Legend of the traveling book…..

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Have you ever owned a book, the subject matter isn't important, that you hold as a prized possession? I have and still do.  Maybe its the writer in me because I have such a love affair with books that make most people look upon as, well, strange to say the least! I believe its because, along with a vivid imagination a book can take you places that in your wildest dreams could never materialize, and yet afterwards you know you've been there.... I've had this Love Affair since I was old enough to read.....I remember when I would have to leave my friends for the summer and head to our home … [Read more...]

Weekend Brunch….

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Well, its Saturday morning and we got a call last night that our "City Friends" need a weekend in the country! So it looks like summer has un-officially started. A weekend brunch came to mind. The guest bedroom is done and waiting, the deck is clean and the menu is planned and simple. This is going to be a hassle-free, fun-filled weekend for catching up on all the goings on in New York City. I remember those days, running to catch a train along with five thousand other people, the heat coming up from the concrete, having to walk up to the 9th floor cause the elevator was out.....hmmmm, no - … [Read more...]

Postcards from Paris…

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Postcards from Paris......While looking for an envelope this morning I found an old leatherbound photo - book that was tucked away in the bottom of the cabinet.  When I reached for it, realizing it wasn't the package of envelopes I was hastily looking for, I pushed it to the side knowing for sure my envelopes must be hidden behind the books....they were......after addressing the few that I needed and stamping them and running up the road to the mailbox....which I made just in time as the mailman came slowly up the hill.  He stopped and chatted, collected the mail and handed me two envelopes … [Read more...]

Bookshelves and Books….

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I have a secret....come closer....here it is......I am addicted to Books and the Bookshelves that hold them! Books of any kind, whether it be travel, mysteries, cooking, gardening, decorating......sigh.....yup! I'm addicted! And as any book enthusiast will tell you, they have to have a special place - hence bookshelves. Next, is where I would love to do my reading...hence the above picture! Can you imagine just swinging with a warm breeze sweeping across your face, a cool lemonade within reach and of course, not a sound except the birds in the tree above...sigh...ok I just gave myself the … [Read more...]

Country Farm Stands….

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 Time to start visiting your country farm stands....Summer brings out the best in what the farmers market and orchards have to offer......living in the country has its advantages when it comes to fresh - everything! The blueberries and strawberries are best in mid-summer. When it comes to Apples and vegetables we have two local farms that we visit weekly.  We also have several Farmers Markets in our area....but did you know.....not everything is as it seems.  Farm stands are big business now a days.  especially within city limits.  When you shop at a farm stand remember that New England … [Read more...]

Book club and Spring DIY Designer Plates….

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Remember when  made my DIY Designer polka dot plates?....here....well I've decided to go at it again! I'm addicted to this easy-peasy plate knock-off! For just a few dollars I can actually match my plates to my linens.  What did we ever do before Mod Podge? Today I am sharing our book club lunch, unfortunately only two of us could make it, with summer starting schedules are in over-drive! The book this month is a "Poolside / Lakeside" reader.....Nantucket by Nan Rossiter. Here is a little intro from the New York times..... " A tender, moving story of rekindled passion, set amidst the … [Read more...]

Potted Herb Wagon…

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finally got my herbs planted on Sunday.....this year instead of planting in the beds along the back of the house, or putting them directly in pots that sat on the deck, I decided to bring my wagon up onto the deck and put it to work!  My husband made this wagon for me several years ago, and I love it! this year it will hold the pots of herbs that I use everyday in my cooking.  Basil, Oregano, Parsley...I couldn't find French Tarragon or Rosemary so I'm not completely done with my Potted Herb Wagon.....I planted several varieties of tomatoes including San Marzano, I am also going to plant … [Read more...]

Memorial Day Ideas

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Memorial Day Ideas... could the holiday almost be  here?....I need to get busy...... I've been so involved with my little Yorkie "Elvis" and trying to get him over his allergies that it has literally taken up my days! He started two weeks ago, after his third visit to vet we finally got him started on prednisone and hopefully this will do the trick. So my poor little baby has been under the weather and wanting to be held all day.....Now that Daddy's home, I can get some Mommy time! But first I have to let go of him... And now to start thinking of how to entertain on the first "Official" … [Read more...]

Chandelier Keepsake

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Have you ever looked at something in your home and thought...Time to replace! Every time I walk into the dining room and look at the brass chandelier those words come to mind....My husband was so tired of hearing me complain about how its a bit tarnished, has seen better days, its so old...etc...etc...that last week he took it down! I came home to find him packing it up.  I was shocked! He turned and smiled and said "OK....now go buy a new one"! So, do we go glam this time? crystals? Beads? Wood? I was so excited......I immediately went online to peruse all those wonderful Chandy's with … [Read more...]

Kentucky Derby Brunch…

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Tomorrow is the 141st. "Run for the Roses", or as most know it as the Kentucky Derby...."the most exciting two minutes in sports".... the Kentucky Derby is a 1.25 mile race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses. It is the first leg of the American Triple Crown and is followed by the Preakness Stakes, then the Belmont Stakes. Unlike the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, which took hiatuses in 1891-1893 and 1911-1912, respectively, the Kentucky Derby has been run every consecutive year since 1875. A horse must win all three races to win the Triple Crown.  The Derby is the crowning event after a … [Read more...]