Friday, January 31, 2014

Aroma Cafe

Aroma Café in Reading is my favorite breakfast spot. Today my sister asked me if I could meet her for lunch. So we decided to go to Aroma as we call it. We had breakfast for lunch.

We both got egg white omelets, the signature lacy potatoes, and an English muffin. Yum! We had an interesting conversation and then back to work or me.  It was a nice midday break.

Well, I did it! I posted a photo a day to this blog. 31 entries. At least I've kept one of my New Year's resolutions!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Heated Throw

I must admit I have become addicted to my new heated throw. My boy kitties, Oscar and Percy are also under it's spell. Oscar hears me plug it in and comes running and tonight he even let Percy sleep on the throw with him!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Pink skies


There is a park across the street from work. I can't remember the last time the sky above the park was light when I left the office at 5:00. So happy to see pink sky today. Spring can't be too far behind!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Reading train

Tonight I bought take out from a fave restaurant, the Green Tomato in Reading. I thoroughly enjoyed my baked haddock, rice and broccoli and there is enough left over to make another meal.

The Green Tomato is across from the train station in Reading.  The sun was setting and the train station looked desolate. I still found the scene to be pretty. The lamp posts and lights, the sky and houses in the background. The calm before the storm as rush hour was approaching. It would be a vastly different scene in another 30 minutes.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Chalkboard obsession

Met a friend at La Qchara in Melrose for coffee.  They have a chalkboard menu. I admire a person who can do chalkboard lettering. Takes a lot of skill and patience. For me it is even more difficult. I am a lefty so therefore I smudge!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Miss Molly

Molly and I had a photo shoot this weekend. She was feeling neglected. She thinks I spend too much time with her brothers. So we sat by the window and she posed for me. She was climbing the walls by the end of the shoot.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Winter is cool

I went for a little retail therapy this evening. There is a newer mall in my area called Market Street. Most of the stores are now open and there is even a little skating rink there. Some young girls from a skating club were putting on an exhibition and with snow falling and the trees illuminated it looked like a Winter Wonderland.

The rink is open to the public every day. I haven't skated in a few years but it sure looked like fun. Think I might have to go back there during a quiet time and practice my skating.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Happy Change Your Pet's Life Day!

Yes, there is such a day. Oscar is celebrating by taking over the heated throw I've had less than a week. A far cry from living outdoors huh Oscar? He's a lucky kitty. I think he knows it.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Winter Cottage

Winter Cottage. Just the name is inviting. I absolutely love the Cottage series of magazines. These are special since they come out seasonally.

Can't wait to read it this weekend!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Happy Birthday Dad!

My Dad's birthday is today. 88 years young and going strong. He is hands down the finest man I know. Happy Birthday Dad and many more!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Selfie gone wrong

I was sitting reading in the living room and Molly decided to take a walk on the back of my chair. I put the camera in selfie mode so I could get a clearer picture of her. Eew! I ended up getting in the photo too. I hate to be in photos. Oh well. Molly looks cute

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Snacks and football

Had my snacks all set for the big game today. Percy wanted me to share. He liked mine better. We are disappointed that our Patriots lost but look forward to next year.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Romance of Snow

Stopped at a red light and in the center of my hometown, I decided to record the graceful beauty of the falling snow. Everything looks better with a dusting of snow.

Friday, January 17, 2014

A little Winter vignette

I hated to do it but I took down the Christmas greenery. It was not real anyway but I liked the  look of it and the twinkle lights on it. In it's place, I set up a little Winter vignette. The trees are usually on display at Christmas but not this year. So now they are making an appearance along with the vintage figure skates. Thinking about an Olympics party but not sure yet. I used to have one every four years and I would invite friends over to watch the opening ceremonies. Fun times!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The breakfast place

My family has been going to Frannie's for breakfast for years.  Good food and company, always. A neighborhood joint where everyone knows everyone. Think Cheers without the alcohol. Kids' art always graces the walls. Fun!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A little caffeine never hurt anyone

Treated myself to a mocha this morning. Been accused of being a caffeine addict but I'm really not.
Aside from the great drinks and muffins, I love, love, love the décor of this tiny gem in Melrose, Massachusetts.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A little bit of green

I still have my Christmas greenery up on the mantel.  I took the vintage ornaments down and the other lanterns in favor of a winter look but I love the greenery with lights. I am just not ready to give it up yet.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Community Bed

Right before Christmas I gave my cat Molly a new bed. Before I even took the tags off it she was sleeping in it. A few days later, I found Percy napping in it. Now Oscar is making it his own. Poor
 Molly, she hates sharing with her brothers.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Bird Lamp

I've been thinking about redecorating my living room. The room is small, the sofa is too big,  I have too many lamps in the room. Earlier today, I thought I would sell this bird lamp that I bought a few years ago at Home Goods. It's pretty unique and I love the shade. So I decided to keep it but it will take up residence in my downstairs office which I am in the process od setting up and decorating.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Go Pats!

I know I posted his photo yesterday but I just had to post Percy and his Patriots shirt. We are getting ready to watch the big game. Go Pats!

Friday, January 10, 2014

The blanket thief

I received a new throw as a Christmas gift. I put it on the chair in the living room to make sure the colors worked together. I left the room for a few minutes and when I came back Percy was getting all snuggly and preparing to make it his own.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Let there be light

I love using lanterns in my home.  This one is from Pier 1 and it is dusty blue in color. I bought it at an after Christmas sale. Although the tree came down, the greenery has remained up on the mantel.  It just looks so nice I can't seem to part with it.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Deep freeze in Melrose

This is the spot where the Farmer's Markets are held in Melrose. In Summertime, it is filled with vendors selling fruits, vegetables, breads, and crafts. Today it is an impromptu skating rink. It was not intentionally flooded by the city for public skating. The rains pre-Polar Vortex flooded the area and now it is ice. There was a lone skater but she did not last long outside in the frigid temps.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


Went to a networking event with the Chamber of Commerce. I snapped this photo and shared on Instagram from the event. Isn't technology wonderful?

Monday, January 6, 2014

Crazy weather

Such crazy weather, Arctic air one day then 50 degrees the next. Pea soup fog this morning. Fog still had not totally burned off in the afternoon. Bracing for more frigid temps starting tonight.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Oscar and the selfie

Oscar's first attempt at a selfie. He has much to learn. Perhaps his little brother will help him.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Percy and the blankie

It was bitter cold this morning, below zero, so we slept in. Percy and his brother got a new blanket to share. It was their Christmas present. Percy just loves it!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Oscar is cozy

With temperatures below zero, my rescue cat Oscar is more than happy to be safe and warm indoors.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Bracing for a Noreaster. Up to 24 inches of snow possible in my little corner of New England. The Christmas decorations are still up on the Common giving a little color to an otherwise wintry white scene.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014

Let's hope I can stick to my resolution and post a photo a day. I've tried this before and let it go after just a few days.

Today's photos is of my new Emma Bridgewater mug. Been admiring it for a while and treated myself for Christmas. I love that there is a design on the inside too, much like a teacup.

I am enjoying my latte and a few ginger thin cookies. A lazy New Year's Day, it's cold outside and I have no desire to leave the warmth of my home.

Happy New Year all and see you tomorrow!