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Friday, March 16, 2018

The O'friday Files

Hello, dear friends.  My little leprechaun got lots of treats for posing for this pic.  Chili and Chowdah received their darling hats from their Aunt Mary. 

I hope that you had a good week.  Any week where the power stays on is a great one around here.

Here are some items that are on my radar this week.  

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This week's house tour comes from Rowayton, Connecticut.  To continue to see more of this gorgeous home click here.

Big news...
there's a new Barbie in town.

Are you a fan of wallpaper?
Plenty of gorgeous rooms showcasing floral wallpaper can be found here.

Are you thinking about hosting an Easter Brunch?
You can find plenty of inspiration here.

Do you watch the cooking channels on Youtube?
Here is a list of the most popular ones.

In my last post, I moaned about our weather.  A very sweet reader, Martha suggested that I make an Atlantic Beach Pie.   I looked it up because I had not heard of it before.  I think Martha is right.  Life would be a lot sweeter with a piece of this pie on my plate.
Now I've got to talk the Mister into making it for me.


This book was just released.  I ordered a copy for a foodie friend of mine as a hostess gift.

The Mister and I have an appointment at the end of the week for our Global Entry.   This article tells us how to breeze through customs with a mobile passport app. that may be even quicker than Global Entry.

Isola Santa Cristina

Isola Santa Cristina

Now that I got you through customs, here is a suggestion as to where you should go next.

 Here are some money-saving tips when booking your next vacation.

Rumor has it that warm weather is coming sometime in the future.  In preparation, I have been working with weights to get my flabby arms in shape.  If you want to look as fabulous as me, here is what I've been doing.

Sorry I look fat in these pictures.


I can't do a post the day before St. Paddy's Day without talking about luck.  Do you consider yourself a lucky person? Here's an interesting article citing scientific research on the phenomenon of luck.  


Ok, maybe you're not the luckiest person in the world.  
But here are some steps that you can become happier and more successful.


I have a friend who loves to entertain and always hosts a large brunch on Easter.  Her birthday just happens to be around Easter, so it has been a tradition of mine to get her something with an Easter theme.  These are the 4 finalists.


I may have to order one of these for myself.
Hopefully, the macaroons come with it.

Until next time...

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A Surly Hodgepodge

Hello, dear friends.  I am writing this on Tuesday morning. It's not even 10AM and the power has gone out six times and I've single-handedly finished off a whole jar of peanut butter.  This post is sewn together in haste because I want to finish it quickly in the event we lose power.  Please bear with me, there may be more typos than usual.  

1. Best place you've been lately?

Due to the influx of Nor'easters, the only fun place that I have been to lately was to the outlets.  I did come home with some great buys, though.

Nothing beats the Winter blues like retail therapy.

2. What's something you should say yes to today? Or this week? Or even this year?

What I would like to say yes to today is putting the house on the market and moving back to Texas.

3. Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day in any way, shape, or form? If so tell us how. 

Benjamin Miller

I've been raised to think that I am Irish.  I can't verify that fact until I hear from the Ancestry DNA Testing labs in a few weeks. Remember that little story I told you about the Mister growing up thinking that he was German? 

When I was a child, we always celebrated the day noshing on corned beef and cabbage (not my favorite) and attending the St. Patrick's Day parade in my hometown.  

This year, weather permitting, we are meeting friends for dinner.  

By the way...I've been using the phrase weather permitting a lot lately.

In Western cultures, the color green is typically associated with jealousy, nature, good luck, and growth. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word 'green'?

Quentin Rey, Unsplash

Good luck.

4. What's a product or service you love so much you'd happily be their spokesperson? Tell us what makes you such a fan.


If you read my blog on a regular basis, I apologize for sounding like a broken record.  I've been using Genes Creme for years and I think that it is the best all-over moisturizer that I have ever used.  
It lasts forever, is reasonably priced, and it makes me look 40 years younger and 20 pounds thinner.

How's that for a sales pitch?

5. March 14th is Pi Day. How are your math skills? What's the last thing you did that required math of any kind? 


The last time that I used my Math skills was figuring out the tip for my hairdresser.  It took me about 20 minutes.  

 I hate to brag.

And most importantly do you like pie? What's your favorite kind? With ice cream, whipped cream, or please hold the cream?

Midwest Living

To put it kindly, my dear departed Mother was no whiz in the kitchen.  She did, however, make a mean raspberry pie that she served piping hot with vanilla bean ice cream. 
The recipe for the pictured pie can be found here.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Dear ABC, NBC, and CBS News Stations...

Is it really necessary to run continuous weather coverage all day long?  I don't need to watch some poor news person holding on to a telephone pole for dear life while being blasted by a blistering 45 mph snow gust.

I am a person that does not do well with Winter and snow.  Ask my poor husband.  I need Ryan and Kelly, Hoda and Kathy Lee, the snippy ladies on The View, the irritating chefs at The Chew and at least a full bottle of Chardonnay to help me through the tense moments of a nasty Nor'easter. 

If I need an up-to-the-minute update, I can look out the window or better yet, tune into the Weather station.  That's what it's there for!

A Surly Concerned Citizen


By the way... if you're wondering where my blogroll went, you can find it on the top bar under Blog Friends.

Until next time...

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