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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A Discombobulated Medley

Hello, dear friends.  It is a bitterly cold morning here in Massachusetts.  I talked to my two Texas chickadees last night, and they told me that it isn't much warmer there. 

Today, I am linking up with Terri, of A Friend from Florida for the Wednesday Medley.  

1.  With the holidays coming, what is your most essential appliance to help you prepare for the celebrations?

Considering the fact that I don't cook, it would have to be the coffee maker, one of the few appliances that I know how to use.  I just ordered a new one because our old one has seen better days.

But then again, so have I.

I ordered the same model for the third time in a row.  This drives the Mister crazy.  He always wants me to order the most complicated machine with knobs and buttons galore.  The best part is that he doesn't even drink coffee!  He just likes complicated-looking things.

Time and time again, I calmly explain to the Mister that the reason I don't want a different model of appliances, phones, or cars is that I hate reading manuals.

2.  What is your favorite (clean) word?

This is my favorite word for a couple of reasons.  One reason is discombobulated is exactly how I feel when I find myself out of my regular routine or I have to read a manual or learn something new. 

The second reason is that the word discombobulated is so darn fun to say.

Try it.
You'll thank me later. 

3. Are you a good judge of character?

You bet your sweet bippy, I am.

4.  What is the last thing you took a picture of?  
Can you share it with us?

The last picture on my phone is of this handsome guy.  I parked next to him at the grocery store.

He had the nerve to ask me if I was single.
I answered in your dreams, buddy.

5.  Tomorrow is Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day.  
How do you intend to celebrate?

I plan to snack more.

6.  Tell us something random about your week.

All week I have been longing for some divine inspiration and drive to begin decorating for Christmas.

I'm still waiting.

Until next time...


Has anyone seen Chili?

Monday, November 12, 2018

Mad About Madison

Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you enjoyed your weekend.  Ours was low-key, but we got a lot done. 

A few months ago, my old high school buddy Madalyn, who lives in New York, and I planned a mini-reunion.  We decided to meet in the middle which turned out to be Madison, Connecticut.

The last time that I spent time in Madison was when I was a little girl.  My parents used to take us to Madison for a craft fair hosted by a convent at Christmastime.  

Needless to say, Sista and I were never thrilled to go because we felt that we spent enough time kowtowing to nuns during the week.  But I'll save that for another blog post and therapy session.

Last week was a different story.  I was looking forward to getting to know the town of Madison.  Madalyn was not due to arrive at the hotel until 5ish, so I left early and looked forward to spending a good part of the day browsing Madison Center.

My first stop was R.J. Julia Booksellers.  I had read about this well-known store on the New England Today website which awarded it Best Bookstore in Connecticut.

My first impression of the store was its warmth and charm.  

The relaxed ambiance, substantial inventory, and the bustling of eager customers and helpful sales personnel had me thinking that this would be the ideal setting for a Nancy Meyers movie.

Are you listening, Hollywood?

Speaking of Hollywood, can you see all of those black and white photos on the wall?  They are autographed headshots of stars that have visited the store.

The moment I heard this I started to pay closer attention to the clientele.

The second-floor houses Young Adult and Children's books. This is the YA room.  I bet there is plenty of lively discussion around that lovely antique table. 

The store also has plenty of unique gift items.

And games too!
I gave some thought to buying this one just in case there was a lull in conversation that night.

I took advantage of the on-site cafe.  
It was very busy.

It's no wonder I had to wait for a table - the food was delish.

So many shops, so little time.

My keen window shopping skills brought me inside Maggie's.

This is the lovely owner of Maggie's.  I bet you think her name is Maggie.  Nope.  Her name is Gretchen.  She has owned the store for several years.  She grew up in retail - her parents owned a large shop in Naples, FL.

I wish that I could highlight every piece of Maggie's gorgeous inventory of home decorating as well as gift items.

I don't know why this photo came out so yellow.  I fell in love with this bedding ensemble.  Maggie's has beautiful linens, towels, as well as everything needed to set a stunning table.

Maggie's has an on-site design center including custom furniture.  Gretchen told me that she just finished decorating a beautiful home in my neck of the woods, Hingham.

I bid goodbye to this adorable preppy Santa and was on my way.

My next stop was my new home-away-from-home for the next 24 hours, the Madison Beach Hotel.

I was greeted by Annie, a lovely young lady at the helm of the front desk.  Annie filled me in on this gracious 82 room hotel and all its amenities including a spa. 

She also gave me a free drink ticket.
I knew I was going to like this place.

I got this photo off the website because my pic of my room didn't come out very well.  My lovely guest room looked just like this with a gas fireplace and spacious bathroom. 

The room was heavenly, but the view was the show stopper.

I met my bestie, Madalyn in the bar for a celebratory glass of free wine and then enjoyed a delicious dinner in the restaurant.

Even though I had not seen Madalyn in many years, it seemed like yesterday that we were getting in all sorts of trouble with the nuns.  

There I go talking about nuns again!

The next morning I was up in time to take in the sunrise with coffee in hand.

Over breakfast, we perused the yearbook and started planning next year's reunion. 
We agreed on same time, same place.
I'm already counting the minutes. 

Until next time...

Mary Todd Lincoln Coffman at Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Saturday 9/The Middle

Patrick Fore/Upsplash

Hello, dear friends.  I hope that your weekend is going well.  I just got back from Madison, Connecticut where I met my old high school bestie.  It was like old times - we never stopped laughing.

Today, I am linking up with Saturday 9.

The theme of the day is The Middle.
If you are not familiar with this tune, you can listen to it here.

1. This song is about compromise.  
When did you recently give in a little and meet someone halfway?

Madalyn and I met at the halfway point between our homes for our mini-reunion.

2. She sings that the floors are wet.  Are there any floors in your home that could use a good scrub today?  If you answered yes, will those floors get cleaned this weekend?

Whatever gave you the idea that my floors need a good scrubbing?

3.  She also sings that the cabinets are bare.  
What's currently on your shopping list?

We have certain items that remain on our weekly staple list.

4. You may be familiar with this song from Target's TV commercials.  
Do you shop at Target?

Business Insider

Target is my middle name!
I usually end up in the same predicament as this young lady when I run in for a bottle of shampoo.

5.  The lead vocal is handled by Maren Morris, a Grammy winner for "My Church,"  which is all about singing with the car radio.  What's the last song you sang along with?

You can always hear me singing along with Pandora at home.  Nine times out of ten I am using a wooden spoon or a hairbrush as a mike.  

The last time I sang along?  About 5 minutes ago to this song.
Spoiler Alert:  I had good company.

6.  This past April Maren married singer-songwriter Ryan Hurd and they have performed onstage together.  Who is the last person you sang along with?

Did I mention that Madalyn is a professional singer and has released several CDs?

She sang me a song that she recently wrote.
I attempted to harmonize and this was her reaction.
She probably was just jealous.

7. This song was composed by brothers Kyle and Michael Trewartha.  With their bleached hair and sunglasses, they look like a pair of surfer dudes - which they are, having grown up in Huntington Beach, CA.  Is there a body of water near your hometown?


My current hometown borders Massachusetts Bay.

8.)  January 2018 when this song debuted, we had a total lunar eclipse.  When things like that happen in the sky, do you go out of your way to watch?

This photo characterizes my level of interest.

9. Random question - we say we are all young at heart.  

In what way can you be childlike?

I am childlike when I don't get my way.
Ask the Mister.

Until next time...

Matt Jones/Unsplash


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