Friday, December 25, 2009


Christmas shopping the shabby chic way. Vintage marketplace in Boston, great atmosphere... even better finds.
Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Monday, August 3, 2009

to do's

My list is slowly getting smaller. The big move happened this past weekend, I've officially slept at my new city apartment. I'm in love. Jake & Henry enjoyed their time in Brophy park yesterday... maybe Jake more so than Henry. Henry sat on a park bench like a little man with his buddy Gregg. Jake played with his 2new girlfriends & rolled around in the grass for hours.

Leaving Newbury comes with great emotion. Its bittersweet. I've lived on my own for the first time there & learned so much about myself. Now, all that stands in my old 1770's farm house are my two blue ladies wing chairs & a shabby old tall dresser. Time to go back and tie up some loose ends then its on to the next chapter.

Sunday Newburyport had a festive parade down our main historic street. We sat out on our farmers porch and watched on all the festivities as they went by. It was like our own farewell tribute... I felt torn the whole time I watched on. Do I really want to give this up, my heart felt heavy. Getting back to the city last night things lightened up and I started to feel some excitement, those "what if's" past by.

My Newbury "to do's"
  • wing chairs & dresser to Boston.
  • remaining dishes & glassware to Boston.
  • old coffee & end table to Moms barn.
  • cut some fresh flowers from yard & bring to my new kitchen.
  • empty storage area in barn, bring old vintage sofa to Moms for its rehab project.
  • wash floors.
  • take photos of my favorite things I leave behind.

My Boston "to do's"

  • hang tall shutters in living rm windows (best flea market find ever!)
  • rearrange living rm furniture & organize book case.
  • set up my office area & organize arts/crafts stufffff.
  • touch up antique white paint on hutch & buffet table.
  • put glass knobs on tall dresser & buffet table.
  • arrange kitchen cabinets! ugh
  • set up phone & Internet asap
  • stop & smell the fresh cut flowers.
  • unpack shoes & clothes... can't wait, I have two big closets to fill =)

The crossed off things far out do the "to do's", thank god. I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel... fingers crossed.

pictures to follow

Saturday, June 27, 2009

photohunt 168: flags

when their flag is up, watch out for the water spraying pirates in the Plymouth harbor!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

bean town crave

So new job in the city, I can't wait to start! I've been checking out some apartments in the South & North end... love them all but they are soo soo small. Anyone who knows me- knows that might not work out so hot. Seeing how I love Todd Farm Flea Market & bring a new antique/shabby chic something home every other weekend. Ok brings me to where I am now... do I, miss country girl who loves the farm, flea markets, local growers & my fav hidden hiking trails want to trade it in for the crazy "bohemian" feel for a bit?


The term bohemian, of French origin, was first used in the English language in the nineteenth century to describe the untraditional lifestyles of marginalised and impoverished artists, writers, musicians, and actors in major European cities. Bohemians were associated with unorthodox or antiestablishment political or social viewpoints, which were often expressed through free love, frugality, and/or voluntary poverty.

The term emerged in France in the early 19th century when artists and creators began to concentrate in the lower-rent, lower class gypsy neighbourhoods. The term bohémien was a common term for the Romani people of France, who had reached Western Europe via Bohemia.

Speaking of the French (my most fav) and I know its probaly not a French thing. But I had the best French toast covered in blueberries-strawberries- bananas & honey this am with Greggers... dreamy.

Ok so back to my reason of posting... I found this most interesting. I found something I like in East Boston... not sure on location but anyway I was google-ing reviews of the area and found this below which totally relates (<~keyword) to the whole ophthalmology thing... here it is info on the founder of that very section I was looking:

Jeffries Point-- Named after Dr. John Jeffries, one of the physicians who founded the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary in 1824, a free clinic whose purpose was to provide a place where Boston's most impoverished people could come to have their eye diseases treated. Earlier, in 1785, he took a balloon trip across the English Channel, and was arguably the first American to fly. In 1819, he died in Boston of “an inflammation in his bowels, originating in a hernia, occasioned by great exertions in his first aërial voyage." The Jeffries Point section just south of Maverick Square has been slowly gentrified over the past 30 years and is a comfortable neighborhood with a working-class feel. This area used to be part of Noddle's Island, along with Maverick Square and Central Square. You'll find some really beautiful architecture here, and some parts will remind you more of South Boston and sometimes even San Francisco. The main difference being that you can see the Boston waterfront from the back terraces, and sometimes the views are quite breathtaking. Piers Park, in particular, is worth a visit for the view alone.

stay tuned...

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

may flowers

April showers bring May floweres... my stone walkway has been covered with tons of these little yellows things from the trees, its so pretty. Everything is blooming around the house... lovvve spring so much!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

little italy

T-top special from NYC... we had a great lunch in little Italy on Sunday & on our table sat this 6lbs can of sauce. I liked the label, somewhat vintage. Ohh I want to be back there now! I ♥ NYC

Saturday, April 25, 2009

photohunt 159: protect(ion)

buffy the buffalo @ our local farmers market... she lives with a llama

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

dark side

All while sipping my cup o joe this am... OK afternoon, I'm not a morning type of gal. I started to think about my roots (of my hair that is) should I go back to the dark side & give up the blond's have more fun act?! Yes I am one of those annoying girls when asked my real hair color I reply "well I was really blonde as a kid"... nice excuse plus make me feel better for the expense of monthly high lights. What to dooooo, idk!

moi from last year when the dark side was calling me.... I caved - didn't last long though.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

photohunt 158: purple

PURPLE - it was easy. I live in an green circa1770 house with Purple doors. Also the roof of the farmers porch is painted purple.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

photohunt 156: stripes

Otis wearing his everyday stripes along with a striped sweater to keep him nice and toasty.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


-2 Things I heart Thursday-

My fave - Monogram letter C for me, of course!
The aries - Crafty Woman in my life!

excuse me i know i'm a day early =)
when does that ever happen

Friday, March 27, 2009

in with the old

working on the home front today. spring is at our door, time to clean. love this saying from WWII that was posted in the UK by the government around the country during bombings, in an effort to help lift spirits. It hangs in two places here & I often make it my motto of the day.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

photohunt 154: yellow

Yellow - It came to me just in time this am. Henry (my dog) and I were out in the yard when I remembered the 2 grave stones next to our barn that had YELLOW moss (?) growing on them. So, VOILA - here is my take on yellow!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Sunday, March 15, 2009


i heart my mini Keurig & <3 my new dish set from mom

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Monday, March 9, 2009

unfortunate mishap

martha with paw paw (above)
paw paw's grandson, ghengis khan pup (below)

LEHIGHTON, Pa. – Martha Stewart's chow puppy was one of 17 dogs killed in a propane explosion at an eastern Pennsylvania kennel.

The domestic maven wrote on her blog that she was "deeply saddened" by the death of her dog, Ghengis Khan, in Friday's blast at Pazzazz Pet Boarding, a kennel in the Pocono Mountains that breeds and trains show dogs.

Fifteen dogs were killed in the explosion, and two more died over the weekend.

The kennel was getting a propane delivery when the tank ignited, setting the pens on fire and injuring the driver, Timothy Kleinhagen, of Summit Hill.

Though badly burned, Kleinhagen managed to toss a cairn terrier over the kennel fence to safety. He was listed in critical condition Monday at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

"That man is a hero," said the kennel's co-owner, Karen Tracy. "My heart goes out to his family."

Genghis Khan was a grandson of Stewart's previous chow, Paw Paw, which died last April at age 12.

Stewart announced on her blog in December that she was adopting Genghis Khan, then 7 weeks old, calling him "very cute and square." She said she expected him to be "conquering his new territory in my home soon, with great charm and prowess. I'm also confident that Sharkey and Francesca (Stewart's French bulldogs) will be enamored with him."

It wasn't immediately clear how much time Genghis Khan had spent at Stewart's Westchester County, N.Y., estate.

Stewart also sent condolences to Tracy, who breeds and trains dogs that compete in shows throughout the country, including Westminster. Many of the dead dogs belonged to Tracy and her mother, Jean Ahner, who live on the property in Franklin Township, Carbon County, about 75 miles north of Philadelphia.

"My heart goes out to Karen Tracy and I am hoping for a speedy recovery for those (both pets and humans) injured in this terrible event," Stewart wrote.

Officials have said a spark or static electricity may have started the blaze, which remains under investigation but is considered accidental.

AmeriGas Propane Inc., which owned the truck that Kleinhagen was driving, has declined to comment.

Friday, March 6, 2009


Here in the picture above is my Papa, Enrico Monaco. A man that held our family together & kept us strong. Most of my childhood memories are from times at Nana & Papas house on Turkey Hill. From the rides in the bucket of his John Deer tracker around his four acres with cousins piled on top of each other yelling to lift the bucket "higher, Higher, HIGHER!" & up we went then to the endless summers we spent splashing in the lima bean in-ground pool & cannon balls off the diving board. My memories of him are still so fresh even after 18years. I still see him waiting for our big family dinners always seated at the head of the dinning room table with fork & knife in hand. Papa was also always seated there & ready to greet us by pinching our chubby cheeks with his fat Italian fingers followed by a tap across the face then healed with a kiss. I dreaded waiting in line for my hello, I always pushed Michael by brother to the front to go first. Today marks an unfortunate date in the calenders, the day he had to leave us. Although he is kept so close to us all in thoughts & prayers. oh how I miss those times & his laugh that came from the bottom of his gut! One day in great memory, I will pass his name onto my future son. Papa, may you continue to rest in peace.

(Photo above from Melissas wedding.)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

snow madness

Big storm rolling in tonight

March is coming in like a lion. A storm that could dump more than a foot of snow in parts of the region is bearing down on Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

-- news update from

Saturday, February 28, 2009

photohunt 151: thankful

thankful for pink m&m's! now i just wish someone was here to eat them...they're taunting me! (hence glass half empty/full)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

photohunt 150: warm

Some beachy pics from duxbury & plum island last summer also a few letters that I thought would look great displayed in a WARM Caribbean house. Can't wait for the warm weather to get here!

Monday, February 16, 2009

permanent decision

C'est la vie
[(say lah vee)]

An expression used to play down some minor disappointment: What can you do; "c'est la vie." From French, meaning “that's life."

*ADVICE PLEASE: phrase I'd like as my 1st tattoo. Yeh OR Neh?

bits 'n pieces