Wednesday, July 31, 2013

darling, if it makes you feel better, let's call it a sabbatical.

currently blog of joan is on a break.
it's not you, it's me.

not to worry, however: i make occasional appearances on the social networks. you may find me there.
hogs and quiches, joan

PS you may read some of my works here, here, here here, here and here. Or just google me, darling.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

today i am thankful for happy surprises.

at provence breads in hillsboro village

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

today i'm thankful for my upcoming trip to illinois.

my favorite mug is always waiting for me.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

today i am thankful for a new book.

it's a novel set in the neighborhood in nashville where i live.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Friday, July 5, 2013

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013

today i'm thankful for magnolias.


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

long live love! a wedding to remember.

what an amazing weekend i had, visiting the chesapeake bay area for my cousin lizzy's wedding. take a look and see ...

this is the view we had from Bay Cottage in St. Michaels, where we stayed. it was a cousin-palooza!
the rooms were cozy, and the house provided a homey place to catch up with cousins i hadn't seen in years.
here's dave ward, my cousin susan's husband. they own buddy brew coffee in tampa.
dave hand-ground and brewed individual cups of coffee for each of us every morning.
here's my sisters, jean and charlotte. so fun to have us all together - the first time in a year and a half!

we had plenty of time to explore the area and enjoy the scenery. but it was hot - 90s and humid.
the rehearsal dinner was at the crab claw in st. michaels.
apparently no one alerted the bride to my intense fear of crustaceans. 
luckily i was armed.
the church, a small episcopal chapel, was adorned with these hand crafted garlands. so gorgeous.
the getaway car was a 1955 rolls royce limousine.

the classical trio was amazing. Lizzy walked down to 'Jesu joy of man's desiring' and walked out to a classical rendition of journey's 'don't stop believin'.
she looked so pretty.
liz with her older sisters julie (left) and hope.
here's lizzy with her new stepdaughters. what a beautiful blending of families.
i managed to capture liz and mike's first kiss at the reception.
it was held at the maritime museum in easton, right on the shore.
every moment was captured by somebody!
the wedding cake was a phenomenal coconut cake.
the place settings were divine.

the meal, provided by gourmet by the bay, included a vegetable napoleon (layers of delicious savory quinoa and vegetables) that made me happy to be a vegetarian.
french macarons were on the sweet table, and yes, i indulged.
and the view was equally delicious.
as the night rolled in (and the temps came down), the dancing began. the jazz band 
and singers were phenomenal.
the tent was so lovely, and i personally was mesmerized by the glittering chandelier, which was reflected on the tent walls. 

the whole thing was magical and best of all, i got to bond with my wonderful family. the older i get, more i see how important it is to connect with the people you know will always be a part of you, no matter how far away. more pics to come.  

ps all of the photos were taken with my iPhone, except for the photos taken in front of the church of the bridal party. those came from my cousin hope's facebook.

viva love!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

hurray for little trips. and love.

i'm off to my cousin's amazing chesapeake bay wedding. it is sure to be a humdinger of a family reunion. i will give you a full round-up when i return, including my attempts at saving money while traveling, without sacrificing fabulosity.


Thursday, May 23, 2013

bargains sometimes come at a price.

two stories.

story no. 1.

a word about marti and liz, my favorite shoe outlet. the shoes are brought in from department stores - shoes with great name brands that have been tried on, even worn, maybe a little scuff here and there.

that adds up to super duper bargains. i mean 75 percent or more off the regular retail price.

remember these white blinged-out sandals by ivanka trump? priced well out of my budget in the regular stores, but oh so cheap at marti and liz.

but wait. what is it that these shoes are missing? scroll up and look closely.


yep. it's missing a bauble.

how did i not see that before?

will marti and liz take them back once you've worn them? no, they will not.

do they offer refunds under any circumstances? no they do not.

well sir, live and learn. i still love these sandals and hope no one will notice when i wear them that they are missing a jewel.

story no. 2. check out these sparkly gorgeous amazing shoes i bought while under the influence of whatever it is that takes over my body when i go into marti and liz.

they were $29.99. i put them on and felt like a million bucks. but then when i got home i wondered if i'd ever really wear them. i mean, come on. my social life is not such that i need sparkly shoes of this magnitude.

it's nice to dream. but the reality is that i will probably not ever get around to wearing them.

so, i took them back. yes, i took them back and got store credit (since i hadn't worn them out—wearing them when you're alone in your PJ's while watching TV doesn't count). i was disappointed, but felt like i did the right thing.

then, yesterday, i was wandering around macy's and saw these exact shoes displayed at full price for $139!!


for a moment, i kind of wished i hadn't returned them after all. you just hate to see a good bargain slip through your fingers. But lesson number one of bargain shopping is, no matter how cheap it is, if you don't need it, it's not a deal. let that be a lesson to us all.

PS yes, i still love marti and liz, and yes, i will still shop there, but will do my best to keep my wits about me.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

summer has begun.

there are still two and a half days of school left, but for us, summer has begun, with the documentation of the boy's first cannon-ball of the season.

Monday, May 20, 2013

a heavenly new loan program?

apparently God is now giving out loans for cars. cadillacs, even.

who knew God was in the luxury car business?

it causes one to wonder: what is the interest rate?

and what happens if you don't repay the loan?
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