Tuesday, September 1, 2020


Welcome to another adventure of The 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.

More Tales in the Time of Covid19

We are going out only when we need to and then we go early and try to avoid crowds. Being outside helps when you need to stay home most of the time. Early summer we were adding new plants to the Veranda and I've enjoyed adding flowers. It has been really hot so time spent outside now has to be early mornings and late afternoon. I've always loved being outside early, just something about starting the day with the birds singing and sparkle from the dew on the grass. With cooler weather predicted for the week you will find me outside on the veranda.

Enjoying flags all summer long, Memorial Day to Labor Day 

This pair enjoys having a tea party 
So happy to find them at the MacKenzie-Childs virtual barn sale

Since our travel plans for this year had to be cancelled and Miss Courtney was so disappointed she didn't get to go on the trip to Scandinavia, we decided to take a virtual tour to some of my favorite places! And include her......

This is the trip that was cancelled with Jim's retirement group

So, since we have no travel to share from this year, join Miss Courtney and me on some of the cities Miss Courtney would like to visit.


If you follow my blog you know how we love France but did you know we also love Italy!

Rome, Italy

Piazza della Rotonda
Lunch with a view of the Pantheon

Roman Colosseum

Miss Courtney certainly wants a picnic at Palatine Hill

Trevi Fountain
I always throw in a coin and hope I will get a return trip

This adorable group was celebrating Carnival in Rome

We were there during Carnival

Jim enjoying the sights of Venice

Miss Courtney says she already has her mask for our trip

Meet Marco, my gondolier. He was very attentive!

The hotel room was very grand and included a welcome basket of fruit and the window overlooked Plazza San Marco 

Isle of Capri


And, some other favorite destinations  
 A Trip to England in December for Christmas shopping

Keukenhof Gardens
 Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Nothing like a parade!
Windsor, England

Lucerne, Switzerland


 So, have you learned to Zoom? I did and I've enjoyed meetings with friends and Traveling Tote friends.
It's a great way to stay in touch!

I am grateful to have seen so many sunsets in far-away places. But now, during this time of Covid19, I am thankful to be in my own backyard!

Now for the Giveaway

Just leave a comment with Rita here for a chance to win a four piece set of coasters from MacKenzie-Childs. 


Visit the Tale of the Traveling Tote friends for more fun adventures.
Tales of the Traveling Tote Friends

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
 Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
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 Reade
Cherry Kay and Carrie and Hall @ Entertaining Women


Thank you for your visit. I hope you are well and safe. I would love for you to leave a comment, it's the only way I know you 
stopped in!


Wishing everyone,
 a safe and Happy Labor Day Weekend!



  1. Oh, how fun was your virtual European travel, and seeing many of the places we have also visited! Your backyard is like a summer oasis - how pretty and relaxing! Sorry your vacation planned were disrupted by Covid - I know the feeling....but there is always next year, right? Happy September and Happy Travels!

  2. Hi Emily! I certainly enjoyed traveling the world with you and Miss Courtney! So many beautiful photos of past trips and adventures! I am so sorry the Scandinavia trip was cancelled, that would have been amazing...I agree, I do think we have learned to appreciate our own backyards, and your veranda looks beautiful! Hopefully as the weather cools and fall approaches you will be able to enjoy it more often. I love all your flag decor for Labor Day, I need to get busy!! The Zoom meetings have been such fun, and it was so much fun emailing each other all through the online Barn sale! Happy September and I hope to see you soon!!

  3. Emily, I'm sad you and Jim didn't get to make the trip with your group of friends. Hopefully another time. It sure is fun to look back at previous trips though. You and Jim have taken some fabulous trips!
    All your outdoor spaces look lovely. I'm afraid its time for a major refresh here, but will have to wait till new plants are available. Slim pickings at the garden center this past weekennd!
    I'm so happy that Mack and Kenzie arrived. My Mack is patiently waiting on his girlfriend!
    Wonderful post, dear friend!

  4. I enjoyed hanging out with you in your beautiful outdoor area, Emily! I can understand why that’s a relaxing spot for you. Your new MKC bear couple are the cutest ever!!! I’m sorry that your trip to Scandinavia had to be cancelled. However, I enjoyed looking at some of your favorite places that you’ve visited. Happy September!

  5. Emily, your home looks as beautiful as any place one could travel! Your veranda is gorgeous. Like you, we enjoy early mornings the very most during warm weather, long light days. We are also expecting a cooldown later this week, and it opens up opportunities for enjoyable times outdoors. I'm sorry your trip to Scandinavia had to be cancelled, but you truly have enjoyed some spectacular trips, as the pictures tell. Your barn finds are cute! Here's to staying the course....Happy September.

  6. Your porch is just gorgeous! What a place to summer!
    Those bears are so adorable! I missed so many things - never saw those cuties - that's for sure.
    Miss Courtney and I love the same places - I loved traveling along with her on her dream vacations!
    I have wanted to go to Scandinavia too - My grandmother was half Swedish and half Norwegian, so that is on my bucket list! And now we are off to fall - yikes - everything happens too quickly!

  7. Emily, your patio is fantastic. I love your pots, your brick, your bears who enjoy tea! I would love to go on a river cruise, and I enjoyed seeing your photos from Italy. I haven't been to Italy since my twenties!
    I know I've already said it, but I love the bears, and I hate I missed them during the sale. They wouldn't have broken en route! ;P
    Hopefully we can get together soon with Jenna for lunch!
    Ricki Jill

  8. Emily, I loved seeing your Veranda all patriotic! I throughly enjoyed your travels to
    Rome, Venice, Lucerne, Windsor,Amsterdam, Portsmouth, Positano and Capri.Your MKC bears are too cute and I love your key ring!
    So sorry your trip this fall was cancelled.Hoping for better times.

  9. Emily, your porch is gorgeous and you are fortunate to have a beautiful yard to enjoy while we aren’t traveling. So sorry to hear your fall trip was cancelled, and so nice that Jim’s retirement group plans them. I need a group like that!
    All your travels have been amazing.

    Your MKC bears are the sweetest! Wishing you a happy and healthy rest of your summer. 💜

  10. Emily, such a lovely post. Your porch and gardens are lovely. With this covid things, hardly anyone is traveling. I hope we get back to normal. The little bears are adorable. i have so enjoyed traveling through your beautiful photos and adventures. Happy September sweet Emily.

  11. Your teddies are so cute! And yes, I wouldn't know where to go with a tote -- on my walk to the ditch? These days make it hard to travel but you did a masterful job in taking us around the world!

  12. Enjoyed all your lovely photos - many brought back memories of traveling with you and Jim.Gloria

  13. What fun to see all the lovely pictures from your travels, love the giveaway coasters, too!

  14. I didn’t see those teddies during the barn sale!!! They are darling! That barn sale spoiled me. I hope they have one again.
    Love your garden and outdoor spaces. Here in AZ, it’s stay in time. We’ve had 58 days of temps over 105 - most of them in a row! Thank God for air conditioning and that I like my husband🤪

  15. Aren't we lucky to have so many travel memories, it is especially nice to be able to look back on them now while we can't safely travel. BTW, I've been trying to find a way to comment on my Blogger friends sites, hope this will go through.

  16. I loved looking at some of your favorite places you have visited. So sorry to hear your fall trip was cancelled. Stay safe.

  17. Virtual travel rules! Looks like the tote had a wonderful European tour.




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