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 without.....my 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


Cleopatra

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.