Happy weekend! And it’s going to be a hot one around here – after the first few weeks of a cold, wet “Junuary” (as one of my readers commented!), this last week has been sunny and warming up. No complaints here, but holy cow they’re saying it’s going to be 101. Yikes, guys – us poor, pale Willamette Valley Oregonians are not prepared for that so soon!
I’m thankful we have air conditioning, but it’s really too weird – we haven’t gotten to do a lot of summery outdoor things yet but at 100 degrees the only thing that sounds good is to be inside where it’s air conditioned! Oh well, Oregon is sure pretty when the sun shines – all that blue sky against the green trees and mountains. 🙂
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. Thanks for your support.)
June family happenings. This past week was full – there was Father’s Day (we went for a hike in the woods) and then two milestones: our son turned 25 (!) and our daughter graduated in just three years from the University of Oregon.
Some of her grandparents and aunts and uncles came to her graduation and we had a fun party celebrating her achievement. She majored in Digital Arts and minored in Computer Sciences with her eye on a career in graphic design. #soproud
You can see her handiwork in the latest AOC free printable, The Garden Success Plan Notebook, as well as some of the other recent printables you can find in the freebie library. (Psst, if you’re not a subscriber, click here to sign up for the weekly newsletter and get access.)
The grill Brian wanted at a good price. Our previous grill was on it’s last legs when we moved last fall, so we recycled it. But as you may guess, I love grilled vegetables and the easy meals that you can make on a grill, so I’ve been bugging Brian to decide on a grill for a couple months now.
The sticking point? He was set on getting an infrared grill because he was tired of flare-ups and wanted more even cooking after seeing one in action at a friend’s house. Sticking point #2? The price. Wow, what some of these grills sell for! After doing some research, the infrared grill that was within our price range (and the size we need to be able to grill both vegetables and meat at the same time) was a Char-Broil Performance TRU Infrared 500 3-Burner Cabinet Gas Grill.
When we looked locally, we found it was only available at Lowes and only for the non-sale price of $400. Cough. Um, no. But I just didn’t want to wait too much longer (I mean, it’s already JUNE), so one day last week (maybe in desperation?) I jumped on Amazon to see if they carried it.
The did carry the exact model and for almost $150 less. What? Sold! Like right then, ha! I also bought a grill cover for it at the same time because we’re still paying more than we ever have for a grill. I’m making Brian promise me he’s going to take care of it, since he had to have this kind.
Now, the only difference is that we’ll have to put it together instead of Lowes, but for $150 I’m okay with that (though Amazon does offer “expert assembly” for just $65). Finally, it’s grill time!
Do you use in infrared grill? Do you like it better than a regular grill?
Books read in June. I’m on track to finishing four books in June. If I can finish 4 each month and then add in 2 more through the year, that will bring me to 50 books read in 2017, a huge jump for me from my first goal after not reading even one book in a whole year! It’s made a wonderful difference in my life, both spiritually and emotionally, so I can’t recommend reading enough.
In addition to a blogging how-to book, the books I read in June were:
A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay. After discovering this author through Dear Mr. Knightly (still my favorite of hers), I now read whatever she comes out with because I know it will be sweet, enjoyable, clean, and have some sort of life lesson. A Portrait of Emily Price is her newest and it was all those things, so I recommend it on that level. But it wasn’t my favorite and I never really got into the characters as much as some of her other books. However, this would make a good lounging-by-the-water summer read, for sure.
The Case For Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus by Lee Strobel. This is now considered a Christian classic, but I had never read it (probably thinking I had heard it all before through other books, lol). Oh my – if you haven’t read this yet, it is so faith-affirming and so grounded in reality. Lee tackles the Jesus seminar people, and various other naysayers and firmly comes out for Christianity. So much that he turned from atheism to Christianity. It’s pretty powerful stuff. (A warning, though – if at all possible, don’t read this as an audiobook- the reader practically ruined the book with his over-dramatizations of the interviews. Sigh.)
The Little Things: Why You Really Should Sweat the Small Stuff by Andy Andrews. So this newest book by Andy Andrews is the first work of his that I’ve read. I saw in the amazingly positive reviews of this that he’s a popular author and I was excited to read this small book. Guys – are there any other Andy Andrews fans out there? Is there something I’m missing? He just says all the same stuff we always hear (be different, change your perspective, don’t take offense, small things really can change lives and the world…). There might be a new anecdote here and there, but as for the “life-changing” reviews I read? Underwhelming for me, sorry to say.
Links To Check Out:
We’re exhausted from the 35,000 decisions (!) we make in a day.
This is a fun before and after tour of a 1902 Victorian Farmhouse.
21 no-bake snacks for summer.
Best kitchen tools under $20.
Easy painters tape trick for hanging art.
Hmmm, what do you think of this grilled sandwich?
How to make your own rose water.
Clever small space gardening idea.
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