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Friday, May 18, 2018

Beacon Hill Garden Tour - Take 4

Hello, dear friends.  I hope you had a good week.  I am less than 24 hours out on the royal wedding watch, and I feel like I know more about Meghan and her family than Harry does!

On Wednesday, I met my cousin, Louise and my friend Doris for lunch.  I asked Linda along because Louise shares her last name.  They figured out that they probably weren't related but it was still a delightful time.

Yesterday I spent the day with some buddies touring the gardens in Beacon Hill which is a historic neighborhood in Boston.  I look forward to this event every year.  If you would like to look back on past tours you can find them here, here, and here.

We lucked out with the weather.  
It was cool and overcast.
Last year the temps hit the mid 90's.

We made way for the ducklings.

Here are the two best-dressed ladies at the tour. 
Annie and Mary are big fans of Sara Campbell.

We all had on our comfy shoes.
The streets are not easy to maneuver, but I'm glad to say there were no broken ankles in this bunch.

The ladies from the garden club are always warm and welcoming.

There was no way that Miss Daisy was going to miss this event!

The window boxes along the way never fail to disappoint.

The lines were long for some of the houses.  They moved quickly, and I always meet the nicest people.

My tour guides.

Holy wisteria, Batman!

These white birches were stunning.

Annie taking a breather. 
I wanted to fight her for the chair.

I never met a hydrangea that I didn't like!

Miss Daisy taking a breather.

I love this color combo.

A living wall was the focal point of one of the gardens.

Three lovely friends.
Twelve magnificent gardens.
8,893 steps.
One delightful day.

Until next time...

Zuzu, a friend we met along the way.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A Hodgepodge with Ups & Downs

Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you are having a good week.  As you will hear in this week's Hodgepodge, mine had its share of ups and downs.

1. What would you say is your biggest day to day challenge?

I have two.

Here's what I am up against.  This is how I spent most of last evening.  Due to thunderstorms, I had to put a barrier up to keep Chili in the sunroom with me.   Otherwise, she scratches the woodwork on the door.
And if she gets out, she tears the house apart. 
This is after two Xanax.
For her not for me.

Plan B

We had to put more boundaries up in the butler's pantry while the Mister and I attempted to have a nice quiet dinner in the kitchen.
It didn't happen.

2. May 16th is National Biographers Day. What's a biography you really enjoyed reading? 

Two autobiographies came to mind.

I read both of these books years ago and really enjoyed them.

Is this a genre you read regularly?

No, not on a regular basis.
But I do have one on my Summer reading list.


One of my wonderful readers suggested this one to me. 

3. How important is keeping a clean house? 



I love having a clean house.  

However, it may not be as organized as someone else would like it.
My guy hates clutter.
His clutter is my treasures.

Do you need to de-clutter your life?

Maykemhazmut solutions

I'm not so sure I do.
However, the Mister has a difference of opinion.

4. You're the 8th dwarf. 
What's your name?

Menopause Matters

*See random thought.

5. What's surprised you the most about your life or life in general?

The thing that surprised me the most is that I am not depressed or sad about getting older.  


But then again, when you look as good as I do, you don't mind hitting 45.

Sorry I look fat in this pic.

I had a huge lunch.
I ate a carrot.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

A funny thing happened to me on my way to writing Sunday's post.  I spilled my strawberry smoothie on my laptop.  Thankfully, the Mister was in the shower, and I chose to keep it a secret.

jr. appliance repairman

After 15 minutes of clean-up and hiding the evidence in the washing machine, I tested out the laptop to survey the damage.

Everything worked except the numbers on the right-hand side.

I kept picturing the Mister coming down the stairs and catching me cleaning up the evidence.


On Monday, I showed up at 9:00AM at Best Buy with computer in hand only to find out that they do not open until 10:00AM.  I was the first and only customer in the store and went directly to Mr. Geek.  He told me that he couldn't take me until noon. 

I then decided to drown my sorrows at Ulta.  
I went outside the box and tried out some new looks.

dogma chronicle

Just when I was on the verge of finding the perfect blush, the Mister called me to ask whether I made an appointment at the Geeks.  Evidently, his email was on file, and he received a confirmation.
Darn those Geeks!

I told the Mister that I had the problem with some keys sticking.  He said OK with a tone that spoke volumes.  He didn't believe me.


This time I was met by a younger, newer model Mr. Geek.  He was sporting huge discs in his ears.  What's that all about, anyway?

As I shared my tale of woe, younger, newer Mr. Geek begins to shake his head and tells me that water damage is very difficult and expensive to fix.  He then looks up the parts needed to fix the computer and breaks it to me that he doesn't have them in stock.  

He suggests calling the manufacturer.
I suggest calling a plastic surgeon to fix his ears.

The minute I got into the car my phone rings.  Guess who.  The Mister asks if I got the keys fixed.  I break down and tell him the real story.  Actually, I told him it was coffee - it sounded a lot less destructive.

Calmly, the Mister told me that he would talk to his IT guy and look at it when he got home.

The Mister did exactly that.  He sat down, pushed a couple of keys and the right-hand keys worked like a charm.  It turns out that the number lock was on.  I didn't even know I had a number lock!

So far, my computer is working like a dream.
Knock knock on wood.

Don't you love happy endings?

Until next time...

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