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What we've been up to at Cafe Chatelaine

Spending a relaxing evening at home on a Saturday. I love it. I love to have no plans and just unwind every once in a while, don't you?

Earlier I took photos of the Wyoming neighborhood in Melrose. The trees had flowered. So pretty!

The building ahead is so cool. Condos upstairs with rooftop decks and retail space below. The building is quite old.

The commuter rail station or the T station as it is called in these parts, is always gorgeous this time of year.

Has a bit of an Asian feel with the tree in full bloom and all the windows in the waiting area.

I used to watch the comings and goings at the station from the bakery across the street. Sadly the neighborhood bakery closed last year.

The area can be bustling depending on the time of day. Not so around 7 PM on a Saturday.

Apple blossoms were fragrant and plentiful near my friend's house today. I got a nice whiff as I walked by.

We gathered for a Kentucky Derby Party. My horse didn't even place or show.

Earlier, I watched people sitting in the sun outside Starbucks. It was exciting to see the Sun. It so rarely appears anymore.

The Sun was out on Friday morning when I took this shot from my dining room window.

I had lunch with my sister at Aroma Café on Friday and I discovered caramel cappuccinos. Bad, very bad!

Oscar was finally ready for his close up last week. I don't know why he is so shy around the camera, he is such a handsome boy!

Molly with her beautiful eyes and magnificent whiskers is happy to oblige the paparazzi.

This happened on Monday. It was cold and my upstairs neighbor's heat kicked on. Her radiator was leaking and the water came through to my ceiling. She has agreed to pay for the painting of the ceiling so I can't complain.

Percy inspected my new mug. I bought it at the Melrose Arts Festival last Saturday.

Molly pretends she is under a sun lamp. It was the only sun she was going to get pretty much all week.

I bought my cat mug from Julie Fox, a local potter. I really like her work.

Thom Ciulla, a photographer from Melrose, made this art piece. The base is an old wallpaper roller and he added vintage sheet music to ceiling fan blades. It is a steampunk dragonfly. I had a nice conversation with him about steampunk and photography.

My friend Lisa O'Connell of Snap Kick Studios had lots of cool items for sale. I bought a digital print of a Provincetown Shack from her. I love it.

My sister and I had been invited to our friend Jolie's for dinner. You may remember Joie as the person with the killer Christmas parties. She is a fantastic cook as evidenced by these cream puffs.

Poor Buddy was waiting for me to drop some of my dinner. Sorry Buddy, no chance I was sharing anything. It was too good!

Chicken with lemon extra virgin olive oil, panko, thyme, oregano. Mini raviolis stuffed with gorgonzola.

Oh my, oh my. Jolie said she just threw it together. I don't even want to discuss when I try to just throw something together.

This was the salad. This could have been the meal. Fresh and absolutely yummy!

I had friends over for dessert Easter evening. This has become a tradition for the last few years.

Everybody brought something for dessert. Mary made a cream cheese pie. To die for! My lustreware kitty pitcher made an appearance.

I bought a Easter Bunny chocolate pound cake and put him in a vintage crate.

Oh yeah, I served my favorite cheese, white stilton with mango and ginger. Everyone loved it.

Here's a shot of the tablescape. If I don't take a photo before the guests arrive, I often forget.

Oscar was preoccupied with the birds outside the window. That bookcase turned window seat works perfectly for the kitties.

Easter Mass was beautiful at Saint Patrick's Church in my hometown.

I've been using my Boston Strong wine bottle as a night light in my kitchen. The loving cup I bought a few years ago is a vase turned utensil holder.

Now you are all up to date with the goings on at Café Chatelaine. Hopefully the weather will turn warmer and drier and I can do a few daytrips. Then I'll really have something to blog about!


Oh, Elaine...I just don't know what to comment on! I guess that's how some people feel when they come to my blog but this is above and beyond that!! Well, I just love that Percy! And I love all the food I saw. Easter Eve is wonderful. And I've been drinking Starbucks Caramel coffee in my Keurig. Wonderful pics of's been very rainy and dreary here as well.

Thank you for letting us catch up with you. Hope the sun shines soon for us.

Anne said…
It all looks wonderful Elaine, sounds as if you have had a lovely Easter. I have enjoyed reading about it all. Ours was pretty quiet as we were both taken ill with a stomach bug! Both recovered now though and this coming week we are going to the Cotswolds as we have hired a beautiful old beamed cottage for a week for a break away.Have a great week!
Salmagundi said…
I enjoyed catching up with your life. Sorry, you haven't had sun - the sun shines 360 days a year in Colorado. Don't think I could live in gloom!! Take care, Sally
Oh that adorable bunny pound cake! HELLO fellow New Englander! Though I am here in the midwest, Beverly Mass will always be a special home for us....and to see your blooming trees is exciting; we are a few weeks behind everyone, but we are excited as we look out to see that little green heads are appearing!

Thank you so much for coming to listen to the music I chose for my post...shall we dance? Let's hope for a long warm period. I know you experienced a wicked winter as we did, and we earn some warm time!

Enjoy your day, Anita
I love your beautiful cats! Those eyes and whiskers and beautiful markings!

It looks like you are having a wonderful Spring. Your dessert at Easter tradition is wonderful--the bunny shaped pound cake you found was so cute! I tried to make a gluten free bunny shaped cake for my grandsons but it fell apart, so I made it into a trifle--they loved it!

I hope the sun is shining for you now. We had a foot of snow where I live in Colorado on Sunday but it all melted today as our sunshine is very hot at our altitude of over 6,000 feet!

Off to read your post about Susan Branch -- love her!

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