Friday, November 30, 2018


Washington DC

Jefferson Memorial

Welcome to another adventure of Tales of the Traveling Tote. If you follow my blog, you will remember this is where my fellow Tales of the Traveling Tote friends and I share our latest travels, projects and our most current events.

First I would like for you to meet the newest member of The Traveling Totes. 
Cherry Kay at Entertaining Women 
Welcome Cherry Kay

National Archives Building
Miss Scarlet goes to Washington

It has been pretty low-key here, not much travel to share. Our one getaway happened in October when we traveled to Washington DC with our son, daughter-in-law and grandson Connor.  It was a great way to spend time with our family while exploring our nation's capital. Miss Scarlett hasn't been on a trip in such a long time so she was the tote making the cut!
Downtown was our choice of locations for our apartment. With close proximity to popular restaurants and attractions, monuments and museums, it makes a great location for home base. In no particular order, here are some of the breathtaking sights from our nation's capital.

The Capital

Lincoln Memorial

  Ford's Theatre

Lincoln Book Column
All books written about Lincoln

The Navy Memorial 
my dad was a Navy Man 

Autumn was a lovely time to visit DC. The weather was nice although it was unseasonably warm. I'm always thankful when we travel if it  doesn't rain. 
I have enjoyed meeting fellow TTT girls, Jenna and RJ for lunch. Can't wait to see these girls for a Christmas lunch.

 Autumn also is a great time to begin a little Christmas shopping and time to think of holiday decorating. 

Christmastime is coming!

Now for the Tales of the Traveling Tote Giveaway!

 Jackie at Purple Chocolate Home is hosting the giveaway for a chance to win a MacKenzie-Childs tote. For a chance to win just leave a comment on Jackie's post here.   

Please join us for our next adventure and giveaway March 1, 2019. 

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

Thank You for your visit. I hope you will leave a comment so I know you stopped by. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends,
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


I began this post a few weeks ago and it has been hectic here with a little touch up painting and staining doors mixed in with football weekends and a little travel. Now I am ready to enjoy getting ready for the holidays. Thank you to all who have sent me notes to say I was missed!

Hello sweet friends. First I want to say Panama City, Florida is in my thoughts and prayers. Such a terrible hurricane leaving so much property damage and now hardships for those living there. A beautiful town with sugar white beaches. We know it well, a favorite vacation destination and  my daughter-in-law's family and friends living there. 
Update: All power has been restored to Panama City. Clean-up and rebuilding will take a long time after so much devastation. 


Jim and I have been traveling with our son, daughter-in-law and grandson. When we left home our highs were in the mid nighties. Returning home the weather channel promised the first cool front for the weekend.  Now we have our first weekend here with fall temperatures and I finally feel like adding a few fall touches around the house. 

I like to keep it simple so I added my velvet pumpkins on the dining room table with my Juliska Flint charges. 

We always enjoy cooking out but fall is a favorite time. We love to watch SEC football outside while we enjoy the cooler temperatures. We have been grilling fish a lot lately, my favorite. It is such an easy meal to prepare. Spray the fish with EVOO and use your favorite seasoning. We like to blacken our fish so I use Paul Prudhomme's Magic. 

Serve with favorite sides

I have a lot of catching-up the next couple of weeks. I will be adding more fall touches inside and out. I'm overdue for a visit to the pumpkin patch! 
I'm sorry I've missed some of your posts so I will be visiting with you soon.
As always, thank you for your visit. I love for you to leave a comment, it's the only way I know you stopped by!

Thank You!
I want to give a shout-out to my friend Deb at Mountain Breathes for a chance to win this funny cookbook, The Burn Cookbook by Jonathan Bennett and Nikki Martin. My name was the lucky one drawn. Thank you Deb! I will enjoy the recipes and the laughs. Visit Deb here to read all about this entertaining cookbook. I've already found several recipes I can't wait to try.

The Burn Cookbook

I have to make this for my husband

And, this Citrus Salad I will make for myself