Friday, December 1, 2017

Tales of the Traveling Tote - Fall 2017

If you are here for the first time, welcome to Mountain Breaths! Today I am joining a group of talented bloggers to bring you our Tales of the Traveling Tote. 

We are honored and excited to have TWO new members!!!
  Jackie with Miss Madi K

Ricki Jill with Countess de Monet @ The Sketchy Reader

Miss Aurora (my tote) had a wonderful 2017, and was thrilled to meet several of her Sistas in New York City. Pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea, and enjoy our NYC video :-)
For some previous adventures, click here Traveling Totes Through the Seasons and Acadia National Park.

The weekend before Thanksgiving, we attended a Cayuga Lake Wine Trail event. We were given our "kit" for the day. Two souvenir wine glasses, recipe card set, and a grapevine wreath so we could collect ornaments from the participating wineries. 
Life is certainly an adventure, and I wish I had my tote when I went on a bobsled in Lake Placid five years ago. I would have asked that guy with the camera to take my picture! I had to sign a waiver and almost bailed at that point. It was an amazing ride!

In October, we enjoyed a very special weekend in NYC. Our group of seven bloggers met for brunch at The Russian Tea Room located at 150 West 57th Street (between 6th and 7th Ave) in New York City. I wish we had a photo of all seven of us, but somehow that didn't happen. 

Mackenzie-Childs hosted a champagne and dessert party for us before we shopped and filled our totes.  For more on our New York City trip, click here. 
In the first photo of this post and you will see a rose on Miss Aurora. When I purchased the roses for our NYC trip, I asked Jenna @The Painted Apron if she would design a card that I could give with the rose. Isn't the card wonderful! 

Also In October, I went to the Queechy Lake in Columbia County, NY, the Berkshires in Massachusetts and Saratoga Springs with the Scoots (annual girls weekend). Our itinerary included a 60th birthday celebration for Maureen, a visit to Hancock Shaker Village in Massachusetts, dinner at the Backwater on Queechy Lake and a day at Congress Park in Saratoga Springs.

My non-blogging friend Tami and her tote Miss MC la Mer traveled to MacKenzie-Childs in Aurora, NY to start my Christmas shopping!  Ha!
To thank you for following along with our adventures, we are having a giveaway! To enter your name in the drawing, visit Patti @ Pandora's Box.

To see what Miss Aurora's tote sistas have been up to, click on the participating blogs below.

Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Katie with Miss Daisy @ Preppy Empty Nester
Linda G with Miss Poppy @ More Fun Less Laundry
Linda P with  Miss Lola Life and Linda Life and Linda
Patti with Miss Kenzie and Miss Taylor @ "Pandora's Box"
Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Jackie with Miss Madi K

A visit to Buttonwood Grove Winery isn’t complete without saying hello to Melody, a Scottish Highland cow. 

See you again in March with more adventures! Hopefully we will have some crocus blooming by then! 

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Great post, Debbie. It looks like you had a wonderful time at Queechy Lake. The NYC pics are so cute. I love the pic of you with the horse and carriage. I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to meet you and your hubby in person. Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Really fun adventures, Debbie! That bobsled ride is right up my alley. :) Of course, the NYC trip has to be the adventure of the year, but all of your travels seem to be filled with great memories made. Love the card Jenna made for you!

  3. Oh Debbie, you are so sweet to include the card, thank you for the praise, but the pleasure was all mine and made me feel like I was there~ Your Scoots group sounds like so much fun, love the Glamping! You and Miss Aurora have so many adventures and you both are so photogenic! It's so fascinating to see so many different aspects, adventures and different parts of the country through our totes eyes! I hope you have a totally jolly holiday!

  4. It was fun reliving our NYC adventure! I never got to the wineries this fall, so it was fun to hear about your trip. Love reading about all of your adventures!

  5. What fun you and Miss Aurora have, Debbie! I loved seeing the Scoots group and your fun glamping time. I certainly would've bailed before the bobsled ride, but I'm glad that you were brave enough!!I know you all had fun in NYC, and the card that Jenna created is so perfect. I hope you have a wonderful December and more adventures along the way.

  6. Oh Deb, You've had such a great time this fall with your camping trips and city fun! How interesting to hear about "glamping" and what a brave girl, wow bobsledding! I am so happy I got to meet you and hope we'll have more trips in the future. Have a wonderful weekend. Jim says hello to Joe.........

  7. Debbie, you and Joe lead active lives. I admire that you two are always out exploring. The bobsled adventure must have been a thrill. You are a brave one!
    Our TT NYC adventure was incredible, and I savor the memories of the fun times shared with our TT group. My Courtly Check rose is a favorite souvenir of our trip!

  8. What fun adventures you and Miss Aurora have been having. I love seeing all of y'all in NYC. Will that be an annual trip because I'd love to join y'all!

    Wow, the bobsled outing would be so much fun. You are a risk taker! I love it!

    Great news!!!! My tote, Countess de Monet, came in today! She is so excited!!!! So am I ;P

  9. How brave of you 5 yrs ago!
    I ave turned into a chicken risk associated things.TC..Total Chicken.From a bit feerless in my younger days to totally fearful..the last off the beaten path thing I did was kayak 2 yrs ago in Fl..I have just seen how just a smal thing can lead to too much..

    Be brave young girl!!

    Fun post and your new TT's will have a ball w/ you..for some reason I can see you in Paris w/ Jacqueline:)

    1. I would love to visit Paris with Jacqueline! Hope she sees this. LOL

  10. Oh yes! I saw this! I think the traveling totes should head on over to Paris!
    No one wears that traveling tote the way you do! You need to hire on as a MC model! You are so cute! I just adore Jenna's card she painted for you! What talent.
    Miss Aurora sure gets around and has a lot of fun! So happy to be a part of this group!

  11. Debbie, love the glamping. You look fabulous my sweet friend. Such a pleasure meeting you and Joe. I am so glad our hubbies got to spend time together and go to a great deli. Jenna did an amazing job on the card. The MKC rose is so cute with our totes. Paris, that would be a thrill. We have been there. We enjoyed a beautiful barge trip and days in Paris. Ooh la la! Happy weekend. xo

  12. Hi Debbie, Yes to Paris!! I was thinking of lobbying Jacqueline to support a Disney trip for our Tribe, but Paris would do just fine too! I stood in that same place watching the bobsled and was amazed at the speed! The tv coverage doesn't really convey the intensity or the angles. I was a chicken and did not go and I have always regretted it, but my hubby did ride a few and he loved it. Maybe we should all meet there next time and ride it together! Love the pic of you all with the Colonel. He must be enjoying all the ladies posing with him! And I must tell you that my M-C rose is in my guest powder room for Christmas and has had multiple comments already! I love it. Thank you so much for it! I enjoyed our NYC trip so much and I'm looking forward to our next one. Linda

  13. I love all of the photos, Debbie. What fun you all are having on your Traveling Tote adventures :) Your group is growing! I do love the card. What a talented artist! I can't believe you did a bobsled ride! I can't believe I did whitewater rafting in September either ;)

  14. Thanks for letting us travel along on your wonderful adventures. It is always so exciting to see where you have been. Thanks also for including me in your post! I,have to do some planning get Miss CC laMer out and about next year!

    1. Tami, don't forget about the Barn Sale. LOL Sarah will be visiting for her birthday celebration!

  15. Debbie, so nice to meet you and so enjoyed reading about you and Miss Aurora's adventures. I look forward to my adventures with my tote, Miss Scarlett. Happy everything!

  16. I just have to watch for one of the Mackenzie Child's traveling totes

    I seen where Evine on cable is selling lots of the Mackenzie Child's items.
    Love your traveling stories


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