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Friday, April 29, 2022

Mother's Day Gift Guide


Hello, dear friends.  Are you as happy as I am that it's Friday?  This week had its share of daily frustrations.  But it's a new day and the weekend!

First off, many of you asked for the Mister's chimichurri sauce recipe that he served last weekend.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Gift Guide for the Entertaining Mom


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

We caught up with our Happy Hour buds on Friday night, and Saturday, we had some friends for dinner.  Here's a pic of our fabulous meal ala the Mister.  Sunday, we crashed.  This old grey mare she ain't what she used to be.

Friday, April 22, 2022

The Friday Files


Hello, dear friends.  TGIF!  I hope that you had a good week.  The painting is done in my office. Next up is the electrician.


Last night, I had a delightful time with my decorator bud and an old tennis pal.  It was gorgeous weather, so we took advantage of it and sat outside at my hood's wine bar.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Let's Go Shopping/Beachwear


Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you had a wonderful weekend.  
We lucked out with the weather. 

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Easter Everything

 Hello, dear friends.  Did you have a good week?  If you were lucky enough to be on Spring Break, I imagine you did.  Mine was pretty good, and it seemed to fly by.  The bookshelves are built, the desk and console have arrived, the paint is chosen, and the fabric is in transit, which brings me to the halfway mark of my office renovation. 

The other day I was thinking about Easters of the past.  There are not a lot of them that I remember.  I already bored you with the Bunny Cake Escapade with Sista.

Monday, April 11, 2022

Easter Eye Candy


Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you had a good weekend.  Ours was pretty busy, but we got a lot done.  Today my new desk arrives, and tomorrow the carpenter is due to begin working on my office.

Today's post is all about Easter/Spring table settings and centerpieces.  I know it's a shock to you, but I did not lift a finger in producing any of the beauty or creativity.

Herend USA

Friday, April 8, 2022

Darling Dresses

 Hello, dear friends.  TGIF!  I hope that you all had a good week.  All is well in Emptynesterville.

Today is all about dresses for the Spring.  I wear a lot of dresses when the weather gets warm because they are so easy.  It's one and done.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Prime Time


Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you had a good weekend.  We were blessed with more gorgeous weather.  On Friday night, we met some new friends for dinner.

Our #2 took us out to lunch to thank us for babysitting Chowdah.  We met at one of my favorite places, Honor Bar.  They have the best guacamole in the world, and their Macho Salad is to die for.

We got a lot of reading and relaxing in too.

Today is the day that I link up with my friend, Tanya, for her Prime Purchases party.  I have a treat for you today.  I got a nice note from one of my loyal, longtime readers last week.  Kathy lives outside Boston, and I have had the pleasure of meeting her in person.  She sent me a list of some of her favorite things that she has purchased from Amazon over the years.  It was perfect timing because all of my Amazon orders were reorders, which I have already talked about. 


Nightlights – in all bathrooms and hallways, the kitchen, basement, etc.   I have them in the foyer, mudroom, and near any place I may wander late at night (like the kitchen).

Jar opener – it pops the seal... then just a gentle twist to open the jar – other colors available.


OXO ice scoop – I keep it in my freezer ice bin

Plastic knife that doesn’t scratch metal (brownie/cake) pans

Silicone lids for microwaving and food storage in the fridge (in my effort to use less plastic wrap)

Dust cloths – a bit tacky to grab dust.

Oreck vacuum bag air fresheners – I break one up and place it in a new vacuum bag.

Different size configurations available - there are lots of different brands of packing cubes available now, but my family has used this original brand for many years.


BIG baking sheet – I love this cuz holds a lot.   It's great for sheet-pan dinners, roasting vegs, cooking for company.  Sometimes I line it with x-long foil before baking.  It  takes up the entire rack in my oven, so measure your oven before purchasing

Carbona Stain Devils – many different ones – removes all my (husband's) clothing stains.


Digital instant-read thermometer - we use it for all meat that we cook.

Small fruit colander

Recommended by my dentist / thicker and more effective than drug store brands.  Easy to pull it through tight teeth.

I hang this Silicone shower brush on my removable shower hook.

Silver Lilly invisible belt –   some of my pants require a belt and this one lies very flat under tops.   I put the buckle to the left of first belt loop on the left for minimal detection.

Calf stretcher slant board – a “must” for runners and walkers.   I have it in a prominent place, so I walk by it and use it several times every day.

Shoe storage rack in my mudroom.   It is sturdy and comes in other sizes and finishes.

LaCross room thermometer (+ humidity) – I have them in several rooms that run warm/cool.


Sloggers – waterproof rain/gardening – I purchased my normal size (with socks), and at first, they seemed a bit tight but quickly loosened up to be comfortable and fit perfectly.  They come in several colors.


Christmas ornament storage container – 2 or 3 tiers - I like the handles on both trays and the adjustable compartment configurations.

Thank you so much, Kathy!! 

Do you have any favorites that you've ordered from Amazon?  

Email me at:, and I will mention them next month.

Until next time...

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Friday, April 1, 2022

The Friday Files

 Hello, dear friends.  

I hope that you had a good week. 

I am happy to report that all is well around here.

Our new recliners finally arrived from Calico Corners.

We waited 7 months, but they were worth the wait.

I sold our temporary Amazon chairs within an hour of posting on Nextdoor.

J. Crew

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