Hello, I hope you are all enjoying these first days of fall! We got some needed rain here which dampened the wildfires in the Cascades quite a bit. Meaning our skies are clear again and we’re ready to enjoy the changing colors. Yay!
This is the first in the new monthly format for the Three Things articles – if you’re a newsletter subscriber, you know that I put a lot of this information in my weekly newsletter now and so I’ve decided to go to a monthly format on the blog (sign up here if you want to subscribe and be in the know). Here’s where I plan to share the things you’ve told me you like best: book & TV/Movie reviews, what I’m loving, travel, and links that I find. Let me know what you think and would like to read here!
On to this week’s three things and links I think you’ll love! (As always, some of the links I provide are affiliate links and I receive a small percentage if you buy through them – at no cost to you.)
The amazing flowers of Leavenworth, Washington. Oh my gosh, guys, the flower baskets, boxes, and containers in Leavenworth were spectacular! If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that we spent a few days there last week for our 29th anniversary. I was expecting a cute town and some flowers, of course, but it’s mid-september in the mountains – I didn’t expect these flowers to still look so lush and full! I just couldn’t stop myself from taking more pictures to share with you – in addition to petunia baskets, there were:
Black-eyed Susan Vine topiaries.
Purple Fountain Grass, Petunias, Geraniums
Petunias and Lime Sweet Potato Vine.
Hotel balconies with Petunias and Sweet Potato Vines (these were the first I saw where the petunias looked more like the end-of-season I was expecting, though still pretty).
There were 2 flower-container takeaways for me:
- They used just a couple of plant varieties and repeated – there’s power in number! (Petunias combined with lime sweet potato vine we’re the most popular.)
- All the containers we’re on an auto drip system – of course!
I’m assuming they’re heavily fertilized, and probably not organic, so there is that. But SO very beautiful.
Lemon water in the morning. So, I’ve mentioned this in the Healthy Living Facebook group, but wanted to share with a wider audience, just in case it may help you, too. About six months ago I started drinking warm water with the juice of half to a whole lemon (1-2 TB), aka, “lemon water” in the mornings and it’s been amazing for me.
I read this article last spring when I was researching gut health and the small part about lemon water helping with (pretend I’m whispering this now…) constipation just jumped out at me from the page. All the other things were great, but I thought, ‘really?’ Um, yes! Not only am I regular (whispering again…sorry!), but I do feel like my skin is better and I’ve told my daughter’s friends with acne problems to give it a try. I also have had a lot less bubbly gas since I’ve started this regimen, so there might be something to that, too, although I also eat more fermented foods now, too.
Now with all natural things, what works for some may not work for others and while I’ve mentioned this to three other people I know it has helped, too, there is one person it didn’t do anything for. But it’s lemon water – what do you have to lose, right? (Oh, and I always brush my teeth after drinking it to protect my enamel, though I don’t use toothpaste, just water).
August & September books read. With all the travel we’ve done in the last two months I’ve managed to read and listen to 10 books!! I’m up to 38 books for the year, so now I’m upping my year’s goal to 50 instead of 40. Think I can do it? 🙂
Here are my favorites from the 10 I read:
The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story, Lily Koppel. I really like history and this was a fun glimpse into the space program from an angle I hadn’t seen before. Also such a picture of an era it’s hard to believe existed – journalists would just walk into houses? And the pressure put on these women (and men). Wow.
Not a Fan, Kyle Idleman. I was encouraged by the other book by Kyle I read, Praying for Your Prodigal, and was incredibly challenged by this one. I want to be a follower of Jesus and not just a fan. I saw this in action at the last UO Ducks game we went to: fans leave early when things aren’t going well AND when things are going too well (because: boring). I want to be steady no matter what is happening around me!
Someday, Someday, Maybe, Lauren Graham. I mentioned this on episode 6 of the podcast as a book that was a fun, easy read. The characters were interesting and it was a behind-the-scenes look at a life I know nothing about: trying to make it as an actor. The surprising thing to me was that it was written by an actress and it was clean, funny, and smart. Lesson to not judge, right?
Wonder, R.J. Palacio. If you have a child who had been in the 5th grade since this book came out a few years ago, you probably know about this, since it seems to be required reading. But here’s the thing: this is a GOOD book for all ages. Brian and I listened to it in the car on a trip and we both completely enjoyed it, cried, and laughed – and now tell everyone we know about it. It will be in my top 5 books for the year for sure!
Here’s a list of the other books I read or listened to in August and September (hint: audiobooks are the secret to reading more for me!):
- Jane of Austin (cute, light read)
- When Dimple Met Rishi (cute YA book, but I find it sad that 18 year olds jump into bed as if it’s a matter of course now – this book wasn’t graphic or descriptive, but just sadly matter-of-fact)
- The Wangs vs. The World (didn’t like this at all, and in fact didn’t finish it – crude and not nearly as light-hearted as described)
- Dark Matter (It was okay, but too long and boring in places and way too much emphasis placed on romantic love as the only reason to live. Sigh. Plus, f-bombs galore and a bit crude.)
- Breaking Busy (good reminder of spending time on the important things in life!)
- In Farleigh Field (not all the way finished, but so far an interesting picture of British life during the war and a good mystery).
Links To Check Out:
Easy slow cooker soups perfect for fall – I’m ready, are you?
Joanna’s coming to a Target near you!
Ways to leave your clutter and find peace.
Tomatoes, acid and heat- the science of canning.
These are the comfy casual outfits I plan to wear this fall, too.
Sweet chili chicken bowls for make-ahead meals.
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