The Weekly Bean

Threatening the neighbors....


"All you need is love... love.  Love is all you need."
John Lennon
Image:  Heart by Dream Like Design

This Charming House

The Boy and I have chosen some new coffee mugs.  Finding something HUGE enough has been a challenge, especially coupled with my very specific mug requirements....

Don't even ask.  I even annoy myself with it. 

We decided on these graphic print mugs from Crate and Barrel (big surprise, I know).  They huge (13.5 ounces), made of porcelain (one of my requirements), cheap ($3.95 each) and they come in various, graphic black and white prints (we got two of each). 

How perfect is that? 

I will also tell you that in addition to his many charms, The Boy has a strict policy of being brutally honest when he hates something house related but otherwise taking an 'anything you want, honey' approach.  Which I find perfectly acceptable....


Tuesday's Girl

"Here are the two best prayers I know:  'Help Me. Help Me. Help Me.' and 'Thank You.  Thank You.  Thank You.'"
Anne Lamott

Random Pretty Man

Damian Lewis.

Fellow red head.

Random Pretty Man.

Star of "Homeland" which coincidentally films in Charlotte - so we could *technically* stalk him if we wanted to.....


Happy Monday


I've been evil for most of the weekend.  Doesn't evilness happen to us all from time to time?  I've been cranky, tired, achy and generally out of sorts all day on Sunday.  Blech!

If you could send me good thoughts this week, I'd appreciate it.


Image:  September Flower by Raceytay.

Sunday Night

Sunday Night Beans...

The Bee Charmer Loves Paris

Image:  Neon Pink Door Paris by Gypsy Fables.


The Weekly Bean

She parked herself in the most inconvenient place she could find....

And went to sleep.


"Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars."
Kahlil Gibran
Image:  Comfrey Herb by Liz Reed.


Tuesday's Girl

"Reproductive choice must be straightened out.  There will never be a woman of means without choice anymore.  That just seems to me so obvious.  The states that changed their abortion law before Roe are not going to change back.  So we have a policy that only affects poor women, and it can never be otherwise."
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

This Charming Handbag Addict

I would prostitute myself for this bag....

Not really, but yeah. 

The cost is obscene, I know.  And you're right.  But still. 


Happy Monday

Back last night -

Completely exhausted and slightly hungover. 

But a good time was had by all.....
Image:  Blue Pumpkins by Raceytay.

Saturday Afternoon


Guess who we were cheering for???

The Bee Charmer Loves Paris

Image:  Paris 04 by Places and Faces.



This is what we're doing this weekend! 

Oh - yeah. There will be yelling. 

Have a great weekend everyone and stay safe.  We certainly are enjoying our milder temperatures and football. 




The Weekly Bean

This is Lola Bean in the back yard.

She was enjoying our first 'fall' day in Charlotte - meaning we can sit on the patio in comfort and not feel like bugs on the surface of the sun.

Clearly (and I'm not the least bit biased) she is the most beautiful little girl in the world....

This Charming Handbag

I may have fallen off the wagon this past weekend.....

And if I fell off, this is what I may or may not have purchased.

It's the Elliott Lucca Cordoba Flap Front shoulder bag.  And in my defense, it was way on sale and it totally elevated the jeans/button down outfit I was wearing.


Tuesday's Girl

"I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart."
Alice Walker

September 11

You know, my heart is still broken.  I think maybe I should not be so heartbroken about September 11 - but I am.

I hope they know we still remember them.

This Charming House

These are our patio flowers!  The Boy did it for me.  Isn't he marvelously talented? 

I think so, too. 


Happy Monday


Can you tell we're ready and psyched for fall here?  Well, we are. 

The summer months in Charlotte are just so .... hot.  Autumn is so much more enjoyable.  And the Beans love it.  So while we're not quite there yet, we got our first little hint of autumn this weekend and it was wonderful. 


Image:  Autumn Trail by Teresa Schmid Photography.

In Memorium

This weekend, we heard from our on-line friends, Jim and Carla, that they've recently lost their darling and beloved little Selwyn.

Our hearts are just broken.

Jim has been kind enough to send us many emails telling us of Selwyn's happy, happy life and of his undying love for Lola.  They will miss him greatly.  

We just want to send all of our love and many, many corgi kisses to Jim and Carla.  We are thinking of you.


Tonya, Finn and Lola Bean

The Bee Charmer Loves Paris

Image:  Nights in Paris by Travel Witness.


Happy Weekend


The summer is coming to an end.  We've had a lot of changes here this summer.  As wonderful as they've been, I'm looking forward to fall and getting back into a little bit of a rut. 

Summer, the sun ...  I always feel a little stressed in the summer.  I feel an obligation to get out and do things and run around.  Fall lends itself to nesting.  To napping.  To snuggly sweaters and warm drinks and crisp nights.  Fires and cooking.  I love it.  I'm looking forward to it.  I'm looking forward to the holidays. 

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.  I'm running errands and snuggling down for a while and then seeing friends and smooching corgis.  And The Boy. 


Image:  Field Study by Violet Julia Photography.


The Weekly Bean


I thought I'd let you get to know me a little better. 

Here are Five Fun Facts about Finn:
  1. My middle name is 'Andrew'.  It only gets used about once a year when I'm in super duper extra mean snake trouble with my Mama.
  2. I will eat anything you want to give me except olives.  I don't care for them.
  3. At night, I sort of sleep all over the place.  Sometimes, I even sleep downstairs, in the dark, on the couch, all by myself.  It's a little bit more tolerable now that The Boy is here to even things out but sometimes, I get sick of these girls.
  4. I have a trick knee.
  5. I am in charge here.  Lola acts like she's in charge, but she benefits from my largesse.  I am the top dog.  It's true.  You can ask my Mama....
Corgi kisses....


Bill! Bill! Bill!

This is what we did in Charlotte last night.  And it totally rocked!!!


"A woman can be overdressed but never over elegant."
Coco Chanel
Image by Lillian Bassman.

This Charming House

Oh yeah!!!


Wednesday - Run Away Without Leaving Home

Image:  The Glass is Half Full by Juliet's Photography.

Mrs. Obama

Mrs. Obama rocked the house last night!  While wearing pink!

Love, love, love.....

The History of Cool

"Play it fuckin' loud!"
Bob Dylan


Tuesday's Girl

"You have to pick the places you don't walk away from."
Joan Didion

Random Pretty Man

Well - when you saw Robert Redford, you just knew that Paul Newman couldn't be far behind.

And he's so pretty. 

This Week

This is what we're doing in Charlotte this week. 

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