Friday, September 1, 2023


Tales of The Traveling Tote

Where my fellow 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 and learn about our giveaway.


Hello dear friends and welcome to another Tales of The Traveling Tote. I hope you are looking forward to the long Labor Day weekend. We have been enjoying the summer hosting family and friends. 

Jim and I enjoyed a wonderful getaway in June. 

By the Shore

My happy place

One of our favorite places to be beachside is 
somewhere, anywhere along scenic Highway 30A in the panhandle of Florida's emerald coast. We look forward to a spring and fall getaway. This year our getaway had to wait until June.Trips here in the past find us in a beach house, townhouse or condo. This trip we were beachfront in a condo with million dollar views. My sister and brother in law usually meet us there but work schedules got in the way this year. Hoping they'll come in the fall for the next getaway.  Come along while I share some of my favorite places along this Florida coastal hideaway.

The seashore

The yellow flag signals possible high surf and dangerous undercurrents, use extreme caution 


With only two high rise condominiums along this shore of houses, it is definitely hard to book. We love to rent here for the balcony and the views

Miss Courtney came ready to enjoy the shore!

Two bedrooms, two baths 

With so many options for dining it isn't always easy to choose a restaurant. Of course we always return to our favorite, The Red Bar in Grayton Beach. We always enjoy the food and the atmosphere here. Unfortunately, it burned, a total loss several years ago but was rebuilt keeping all  the old charm. 

After a good nights rest and coffee on the balcony, time to take Miss Courtney to the beach.

Miss Molly and Miss Blossom
are always full of beach necessities 

 MacKenzie-Childs beach towels are perfect for lounging
I decided to go for an afternoon of shopping in San Destin where everything was displayed with red, white and blue, celebrating July 4th

Miss Molly and I couldn't wait to visit our favorite garden shop on 30A

After a long day of shopping another favorite restaurant

for delicious seafood 
Louis Louis...

And, to finish up a great trip a speciality of the gulf coast, Key Lime Pie. It's enough for two!

After our trip to the beach it's time to get back to finishing up the house. Curtains are finally ordered and hopefully installed by the fall. Rearranging furniture in a few rooms and more yard work as soon as cooler temps arrive. It's been a busy and wonderful summer!

Now for the giveaway!

Jackie will be hosting our giveaway. For a chance to win this
 MacKenzie-Childs To Go Tote 
visit Jackie@ Purple Chocolat Home
 to leave a comment on her blog post.

Tales of the Traveling Tote members would love for you to visit them....

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

Cherry Kay and Carrie Ann Hall @ Entertaining Women


Thanks so much for your visit. I hope you will leave a comment, it's the only way I know you were here.


Join us December 1 

 Happy September everyone!


Sunday, August 13, 2023


Good Sunday Morning

Sunday morning is when I make our favorites for breakfast. Six days a week it is oatmeal with toppings and fruit. Today I am setting the table for two for breakfast. Jim loves eggs, so it will be his choice of over easy or scrambled. Bacon on Sundays, our special splurge. A bowl of fruit, cantaloupe today, fresh from the farmer's market.  Croissants and blueberry muffins are being served on the new piece, a MacKenzie Childs three tier sweet stand. I am a big fan of their "Barn Sale" and this was my big find this year. When it showed up on my porch Friday I couldn't wait to use it!

Mackenzie Childs Parchment Check three tier sweet stand

Muffins were in the oven while I took photos and didn't get photographed on the sweet stand 

Who doesn't love a hot fluffy

Crown Linen Designs

Round black/white check placemats and napkins

MC Parchment Dinner plates

Anthropologie Faye Dessert plates

I love chartreuse, perfect I think for end of summer hot August days. The colors along with chartreuse comes in blue and white 

The matching mugs are perfect for sipping Bohemian Breakfast Black tea while breakfast is being prepared

Coffee with breakfast in another "Barn Sale" find

Jylin botanical spoons from Anthropologie keeping with the botanical tablescape theme

Piccadilly butter dish

 Thanks for joining me for breakfast. Do you have a day you make a special breakfast? If you do I would love to hear. I hope you will leave a comment, it's the only way I know you were here.



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