Around the town and a little blog test

March 13, 2017


I’m having issues with the program that emails my blog to those of you who have subscribed to receive it that way, so I’m sending out this little test email to see if you get it or not. If you don’t get it — let me know. Hahahaha! To make it worth while . . . here are some things from around town, beginning with this charming cottage-near-the-castle.

This is the new house on the grounds of The Mosher Castle. It’s for rent and is perfect for someone who wants to be in the smack-dab-center of all the fun Fairhope action. Here, the McGuire’s Pipe Band from Pensacola has shown up to serenade and bless the house a few weeks ago. If you are interested in renting this fantasy-filled cottage, call Mannich Realty at 251-928-0404.


Joseph completed his Youth Ambassador program, sponsored by The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce. This is their graduation program at Three Rivers Delta Center. Students from several local high schools met once a month throughout this past school year for tours of local areas of industry and commerce. They visited peanut and sweet potato farms and processing plants, the hospital, local law enforcement agencies and had a fun scavenger hunt to learn more of the local history. I can’t recommend this program enough to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Admittance to the program is through application and a personal interview held each spring. For more information, click HERE.



I learned a new word.



I was unloading the clean laundry from the dryer and preparing to fold it (I gave the staff the day off since I’m a kind ruler), and Lois Lane plopped herself in the middle of the pile and said, “I dare you to move me.”


Lucy Hunnicutt had a wonderful show at the Eastern Shore Art Center and displayed her collection of small paintings, each with a unique name and story all on a compact canvas. I think it’s there until the end of the month if you’d like to see it.

And of course, this coming weekend is the HUGE Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival along with the Art Center’s Outdoor Art Show. Two amazing shows in one! It will be open Friday through Sunday.


Bob and I found a new restaurant in the Eastern Shore Shopping Center. La Dolce Vita Bistro has great Italian food, and the staff told us the owners are actually Italian.


We’re bundling up for one more blast of winter, although it’s nothing like in the North East! 54° here mid-day. I hope the early blooming flowers don’t freeze at night! Hope you have a wonderful week!




  • Watching lightning and listening to the thunder in my PJ’s is the best. Does that make me a pluviophile??

    • Absolutely! Add chocolate chip cookies, and it makes you a smart pluviophile!

  • Oh, thanks for the heads up about the new restaurant! I’m always on the lookout for something new around here. Looks delish too!!

  • Hi Leslie Anne… I have the hardest time leaving a comment on that Alabama website. I wrote a comment and it has not take. Love the story of the cop and your son and the stickers.

  • Hi Leslie Anne… I use my blog roll as my go-to for blogs. My mouth is watering due to that delicious pasta pic. Have a great week!

    • The pasta was all homemade. I miss my rotating blog roll and am thinking of reinstalling it.

  • Happy to see your blog post in my email inbox! Congratulations to Joseph! The Youth Leadership program looks wonderful. These leaders are our future!

    • Hey there Mo! I’ve been missing you too. Hope you’ve had another one of your fabulous trips. Yes, the Youth Leadership program is awesome. Especially since Joseph is homeschooled, it was another way for him to interact with other teens. He was quite impressed with the peanut farm!

  • Got it!

    What a worthy program for your son to be involved in! Congrats to him!

    Now I know what my dear friend Tammy from OK is–a pluviophile!

    • Thanks for letting me know about the blog Dewena. Don’t you just love that word? I’m a pluviophile . . . as long as I don’t have to get my hair messed up!

  • The cottage looks like it would be a great place to stay. I am home for a snow day, our first of the year. Spending time catching up on the blogs…can’t wait to use my new word, thanks 🙂 Have a great week.

    • Oh dear! A snow day! We went from using the AC to the heat today, but no snow. Of course to us, it sounds like you are having a wonderful, cozy time, sipping hot chocolate in front of the fire. Kind of like our hurricanes sound like a cozy day to you, right? Hope you are okay and keep the power on!

  • Same as Elizabeth, I wasn’t getting it for a little while, but I got this one.

    • So sorry to hear the first part, but glad it’s fixed now. Unfortunately, I have no idea what I did!! Thanks for letting me know.

  • Karen Roloson says:

    Always read your blog and coming originally from Seattle, I am a definite Pluviophile….especially when it is a misty rain. We have been watching the new castle going up and wondered who was going to live there. Thank you for keeping us up on the latest Fairhope news.

    • Did you know everyone thinks Seattle is the rainiest city in America, but it’s actually Mobile, Alabama (that includes us too, I guess!). I think Seattle gets a steady drizzle, and we get sporadically dumped on, so by volume, we win! Thanks, tropical storms!

  • LaSha Powell says:

    I got it, Leslie Anne! It’s sad that I only keep up with you this way nowadays. Great blog!

    • I know! Fairhope’s getting too big when we don’t run into each other any longer! Thanks for checking in.

  • Margaret Neely says:

    Got your email. Haven’t posted any comments but love everything you write! Thanks for letting me know about the Italian restaurant.

  • Lois Lane is adorable. How could you possibly move her?! i got your email as well.

    • Those sheets were still toasty warm, so I was afraid to upset her! Thanks for letting me know about the email.

  • Pluviophile, I am! Great goings on in Fairhope…we are under a freeze warning until 10 AM Wednesday morning! Yikes for my shrubs that are blooming!

    • I just went out to assess the plant situation here. I’m waiting for the low temps to be announced on the news tonight. And, it’s raining! Pluviophile.

  • Maggie Carnes says:

    Love the Italian restaurant and they are from Italy! Went to a great wine tasting there with M&J Wines a few months back.

    • I hope it does well. I know other restaurants have tried that location and not done well. We plan on going back soon.

  • Got your blog. Thanks

    • Thanks for letting me know. Someone else got a virus, so . . . YIKES! I think it may be from their system, but we’re looking into it.

  • caroline herron says:

    we moved to Fairhope from New Hampshire. Our 57 degrees today is wonderful. They are predicted to have two feet of snow back home.

    • My friend from New York lived here for three years before she ever felt cold at 50°. It was proof she was turning into a delicate Belle! Glad you aren’t shoveling snow today!

      • Brown Elizabeth says:

        I wondered where you were. Have missed reading your blog. I did receive this one.

        • So relieved to hear that. I never know if other people are having problems with the blog unless they tell me. Glad to hear from you!

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