As Summer 2018 comes to an end, I wanted to share some things with you that I enjoyed in hopes that you, too, will enjoy them. Do click on the many links and have a good time exploring. Have fun! Share some of your favourites.
All the trails have been opened in Annadel State Park. There is still a lot of fire damage that will take a long time to heal, but new growth is evident. It is sometimes difficult to look at, but I am thankful to be able to hike all these trails again.
It’s all about the colour yellow this year for me and what a perfect way to accessorize but with nail polish! This is a great shade from OPI.
Converse shoes have always been a favourite of mine; more so now with healing the broken patella. I have added some new colours to my classics (Yes! they have yellow); the website often has good prices, too.
Sweater patterns by knitwear designer, Elizabeth Doherty of Blue Bee Studio. I have knit three this summer and I am finishing up a fourth. Knitters, if you haven’t experienced one of her patterns, I highly recommend doing so. They are thoughtfully written and very easy to follow; she is a great teacher!
Y’all know I love to cook and bake so I must share a couple of baking recipes from Sally’s Baking Addiction. She always has great tips and her recipe blogs are always of interest. The first is Coconut Macadamia Nut Cookies – my version used white chocolate chips in lieu of the nuts and I added some sprinkles for a bit of fun. Secondly, her Very Berry Muffins – I make traditional size muffins using buttermilk with tons of frozen mixed berries, peaches, cherries and mango (whatever I have in the freezer for green drinks); mix it up! You can freeze both and always have a quick breakfast or a cooky tea time treat!
An interesting article on travel. Take a minute to read the statistics on Norway’s tourism; just amazing.
Here’s the Thing, Alec Baldwin’s podcast was recommended to me and I thoroughly enjoyed his interview with Spike Lee.
I typically read library books and did a terrible job of managing my account this summer which meant I had a plethora of books to read. The popular genre seemed to be thrillers (certainly in my queue) and those plots all run together for me after reading a few. I use Goodreads to organise my selections and I highly recommend my summer favourites: The Air You Breathe (Peebles), Varina (Frazier), An American Marriage (Jones), Tangerine (Mangan), and Warlight (Ondaatje).
I am enjoying following the artist on Instagram: bymariandrew. This is a most interesting post. I find it utterly mind boggling that folks are communicating strictly by emoji and that your colour choice of a heart can make or break your relationship. so.sad.
A gentle soul and long time friend died this summer of lung cancer. It is once again a wake up call to take a deep breath and live in the present. Don’t forget to say, I love you and mean it!
Remember you aren’t being negative if you don’t agree with someone or if you know your own limitations. Honor yourself and your beliefs. Be kind! #keepmoving #bethebestyoucanbe
“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”
~Buddha’s Little Instruction Book