Happy anniversary, Mister!

Happy 24th Anniversary, Mister!  In the spirit of “grand gestures” I have made an appointment at our local tattoo parlor for you to have our vows written on the body part of your choice.  This way, the world will see your undying devotion to your supermodel trophy wife.

I, also, want the world to see my devotion to you.  Since I am allergic to tattoo ink, I have taken the liberty of ordering this little trinket of your love.  Don’t worry, it is being sized as we speak.  All you have to do is pick it up after 5 tomorrow.

You’re welcome.




Have a wonderful weekend!

Dude’s Visit In Her Own Words

Hello dear friends.  Fasten your seatbelts.  My buddy, Dude decided that she would write a post chronicling her visit last week.  If you missed the true story my post, you can find it here 


I had such a great  visit with Katie!! I was so excited to see the beautiful and transformed new abode….and to meet the wild and crazy new offspring, aka Chowdah! He’s adorable …but, I gotta say I was about to call 911 the few times I was alone with him…I think he thought I was imported to be his play date! I repeatedly had to tell him  “no bite, Chowdah” to which he responded with some serious barking!  Oh, he also stole my makeup bag and tried to head to Boston with it. See Exhibit A at end of post.

 When it came to the outside of this beautiful property, Chowdah seems to have found comfort on every flower bed on the property , especially the hosta …… 

 Hoda and Seek 
with Chowdah 

 After trampling all of the hosta, he found a resting spot.


But, don’t get me wrong he IS adorable . I’m a little concerned because Katie’s not used to male offspring,  so I can see that he’s definitely giving her a run for her money…no downtime in that house when Chow is awake!!

 Happily,I  can report that I left The Massachusetts “Maison” with a few priceless pics……..

 Katie’s evening attire…a dress with pearls and …..sneakers and peds?!?! I know that sneakers have made a fashion comeback, but like this?!? Did she forget that she had company?!? Or does she think she’s setting a new trend?!? 

I managed to shoot this video that captures “Life With Chowdah.”

Exhibit A

Thank you, Dude, for “your account” of your visit.  I asked Chowdah for his reaction.  He said,”No comment.”

As far as I am concerned… All I can say is for being in the fashion forecasting industry, you are waaay behind the times. “Snogs” (my footwear- half sneak/half clog) and pearls are the cutting edge.  It will be all over the runway next year.

Happy Thirsty Thursday!

A New Friend

People often ask me why I blog.  When I first began, I did it for two reasons.  The first one being that I needed to do something with my time and fill in the void left by my two girls leaving me for college.  The second reason was that I love to write.    I ended up enjoying it so much more than I had ever dreamed.

I never expected the added bonus.  I have met so many wonderful people through the world of blogging.  Most of them I have yet to meet in person.  But the ones that I have had the pleasure of meeting like Megan and Allison, Denise, and most recently, Mary have added so much light to my life. 

Mary wrote me the sweetest note and told me that she lived about an hour away from me.  After I read her note, I knew I had to meet her in person. 
We have so much in common!  She is a preppy empty nester and loves to read and walk.  She doesn’t walk like me – 10 minutes and then I have to take a rest ’til the end of the day.  Oh no – she walks for TWO HOURS!  They would have to call the EMT’s if I walked that long.  Speaking of which… Mary works part time as an ICU nurse at one of the best hospitals in Boston.  I’ve had my share of dealing with nurses in the past few years. I strongly believe that nurses are the unsung heroes of the medical profession.  I truly respect them for their hard work and compassionate hearts.

Another coincidence – Mary’s sis-in-law, Sandy lives in my old home town of McKinney, Texas and knows some of the same people I do.  Love small world stories!  

Anywho… back to Mary.  She gave me a great tip.  I usually listen to music when I walk.  She said she listens to podcasts from NPR and the time goes by so much faster.  I tried it yesterday and she is right on the money. Good bye Donna Summer and KC and the Sunshine Band — hello NPR!

 We also chatted it up about what we liked to read and she told me about a new book that just came out.  It got great reviews on Amazon.  Has anyone read this?


So after my delightful lunch my new bff, Mary, I stopped by Barnes and Noble to pick up my new book.  As I walked to the car, I noticed these beautiful pots at Derby Street Shops and couldn’t help myself from taking a few pictures. 

Happy Hump Day!

A Day with Dude

For anyone who has not read my blog for very long, let me introduce one of my oldest and dearest buddies, Dude.  She is not only a great friend, but also a contributor to this blog.  She is my living-on-the-edge fashion correspondent as well as my never-say-die paparazzi on the beat.  You can learn more about her here, here, here, and here.
Last time I visited with Dude in person was five years ago when we enjoyed a delightful lunch at the Bryant Park Grill in NYC.  Our good friend, Mary H. joined us and we shared lots of laughs and old stories.

Last week, Dude came to spend the night in our new home.  We used to call it a sleep over.  We met for lunch first at one of my favorite restaurants called The Rustic Kitchen.  It was a positively gorgeous day so we ate lunch al fresco.
Who knew that we sported the same sunglasses?  And we do the same “chin thing” in pictures… hmmm, I wonder why..

After lunch we decided to burn some calories and do some retail therapy.  Don’t make fun of Dude’s short, chubby legs.  She’s very sensitive about shortcoming.
I asked the sales lady for the highest pair of heels in the shop so Dude can experience what it feels like to be a tall, supermodel like me.
Some lady photo bombed our selfie!!

Dude getting a makeover!  

I told the make up artist to give Dude very dramatic smoky eyes.  Unfortunately, the idea was vetoed by Dude.

Dude brought me a beautiful hostess gift of two gorgeous coffee table books by Mar Jennings, a darling votive, and an ice scraper.  Hope I won’t be using the scraper for a very long time!

Before we knew it, it was 5:00 somewhere!  
We read our high school magazine from top to bottom.  We love reading about people who are much more successful than us! 
Why is everyone so darn accomplished and skinny?
Chowdah giving his Auntie Dude a little lovin.’ 
Dude has avoided joining Facebook forever.  I got her signed up and I think she kind of likes it!  Dude has 12 friends already!
The Mister bragging about his Mrs. again!

I had a great time with my ol’ buddy.  
My Dad used to say if you had enough good friends to fill one hand, you were very fortunate in life.  Dude definitely is on that hand.  Won’t tell you which finger, tho!

2 supermodel trophy wives livin’ the dream.
Dude and Moi
Convent of the Sacred Heart
Hope you reach out to an old friend today!

Late Bloomers

Good Morning, dear friends.  I begin this week with a confession.  I have always been a late bloomer.  I was the last of the children of my age group to get potty trained, at the end of the line when it came to conquering the tap dance steps, and one of  the last of my buddies to tie the knot.  

For all my fellow late bloomers out there, this one is for you! 
Hope you’re first in line today!

a bowl of chowdah

Hi.. allow me to introduce myself.  I know you have already seen a few photos of me so you know what I look like.  For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of seeing me in living color – 
this is me.

Can I hear some oooohs and aaaaahs out there?

My name is Chowdah.  Yeah, I know. 
Why would anybody name their kid after a bowl of soup?  Whatevah…

My Mom and Dad came to my kennel a couple of months ago.  My old Mom is a breeder.  She doesn’t do the breeding herself – she has some help.  

My new Mom told my old Mom that she was looking for a girl puppy and wanted to play with my two sisters. My bro and I sat back and watched.  We knew they were divas… we called them lohan and gaga behind their backs.

My sisters and bros.  I’m the cute one.

As my sisters were jumping all over the place making a  fool of themselves, my new Mom kept looking back at me in the kennel.  Let’s just say my middle name is “eye contact.”  I sat calmly watching my sisters acting like slobbering goofballs.  Before I knew it, they were back in the pen where they should be and I was licking my new mom’s cute little cankle.  She bent down and petted me and talked to me sweetly.  She told me that I reminded her of somebody named Gypsy.  She asked my future dad what he thought and he told her it was her decision.  It was her birthday present.

This isn’t me… but it could be because one of my favorite food groups is slippers.

As it turned out, it was my birthday.  My Mom and Dad chose me.  I was so happy.  Good bye noisy sisters and smelly brothers and cold floors covered in sawdust.  

Hello … spoiled rotten!!

Dad and me on our way home!

I’ve gotta say I was enormously a teensy weensy  disappointed to find when I arrived at my new home that there weren’t any little kids in sight.  Looks like it’s gonna be a long life entertaining these two middle aged “new” parents who do nothing but talk “baby talk” to me.

So here’s my conundrum.  I think that my Mom and Dad  have changed my name without telling me.  They keep calling me “No No” or “No Chew” and the one I hear most often is “NO BITE!” Let’s just say I like to get up close and personal with my new surroundings. 

When my Mom told me that I would be a “working” dog, I figured I would be a hunter or a herder.  Au contraire!  My job is being a correspondent.  For gosh sakes, why didn’t they just call me Geraldo!?!

So here is the lo-down on my life with new Mom and Dad.

Here I am after my first grooming appointment.  To tell you the truth, I thought I looked pretty good before

This was 20 minutes after I got home from my appointment.  
Mom changed my name again to “No Dig!”
Looks more like a mug shot than a pet portrait to me!

Mom told me I have to stay in the laundry room ’til she can hose me off.  I sense disappointment in her tone.

My Mom is taking me to puppy school to learn some “manners.”  These are our pics of our latest class.




Miss Paula asked us to leave 20 minutes early because I was supposedly not listening…



This is one of my favorite things in the whole world!  It is my outside water bowl.  Dad ran it over with his car last night but it still works.  I love to take it and hide it in funny places and then bark at the door ’til Mom comes and goes out in the yard and tries to find it.  

I’m taking it out to my favorite hiding place in the big bushes.  Mom loves to climb through them!  She says funny 4-letter words that I am not allowed to tell the neighbors she says.  I have a feeling they can hear her, though.

Don’t tell her I’m here!!!  She’s gonna laugh her sides off when she finds out she has to climb through poison ivy to find me!!!

Anybody out there interested in adopting a goldendoodle that’s been blessed with good looks and an extra helping of youthful exuberance?

Some outtakes of Mom editing my post.  
Obviously, we were not on the same page.

Sorry Mom took her make up off and you can see the icky laundry room otherwise known as Chowdah’s boudoir.

Mom says “I give up!”

Just another day in Paradise!!

I’ve Been Tagged!

Good morning, dear friends.  My friend, Lauren, from Simply LJK tagged me a couple of days ago. It’s a great way to get to know fellow bloggers.  Lauren writes a wonderful blog and is the mom to two beautiful girls.  I hope to have the pleasure of meeting Lauren in person some day.

So here goes…

Are you named after anyone?

My middle name is Mary which was my Mother’s name.  Sista’s first name is Mary, although she never uses it.  She always knows when a sales person is calling when they ask to speak to Mary.

When was the last time you cried?

Last Saturday when I attended a wedding. 

Do you have kiddos?

I have two girls.
  #1 graduated from TCU in May and is working (YEAH!!!)  for a Public Relations firm in Dallas.

#2 is a junior at a small college in Virginia and is majoring in English.

If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?

Probably not.  
I would be so darn jealous of myself, it wouldn’t even be funny. 

Not me but wish it was.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

No comment.  
However, I will give you a hint.

Do you like handwriting?

My handwriting is very neat and looks very typical Catholic school.  I learned the Palmer method.

When I was in high school, I took a calligraphy class and fell in love with it. 

If colleges offered majors in handwriting and spelling, I could have been a valedictorian.  Unfortunately for me, they don’t.

Whats your favorite cereal?

I like to combine my cereals.  My latest concoction is Grape Nuts and Grape Nut Flakes swimming in Almond Milk.


Whats the first thing you notice about people?

The voice.  
If the voice is irritating, I can’t listen to the person.

What is the color of your eyes?

Blue.  I am the only member of the family who does not have brown eyes.

hmmmm… thanks for pointing that out to me.

Scary movies or happy endings? 

I love tear jerkers, but only in the privacy of my own home.  Preferably when the Mister is not within a 20 mile radius because he always asks me why I watch sad movies and read sad books when they make me cry.

  We’ll be married almost 24 years in two weeks.  He still doesn’t get it but never misses the opportunity to ask the same question when I’m at my most emotional. 

Favorite TV Shows?

Here’s the short list.  If you’re thinking the Mister and I have no life outside TV, you’re right. 


Summer or Winter?

Do you have to ask after this winter in the Northeast?  Hands down, if I don’t see another snowflake for the rest of my life, I’ll be happy.

The Mister says…
fat chance!

Hugs or kisses?

Do you have a special talent?

That I can talk about?  
People tell me that I am a good mimic.  I love to imitate people and most people appreciate my interpretation of them.  
Ask Sista, Delaney, or Dude.
Where were you born?

St. Vincent Hospital, Bridgeport, Connecticut 

What are your hobbies?

This is kinda it.  You’re lookin’ at it.

The Mister showing me for the last time where the control/alt/delete key is.

Do you have any pets?

Do I have any pets???  

Only the cutest puppy in the world!!
This is Chowdah at 4 months old.

Fave movie?

  Nobody does it better than Hubbell Gardiner.

What color is your car?
Black.  This is a selfie of me changing my first tire.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be happy and healthy and look like her. 
The Mister says that he would be happy with that as well.

Thank you, Lauren, for tagging me.  It was really fun.  

Now dear blogger friends, if you are interested in participating, and are up for the challenge, please contact me by Monday and I will publish a list of the participants. 

Happy Thursday!