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Tales of The Traveling Tote #23 Plus Giveaway


With  the covid 19 virus, we all have been in quarantine.  I see some states are starting to open up.  I was home for two months without leaving our home.  Paul did any shopping we needed.  A whole new world.  Crazy about the bathroom tissue being out of stock and hand sanitizer.  I could't find yeast either. I had to order it from Ebay.
I  am hosting this giveaway with these lovely Feather Canape Knives. Be sure to leave a comment below to enter for a chance. 
Mackenzie Childs has been busy sewing masks and donating them to first responders around the NY area.

This week, restaurants and beauty salons are opening with strict guidelines.
My Hair stylist set an appointment for me in June.  We have to wait in our car and then text our stylist to let them know we have arrived.  She will text me back when her station is all sanitized.  Everyone is wearing masks. Our county has a very low count on the virus cases.

Everyone is baking and cooking more.  Families are re-united with the sheltering in place order.
  Miss Lola and I have been cooking and baking up a storm!
Miss Lola loves to be dressed up!

Miss Lola and Dante hanging out by the pool.
Miss Lola, Dante and I  have been spending a lot of time outdoors. Recently the pool has warmed up for a nice dip. 

We are currently having our outdoor kitchen renovated.  The stone mason is starting on Monday and we selected large porcelain tiles for the counter top. With the island being so large, if we went with granite, we would need two slabs and then there are only a few selections for outdoor use. 

We are going with Tru Marmi- a matte finish using 12 x 24 tiles.
This picture Paul took of me standing in our field of St. John's Wort.  I love the look of the sky. It is going to rain.  Last night we had lightning and thunder.

A fun photo I took with Zoom.

We recently had a Zoom meeting with most of the Traveling Tote gals.
There were a few that were missing, however we have another meeting planned with all. It was great seeing the gals.  Some I have met in New York. We are looking forward to another zoom meeting in June.

I had some fun with Snapchat with a glamorous mask.


To enter this Giveaway, leave a comment below. Please visit the other Traveling Tote glas to see what they have been doing during quarantine.

Continue to remain safe!

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
Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader
Cherry Kay and Carrie Ann Hall @ Entertaining Women 

Join us for our next adventure in September.

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55 comments:

  1. Hola Linda, aunque no entre en el sorteo debido a la lejanía, quiero acercarme a tu blog para comentarte lo que me gusta tu jardín, ahí la Señorita Lola se debe sentir muy a gusto, lo tienes precioso y el talud repleto de Hierba de San Juan está en todo su esplendor, no conozco esa hierba, ahora la buscaré en google a ver si encuentro semillas por aquí. Un beso (Ahhh estás guapísima con tu máscara. ¡Qué no falte nunca el humor!)

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    1. Hola Pilar, thank you for your sweet comment. I have translated it here for others.
      Hello Linda, even if I do not enter the draw due to the distance, I want to approach your blog to tell you what I like your garden, there Miss Lola must feel very comfortable, you have it beautiful and the slope full of St. John's Grass is in all its splendor, I do not know that grass, now I will look on google to see if I find seeds around here. A kiss (Ahhh you look beautiful in your mask. Never miss the humor!)

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  2. Good morning from Texas! I really enjoy Tales of the Traveling Totes as we travel often in our motor coach. Although quarantine has us at home this summer, we hope to be back on the road soon. Stay safe and pray we come out of this pandemic to a new and better "normal".

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    1. Thank you Charlotte. I know with the quarantine, it makes it difficult to travel. My mom and dad loved traveling in their motor home. Hopefully things will change. Stay safe as well.

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  3. Linda, love your Snapchat mask and tiara - so YOU! You have the perfect place to shelter in place, so wonderful! I cannot believe how lush and thick your property landscape is, so beautiful! It's certainly been a strange three months, and let's pray that the coming weeks of reopening leave us all as safe as we've managed to be during the quarantine. Our world and especially our country could use a real blessing right now! Happy June.

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    1. Thank you Rita, gotta love Snapchat...LOL My grandkids and I are always playing with it. Yes, crazy three months. I love this time of year when things are blooming. After my first cancer surgery, I planted lots of small St. John's Wort on that hillside. I do hope things get back to normal for all of us. Looking forward to seeing your smiling face soon on Zoom.

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  4. Linda, you look really pretty - like a young twenty year old - in your fun Zoom photo! And WOW! You have an amazing collection of Mackenzie-Childs pieces, too! Continue to enjoy your beautiful outdoor area! Your pool and garden look so gorgeous and inviting!

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    1. Awww Gail, you are so sweet. Snapchat can take years off...LOL I am loving our gardens this time of year. Thanks for your visit.

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  5. I was happy to see that your tote did not collect any dust during this time! Your pool looks like a lovely spot to spend the summer and the photo of you in the flowers is adorable!! And Lola knows how to relax on that comfy lounger! Stay safe and here's hoping that our country reopens safely and that we all return to a safe world!

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    1. Thank you Patti. No travels, just around our home. I know we all have been cooking up a storm. Probably diet time soon. Stay safe as well and lots of hope for our country to re-open safely.

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  6. That's a fun kitchen mat! Love the flamingo floatie too!

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    1. Thanks Debra, isn't the mat fun? The flamingo is a blast and so big.

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  7. Love the pic of you paul took..you're so photogenic!That flamingo♥

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    1. Thank you. I do love the photo and the sky is gorgeous with the awesome clouds. I love my flamingo. You are so kind Monique.

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  8. Love your tote on the pool float Linda! I know it was not a hardship to shelter in place at your beautiful resort style home! I did go to the dermatologist a few weeks ago, texting from my car and going in when they text me, everyone masked and wearing PPE, it is quite a surreal experience! Your hair looks great to me and you haven't even gone yet! Love love the glamorous mask!
    Jenna

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  9. Thanks Jenna. I love that our pool is open and ready for swimming. Paul teases about being in quarantine here. You are so kind. Thanks for the compliments. I keep thinking should I let my hair grow or cut it....See you soon.

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  10. Good morning Linda, love the Snapchat photo of you with your glamorous mask and tiara. Your home is a beautiful place to shelter, it looks like a five star resort. You should frame the photo of you with umbrella, love it with the field of flowers. It seems that we all have been cooking and baking more! Wishing you a lovely day!

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    1. Hello Pam, thanks so much. Glamour is fun stuff! We love our property and as you know it takes some work. The umbrella pic is one of my favorites and of course my hubby loves taking credit for a great photo. Have a lovely week.

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  11. You have a beautiful home to shelter in place Linda. Looks like a lot of fun snapping pics of Miss Lola around your pool, love the float pic. Great pics of you, love your mask! We are having a spike in Covid19 cases in my town so we continue to shelter. Happy you have so few cases there. Look forward to seeing you in our Zoom chat this week. Great post, love seeing your beautiful home...........

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    1. Hi Emily, thank you so much. We so appreciate our home and surroundings. Spending time here in quarantine is a good thing. Isn't the mask fun? Gotta love that Snapchat. I am so sorry you are experiencing a spike where you live. I hope things so well and we can all get back to normal. See you soon on Zoom.

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  12. Miss Lola looks good on a pool float! How fun to have the pool to make it feel like a vacation spot. It was so fun meeting you on Zoom and I am looking forward to our next one. Love your Snap Chat mask - perfect for you. Thanks for the save on the giveaway - haha - my bad!

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    1. Thanks Jackie. Having the pool is heavenly, especially on those hot summer days. Zoom was great to see everyone. I am so looking forward to our next meeting. You are so welcome, I noticed the boo boo right away, so the Fairy Blog Mother swooped on to fix it.

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  13. Love love the masks.
    Love the mat in the kitchen. What a great saying.
    The tote is perfect with gladiolas and the roses. So beautiful.

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    1. Thank you. Fun with masks! Love the mat too and I am looking for another one by my sink.
      Miss Lola is always up to being dressed up.

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  14. Hi Linda, it's amazing how so many people are cooking and baking so much lately. The canape knives are really pretty and would be perfect with a cheese board. I think your hair looks great and I am happy that things are slowly starting to open up again. Dante looks adorable relaxing by the pool and the new granite sounds nice for your new table. It's so fun having the zoom meet ups and nice that you will be doing more of them with your blog friends. Your husband is great going out and doing all of the shopping. Take care and have a nice week Linda!

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  15. Love this! Your zoom meeting with the traveling tote gals...so cute! I LOVE your pretty kitchen!Your Mackenzie-Childs collection is amazing. You have really turned me on to the whole look. Someday I will own a piece or two!

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  16. Linda, I think sheltering in place at your beautiful property must be like sheltering at a fine resort. Your gardens and pool are stunning! I love the photo of you in the field of St. John's Wort. You look very elegant in the Snapchat mask! I look forward to our Zoom gathering this week.

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  17. Look at you traveling girls getting all tech savvy and zooming! I love it! Where's there's a will there's a way. Enjoy the week.

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  18. I love, love, love your kitchen range, Lunda, a s with the MCK pieces, they enhance its beauty. I like how Miss Lola likes to get fancied up, and you, too, with your pretty Zoom photo and your mask! Your counter for your outdoor kitchen is a beautiful choice. Happy Summer, Linda! ❤️

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  19. That pool looks fabulous!

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  20. I absolutely love your outdoor space: your pool and the round sitting area! It is truly fantastic.

    I also love your Wolf range. It looks great with all your MacKenzie-Childs! I have a hair appointment finally tomorrow. It has been a very long time!

    BEAUTIFUL ZOOM photo! :D

    xo,
    Ricki Jill

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  21. Hello Dear Linda,
    My goodness this is such a delightful post! So full of joy, resort living and you in the field of St. John's Wort!
    This photo truly is a must for being framed, so artistic and so you.
    You are super fun, cute and creative!
    XO,
    Jemma

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  22. Linda – I could easily stay at home on your property for two months. Your home and garden is a slice of paradise, and you and Paul are so motivated with your home improvement projects. Home Sweet Home has been working well for me, and hopefully we can all travel soon before our next posts. Miss Lola and you are looking so beautiful, and I love how you did the pretty Zoom photo!

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    1. Thanks Debbie, you are always welcome. Lots of projects, I think we are pretty much done with any future projects...lol Home Sweet Home is the best place to be. See you soon on Zoom.

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  23. hi Linda, always enjoy your posts. will be glad when the Tote & all of us can travel again! looking forward to seeing the outdoor remake....interesting about indoor & outdoor granite. take care!

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    1. I’m with you. I want things to go back to normal. Yes, learning about the granite was interesting. Working on the outdoor kitchen now.

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  24. Your outdoor living spaces looks like a vacation destination.

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  25. Oh Linda you know how much I love your outdoor living. I could stay out there forever. Ohhh to be on a float in the pool and just closing my eyes from the world for a short time.
    Heaven!!! Hope soon you will be able to go someplace wonderful with your sweet tote. Let's all keep hope for calm and to be virus free soon. We all need peace and some kind of normal to return. Have a great week.
    xoxo

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    1. Thanks Kris, you are always welcome. I do love our paradise. Things are loosening up, so maybe we can get back to normal. Enjoy the week ahead. Xo

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  26. First time visiting. I love your photo with the umbrella, the beautiful flowers and the sky. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. I hope you enjoyed your visit. Welcome and good luck.

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  27. Hi Linda,

    Your snapchat picture is great and you look beautiful!

    I love alm your shots of your Loka traveling around your oasis, you don't want her to get bored.

    Cindy

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  28. I'm seeing lots of lemons from lemonade here! It looks pretty good and if you have to lock down, I can't think of a better spot than Chez Linda!

    I love the drawing prize but I was so lucky to win last month, I should probably sit this one out, just to be fair. Good luck to all!

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    1. Thanks Jeanie, I will make a note about the giveaway.

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  29. LOve your glam mask. Zoom was a great idea for the group.
    You did have the perfect hideaway for quarantine. I was grateful for good weather and plenty of room. I walked in our neighborhood and that really helped.
    I did some baking and froze items for our family beach trip.
    Have a great week. Such terrible things happening in our country.

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    1. Thanks Bonnie. Zoom is so fun. We are enjoying our own oasis. Walking is so good for you. I guess we are all baking more. Have a great week.

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  30. I have won several giveaways so please don't include my name in your giveaway. It is a nice giveaway and someone will be glad to win.

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  31. Wonderful post, as always, Linda. Such a beautiful home and surroundings. I am appreciating this time for it has slowed life down and given us time to get back to our family and friends in a new, closer way. Hear in Durham, NC we just started Phase 1 yesterday...slow is good. We have been instacarting our groceries to save us from going to the store. I appreciate those workers who do. Be well, be safe.

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    1. Thanks Anita, we feel fortunate to have such a lovely place to call home. Yes, life has slowed down and given families to spend together and be creative. We also did the instacart for awhile. Recently we did visit Costco and a few restaurants with outside dining. Stay safe as well.

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  32. Your pool love absolutely divine!

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  33. Those canape knives have me dreaming of the holidays and what I want to place on my charcuterie boards! Love the fun Snapchat filters! And, your backyard oasis looks like a beautiful place to quarantine!

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  34. You gals are just having too much fun with the traveling tote! These photos were fun.
    Thanks for the chance to win this giveaway and good luck to all!
    Lisa

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  35. I am not at all comfortable about leaving the house, although, truth be told, isolation is kind of my lifestyle. Rather than go to the salon, I decided to cut and color my own hair. It doesn’t look half bad. But then, being stuck in, I have probably lost all perspective.

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