1. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, Copyright, 1952
2. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Benner by Arnold Bennett, Copyright not listed
3. The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby by Reverend Charles Kingsley, Copyright, 1885
4. Religious Denominations of the World by Vincent L. Milner, Copyright, 1872
5. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, Copyright, 1952. Correct, two versions same year published. Books are completely different designs and sizes. Both are beautiful.
6. Der Alte Mann Und Das Meer Und Andere Meisterwerke, Copyright not listed
7. Hunting Big Game in the Wilds of Africa Containing Thrilling Adventures of the Famous Roosevelt Expedition, Copyright not listed. This was a gift as most of them are and the thrilling adventures is what speaks to me here not the actual hunting.
8. The White House Cookbook by Mrs. F. L. Gillette, Copyright 1887. This is by far the favorite in my collection. Cooking is a special time for me and something I truly love to do. The pages in this beauty are stained from cooking centuries ago it makes me wonder who the chef was and who the special guests were and what the conversation might have been about. The paper the book was printed on is so different than what most books are printed on today. The details that begin and end each chapter are just timeless. A dear friend gifted this absolute treasure to me unexpectedly and included one of the most endearing cards that reads, “You are just as graceful and noble as the wives of our presidents…who have graced The White House. Enjoy!” Love, Laura
My First Visit To the Palm Ball
This year’s Palm Ball theme was Mangroves in the Moonlight. It was way more than that!
Seeing as this was my first time attending this event, I had properly prepared to get my hair, makeup and nails done. I love to keep things simple so if it’s done for me and all I have to do is slip into my gown, it makes the evening all the sweeter.
The Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast hosts guests at what I think is the most elegant gala of the season, the Palm Ball. My guest and I valeted our vehicle and proceeded into the swelling crowd for a libation. As we settled in, we strolled the grounds, took a walk out onto the dock and to the top of the grandfathered in boat dock for sunset views. The sun set and the main tent opened. As we walked into the entrance of the event, I stopped in absolute awe of the pure beauty of this event. A plethora of unimaginably gorgeous chandeliers hung from above and the lighting was this really pretty purple. I might have lost my breath and said a special thank you before taking my seat next to my guest.
We sipped on cocktails, strolled under the moonlight and danced the night away after a scrumptious dinner of pan-seared jumbo diver scallops and craw-fish, green peas & butternut squash risotto, crispy artichoke, foie gras, nage & crispy salsify root as our first course. Our entree was thyme & garlic roasted chateau of beef, anise-scented sweet potato puree, heirloom baby carrots, toasted cauliflower, grilled trumpet king mushroom, cabernet & black truffle demi reduction. We didn’t even see the dessert because my guest took me by my hand for some dancing as the band Pocket Change played. It was one of those evenings you didn’t know you would hate to see come to an end.
My only regret on this shot is that I didn’t have my camera and had to use my cell phone. The lighting caught my attention so I asked him if he’d like to join me down on the dock for a few photographs. I love his overall James Bond tone wearing that Hugo Boss tux, ruffled vintage shirt and his painted shoes. We were quite the pair in our Black tie, sequins, satin, paint, and Converse All Stars. His artwork is something to truly see; Tim Raines, artist www.timothyraines.com
Yoda was a legendary Jedi Master and stronger than most in his connection with the Force. Small in size but wise and powerful, he trained Jedi for over 800 years. You can see how tired he is from all his training err I mean Halloween trick and treating! This Yoda’s favorite holiday!
The Color Purple
My twin sister recently locked in tickets to a beautiful gospel concert with multi-platinum, GRAMMY winners Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith up in Tampa Thanksgiving Day weekend. The winner of The Voice, season 9 winner Jordan Smith also joined them on stage. The lights were an incredible addition to the musically talented group. It was a special evening all the way around. Some might be green with envy.
Surprisingly, this Rochester, NY girl who fell in love with baseball as a spectator at the Rochester Red Wings while watching Cal Ripken, Jr. play, talk, walk, interact, smile, (well you get it!), and later at Camden Yards at the series where Cal Ripken tied and then beat Lou Gehrig’s record for most consecutive games played, I’ve actually fallen in love with the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park and Boston overall. Fenway is full of charm and some of the worlds most loyal fans. Fenway is also the location of the film Fever Pitch with Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon, and it’s the oldest and the fourth-smallest in the MLB.
One of Fenway’s most popular features is the Green Monster wall. A definite bucket list for many. The 37’2″ wall was built as part of the original ballpark. The wall includes a scoreboard that is updated manually. Though it wasn’t painted green until 1947, the wall turns many would-be line-drive homers into doubles it also allows some high fly balls to clear of play for a home run.
I’m in Boston for a marketing conference and had the opportunity to attend Monday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays. We had great seats and one of the guests near me had a picture sent to her of us being on TV (see below)! It was a fun ballgame at Fenway Park!
Cheers to this year’s hopeful world-series playoffs as a contender!
I Found This
As we flew into Boston Logan Airport, I spotted the Queen Mary 2 (QM2) at port. Designed by a team of British naval architects in 2003, she is the largest ocean liner ever built to date.
Annually every January, she departs on an 89 to 132 night world voyage. A bucket list for sure. (Why does my bucket list seem to be getting longer instead of shorter. I swear, I’m working on it!!)
Some of Queen Mary 2‘s facilities include fifteen restaurants and bars, five swimming pools, a casino, a ballroom, a theatre, and the first full-scale planetarium at sea where one can view the stars in galaxies far far away. Out of this world isn’t it? 😉