Hello there, friends! Things finally heated up for us here in the Pacific Northwest (95 degrees for a couple days with 80s for the next week), and I for one love it. The mornings are glorious – clear with gentle breezes, but not so cold that I need a sweater. Those are good days in my book. I know some of you with warmer body temps than me are not enjoying it so much – but I’m just going to bask in it, knowing it will flip back again soon enough. 🙂
On to this week’s things I’m loving – and a few links I think you’ll love! (as always, some of the links I provide are affiliate links)
A different way to enjoy a fuchsia basket. I received this beautiful fuchsia basket from my sister-in-law for my birthday (back in May) and had it hanging from our porch for a while, which was our typical spot. But that part of our porch is narrow and it got hit as people passed, and since we were going to be selling our house I looked for a new spot for the pot.
The porch is the only area with northern exposure (if you know fuchsias, you know they like very little sun…), and the only place I had was in a large galvanized container on a bench between the adirondack chairs. I plunked the fuchsia in the pot, draping the leaves over the side and – I loved it! I don’t know why I never though to do this before, it’s really perfect here. And the bonus is that the fuchsia dries out more slowly since it’s not in the wind and has another container around it, so it’s happy too. Win-win.
The amazement of OdysseoPDX. We went. We saw. We were amazed – just like everyone else had told us we would be. You can see a few of the videos I
attempted shot on Facebook (click that link to see one and then click “click for more” at the bottom to see the other couple of videos) that may give you a hint of what it’s like. In addition to the horses, there were acrobatics that stunned us, too. Oh, and acrobatics on the horses. Oh, and acrobatics on the horses in water. Yeah, I just had to look up synonyms for ‘amazing’ so I could find other ways to describe it, because astonishing (yes, that’s one).
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A TV show with enjoyed with our daughter (before she left). We found Humans on Amazon (free with Prime) and all three of us really liked it. It’s a series of 8 episodes that originally aired on AMC and the themes it explores are very thought-provoking – we found ourselves discussing it a lot afterwards.
I think it’s supposed to be a parallel universe, since it’s set in our current time with our smartphones and computers, but robotics technology has surpassed what we have, resulting in very human-like ‘synths’ that can do all your mundane work for you. Sounds great, right? Except there’s not a lot left for humans to do when there’s often a synth who can do it better (think medicine, policing, etc.). SO interesting to think about the implications of something that was started so we didn’t have to do dishes anymore!
There are adult themes and a few uncomfortable moments (it’s TV-14), but they don’t dwell on them, there aren’t many, and they do tell part of the story (vs. the gratuitous stuff we get so much of today). There will be a second season and I know we’ll want to watch it to see where this leads!
Maybe the best blackberries- that aren’t Marionberries? If you’re an Oregonian, that may be considered sacrilege, since our local Marionberries are so good – and I’ve written about them many times. BUT. The berries pictured above, Triple Crown, that I picked a few days ago- that huge bowl – may give them a run for their money. I’m going to write a dedicated post to these soon because they pretty much have it all: terrific complex and sweet flavor, huge size, long season, and easy to maintain and harvest because: thornless. Yes!
Links To Check Out:
Slow cooker Asian meals for summer.
Cinnamon and learning. I love when food is shown to be curative.
“Gardening isn’t very natural. We gardeners trim things to fit our spaces.”
Soft and chewy lemon cookies, just because.
11 tips to find cheap flights.
Over 100 FREE printables.
Why have I never thought about lemon pancakes?
I’d never heard of these, but now I must have one!
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