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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Not-So-Stereotypical Hodgepodge

Hello, dear friends.  Can you believe that it is almost Memorial Day?  For me, this year has just whipped by.  Friday, I am off to an Author Literary Luncheon featuring  J. Courtney Sullivan at the Wequassett Resort.  Unfortunately, it is supposed to rain cats and dogs, but there will be sunshine in my heart because I will be with my two buddies, Anne and Annie.

You know the drill, if it's Wednesday, it's time for Hodgepodge.


1.  What color is prominent in your home?  Are you glad about that or wishing you could cover it up or remove it?

Two colors dominate my home and I don't plan on changing them yet.


And blue.

2.  What's something that you'll never do again?

I will never step foot on a plane flown by Spirit Airlines.  If you've never had the pleasure, this article describes the flying experience to a tee.

This should be their slogan.
Spirit Airlines: You'll only fly us once. 

3.  Tell us a couple of ways you fit the stereotype associated with your gender, and a couple of ways you don't.

I have always been a girly girl.  I adore makeup, jewelry, and pretty clothes.  Btw... this is the way I am going to pose for pics from now on so you can't see my double chin.

I am against stereotype when it comes to cooking and basically every other household chore that is associated with the female gender.  

4.  May is Motorcycle Awareness Month.  Have you ever owned a motorcycle?  Have you ever ridden a motorcycle?  If the opportunity presented itself would you hop on a motorcycle and go for a ride?

Ever since I can remember, my father gave me lectures about the dangers of motorcycles and told me that as long as I lived under his roof, I was forbidden to ride on one.  He had never ridden one but was obsessed with the dangers of them.

My Father should have saved his breath because not only have I never been on a motorcycle, but I never had any friends who owned one.  

To this day, I break out in a cold sweat when a motorcycle passes me on the road!

Good job, Dad.   

5.  If someone wanted to understand you, what should they read, watch, and listen to?

All they would have to do is read my posts from the past four and a half years, and if they didn't fall asleep or become bored to tears, they could safely say that they pretty much know me better than I know myself.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Occasionally, people ask me why I blog.  As I have said before, the greatest gift that blogging has given me is meeting interesting people and making new friends.  Yesterday, I met Patti, a fellow blogger from Pandora's Box for lunch on the Cape. She lives in upstate New York and was visiting a friend.  Patti started our little group, The Tales of the Traveling Totes.  We had a wonderful lunch, and we really hit it off, as I knew we would.  

My little Grandma, Margaret used to say if you made a new friend it was a good day.

It was a very good day.

Until next time...

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Beacon Hill - Take 3

Hello, dear friends.  Happy Sunday!  We are enjoying some gorgeous sunny, cool weather this weekend.  

Last Thursday, I attended the Beacon Hill Garden Walk.  It was the third year in a row that I have attended this magnificent event.  If you care to refresh your memory on the past two years, you can find them here and here.  

It was a record-breaking day with temps breaking into the mid 90's on Thursday.  As far as I'm concerned, that's a Fall day in Texas.  My buddy, Mary, the Queen of the Sudbury Sweethearts, braved the heat with me and we hit about six gardens and in the process, met some lovely people.   We planned on meeting the rest of the girls later for lunch. 


I didn't get a lot of pics of the actual gardens this year because, despite the weather, it was fairly crowded.  The stars of this post are the window boxes and stunning doors and door knockers.

This was Miss Daisy's virgin voyage.

Miss Daisy is turning into quite the ham.

This was the first garden that we attended.  We met the owner, and she told us that she moved to Beacon Hill about 5 years ago from NYC.  She retired from the magazine business.

The owner had two beautiful mirrors placed on the trellis on each side of a sculpture.  They highlighted the beauty of the garden.  When I complimented her on them, she whispered to me that they were hung the previous evening.  Just in the nick of time and well worth the effort.

The owner also shared that this birdcage came with the house.

This was my favorite window box.

Hydrangeas in all colors, shapes, and sizes were featured in many of the window boxes and pots.

This charming gent chatted it up with Mary.  He was the owner and one of two male members of the garden club.  I have a feeling that he's pretty popular with the group.

This is his darling potting room right off the garden.

We also stopped by Blackstone's Book Store.  On the left is G.D. Spilsbury who was signing her books, and my buddy Liz.


This book is described as being a story of love between families, friends, and lovers that bind us through life's brief journey.  

Gail also wrote a podcast called Red Line which you can listen for free on iTunes.  You can read about it here.

I met Dolley Carlson at her book signing at the same bookstore two years ago.  Liz has been corresponding with her and enjoyed meeting her in person. 

Think Downton Abbey but set in Boston.

It was so nice to spend time with these lovely ladies again.  We caught up on all the latest news on graduations, weddings, and even a new grandbaby on the way. 

Miss Daisy was thrilled to be included in the day.

Until next time...

I was thrilled to meet one of the newest residents of Beacon Hill. 

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