Wednesday, July 31, 2019

TALES OF THE TRAVELING TOTE FUN IN THE SUN

Traveling Tote ~ Fun in The Sun

Welcome to a special summer edition of The Tales of the Traveling Tote, all about "summer fun" with our traveling tote. 







It's been a busy summer here. We took a family vacation in the spring to the Gulf coast. 
Early summer found us having the exterior of our home painted and window seals replaced.  

Not much "fun in the sun" happening!

With all the work here the only change you would notice is the color of the front door. 



Benjamin Moore Silver Gray. A subtle, barely there color that hints at what's inside. I really love this color change. 



Fun in the Sun
I don't think these guys think so!




Work is finished and this is my summer favorite place. Early morning for coffee and my computer or a magazine or book. 





 A special weekend for"summer fun," our grandson Connor turned eleven this summer. We enjoyed a birthday party weekend before they left for the Florida Keys.  






Fun in the Sun ~ Huntsville
The Rocket City

Sightseeing, Shopping and Hot!






Shopping for Gifts at a garden shop. Out of the sun, nice and cool!




























Fourth of July ~ Fun in the Sun





One of the best things about summer are the Farmer's Markets. I love cooking with fresh so I go often. We have two big markets locally, twice weekly. One of my favorites are tomatoes. This year they are the best I've seen in years. So juicy and thin skinned makes for delicious salads, soups and sauces not to mention the southern special, a tomato sandwich.







Mountain Brook ~ Fun in the Sun
Christmas in July Sale





Fun in the Sun ~ Ice Cream

Late in the afternoon is a wonderful time to sit outside with a treat. When I saw this no-churn ice cream recipe I knew I wanted to try it. And, am I glad I did! You won't believe how creamy and delicious not to mention easy. I found this recipe at Kitty's Kozy Kitchen so I hope you'll pop over for the recipe. The only change I made was using the fruit I had on hand, strawberries and  mangos rather than Kitty's blackberries. 








Lots of "fun in the sun!"



It's hard to believe July is soon ending and August is knocking. It will soon be all things fall and I'm so not ready for pumpkins! I think there will be more summer and it will most definitely be hot!






Saying Goodby to Igby



My sister's sweet kitty suddenly became ill and is no longer with us. He was fifteen years old. I helped look after him while she traveled and he was such a sweet boy. We were great friends! I loved him so much. I miss you Igby.........

Thank you for your visit. I hope you will leave a comment, it's the only way I know you stopped in.




Tales of the Traveling Tote members would love for you to visit and Patti has a giveaway!


Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney Childs@ The French Hutch
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  


















The Next Tote Adventure September 1






Sunday, June 2, 2019

TALES OF THE TRAVELING TOTE ADVENTURES ~ BY THE SHORE




Traveling Tote Adventures 
and a Giveaway


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 and learn about our giveaway.




By the Shore


My favorite place to be beachside is 
somewhere, anywhere along scenic Highway 30A in the panhandle of Florida's emerald coast. Jim and I look forward to a spring getaway and this year we enjoyed a weather perfect week mid-March with mild temperatures and lots of sunshine. 
 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 drove down from Atlanta to join us. Come along while I share some of my favorite places along this Florida coastal hideaway.

A previous drawing my sister did of me
happy to be by the shore




Loving this beach house where we were guests with my sister and brother in law on several occasions. When we are in the neighborhood we always drive by to see the new homes 


Seagrove




Next to the pool and only steps to the beach.  The Grove by the Sea. My favorite beach houses!






Seaside

A favorite food at the beach is blackened grouper




Served up at one of my favorite restaurants in
Seaside. Everything is always as you remember.



And known for their key lime pie






And right next to Great Southern Cafe is my favorite beach bookstore
Sundog Books







I chose a few books from the shelves for beachside relaxing








For a leisurely stroll, lunch and shopping, a great spot is Baytown Wharf at San Destin 

























Clay Gardens and Gifts


 I love to visit this local garden and gift shop. Spring is a great time to visit for ideas and inspiration. 






Road Tour ~ Hwy 30A


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Rosemary Beach and a little shopping



















Alys Beach



The striking architectural features of this town are traditional Bermuda brilliant-white homes. Featured with pathways and courtyards only a short walk to the beach 

















Home away from home for this vacation is in one of only two high rise condo's on 30A. It is always a challenge to find anything last minute. Book in advance!









Miss Courtney held my MacKenzie-Childs Berries and Blossoms set for a pretty spring table setting. I mixed it with the white beach theme set in the condo








Love the "waves" in the glassware







Thank you for your visit. I hope you will leave a comment, it's the only way I know you stopped in.






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Be sure to join us for a special post coming
 July 31
So Many Ways to Enjoy Summer!



Now for the Giveaway!

Ricki Jill at The Sketchy Reader will be hosting the giveaway for a chance to win a Wine Tote from MacKenzie-Childs. For a chance to win just leave a comment on her blog post.




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


Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney Childs@ The 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