Emerald Coast


LOVE all books by Anita Hughes!

I read this book while we were in Maine!! (maybe some day she’ll have the Northeast as the location of one of her books!)

From Amazon:
Set on the glamorous Italian island, Anita Hughes’s Emerald Coast is a touching and humorous story about marriage and the difficulty of finding love and happiness at the same time.

Lily Bristol arrives at a luxurious resort in Sardinia for the grand opening of her newest home furnishing store on the Emerald Coast. She’s a successful business woman with an international chain of stores from San Francisco to Milan. Thirty-two and newly divorced, she’s ready to handle things on her own. At least until her private butler, Enzo, escorts her to a beautiful suite where she notices a suspiciously familiar pair of men’s slippers and shaving kit.

Lily is horrified. Her ex-husband Oliver moved out of their restored Connecticut farmhouse six months ago, but they booked this trip when they were trying to save their marriage and never cancelled the reservation. Oliver, a food critic for the New York Times, is here covering Sardinia’s hottest new restaurant. The only other available room is the adjoining suite; and worse, Oliver isn’t alone. He’s brought a twenty-something named Angela with him.

Lily is determined to make do and enlists Enzo to find her a suitable man. But it’s not as easy to find new love as they both expected. When Lily and Oliver find themselves alone on a very important night, they turn to each other. Sparks begin to fly, but can they be together without breaking each other’s hearts?

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Thirty Four Years

keg and Dad

keg, Dad, bg

Thirty four years ago my Dad passed away.

I worry that there are things and times that I can’t remember anymore.  : (

Miss you.

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Happy Birthday Rob And Joe!!

twins view

Happy Birthday Rob and Joe!

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The Best Meatball Sub

meatball sub

Lunch last week.

The BEST meatball sub around!

You can tell it’s going to be good when it’s heavy when they hand it to you!


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What Price Happiness (and Love)

Back in July I wrote a post about a family situation.

I have since made that post private.

It was about my Dad’s sister who we hadn’t seen in 34 years, since my Dad died.

I knew it would make my Mom happy if I made an effort to see this aunt after all this time, but to be honest I was resisting right up until the visit.

Well, at the end of September I was sick.  So my ears were blocked and I wasn’t feeling very well.

After showering and washing my hair on a hot/humid Wednesday (9/27) night I came downstairs and heard voices.  (not sure how I didn’t hear them from upstairs?)

My Aunt and her companion of at least 35 years were here from California.

Let me just say that in that moment most of my anger and sadness disappeared.

I sat down and talked with them for several hours and had a nice visit.

The next night (Thursday)me, Mom, my Aunt and her (wonderful…he really is so nice!) companion went out to a yummy Italian dinner.

Food brings everyone together right?!

It was a nice night and we came back here to catch up some more.

They had plans on Friday and a wedding to attend on Saturday.

j and barb 2

On Sunday morning (10/1) we met them for breakfast at a local place!

b and elsa (mom)

j and barb 1

b and elsa 2 mom

Then we came back here to watch the Patriots lose!  : (

As they were leaving we made plans for dinner on Monday night (10/2) at Legal Seafood near where they were staying.

It was a yummy dinner and lots of good conversation!!

Barb had fried clams, Mom had fish and chips, J had a shrimp dish and I had fried scallops.

But it was the dessert that was awesome!

legal seafood cheesecake

They are off to Florida for a week now.

I’m not sure if/when we’ll see them again but it made my Mom happy to see them and me too to see someone who reminds me of my Dad.

I’m glad we got to spend so much time with them while they were here.


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You’re The Best Thing About Me Photos

U2 released the official video for You’re The Best Thing About Me at the end of September!


Remember when MTV used to play videos?

Why isn’t there one cable channel that can play new videos??!

I also love these photos from the video!

u2 best thing

lmj us best thing

Hello Larry!

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Update On No Spend September!

So I made it through the whole month of September!

No purchases!

Bought nothing!!

It wasn’t easy either with sale emails!

I got a boost when I got my credit card bill from August and had actually done a no spend that month!  WOOHOO!

So I thought if I can do August, I can do September too!

Going to Maine in October and there are a few books that are being released so I’m not going to try for a no spend October.  Ha!

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