Summer with Talbots

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

A Few Words Before I Go

Hello, dear friends.  I pulled my hair out in an effort to come up with a clever title.  This one sounds a bit ominous.  Anyway, put your hankies away - I'm am not going away forever - just for the Summer. 

The Mister and I had a fabulous cruise planned to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary.  I think you have an idea of what happened to those plans.  If that's the greatest casualty my family endures as a result of this nightmare of a pandemic, I will take it with a smile.

This year I will spare you my lengthy to-do list for the months ahead.  We all know that I  burn more calories procrastinating than actually tackling the tasks. 

Today's post includes some books that will be released this Summer, some new shows that I am looking forward to, and some of my favorite things. 

By the way, several readers asked me what kinds of trees are in the front pots.  We've bought them for the past three years, and they lasted into the Fall blooming with tiny purple flowers.  The Mister and I can't remember the name.  Most days, we're lucky if we can remember our own names.  So if anyone knows, please leave it in the comments.

These books are going to be released this Summer and are on my TBR list.  

Don't tell the Mister, but he may be getting this one for Father's Day.

If you appreciate a razor-sharp thriller, pick this one up.  
I am halfway through, and it's hard to put down.
Fun fact: Nicole Kidman bought the rights.

Here are some new Summer shows that will be keeping me from my household chores.

A remake of The Right Stuff.

My buddy, Jeanne, is watching this and loving it.

I am a huge fan of true crime stuff.

Can't wait!

The Mister is hysterical ... he's a regular Jerry Seinfeld.  He likes to send the girls snapshots of "funny" things that I do.  For some reason, my toothpaste tickled his funny bone.

A week later, he presented me with this gem.
Don't tell him, but I kind of like it.

This little bottle is a miracle worker.
I didn't think my nails would ever come back to normal after 15 years of acrylics.  But thanks to Nail Tek, they are well on their way.

One of my favorite beauty bloggers said that this drugstore brand is as good as any of the expensive brands.  I agree.  My oldest (a total Sephora snob) just started using it too.


My #2 gave me this Vitamin C serum for my birthday, and I love it.  My skin feels smooth, and it smells great.
You probably won't recognize me in September.


I've used this eye cream for years.  Another very persuasive beauty blogger talked me into another more expensive brand, and I didn't like it as much as this one.

I had the hardest time trying to find my go-to body moisturizer, Gene's Vitamin E Cream, so I ordered a few new ones to try.  This one was my favorite.  It's not as rich as Gene's,  but it's fairly close.  It absorbs quickly and has a pleasing smell.

I love this hand cream so much, I even give it as gifts.
It's a lifesaver now that I am using so much hand sanitizer.

For the past six summers, I was terrified of ticks and Lyme disease. 
Little did I know, that was easy street compared to what we're up against these days.  Anyway, every May, I order a couple of sets of these all-natural mosquito and tick repellents.  They do an outstanding job, and they smell like peppermint.  

Our duvet is warm and toasty, which is great during the Fall and Winter.  I ordered this lighter duvet last week, and we're very pleased with it. 

As I've mentioned in previous posts, my Mister has been a busy bee working on house projects.  
We were looking for planters for outside the barn.
The Mister found these wine barrelswhich he had to cut out the top, waterproof the inside, and stained the outside. 

5-star review for the Mister!!

I wish all of you a healthy, happy, and safe Summer for you and your loved ones.

Feel free to email me - I love hearing from you.
I will also be posting on Instagram.

Until next time...

Friday, May 15, 2020

Quarantine Life in Pictures

Hello, dear friends.  I hope that this post finds you well.  We just got home from our Senior Citizen Happy Hour at our favorite grocery store.  It's 7:10AM, and we have all our chores done.

Yesterday, the weather was positively magnificent.  The Mister and I hit our favorite nursery at 8AM.  We were the only ones there, and we were back home in an hour.

It's getting harder and harder to find things to post about.  
Here are some pics from my iPhone.
Please, try to control your excitement.

For those of you new to my blog, these are our Newlyweds, #1 and Adorable Jonathon with Chowdah.  They were with us for 5 fun-filled weeks, and hopefully, they will be back again this Summer.  They live in NYC.

I left a sharpie on the counter to mark our water bottles.
Sista and I used to always write the great after our names when we were cool middle schoolers.
Some people never grow up.

AJ sporting a 'stache.

Friday night is my favorite night of the week because it's hors d'oeuvres night!

Happy Hour with #2 and the in-laws!

The Newlyweds took Chowdah on lots of long walks.

And played lots of ball.

It's the most exercise he's had in a long time!

The Mister has done lots of cooking!

Our girl even made her delicious salmon a couple of times!

There's a reason Chowdah always sits next to his Big Sis.
She breaks our cardinal rule: no feeding doggies at the table.

Chili, on the other hand, values her beauty sleep over nourishment.

Captain Reorganizer taking care of business.

The Mister's task for the day was repainting the two back doors.

He brought in the A-Team to get the job done.

It had about 8 layers of paint on it.

Thanks to this guy's muscle power, the job got done.

I love my bday present from Skinny Delaney.

Yup, at it again.

Hey Sis... I'm under here.
Pass me a nibble...

Mums the word...

One point muffin day!
The newlyweds loved my dessert: 2 muffins, fresh berries,  topped with a dab of Cool Whip and a splash of honey.

I'm burning through these quickly.

I'm not the only one who needs to get her hair done!

The bearded wonder!

And one more time.

Why do these two always look guilty?
Probably because they are.

In his favorite place: the barn.

The Mister's Mantra:
A place for everything and everything in its place.

The fruits of our labor!

And one last time for the ol' Gipper!

Be well.

Until next time...

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