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Letting sleeping kitties lie

It's that time of year when I start to think about decorating for Christmas. I would love to have a full size tree but with 3 kitties to consider that is not a wise choice.  Percy has knocked over lamps, broken teacups, and is basically a one man wrecking crew.

Molly is fascinated with shiny objects and there is a lot of bling on a Christmas tree. No I probably shouldn't put up a big tree.


She did not knock the tree over but she wanted that doll and maybe an ornament or two.

Yes, it would be best if I let sleeping kitties lie.

Thanksgiving Wishes

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? I am not hosting so I just have to make the potatoes. Percy is ready. Percy is always ready for a big feed.

This Thanksgiving is bittersweet. My Mother is in the hospital so no Thanksgiving dinner for her. Usually my Dad has lunch/dinner with her at her nursing home and my sister and I go to a friend's for dinner. Later, we visit my Mother and eat leftovers with Dad.

Bittersweet because this will be the first time in 10 years my Dad will have Thanksgiving Dinner with my sister, me and our friends. It will be nice to be together again but we are sad that my Mother is ill and in the hospital. She is improving but not ready to be released. We will visit her after dinner.

I will be thankful to have my friends and family around me tomorrow. In fact, I thank God for them everyday.

We are having beastly weather right now, I can hear the freezing rain hitting my windows. I am so glad to be home from work. I only skidded once! I hope all those who travel to…

Anthropologie Event- Fall Workshop

This is a long overdue post. Back in October, I signed up to attend a Fall crafting workshop at my local Anthropologie in Burlington.  I expected to be the only older person there but since Anthropologie is one of my favorite stores and I am Fall obsessed I decided to go for it anyway. Does anyone say go for it anymore?

The workshop coordinator, Jessica, could not have been nicer and there were pumpkin scones and apple cider for refreshments. The company was cordial.  We learned to make acorns from chipboard and wire.


Britta was a natural at making the acorns as was Morgan whose hand was pictured above. Evidently making acorns was not my forte, I struggled a bit but all of the college girls pitched in to help me.  I decided taking photos was a better use of my time. I also peppered Jessica with questions about Anthro.


Once we became more comfortable with each other, silliness ensued. Britta was ready for Halloween.


We talked about our pets and shared photos of them. Two of the women …

Ina Garten at Symphony Hall

This past week I took a trip into Boston. My friend Wendy and I purchased tickets to see Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, at Symphony Hall.

I had a frustrating time getting the tickets and was not able to order them online. I had to call the next day for tickets. As a result, most of the tickets were sold, there were few seats left, and we had to sit in the balcony and not even together.


Symphony Hall is a fantastic venue. The building is stunning with spectacular architectural details throughout. I must admit, I got to see the whole venue from my balcony seat.


Note where the table and chairs are located. See how far away we were?


Well, with my new Samsung Galaxy camera with 21x zoom lens I got this shot of Ina and Faith Middleton, the interviewer for the evening.  Faith is a popular radio talk show host in Connecticut.

The two ladies sitting next to me were big fans of both Faith and Ina. They had come up from New Haven for an overnight just to see the event. I enjoyed their compa…

The Harvest Dinner

Saturday night I hosted my annual Harvest Dinner. The weather did not cooperate as we had high winds and rain but all of my guests made it to my house.


I try to plan the tablescape in advance and I saw some good ideas on Pinterest, but in the end I winged it.


I bought these flameless candles and matching bags from QVC a few months ago. I knew they would make the perfect favor for my Harvest Dinner.


My Dad came to the dinner and since he is on oxygen candles were not an option. Except of course the little flameless ones I used for favors. I bought some little white pumpkins and placed them on my candlesticks. Earlier in the day, Percy knocked one of the candlesticks down and broke two of the crystals.


I stood on a chair to get my aerial shot of the table. I love to use the table runners with little twinkle lights embeded in them. I have other colors too. I have burgundy, green and lavender.


I was too lazy to iron the cloth napkins so paper napkins filled in nicely.

Ok, last photo of …