Sunday, March 17, 2019


Celebrate St. Patrick's Day 

My Irish sweetheart, his eyes are always smiling!

We were on vacation last week, lots of green everywhere.

We were meeting my sister and brother in law at the beach.

  Since we all celebrate our Irish heritage I wanted to add a few things to decorate my kitchen island when we returned home. 
After a six hour drive coming home on Friday I wanted to celebrate with a St. Patrick's Eve dinner on Saturday which meant I needed to pick up a few things green from the supermarket, no time for baking.

A Kalanchoe plant, lots of green with white blooms beginning to open. My little cherub gives a nod to St. Patrick's Day. A perfect look for the kitchen island.

A cake plate and dome hold little green cakes

A white linen handkerchief was a souvenir from Ireland

under the 

And, Mushrooms with 

Reading Fairy


And, a wicker tray to serve Irish coffee in a pretty MacKenzie-Childs Parchment Check cup and saucer

Heavy whipping cream whipped into a delicious topping with sprinkles. 

And back home in Atlanta, my sister added a few flowers to a Belleek Shamrock Vase

And Lulu celebrated my sister coming home!

May an Irish Angel always watch over you.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you will leave a comment so I will know you stopped by. I read and appreciate your comments.
Now I am going to catch-up with you and see what you've been up to. Look for a vacation post from me soon. 


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Friday, March 1, 2019


Traveling Tote Adventures

Welcome to another adventure of Tales of the Traveling Tote. This is where my fellow Tales of the Traveling Tote friends and I share our latest travels, projects and our most current events. You will have an opportunity to visit other members at the end of this post.

 New York City in December 

We traveled to the big apple again this past December to enjoy Christmas in New York with our family. You may remember some of these photos from another post but some you haven't seen.

It was fun experiencing the sights and sounds of Christmas agin, especially with family. 

Miss Courtney enjoyed some
of the sites with us

RockerFeller Center

My sweet son, daughter-in-law and grandson
Connor's first trip to NY

Jim and I were thrilled to enjoy dinner with Linda and her husband again this year. We met at Bar 65 at Rockefeller Center. It was delightful, and the view is amazing, who could tire of this! Linda blogs at More Fun Less Laundry but is presently taking a break.

NYC window art, and so much to see

Interesting and lovely decorations everywhere!

We enjoyed the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall

Hmm, Christmas in NY two years in a row, maybe it's becoming a tradition for us. 

What a great trip with my family!

Around Town

We haven't been anywhere since NY so I thought I would ask you to come along for a walk with Miss Courtney and me. A favorite walking trail is near downtown. Winding beside the river mother nature provides a beautiful backdrop. But, on this day we'd just had a deluge of rain and the river is still swelling and rising.

Caution! Rising Water

Notice the park benches are already in the water

Some trees are budding out around town but not yet here.

Tulips are blooming

Miss Courtney is enjoying a beautiful sunshiny day

Miss Courtney plans to come here for a picnic soon. I will look forward to that!

After so much rain the river looks really muddy

This is the area where the path ends. There is an amphitheater here for concerts, a popular place all year. A great fireworks show on the Fourth.

Capital Park-Historic Site

Only a few blocks from shops and businesses and major traffic congestion you will find this little sanctuary. Peaceful and a lovely place to relax or take a walk. This is the site where Tuscaloosa served as the State Capital of the state from 1826 to 1846. It was relocated to Montgomery in 1847. The building was later used as home to Alabama Central Female College for ninety-nine years. In 1923 the historic building burned to the ground.

This site is often used for weddings and wedding portraits

The old Capital Building 

I hope you have enjoyed our walk. I will have to take you on a tour during spring when azaleas are in full bloom. Truly breathtaking!
Thank you for your visit, I hope you will leave a comment, it's the only way I know you stopped in.

Drawing by my sister Iris

This is where Miss Courtney and I will be soon. Nothing like sand under my feet and the sound of waves crashing on the beach for a relaxing getaway.

Be sure to join us March 1

Now for the Giveaway!

Cherry Kay of Entertaining Women will be hosting the giveaway for a chance to win three checked bunny candles from MacKenzie-Childs. For a chance to win just leave a comment on her blog post. 

Traveling Tote members would love for you to visit.

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
Cherry Kay and Carrie Ann Hall @ Entertaining Women  


 for a special friend 

“thoughts and prayers for our fellow toter RJ @ Sketchy Reader as she is away caring for a family member"