Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Enchanting Travels






New Mexico will forever by one of my favorite places. The absolute beauty is incredible. I could just sit around and stare at the landscape and the sky all day long. And for someone used to being in the South, the lack of humidity is delightful!!






Dropped off in Santa Fe at my normal spot!









One of my favorite places to eat in Santa Fe is Tomasita's on Guadalupe Street. Blue corn enchilada's with Christmas sauce!!








I always look forward to my daily walk with Atticus!









We decided to check out Meow Wolf. It is described as an Immersive Art Installation. Kinda like a big, loud, bright funhouse! Interesting to say the least.









Just couldn't resist these poppies!!!







We are determined to one day find the Fenn treasure..rumored to be somewhere out that way! Looks like as good a place to look as any!






Climbing up was surprising easier than going back down. But thanks to my good old Converse I made it without a scratch.







We spent a lot of time in the outdoors this trip. Cruising up the highway to Colorado was stunning.






Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. 



We walked for what seemed forever, when in reality probably only about 30 minutes. The sand was too warm for Atticus so he went back down to splash in the stream. The box did not have such a great time. The wind almost took care of his future travel adventures!




My Converse didn't let me down. Just sitting there for about 10 minutes and already getting buried in the sand!





I love that you can see all of this sand and the mountains in the background.




The Sand Dunes are incredible!





When in Colorado you must check out the retail outlets.





Made a quick pit stop to check out the Jack Dempsey "Manassas Mauler" statue. This is what I love about road trips, all the little things that pop up along the way.






Love this twisty tree!





Closed out my trip with another visit to Whoo's Donuts in Santa Fe. I usually don't get fruit based donuts but this white chocolate peach filled donut was incredible!!


Until next time New Mexico!! Peace out!


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Tiny Plates!!!


I am so lucky that one of my closet friends is a very talented and accomplished potter. Betsy Williams owns Enbi Studio and because of her I think that our treats have some of the best sample displays on the market circuit!!! It doesn't hurt that she is my New Mexico connection and because of her I get to be completely enchanted once a year! If you are ever in the need for the most perfect handcrafted gift.. or hopefully to just treat yourself to a wonderful and useful piece of pottery...look her up at www.enbistudio.com.
Fingers crossed I'll be taking the box on another trip to visit the Land of Enchantment next week. Tiny plate headquarters here we come!!!

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    Monday, May 8, 2017

    4th times a charm.






    Okay, we didn't make it to St. Augustine or Memphis or LA......big sad face. But my Bestie's next nursing assignment is in the spectacular city of San Francisco!!!! Score!!! So we are going to cross our fingers and casually plan a visit. I so love that city. I especially like how the sun can be shining and yet on top of the Golden Gate Bridge you are only staring at grey swirls of mist! Now I am not going to think about it too much. As I always say..don't take the tea urn back!! But hopefully the box will continue it's travels soon. 

    Thursday, May 4, 2017

    Max




    As always everything has to come to an end and we have reached that time once again. We lost Max this past April. He was almost 15 years old. We have been the caretakers/owners of the spaniels for almost 5 years now. I am sure that some people can remember how I bitched and moaned about having to take these little beasties into our home. Here we were, stuck with two extra dogs. Dogs of such a breed we had never lived with before..mainly dogs with fur that needed to be maintained, among other annoyances. They came and then went away for a couple of months and then they came back again for good. They have been around for Oscar, Blanche and Eloise. They were a bonded pair and we have been dreading the day that one of them would leave the other one. 

    I have owned only two male dogs in my life. For some reason I always seem to have the ladies. My two boys were so incredibly sweet and easy going. Max was without a doubt the sweetest dog I have ever owned. He was positively delighted to see you walk in the door. I have heard Cocker Spaniels described as a "merry breed" and I thought that sounded silly, but after Max I realize that description suited him perfectly. He was always upbeat, always aiming to please. His favorite thing to do was sit beside you and watch TV with his paw thrown over your leg. When he was younger he was extremely playful and maybe I do feel a little bad about throwing away that squeaky newspaper toy he had but I just couldn't take it anymore! 

    We had a running dialogue everyday I had him. I constantly argued with him and tripped over him and his toys. I gave Dave such grief over bringing those spaniels home but everyone knew I adored them. 

    It was a very hard decision to make because he was still up and about. He couldn't see or really hear and he had dementia. But if you put your hand on him that stumpy tail would start to wag and he would crawl up in your lap. We decided that we certainly wouldn't want to spend our days in his condition that just maybe he didn't want to either. And as I always told people, I would be wailing when we had to take him to the vet and I certainly was. I truly loved him and will think of him absolutely everyday. 

    Mia definitely knows he is gone. She is not as outgoing as Max was so she tends to keep to herself on a regular basis. But she looks around and stands at the gate looking into the driveway. I guess it is kind of a good thing that Eloise is always annoying her because it gives her something to take her mind off of Max..and yes, I do believe that she misses him. 

    I am lucky to have lived with Max. I always try to learn from animals and he taught me to try and chill and just enjoy the day. I am happy to say that for at lest  5 years of his life he got to do just that.

    I love you Max.





    Friday, March 17, 2017

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!!!!!



    It's already that time of year! The one day that Dave has to work around the clock to make sure everyone has their fill of green beer so they can throw it up later today in the Waffle House bathroom...or I hope they make it to the bathroom. For me....the green I want to consume would be mint chocolate chip ice cream and festive donuts. 









    And as always...Krispy Kreme never lets me down!! I hope everyone has a very merry St. Patrick's Day








    Tuesday, March 7, 2017

    London Days





    For January the weather was not half bad. Of course after the holiday markets I had been working this past December I was ready for the cold.










    We decided to experience a little culture. The National Gallery has long been one of my favorite destinations to take in the sights of some of the greatest works of art or refrigerator magnets as I fondly refer to them. Once you see one of these paintings on a calendar or refrigerator you know you are looking at greatness!!




    After all of these years, we had never walked across Abbey Road. The neighborhood drivers have a a ton of patience because there is always someone "crossing" the street and holding up traffic. I imagine in the summer months it is a nightmare for them. But we certainly joined in the fun.




    Next step of the Empire...ice cream! Been making some batches in my ice cream maker. We went to Chin Chin Labs in Camden Lock for some yummy ice cream made with liquid nitrogen. Tasted like heaven!!




    Spent a day in Brighton with our good friends and their urchins...they took us by this incredible wall of dogs!!



    True friends!!!





    Brighton Beach Boardwalk did not disappoint!!





    Magnificent view from a bar in the Shard...just suck it up and pay the price for the cocktails. You even get some fancy cheetos with them. The view is worth it.


    Oh yes!!! Could not pass this little Gelato shop by!





    Happy Chinese New Year!!


    Two words. Sad Face. But as always London...I will see you again soon.

    Friday, January 20, 2017

    New beginnings!




    My bestie loaded up her 5 cats and drove to California..well she is driving right now. She took a travel nursing job in Placentia, CA for 3 months. I am so incredibly proud of her. She has worked long and hard for this opportunity and even though she was nervous about the choice she made she was equally as excited. I wish her all of the best and of course can't wait to sleep on the sofa bed in her apartment when I visit. CA here we come again!!!