• Travel

    New York City Weekending.

    All weekends are good, but one spent in New York, with Sara, three days of beautiful blue skies, long walks in Central Park, a Broadway show, great meals, a few cocktails and a couple bottles of wine … well, see what you think!                     In between all that, Sara and I spent a good bit of time making the new mere-et-filles feel more like home. I love the images she created and the new theme, layout and colors are making me smile … especially now that it’s done! I hope you enjoy this new space, too. Thank you for visiting!

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    A Quick Hello.

    Hello from New York! I’m writing this from Sara’s living room, looking out on another beautiful blue-sky day in New York City. Truly, the weather has cooperated nicely for being out and about. Yesterday, Diane came up for the day. We met at Penn Station, walked to Greenwich Village for lunch (at Cafe Clover – highly recommend!) and then to Purl Soho. We both found what we wanted. Diane stuck to her plan (she bought yarn for Terrace Wrap, Sayer and those adorable pom-pom socks). I bought a little bit more than I’d planned. Yes, there is going to be more sewing in my future! I never thought I’d visit…

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    Beaufort 2018 | Part Two.

    aka “the one with the food and a cocktail”. and note I am writing this post on Friday afternoon, to be sure it lands in your feed reader at just the right time 😉. As I shared last week, our dining routine has been fine-tuned over many years. We did add in two new meals this year and we’re planning to repeat them: First, Thursday night – I picked up a ready-to-heat pasta/spinach/sausage casserole and a caesar salad from Costco (before we left). It was nice to settle into the house, visit with Charlie and not have to think about going out. Also, the meal was delicious! Second, Friday’s lunch…

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    Beaufort 2018 | Part One.

    This year’s trip* was maybe the most fun … the place we stayed was perfect for the four of us, the weather was cool and breezy but dry, the food and drink were amazing (as always) and I won the weekend-long dice tournament 😉. I’m not sure if it was the fun factor, or having 1SE (movie!), or just that we are all so comfortable with each other and the place, but I have a record 70+ photos (that’s the edited down number) and a video mashup #funproblems. We love looking back on these blog posts as we plan our visits – and of course as we look back on…

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    Watercolor Wednesday | Scenes from the Orchard.

    We’ve had a delightful time visiting and catching up. Even the weather was smiling yesterday. We walked outside in the morning to get Martha a few photos to share on Facebook. Martha and Mother  Later in the afternoon, Holly and I ventured out for a long walk through the orchards. so beautiful and peaceful. We’re headed home later this morning (thankfully, not through snow!) – it’s been a short, but wonderful, change of scenery. Happy Wednesday, friends!

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    Sometimes Mondays.

    …bring a change of scenery. for the record, my mom (riding shotgun 😉) took this photo the view from our living room Her friend Martha should be here any minute … we decided not to wait! Cheers!

  • Travel

    Looking Back on Our Cabo Vacation.

    Hello! We had a wonderful vacation, but it feels good to be back here (finally!). I shared a few photos on Instagram while we were there, but I didn’t look at everything all together until this past weekend. Here’s a peek at my Top Ten (warning – lots of sunshine, beautiful food, ocean views and selfies 😊). Hands down the best photo of the two of us, taken at the beginning of a sunset sailing cruise on Monday evening. This is at Land’s End – the Pacific Ocean is on the other side of that rock behind us. The best sunrise (with my favorite morning beverage – the cappuccino was…

  • Books,  Knitting,  Travel

    Three on Thursday | Travel Knitting and Reading.

    I wish I could say I was packed and ready to go, but I’m not. My knitting and reading, however, are set! 1. Knitting. In a bold move, I’m taking just one ball of yarn to knit one thing. That’s nearly 800 yards of laceweight merino/silk and size 7 needles for a Bateaux Mouches for me.  2. Ears. No bold moves here – I’ve got Kristin Hannah’s latest – set in Alaska (15 hours) and the 3rd Walt Longmire (10 hours). 3. Eyes. I chose Gentleman in Moscow for our March bookclub and since it’s been almost a year since I read it, I’d like to re-read it. Last time,…

  • Travel

    Alaska | Wrapping Up.

    Monday, August 28 was our last day in Alaska. Lydia, Steve and I had a nice morning walk. stunning view of Mount Susitna from Resolution Park Then we finished packing and a last bit of shopping before lunch. loved seeing our ship (the Silver Shadow) on the menu Our flight from Anchorage to Seattle left mid-afternoon (truly, first class is the best way to travel) the last photo I took on the trip and then to Atlanta on the red eye. We made it home (and to bed!) Tuesday morning. tired. happy. and full of memories. Thank you for allowing me to share a few of them with you these…

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    Alaska | Glacier Discovery Train.

    Sunday, August 27 was our last full day in Alaska. We spent almost all of it aboard the Glacier Discovery Train, traveling from Anchorage to Whittier, back through Portage to Grandview and then back to Anchorage. We’d traveled some of these same tracks on Thursday (Seward to Anchorage), but on Sunday, we saw the landscape from the other direction and at a different time of day. It all seemed new! You can see from the map above that we had lots of mountain views. and it was all spectacular. I took nearly 100 photos that day, second only, I think to the whale watching day in Juneau. But unlike that…