posted.


Sista, I've got news for you and it's all bad.

By the way, if anyone is interested, I am the tall willowy one with the great legs on the left. 


If you are looking for pure perfection in your peonies these tips will help.


It was the Mister's turn to choose the movie last weekend.  If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know that the Mister and I differ in taste when it comes to movies.  Not in this case.  The Sense of An Ending has it all - great acting talent as well as a razor sharp script.  The story has a twist at the end that I never saw coming.  You can watch the trailer here.


Just in case you want to read the book before the movie.



My MIL gives us a subscription to Guideposts for Christmas every year.  Today, Robin Roberts interviewed Edward Grinnan, the Editor-in-Chief about his new book.   After seeing the segment, I had to order the book.


In honor of National Puppy Day, I leave you with this clip from The Late Show.
If you like Stephen Colbert and rescue dogs, you'll love it. 
Hint:  the best part is at the end.

Until next time...

Charm Me With Peonies

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Hodgepodge Packed With Memories

Hello, dear friends.  My friend, Sally, from across the pond sent me this quote on St. Patrick's Day.  I loved it so much that I wanted to share it with you.  If you haven't guessed, I have been spending way too much time on Pic Monkey making cute little posters.  The Mister told me he would rather have me spend my time on Pic Money than his money on Amazon. 

If it's Wednesday, it time to answer Joyce's questions on Hodgepodge.

1.  Setting aside the real March Madness (NCAA Basketball) describe something happening at your house this month that might earn the title 'March Madness'?

I had no idea that two weeks ago when I bid my #2 adieu that I would be back before month's end.  Yup, I'm headed back to NC this weekend.  I won't be there for long, though, because #2 is picking me up at the airport to drive to HOT-lanta to find my girl her new home-away-from-home for when she moves there at the end of May.   

The Mister is in charge of these two hooligans.
Or rather, they are in charge of him.

2.  What's a favorite made up word from your childhood or a favorite from your children's childhood?  Does your family still use the word today?  If there's a story behind the origin, please share.

My #1 used to say... let's be-lax and watch a bideo.

From the moment my #2 could put a sentence together, she would ask me at breakfast, what about wunch, Mom?  There's nobody who loved to go out to lunch more than my girl.

And yes, the Mister and I still use those terms of endearment. 

3.  Will you be doing and spring cleaning now that the season is upon us?  I read here a list of 15 quick (under one hour) spring cleaning tasks.  They are:  clean out a drawer, vacuum furniture, whiten tile grout, dust the nooks and crannies you don't get to year round, degrease kitchen cabinets, wipe down walls, go behind furniture, wipe down ceiling fans, vacuum the mattress, clean the range hood, was base boards, shine the stainless steel, clean out vents, tackle the windows, and wipe down gadgets.

Of the fifteen 'quick tasks' listed which two most need doing at your house?  Will you do them?

I'm exhausted just reading the question.
Spring cleaning is not on the radar for me this week and probably not next week either.

4.  A favorite movie set in Paris or New York?

When I was six years old, my parents took me at Christmastime to see the Rockettes and the movie Charade at Radio City Music Hall.  There are a few reasons why this movie sticks out in my mind.  The first, and most important is the fact that we left Sista at home with Grandma and the day was all about moi. 

The second reason is that we began the adventure having lunch at the Top of the Sixes.  I was wearing a new blue dress and felt like a million bucks.  This "only child" thing was a dream come true.

And last, but not least, I developed my first crush.
I was born with good taste.  

5.  What's put a spring in your step this month?

The thought of spending another weekend with my #2.

6.  Did you ever want to be a teacher?  
Why or why not?

When I was a little girl, our house had a small room in the basement with a wall-to-wall blackboard and a few desks.  I loved to invite all my neighborhood buddies over to play school. 

There was only one rule:
I always had to be the teacher.

My teaching career came to a screeching halt when one of my students (Sista) felt I was too bossy and I had to take periodic sabbaticals in time out.

7.  What's your favorite floral scent?  Do you have this somewhere in your home or maybe in a perfume?  How do you feel about the florals in food?  How about wines with floral notes - yay or nay?

My first big girl perfume was Muguet de Bois, Lillies of the Valley.
Whenever I wore it, I felt like I was all that and a bag of chips.
It's lucky Cary and I never met.  
He wouldn't have been able to resist me.    

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Is it just me, or would you love to spend a day at the Unclaimed Baggage Center?   This article describes this place as a holding tank of things that people wanted as opposed to a thrift store which houses things that people want to get rid of.  Jewelry is 20 - 80% off of its appraised value.

Hmm... I wonder how far it is from Atlanta.

Until next time...

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Mister's Garden Gotta Haves

Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you are enjoying your weekend.  My Mister is suffering from some serious Spring Fever.  Every time I look over at what he is reading on his iPad, it usually has something to do with gardening.  This is a guy whose second favorite scent is mulch.  His first favorite fragrance for as long as I have known him is new car.

Here is a list of the Mister's garden gotta haves.  I also added a few of my own.  You can figure out who is more concerned with fashion and comfort when it comes to gardening.   

The Mister bought these Samsung Fear Icon X earphones a few months ago, and he LOVES them.  I don't know how anyone can get that worked up about earphones, but he does.  Also, this is a sensitive subject because he insists on wearing them when I am in the yard with him!!  How can he hear my babbling and singing if he has those darn things on!

We've got to take care of those hands that whip up those fabulous dinners for his supermodel trophy wife.

The Mister calls this the best hose of the 2016/17 season.
Is there such a thing as the Oscars for hoses?

Let me introduce you to the Mister's new toy, the electric power washer.  It's unpacked in the garage and ready to go.


A sure cure for the Mister's OCD.
I didn't think that it would be possible for the Mister to get more organized, but he feels the need for one of these.

The Mister wants to order this to add to his fleet of wheelbarrows.
Chili will think that opening in the middle is a seat for her.

We have used this Roto Planter for years, after first seeing it in action while living in the Sunshine State.  He drills the holes, I  am in charge of doing all the work placing the plants in the soil.

The Mister asked if I would like this for my Birthday.

Then he asked if this was a better idea.

That Mister, he keeps me in stitches all day long.

A few readers have asked in the past how we water the window boxes on the second floor.

Here's your answer.
My favorite part of this tool is its name - 
Mr. Long Arm.

Here are a few of my favorite things.


Love these garden clogs.


A supermodel trophy wife always needs to protect her skin from the sun.  You think it's easy to still look like I'm in my thirties?


The sleeve of the fabric is vintage material.  
Every time I wear them, I feel like I'm Mrs. Cleaver.


When the job calls for some digging, these are a life saver.
I can't ruin my manicure.


I don't have one of these, but I want one.


I never go outside without my bug spray.


This mat is cushier than others that I have tried.


A must-have for my wardrobe this year.


And this, too, so the Mister knows who is in charge.

Now, all we need is Spring weather.
Enjoy your Sunday.

Any garden gadgets that you can recommend?

Until next time...

Charlie Randall Pet Foundation


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