Saturday, September 1, 2018

Tales of the Traveling Totes #16

 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 quarterly Tales of the Traveling Tote. 
According to Wikipedia:  The "Tales of the Traveling Tote" is a group of 12 well-preserved, dynamic women that bring a MacKenzie-Childs tote bag on a trip and take pictures of it in front of famous (and infamous) landmarks. I just made this up but isn't it the the truth?......OK, I need to discuss this further with Wikipedia.
It's been three months since our last Traveling Totes post, and certainly the weather has progressed to a very hot and humid (but great) summer. On June 23, I attended a fundraiser at Sycamore Hill Farm garden in Marcellus, NY and have posted about these enjoyable garden events for several years now. My goal, when visiting Sycamore Hill Farm gardens is to gather ideas for our future garden. 
On June 27, I attended "Rose Day" at Thornden Park in Syracuse with two special friends. Mother Nature was not on our side but we created our own "funshine". My friends and family are such good sports with my interest in "checks". 

In July, we attended the Annual Barn Sale at MacKenzie-Childs.
What's the Barn Sale, you ask?
Well it's much more than a sale.
It's a four-day event with deep discounts where friendship and fun come together. The love and passion for MKC is evident, and we are all one happy family at the barn sale :-)

 We went to our beloved Maine for my birthday again this year, and hiked every day in Acadia National Park. 
"There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mysteries, its melancholy and its charms."
-Teddy Roosevelt
 After hitting a few shops in Bar Harbor, this little bridge in Somesville, Maine is where I enjoyed some quiet time on August 14 for my birthday. Doesn't it look so refreshing and peaceful away from the crowds? Thank you for all the birthday wishes and for your continued friendship. 
One of the stops we enjoy in Acadia National Park is Jordan Pond.  We utilized the park's free-to-all Island Explorer buses to navigate the park. Acadia has 130 miles of hiking trails so there is a path perfect for every ability. 

We stayed in Southwest Harbor, and there is nothing like New England in the Summer. We rented a marina side condo from Dysart's on Airbnb, and this is where it's at if you like summer living! We spent our days leisurely watching the lobster boats come and go in a modern marina with some sensational summer yachts. We were a 5 minute walk to galleries, shops and restaurants and only a 5 minute drive to Acadia sites, Bass Harbor Head light, Somes Sound, Seawell and Echo Lake. No visit is complete without Jordan Pond's warm popovers with strawberry jam. You can make popovers that taste just like the ones at Jordan Pond using this recipe.  
Enjoying the pristine environment of Mt. Desert Island and the rugged coast and pine forests. Colorful buoys, the smell of pine, summer flowers. That is Maine!!
  Seal Harbor (I did not run into Martha Stewart). I've read that she is always there the week of my birthday since her birthday is close to mine.
 Waking up in Southwest Harbor.

 We sailed on the Friendship Schooner and Miss Aurora got to go along. I also love the seabags that are handcrafted in Maine from recycled sails. Signs of hard sailing make each bag unique :-) 
$5 Lobsters from the pier, they provide the steamer with water from the ocean. 

Wonder how many lobstas would fit in that tote? 
Joe could not be happier to be retired! Although he has not stopped working since the day he retired in June. He built a deck for my sister, and the neighbors have been at our weekly with their lists. He will fare well with retirement. 
There is an ice cream shop in Bar Harbor that has chocolate ice cream with lobster pieces, but the line was extremely long and I was not about to wait. We stopped at the grocery store and bought a half gallon of my favorite black cherry ice cream for $2.99 (on sale) and made our own. Eat the lobster first, and then your dessert. Yum!!

Casino overnight for my extended birthday with family.
 That's all folks. I am all partied out for August. Oops one more party. 
"Sunflower" theme birthday party thrown for me by the Scoots. I have not even turned 60 yet and wow what a fabulous birthday month. I feel very blessed when I look at all these photos from August.

Now for the Tales of the Traveling Tote Giveaway!

 Linda at Life and Linda is hosting the giveaway for a chance to win a pair of MacKenzie-Childs Elizabethan guest towels. For a chance to win just leave a comment on Linda's blog post.  
Come along and travel with:

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths (you are here)
Emily with Miss Courtney Childs@ The French Hutch
Jackie with Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home
Katie with Miss Daisy @ Preppy Empty Nester
Lia with Miss Scarlett @ Cici's Corner
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda   -- don't forget to enter the giveaway :-)
Patti with Miss Kenzie and Miss Taylor @ Pandora's Box
Ricki Jill with Countess de Monet @ The Sketchy Reader
Rita with Miss Luna C @ Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul

Ciao for now! Enjoy the rest of the summer, and I hope you'll come back on December 1 so I can take you along to Bellissima Northern Italy. 

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. It looks like you and Miss Aurora had a fantabulous Summer! It sounds like Joe hasn't sat down since he retired. Love all your pics especially the one of you and Joe in the MC frame! Possible Christmas card?? Have a wonderful weekend, Deb.

  2. It was fun traveling with you all summer....gardens, ocean, mountains, parties - it couldn't get any better!! Congrats to Joe - life gets better in retirement!!

  3. You've had a BALL..ow fun and interesting everything the MC bathing suit! I guess your 60th will be Italian:) Lovely happy clics!
    I LOVE NOT WORKING.Whod athought?
    I had to and the idea was took a while..and I am saying what everyone says.I wonder why I worked for so long.

  4. What a fun summer you've had, my friend, and I was happy that you took me along through your photos! Your definition on the Traveling Totes was too cute. I look forward to seeing your travels to Italy.
    Happy Labor Day weekend! xx

  5. Debbie, your post is so much fun! I've enjoyed reading about your travels. You lead quite the adventurous life! I'm so jealous of y'all shopping at the MacKenzie-Childs Barn Sale. I haven't been since 2012! You look adorable in the daisy glasses!!! I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend. I'm in my treehouse overlooking Lake Martin right now!

  6. Oh Deb, what a fun summer you and Joe had. The gardens are beautiful. Love the pic in the rain with your umbrella , you look like a model. I have that umbrella but haven't had a chance to use it, no rain here! The barn sale must have been so much fun, especially seeing and making friends there. Love the pic of you and Sarah. And Maine, I hope I can get there some day. What a wonderful place to go and play for your birthday. I do hope you get to AL someday:) Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend. Best to Joe...

  7. What a great recap of adventures, Debbie! I absolutely love the photo of you in front of the Spring Hill Farms sign - such a warm smile, beautiful colors. The barn sale, what can I say other than jealous?! Acadia - since we've been there, I can recall with great fondness some of the places you go while there! You certainly enjoyed your birthday month, and it looks as though Joe will be enjoying retirement as much or more. Are you counting the days until your own now?? Betcha are....

  8. It looks like you're having a fun summer Debbie! And congrats to Joe on retirement! Have a great Labor Day Weekend:@)

  9. So beautiful Debbie - you, the bags, the places, the food! This is an area of the country that I haven't been to. I can see it could take me years and years. What a lovely collection of bags too - so many to choose from. You do look great in checks. I can't wait to see you in Italy! What a gorgeous place - fill that bag, or should I say bags with goodies.

  10. Debbie, sorry to be late to this beautifu post. It's been a nonstop day here, and I'm just now truning my computer on for the day. Love seeing your pretty self enjoying your fantastic summer. Your repeat trip to Maine was a great idea. I like to return to familiar places. There is always so much to do and see that its fun to go back. Meeting up with you and Joe in Aurora was truly a treat. What a special evening shared with friends.

  11. Debbie, you always look fab! Your travels are just so fun. Love seeing your sweet hubby, Joe enjoying your adventures as well. Congrats to Joe on retirement. I am so excited to hear about your trip to Italy. A place on our wish list. Your adventure at the MK barn sale is always a favorite. I hope one day to go. Have a lovely weekend. xo

  12. So many wonderful photos, and you look adorable sporting all your MKC fashions! Your summer looks like it was non stop, and congrats to Joe on his retirement. I loved experiencing the Barn Sale through you, Patti, and Sarah's eyes this year. Happy travels,

  13. What fun photos, Debbie! You have such a happy group of friends! Funny, I just used a can of Bar Harbor lobster stock last night to make dinner ;)


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