Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Tales of the Traveling Tote # 10

Welcome to the 10th edition of Tales of the Traveling Tote!

The last 3 months have been quiet around here, the NY winters can turn anyone into hibernation mode!

So, here's what the my Traveling Totes have been up to:

At the beginning of December my dear friend Maureen, I met Debbie (right) from Mountain Breaths, and her friend Colleen(left) for brunch at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY:

After a scrumptious meal and long chats, we went to a craft show, all donning our different Courtly Check bags:

December was a snowy month, but my totes came in handy for holiday shopping!

My "side kick/delivery man" helped deliver holiday gifts this year:

This is the typical color of Syracuse in January - brown, grey and white!  It can be quite dreary!
And it's been a long winter...

I added a new tote to my stash - don't ask why!

At the end of January, my "newly engaged" daughter and I went to the Finger Lakes for a bridal show  at Glenora Winery and also stopped at a few other wineries for "tastings", Fox Run being one of our favorites!  This daughter will find any excuse to get me on a winery tour!  And I am an easy tag-a-long!

The winery is located on Seneca Lake, the largest of the glacial Finger Lakes of the U.S. state of New York, and the deepest lake entirely within the state. It is promoted as being the lake trout capital of the world, and is host of the National Lake Trout Derby. Because of its depth and relative ease of access, the US Navy uses Seneca Lake to perform test and evaluation of equipment ranging from single element transducers to complex sonar arrays and systems. The lake takes its name from the Seneca nation of Native Americans

This is the north end of Seneca Lake, in the city of Geneva, New York, home of Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, a division of Cornell University. At the south end of the lake is the village of Watkins Glen, New York, famed for auto racing and waterfalls.

A few days later, John and I  were invited to the soft opening of the new del Lago Casino, in the same area.  They have a lovely MacKenzie-Childs store in this Casino and you can read about it here.  We enjoyed a few drinks and I made a little purchase at the store - OH, and we gambled away a few dollars, too!

Valentines Day was spent back at del Lago Casino, we are not really gamblers, but enjoy dropping a few dollars in the slots now and then.....

....and John bought me a yellow bloom at Savor, the MC store:

I also picked up a birthday gift, bridal shower gift and a wedding gift:

My totes and I are off to cruise the Caribbean in a few weeks!  
After a long cold, snowy winter, we deserve it!


The Traveling Tote group is offering another "giveaway".
is hosting this time, so hop on over and leave her a sweet comment to be entered!

and don't forget to visit the other TT posts!

Welcome to our new friends who have decided to travel along with us: Jenna and Katie!

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney Childs@ The French Hutch
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Katie with Miss Daisy @ Preppy Empty Nester
Patti with Miss Kenzie and Miss Taylor @ "Pandora's Box"
Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul

Coming June 1 ~ Tales of the Traveling Tote #11

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Patti @ Pandoras Box

I live in central NY and I am a retired family and consumer science teacher. I enjoy all types of crafting, decorating and cooking


  1. You and your totes have been busy! busy! Did your tote bring you any luck at the casino? Have a wonderful cruise. The Mister and I are big cruisers and we definitely need to book one soon. Congrats on your daughter's engagement. Enjoy your week, Patti!

  2. Patti, thank you so much for spearheading this tribe and all the adventures we share! You are one of the most moving and shaking retired women I know. That casino all decked out in MC (and its shop) is absolutely the best. I love it. Happy March, and I look forward to hearing about your Caribbean cruise next time.

  3. Thanks Patti for all the Traveling Tote fun and you and yours certainly do get around! A Caribbean cruise sounds like a wonderful treat after all your snow, and I am still fascinated by the casino pics and the glorious MacK-Chds store! I wish you safe travels and a year full of tote adventures!

  4. Patti, I always love seeing your adventures and look forward to the adventures to come. Especially the cruise! When we were at the del Lago casino, Joe asked the employee from MacKenzie-Childs if she had heard of the traveling totes group and she said that she has. Ha! I'll be back for another visit tonight to take it all in.

  5. Well, for someone who things she is snow bound, you and the CC girls certainly get around. I love seeing your part of the country with it's snowy landscape, and that new MacK-C store looks like a fun adventure all its own. I know you and John will enjoy the Caribbean cruise. Can't wait to see the photos from that adventure!
    As Mary @ Home is Where the Boat Is suggested, "Rabbit, rabbits" for the first day of March!

  6. Oh Patti, you and your totes do have wonderful travel adventures! The cruise will be wonderful after all that snow! My totes see a lot of beaches but never snow. Boy do I want to visit that store. I always enjoy your photos and adventures.............

  7. Patti, I just found your blog via Katie's Preppy Empty Nester blog. I am not too far from you, in the Buffalo suburbs. I visited the MC store in Aurora 2 years ago, and had so much fun. Have been to the Manhattan store as well. I loved reading the entire traveling tote series in one sitting. I am thinking you are about my age, as we married in 1980, and are coming up on 37 years this summer as well. Will be following your blog from now on. Sherri

    1. Hi Sherri - shoot me an email -!

  8. My pilates buddy began giving me a piece of MC for birthdays and Christmas several years ago!! I have so many different pieces now....just got the covered cake plate this lucky am I????? I've never seen a store around here anywhere. Good Thing!!

  9. What a fun post with your Traveling Tote. It reminds me of "Where's Waldo?". My late husband and I traveled to the Finger Lakes when we lived in Ohio. We spent some time around Seneca. Lovely scenery. Your winter looks like ours here in NE Oregon. It's been a long, cold season. I'm so ready for spring! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm going to do some more nosing around on yours. Oh, also, I wanted to say how lovely you and your friends are. . .great photo! xo

  10. How fun for me to be reading about places so nearby me in your post! I live in Palmyra, at the top of the Finger Lakes. I love Fox Run Vineyards and go to the Garlic Festival there in August....the best! My mother-in-law lives very close to Verona, in Sherrill. So fun to see where your totes have been,

  11. Way too much fun Patti. The Traveling Toes are so much fun! Love your newest addition. I hope your cruise is relaxing.