Hello from sweltering Oregon! After weeks of just-barely summer weather (okay, really nice low-80s for everyone else…), we've had a couple days of high 90s with a week ahead that's supposed to continue warm, though not as much. It's okay with me - we just get to enjoy more no-churn ice cream, kayaking, and star-gazing in our shorts. #joysofsummer
On to this week’s things I’m loving – plus a few links I think you’ll love! (as always, some of the links I provide are affiliate links)
Our summer hydrangea mantel. Those of you who've been reading awhile will not be surprised to see that our summer mantel this year again repeats the simplicity of the past few years: a row of hydrangeas against the backdrop of our vintage window-turned-mirror. It's just enough and yet feels abundant with all the large blooms. I'm finding more and more that less feels better.
The other great thing about hydrangeas? They last a long time - like a month! The hydrangeas pictured above are actually about 3 weeks old (don't look too close…), but I find hydrangeas look good even as they're moving past their prime. Bonus!
A summer family reunion. Brian's side of the family all gathered at the coast in Lincoln City for a 3-day family vacation last week. We had rain the first full day there, but after that it was nice - cooler but with little wind, which is always a bonus when you're at the Oregon coast (you can see in the collage above that my hair is not whipping in my face - I have many pictures with crazy beach hair from other coast trips!).
We enjoyed water activities at Devil's Lake, sunset walks on the beach, great food, wonderful talks reconnecting and lots of laughter. We know we are blessed with such great family - and great family times - we do not take it for granted!
Binge-watching Netflix's Stranger Things. Okay, binge-watching for us is taking a week to watch the 8 episodes - not 1-2 days, but still, we couldn't wait to see the next episode and were talking about it when we weren't watching it. It's set in the early 1980s, which was a hoot to see the decor, clothing, and hair of that era recreated so perfectly.
Have you watched it yet? Seems like it's the "it" show of the summer, if you go by social media and the amount of articles written about the show. It's sort of like X-Files-meets-Stephen-King: a boy disappears in the first episode and the rest of the series is about his family and the town trying to find him. There's the evil quasi-government lab, a washed-out sheriff, kids on bikes (E.T….), and more. It's well-written and well-acted, and other than a few mild swear words, tense/scary situations, and bit of gruesome-monster shots it's fairly mild by today's cable standards. Brian and I have always been X-Files fans and this seemed very similar. We are NOT horror/slasher fans, though - and this isn't that, since it's firmly in the realm of make-believe/sci-fi. We LOVED it and hope they have a second season!
Links To Check Out:
I have wanted to make naturally gluten-free cheesy Brazilian bread ever since I learned about it a year ago - maybe during the Olympics is the perfect time!
How to - and how NOT to - remove weeds from brick paths & patios.
These cartoons cracked me up - mainly because some are SO true!
Martha's new cooking show cohost is, um, an interesting choice.
This made me tear up.
How to create a vintage industrial look on furniture.
Fresh fruit sorbet recipes.
15 documentaries to watch.
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