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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Mother's Day Gift Ideas in the Bag

Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you are having a good week.  It's still raining here.  Good news though, the weather guy says it will clear off this afternoon.   

Before we get this party started, I mentioned a swim skirt that I ordered in my last favorite things post.  It arrived last week, and I absolutely love it.  It's a tad longer than a regular swim skirt, which I appreciate and because it's high waisted, it manages to curb the front and back flab.  I just ordered another one, and they are on sale.


I am not a shoe person.   It's very difficult for me to find comfortable shoes.  When I do find some comfy ones like the espadrilles that I found last summer, I usually order them in many colors.  

I am a purse and wallet person.  When the Mister asks me what I want for Mother's Day, I usually tell him that I would like a new Spring purse.  After 28 years of marriage, he knows that I need to pick it out.  Here are some purses that caught my eye. 


Tory Burch

I bought this one a couple of years ago.


Kate Spade







Miss Daisy needs a buddy. 




Kate Spade

Kate Spade


Kate Spade

Kate Spade

If I didn't have to have 2 pounds of makeup within reach, I would order this cute little one.

Until next time...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Now or Never Hodgepodge

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Hello, dear friends.  As they say, April showers bring May flowers.  We are expecting plenty of rain today.  

I have a couple of busy days ahead.  Tomorrow, I am off to Beantown to meet my Sista for my birthday dinner.  We're staying overnight so we will get some power shopping and lunching in the next day.  This weekend, the Mister and I are meeting some friends for lunch and then we are going to the MFA for the Art In Bloom exhibit.  I smell blog post! 

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

1. They say you learn something new every day. 
What did you learn yesterday?

Yesterday, I learned how to tell if a text has been read.
If you're curious, you can find out here.

2. Have you ever had a now or never moment? Elaborate.

I have many now or never moments.  For instance, at least once a day I say to myself that it's now or never that I am going to buckle down and lose weight.  
Unfortunately, never always wins. 

3.  April 25th is National Telephone Day. 
Do you still have a landline or have you gone mobile only?


We have to have a landline because we have our burglar alarm tied into it.


We just ordered a new set of phones.  This model supposedly will block sales calls, of which we get plenty.  I'll keep you posted as to its effectiveness.

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I'm going to miss that perky lady who calls me every twenty minutes to congratulate me on winning a cruise.

When you receive a text message, do you respond immediately?


I can't say the same for other members of the family.
Remember question #1?

Last time you turned your phone off?  

The last time I turned off my phone was when I was on a group text that involved more than ten people.

In two or three sentences share with us a story/memory/incident from your childhood (or something current if that's too hard) where the telephone is featured.

I have a vivid memory of my Mother being on the phone with her best bud, Mrs. B.
She kept saying Oh my gosh!  When she got off the phone, she told me that Mrs. B was expecting another baby - #8!  Turned out to be the Prince in this photo with #1.

4. Close call, at someone's beck and call, call the shots, call a meeting, call it quits, call in sick, call on the carpet, wake up call...which call have you 'heard' recently? Explain.

Beck and call 24/7. 

5. What subject do you wish you'd paid more attention to in school?

Unfortunately, Home Economics was not taught at my high school.
The Mister has said more than once in our 29 years of marriage that he wished it had.

  By the way, in my research, I came across an interesting article listing the Ten Things That You Should Have Learned in High School.  You can find it here.  

If you have a college-bound senior,  you might want to go over a few things.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I saw this heartwarming story on the News last week, and I thought I would pass it on. 

Until next time...

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Books, TV, & Movies

Hello, dear friends.  Did you have a good weekend?  I am happy to report that our weather has been beautiful for the past few days.    

On Friday, Miss Daisy and I met my good buddy Mo from Mocadeaux for lunch.  It had been a couple of years since I have seen her.  We had lots to catch up on.

Without further adieu, here are the Books, TV, and Movies that have been on my radar.

I really enjoyed The Wife Between Us.  There is an unexpected plot twist midway through the book that is a game changer.  

This thriller was one of the Audible Daily Deals.  It's about a woman who is divorced from an abusive man who is released from prison after killing a woman in a drunk driving accident.  Never Let You Go is fast reading and keeps you guessing.

The Mister and I listened to this novel on our trip to Connecticut.  This is the story of a woman who is a famous author with a terminal illness.  She hires another author to help her write her final book which entails her confession to murder.

I loved the writing as well as the narration of this twisted tale.

I just finished this page-turner.  A single woman fighting cancer is in love with another woman's husband.  She decides to kill the woman but instead ends up saving her life.  This thriller is captivating.  I couldn't put it down. 

I chose this book from Kindle First.  This is a cute story about a widow who buries her grief while digging up her yard and planting a garden.  There are lots of lovable, quirky characters in this one as well as a sweet romance.  If you are looking for something light, this one is for you.

A former POW who fights his demons with alcohol and daily beatings of his wife moves his family to Alaska to live off the grid.  This sounds like my worst nightmare, and yet I enjoyed the book.  
I even cried at the end. 
... while sitting in the nail salon.
As my girls would say... awkward.

I am presently listening to this beautifully written novel on Audible.  The narration is delightful - lovely British and Italian accents.  This is the story of a woman putting together the pieces of her father's past after he passes away.  I never want this one to end.

I just started this novel.  It was my choice on Kindle First.  It's about a woman who is married to a famous author who is woken during the night to a knock on the door.  It is the police telling her that her handsome hubby was killed in a car accident.  One more thing... he had a topless blond riding shotgun.  

Good teachable moments for husbands.

Lexie's sister, Annie is a drug addict.  She is also pregnant.  Lexie steps in and cares for her newborn niece which throws her life into a tailspin.

This book has been described as a clever tale of obsession, revenge, and cold-blooded murder.  Sounds right up my alley.

David Baldacci is one of the Mister's favorite authors.  This one revolves around bizarre murders and a detective that is capable of remembering everything.  

Ten years ago, a woman's daughter disappeared.  Many years later, she meets a handsome man in a cafe, and they begin a romance.  He introduces her to his three daughters, and one is a dead ringer for her lost daughter.

This book centers around three best friends.  One is a psychiatrist and begins working with a new patient.  Somehow, the patient knows way too much about the three besties.  Enter:  the creep factor.


Noah is a doctor and a widower with a young son.  He falls in love with Maggie.  After a few calm months, Maggie's wild child 17-year-old daughter, Anna moves in with them.  Anna ends up murdered, and the Doc is accused of the crime.


A 19-year-old young man strikes up an affair with his 48-year-old tennis partner.  It sounds like my old club in Texas.


This is the story of a shy college freshman who meets an accomplished woman who lectures in her class.  The woman eventually becomes her mentor and friend.  There are some great reviews on this one.

An idea for Father's Day?

What's not to love?
A wedding and Nantucket.

I always thought that Eunice was the most interesting of the Kennedy sisters.

For all the Chip and Joanna fans that are experiencing withdrawal, this new cookbook may soften the blow.

If pizza can help me lose weight, I'll buy this cookbook for the Mister so he can make me all the dishes and I can get skinny.


Love the cover!
It's got to be good.


Killing Eve is about a woman assassin and the agent that is trying to capture her.  The characters are quirky but mesmerizing.  

Speaking of quirky and assassins, I have also been spending time with Barry who is another hired hitman but really wants to be an actor.  Bill Hader and Henry Winkler are so great on this show.  If you liked Dexter, you're going to love this one.

The Mister is getting a little worried about me watching shows about assassins.  I told him that he should begin worrying when I start to take notes.

Guess who chose this movie.  
I must admit that it was pretty good.
It did help that handsome Jon Hamm was in it.

Until next time...



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