Thursday, May 24, 2018

TBT: Nan always bought school pictures

#oldschool #pattonmemories #gaultstreetelementary

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Dinner with a friend

I thoroughly enjoyed having dinner at LaVictoria with Kiersten before she leaves Boston.  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever #ihatewardsplits #howisutahbigenoughforsomanyofmyfriends

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Judy's birthday

One of my best days ever was the day I spent in Queens with a van full of friends helping with clean-up after hurricane Sandy.  Judy Pate was there and she was such a good worker.  She ripped up a hardwood floor in no time.  Judy's birthday is today.  I miss her.  I miss our candid conversations.  I miss her zest for life.  I miss visiting her.  She passed away from cancer 2 1/2 years ago.  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever #cancersucks


I was at Market Basket tonight and asked a young gal who was stocking shelves if they had Velveeta cheese.  She said, "is it a fancy cheese?"  I said NO, it's white trashy, bright orange, and doesn't need to be refrigerated.  She seemed surprised and suggested I look near the deli.  I found it between the eggs and milk.  #gofigure #makingarecipefromMagnoliaTable #fancycheesesonly


This is what happens when I'm taking a photo and not paying attention.  "Ack!  Can I have a cup?" #ineedaninstagramhusband

Seen on the Mass. Ave. bridge (walking to TJMaxx)

Monday, May 21, 2018

Happy Birthday, Adrie!

#firstmarriedbirthday #pattonmemories

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Emily is moving to Texas!

My friend Emily graduated with her MBA from Columbia last Sunday (#NBD) and she's moving to Waco.  Yep, to work at Magnolia.  I found this pin for her on eBay.  I can't wait to visit her!  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

This car!

#redmustang #streetphotography

Today in Arlington Ward microfashion


Ride for Research

Our family/friends have had a team "Patton's Army" participate in the Brain Tumor Association ride for 21 years until today.  I wasn't up for riding (#outofshape) or fundraising.  I know hundreds of people rode today and I hope someday there will be a cure.  #ihatebraintumors #pattonmemories

Saturday, May 19, 2018


Today is my anniversary of me arriving in Boston!  I moved here site-unseen with an address, phone number, and one friend.  It was probably the best decision I ever made.  Today I rambled around and took photos of the places I've lived (5 first floor apartments in two-family houses) before I bought my condo in a converted school.  Each place had beautiful hard wood floors, character and charm and felt like home: 30 Bower Street, 32 Walnut Street, 27 Silk Street, Paul Revere Road, 77 Bow Street and 1475 Massachusetts Ave. #230.  #ilovewhereilive #fromLAtoBoston #ephometour


I rambled to Lyndell's Bakery this afternoon and bought a dozen of my favorite small chocolate eclairs.  #treatformybostonversary

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday dinner

I had the delightful Wessmans over for dinner tonight.  #makenewfriends


I love when people ask if I want an old typewriter.  #thisonewasinaredcase #andwhataboutthatONEredkey

Pink cast

Ginger brought a sharpie to church so I could sign her cast.  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

The gap!

I love it!  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

Rich Nelson is in town

I love when Arlington Ward alums visit.  Rich is in town for his Harvard Law School reunion.  Bring on the hashtag...#arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

New deacon

The newest and maybe most serious Arlington Ward deacon.  #arlingtonwardyouthareawesome

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Lots of weekend baking

I made Milk Bar corn cookies, blueberry orange muffins (shown here), a Texas sheet cake, and more blueberry orange muffins.  When I made these muffins I didn't read the recipe all the way through (rookie mistake).  Oops!  Does that mean I made them wrong or I made up my own recipe?!?  #cantstopbaking #ilovetobake

Hired help

My friend Emily is earning money for a summer humanitarian trip to Nicaragua.  I hired her today to clean my tub, organize a closet and check dates on food storage and toss any expired food.  She just said, "some of this food is older than I am."  She's 17 but still.  #embarrassing #oyveytossittoday


#blackchalkboardpaint #paintedatmidnight #epcondo2018

Friday, April 20, 2018



$10 shirt at Target

I want to buy one for every girl I know.  And I want one too so can we get it in big girl sizes?  @target

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Chappaquiddick take 2

I saw it a few weeks ago but ended up sleeping through some of the movie.  #embarrassing  I went back tonight (to an earlier show) and whether you sleep through the movie or not it's a very, very, very sad story.  #moviepass  Hey @elisabethbeutler I didn't see you.  Tell me what parts you're in and I'll watch it again.


This is what I'm currently reading and enjoying.  From Amazon: 

The complex, deeply binding relationship between mothers and daughters is brought vividly to life in Katie Hafner’s remarkable memoir, an exploration of the year she and her mother, Helen, spent working through, and triumphing over, a lifetime of unresolved emotions.
Dreaming of a “year in Provence” with her mother, Katie urges Helen to move to San Francisco to live with her and Zoë, Katie’s teenage daughter. Katie and Zoë had become a mother-daughter team, strong enough, Katie thought, to absorb the arrival of a seventy-seven-year-old woman set in her ways.
Filled with fairy-tale hope that she and her mother would become friends, and that Helen would grow close to her exceptional granddaughter, Katie embarked on an experiment in intergenerational living that she would soon discover was filled with land mines: memories of her parents’ painful divorce, of her mother’s drinking, of dislocating moves back and forth across the country,  and of Katie’s own widowhood and bumpy recovery. Helen, for her part, was also holding difficult issues at bay.
How these three women from such different generations learn to navigate their challenging, turbulent, and ultimately healing journey together makes for riveting reading. By turns heartbreaking and funny—and always insightful—Katie Hafner’s brave and loving book answers questions about the universal truths of family that are central to the lives of so many.

See's candy

My dad asked what my favorite See's candy was and then sent me a box of bordeauxs.  #sweet