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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A Royal Pain in the Hodgepodge

Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you are having a good week.  Due to all the rain, everything looks so green around here.  I was a little worried that we were going to skip Spring this year and hop right into Summer.   

Tonight, I'm off to Book Club.  I always look forward to catching up with the lovely ladies.  The book up for discussion is The Great Alone.  Have you read it?

If it's Wednesday, it's time for Hodgepodge.

1. The last place you visited/patronized where you felt like you were given 'the royal treatment'?

The Polo Bar in NYC always has superior service and treats every patron like a celebrity.

They also have the best bar snacks in the world. 

2. The last task you completed that was a 'royal pain'?

My latest royal pain task occurred a few days ago when I again tried to comfort this crazy girl during a thunderstorm.

Remember this scene?
Btw... thank you for all the helpful comments.  We do own a thunder shirt.  Chili is no fan.  Every time I attempt to put it on her I come close to losing a finger.   

I've had about ten dogs in my lifetime.  
Eight of them reacted to storms the same way as Chowdah. 

3. How have your strengths helped you succeed? 

Real Age

One of my greatest strengths is that I know how to relax.
Especially when people are running their tails off around me.
Ask the Mister.

How have your faults hindered you?


What faults?

4. If you found a remote that could rewind, fast forward, stop and start time, what would you do with it?

I would love to turn back time about 20 years to a day back when we lived in Florida and the girls were ages 4 and 6.  They were great ages.  The girls were out of diapers, knew the difference between right and wrong, and never sassed their Mama.

5. Any special plans for the Memorial Day weekend? 

I sure do.
My buddy, Kate the Great is coming for the weekend.

We'll probably hit all the single bars in Beantown like the good ol' days.


We'll have the Mister cook for us, play tunes from the '70's, give each other makeovers, have a dance contest, and be in bed by nine.  

Will you in some way honor or recognize the meaning of this day (remembering people who died in service to their country)? 

We decorate the outside of the house with flags in tribute.

Have you ever been to Arlington National Cemetery? 

I visited the Arlington National Cemetery when I was very young which was about was about 15 years ago.

Does your town do anything special to mark the day?

They have a parade.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Naturally, the bride received all the attention at the Royal Wedding last weekend.  I would like to tip my fascinator to Princess Kate who got her pre-pregnancy figure back in the blink of an eye and never fails to look stunning.

By the way... I'm still waiting for my figure to come back and it's been 25 years.

Until next time...

Do you think that she's trying to tell me something?

Monday, May 21, 2018

Wedding Chat & Coffee with the Authors

Hello, dear friends.  I am suffering from a Royal Wedding Overload.  I found myself glued to the TV most of Saturday.  Here are my thoughts in a few words. 


My fave.
How come my shoulders don't look like that?

A Class Act.

Stand By Me brought tears to my eyes.

As did, the Ave Maria.

My favorite pic.

The Mister's favorite pic.

Who are these people again?
 Boy, has she ever let herself go...


Last week, I attended another Breakfast With The Authors sponsored by my favorite bookstore, Buttonwood Books & Toys. I met my pal, Anne and two of her lovely friends there.

These photos were taken last year.  Last week it was overcast.   I wanted to refresh your memories of what a pretty place The Lightkeeper's House is in Cohasset.

It's very difficult for me to sneak out of the house without Miss Daisy tagging along.

Buttonwood always finds the best caterers for their breakfasts.
Fresh Feast was fabulous!

It was so great to see Kathy, the owner of Buttonwood.  
She welcomed us all.

This is Mira T. Lee who wrote Everything Here Is Beautiful

Everything Here Is Beautiful is about two sisters. The older and more responsible one finds herself continuously rescuing her younger sister who suffers from mental illness.  It is a touching story of sisterly love and devotion.

Stephen McCauley is the author of My Ex-Life.  He was a very entertaining speaker.  He must be a wonderful guest at a dinner party. 

My Ex-Life centers around David and Julie who divorced years ago due to David falling in love with a man.  As the book opens, both of their lives are falling apart.  David decides to leave his home in San Francisco and visit Julie and her teenage daughter in a seaside town outside of Boston. That's when the fun begins. 

By the way... My Ex-Life was written up in People Magazine a couple of weeks ago.

Rebel Talent is about changing the world by breaking the rules.  I truly enjoyed Francesca Gino's speech so much that I bought a copy of her book for the Mister for Father's Day.
Don't tell him... he's hoping for the Royal Blue Jag.

I'll tell you one thing... Francesco Gino can tell a great story.  She shared an interesting one out of Rebel Talent about the world's greatest chef.  He is faced with a dilemma and decides to think outside the box in solving it.  If you want to know the whole story, you're going to have to buy the book.

The guests had the opportunity to meet the authors and have their books signed after the presentation.

Afterward, I had lunch with Anne and my new friends, Carolyn and Laura.

If you ever find yourself in the neighborhood of Cohasset, stop by Buttonwood Books & Toys.  They have beautiful gift items as well as a stellar staff and great books and toys.

Until next time...

Friday, May 18, 2018

Beacon Hill Garden Tour - Take 4

Hello, dear friends.  I hope you had a good week.  I am less than 24 hours out on the royal wedding watch, and I feel like I know more about Meghan and her family than Harry does!

On Wednesday, I met my cousin, Louise and my friend Doris for lunch.  I asked Linda along because Louise shares her last name.  They figured out that they probably weren't related but it was still a delightful time.

Yesterday I spent the day with some buddies touring the gardens in Beacon Hill which is a historic neighborhood in Boston.  I look forward to this event every year.  If you would like to look back on past tours you can find them here, here, and here.

We lucked out with the weather.  
It was cool and overcast.
Last year the temps hit the mid 90's.

We made way for the ducklings.

Here are the two best-dressed ladies at the tour. 
Annie and Mary are big fans of Sara Campbell.

We all had on our comfy shoes.
The streets are not easy to maneuver, but I'm glad to say there were no broken ankles in this bunch.

The ladies from the garden club are always warm and welcoming.

There was no way that Miss Daisy was going to miss this event!

The window boxes along the way never fail to disappoint.

The lines were long for some of the houses.  They moved quickly, and I always meet the nicest people.

My tour guides.

Holy wisteria, Batman!

These white birches were stunning.

Annie taking a breather. 
I wanted to fight her for the chair.

I never met a hydrangea that I didn't like!

Miss Daisy taking a breather.

I love this color combo.

A living wall was the focal point of one of the gardens.

Three lovely friends.
Twelve magnificent gardens.
8,893 steps.
One delightful day.

Until next time...

Zuzu, a friend we met along the way.

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