It’s been a drab and dreary week here (after a flash of Spring on Monday). To say I’m ready for Spring is an understatement! Watching movies that take place in the warmer months, with green grass and leaves on the trees has me longing for flowers and color! That said, let’s get on with this week’s Friday 5+1! This post contains some affiliate links.
With warmer weather on my mind, I saw an elevated planter box and just started thinking about the possibilities. Flowers, veggies, herbs – lots of possibilities! I’ve had a garden in the past, but at our current house, I just don’t get enough sun in the space where I had mine, so I’ve resorted to farmer’s markets and enjoying veggies from the gardens of my neighbors. This looks like it could be a nice way to grow a few things of my own, even if it’s just an herb garden. It has a drainage system in it and everything – which would be great for me since regular watering is a challenge for me for some reason (even when it comes to getting enough water myself!).
You all know that I’m a fan of Kristin Hannah’s books, and if you haven’t read The Nightingale, you need to because it’s my favorite book of all time at the moment. I finished Winter Garden last week, and it reminds me of The Nightingale, except that the story is told in World War II Russia. Kristin Hannah is a master storyteller, and always manages to surprise me in her books. Winter Garden is a story of a mother’s past, as her two daughters learn of her history and how it impacted the way that she mothered them.
In keeping with my Kristin Hannah love, I continued on by listening to The Great Alone. A totally different story – with most of it taking place in Alaska. It’s the story of a young girl and her parents – her father suffering from PTSD after the Vietnam War, and her mother clinging to the memory of the man he used to be. The family moves to Alaska and starts a new life there – learning how truly challenging it is to survive in the drastic conditions of this part of the world. Their daughter, Leni, also forges her own life, and discovers a love of Alaska, as well as the friendship and love of a boy, Matthew.
This book was like no other that I’ve read, and I loved the detail of what life is like in Alaska. Long days of daylight in the summer, and long, dark winters that are beyond my comprehension. I came to appreciate the community and unique circumstances that Alaska offers, while also knowing that I would never make it through one winter there! But I sure wouldn’t mind visiting in the summer one day. Great read, wonderful story – the characters are always so well developed and interesting, and I find that I can love them and hate them all at once sometimes!
Pretty Custom Hardware
While I was at Menards – looking at knobs and pulls (and hinges) – I noticed their custom hardware offerings. I’m a big fan of older furniture pieces and their pretty hardware, and lo and behold, Menards has some pretty nice options. Who knew? I’ve seen custom hardware selections in other stores, but I don’t recall seeing any that are like these. Good thing to remember if you’re redoing a a vintage piece of furniture and need to source some new hardware.
I made this recipe for Cheeseburger Gnocchi this week and it was delicious! Different from some of the things I usually make, but I’m on a gnocchi kick lately, and this one was a hit with the family too. #winning Even better that this one was quick and easy! A great weeknight dinner when you’re in a hurry.
My +1 for the week – wimpy handshakes
My sixth grade daughter had her D.A.R.E. graduation last night, and as the kids got their “diplomas”, they shook hands with one of the educators as well as the officer who taught the program. It’s interesting to watch the kids (and the adults for that matter), and how they approach handshakes. One thing that we’ve drilled into our kids is to have a firm handshake – not one of those wimpy, limp wristed, flimsy handshakes. And to look the person in the eye when you shake their hand. These little life skills really add up over time. The officer had a firm handshake, the educator – not so much. I just think a handshake really sets the tone in a lot of circumstances, some consequential, some inconsequential, but it’s still important.
Exhibit A – my son at his high school graduation. 🙂
Hopping off my soapbox. Have a great weekend!