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Halloween at Jolie's

When the handmade invite to Jolie's Halloween party arrived in the mail, I knew where I was headed on Friday October 24th. Jolie's parties are not to be missed. She is a masterful cook and decorator plus I like her guest list so her party is always an Event! Her daughter Casey is following in her footsteps as she is a talented young woman too.

A fog machine was used to create a spooky mist over the living room. White sheets strewn over the sofa and chairs gave the room a creepy abandoned look. Did I mention the house was built in the 1700's? Who knows what ghosts lurk there?


My sister dressed as a minuteman and looked a little ghostly in the fog room.


There is a pub in the house. Jello "shots" for all who enter the bar area.


Aidan tried his darndest to look ghastly. His Ipad illuminated his face and gave him an eerie look.


Even the family dog, Buddy, got in on the act. Buddy was dressed as a sailor and he was strutting his stuff at the party.


Casey put on a scar…

Salvaging a Church

Ten years ago, Sacred Heart Church in Lowell closed it's doors to parishioners. Today, it is being converted into condos.

My friend and my cat's foster mom, Diane, drives by this church on her way to work. She stopped in and spoke with the builder and she came away with some of the items they weren't going to use in the new design. (More about that later in this post)


I was lucky enough to get a tour of the building and see some of the incredible beauty of Sacred Heart Church. I certainly was sad to hear of the church closing and of the current renovation. I do think it's the right decision to repurpose the building however. It would be a crime to just board it up.

Some of the windows have been removed but some were purchased in memory of a family member and it looks like they will be kept. That is the right thing to do.



This set of windows is absolutely stunning! The church was built between 1883 and 1896. Such craftsmanship back then.


Construction is in full swing …

Come with me now

I love to walk around the neighborhood but I rarely do it. So this morning after I moved my car so the painters could work on the house, I realized it would be the perfect morning to take a walk.

I started walking in the direction of Winchester. I noticed my neighbor's shrubs were steaming and I stopped to take a photo. Not sure you can see the steam but it was there.


My sister and I have recently had conversations about being more present and more aware in our lives. So I took time to notice EVERYTHING!  At first I thought I saw a white cat in this garden. Turns out there were 2 cat statues. Cute.


There's quite a party on the lawn of this house. Love the dancing skeletons. They were having a great time this morning.


So the meteorologist said we are not a peak color yet in the Boston area. It looks peak to me.

  From the cords attached to these pumpkins I guess we have some illumination going on at night. Perhaps a return visit in the evening is in order.


And my house, probab…