Saturday, December 1, 2018

Tales of the Traveling Totes #17

Hello, armchair travelers!  Thanks for joining another adventure recap - this being #17 - of the Traveling Totes. If you're new here and you'd like to read the background of how this group got started, you can find it at this link. My personal tales with Miss Luna C and Miss Charley C can be found here. Be sure to read to the end of this post for another great giveaway. It's a distant cousin to our tote clan!

These past few months have been all about shopping and getting out locally, the most recent being some cyber Monday shopping at our Town Center Mall. Of course, one must get into the holiday spirit to shop holiday gifts where the town center is all decorated in holiday style, right??
Let's back track now, and recap other outings with Miss Charley C and Miss Luna C. Early October is always one of Clinique's gift with purchase events, and Pam took care of me and Miss Charley C at my local Macy's.
Out and about almost every day, Mr. P.'s twelve year old Lexus finally turned 100,000 miles in mid-October. Miss Charley C had to document the event or else it didn't happen.
Miss Charley C met the FestivALL Princess at the Harvest Art Fair in late October. This fall event is part of our city's bringing arts groups together in various venues.
The harvest art fair showcases many artisans selling their wares, and it's a great way to support small businesses. Miss Charley C and I showed our support.
What's one of the best comfort foods around? Macaroni and cheese, of course! Miss Charley C and I met up with daughter #1 and her husband to check out all the competitors in the annual Macaroni and Cheese Cook Off the first weekend of November at our outdoor Capitol Market
This event, held at our year-round indoor/outdoor farmers' market in a renovated train station, was packed! The mac and cheese combination choices ranged from classic cheeses to sweet (white chocolate) to savory (bacon, caramelized onions and mushrooms) to spicy (buffalo chicken or pork). Miss Charley C and I were nearly in a state of carb comatose after tasting so many. And beer was on tap too, so you can imagine the atmosphere.
By late November, Miss Luna C started getting into the swing of local stops and visits with me. As the holiday season approaches, toting holiday purchases and gifts in the bigger bag is a no brainer! On this particular day, we met up with a friend from high school for breakfast. My friend will be having surgery in early December and I delivered some vintage jewelry for her to craft with while she recovers.
As for me and my totes, we are now spending time readying for the holidays, as so many of you are. Miss Luna C may very well end up being part of the decor this year to store throws and pillows. It's always fun to pull out the decor, especially the ornaments, so full of past memories. I also always look forward to bringing out new ornaments purchased or received in the prior year and not yet used. This year I've pulled out the ornaments below, all from MacKenzie-Childs' 2017 after-Christmas clearance sale. They're already hung on the tree. Cheers to all your holiday prep!
NOW, ONTO THE GIVEAWAY!
The Traveling Totes Tribe is offering another giveaway. Jackie @ Purple Chocolat Home is our giveaway sponsor this time. One lucky reader who leaves a comment on Jackie's December 1 post will have their name thrown into the hat for an opportunity to win the following MacKenzie-Childs canvas tote bag! Hurry over now!
Where have all the other Traveling Tote tribe members been this fall? Check them out at the links conveniently located below to see. We welcome Cherry Kay from the blog Entertaining Women as our newest member of the tribe, and hope you'll visit her and show her some love. Our tribe members have been rather fluid in 2017, but it's always fun when we come together, no matter the mix.

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths
Emily with Miss Courtney Childs@ The French Hutch
Patti with Miss Kenzie and Miss Taylor @ Pandora's Box
Jenna with Miss Coquille @ The Painted Apron
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
Rita with Miss Luna C @ Panoply (you are here!)
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Jackie with Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home
Ricki Jill with Countess de Monet @ The Sketchy Reader
Cherry Kay with Miss Carrie Ann Hall @ Entertaining Women

Thanks for traveling along on our adventures. Hope to see you on our next adventure recap, March 1, 2019. Don't forget to leave a comment on Jackie's blog!
Rita C. at Panoply