Friday, October 20, 2017

The Crown Giveaway

If you're a fan of The Crown on Netflix, head over to What Kate Wore's giveaway - one of three copies of the book, The Crown: The Official Companion, may be yours for the price of a comment.  I would love to have a copy in my library!

Blogtober 2017 - Day 20

Day 20 - Never glasses!

I used to need them for reading but now it seems like I need them for everything.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Blogtober 2017 - Day 19

Day 19 - Your freshly made bed

I have to cheat a little here - fall hasn't quite come to Virginia yet so my freshly made bed would just have a top sheet, not terribly attractive.  I'm hoping that fall will soon make an appearance and our bed can go back to looking like it should when the temperatures drop a little.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Blogtober 2017- Day 18

Day 18 - Throwback Thursday

Day 18 says Throwback Thursday but today is Wednesday so I think leaving Day 13 out of the list has really messed things up.  Never mind, we can have a throwback on any day of the week.

Here's an adorable selection of Halloween with Sophia 1995-2001.

Black cat and Pocahontas

Dorothy (with Toto in the basket) and Po, the red Teletubby

Madeline and Jasmine


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Blogtober 2017 - Day 17

Day 17 - Favorite thing about fall

Please see Day 5!

If this is Tuesday, it must be England #82

During our last trip to England, we spent a day in Chester.  Chester is an amazing city that dates back to the year 79 when a Roman fort was founded there.  The city is almost completely walled, only a small section is not complete, and there are many beautiful buildings in the city centre which look medieval although they are actually Victorian restorations.

We took a tour of the city to get our bearings.  It included a bus trip around the major sites and a short cruise on the River Dee.  We were fortunate that it was a beautiful day and we really enjoyed our visit.

The Eastgate Clock, the site of the original entrance to the Roman fort.

Ye Olde Boot Inn, est 1643.

Watergate Street - we stopped at one of the tearooms here for a delicious lunch.

A map of the city walls.

Rear view of Chester Cathedral, as seen from our walk along the city walls.

Vic on the River Dee cruise - perhaps exploring a post-Navy career option?

For more information on Chester, please visit this site.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 10/16/2017

It's time for another Happy Homemaker Monday with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.  Click here if you'd like to join in.  The categories were changed last week but the new ones don't work as well for me so I'm sticking with the old format.

The weather:::

Wet and that means the temperatures are coming down - yay!

On my reading pile:::
Finished up An Untamed Heart by Lauraine Snelling, the prequel to the Red River of the North series.  I really need to go to the library - there are several titles on my GoodReads list and I don't want to buy any more books right now.

On my TV:::
Outlander, Season 3, on STARZ
Sharpe and Bramwell
Doc Martin, Season 8, on Acorn
Poldark on PBS
The Durrells in Corfu on PBS

On the menu for this week:::

Monday - Grilled Shrimp, Broccoli, Roasted Potatoes
Tuesday - Something I can cook during the day and leave for Vic as I have an evening commitment - Korma maybe
Wednesday - Chicken
Thursday - Tilapia
Friday - Steak, Baked Potatoes, Sauteed Mushrooms
Saturday - Vic's cooking - no idea what yet
Sunday - more of Vic's cooking

On my to-do list:::
  • Dentist appointment
  • International event with a new spouses' group
  • Volunteer shift at the gift shop
  • Stamp 'n Scrap Expo this weekend that we might check out

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
Stamping supplies and paper arrived so we are ready to begin our cards and if you haven't already guessed, that Disney album still awaits its journaling.

Looking around the house:::
Laundry, sticking to the daily housekeeping plan.

From the camera:::

We had a lovely tea with friends while we were in Newport this weekend - smoked salmon sandwiches at the bottom front, cucumber in the middle, and hiding at the back were chicken tartlets; carrot cake, peach and blueberry tarts, and chocolate cookies in the center; and finally, scones with clotted cream and local jam at the top - it was delicious!

Something fun (or intriguing) to share:::

Two books I found at the Newport Mansions Store.

What I'm wearing today:::
Capris and a long-sleeved T-shirt as it's a little cooler today.

Blogtober 2017 - Day 16

Day 16 - On my desk

Laptop, printer, planner always open to the current week, cup of pens/pencils/markers, stacks of things to do (receipts to reconcile, papers to file, bits of notes to keep or discard when I get around to sifting through them) - in a word (or two):  needs work!  Since most of you know me as quite an organized person, I won't shatter that perception by posting a photo of my desk right now!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Blogtober 2017 - Day 15

Day 15 - One goal for this month

Clean up my password book!  I'm pretty good about writing them all down but it's time to do a clean-up to see what is still valid and what needs to be updated.  It's a chore but once it's done, they are all neatly organized in a little book and I'm all about neat and organized.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Blogtober 2017 - Day 14

Day 14 - Favorite spot in your home

That's a tough one when you're in a temporary home.  I suppose it would be in the living room.  It's cozy and it's where we spend time together.  I preferred the room the last time we lived here as we've since gotten rid of some of the furniture and replaced the couch with a (in my opinion) hideous leather couch that Vic insisted he wanted.  It really belongs in a man cave but it's in our living room right now.  Here's a photo from the last time we lived here, B.H.L.C. (Before Hideous Leather Couch) and all decorated for Sophia's high school graduation.  It's a long room, living/dining room combined so this is the living room end.

It's my favorite spot because it's usually where I am sitting enjoying a cup of tea when Vic walks in from work or when Sophia was home, where we would chat about her day.  We're homebodies so you'll usually find us in here in the evenings, watching a movie.  It's cozy.  The only thing that would make it more perfect would be a fireplace, even a fake one with a mantle.  We always had a fireplace, usually a fake one, when I was growing up and that just says cozy to me.  And since I've used the word cozy three times (now four) in this short write-up, you'll get an idea of how important that is to me.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Blogtober 2017 - Day 13

Day 13 - Blogger's Choice

Did anyone else notice that there's no Day 13?  I'm designating today Blogger's Choice and I've picked the first digital photo in the first folder on my computer.

December 2008 - Sophia gets tall boots for riding after wearing paddock (ankle-height) boots up until this point.  She was so excited.  That's our neighbor's house in Rhode Island behind her.  The house has since been sold to a new owner, I wonder if it will look different.  We'll find out this weekend.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Blogtober 2017 - Day 12

Day 12 - Your husband

Vic, my best friend and soulmate, what a crazy adventure we have been living over the last 24 years!  From the islands of the Western Pacific, up and down the East Coast, and across the continental United States twice with more to come.  I love the Navy Wife Life with my sailor by my side.

P. S.  Has anyone else noticed that there's no Day 13?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Blogtober 2017 - Day 11

Day 11 - A hobby

That's an easy one - scrapbooking - preserving my family's memories.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Blogtober 2017 - Day 10

Day 10 - Favorite reading spot

My favorite reading spot is my wing chair.  I have searched through countless albums and the best photo I can come up with is this one - Sophia is posing before she heads out for Pajama Day during Spirit Week 2010.  That's the chair in the background and she's sitting on the footstool.

If this is Tuesday, it must be England #81

Royal Albert is one of the brands of the Royal Doulton group (known as Doulton when it began in 1815 and upgraded to Royal Doulton when the company received a Royal Warrant in 1901).  Made in London and then Stoke-on-Trent, most of the production now takes place in Indonesia.

I've been collecting Royal Albert's Old Country Roses pattern since the 1980s.  I used to belong to Macy's China Club where you made a large purchase and could take 18-24 months to pay it off without any interest.  I have a complete dinner service as well as many of the serving and accessory pieces.
I've also started collecting the Flowers of the Month series cups and saucers.  Only available via secondary sources now, it's been fun to search out antique stores and consignment shops.

It was at a consignment shop that I found another Royal Albert collection to work on - the Four Seasons.

I look forward to the day when I have a china cabinet large enough to display my entire collection.  It's going to have to be something like this!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 10/9/2017

It's time for another Happy Homemaker Monday with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.  Click here if you'd like to join in .

The weather:::

Still no sign of fall - temperatures in the high 70s, even into the 80s.  The good news is that the temperatures in Rhode Island are in the 60s and that's where we'll be at the end of the week.

On my reading pile:::
Still reading An Untamed Heart by Lauraine Snelling, the prequel to the Red River of the North series.

On my TV:::
Outlander, Season 3, on STARZ
Finished up Cadfael on BritBox, starting on Sharpe and Bramwell
Doc Martin, Season 8, on Acorn
Poldark on PBS

On the menu for this week:::

Monday - Tilapia
Tuesday - Grilled Shrimp
Wednesday - Chicken
Thursday - Saturday - On the road so someone else will be doing the cooking (and cleaning up!)
Sunday - We'll probably pick up Chinese

On my to-do list:::
  • Spouses' group board meeting
  • Last minute shopping for Rhode Island, get gas, pack
  • Continuing on with the Holiday Grand Plan - it's Guest Room week so I'll continue on in the Craft Room since I didn't get it all done last week
The only thing I didn't get done last week was prep items to take to the consignment shop on Saturday when Vic was home to carry them so I'll put that off until next week when the consignment shop is open again on Saturday.

Rhode Island has its own to-do list:::

  • Use the gift card we've had since 2009 for dinner on arrival night - I hope it's still valid!
  • Lunch with our property manager
  • Visit our rental property
  • Dinner with one of Vic's former co-workers and his family
  • Afternoon tea with friends from our Virginia homeschool days
  • Dinner with friends

Another exhausting list.

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
Stamping supplies arrived and I got a great deal on the Sizzix Big Kick machine at Michael's.  Had to order paper from Stampin' Up so now I'm waiting on that, I also need to find red embossing powder.  Oh yes, that Disney album still awaits its journaling.

Looking around the house:::
Laundry, sticking to the daily housekeeping plan.

From the camera:::

The finished product from our visit to the art museum's glass studio - a vase with an anchor design.  The anchor was made from thin sticks of black glass that the glass artist used to draw the design while she melted the glass - that's what you really call hot work.

Something fun (or intriguing) to share:::

I saw this on Facebook and I'm intrigued - anything to do with Downton is good news.

What I'm wearing today:::
A summer dress because fall still hasn't come to Virginia!

Blogtober 2017- Day 9

Day 9 - Your planner

I have my dear friend Liz in Washington to thank for getting me onboard with planning.  I've always had some sort of calendar book but it wasn't until I met Liz that I learned about the world of Erin Condren and the industry that has sprung up around planners.

My planner is Erin's Life Planner, spiral-bound hourly format with a monthly calendar in the front of each monthly section which then has a weekly double-page spread for each week of the month.  The planner has lots of other things but I won't bore you non-planners to death with all the details.  For planner wannabees, head over to Erin Condren and prepare to be wowed!  My life is in my planner and I love it!  It's really a combo journal-calendar-scrapbook-memory keeping spot with a little splash of creative outlet all rolled into one.

Covers are customizable front and back so the back of mine has a long list of all of my favorite things.

Hello, my name is Pamela and I am planner sticker-aholic.  If I have a recurring event, activity, or chore, you can be sure I have found a sticker for it.  Below you can see Sophia's class schedule, Vic's work schedule, my weekly cleaning schedule, as well as bits and pieces for things that came up last week.  Bottled Tea Designs and Navy Wife Planner are my go-tos for planner stickers.  I will gladly give them a shout-out because if they read this and decide to thank me with some free stickers, I will accept gladly {chuckle}.

If you have not yet entered the world of planning, there is a planner just for you.  Traveler's, personal, horizontal, vertical, hourly, teacher's, you name it, there is a planner for it.