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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween Fail Encore

Hello, dear friends.  It looks like it is going to be the perfect weekend for trick-or-treating.  We have been working diligently on costumes.  Between you and me, it is not easy dealing with huge egos and diva behavior.  And that's just the Mister. 

The following is a post that Chowdah wrote last year.  I am determined not to be the Halloween failure Mom on the block this year.


Happy Halloween, everybody!  Mom kind of forgot to get us costumes this year, so she ran to Petco (or Crack-co, as we call it) yesterday afternoon.  I'm sure you are not surprised to hear that there wasn't much left, and all the good get-ups were gone to all the cool kids.  

Mom settled on two Eeyore costumes (insert eye roll).  She didn't seem to care that one was too small, and the other was too big.  We'll let you figure out which is which.  

Enough is enough, Mom!

Hope you get lots of treats and your Mom doesn't make you wear a dumb costume!


#1 & #2

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A Hot Fudge Hodgepodge

Good morning, dear readers.  I hope that you are having a good week.  All is good around here.  It is time for Hodgepodge.

1.  Are you comfortable with silence?  If you're home alone, do you like silence or do you need regular background noise?  Do you seek out times and places to be silent?  What's your favorite place to find silence/be silent?

I'm not big on silence.  When I am home alone, I usually either have the TV on or my Sonos.

My favorite place to be quiet is in church for two reasons.  I like to pray and I don't want to get in trouble.

2.  October 28th is National Chocolate Day.  Can't let that go by without a mention now, can we?  Will you celebrate?  Let's say you can have one of the following right this minute... a cup of hot chocolate, a strawberry dipped in chocolate, a bowl of plain chocolate ice cream or a slice of chocolate pie... what's your pleasure?

I love chocolate, but none of those desserts make my boat float like a hot fudge brownie sundae.  Sista and I have made a study of it.  It's all about the temperature and consistency.  I love a fudgey, very warm brownie filled with salty nuts, topped with a very generous scoop or three of real vanilla ice cream, and smothered in ooey gooey hot fudge.  

I hate when I make myself drool. 

3.  How do you feel about blue jeans?  Favorite in the world to wear or nope, don't own a single pair?  How often do you wear blue jeans in a typical week?  Do you own a blue jean jacket?

When I started wearing jeans in my tweens, I thought they were the most uncomfortable things in the world.  But I knew you had to pay a price to be cool.  Years later, a genius came along, and I don't use that term lightly, and paired denim with spandex.  Hallelujah!!  Now jeans were finally comfortable!

My favorite jeans are from Talbots and JJill.  I wear them whenever I don't have leggings or pajama bottoms on.

4.  Are you superstitious?  If so, in what way?

I do not consider myself a superstitious person, but I do touch the outside of the plane as I am boarding.  It all started in high school when I was traveling to Louisiana with my buddy Mary H. who told me she does it for good luck.  

This was the only picture that I could find of me boarding our private jet.  

5.  If you had to come up with a costume using only things you have on hand right now, what could you come up with?

I would pop into my plethora of ponchos and choose one and then I would place my fitbit on my ankle and call myself Martha Stewart circa 2005. 

6.  What scares you a little?  What do you do when you feel scared?

When the Mister is away on business, every creak from our very old house sends me into orbit.  My remedy is another bottle of chardonnay and half of a bottle of Tylenol PM.

7.  Perhaps today will be the day I ________________________.

... will invest in a good looking work out wardrobe.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Yesterday, I received this text from my #1.   Not only have I heard the song, I know every word thanks to all the DJs who like to play it every ten minutes. 

Don't get me wrong - I'm a big fan of Adele's.  I think she has got a rich, fabulous voice.  I like a lot of her music.  Just not this song. To me, Hello is depressing and borderline whiny. So I must say goodbye to Hello, but I am looking forward to hearing the rest of the album.  

Now that I got that off my chest, I can go out and save the world. 

Until next time...

Monday, October 26, 2015

this n' that

Hello, dear friends.  Happy Monday!  I hope you enjoyed your weekend.  Ours was very relaxing and fairly uneventful.  

I finally got around to dressing up our bowls on our wall.  They were filled with geraniums and ivy since May.  They were hanging on for dear life and I didn't have the heart to pull them out until one cold night finally did them in.

On Sunday, we went to see Tom Hanks' new film.  I didn't expect to like it, but the story kept me enraptured.  The only criticism I have is that it was a tad too long. 

Update on my fitbitch fitbit.  I must admit that I have not skipped out on my daily walk as much as I would have if I didn't have this annoying thing on my wrist.  I have a love/hate relationship with it.  I love it when it sends me banners to tell me how great I'm doing, and I hate it when I can feel the disapproving silence around my wrist.   Maybe they should change the name to nagbit.

I haven't been on the scale because we had a fight awhile ago and haven't been speaking.  As soon as it stops lying and starts telling the truth, we will be friends again.


My #1 couldn't get out due to the torrential rains in Texas this weekend.  She made her famous 5-ingredient turkey chili and sent me her recipe through pictures.  It is not only delicious but also low fat.  

Move over, Pioneer Woman, #1 is coming to town!

Until next time...

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Turkey Platters

Hello, dear friends.  Happy Sunday.  It is a grey, dreary day here in Massachusetts.  Looks like it may be a movie day for the Mister and me.

I was shopping in Beantown and saw a couple of beautiful turkey platters that prompted this post.


Replacements, Ltd.

Replacements, Ltd

Replacements, Ltd.

Replacements, Ltd. is one of my favorite sites.  If you are in need of some pieces for your china pattern, this is the place to go.

Pottery Barn



Bed Bath & Beyond


I can't get enough platters with handles.

Love this whole line of handpainted dishware that WS carries.

My favorite!

Until next time...

J. Crew

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