I don’t think anyone can say this is a particularly joyful weekend given the state of the world. I wanted to write this post yesterday but couldn’t quite bring myself to do it. But of course, the point of this practice is to find joy even when it seems like there isn’t any, so here I am with a few pictures and good things from the week.
🎧 I’ve listened to Emily P. Freeman’s State of the Podcast three times this week. I love how she models finding your next right thing by writing up lists of what’s life giving, life draining, and the arrows you’re following. I’ve been wanting to make changes on my blog for a while and spending some time with her words this week has helped.
🎧 I’m just over halfway through Jane Eyre and have to admit that I’m enjoying it more than I did the first time I read it. Thandie Newton’s narration is excellent! Listening to the classics has made such a difference for me. Bonus: many of the classics are included for free with an Audible subscription.
📚 I stayed up past my bedtime to finish A Tale for the Time Being last night. I think it’s going to be on my list of favorites at the end of the year! More on Wednesday.
📓 On Tuesday I made it to 500 straight days of journaling. I wasn’t sure if I’d keep going or not, but (surprise, surprise) I have. So I think that makes today 504?
🍅 🥒 We’ve spent a lot of time in the garden and kitchen this week. This is the best growing year we’ve ever had and we’re finally getting some practice at preserving. We’ve made salsa and frozen some pasta sauce (Ina Garten’s Arrabiata Sauce which you can find here or in her most recent cookbook – Modern Comfort Food – which is where I found it).
🍅 🍞 I expect to be eating tomato sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a while.
🌽 🥔 Not pictured is all of the corn chowder we’ve made with corn and potatoes from the garden. And grilled corn cobs.
🍪 🫖 I’m in a teatime baking mood, but I don’t want to overdo things. I’ll wait until it cools down outside and the garden slows down before turning on the oven for sweet things.
My thoughts are with the people of Afghanistan and Haiti this weekend. The images coming from around the world are heartbreaking and I’m just not sure what to say. So this is where I’ll leave it until Monday – please take good care.