Yesterday afternoon, Adam and I got dressed up in our beachy best and set out for Indian Rocks Beach on the west coast of Florida. My friend Trish's big day was finally here! Aside from a little parking difficulty, everything went smoothly getting there and it was a gorgeous day!
I thought I would share a few of the pictures we snapped. Once the sun started to go down, the weather was absolutely perfect! We got some pretty shots of the beach, the decor and the newlyweds!
This entry is a few weeks overdue, seeing as I've made the aforementioned scones not once but twice and am already clamoring to have them again soon.
And I don't use the title "world's best scones" flippantly, seeing as I've never made a bad scone (is there such a thing?) and I absolutely drool over those apple and white cheddar scones I love. These are serious contenders ... in ... you know, whatever nonexistent scone-off I'm imagining in my head.
When you spend as much time in the kitchen as I do, you want everything to be clean and organized as well as possible. A few weeks ago, I dumped out everything in the fridge and pantries that was either past date or just never going to get used, and rearranged everything in a more sensible way. It felt sooo good! Of course, it'll take ongoing effort to keep everything organized, but that's life.
And with everything all freshly arranged, I turned my eyes to my spices.
It's that time again! Hopefully you are making good progress on The Winter Sea, if you haven't finished it yet, because it's time to start thinking about getting your hands on a copy of the next book on our list (less than $10 for the e-copy!).
We've come to my mom's second pick, and it's here to help us kick off summer! Interestingly, Andee got to pick the May book and my mom got to pick the June book, which means both of them were in charge during their birthday months back-to-back. It wasn't in any way planned, but I just realized it this morning.
There's just something about gardening that I love. And specifically, about growing plants that produce food. Even though I know I can't create life, it always gives me an immense feeling of pleasure to know that I took some seeds, put them in dirt and took care of them until they became something that could nourish me. It never ceases to give me a sense of wonder.
So I thought I'd share some of the happenings in my garden as Spring marches on.
Well, I am back from my trip to Miami and I am tired! I think probably the drive and all of that is part of it, but honestly, I think I'm just no good at getting up early. Yesterday and today, I had to get up around 6 a.m. with the help of an alarm and my body just really is no good at all at waking up when it's told to. It's stubborn like that.
Regardless, it's good to be home and see Adam and the cats and all of that good stuff. Now I just have to convince my body to make it through 4 days of work.
I love my car, I do. It's been with me longer than any other. Though, technically, my first car was a lease and my second had an inexplicably short life after being crashed into not once but twice. Still, I've now had my car for 7 years, which makes it 9 years old altogether.
I've made it to 93,400 miles and I've never had any major mechanical breakdowns or repairs. Still, that doesn't mean it doesn't have its ... quirks.
I'm excited to say that we've finished our fourth book club selection and have now gotten to read a choice from each of us! Only two more rounds to go and we'll have finished a minimum of a book a month in 2013. I think that's something to be proud of!
I'll be covering this book differently than the previous ones because, for me, this genre of story benefits more from a takeaway of "bigger picture" lessons than a discussion of literary significance, like we had with Anna Karenina, for example. (Which isn't me judging it negatively, just to be clear. It's simply a different type of book.) I will still throw in my thoughts to get us started, but Sarah Beth also sent me some discussion questions to use. Since there were a lot, I've selected some of my favorites for us. Hopefully, this method will get some conversation going about The Scarlet Thread!
I've really been enjoying this song by Switchfoot lately. It's so honest and thoughtful and beautiful. So I thought I would share it with you too. They've been one of my favorite bands (if not the favorite) for over a decade and they never let me down.
Plus, does it really ever get better than Jon Foreman's voice?