Sunday, September 1, 2019

Traveling Tote #20 and a Giveaway

Is it September already? I say it every year. 

Welcome to Tales of the Traveling Tote. If only these totes could talk :-) Most of our August excursions were planned out in advance, and the summer calendar filled up very quickly. We attended a wedding in Malibu for our niece who lives in California. It was a pleasure being together with family, and we hadn't been to California to visit family since December 2004 since they come to New York to visit us. 
 
While we were in California, they surprised me with a birthday celebration. The cake was delicious, and I have requested the recipe. Such a pretty cake, and they know my favorite colors. 
We went to private gardens of the owners of a highly successful travel business. Their motivation was to give back to the community in which they live and share the beauty of the world to Conejo Valley. The 4.5 acre cultural landmark features different gardens representing France, Italy, England, Japan and the unique California Courtyard. Having just traveled to France, I enjoyed the French Fountain which is a replica of one found at Versailles.


Here is the beautiful wedding cake and adorable couple in Malibu. Miss Aurora had to stay home since we rode on a shuttle through the canyon to the venue and she is too big for a wedding tote. 

Our day at Universal Studios was so much fun, but I will never sit in the front on one of those rides again and you'll see why in the photo below. That is soaking wet me in the front row in orange.  At least I got to try a sip of Joe's frozen Butterbeer. Our friend Jackie posted the recipe on her blog if you'd like to whip up a batch. 



What a wonderful year it has been, and I will always remember my 60th that way. It's just a number for me, and I am blessed to be be able to celebrate it. Thank you to the TOTE GALS and blog friends for the phone calls, Facebook messages, cards and gifts. I am very thankful for all of you in my life.

Now pour yourself a glass of ice tea, and see how the rest of totes are enjoying summer. 
I WILL PICK THE WINNER ON SEPTEMBER 4.

Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
Rita with Miss Luna C @ Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Jackie and Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home

Our next post will be 12/1/19. Time to start organizing the fall and Christmas decor.
xo
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..

34 comments:

  1. Yes, September already! How is that even possible?

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  2. A belated Happy Birthday to you! What a wonderful trip!

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  3. Wow, busy month for you!! Your trip to CA looked fabulous - what a beautiful bride and I LOVED her cake. The photo of you on that ride in Universal is just too, too funny! Happy September and happy travels!

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  4. Debbie, I'm thrilled you've had such a special year to usher in 60. You deserve good times and celebration! The CA trip looked to be great fun. Weddings are always a special time for families, and adding on all the fun excursions in the area made it all the more special. Congratulations to your niece and her husband. Beautiful bride and the cake too. You and Joe know how to enjoy life. The photo from the Disney ride is going down as a classic! Happy September!

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  5. Debbie, I loved seeing your recap of August. The wedding in CA brought on another memorable trip, with so many fun activities you experienced. Those gardens are just so beautiful! The Universal log ride photo is hilarious, a true gem. What a way to celebrate the entry into a new decade - with fun, family and totes!

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    1. Thank you Rita! We have another memorable trip planned for a wedding in NOLA in September 2020. Can't wait!

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  6. Look at all your cards!!!!! Wow you are loved!
    That couple is movie star gorgeous:) You have had a fun time..Again..all the very very best for this 60th yr of yours:)That pic is priceless:)

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  7. Such a wonderful trip and photos. Beautiful cake. Happy birthday hope it is a fabulous year ahead.

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  8. September is here - looks like you had a fabulous summer! Cakes were amazing to see - and can't even imagine how wonderful they would taste! Enjoy the Fall - look forward to more posts:-)

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    1. Thank you Ann! My sister gave me the recipe for the cake, so I hope to make it for my son's birthday at the end of September.

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  9. I came over from Panoply to enter your giveaway.

    I'm so glad it's September! I endure summer so that I can do all my favorite things from fall to spring.

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    1. Hi Jenny, and thank you for your visit! I know many others just like you, and they endure summer so they can do their favorite things in their favorite seasons.

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  10. The wedding cake table was so gorgeous and dreamy, and the new Mr. and Mrs. were adorable! Of course your birthday looked perfect for you. I thought it was done by a bakery!! You've had a wonderful summer and 60th birthday, my friend!

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    1. I will send you the birthday cake recipe! You and your grands will enjoy making it.

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  11. What a beautiful collection of cards! Welcome to the 60 year club! You do it too well!
    The wedding was so gorgeous and you guys had lots of fun in Cali too. I adore your soaking wet picture - Universal gets you wetter than any theme park! What a wonderful summer!

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    1. Thank you Jackie, I am happy to join the 60 year club! We had a wonderful summer.

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  12. I want to sign up for the give away

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    1. Hi Tea Lady! Thank you for stopping by to enter the giveaway.

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  13. I just found your blog in a round-about way from Nana Diana's and Pandora's Box. I am so intrigued by the traveling tote and am going to try to catch up and see what that's all about. You and your group of friends remind me of my group of VALLEY GIRLS...there are 9 of us and we all turned 70 this year. Each year we get together at least once (try for more), but we live all over and it gets rather complicated!!!! I look forward to our time together so very much. Nothing like life-long friends!!!! Now I'm off to learn more about the traveling tote...and I know I'm going to love it!!! I invite you to stop by my blog anytime and stay for a "chat." www.cherischatter.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Cheri! You are right, there is nothing like life-long friends. Our group, THE SCOOTS, has a birthday celebration planned for me next weekekd and they have kept the destination a surprise. Can't wait!

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  14. Oh Deb, I can see you had a wonderful time in CA! What a sweet surprise to have your family help you celebrate your birthday. The cake looks amazing. What could be sweeter that attending a wedding. Lovely bride and handsome groom. Love all your pics, you will always treasure the "ride" photo! Love your card display, so sweet. Have a great week.

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  15. What an amazing trip. The couple are gorgeous. That cake is divine. How sweet they they you a birthday celebration. All of your birthday cards are so precious. Malibu is so lovely. so glad you got to visit and also take in the sights. Very cute moments with your tote, Miss Aurora. That Universal Studio pic is a crack up! Thanks for sharing your adventure with us.

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    1. Hi Linda! We really enjoyed the beautiful coast in Malibu. And we learned you have to get to the beach very early to get a parking spot! Miss Aurora was a great traveling companion, and a few women came up to me in the airport because they recognized the courtly check. Their friend collects it :-) Have a great week.

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