Monday Musings No. 61, a weekend update + 5 Things: what I read, watched, and discovered this weekend and more.
Good morning friends, how was your weekend? Pull up a chair and tell me all about it. Did you have snow? Last week it was unseasonably hot and then the temperature dropped and we were back to “normal” with cool days and lots of rain.
The early days of Spring when we are emerging from our winter cocoon are a bit of a challenge. We are ready to shed our winter layers and get out into the garden and out on a few adventures but sometimes Mother Nature has other plans.
At the garden center this weekend people had trolly’s laden with soil, containers and flowers ready to add a little color and happiness to their gardens. After my weekend meandering post about gardening, I was itching to get a start on a few of my garden ideas and I purchased a few plants and seeds. But having learned the hard way in the past with the fluctuating temperatures I am waiting a few more weeks to pot them.
The rainy weekend kept me inside. I am still cleaning closets and drawers and with each article that leaves the house I feel a little lighter. Saturday I cleaned, and did a few indoor projects and Sunday I spent time in the kitchen. A pot of soup on the stove, a batch of sauce put up for later this week and of course I made a sweet treat.
On a side note, I am curious? What is the appeal of the Stanley cup that is literally EVERYWHERE? Does it really make/help you drink more water? Is it worth the money? What or who influenced you to buy it if you have one.
Speaking of influence, do you feel influenced by viral trends in decor, food, books even if they are not your style? Do you find yourself buying and trying new things or do you stick with the clothing, style, design of your home and life?
I ask because I have been reading a lot lately that the “20 somethings” are the driving force of clothing, home decor and other things we see in catalogs, magazines and on the runway.
For me personally, I have learned over the years what works for my body type, my lifestyle and my taste. I would never wear a body con dress, it’s not me, I am more traditional. As for my home, it is the same, collected, traditional and filled with personal touches. Please share your thoughts I am interested in hearing them.
Ok, grab your coffee, tea or chocolate and on to 5 Things.
One Day I Shall Astonish the World
Susan and Norma have been best friends for years, at first thrust together by force of circumstance (a job at The Pin Cushion, a haberdashery shop in 1990s Leicestershire) and then by force of character (neither being particularly inclined to make friends with anyone else). But now, thirty years later, faced with a husband seeking immortality and Norma out of reach on a wave of professional glory, Susan begins to wonder whether she has made the right choices about life, love, work, and, most importantly, friendship.
Nina Stibbe’s new novel is the story of the wonderful and sometimes surprising path of friendship: from its conspiratorial beginnings, along its irritating wrong turns, to its final gratifying destination.
If you have already read this book and need another recommendation check out my Amazon Bookshop.
My dream is to have a cottage garden. I am transforming the “island” in our driveway to a wildflower and cottage garden this year, wish me luck. If you love the look of a cottage garden this video has so many helpful tips!
10 “Notes to Self” for Those Days When You Lose Your Motivation
It’s Usually Safe to Eat Food Past the Expiration Date—Here’s How to Know When It’s Ok
“You’re So Vain”: An Oral History of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Penguin to publish “classic” Roald Dahl books after “censorship” backlash
I Cold-Plunged Every Day for a Month—Here’s What I Learned
The Puzzling Gap Between How Old You Are and How Old You Think You Are
‘One Billionaire at a Time’: Inside the Swiss Clinics Where the Super-Rich Go For Rehab
Fat, Sugar, Salt … You’ve Been Thinking About Food All Wrong
Do you change your mugs seasonally? I do and these blue and white ones are in my cart at Anthropologie.
I’ve had this dress in my cart for a few weeks, I am just curious if any of you have this dress from Anthropologie and how you like it?
If you are a Jane Austen fan and like to do puzzles, you will love The World of Jane Austen puzzles!
Have you seen these colorful and adorable flocked rabbits that are all the rage on the internet?
H&M has some beautiful new additions to their home decor. These colorful plates are perfect for summer entertaining.
Looking for dye-able eggs to use for Easter crafts? Look no further, these eggs can be dyed, used for decoupage and on other crafts and at the end of the season you pack them up to re-use next year.
This pitcher is a beautiful addition to your Spring and Summer table.
5. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT~WEEKEND MEANDERINGS
Saturday I joined Juliet and Kim for weekend meanderings I shared designer Katie Rosenfeld, garden planning, garden inspired treats and finds and more.
You can find all of the weekend meanderings posts here if you missed any or are looking for something that was previously featured.
THAT’S ALL FOR NOW
I hope that you enjoyed Monday Musings and that you found some to read and enjoy. Have a great day!
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Garden bunny link takes me to J. Crew
Thank you Karen for letting me know. If you are interested in the bunny here is the correct link. https://shopstyle.it/l/bTgWL
Have a wonderful day.
Elizabeth, Love that wooden table and the flowers.. Is that your kitchen table? It’s perfect.
I haven’t ever seen a Stanley Cup. Maybe an east coast thing? I think maybe some fashion influence is coming from social media and that is largely younger folks. What I don’t like is when a retailer is only sharing young models on their site, I usually am turned off. I like to see clothes on all body types too. The people with the most spendable income are the boomer gen and after, so they should think about that.
I agree it feels so good to clean out now. I am still working on it.
Hope you have a great week!
Hello Kim, actually that is our kitchen island. It is a vintage piece from an old workshop in NE. We love it!
I could not agree with you more about retailers focusing on the young, there are so many piece that I would never ever wear. I’ve read that the luxury market is booming because of all of the “extra” money that millennials have.
I keep going back and taking more stuff out of my closets. I just don’t need it.
Have a wonderful weekend Kim!
I’ve been wondering about that cotton Anthro dress too. I like it on the model but wonder how often I would actually wear it.
Cathy, I feel the same. It is beautiful though.
William Kendall says
That’s not the Stanley Cup I think of.
William, not it is not. It is a 49.00 insulated cup that people are clamoring for. I do not get it.
Last year I bought the blue and white version of the Anthro dress. I absolutely love it! I bought a petite and fits me well. (I’m 5’3”.) It is rather voluminous in the sleeves and skirt, but I think it’s very flattering and feminine. It’s comfortable, and the print is gorgeous. I do like to put some garment tape on the neckline because it’s a little low for me, but that’s an easy fix. I wore it to an outdoor summer wedding, other spring/summer events, and for date nights. I haven’t worn it often, but I have loved wearing it and always get so many compliments. I’m considering getting one of the short ones this year. I hope this helps!
Thank you for taking the time to leave a detailed review!I am on the fence, and want to order both the red and gray toile pattern but I just don’t know how often I will wear them. I think based on your comment I am going to order one and let it be a “classic” in my wardrobe. Thank you again!