Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've hung up my dress-for-success clothes, and pulled my domestic "genes" out of storage.

Friday, October 20, 2017

BEST OF THE WEEKEND........AND A GOODBYE








   Hello, friends.....welcome to Best of the Weekend!
Tonight, we are saying goodbye to our friend and co-host, Cindy,
from Little Miss Celebration.
After a lot of soul searching, Cindy has decided to stop blogging,
and tonight is her final BOTW party. 
Cindy is one of the original co-hosts of BOTW,
and it is because of her efforts and passion 
that we have one of the most successful link parties in blogdom. 
We will miss Cindy terribly, and wish her all the best going forward.
I know it would mean a lot to Cindy 
 if you stopped by her blog tonight to wish her well.

That said, we are looking for new co-hosts.
If you'd like to be considered for that role,
please contact Ginnie, Paula or me and let us know! 
Leave a comment below, 
or email me at mstoodygooshoes36@gmail.com
Okay?
Okay!


Let's party!




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We feature all kinds of posts -- 
 recipes, home decor, DIY, gardening, travel, whatevah
so link up your best stuff! 

Non-Bloggers: There are hundreds of fabulous ideas collected here each week;
just click on the links under the thumbnail photos,
and you will be taken directly to the blog post.  

All of our features are pinned to our Best of the Weekend board! 






Last week's most clicked:


Thanksgiving Hacks To Help You Have The Best Thanksgiving Ever | Run To Radiance



 A few of my favorites from last week:



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Let's link up!



Friday, October 13, 2017

BEST OF THE WEEKEND 10.13.17








Hi, everyone!
Welcome to Best of the Weekend

If you're happy it's Friday, raise your hand!
I've got both of mine raised high.

Why?
It's Parents Weekend at Junior Goo Shoes' school!
We'll drive up tomorrow morning, 
and spend the day hanging out on campus.
We'll go to a game, attend a lecture, 
and take JGS out for a good meal. 
It's supposed to be a gorgeous day,
and the campus should be especially beautiful 
with the leaves starting to turn colors. 
Stay tuned for some photos!

And now, let's start this party!
   



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We feature all kinds of posts -- 
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so link up your best stuff! 

Non-Bloggers: There are hundreds of fabulous ideas collected here each week;
just click on the links under the thumbnail photos,
and you will be taken directly to the blog post.  

All of our features are pinned to our Best of the Weekend board! 






Last week's most clicked:


5 Steps To Decluttering An Overwhelming Space | Setting My Intention



 A few of my favorites from last week:

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Friday, October 6, 2017

BEST OF THE WEEKEND 10.6.17









Hello, all!
Welcome to Best Of The Weekend
 It's a good thing there were so many 
autumn recipes and projects shared at last Friday's BOTW party,
otherwise, I might have forgotten that it's fall!
Not that I'm complaining, 
but these balmy temperatures are throwing me off kilter.
It's bad enough I don't know what day it is,
now I'm not ever sure what season it is!

Let's see what you've got for us this week! 
Start those party engines now!

   



 We'd appreciate it if you'd follow your co-hosts!


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We feature all kinds of posts -- 
 recipes, home decor, DIY, gardening, travel, whatevah
so link up your best stuff! 

Non-Bloggers: There are hundreds of fabulous ideas collected here each week;
just click on the links under the thumbnail photos,
and you will be taken directly to the blog post.  

All of our features are pinned to our Best of the Weekend board! 






Last week's most clicked:



Visiting Mayberry | Just Simple Somethings



 A few of my favorites from last week:

Tomato Basil Bread | Cooking With Curls

Spiderweb Munch Cake | Marilyn's Treats 
Fall Home Tour | Lolly Jane


Easy Vintage Cutting Board Signs | Musings Of A Vintage Junkie

 
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

PHOTO DIARY: SEPTEMBER 2017 | BRIDGES


Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

As I looked back over my photos from September,
it hit me that many of my activities this past month 
took place close to the banks of the Hudson River. 

It was a month of bridge crossings in the literal sense, 
and one metaphorical traverse that I wasn't expecting. 
It was a month of highs.......and the lowest of lows.


 September began with an early birthday celebration.
A friend treated me to lunch at one of my favorite restaurants,   
Pier 701, in Piermont, NY, 
where spectacular views of the Hudson River 
and a killer lobster and mango salad were on the menu.

Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


A few days later, on the other side of the Hudson, I trekked down 42nd Street.......

Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


strolled through Bryant Park.......

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and admired the Chrysler Building.

Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Back home in New Jersey, a waxing gibbus moon begged to be photographed.

Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Manhattan glistened under the light of the silvery moon  
as we sauntered down the promenade at dusk the next evening.

Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


The George Washington Bridge glowed to the north.......

Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


and midtown sparkled to the south.

Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Further up the river in northern New Jersey, someone tolerated bath time.......

Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


and was relieved when it was time to dry off.

Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


 Tickets to a Broadway show, The Terms Of My Surrender,
took us back into New York City.

Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


After the matinee, we had any early dinner with friends 
at one of my faves, Osteria al Doge.
We toasted friendship........

Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


and the gang sang Happy Birthday to me!

Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


The soon-to-be demolished old Tappan Zee Bridge, 
brought us across the river to Westchester, 
when Mr. Goo Shoes took me out to celebrate on my actual birthday.

Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


We had dinner and drinks at another restaurant I love -
Half Moon, in Dobbs Ferry, NY. 
Its setting on the banks of the river can't be beat,
especially at sunset, with a side of beer sangria!

Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


The ride home took us over new Tappan Zee Bridge for the first time,
which had just opened to westbound traffic. 
Such magnificent truss work! 
(that's an inside joke between us, Junior Goo Shoes, 
and his Physics and Technology teacher from a couple of years back 😉).

Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


We were in Manhattan again a few days later for an appointment on the Upper West side. 
We dreamed of moving back into the city.
Oh, to live in this building and have one of those ornate terraces.......

Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Or this one, with its gorgeous window boxes.

Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Back in New Jersey later that afternoon,
things took a turn for the worse.
 An elderly woman ran a red blinking stop light
as I drove through an intersection.
I saw her coming, and accelerated to try to avoid a collision,
but, I couldn't get out of her way fast enough.
BAM! 
She hit the rear right passenger side, with enough impact 
to deploy my airbags and send my car into a spin.
It doesn't look like much in this picture, 
but there was $15,000 worth of damage to my car.
The door, the wheel, and the rear axle was damaged.
Thank God, no one was hurt.
By the way, she admitted to the police officers that it was her fault.


Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes



 A couple of days later, through the Lincoln Tunnel this time, 
 Aunt Goo Shoes and I went to see Hello, Dolly with Bette Midler.
Two Broadway shows in one month was a new personal best for me.
Hello, Dolly is the very essence of Broadway.......so lavish, so spectacular!
After the show, we got to meet the director, Jerry Zaks, 
and the Divine Miss M, herself (unfortunately, no pictures allowed)!
More about that in another post.

Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


We decided to head back to Jersey for dinner.
A slice of the Big Apple was visible in between a couple of riverfront condos.......

Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


We had a terrific dinner at South East Thai Kitchen in Edgewater, NJ.
The pho with grilled chicken was delish.......  


Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes



but the scenery stole the show!
Sitting on the restaurant's outdoor patio 
was like having orchestra seats to the island of Manhattan. 

Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


And finally, I crossed a bridge that no child wants to, 
but knows they will have to some day.

Sadly, my dad passed away on September 19 at the age of 91.
He had a host of medical issues over the years,
but we are grateful that with the exception of his last two weeks,
he was well-cared for, fairly independent, mobile, and feeling good. 
A military Honor Guard presented us with this flag
in recognition of my dad's service in World War II. 

Photo Diary | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


I wasn't sure about posting this, 
as I have always kept my blog focused on the lighter side of life, 
and I don't share intensely personal information.
But it didn't seem right to present a photo diary 
that would depict a fun and carefree month,
when the truth is, it was anything but.


Until next time,