I almost hate to say this out loud as I may jinx it, but I am writing to you this morning with the windows thrown open, enjoying temperatures in the 60s and low humidity. I love living on the eastern coast of North Carolina, but I don’t love heat and humidity…so I am one happy gal today!
It’s been a lovely week since we last ‘chatted’; we celebrated our 36th anniversary by working in the yard, met some out-of-town friends for dinner, and fêted Terry for Father’s Day.
new on the blog
- No news to anyone, but prices on everything seem to be going up! Let’s dive into how to save money on the groceries you buy and other tips to save money on your food budget.
more ways to save $ in the kitchen
- Reduce food waste.
- Help your produce stay fresher, and longer.
- Start canning your own stocks and broths
- An eco-friendly kitchen is often a more economical kitchen as well.
- I am almost done knitting the half-linen stitch blanket as a wedding gift. When I first knit this blanket, I wasn’t the devotee of the Russian Join that I am now. What a game changer this yarn-joining technique is. No more weaving in of ends, wasting yarn by trying to work knots only at the sides or wonky knots on the back of my blanket! I am a tad embarrassed it took me so long.
- Make up several tins of this hand balm for your gardener friends.
cooking and baking things
Can you even believe the Fourth of July is two weeks from today! If you are starting to think about your menu, here are some ideas for your consideration:
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- O.K. Let’s chat about books. Thus far in 2022, I have read 15 of my planned 30 books (yay me! Goodreads says I’m 2 books ahead!) Here’s what I’ve read thus far and whether I’m thumbs up 👍🏻, thumbs down 👎🏻 or neutral 👉🏻on it.
- Magpie Murders, Anthony Horowitz 👎🏻 really dragged on, I quit reading with about 100 pages left.
- The Plot, Jean Korelitz👉🏻 good story, but predictable ending
- Black-Eyed Susan, Susan Heaberlin👉🏻 hard to follow
- Juliet, Naked, Nick Hornby👍🏻 a charming, light-hearted tale
- Hour of the Witch, Chris Bohjalian👍🏻 👍🏻quick moving
- Murder as a Fine Art, David Morrell👍🏻👍🏻 loved the weave of history and a good mystery
- Inspector of the Dead, David Morrell 👍🏻👍🏻 a good follow-up to the previous book, but I needed a break before I tackled the third. I will get to it soon.
- Brotherhood of the Rose, David Morrell 👍🏻 Same author as above, but completely different premise. Much more of a contemporary spy/counterintelligence novel.
- Pompeii, Robert Harris 👍🏻👍🏻 I read this historical fiction right before we toured Pompeii and it was a great primer.
- The Black House, Peter May👍🏻👍🏻These next three books are set on several islands in the Hebrides, of the coast of Scotland. I read them right before I spent several days with my dear friend. They are murder mysteries, but more than that they really gave me a sense of the place.
- The Lewis Man, Peter May👍🏻👍🏻
- The Chess Men, Peter May👍🏻👍🏻
- The Lincoln Highway, Amor Towles👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 It has been a LONG time since I enjoyed a book as much as I enjoyed this one. It has a Huckleberry Finn/Tom Sawyer feel to it, in that the main characters are young men coming of age in the 1950s. It is just a lovely story with dynamic and complicated characters. This was my first Amor Towles book and I was heartbroken when I finished it. His writing style is just beautiful. So, I immediately jumped into…
- A Gentleman in Moscow, Amore Towles👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻If you like Dickens-type novels, sweeping stories with interesting characters, you’ll love this one. This story focuses on Count Rostov, who has been confined to a hotel in Moscow, and the associated staff and residents of the hotel. Once again, Towles writing style and his character development really speak to me.
- Rules of Civility, Amor Towles👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 I really did like it, but not quite as much as the other two. Set in 1938 New York, the main character is a young woman who is trying to navigate the time and characters of her orbit.
- So, if you can’t tell, I have discovered my new, most favorite author ever…Amor Towles. Supposedly he wrote another book, Eve in Hollywood, which supposedly follows one of the characters from Rules of Civility, but I can’t find it. It isn’t on Amazon, which in my mind means it doesn’t exist! 🤣 So, what now? I searched…’authors like Amor Towles’ and the book The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barberry came up. I’ll pick it up from the library today, but those of you who loved the Amor Towles books as much as I did…what did you find to fill that void?
- David Arms has long been one of my favorite artists. After years of coveting his work from afar, a gift from my parents made the purchase of one of his paintings possible several years ago. As one of his biggest fangirls, I also subscribe to his blog. He had a lovely message this past week that I wanted to share with you…The Dash.
Well, my friends. I wish for you a week filled with sunshine and peace. I’ve got a busy week ahead, so I’m going to spend the next hour planning so that I have a better chance to get it all done!
And…mind that Dash!