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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A Beauty of a Hodgepodge

Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you are having a great week.  I'm unpacked and laundry is done.  Last night,  I went to a fun book signing and supper at one of my favorite book stores.  I took lots of pics and look forward to sharing them with you at a later date.

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


1.  'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.'  What's something you've seen recently that you thought was beautiful?

Although I am a Nervous Nellie when it comes to flying, I do appreciate the beauty when I am in the air.

2.  Our culture and beauty... your thoughts?

3.  Age before beauty, beauty queen, beauty mark, beauty sleep... which beauty-full phrase resonates with you today?  Why.

I think I need 10.

4.  I read here a list of the top ten beasts animals that scare us the most - alligators, coyotes, black bears, birds (pigeons in particular), sharks, bats, bed bugs, rats, rattlesnakes, and the black widow spider.
Which beast scares you the most?  What is the likelihood of you having an actual encounter with that particular beast?  Did a movie contribute to your fear of the creature?  Have you ever had a real life encounter with any of the animals listed?

When the girls were young, we lived in Boca Rotan, Florida.  Alligators are a fairly common site.  The girls were terrified of them and would have frequent nightmares.  The Mister and I finally came up with the idea of telling them that alligators cannot walk on carpeting.  It worked.  They never had another nightmare.

That year, the Easter Bunny brought them a play house.

The Mister and I referred to it as their safe house.

5.  Where were you when you last heard a bell ring?  
Was it alarming or musical?

I was shopping a couple of weeks ago, and I kept hearing a bell ring.  It turned out to be a woman's ringtone.  Finally, she answered it and proceeded to carry on in a tone that was loud enough to carry across to the other side of the store.  Her fellow shoppers (including me) rolled their eyes and gave her dirty looks.  She didn't get it.

This is my pet peeve of the week. 

6.  What's your favorite carb?  How's that for random?

I've never met a carb that I didn't like.

7.  Let's wrap up another month of Hodgepodge and life with an acrostic.  Recap your month using the word MARCH.

Magnificent time
North Carolina
In search of #2's new Home

8.  Insert your own random thought here.


The best part of coming home is seeing these two.
And the Mister, too.

What's your pet peeve of the week?

Until next time...

Monday, March 27, 2017

Helloooooo Hot-lanta!

Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you enjoyed your weekend.  Mine was a whirlwind.  I flew to North Carolina and drove with my #2 to Atlanta to search for her new home.  

The Mister and I used to say that there was no tired like Disney tired.  I just found something that comes close.  Apartment hunting tired.

I fell in love twice this weekend.  The first love I found had wings and is otherwise known as Jet Blue.  What a great airline!  A fabulous staff, free WIFI, adult-sized snacks, water bottles and TVs at every seat!  It was the first time ever that I wished that my flight was a wee bit longer.

The Mister drove me to the airport in time for me to make my 6 AM flight on Friday morning.  All went smoothly, my flight was on time, and my #2 greeted me at the airport and whisked me off for the 6-hour drive to Atlanta.

We arrived about 2:30 and we managed to see three properties in Buckhead, where we were staying.  Out of the three, there wasn't a dud in the bunch. 

I think that I shared with you that my #2 is a health food nut, otherwise known as a raw vegan.  She also loves food.  Almost as much as her Dad does.  Her friends in NC who are natives of Atlanta told her she had to go to True Food Kitchen to have dinner.  They told her that she would love it.  They were right.

   We lucked out because it was located across the street from our hotel.  She was excited to try the food.  All I required was a decent wine list.  We liked it so much that we went there both nights.

The weather was lovely so we sat outside on the patio.   That is when I fell in love for the second time.  The object of my affection is the city of Atlanta.  My #2 looked at three areas to live:  Buckhead, Midtown, and Virginia-Highlands.  All held it's own unique charm and personality.  

We ordered a crudite as an appetizer. 
It was so pretty, I couldn't help but take this pic.
I felt healthier after my first bite.  

The next day we started early.  My girl researched restaurants for breakfast, and we arrived a few minutes early at the chosen one.  To my #2's delight,  she spied a farmer's market across the street.  Some young ladies love shoe or cosmetic stores, my girl fantasizes about farmer's markets.

It was hard to pull her away.

We walked across the street to our breakfast destination in Virginia-Highlands.  

We chatted it up with darling Candace, who is the owner of Kale Me Crazy.  You can tell she has a passion for healthy eating and is well-versed in nutrition. The restaurant is bright and spotlessly clean. 

By the way, for all my NC friends out there, Candace is a proud Tar Heel.

My girl ordered the best smoothy she has ever tasted.  And I feasted on this bowl of healthy nutrition which was really good.
I have a feeling my girl will be spending a lot of time there.

We began the day's search for my #2's new home-away-from-home and ended up hitting eight more apartment complexes.

We toured many gyms.  My girl's first two priorities on her list were a good sized kitchen with storage and a well-equipped gym.

My top three concerns were:  safety, safety, and safety.

We saw a plethora of pools on our tours.

And some breathtaking views.

Great looking model apartments.

And lots of brand new sparkling kitchens.

We met many shapes, sizes, and personalities when it came to sales people.  There were some outgoing ones, one that kept looking at her imaginary watch on her wrist, an Oprah Superfan, and one young lady who should have been in the hospital for pneumonia.  Our favorite, though, was a lady teetering on her 6-inch heels (above), who was kind enough to share her life story with us.  Evidently, her boyfriend left her and moved to Vegas, and she was temporarily living in her car because she had a fight with her narcissistic mother.

My #2 and I kept looking around waiting for Ashton Kutcher to pop out and tell us that we were being punked.
Never happened.

At the day's end, my girl signed a lease on a brand new apartment loaded with a bright white kitchen, a phenomenal gym, and security that would rival the Trumps.

Mission accomplished  

We hopped into the car early Sunday morning, and Miss Daisy and I arrived at the airport just in time to head back home.

What else could a girl ask for?
I got to spend time with one of my two favorite daughters, and I fell in love twice in one weekend.

Until next time...



Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Friday Files

Hello, dear friends.  Welcome to the early edition of The Friday Files.  As I told you in my last post, I am off to enjoy an adventure with my #2 this weekend.

Here are some things that have crossed my radar this week. 

A celebrity chef just put her NYC pad on the market.  
You can take the tour here.


A man's home is his castle. 
 This one is for sale.    
I get first dibs on the guest room.


Can you guess the wealthiest zip code in your state?
The answer is here


Are you making any of these design mistakes in your home?
I'm guilty of this one.   


Who wouldn't want to introduce the original Mary Poppins to the little ones in their life?  This new show on Netflix looks darling.


This new cookbook is getting lots of buzz in blogland.  Many of the recipes can be prepared in less than an hour which is important when you are madly in love.  It will be released on April 4th and would make a great engagement or shower gift.


When my #1 was little, she only wanted to eat pink food.  If you asked her what she wanted for dinner, she would tell me "pink."  It's a shame that there weren't any pink veggies.  When I came across this Paula Deen Strawberry cake,  I couldn't help but think of my girl.  The recipe is categorized as easy.  Yeah, I've heard that before.


Speaking of cakes... if you are in the throes of planning a wedding, here are the biggest trends in cakes.


Is your book club looking for a challenge?
Here's a list of books that will meet your needs.


Are you looking for a job or to advance in your career?  
Here is a list of five books recommended by recruiters to aid you in the process.


I will probably finish up this novel on my trip.  No question about it, Slightly South of Simple is Kristy's best.  It is available for pre-order now and will be released on April 25th.  I will do a full review on this little gem of a page turner in mid-April.  Let me give you a hint... I love it. 


I am about halfway done listening to The Widower's Wife.  So far, there has not been a dull moment.  Plenty of twists and turns.  But as I always say, a book can be ruined by its ending.  I'll keep you posted.


Sista, I've got news for you and it's all bad.

By the way, if anyone is interested, I am the tall willowy one with the great legs on the left. 


If you are looking for pure perfection in your peonies these tips will help.


It was the Mister's turn to choose the movie last weekend.  If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know that the Mister and I differ in taste when it comes to movies.  Not in this case.  The Sense of An Ending has it all - great acting talent as well as a razor sharp script.  The story has a twist at the end that I never saw coming.  You can watch the trailer here.


Just in case you want to read the book before the movie.



My MIL gives us a subscription to Guideposts for Christmas every year.  Today, Robin Roberts interviewed Edward Grinnan, the Editor-in-Chief about his new book.   After seeing the segment, I had to order the book.


In honor of National Puppy Day, I leave you with this clip from The Late Show.
If you like Stephen Colbert and rescue dogs, you'll love it. 
Hint:  the best part is at the end.

Until next time...

Charm Me With Peonies


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