Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Tale of the Traveling Totes Episode #28 and a Giveaway

 

The Tales of the Traveling Totes is a quarterly link party that chronicles the travels and activities of ten women who live all across the United States. Our purpose is to learn how much of the world can 10 average women, carrying the same MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check Tote, see. You can read tales about our adventures on March 1st, June 1st, September 1, and December 1st. I am thrilled to participate with this amazing group of women. At the end of my post, you'll find links to join the other toters and read what they've been doing this quarter.

The third quarter of 2021, has found  Miss Carrie Ann Hall and me right here at home for the entire quarter. I figure if I can't travel, I can certainly take the opportunity to invite as many of my friends as possible to gather around my tables and share, good food, great fun, and cherished fellowship. I've saved a chair for you at each of my luncheons. Come on in; the parties are about to get started...

I was asked to host our city's Bar Auxillary for their final Spring luncheon. Their meeting took place on the back porch. Hydrangea trees in a pair of my cobalt pots paired well with the MacKenzie-Childs Royal Check enamelware.


The following week, the Hydrangea trees were recalled to serve as the centerpieces for my Garden Friends Spring luncheon. Today we dined on the Herend Queen Victoria atop the Mottahedeh Blue Lace Charger. The Michael Weems green goblets and Baccarat Provence goblets were a nice blend in the place setting.

Ever the watchful hostess, Carrie Ann reclined beneath her MacKenzie-Childs floral bumpershoot. What a champion of hospitality she is!

Next up was a Bridal Shower for my friend Kathy's granddaughter. The table was anchored by the Mottahedeh Musée Decoratif white tureen, one of my favorite tureens. The Kim Seybert beaded table runner and Baccarat Butterflies added a wonderful combination of delightful colors for my table.


The MacKenzie-Childs Cheese Course was perfect for the Brie "Deli" Cheese, located in the living room on the games table.


Garlands of flowers welcomed our guests and also created a photo op. The bride and her friends had a great time taking pics of each other. Carrie Ann and I helped out for their group shots. 

The following week, two friends joined me for a quiet luncheon. I used my favorite Luneville pattern with a trio of Luneville Jardinieres holding hydrangeas from my garden.

Sweet Mister's Men's Dinner Club held their June meeting at our house. As you can guess, the menu was Mexican food. I set their tables with La Gadeaux Melamine dinner plates atop Caspari rattan chargers. They voted to have all their future meetings at our house. Sweet Mister said, "Probably not."


June also found a group of my lifetime high school friends gathering to celebrate a birthday. We laughed and visited the afternoon away. I chose to use the Luneville again, this time set atop the Bormioli hot pink glass charger. The wine is a pink Murano; the water is the Baccarat Provence 


Independence Day found the back porch table set with the Blue Liberty Hall dinner plates atop a red charger. A pair of Uncle Sam Santas rode in the rear of the red, white, and blue pickup trucks with Old Faithful flying...all ready for the parade. The centerpiece is the 
MacKenzie-Childs Royal Check large casserole. It's about the size of a large tureen. Works great. 

Late July found a small group of friends gathering to celebrate a birthday. Today I had fun using the Mottahedeh Magnolia.The pair of spill vases flanking the Magnolia tureen are also Mottahedeh.  It was a wonderful luncheon with cherished friends. 


By August, I needed a Garden Friends 'fix.' Our Bible study doesn't meet during the summer because a number of us spend a great deal of time out of state. The rest of us get together anytime we want. Today was one of those days. It also turned out that we were able to celebrate one of our summer birthday girls. Miss Carrie Ann Hall volunteered to be in charge of the appetizers. Here she is calling all the ladies to give the 'Gone in 60 Seconds' dip a try.

She also had a lot to say about how the tablescape was going to be designed. That's okay. She has impeccable taste.

The birthday girl loves turquoise/aqua and pink. We try to please. The dinner plate is by Minton. The crystal includes the Waterford Simply Pink, paired with the Edinburgh King James. The tureen is by Mottahedeh.

The Baccarat butterflies and the MacKenzie-Childs Pedestal Cakes added to the Spring colors and the'Flutterby' birthday party atmosphere. Such fun! 

Last week I loved gathering two friends to celebrate one more birthday party for another precious friend. I used two of my tulipieres to showcase some wonderful roses. The dinner plates are Spode Maritime Rose. We got up from the table at 4:00 p.m. A wonderful way to spend a blazing hot summer day.

I may not have left town, but I can honestly say that this quarter found me definitely on the go! I had a blast. I never take those of you who take your time to read my posts for granted. I appreciate you so much. Thank you!!! Remember that we have a giveaway, and this time I am your host. Be sure to stop by to visit and comment on the posts from all the ladies of The Traveling Totes. You'll automatically be entered to win our giveaway, a darling MacKenzie-Childs gift when you visit me and leave a comment.

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 

Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch

 Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box

Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron

Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda

Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 

Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul

Jackie and Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home

Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader@

CherryKay and Carrie Ann Hall @ Entertaining Women


The Tales of the Traveling Totes will return for the fourth quarter on December 1st. We hope you'll come back again and see what our Traveling Totes have been up to on their adventures!

 

Monday, March 1, 2021

Tales of the Traveling Totes #26, Blizzard on the Prairie, February, '21 & A Giveaway



Welcome to the 
Tales of the Traveling Totes, where my fellow travelers and I share our latest adventures, projects, and current events. At the end of my post you will find links to visit our other members and learn about how to register for our giveaway. I'm so glad you've stopped for a visit.
This winter has been a wild ride out here on the prairie, and I never had much of a chance to even leave the house. We experienced a 100 year winter storm, and sharing a glass of wine and some cheese from the MacKenzie-Childs Cheese Course in front of the fireplace, felt like a wonderful way to celebrate Valentines. We were pretty much snow and ice bound for a full two weeks. Wind chill temps plunged to a zesty -36°.
Eventually the ice melted, and in last week we experienced temps in the 60's and 70's. Even my pansies have begun to perk up again. I grabbed the opportunity to set a table for "Dine and Dash" after our Garden Friends Bible study. I was so ready to use one of my blue and white patterns. I selected the Mottahedeh Blue Canton on the Mottahedeh Blue Lace charger. The Mottahedeh Blue Canton candle sticks are fun to line up down the center of the table. The big fat blue and white round bowl was an estate sale find. I don't know anything about it, and I really enjoy using it. The crystal came straight from the kitchen cabinets. The Mikasa French Country paired nicely with the cobalt Dollar Tree goblets. 

 We met on the screened porch where it is easy to practice social distancing. The antique English pine harvest table (which has been in our warehouse since 1997) is home again, and it was the perfect spot for us to spread out for an easy lunch of quiche and fresh fruit. Some of the ladies needed to move along, and a group of us stayed to visit the afternoon away. We've all had both of our vaccine shots for several weeks, and it was so nice to be able to gather in a safe environment for fellowship. We are all excited to see our lives returning to normal, or at least more normal. I was even able to go to church and Sunday School again this month. So interesting when the ability to move, from a spot in front of the fireplace inside to the screened porch, feels almost as exciting as a cruise. Here's hoping that Spring and Summer present more opportunities to enjoy a trip or adventure.




I never take those of you who take your time to read my posts for granted. I appreciate you so much. Thank you!!! Be sure to stop by to visit and comment on the posts from all the ladies of The Traveling Totes. You'll automatically be entered to win our giveaway, a darling MadKenzie-Childs tea towel when you visit Jackie and Miss Madi K. @ Purple Chocolate Home. Good luck!!!

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 

Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch

 Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box

Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron

Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda

Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 

Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul

Jackie and Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home

Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader@

CherryKay and Carrie Ann Hall @ Entertaining Women 



We'll return on June 1st to share our Spring adventures.and we hope to find you here again !


Monday, June 1, 2020

Tales of the Traveling Totes #23 & A Giveaway, 6.1.20

Welcome to the Tales of the Traveling Totes, where my fellow travelers and I share our latest adventures, projects, and current events. At the end of my post you will find links to visit our other members and learn about how to register for our giveaway. I'm so glad you've stopped to visit.

 Well, I think we all have to admit that the first quarter of 2020, has been quite the experience for everyone of us. Few of us have ventured far from home, and last week I went  to the grocery store for the first time since January.  Sweet Mister has been my knight in shining armor. He has been very protective of my asthma and chronic bronchitis; he has done just about everything that involves leaving the house. That's not to say that I've been lackadaisical. Come see what's been going on since last September and continues to go on at our house . I call it "An Anatomy of a Renovation. A bit heavy on pictures, I'll try to keep my gab to a minimum. Come on in and take a look at our latest adventure...

It had been an easy going summer, and September found everything slowing down for just a moment. 

Miss Carrie Ann Hall and I had made just about our last run for the lovely blooms to be used on our summer tablescapes. And then Sweet Mister came up with an idea. We had been looking at property to buy a new home for months, and we had found a house just a little over a mile from us. We decided to make an offer.  The night before we planned to make our offer,  Mister said, "When I think about spending that much money on a house, I get sick at my stomach. What would you think about trying to do the things that you'd like to see done at our house, and we'll just stay here?" "Fine by me; let's do it," I said. And that's how our latest adventure began. Come on in and take a look at a few of our projects...

 The last of our giant trees was at the end of its life. It had been losing limbs out of the center of the tree, and it was also leaning more and more toward our home.

I shed more than a few tears, but it needed to be done.

The root ball left quite a hole! Just kidding. This became...

...This.


   This comfortable old porch where I entertained so many friends...


Started anew like this...


...and is still on its way to its final destination as our new back porch.


The area I had always envisioned as my lovely sunken garden and lawn...


...is now our new Pickle Ball Court. I have to admit that there has already been a whole bunch of fun take place here, and we're not even through with our project. There's more going on in the front yard, and I now call the inside of our home "Pandemonium City. We've totally moved out of our master bedroom and bath and currently reside in a guest room and the hall bath. One of the guest rooms and the living room have also been emptied. It's crazy, but we have a saying in our family, "No sympathy for self-inflicted wounds." We have the typical POD in the front drive and the ubiquitous porta potty on the curb. I asked Sweet Mister if he thought that should we have a new appraisal, would those count as an extra bath and bedroom? 

So although much of our world seemed to come to a stop, the action at our house has not stopped at all. In our city, construction work was deemed essential. The work has continued all the way through from September, and it continues today. At least I have had something of a show to watch outside my windows. It definitely hasn't been boring...messy, but not boring! We anticipate completion in the next 30-60 days. I'll invite you back when all is back in order. "Back in order?" That should take a bit longer.


Now for our giveaway!

 

Just leave a comment with Linda of Life and Linda for a chance to win a four piece set of Feather Canape Knives from MacKenzie-Childs.


You'll want to be sure to see what's been going on with the rest of the ladies of the Traveling Totes. Click on each of the links below, and you'll find posts from each of my lovely fellow travelers. You're going to love all of them!

                      Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths                   
Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
 Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Jackie and Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home
Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader
Cherry Kay and Carrie Ann Hall @ Entertaining Women  



I'll look forward to seeing all of you again in September. It will be interesting to find out where all of the tote ladies head, once travel becomes more realistic. I know they'll all have some amazing things to share with you once they're let loose to travel!

Tablescape Thursday w/ Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch

We'll hope to see you when the Tales of the Traveling Totes publishes our next adventures. Please, come again often.

This week I'll be joining:
Tablescape Thursday w/ Susan@Between Naps on the Porch.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Tales of the Traveling Totes, #22 and Giveaway, An American Girl Adventure


Welcome to the Tales of the Traveling Totes, where my fellow travelers and I share our latest adventures, projects, and current events. At the end of my post you will find links to visit our other members and learn about how to register for our giveaway. I'm so glad you've stopped to visit. This episode finds me sharing my very own American Girl adventure with my precious granddaughter, Beatrice Emaline and her mom, K.C. We're here for a belated birthday trip; Beatrice is such a busy little girl, this is the first time that we've had a weekend to run away to Dallas, Texas and the American Girl store. Won't you join us?

So much to see! Beatrice agreed that she would spend her first day at the American Girl store exploring everything before choosing her main birthday gift from yours truly, Mo and Pop. 

After a bit of exploring, the three of us stopped for Beatrice's own American Girl tea. It was so much fun to see Beatrice able to study and read her own menu before choosing the items she wished to order. Her "just like me" American Girl doll, Bea, had her very own booster chair for our tea party. 

Beatrice obviously was pleased with her hot chocolate, pink lemonade and the last of the mini lemon cupcakes. K.C. and I also enjoyed the tea sandwiches and savory offerings. 

After lunch, Bea had an appointment at the hair salon. Beatrice chose dog ears with bright colored bows for her doll's new hair style. The made to fit salon chairs made me smile. Little Bea also had her ears pierced. Our Miss Beatrice Emaline understands that it will be a good  number of years before she is allowed to have her own ears pierced. Whew! Carrie Ann Hall was standing by to give Little Bea a ride after her appointment. Beatrice was so busy examining all the goodies in the store that she needed Carrie Ann to babysit her doll. Oh, Little Bea was the second American Doll that Pop and Mo (that's me) gave her several Christmases ago. Prior to that we gifted her with the American Girl Bitty Baby.  

After a full afternoon of exploring the store...and a few "little" goodies, we returned to our hotel room where Beatrice was able to spend some time with her new toys while she pondered what she would choose for her big gift the next day. Evidently Little Bea broke her leg, so Beatrice had to apply a cast and put her in her new wheel chair. Beatrice turned out to be a very attentive nurse.

Everyone was pooped, and we had no problem climbing into our beds for the night shortly after the sun made its final peek appearance over Dallas before dipping below the horizon.

After a good night's sleep, Beatrice and Little Bea were up and ready for a second day at the American Girl store.

Beatrice was thrilled when her Aunt Jamiann met us at the store. Beatrice quickly became an official guide and gave Aunt Jami a complete tour of the store. 

Jamiann is a middle school vice-principal, so Beatrice made sure that this precious school desk was one stop on the tour. The accessories for the American Girl dolls are totally unbelievable! 

My wonderful daughter K.C., Beatrice Emaline, and I had to say an early goodbye to Aunt Jamiann because she had a weekend faculty meeting at her school; but not before Beatrice decided on her "big gift" for her birthday. She ended up choosing Joss, this year's Doll of the Year. Joss is a surfer and a cheerleader.


 Beatrice and the girls stopped for a pic with Carrie Ann Hall and me before we headed upstairs to the American Girl Bistro for a special birthday lunch.


There was considerable concentration needed for Princess Beatrice to narrow her decisions for her birthday lunch. When I was a little girl, I used to stick out my tongue while I was studying something important, too. I kind of like that a lot.

Beatrice was thrilled with her birthday party! Joss and Little Bea had their own chairs at the table, and they loved that they were given crowns just like Beatrice's. The place settings went home with us, too, a party favor for Beatrice from American Girl. Wow, it's been a wonderful trip for all of us.

As we left the Bistro to make the drive home, we noticed a bevy of American Girl Dolls waiting to be seated. I think that they were getting ready to hold a board of directors meeting. They are obviously very successful business women!  We thanked them for our wonderful time, and we all agreed that there would be many more trips in our future!

Thank you so much for stopping by for a while. I appreciate each and every one of your comments. You make my day each time you touch base. 


The giveaway for this episode is this darling MacKenzie-Childs Flower Market Whisk. To be entered in the drawing visit and leave a comment for our host Jenna @ The Painted Apron. I hope you're the winner! 

Click on each of the links below, and you'll find posts from each of my lovely fellow travelers. Happy traveling!
                      Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths                   
Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
 Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Jackie and Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home
Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader
Cherry Kay and Carrie Ann Hall @ Entertaining Women  

This week I'll be joining:
 Tablescape Thursday with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch

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