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Friday, March 24, 2023

The Friday Files


I hope that you had a good week.  I have been flying solo for the past couple of weeks.  The Mister had a consulting gig in New Orleans.  While he was feasting on jambalaya and gumbo, I was nursing two pups with tummy troubles.

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

My Favorite Reader


I am very excited to bring you today's post. Readers seem to enjoy this series, and I love hearing about what some of my favorite people are reading.

Today, my friend, Shannon, is in the hot seat, answering all my hard-hitting questions. Shannon is a bit younger than my usual victim appointee. I have been following her on Instagram for many years.

Shannon is a young woman of many talents. She makes gorgeous dresses, enjoys DIY projects, and obviously, loves to read.    Shannon also loves to entertain her friends and family.

Friday, March 17, 2023

The McFriday Files

Happy St. Paddy's Day!  I hope that you had a good week.  Yesterday, storms whipped through North Texas.  I met some old friends for a delicious Mexican lunch at one of my favorite spots, Gloria's.  The best part of returning to a town you lived in is renewing old friendships.

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

House Tours, Anyone?


Did you have a good weekend?  Ours was delightful.  One night, we met some friends for dinner.  The next day we enjoyed a delicious lunch at one of our favorite places, Hudson House.

They make the best chips and avocado dip in the whole world!  Btw... they don't call it guacamole.  I commented to our lovely server, Sonya, how much I loved the chips, and she sent me home with a doggy bag filled to the brim. 

My hips thank her.

Friday, March 10, 2023

The Friday Files

I hope that you had a wonderful week.  Last night I was a guest of my friend, Cindy, at a fabulous event hosted by the Dallas chapter of Les Dames D'Escoffier honoring International Womens Day.  It is an organization of women leaders who create a supportive culture in our communities to achieve excellence in the food, fine beverage, and hospitality field.

Cindy is an active group member, comprised of local chefs, dietitian nutritionists, business owners, and other women connected with the food industry.

Monday, March 6, 2023

Prime Time


I hope that you had a good weekend.  Our weather was beautiful.  The Mister and I decided to take advantage of it.  We spent it walking around McKinney Square.  It is one of the reasons that we chose McKinney as our forever home.  It is chock-full of darling shops and restaurants.

Friday, March 3, 2023

The Friday Files


If you watched the news last night, you know North Texas was hit with a whopper of a storm.  Fortunately, we came away without damage, while many were not as lucky.


Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Reading Between the Lines


I hope that you had a good weekend.  The  Mister and I did some errands and then had lunch at the Cheesecake Factory on Saturday.  Boy has that place ever gone downhill.  It used to be one of my favorites because it has a delicious Skinny menu. My salad was 95% lettuce. And the place is dirty.  

Now that I got that off my chest, on Sunday, we had lunch with our #2.  We went to one of my favorite restaurants, Honor Bar.  

I had the usual Macho Salad, which was music to my tastebuds.

Friday, February 24, 2023

Pillow Talk


TGIF!  I hope that you had a good week.  We have some painters here doing some outside trim work which has kept our thoroughly darlin' Millie very busy. 


We had a delightful dinner with some friends at our village's Italian restaurant.  Wine by the bottle is half-price on Tuesday nights, so if you are looking for the Mister and me on a Tuesday, you will know where to find us.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

That's Entertainment!


I hope this finds you well.  We are expecting temps in the 80s today.  Yesterday I was delighted to see a few daffodils and some pear trees blooming on my walk.


Friday, we dropped off Chowdah at #2's pad.  

We had lunch at Sadelles's.  

I had my usual delicious salmon salad.

Friday, February 17, 2023

My Favorite Job

TGIF!  I hope you had a good week.  All is well here, with the exception of the temps being a wee bit chillier than I would have liked.

I took Miss Debbie out for a belated birthday lunch to Il Bracco.  The food and service were exemplary.  We ordered an Olive Oil Sundae, my favorite dessert in the world.  

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

My Favorite Reader... The Mister


Happy Valentines Day!  We woke up to storms and a distinctive drip... drip... drip in our master bath.  The Mister, who never met a ladder he wouldn't climb, inspected the suspicious spot.  He thinks it may be a puncture in the sprinkler hose.  But we will leave the leak to the experts for a final diagnosis.

Friday, February 10, 2023

The Friday Files


Welcome to the first Friday Files of 2023. 

I hope that this post finds you well. 

We've had our share of rain this week, which means lots of muddy paw prints in the house.  Our home is also featuring the sweet scent of clammy canine. 

Monday, February 6, 2023

Prime Time

I hope that you had a good weekend.  It was lovely to see the sunshine and higher temperatures after a week of freezing rain.

The Mister and I had a lunch date with the Adorables.  They had to cancel because they were still testing positive after having Covid weeks before.  So the Mister and I got some errands done and enjoyed a nice lunch.

Friday, February 3, 2023

In My Heart ~ The One & Only


Were you wondering where I was last week?  I was at the gorgeous One & Only Palmilla resort in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico.  I decided that some serious team building was needed in the Preppy Empty Nester Corp., so I took my team of one to Mexico.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

My Favorite Reader... Tanya

I hope that this post finds you well.  I am reporting from our little nest a lot more refreshed and relaxed.  I am in the process of putting together a post chronicling my experience at the Supermodel Trophy Wife camp. 

 Today, my favorite reader is Tanya from the entertaining blog, The Other Side of the Road. Although I have never met Tanya in person, I consider her a friend.  Tanya has been blogging since 2004.  Her posts include travel, recipes, family life, and of course, books. I have watched her darling children grow into their college years. And now, Tanya and her Mister have stepped into a season of their own... empty nesterhood.

Monday, January 23, 2023

My New Favorite Thing


I hope all is well in your part of the world.  We had a busy weekend running around doing errands and catching up on tedious household chores.  The highlight was meeting our dear friends, #1's in-laws, for another wonderful lunch.  

Let's talk skincare.  

Friday, January 20, 2023

Designer(s) of the Day


I have a treat for you today.  This is the second installment of this series.  The last Designer of the Day was the incomparable Edith-Anne Duncan.  If you are not following her on Instagram, you are really missing something.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I love posting beautiful design photos.  I look at it as my daily cardio.  I haven't lost any weight, but I sure enjoy eye candy. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

I'm Just Wild About Etsy


I hope this finds you well.  Did you have a nice weekend?  Ours was lovely.  I spent some time reading all of the sweet comments that you left on my last post.  I appreciate them very much.

The Mister and I went to see this movie based on the book A Man Called Ove.  I read it eight years ago and loved it.  Many people will say the film is not as good as the book, but I thought it was equally entertaining.  Tom Hanks can do no wrong in my book.

We took our #1 to lunch, and she came back to the house to help me with a project.  More deets on Monday.

J McLaughlin

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