Showing posts from 2014

Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays from Château Sutton-Goar!
2014 was a big year here at the Château as Andy turned 50 in July and celebrated by running a marathon in June.  While this disqualifies him as a professional party-planner, it was his longest run ever and involved several months of training.  And blisters.

Because there should also be fun associated with a birthday, we had friends over for a big birthday bash in July, and in August went to Victoria, British Columbia for a week.  We had originally planned to take a train trip across Canada, but decided that once the novelty of the train wore off, it was really going to be a week of mostly sitting.  Victoria, on the other hand, is a city built for walking and with some newly acquired mobility(Toni, not Andy), we did just that.  This was our first trip together that involved staying in one place for the entire week, so we found a nice family-owned hotel with a kitchenette facing the beach, which I thought would give us a nice place …

Santa came early......

Santa came early to the Chateau......

What Happens When Andy Is Home Alone During the Holidays........


Jersey Boys!

To celebrate my new ability to sit for longer periods of time, Andy and I got season tickets to the Broadway in Boise series this year.  The title is a bit of a misnomer as the first show was "Flashdance," which has never and WILL never make it to Broadway because it really isn't that good, but Saturday afternoon we saw Jersey Boys, which made it all worthwhile.  
This is possibly the best sign I've ever seen at a show.  Other states might have accents, but to my knowledge, I don't believe any other state has had its accent classified as a "special effect."
I don't know if it counts as "date night" if it's a matinee, but we spiffed up for it anyway,  and we even (sort of) took a "selfie!"  (Seriously, there are no "small" technology achievements when one is over 40)
The show was wonderful.  Really, the entire center was packed and you could feel the excitement and the "buzz" as the show went on.  I only …

Theo has discovered the heating pads

Theo has been a very determined sidekick ever since we got him, and has been quite a loyal little fellow through all the back problems, but THIS week he figured out that the heating pads are REALLY nice and warm. I think we might have taken a turn from "sidekick" toward "usurper. "

Dear World of Cooking Catalogs:

Dear World of Cooking Catalogs:

The holiday season has begun.  I know this because I have begun receiving at least two holiday-shopping catalogs every day, which is somewhat impressive in a world increasingly dependent on internet sales.  I appreciate the attention a physical catalog gives, and I'll admit--I love looking through the pages.  How else would I know that there is a $5000 espresso machine for designed for home use?  In general, I don't think I'm the sort of person who should go near anything that complicated before getting caffeine, so a $5000 machine as the source of caffeine probably isn't going to work for me, but it's nice to know I have the option.  And a combination toaster oven AND toaster?  In my limited world of existence, I always thought a toaster oven existed to REPLACE a toaster--so glad we've cleared that up.  All I have ever asked of my toasters is to produce toast something short of black & charred and to not fling the toast to t…

Lesson Learned..........

A smart woman talks with her physical therapist about how to shovel snow safely. An even smarter woman would have asked for a note excusing her from shoveling.........

Friday Thoughts

*  I think it's time to go through my sock drawer and arrange some second marriages for the sock singles.

 *  Election day seems to be the official transition from "We want your money and your vote" to "We want your money" emails. 

*  The vet who gave me the drugs I'm supposed to get Theo to take twice a day has changed their sign outside to read, "You can't out-stubborn a cat."  Coincidence???  I think not.

* I'm not sure how narcissism was diagnosed before social media, but Facebook must have sped the process up immensely.

Random Sunday Thoughts

*  It's amazing how much less annoying "We want your money" junk mail is compared to the "we want your vote"mail

*  If one likes to bake cookies but doesn't want to keep them around so gives them to everyone ELSE to eat, is that really the spirit of giving or is this just a master plan to get to eat cookie dough?

*   This year our neighborhood joined which is a nice way to find our which neighbors grew too much zucchini, which are paranoid, which need to get out a bit more, and which ones are why we built a fence in the first place.

*  The difference in response to when Ebola first struck in Africa in 1976 killing 151 people and 1 person dying in America this year is a bit embarrassing if one is trying to insist that racism no longer exists in the US....

*  Election season always explains why so many people failed Logic 101 in college

All the Help I Can Stand.........

Why yes, I was using that.........

Autocorrect--Keeping Life Interesting

(tonight, via text messaging)

Andy:  Greg said Frank is in town, and will bring him along to your body party, if you would like.

Toni:  I didn't know it was a body party.  Toning or burying?

Andy:  Which goes best with pizza?

Toni:  Probably burying, since I think pizza is Sicilian...............

Victoria, B.C. - Day 3


It was a good thing we called it an early night, because we decided to visit Craigdarroch Castle the next day, which would mean 5 miles of walking just to get there and back.  On the way, we happened to be near the Empress Hotel and stopped to ask about their tours.  As it happened, there was one starting within half an hour, so while it seemed a little odd to pay to tour a hotel, we decided to give it a try.  We had discussed having the legendary tea at the Empress, but at $60 a person for a beverage I don't even particularly like, we'd been hemming and hawing, and decided to wait until we saw the place. 

The hotel is lovely, 
 and has some beautiful furniture,
and the tour guides are in costume and aside from it being a tad warm with the humidity, we really enjoyed ourselves.  We opted to skip the tea as I'd already made reservations for tea at Butchart gardens later in the week, and instead wandered off in the direction of the castle, finding a lovely…