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Friday, January 8, 2021

The Friday Files


Hello, dear friends.  I hope that your day started off better than mine.  Our poor little Chili was sick in her crate last night, and it took the Mister and me over an hour to clean up the culprit as well as the damage.  I think I may go back to bed and pretend that this morning never happened.

In the meantime, I ordered a couple of these in case there is a next time. 

And as if I have not had enough fun this morning, rumor has it that North Texas is in for some snow on Sunday.  The meteorologists are practically giddy.  I guess they don't suffer from snow PTSD like me. 

Tour this stunning home in Dallas.

My favorite anchorwoman just put her gorgeous East Hampton estate on the market for a cool 18 mill.

Are you a fan of historic homes?

Here is a beauty that is for sale in Ohio.

Who started a diet on January 1st?
Better yet, who didn't start one?
Here are 42 delicious looking recipes from Weight Watchers.
By the way, I hate to toot my horn, but I started WW 2 years ago this month.  
The pounds came off very slowly.
I am happy to report that I am still 20 pounds lighter.
If I can do it, anyone can.


If Keto is your game, here are over 55 recipes to help you take the plunge.

If I don't have my afternoon snack, I get very crabby.
Ask the Mister.

If you have an aversion to snakes, this article may not be for you.
This goes into my now I've seen everything file.
Compliments of TJ.

Are you a procrastinator?

I tend to be one when I have plenty of time on my hands.

This article explains the psychological origins of procrastination and how we can stop putting things off.

The first thing that I would put off is a snake massage.

Here are 50 of the most expensive celebrity wedding dresses in history.

Do you enjoy a good spy story?
How about one that is true life?
After reading this article about this Dallas teacher, I pre-ordered her book.

Here's a glimpse of what we have to look forward to on television this year.

When I watched The Crown this season, I became very curious about Lord Mountbatten and his role as a second father to Prince Charles.  Here's the lowdown.

Here are some iPhone hacks that may surprise you.

Are you looking to organize and declutter?
This guide is sure to help.

Pottery Barn is giving 20% off all bedding and bath accessories.
I'm ordering some new towels after last night's joy ride.

Talbots is having big sales.
My raincoat is in storage, so I ordered this one.

Love this sweater with white jeans.

Needless to say, I ordered the sweater.

I bought a couple of these sweatshirts in black and blue.

Also picked up a couple of these.

Lastly, if you think know you have a cute dog, email me a picture with a short bio and I would be honored to include your little furbaby on my blog.

Until next time...

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  1. What a fun idea to feature cute pets. I'll have to work on Albie's bio. We are even expected (as a small posibility) to get a winter mix down here. Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. What a great roundup! I love Candice Bergen's house and found some iPhone hacks to use. You can reply to single messages in a group text? Who knew?

  3. Always love your blog posts. I click on a link, run down the rabbit hole, then think...did I ever finish reading Katie's blog? Come back, repeat, ahhh the joys of early retirement! Happy Friday!

  4. This is a great post! I will definitely be sending in pics of my dog with his bio... We lived in Cincinnati and that house was on the Flying Pig half marathon route. I always wondered about the views and the inside. Thank you for sharing.

  5. First of all, I love the little cowboy hat on your blog header. Such a cute reference to your move to Texas! Great list of fun things - and I'm a total procrastinator...ugh. Also - I'll be sending you some photos of Rosie! Enjoy your weekend! Cheers to 2021!

  6. Wow to that house in Cincinnati! All of those food pictures just made me hungry and no, I did not start a diet on January 1st. Thank goodness... I would be breaking it today! LOL Have a good weekend!! I always love your posts!

  7. Those homes are gorgeous! I started WW at the end of the summer and have lost 35 lbs. so far. The food pics look so good, I am off to check out the recipes. Thanks :)

  8. Those home tours are fabulous! What's a little 18 million dollar investment?! LOL

  9. Hi Katie, nice to "meet" you through Pitstop. I LOVE a good hourse tour and those are some beautiful houes! That beautiful dining room with all the windows is a dream! Hsppy new year!

  10. What gorgeous homes. I firt thought that you and the Mister had bought a home and you were showing it to us. :o)) The pictures are gorgeous, houses and food. May have to order one or both of the pullovers from Old Navy. I mean, I need one, right? Have a great weekend!

  11. WOW... that home that you first introduced is CRAZY. Absolutely breathtaking. Thanks for sharing with the pitstop.

  12. Your blog today has provided a pleasant diversion for me when I needed it. Thanks.

  13. Love this post - the homes, the food, the dogs.....all of it. Have a great weekend.

  14. Oh my that spy story is crazy! Can't wait to read!
    I saw CB's home too and she is my favorite news anchor too! Congratulations on 20 pounds! Will you share tips in a future blog post for those mid-day cravings. Look for a photo in your inbox of Elliott. I just looked up and it's snowing! We need snow! Happy Weekend. laura

  15. Always fun but the food is making me hungry! And the Mountbatten stuff is interesting!

  16. Stunning homes and great recipes! Love this post. Please let us know if you find a Mountbatten biography you enjoy. His life is fascinating.

  17. I always enjoy home tours, these were just stunning! Great ideas for planning menus and such good recipes. Thanks for keeping the updates on your healthy eating plan for weight loss and keeping it off. Good for you!!!! I am slowly getting there too..........

  18. I too am doing WW! What are your go-to's without much planning?

  19. Love the home tours. Completely embarrassed (humiliated?) to admit I did not know CB remarried?! This highlights how far I've fallen off the ET/People magazine wagon ... but I digress. Congratulations for keeping those pesky 20lb in the rear view (no pun intended) ... I've followed your WW journey. You're a rockstar. Mountbatten is a fascinating character lurking in the background of the RF story. xo

  20. Thanks for posting the House in Walnut Hills, Cincinnati. I recognized the neighborhood. I went to high school with a friend that lived in that neighborhood. We had many good school parties at their place. The home is beautiful as all of the historical homes are in that area. Welcome back to Texas! Good luck in locating the perfect home!


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