Old-Fashioned Blueberry Pie

Oh my, how long has it been since I posted a recipe here? Ages, I’m sure. I’m afraid to even look back to see how long ago it was. Anyway, it’s blueberry season here, and blueberries are one of my favorite fruits! I’ve been meaning to head out to one of the local Pick-Your-Own farms, but with the heat… yeah. This lazy girl just didn’t get around to it. However, they have been on sale at the supermarket and last weekend I decided that I had to have blueberry pie.

This has been my go-to recipe for just about 20 years. Simple. Reliable. It’s the kind of pie your grandma would have made. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Old-Fashioned Blueberry Pie

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blueberries, easy, pot pie


  • Pie dough for 2-crust pie
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup AP flour
  • 4 cups blueberries
  • butter
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice


  • Carefully place bottom crust in a standard-sized pie plate. Spread a mixture of 1/4 c. sugar and 2 Tbsp. flour over the bottom crust. Toss the blueberries with the remaining sugar and flour to evenly coat. Dot with butter and sprinkle the lime juice over the berries. Cover with the top crust, and use a fork to poke several holes. Turn edges under the bottom crust and crimp to seal. Sprinkle with a little sugar. Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes, then turn the oven down to 350 and bake for an additional 30 minutes. To prevent over-browning of the edges, cover them with foil when you turn the oven down.


Top with whipped cream or ice cream and enjoy!

Happy Homemaker Monday, July 27, 2020

The last Monday in July! Can you believe it? A month from now it will only be four of us here — Jake will be moved into his college dorm. It will be so strange, and I’m trying not to think about it… at least for the time being.

On Saturday we went shopping for some basic dorm and college supplies. Still have a few things to get but we are set for the most part. Now it’s going to be on to washing and organizing and packing everything up in a way that makes sense.

I can’t believe I’m actually getting this post up in the morning… so proud of myself, LOL! Anyway, let’s link up with Sandra at Diary of a SAHM. Happy Monday!

The Weather…
It’s comfortable out now, but as I type it’s only 6:13 AM. Supposed to be horribly hot today. In fact the National Weather Service has put out a Heat Advisory. Not much else to say there!

How I am feeling…
Stressed about Jake finishing his Eagle project in time. The 18th birthday is in a few weeks and he still has a few things to finish up, as well as completing the paper work. I’ll be so glad when this is behind us.

On my mind…
We are thinking of adopting another cat! We have two cats, sisters, who are 7 and since before last Christmas we’ve been talking about getting another one. Yesterday Drew and Laura fell in love with one, so I am hoping to run over and see her today.

On the breakfast plate…
Not sure yet. I have just had a cup of tea. I am really hungry this morning, so I may make some scrambled eggs.

On my reading pile…
Haven’t done much reading in the last week, so I am still working through Survivor Song.

currently reading: survivor song

On my TV…
Norsemen Season 3 (Netflix)
Psych reruns (Amazon Prime)

On the menu this week…
Monday: Rotisserie Chicken (grab at Sam’s Club while out), crunchy kale salad, leftover macaroni & cheese
Tuesday: Chicken Verde Tacos (slow cooker)
Wednesday: Breakfast for dinner – Scrambled eggs, bacon, hash browns, fruit salad
Thursday: American Chop Suey, garden salad
Friday: ??? I have to work an evening program for the library. Maybe pizza
Saturday: Sausage & peppers with roasted potatoes, broccoli

From the camera…
The Blinded Sphinx moths we saw on our shed.

mating blind sphinx moths

Looking around the house…
The floors need a good sweep & vacuum and I have 3 baskets of laundry to fold, sort, and have everyone put away. I also have a large stack of paperwork in my basket that I really need to sort through and organize.

Chore I’m not looking forward to today, or this week…
Laundry! Just tired of it.

To relax this week, I will…
Work on my memory planner. I am several months behind, and I really want to catch up and start sharing my layouts! When the boys were babies I was an avid scrapbooker and lately I find myself missing it so much.

Well, I am going to make a cup of coffee and get started with my day. Stay cool, everyone. Hope you all have a nice week!

Lazy Wednesday

Hello, all! Thought I’d pop in and say hello. Actually feeling a little under the weather today — nothing concerning, just some tummy discomfort. As I get older some foods really seem to bother me and as much as I hate to admit it, coffee is one of them. If I don’t have something to eat along with my morning cup of coffee, it just doesn’t set well. I skipped breakfast today, so… After having lunch I started feeling better but I’m still kind of meh.

Check out these moths we saw on our small shed yesterday. I looked them up and I am pretty sure they are Blinded Sphinx Moths. Drew caught them in the act, and by the time I got home from work only one (what I believe is the female) was still hanging around. They were so big and honestly could easily have been mistaken for leaves. Amazing!

mating blind sphinx moths
mating blind sphinx moths

Not too much else to report. I did get a new menu board to replace a chalkboard I had in our kitchen. In case you don’t know, Joann is having a pretty great clearance sale right now (it’s heaven if you like Happy Planner products!) and I scored this dry erase board for under $3! There were sets of calendar clings, and I was sure to grab those too because they’re so cute. Drew drilled holes at the top and added the screw eyes so we didn’t have to remove the hooks and then patch the wall. I love it!

happy planner menu board

Another thing I’m loving is the new Paul Tremblay book! I am a slow reader when I’m enjoying a book — I tend to linger on the pages and savor the words — but I think I’ll finish it by the end of the week. It is a little odd reading about quarantines and pandemics while we are living in one, but in a way that’s what makes it even more compelling.

currently reading: survivor song

The weather is still so hot and humid. I sound like a broken record, I know.

I did finish my crochet candle mat, and I really love it! I’m going to work up another one and then I will share the pattern. I have it all written out, I just want to make sure my instructions are correct.

Well, I suppose that’s all for today. Nothing great for dinner tonight – just Italian grinders and tater tots. Feeling in a cooking slump at the moment. Nothing sounds good, and I don’t feel like standing over a stove either. Come on, cooler weather! Even a few days of relief would be welcome!

Happy Homemaker Monday, July 20, 2020

It’s Monday again! How on earth did that happen? Again, I was up extremely early so I am dog-tired. Plus, we had a really busy weekend getting ready to have family over and then hosting our small graduation party yesterday. I have a busy week ahead, and I’m already looking forward to the weekend, LOL!

Let’s link up with Sandra at Diary of a SAHM, shall we?

The Weather
What a horribly hot and humid weekend we had. Ugh! I joked with my son this AM that this is exactly why I prefer to live where my face hurts in the winter. Bring on the cold! Today is just as bad, but storms Wed. and Thu. may cool it down a bit.

How I am feeling
I’m feeling accomplished! Saturday I got a lot of projects done that I’ve been wanting to get to. I cleaned and organized my crafting nook, and I am feeling so inspired to start some new projects!

On my mind
Wondering about school in the fall. A couple more weeks and we should know the plan here in New York State.

On the breakfast plate
Coffee & light multigrain toast with peanut butter.

On my reading pile
In the middle of reading Survivor Song, by Paul Tremblay, and it is SO GOOD. I am a huge fan of his, and so far this book is not disappointing.

On my TV
Nothing new, really! Working through Psych, and just putting on random shows or movies that catch my eye. We watched Falling Down the other night, and it’s been over 20 years since I last watched it. Did not love it as much as I used to, and really saw it through different eyes. It’s definitely disturbing that some people see Michael Douglas’s character as some kind of hero.

On the menu this week
Just a general idea. I am sure things will get switched around depending on how I feel like cooking (or not)! Going grocery shopping on Wednesday, so light on salad ingredients until then.

Monday: Orange chicken with rice and steamed veggies
Tuesday: Grilled chicken, potatoes, steamed veggies
Wednesday: Fried chicken, macaroni & cheese, green salad
Thursday: Breakfast burritos, fruit salad
Friday: Naan pizzas, green salad
Saturday: Burgers, fries, cole slaw
Sunday: Chicken Parmesan, whole wheat pasta, salad

Looking around the house
Laundry needs to be folded, sorted, and put away. Floors need a sweep & vacuum. Otherwise, we’re doing OK!

Chore I’m not looking forward to today, or this week
Gardening work in this heat! I have a lot of weeding to do and zero motivation to do it.

To relax this week, I will
Keep reading my book and work on my memory planner. I may sign up for the new Heidi Swapp class #stoptheblur. I used to be an avid scrapbooker and I am feeling the pull to get back into paper crafts.

From the Camera

Inspiring Quote…

Hope you all have a nice week!

Happy Homemaker Monday, July 13, 2020

It’s Monday again! How on earth did that happen? Again, I was up extremely early so I am dog-tired. Plus, we had a really busy weekend getting ready to have family over and then hosting our small graduation party yesterday. I have a busy week ahead, and I’m already looking forward to the weekend, LOL!

Let’s link up with Sandra at Diary of a SAHM, shall we?

The Weather
Still hot, though today is somewhat tolerable. It’s supposed to get down to 59 tonight which is absolutely dreamy! I’m opening all the windows to get that cool, fresh air in! The week ahead is typical Northeastern summer: hot & humid.

How I am feeling
Starting to feel sad about Jake leaving for school next month. Yup, total pity party over here. I think the fact that he’s been home just about constantly since March is making it harder. We had a little graduation party yesterday and now that it’s over, that last big high school party, reality has hit.

On my mind
I need to follow up about some scholarships and awards. Also, hoping it doesn’t rain Friday night. We are able to hold our summer concerts at the library, but only if they are outside. I know the community really needs some kind of event, so I am praying for no thunderstorms!

On the breakfast plate
Rye toast with strawberry jam (mixing it up this week like a crazy woman, LOL) and a cup of coffee.

On my reading pile
The new Paul Tremblay book, Survivor Song, came in today and I cannot wait to start reading it!!!

On my TV
Finished the new Unsolved Mysteries and it was… okay. I enjoyed the one about the Berkshire UFO sightings because they happened not too far away. I do feel like some of the episodes were dragged out a bit. One of the things I love about the original series is that there were several different stories in one single episode. Laura and I also watched the new Baby-Sitters Club show and we both loved it! They did a great job.

Other than that, just continuing with Psych, and seeing what else catches my eye.

On the menu this week
Not feeling too inspired. I kind of have no idea, but maybe something like this…

Monday: Coconut shrimp and leftover steak, long grain & wild rice, steamed veggies
Tuesday: Grilled chicken, steamed veggies, salad
Wednesday: Hamburgers, waffle fries, cole slaw
Thursday: Crock Pot meatballs & sausage, pasta, steamed broccoli
Friday: ? I’m working a library program in the evening, so… pizza?
Saturday: BBQ pork chops, mac & cheese, cole slaw
Sunday: Chili dogs/chili, fries, salad

Looking around the house
I took Friday off last week so I could really clean the house and do some rearranging so honestly most rooms looks good. There is laundry (of course right?), and I do need to seriously clean out my craft area.

Chore I’m not looking forward to today, or this week
Same as last week since we never got around to it: We have an old TV upstairs that needs to come downstairs and get thrown away and it’s is big and unwieldy and I know it is going to a real ordeal. But at the same time I really want to get it done!

To relax this week, I will
I think this week I want to focus on reading. I have so many books to get through, and I need to stop scrolling on my phone before bed and get back into the habit of reading befor bed. Also, I’m working on some very simple cotton mats to go under candles, plants, etc. Not exactly doilies, but not exactly dishcloths.

On my prayer list
Thinking of someone I know who I just found out is really sick.

Hope you all have a nice week!

July Books I’m Excited About

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As you may know, I work as a library director, though I don’t talk about it too much here on my blog. One of the primary aspects of my job (and by far my favorite) is collection development. I love, love, love ordering books and I love, love, love getting all the new ones in. With that in mind (and with the suggestion from a friend!), I thought I’d start a monthly feature about what is being released and what looks especially interesting to me.

Typically I read non-fiction, horror, and suspense, but really I find all genres have books that I enjoy. I’ll include info on releases I think other people might be excited about too, or those that are getting a buzz that I would recommend to library patrons. These are all books I have ordered for my library and I’m excited to share my picks with you. And by all means, if you’re looking for suggestions for anything in particular feel free to contact me! So on with it, right?

Cover of The Only Good Indians

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones | July 14th, 2020

Seamlessly blending classic horror and a dramatic narrative with sharp social commentary, The Only Good Indians follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event from their youth puts them in a desperate struggle for their lives. Tracked by an entity bent on revenge, these childhood friends are helpless as the culture and traditions they left behind catch up to them in a violent, vengeful way.

Why I ordered it: This has got to be one of the most anticipated books of the year. I started hearing about it several months ago, and I’m eagerly awaiting its arrival. I don’t love bloody, slasher horror. I love horror that is haunting, that makes you examine your world. From what I hear, this book fits the bill.

Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay | July 7th, 2020

In a matter of weeks, Massachusetts has been overrun by an insidious rabies-like virus that is spread by saliva. But unlike rabies, the disease has a terrifyingly short incubation period of an hour or less. Those infected quickly lose their minds and are driven to bite and infect as many others as they can before they inevitably succumb. Hospitals are inundated with the sick and dying, and hysteria has taken hold. To try to limit its spread, the commonwealth is under quarantine and curfew. But society is breaking down and the government’s emergency protocols are faltering.

Dr. Ramola “Rams” Sherman, a soft-spoken pediatrician in her mid-thirties, receives a frantic phone call from Natalie, a friend who is eight months pregnant. Natalie’s husband has been killed—viciously attacked by an infected neighbor—and in a failed attempt to save him, Natalie, too, was bitten. Natalie’s only chance of survival is to get to a hospital as quickly as possible to receive a rabies vaccine. The clock is ticking for her and for her unborn child.

Natalie’s fight for life becomes a desperate odyssey as she and Rams make their way through a hostile landscape filled with dangers beyond their worst nightmares—terrifying, strange, and sometimes deadly challenges that push them to the brink. 

Why I ordered it: I am a huge fan of Paul Tremblay. I devoured his last book, Cabin at the End of the World, in a weekend. (And typically I’m a slow reader.) So honestly, I added this to my July purchases just because he’s an author I like. Reading the description, it seems like the plot sounds a little familiar, right? Quarantine… crazy world… I know there will be twists and I can’t wait for this one, too!

The Bright Lands by John Fram | July 7th, 2020

The town of Bentley holds two things dear: its football, and its secrets. But when star quarterback Dylan Whitley goes missing, an unremitting fear grips this remote corner of Texas.

Joel Whitley was shamed out of conservative Bentley ten years ago, and while he’s finally made a life for himself as a gay man in New York, his younger brother’s disappearance soon brings him back to a place he thought he’d escaped for good. Meanwhile, Sheriff’s Deputy Starsha Clark stayed in Bentley; Joel’s return brings back painful memories—not to mention questions—about her own missing brother. And in the high school hallways, Dylan’s friends begin to suspect that their classmates know far more than they’re telling the police. Together, these unlikely allies will stir up secrets their town has long tried to ignore, drawing the attention of dangerous men who will stop at nothing to see that their crimes stay buried.

But no one is quite prepared to face the darkness that’s begun to haunt their nightmares, whispering about a place long thought to be nothing but an urban legend: an empty night, a flicker of light on the horizon—The Bright Lands.

Why I ordered it: This debut novel from John Fram is a supernatural thriller, and the premise sounded intriguing. I don’t really understand “high school football” culture because it’s not something I grew up with, but I feel like it could be an interesting backdrop to this story. I will warn you that the book does have strong language and some explicit content if that is a concern.

The Lost & Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs | July 7th, 2020

In the wake of a shocking tragedy, Natalie Harper inherits her mother’s charming but financially strapped bookshop in San Francisco. She also becomes caretaker for her ailing grandfather Andrew, her only living relative—not counting her scoundrel father.

But the gruff, deeply kind Andrew has begun displaying signs of decline. Natalie thinks it’s best to move him to an assisted living facility to ensure the care he needs. To pay for it, she plans to close the bookstore and sell the derelict but valuable building on historic Perdita Street, which is in need of constant fixing. There’s only one problem–Grandpa Andrew owns the building and refuses to sell. Natalie adores her grandfather; she’ll do whatever it takes to make his final years happy. Besides, she loves the store and its books provide welcome solace for her overwhelming grief.

After she moves into the small studio apartment above the shop, Natalie carries out her grandfather’s request and hires contractor Peach Gallagher to do the necessary and ongoing repairs. His young daughter, Dorothy, also becomes a regular at the store, and she and Natalie begin reading together while Peach works.

To Natalie’s surprise, her sorrow begins to dissipate as her life becomes an unexpected journey of new connections, discoveries and revelations, from unearthing artifacts hidden in the bookshop’s walls, to discovering the truth about her family, her future, and her own heart.

Why I ordered it: Susan Wiggs is a popular author, so I know many people who will check out this book. But beside from that, I think the story sounds heartwarming and positive.

A Walk Along the Beach by Debbie Macomber | July 14th, 2020

The Lakey sisters are perfect opposites. After their mother died and their father was lost in grief, Willa had no choice but to raise her sister, Harper, and their brother, Lucas. Then, as an adult, she put her own life on hold to nurse Harper through a terrifying illness. Now that Harper is better and the sisters are living as roommates, Willa has realized her dream of running her own bakery and coffee shop, bringing her special brand of caretaking to the whole Oceanside community.

Harper, on the other hand, is always on the go. Overcoming a terrible illness has given her a new lease on life, and she does not intend to waste it. When Harper announces her plan to summit Mount Rainier, Willa fears she may be pushing herself too far. Harper, for her part, urges Willa to stop worrying and do something outside of her comfort zone—like taking a chance on love with a handsome new customer.  

Sean O’Malley is as charming as he is intriguing—a freelance photographer whose assignments take him to the ends of the earth. Soon Willa’s falling for him in a way that is both exciting and terrifying. But life has taught Willa to hedge her bets, and she wonders whether the potential heartache is worth the risk.  

Life has more challenges in store for them all. But both sisters will discover that even in the darkest moments, family is everything.

Why I ordered it: It’s Debbie Macomber! Enough said.

Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby | July 14th, 2020

Beauregard “Bug” Montage is an honest mechanic, a loving husband, and a hard-working dad. Bug knows there’s no future in the man he used to be: known from the hills of North Carolina to the beaches of Florida as the best wheelman on the East Coast.

He thought he’d left all that behind him, but as his carefully built new life begins to crumble, he finds himself drawn inexorably back into a world of blood and bullets. When a smooth-talking former associate comes calling with a can’t-miss jewelry store heist, Bug feels he has no choice but to get back in the driver’s seat. And Bug is at his best where the scent of gasoline mixes with the smell of fear.

Haunted by the ghost of who he used to be and the father who disappeared when he needed him most, Bug must find a way to navigate this blacktop wasteland…or die trying.

Why I ordered it: Lots of buzz. Lots of great reviews. I enjoy crime fiction, and flawed characters who have the best intentions and I think there’s going to be a lot of excitement around this book.

The Cold Vanish: Seeking the Missing in North America’s Wildlands by Jon Billman | July 7th, 2020

These are the stories that defy conventional logic. The proverbial vanished without a trace incidences, which happen a lot more (and a lot closer to your backyard) than almost anyone thinks. These are the missing whose situations are the hardest on loved ones left behind. The cases that are an embarrassment for park superintendents, rangers and law enforcement charged with Search & Rescue. The ones that baffle the volunteers who comb the mountains, woods and badlands. The stories that should give you pause every time you venture outdoors.

It’s a tricky thing to write about missing persons because the story is the absence of someone. A void. The person at the heart of the story is thinner than a smoke ring, invisible as someone else’s memory. The bones you dig up are most often metaphorical. While much of the book will embrace memory and faulty memory — history — The Cold Vanish is at its core a story of now and tomorrow. Someone will vanish in the wild tomorrow. These are the people who will go looking.

Why I ordered it: I am obsessed with stories of disappearances, and I have been as long as I can remember (thanks, Unsolved Mysteries). But this book doesn’t focus as much on those who have disappeared, as those who go looking for them. It’s a fresh perspective and I just know that some of these stories will tug at my heart.

The Poetry of Strangers: What I Learned Traveling America with a Typewriter by Brian Sonia-Wallace | June 30th, 2020

Before he became an award-winning writer and poet, Brian Sonia-Wallace set up a typewriter on the street with a sign that said “Poetry Store” and discovered something surprising: all over America, people want poems. An amateur busker at first, Brian asked countless strangers, “What do you need a poem about?” To his surprise, passersby opened up to share their deepest yearnings, loves, and heartbreaks. Hundreds of them. Then thousands. Around the nation, Brian’s poetry crusade drew countless converts from all walks of life.

In The Poetry of Strangers, Brian tells the story of his cross-country journey in a series of heartfelt and insightful essays. From Minnesota to Tennessee, California to North Dakota, Brian discovered that people aren’t so afraid of poetry when it’s telling their stories. In “dying” towns flourish vibrant artistic spirits and fascinating American characters who often pass under the radar, from the Mall of America’s mall walkers to retirees on Amtrak to self-proclaimed witches in Salem.

In a time of unprecedented loneliness and isolation, Brian’s journey shows how art can be a vital bridge to community in surprising places. Conventional wisdom says Americans don’t want to talk to each other, but according to this poet-for-hire, everyone is just dying to be heard.

Thought-provoking, moving, and eye-opening, The Poetry of Strangers is an unforgettable portrait of America told through the hidden longings of one person at a time, by one of our most important voices today. The fault lines and conflicts which divide us fall away when we remember to look, in every stranger, for poetry. 

Why I ordered it: I love poetry and feel that it does not get the attention it deserves. Poetry channels so much feeling and emotion and humanity, and yet over the years it’s been elevated to some kind of unreachable literary form that “normal” people can’t enjoy, which is not true at all. Poetry is for everyone, and I think this book sets out to show that’s true! I’m excited for this one to arrive.

So there you have it… just a few of the July releases that seemed to pop out at me. I feel like this month there was a good variety. I’ll be sure to pass on anything I missed and I’ll try to do this again for August if anyone’s interested!

So Tired Today

My hydrengea’s looking so pretty!

I love Wednesdays because the library is closed so typically it is a day off for me. And with it being summer, I didn’t need to get up early to get anyone ready for school (and, obviously even it it wasn’t summer, with this raging virus the kids would all be distance-learning from home and not needing to catch a bus). Of course, the one day I can sleep in, I was up at 4 a.m. and could not get back to sleep. Does that ever happen to you? Anyway, I am beat.

I did take advantage of the early start though. I got out of bed around 5:30, make a cup of tea, tossed in a load of laundry and made out my to-do list. Then I took a walk outside to check on my flowers. Overnight the deer devoured the day lilies by the road, but at least the ones by the house are still fine. I just need the pesky critters to leave them alone until after Sunday when we are having our parents over!

Throughout the day I chipped away at little projects. You know how they tend to stack up after a while.

… Finally switched out the bedspread on our bed from our heavy quilt to a much lighter coverlet.

… I repotted a little cactus that was in dire need of a new home. Jake got this cactus years and years ago, and honestly if I remember to water it a few times a year that’s it. But it keeps on growing.

… Printed out a few recipes I need for the weekend.

… Made everyone’s favorite for dinner: burgers and fries.

While I was getting dinner started, Drew had to drive Jake into town to fill out an application for a summer job. The place where he worked last summer (and where he’d planned to work again during this tourist season) was not able to open due to Covid, unfortunately. He hates not working, so even though this would just be for about a month before heading to college, it’s something. So we will see.

As for now, the kitchen is cleaned up and I’m looking forward to a shower, fresh PJs, a little ice cream, and zoning out in front of the TV for a little while.

Happy Homemaker Monday, July 6, 2020

I hope everyone had a nice weekend! Ours was quiet, but good. Didn’t really do much for the 4th of July. Nevertheless, we enjoyed grilled brats and set off some low-key fireworks for the kids. Having a lazy day was fun, too!

Let’s link up with Sandra at Diary of a SAHM, shall we?

The Weather
The weekend was so miserably hot. I am not a fan of summer weather, and I really don’t enjoy being stuck with the windows closed and the A/C on, but it beat the alternative. It’s still really hot today, but so far things are comfortable with just the fan. Is it too early to be longing for fall?

How I am feeling
Excited to see my parents this weekend! I have not seen them since mid-March, and Sunday we are having a small celebration for Jake with my parents and Drew’s mom.

On my mind
I have to remember to order graduation photos before the free shipping deal expires! I keep forgetting!      

On the breakfast plate
Light multi-grain toast with peanut butter and a cup of coffee.

On my reading pile
I feel bad, but I gave up on The Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andric (which I was reading for book club at work). I love the idea, but reading it was a struggle, and honestly the print was so tiny that it was physically hard to read. So instead I just checked out The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters. This should tide me over until all of the new July releases come rolling in (SO MANY GREAT BOOKS THIS MONTH).

On my TV
Unsolved Mysteries (the new episodes on Netflix!)

On the menu this week
Monday: Chicken Parmesan, whole wheat pasta, steamed veggies
Tuesday: Kielbasa, potato-cheese pierogis, green salad
Wednesday: Cheeseburgers, waffle fries, steamed vegetables
Thursday: Instant Pot chicken biryani, cucumber and onion salad
Friday: Make-your-own pizzas, salad
Saturday: ?
Sunday: Family over for Jake’s graduation party: beef tenderloin, baked potatoes, spinach au gratin, green salad, cheesecake

From the camera
My flower garden is doing so well this year – I’m really excited about it! In particular, I was pleasantly surprised to discover blooms on my hydrangea, which has not flowered since 2008. (Yes, I do actually keep track of these things, LOL)


My day lilies are looking great, too.

day lilies

Looking around the house
It’s the usual for a Monday. Enough said!

Chore I’m not looking forward to today, or this week
We have an old TV upstairs that needs to come downstairs and get thrown away and it’s is big and unwieldy and I know it is going to a real ordeal. But at the same time I really want to get it done!

To relax this week, I will
I have a new crochet blanket I plan to start, and I’m really excited about it! It is the WeekEnder Blanket and I love how the hexagons are connected to each other as you work it up, so no sewing it all together! It should be a good stash-buster, as well.

On my prayer list
Praying for everyone struck with the coronovirus, those who are still suffering ongoing symptoms, and those with loved ones who are sick or who have passed because of it.

Praying for wisdom for our local, state, and national leadership. Praying for the divisive rhetoric to stop because it is not helping bring anyone together.

Wishing you a great week ahead. I’m going to try to get back into regular blog posting – I’ve missed it! Wear a mask, be careful, and above all be kind!