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Well today is the last day of November and I’m still at home in Kentucky. Christina and Liam left to head back to Louisville on Wednesday afternoon, so I have been home alone with the cat, while Don is at work. I have spent quality time this week cooking, reading and shopping for the Holidays.

I have a rental car for the week, while Don’s car is in the autobody shop being repaired as a result of hitting  a deer on the way to work last week. The deer sustained mimimal damage while the CR-V sustained $6000 in damage…..sorry honey!

So today I drove to Lexington alone to do some more shopping and have lunch. I spent most of the morning in Joseph Beth Booksellers, one of my  favorite stores, then I perused Wild Oats and purchased some items for the kitchen, and some French Fleur de Sel Caramel’s….yummy!

It is difficult to imagine that Christmas is right around the corner, because the weather here has been great this week, in the 40’s-50’s instead of the 20’s in Maine. I believe we had a snowstorm yesterday that left us with a couple inches of snow. The holidays will be here soon and I wish that I was creative enough to handmake gifts for everyone on my list, but instead I’m at the retail shops like everyone else. One observation today at the Mall, was that almost every woman I saw shopping was carrying around a Coach purse……and looking to purchase other ones…..I saw one today that sells for $800, I guess I will stick to my Vera Bradley bag……hehehe!   Well off to the kitchen…Ciao!


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A Happy Thanksgiving to all today. This photo was taken last fall while visiting a local Shaker Village. I wonder if is this bird is still around today? Perhaps a Presidential pardon? No turkey for me today….just waiting for the stores to open at 4am tomorrow for Holiday shopping. On Saturday I am off to Kentucky for a week. I’ll be blogging from my other home. 🙂

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November days

Well the month of November is into it’s second week already so that makes Christmas around 6 weeks away! Yikes! The beautiful colors of fall are now past and time stand still till spring here in Maine. Leaves crunch underfoot and the air smells heavy of snow. Possibly tonight the weather forecasts indicates that we can receive a few inches. I’m not ready for that. I do enjoy fall, however winter will be right around the corner. Cold winds blow in the evening, rustling leaves around the yard, and frost on the pumpkin every morning indicate that winter has not forgotten us.

I have had to prepare my mother’s house for winter this year. As her injury has prevented her from doing any sort of work. Putting lawn items away, raking some leaves, hauling trash, taking out the snow shovels and de-icer. As well as taking care of her inside her home. Laundry, washing dishes, preparing meals, vacuuming, sweeping, and dusting.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner as well. Our tradition for the last 27 years has been to head out early for the Day-after-Thanksgiving madness at 4am in the morning. Many a year, have we traveled in snowstorms to brave the long lines and our favorite stores. This year I am a bit worried as to how we will take on such a dramatic feat. I have secured the use of a wheelchair, and of course her walker, and temporary handicapped placard for the car, as a means of getting her closer to the doors when they open. Insanity at it’s best….when people ask us “why?”, well it is easy to answer, as it is “always what we do the day after Thanksgiving.” It has become a mother-daughter tradition. Even after having to reschedule my visit to Kentucky, I waited till the day after the day after Thanksgiving before I leave. So when I arrive in Kentucky an my dear hubby picks me up at the airport, I can continue the shopping mode with him! 😀

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Has anyone seen this purse?

Pink Purse

If you have seen this purse please let me know. I am very disappointed. I wanted this purse. I didn’t get it. Now I’m furious.   😦

It was on Ebay and I bid on it. The last few seconds someone else bid higher than me by .50 freakin’ cents and they won it. I’d love to have it in my possession.

So if you if you see it around, please me know. A reward is offered.
PS. (grumble, grumble) This purse should have been mine!

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A deluge of Rain…

Here we are are in our usual fall weather pattern…..rain. It is pouring right now and supposed to last for the next 48 hours….after all this isn’t London. It is not supposed ot rain on the weekend! What’s wrong with this picture.

It is black, cold, and very dreary outside. I have plans for a glorious weekend, but perhaps I’ll have to change them to include shopping. Therapeutic shopping will cure what ails me. I AM in the market for a new fall purse… 😉

I would definitely consider myself a purse snob, or purse whore, whichever is more politically correct these days. After all if Al Gore can will a Nobel Peace Prize, than I can buy a new purse….but the rate the weather is going perhaps, I should just design an Arc.


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Theraputic Shopping….

Ok, Ok, is there really such a thing?

Well for those of you that know me a new purse or pair of shoes will always cure what ails me…hehehehe. 🙂 So I had a meeting to attend today…what can I say. I walked into my favorite shoe store, a little on the vulnerable side and I came out with these!


Hehehehe, perhaps I need to go home and now and bury my head! Ciao y’all… 🙂


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Anyone who knows me well, knows that I am an extreme shopper. Always the first in line for the day after Thanksgiving shopping, so when I travel shopping is often at the top of list of “things to do.” Italy is no exception, in fact I consider it as a shopping destination.

Shopping can be considered an art. To me I have fined tuned it, into a skill that I am happy to expound upon. On our recent trip to Italy , I was compelled to visit the San Lorenzo Market and the Mercato Centrale again. Shopping at it’s finest. For those with a culinary appetite, appetite’s can be whetted at Florence’s famous Mercato Centrale in the San Lorenzo district. The inside market contains food stalls, as well as meat markets, seafood, flowers, frest fruit and veggies, cheese and other meat products. In another section, finds include spices, dried fruit, pasta both fresh and dried, coffee and teas. I love to stroll through these stalls with an open mind, afterall strange items are often found here.

Outside the Central market one can enjoy the sights and sounds of beautiful San Lorenzo’s marketplace. Located on both sides of the Mercato Centrale, this market offers extreme shopping. Clothing, purses, shoes, souvenirs, leather wallets and belts, jewelry and numerous other momentos from travel. What I love about this place is the bargains, one can find by haggling for price reduction. I find it to be one my travel delights. I have had the opportunity to shop like this in other locations in the world such as the Caribbean countries, but non compare to the markets in Italy. Most shop vendors are extremely proud of the wares and most are willing to negotiate the price down. Afterall I do consider myself a professional shopper and with that said, wouldn’t even a bad day of shopping be better than a great day at work? 🙂

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