Sunday, April 30, 2017

Relief Society today

We talked about worshipping through the hymns and how they give us strength.  We each shared a hymn that was meaningful to us and why and then we all sang a verse from that hymn.  It was a beautiful lesson.  Thank you @christmasparty.  And props to @sarahaeastman for accompanying us.  I chose There Is Sunshine in My Soul Today because after my brother died the words "and Jesus listening can hear the songs I cannot sing" were very powerful for me.  #arlingtonwardreliefsociety #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever And on an unrelated note, yesterday was 35 degrees warmer than today.  #bostonweatherisacrapshoot

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Ivy's baptism day

She's wearing the dress her mom was baptized in.  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever #arlingtonwardkidsarethebest

The Joneses

Everyone loves the Joneses.  #ivysbaptismday #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

Out my window


Friday, April 28, 2017


I got the car all to myself. #redline #mbta #fridaynightrails

Creme Brulee

Free lunch.  Free dessert.  Don't worry, I'm going to finish it.  #workperk #cremebrulee #flourbakery

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Nice bake

Last night I finished Season 3 of The Great British Baking Show.  I absolutely loved it.  My favorite thing Tamal said in the final episode was "Baking with a group of people you get on with so well and that you really feel proud of them when they do well, it's just, yeah, it's amazing."  So I made chocolate chip cookie bars last night.  Who wants to bake with me?  Recipe from Modern Honey.  #bakethelove #nicebake

Visiting Teaching at Kimballs

I tried a new flavor -- Malted Moo Crunch.  Um...yum.  Now @bbgranger knows what all the fuss is about.  #theicecreamwasthelesson

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Dinner: (White Trash) creamed tuna on toast

#pattonfamilyfavorite #whereisthejello #novegetables #comfortfood #lookslikeslop #nofilterneeded


I got what I came for. a candy bar, deodorant and lip balm.  The point is I only spent $33 on basically necessities (envelopes are a necessity to me).  I had a doctor's appointment and now I'm trying to get stuff done (if I make it to the Temple and vacuum my car it will be a total win).  And isn't it better to have a wart on the inside of your nose than the outside?  #nannymcpatton

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I wish this tent was for The Great British Baking Show

#mylatestbinge #nicesponge

BIG tent

I wish this tent was for The Great British Baking Show instead of a MIT event.  #mylatestbinge #nicespunge

Monday, April 24, 2017

Meet Miles

Any friend of my nephew Ian's is a friend of mine.  I loved meeting Miles and taking him to Kimballs.

Lunch buddies

#dayoff #picnicatspypond @marydstaples

No what???

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Boston Cream Pie

After all these years in Boston I finally made a Boston Cream Pie!  Paul Hollywood would have something to say about how it looks (I've been watching The Great British Baking Show) but I'm pretty sure it will taste good.  #confidentbaker #starbakerhahaha #partofitwasmadeatmidnight #ilovetobake Recipe here.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

I gave up soda...

...but not sparkling water with fake sugar.  #marketbasket

One day in Maine

Holy Donut

This place in Portland has really interesting flavors.  I bought a half dozen and probably won't be sharing.  #holydonutmaine #portlandME #epramblesaroundnewengland2017

Friday, April 21, 2017

It's cold and rainy and gray today

#bostonspring2017 #citgosign

Thursday, April 20, 2017

They've got scooters!

TBT: my first Aunt Camp

When my nephew Ian was 5 (almost 6, but he was 5!) I flew him from Florida to Boston for ten days.  The day he flew in I was waiting at the gate for him. The last person to deplane was a flight attendant who called out "Mrs. Patton?" I told her I wasn't 'Mrs. Patton' but I was the person she was looking for.  Ian had fallen asleep with his head on the tray table.  I had to shake him awake and the adventure began.  We went to Plymouth, the beach, my work, the Ward campout, hung out with friends and had a lot of fun together.  #pattonmemories #EPauntcamp #pepsi

Emma the gem

Happy Birthday to my sweet niece.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


I walked across the Mass. Ave. bridge into Boston this morning.  #chillyday

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Four years


Seen on the subway

Is this for real?  #snarkyEP

"Moderate delays due to a disabled train"

#samestorydifferentday #latetowork #TisforTardy

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Waiting for Paul Revere

#midnightride #lexingtonMA

Ready for Patriots Day

The Lexington Library.  I saw this walking to see the re-enactment of Paul Revere's midnight ride.  #patriotsday

Arlington Ward nursery buddies

#arlingtonwardfriendsareforever #theyare13now

White shoes before Memorial Day

#fashionfauxpas #dontcare #thriftstoreshoes

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Happy Birthday, Sheryl

This is my friend Kimberly's mom Sheryl.  Sheryl visited Boston 3-4 times a year to help Kimberly care for her family and do projects around the house when Kimberly's husband Mat was battling cancer.  One of the times Sheryl visited, I picked her up at the airport.  On the way home I told her if she wanted a little break while she was here that we could go to lunch or on a day trip.  She thanked me but said she was here to help Kimberly.  I said I understood but if she wanted to go to Maine for a few hours I'd be happy to take her.  She then said, "Maine is the only state I haven't been to" and I said, "WE'RE GOING!" I took her on the Ellen Patton Tour of Maine which included lunch, antiquing, walking around York Beach and seeing Nubble Light.  And on the way I made her get out of the car at the Maine border to take this photo.  Sadly Sheryl passed away a few months after Kimberly's husband Mat did.  Sheryl was so kind and was a loving mother and grandmother.  I've thought about her a lot today since it's her birthday.

The Jersey Ures are in town!


Friday, April 14, 2017

Reupholstery project

Guess which fabric I bought to cover the foot stool I found with the mid-century modern legs?  The blue 4th from the bottom.  And I used a coupon and it was only $12/yard.  #fabricplacebasementforthewin #myfriendssisterisgoingtoreupholsterit


My visitors get a few knock-off Levain Bakery oatmeal raisin cookies on their pillow instead of chocolates.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


When someone (not me) fills their candy jar they have to line the candy up by 7's.  Unless they are small or big like the far left.  #givemethe100grandbars #now

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Eating my feelings

It's a thing.  And it's 70 degrees and beautiful in Boston.  First day in forever that I didn't wear a coat.  #greekdonutswithnutella #realspring #eatyofeelings #saloniki

Monday, April 10, 2017

National Sibling Day

#theredsareinthemiddle #pattonmemories #professionalphotoseveryyearforthepattons #matchymatchymatchy

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Fear, Faith and the Refugee Crisis

Tonight I went to a fireside to hear Lisa Campbell speak about Fear, Faith and the Refugee Crisis.  Lisa is the Director of Oinofyta Refugee Camp in Greece.  She was so inspiring.  I was the O.P. (official photographer).  The bottom right shot is from the back of the gym at the Boston stake center showing the 350 attendees.  I want to figure out a way to do more for refugees.  #iammormon

The Williams are in the house!

They are back in Boston on vacation.  It was so great to see them and have them over for lunch today.  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

Pitchforth grandparents' anniversary

Today is my grandparents' anniversary.  My grandpa Lehi paid his friend fifty cents to be introduced to my grandma Athelia.  #findinglovebeforetheinternet #pattonmemories #pitchforthmemories #iwantherglasses #andherpearlswhilewereatit

Paper garland

I bought this paper garland at Harmony in Provo, Utah over a year and a half ago and today stapled it together and hung it up.  I'm a sucker for a cool garland.  #betterlatethannever

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Becky's (big) birthday!

Becky is loved.  The hostess collected birthday wishes from friends and family.