Wednesday, January 31, 2018



Tuesday, January 30, 2018

50 cookies for an upcoming 50th birthday

#therearezerosinthere #ilovetobake #bostonfriendsarethebestfriends

Monday, January 29, 2018

John's birthday

It's my brother John's birthday today.  I hope he got his favorite cake--German chocolate.  #pattonmemories #wearenottwins #thereds

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Sunday dinner with the Beesons

I love having friends over for Sunday dinner.  Tonight's menu: meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn, raspberry lemonade and Texas sheet cake with vanilla ice cream.  If people ask what they can bring I always say fruit because it goes with everything (and I don't have to plan too far in advance).  #sundaydinnerwithEP #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

R.S. lesson: the sabbath and the sacrament

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Butter is sold by the pound not the half pound

And who needs only 2 sticks of butter?  #peopleareridiculous #whodoesthis #marketbasket


I'm here to see Coco and their "system is down" so I couldn't use my moviepass card.  Is that a line?  I guess it means I might go to another movie tonight.  #moviepass #onemovieaday #lexingtonMA

There's a new beehive in the AW...

...and I made this for her.  #ilovetosew #winniethepoohfabric

Friday, January 26, 2018

My first movie

I've got my ticket for 7:15pm tonight.  #maybeiwillgotoamovietomorrow #andeverydayafterthat

New antique

I bought this cabinet at Old Glory Antiques in Fitzwilliam, NH.  The pencil sharpener won me over!  I'm going to move all my sewing stuff (zippers, ribbon, pom poms, etc.) out of the white cabinet behind it and into this one.  #iloveantiquing #redisstillmycolor #epcondo2017 #makerspace

Thursday, January 25, 2018

RS activity tonight: learn how to make sourdough bread

I'm in.  #arlingtonwardbreadmakersareforever

TBT: the Patton kids in the desert

I can't remember if I've posted this before but one of my brothers once asked my mom if she and my dad used birth control and Nan's answer was, "Charles (OK, it was Chuck that asked and he was young), if your father and I didn't use birth control you'd have twenty brothers and sisters."  You should have seen his eyes!  #nanquotes #pattonmemories

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Charles & Clyde

I got to read two 5-minute Star Wars stories to some of my favorite twins tonight.  #penpals #charlesandclyde #bostonfriendsarethebestfriends

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Dinner with a friend (or not)

My friend didn't show.  Maybe I had the wrong night.  It was my first time at Tasty Burger.  The burger and shake were tasty; the fries were so-so.  #dinnerforone #tastyburger  Update: my friend mixed up the nights.  I'm relieved that I've still got my crap together.

Harvard Square

I'm meeting a friend for dinner in Harvard Square on a warm-ish winter night.  #ilovelivinginBoston

Monday, January 22, 2018

Nan quote

"Life is neither fair nor unfair. Life is an experience" said Nan Patton so many times.  Well life seems unfair right now to a lot of people I know.  #life #nanquote

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sunday dinner

I had some new friends over for dinner tonight.  They are delightful and he's from Philly so we had the game on as background noise. #makenewfriends #bostonfriendsarethebestfriends

This is how I make mashed potatoes

#dontforgetcreamcheese #andbutter

Game day!

Shaunna made bows for her 4 girls.  I'm not a huge football/Patriots fan (and don't care about TB's hand) but the hair bows are sure cute.  #arlingtonwardpatriotsfansareforever

Saturday, January 20, 2018

This beautiful rocker...

...was only $45 and I would have bought it but I'm pretty sure it doesn't fit in Silverbelle.  What I did buy was a $7 Pyrex dish (not pictured) and the drawing that is in the chair (for $7).  #epramblesaroundnewengland2018 #iloveantiquing #andallthingsmustard

Cool antiques I did not buy today

And, since when are Hot Wheels antiques?!?  #epramblesaroundnewengland2018 #samehashtagnewyear

Someone in New Hampshire...

...isn't candy coating their feelings.  Had to turn around and go back to get this photo.  #nophotographicregrets #epramblesaroundnewengland2018 #whatdidtonytake

Someone requested a big box of raisin filled sugar cookies

#mydad #ilovetobake #madeatnoonnotmidnight #grandmapitchforthsrecipe

Friday, January 19, 2018

Date night with expired food

I just tossed 5 bags!  #embarrassing #butilovemydumpster #leavenoexpiredfoodbehind #nestingbeforeupdatingmykitchen #epcondo2018 And @susjaxn don't be enlarging this photo and telling me you'd eat this stuff!  Now I'm going to tackle the mound of laundry that's been on my bed for oh, about a week.  #gettingstuffdoneatmidnight

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Here comes the bus!

I've taken the bus+subway the last few days and knock on something there haven't been any delays.  #bostoncommuter #MBTA

Frozen hair don't care

#grayinmyhairdontcareeither #ilovemynewcoat

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Girl Scout cookies

I bought 3 boxes from this cute little Cambride Daisy Scout.  #anoldgirlscoutbuyingfromayounggirlscout

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Missing Marjorie

I took/snuck some photos of the Staples family during Mormon Night at Fenway Park in 2013.  This is one of my favorites of Marjorie.  Today marks 3 years without her.  #missingmorjorieolivia #nophotographicregrets #bostonfriendsarethebestfriends

Monday, January 15, 2018

Heavy antique

When I was in Portland with my dad we walked by a store called City Home on our way to Powell's.  On the way back I stopped in and they had lots of cool antiques and vintage-y items.  This drawer caught my attention (mustard is my second favorite color) and I bought it.  Then I picked it up and it was HEAVY.  I weighed it when I got back to my dad's apartment and it literally weighs TEN POUNDS.  So I shipped a box of things to myself (for an undisclosed amount of money--let's just say I should have passed on the drawer).  But it's cool.  #treatmyself

Sew much sewing

I haven't felt very productive lately but today I did a bunch of sewing.  Don't be fooled.  There is laundry piled on my bed, a sink full of dishes and plenty of other stuff I need to do.  But I made a bunch of gifts today (giraffes, cloth napkins, smock) and that feels good.  #epsews #ilovetomakestuff

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sound advice

My friend was telling me about some wise advice she got that you can't carry the world on your shoulders, we need boundaries, and it's OK to say it's not our battle---TO STAY IN OUR OWN LANE.  I stitched this up for her as a reminder (and should probably make one for myself).  #epembroiders

Tapioca pudding

I'm making 5x the recipe!  #sometapiocaformeandsomeforfriends #productivesabbath #theyarentalllikethatthough #masstapioca

Dinner guests

I met this missionary couple in Costco about a month ago and told them I'd have them over for dinner.  Tonight was the night.  We could have talked forever!  Meet my newest friends, the Bahrs.  #makenewfriends #bostonfriendsarethebestfriends #theyhave15children

Red trash can

When I bought my condo 12 1/2 years ago I splurged and bought myself this trash can. My niece was in town helping me get settled in and I remember Adrienne telling me that her mom would “never spend $50 on a trash can.” I’ve noticed the last few days the pedal wasn’t working right so I turned it upside down to see what I could do to fix it. I couldn’t see anything but when I went to put it back in its place I saw a screw on the floor. I turned it upside down again, got a screwdriver and now it works just fine. I sprayed it down with window cleaner and it is practically brand new. If/when I update my kitchen this year I might update my trash can but honestly I might not need to. And you know how I feel about antiques. #epcondo2018 #epfixingstuff

Little Eve

She seemed a little ambivalent about Nursery.  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Eddie Bauer customer service

Eddie Bauer sent me a new coat since apparently someone stole the first one they sent.  #thatiscustomerservice #isthereamuzzeyhighthief #apackagefromafriendismissingtoo

The Chinese buffet with Morgan Moore -- nothing better!

We chatted for about 3 hours.  It was great to see her.

lowEST price

#thewalmarts #wenttwicetoday #iamapeopleofwalmart

America's most convenient bank---not today!

Someone tried to use my debit card to buy $400 worth of clothes in the OC so the bank cancelled my card.  I went to 2 branches today to get a new card and their machines weren't working.  I didn't leave with a new debit card so I got some cash and grabbed a handful of suckers.  They have a big sign that they are America's most convenient bank.  Not today! #epishassled

Kelly Corrigan's new book

This book arrived yesterday and I started it this morning.  I love anything Kelly Corrigan writes.  I heard her speak in Wellesley a few years ago and she's fantastic.  I'm glad this package wasn't stolen.  #readkellycorrigan

Friday, January 12, 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The best part of my day...

...was visiting my friend for her birthday.

Stuck on a subway...

...waiting for them to move a disabled train.  This is the third day of three I've been on the subway this week that there have been delays.  This subway system sucks and is not sustainable.  And who wanted the Olympics in this city?  #thisisridiculous #ihopeimakethe9:15movieiamgoingto

Upate: sat for 45 minutes (not exaggerating) and we are moving but with more delays at each stop.  And I want to strangle the guy who keeps apologizing over the loud speaker.  I don't think they are soryr.  #tomorrowiampackingsnacksinmybag