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Friday, December 17, 2021

Easy-Peasy Centerpieces/ Take 2


Hello, dear friends.  Welcome to my final post of 2021.  I hope you all are ahead of schedule with your shopping and decorating.

The most exciting event of this week happened on Wednesday.  The Mister and I spent some time at the DMV getting our Texas Drivers License.  Anyone who has attempted to use the DMV for any of its services after the Pandemic knows what a long wait time is ahead of them.  The Mister couldn't get our appointments in any of the locations near our home until February or March, which was fine with me.  If it were up to me, I could have waited until a cop pulled me over and threw me in the slammer for having an out-of-state license.

Monday, December 13, 2021

Easy-Peasy Centerpieces/ Take One


Hello, dear friends.  
I hope you had a good weekend.  
Ours was a lot of fun.  

The sous vide held center stage again.

Friday, December 10, 2021

Reading, Watching, & Listening


Hello, dear friends.  How was your week?  Are you shopped out yet?  Believe it or not, the Mister and I are headed back to the mall this weekend because I have more returns. 

Speaking of returns, I bought this number on Black Friday.  I needed to exchange it for a larger another size, and the process was seamless.  I should receive my replacement within a few days.

The weather has been crazy here, as most of the country.  
This was taken Wednesday morning on my walk.  
It was in the low 40's and misting.  
Today it is supposed to be in the mid-80s.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Prime Time


Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you had a good weekend.  Ours was a lot of fun.  We attended a holiday party, got some shopping done, saw a great movie, and even got a couple of walks in with our Millie. 

Millie is a great little pup, except she is easily distracted on walks.  Every leaf on the ground must be inspected by her discriminating nose as well as her laser-sharp eye. 

On Saturday, we headed over to Legacy West in Plano, one of my favorite places.  It's a bustling area lined with high-end stores and fabulous restaurants.  

My mission was to return a sweater to J Crew that I ordered on Black Friday. The Mister's mission was to beat his caloric intake of Thanksgiving Day.

Friday, December 3, 2021

What I Bought on Black Friday


Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you had a good week.  The weather has been picture-perfect, so my walks have been longer than usual.  I've even enjoyed my lunch and reading on my patio.

I get lots of wonderful emails from you all.  Some of you tell me what you like about the blog, and some tell me what you don't like.  Some people ask me for one of the Mister's recipes.  

The only recipe I am asked for is my 1-point WW muffins.  Btw... did you know that WW redid their point system again?  Is anyone out there doing it?  I'd love to hear your feedback.

Anywho, I received a couple of emails from readers inquiring as to what I bought on Black Friday/Cyber Monday.  

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

An Unconventional Thanksgiving


Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Ours was made up of scrumptious food and plenty of laughs. The Mister and I agreed that this was our best Thanksgiving ever. 

For being fairly conservative folks, we do have a wild side.  And it is unleashed on Thanksgiving Day.  For thirty-one years of marital bliss, we have never had turkey for Thanksgiving dinner at home.  When the girls were little, we told them that they could choose the menu.  The key to this was they had to agree on the meal.  It was usually the agreeing part that caused the most problems.

Friday, November 26, 2021

50+ Gifts Under 50 Bucks/Take 2


Dear friends... If you are looking for Part 2, you found it!  

And if you're looking for Part 1, it's right here

Before we get started, here's a couple of pics from the kitchen during meal prep.

50+ Gifts Under 50 Bucks/Take 1


Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you enjoyed your Thanksgiving.  Ours was delightful and I can't wait to tell you all about it.  The post will be published at the beginning of next week.  

I am writing this on Wednesday while sitting in the kitchen watching the Mister perform his magic in preparation for tomorrow's feast.  

My job is done.  

I set the table.  

Now, I'm exhausted.  

Gosh darn it, I knew I shouldn't have pushed myself.  

Monday, November 22, 2021

Gizmos & Gadgets/Take 2


Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you had a good weekend.  I'm happy to report that we got a lot accomplished and had some fun along the way.  

We also had a lot of fun!
Millie had her first playdate with our friend, Kim's handsome doodle, Bo.
She looks like she is smiling in this pic.

Friday, November 19, 2021

Gizmos & Gadgets/Take 1


Hello, dear friends.  This week just flew by. I've been cleaning out the junk room for the past couple of days to make way for my office.  This brings me to the question of the day. 


  I have numerous bins of the girls' artwork, report cards, projects, etc.  I asked my daughters if they wanted it, and they were not interested in all the priceless memorabilia.  They also live in apartments, so space is a precious commodity.   At what point can I ditch the stuff without being looked upon as a terrible mother?


Btw... If you suggest that I make separate scrapbooks for each girl you, are not my friend anymore.

Today's post began as one but has turned into two because I had so much fun doing the research.  I am married to a gadget guy.  The Mister is like a little kid opening his Christmas gifts.  He totally ignores all the shirt boxes and goes straight for the oddly-shaped ones hoping it is a "toy."

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Books & Board Games.


Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you enjoyed your weekend. Mine started off with a bang.

On Friday, I met my friend, Miss Debbie, at 'Neath The Wreath, my first Christmas Market of the season.  We used to attend these fabulous events during my first stint in Texas.  Not to worry... I took a few photos for your viewing pleasure.

We met the cutest mother/daughter team.  Eris, the daughter, is a jewelry designer out of Baton Rouge.  Her Mom is her #1 helper at all of her shows.

Aren't these earrings darling?
Take a look at Eris' website.
She has lovely necklaces and bracelets, as well.

Friday, November 12, 2021

Gift Guide for the Millennial


Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you had a good week.  Yesterday, I attended my first Holiday Market of the season with my dear friend, Debbie.  I will tell you more about it in my post next week.  

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Blue & White Gifts for Her


Hello, dear friends.  How was your weekend?  Mine was a lot of fun.  Saturday, I spent most of the day at Northpark Mall for a little lunch and shopping with my #2.  I crossed off a few things on my Christmas list.  I only have a couple of items to pick up for myself, and then I can start shopping for the rest of the family.  

Friday, November 5, 2021

Unofficial Thanksgiving Day Survival Guide


Hello, dear friends.  I just have to tell you that I got the sweetest note from one of my readers.  Jane gave me permission to reprint it and tell you about her November tradition. 


Every day this month, I am thanking someone who I am thankful for, and today it is you! I love your blog and have read it since you started. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas, books, clothes, series, and EVERYTHING you write about. I look forward to every new post and can't wait to read them. Please know you give so much joy to me and your many readers. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thankful, Jane 

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Door Decor & More

Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you all enjoyed your weekend.  Did you get a lot of trick-or-treaters?  It was kind of quiet around our house.


I reminisce every Halloween about the good old days of taking the girls trick-or-treating when they were very young.  It was my favorite time because they only wanted to go to a few houses.  The best part of it was that they totally forgot about the candy the next day.


But then, in the later years, my little angels would have screaming, knockdown fights over the coveted M&M's and Reese's Peanutbutter Cups while turning their noses up to the rejects otherwise known as Mounds and Payday.

Friday, October 29, 2021

The Friday Files & 2 Winners


Hello, dear friends.  I've had one of those mornings where if it could go wrong, it will.  Have I told you lately that I hate technology?  All I can say is that I am grateful to the Mister who gave up his workout today to figure out my computer mess.  Btw... if there are more typos than usual, you know why.

Not too much new around here.  I received my Moderna booster, which knocked me out for a full day.  It was worth it, though.  I now feel like I have a superpower.

This morning, I'm taking Millie to get her first haircut.  She is getting spayed on Monday.  The Mister and I are dreaming hopeful that this will calm her down a bit.

I have a couple of things that I need to talk to you about.  The first pertains to Amazon users, and the second concerns anyone who writes a blog using Blogger.

Last week, I ordered Vitamin C gummies from this page along with another item.  I did not use the Buy Now button but checked out on my order page.  I double-checked the prices as well as the item total and then hit the place your order button.

I received the other item on time and after a few days, checked on the Vitamin C.

When I checked the order page, the price had been changed to $75.99!!!  I tried to cancel the order, but it wouldn't let me.  
I then called Amazon and told the service rep what had happened.  He did not seem at all surprised.  He then told me that because it was a third-party seller, there was nothing he could do.

Does Amazon not back the companies that operate from their site?  Finally, after much coaxing and prodding, he threw in the towel and authorized the return. 

By the way, the product was supposedly sent via Fed Ex five days ago and has yet to show up.

So, in closing, I strongly suggest when ordering from Amazon, check and double-check the price being charged to you.  

Attention: Bloggers who use Blogger

If you do not write a blog on Blogger, please feel free to begin the Home Tours.


Does this ever happen to you?  You write a post all in one font size.  You preview it and find that some sentences appear in a larger font.  Even after correcting the error, and publishing the post, it does it again.  See below for an example.  If you know how to fix it, please let me know. 

What Million Dollar Lister and Mrs. recently put this Beverly Hills Mansion up for sale?

It's no wonder that this charming home on a private island has such magnificent gardens.

Do you like to attend showhouses?
It's my favorite cardio workout.
Grab a drink, sit back, and enjoy.

Here are six design tips that you can steal from this London Victorian  Townhouse.

Does your home look pulled together?
If not, this may be why.

Do you love Lucy?

There's a podcast for that.

Here is a snippet of the movie that is debuting in December.

Did you know that Amazon has an outlet store?
Yup, you can read all about it here

Did you watch Maid?

I loved it.

This is what the author is up to now.

Are you a fan of Breakfast At Tiffany's?
Are you looking for a getaway?
If you have room for me, I'm game.

I bet you never heard this before.

Are you or a loved one looking for a job?

Here are 13 questions to ask in an interview.

And one of them is not

Can I begin my two-week vacation on the first day of employment?

I learned that the hard way.

It's now wonder my professional career never took off.

This sounds like my kind of show.

Don't forget the kids' table!

My place is already set!

Need some Thanksgiving table inspo?

It's right here.

Here are the best Thanksgiving recipes that the editors at BH&G have ever tasted.

This morning, I recieved an email from my favorite bookstore on the Cape, Where The Sidewalk Ends announcing an event I thought would be of interest to you.

 You can find out more info here.

Last but not least, I have two winners of The Gobble Book.  I just want to thank everyone who commented.  I loved reading your answers.  Especially the ones that mentioned me

If you are in the least bit wondering what scientific method I use for my giveaways, it goes something like this.

I assign a number to every comment.  I then write them on tiny bits of paper and put them in a bowl and let the Mister pick the numbers.  I do that purposely because if you didn't win, I want you to be mad at the Mister and not at me.

The Lucky Winners are:

Agree with you regarding The Maid, mind opening.
I would need to invite two people to Thanksgiving, Jan Karon/Mitford Series and Louise Penny/Gamache Series. Two of my favorite authors. Would love to live in either town and interact with the characters in each. 


You didn't say dead or alive, so I am going with Jackie Kennedy. I think it is fascinating how she spun the whole Camelot story and made it a thing to add even more luster to her husband's legacy.

Congrats to Karen and Debbi!  

Please email me your addresses asap!

Until next time...

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I ordered this one.

I bought a few of these tissue turtlenecks.

I love them because they aren't bulky under sweaters.

J Crew Factory

I couldn't resist!

I also picked up some for my girls.

They love dressing like their Mom.

They may not look like they do, but I know.

Up to 20% off sitewide!!

I have this lamp and love it.

I chose the green shade but they have several colors.

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