Tuesday, February 6, 2018

A Fun Day Spent Shopping

Greetings everyone.  I hope your week is off to a great start wherever you may be.  I had a lovely day today. I accomplished my housework early this morning since I knew I would be out and about.

My daughter met me for some shopping and a quick lunch afterwards.  We had a fun time together finding those bargains we can't do without :)  I just had to buy some fresh flowers for the home before they raise the prices for Valentine's Day.

After lunch, I took myself over to Home Goods which is just down the road from where I live.  Look what I found!  I've read about these for years and have never tried them.  You might think it's funny, but I don't eat chocolate...long story about allergies.  I think dark chocolate may be OK - I'll soon find out.  The rose flavor was interesting in these as compared to the rose flavor I find in Middle Eastern food.  I'm going to serve them to my guests at the dinner party I'm having on Sunday.  While at Home Goods I perused the linen department looking for Italian linens.  I found a set of Italian made 100% linen sheets but I didn't buy them.  I'm sure they would be wonderful but I hesitated.  I did find a new bedspread that should work great.  (I know they're not called that anymore but I forgot the new name...)

Speaking of flowers, I planted some bulbs in pots this past winter and they are beginning to come up.  My favorite is the hyacinth.  And, my hellebore, lenten rose, has many buds.  I'm so happy that it survived the poor soil it lives in.  As a coincidence, the new Sock Society pattern I just received is called Winter Rose.

And, look at my geraniums blooming.  I love the white one.  In the middle is an Arabian Jasmine that has the most fragrant flowers.  It reminds me of Egypt when my husband took me there on my very first trip.  We were at Casino El Nil in Cairo (not a gambling casino), on the Nile River.  Flower sellers were selling necklaces of jasmine and they were heavenly.  It was my first time to eat ice cream with mastic (an aromatic resin from the mastic tree).  The addition of mastic changes the texture of the ice cream.  It is very popular in Turkish ice creams, too.  Sadly, I don't eat ice cream anymore due to allergies :(

For those of you who don't knit or crochet, I won't bore you with any patterns, etc.  But, please wish me luck as I'm baffled with my new sock pattern. . .

Lilly sends her greetings to each of you.  She had a restful afternoon sitting in my chair and taking her afternoon nap.  Until next time. . .

My best wishes,



  1. oh boo about allergies! but what an interesting chocolate!!! I love hearing about your memories and places you have been! It's neat to hear about food you had then and the places. how very neat!! Hope the sock pattern works out; I have not tried socks yet! well, for very long anyway! :) God bless!

  2. I love rose creams and also violet ones are nice. x

  3. I found a little bit yummy both the website and facebook pg to help me sort intolerances. Of course I'm not sure if this is the same issues for you so please feel free to ignore. https://alittlebityummy.com/
    I would love to see photos and follow your sock progress if you wish to blog about them, Cathy x

  4. We have those little square boxes of Beeches chocolate creams here in the UK too. I like the violet ones best. Hyacinths smell so gorgeous; I love them. Good luck with the socks!

  5. Shopping with a daughter is the best way to shop, I think! Lovely flowers in your crystal vase and the chocolates will be wonderful for your dinner party. So nice to see the flowers blooming, too. Interesting about the Turkish ice-cream. I can't eat ice-cream either, only because it's so FATTENING - haha! And because I will eat the whole carton if left alone.....I hope you figure out the sock pattern. Hugs xo Karen

  6. My goodness, Pat, Beech's Rose chocolates ... the same chocolates that I love, but a slightly different box! U love the violet creams best of all. I tried the ginger ones, but they didn't really come up to snuff, but the violet and rose are lovely! And oh, I love blue (and white) hyacinths!
    Margaret P

  7. Those chocolates look amazing, I do hope you can eat them with no ill effects. I'm on a low carb regimen so I'm having to deny myself of all the good things.. pain! I want some hyacinths for the house. Have a super week! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. After having a son, I could never imagine myself with a daughter, but I'm so pleased I've got one as it's so much fun going shopping and doing girly things together (sons are wonderful too). I do hope you got to enjoy the chocolates, having an allergy is no fun at all. Did you manage to work out the sock pattern? I'm addicted to knitting socks.


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