Hello friends - I hope you all had a great week and are planning a fun holiday weekend for the 4th! We've been enjoying a stretch of nice summery weather, though it could be a little warmer for me - low 80s and windy just barely counts as summer for me. No way I'd be swimming with the cool breeze - brrr. But I know I'm weird! The sun and blue skies are glorious no matter what the temperature.
Guess what? We donated three large trailer loads of stuff from our house to the thrift store last week - and I thought I had already given a lot away, ha! Feels good - things are definitely lightened up around here.
On to this week’s things I’m loving – and some links I think you’ll love! (as usual, some are affiliate links.)
Our newly updated Home Tour page. I spent the weekend shooting and editing pictures of our home for both the Home Tour page of the blog and to upload to home-selling sites like Zillow. The previous tour didn't actually include all the rooms in our house - this one does, so you'll get a thorough look at our ranch-turned-cottage farmhouse.
You know what I noticed looking all the pictures? Everything is a lot less cluttered now - and in a totally good way. It feels SO nice, almost like you can breath easier, which is silly, I know, but true. Both Brian and I were remarking on it. KonMari everything, I say!
Dr. Thorne is a short series, 4 episodes, and is an Amazon Studios production that's free with a Prime membership (or with a free Prime 30-day trial if you don't have Prime). It's the story of a doctor and his niece and the people in their lives - and a love story between two of them from different different social spheres. It's written by Julianne Fellows (of Downton Abbey fame), and while it was good, it didn't really have the depth that we grew used to with DA.
Ah, but Poldark is a show we're loving! It's part of the Masterpiece Classic PBS series, but aired earlier, so we also watched this with Amazon Prime (most older PBS shows are available free with Prime- grab that free trial to watch). I will say this about it: the first episode is just so-so and the lead is so overly-handsome that you wonder with all the riding over wind-swept moors if it's just going to be a glorified romance novel. We almost didn't watch the second episode - so I'm here to tell you, watch it! It gets better and better with more depth to the characters (which seemed very broadly drawn at first), some intrigue, a bit of mystery, and interesting side stories. We're not quite done with season 1 and I'm happy to see that there will be a season 2.
Have you guys watched either of these? Any others you'd recommend?
More books read towards my goal - I'm up to 22 books read in 6 months, almost double the goal I set in January to read 2 books a month! (Though No Ordinary Time may stop me in my tracks - it's long!) I actually read 3 more books, though I only show 2 above:
Living Forward by Michael Hyatt. I bought this book (with bonuses, including an audio version - yesss!), during the launch a few months ago and it is full of great, practical ideas to live a life of meaning. To really think about what you want out of life and stop just coasting, letting life "happen" to you. Brian is reading it now and I'm looking forward to our talk about it!
The Royal We (by H. Cocks & J. Morgan) is a fluffy beach-read kind of novel that I had seen favorably reviewed on a number of blogs a few months ago, so I used my second-month of free credit on Audible to listen to this while I decluttered and gardened. It was okay. I'm old, so it makes me kinda sad to think that groups of people in their 20s spend their lives just getting drunk and having sex - and that's about it. There wasn't anything graphic (other than a few F-bombs), thankfully, it was just the overall tone of it that left me kind of, "meh," as my daughter would say.
The other book I read that isn't pictured is by Suzanne Sommers - I'm Too Young For This - and was recommended by my sister-in-law. It's actually for women in their 30s-40s who are starting the first signs of perimenopause and what you can do about it. There was good information on bioidentical hormones (a natural hormone replacement) and an encouraging tone for alternatives to just putting up with the negative effects of hormone fluctuation as we age. Anyone else read this or other of Sommer's books? Thoughts?
What we'll be eating this weekend. Berry smoothies & berry parfaits with strawberries, blueberries & marionberries (the parfaits will carry the red-white-blue theme!); Three Pea Salad with Feta & Walnuts (with just two peas, though, which is equally good) along with BBQ ribs and grilled artisan bread. You?
Links To Check Out:
An adorable vintage-window greenhouse.
A pretty new white coneflower.
"It is well with my soul" DIY wood sign.
Do you think this recipe is possible?
Healthy chocolate snack bars.
Love this unique laboratory-style DIY flower vase.
I've got rhubarb and strawberries- pretty much means I need to make these, right?
Colorful nachos for the 4th of July.
Cannot wait to try this baked "fried" chicken to compare with the real thing.
This is what to do with all those old CD cabinets you can find at thrift stores!
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