Friday Flotsam

Frrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr ! . ! . eedoo. !! …!

I’m on the hunt for white pleated shorts.

Which might possibly be the nerdiest way to begin a blog post, but this is where I am in life.

I have some on the way from Amazon. Which means one of two things: secret loophole of fashion gold, or absolutely HORRIFIC. My $18 is on the latter.

Shorts are HARD, man. Why are they so hard? The length has to be just right. The waist has to be just right. The color – just right. They can’t billow out. They can’t be too tight. I hate them all.

Tell me what your summer shorts vibe will be. Or if you refuse to have a summer shorts vibe. (looking at you, Anna)

Show me everything!

Books! Let’s talk books for a minute.

Normally I have a solid direction of what I’m reading next, but I’m b l a n k right now. I’m in the middle of The Family Remains (so good!), but guess what’s on my vanity for the next read. NADDA. NUTHIN’. ZILCH. This is not me at all. Of course I have a GoodReads want-to-read list, and of course I have a little desktop file of books in the potential queue (re: nerd.) But I can’t seem to nail down what I’m in the mood for. Tell me what you’re reading. What I should be reading? I need five books on my night stand to feel like I’m thriving in this world.

Tell me everything!

THAT AND – my mission today is to find flowering vine seedlings for our garden arch. (that and herbs, window box filler, and other plants to fill my pots), but the VINE. The flowering vine is today’s absolute number one goal. I think a vintage Black-Eyed Susan would be beautiful, but if you have other ideas, tell me every one of them!

If you missed my reel yesterday, thanks to the algorithm that is a complete turd, I’ll show you here! I have a lot of bad-ass women in my life who own and run their own businesses, so I went around to each of their workplaces and gifted them a bottle of Bread and Butter Wines! It was such a fun way to celebrate them. Bread and Butter has a female winemaker at the helm, Linda Trotta, which I find fascinating and incredibly inspiring. If you’ve never tried any of their wines, ya gotta! Trade Joe’s carries them, but also here’s a link for you to find where you can get it. The Prosecco is deeeeelish. As is everything, but I’m in a bubbly kind of mood these days. Not a bad place to be.

Weekend plans?

Loads of gardening, soccer game (if the rain holds off) and finishing my book, bay-buh. And then immediately ordering what you tell me to read next!

From this week, in case you missed it::: Pork Chops with an Herbed Wine Sauce over Polenta. Rustic and delish! And then yesterday I posted a bunch of airport travel and beach necessity links. Whatever kind of vacation or trip you have on the way, hopefully you’ll find something in this roundup that’s helpful. Peep it! Or not. I’m breezy!

Okay so a flowering vine and books and shorts: What chew gawt?

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17 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Rebekah S April 14, 2023 at 9:31 am #
    I hope the other commenters come through on the short suggestions because I’ve got nothing. And I need something. Lol Im glad you linked the reel because it never showed up for me yesterday. Already consulted your travel stuff post three times for purchases. Golden.
  2. Cindy April 14, 2023 at 10:22 am #
    Just finished Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. It took me a little bit to get into it. Glad I pushed through! I rated 4.5/5. The main character is hilarious!
    • Bev Weidner April 14, 2023 at 11:01 am #
      It's suuuuch a great book! I read it years ago. Loved it!
  3. Nancy April 14, 2023 at 10:26 am #
    I’m reading a book I picked up at a yard sale months ago called The Paperboy. The guy has a different style of writing but I’m getting used to it and am hoping for a good read. I agree, shorts are hard but as I age I lean towards elastic waists but my absolute favorite pair are Loft jeans shorts I got at a consignment shop years ago. So I can go either way as long as they’re comfy! Happy Friday!
  4. Renae April 14, 2023 at 10:33 am #
    Loved the reel. And I'm a no on shorts. I have no knees, my legs are white tree trunks...they look like aspens. It's no bueno. :(
  5. Jessica April 14, 2023 at 11:17 am #
    I went on a deep dive this week looking for a flowering vine and this article helped so much: I want all of them! Shorts are tough….I’m kind of embarrassed to say America Eagle but my favorite pair is from there from a couple years ago. 🫣 Have you read The Villa? Or The Whalebone Theater? Or The Kitchen House? Some of my recent faves. 💜
  6. Hallie April 14, 2023 at 11:50 am #
    Have you read Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow? It’s such a good book. Don’t get turned off by the video game stuff. 10/10
  7. Lola April 14, 2023 at 11:56 am #
    I just bought the new Jeannette Walls book called Hang the Moon. Haven't started it yet but I've heard it's good and The Glass Castle is one if my favs!! My all time favourite book is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah!!!!! It is the most amazing book!! If you haven't read it, you just gotta!!! And for flowering vines, I love Clematis. Comes in lots of different colours and is very hardy! Good luck!
  8. Bonnie April 14, 2023 at 12:03 pm #
    Books: just finished Someone Else’s Shoes by Jojo Moyes. Good and focused on strong female friendships. Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark. Outstanding - on my top 10 lifetime list. Don’t let the length scare you off. And the Beartown trilogy by Fredrik Backman, author of A Man Called Ove. Wonderful series.
  9. Mollie K April 14, 2023 at 3:30 pm #
    Books: 1. Winter Gargen by Kristen Hannah. IT IS A MUST. IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND INTENSE AND AMAZING I CAN'T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT IT. 2. Signal Fires-Dani Shapiro. SO GOOD. Quick read too but amazing writing and incredible message and character development. 3. Summer Island-Kristen Hannah (she is THE BEST!) 4. Carrie Soto Is Back-Taylor Jenkins Reid 5. Mad Honey-Jodi Picoult & Jennifer Finney Boylan Have you read any of these?? Let me know! If not, READ THEM ALL!! Also-all shorts are the worst!! I cannot find a good fit either. So frustrating.
  10. Liz April 14, 2023 at 6:17 pm #
    The Marriage Portrait is AMAZING. Best book I've read in a long time. The Maid is a fun quick read, enjoyed it very much. I think you would like it. It's a murder mystery with fun characters. The guy who got murdered is a jerk so you won't mind that part. Just finished Remarkably Bright Creatures and loved it! Do not be put off by a book about an octopus, you will fall in love with him and the other characters. Second Nature by Alice Hoffman is one of my favorite books ever - soooo good. I think it's her best. Thank you for the travel tips/links - perfect with summer coming up!
  11. Stasha April 14, 2023 at 6:25 pm #
    We seem to read a lot of the same books, so I’ll recommend any of the Three Pines books by Louise Penny. They’re mostly cozy mysteries set in the most gorgeous sounding little town in Quebec. The descriptions of the food alone make me what to move there! I’ve read them out of order and haven’t had any issues following along so don’t feel like you need to start at the beginning.
  12. Jana Taylor April 14, 2023 at 9:30 pm #
    Just finished House of Eve. Really good! Finally reading The Spare now.
  13. Kristen April 15, 2023 at 3:08 pm #
    Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver. It’s long and I’m only 30% through but it’s already best book of the year, IMO.
  14. Tracy April 15, 2023 at 5:56 pm #
    Remarkably Bright Creatures and Dear Edward are 2 recent 5 star books for me. Also Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult as well as Mad Honey. Oh and also The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot. Such a sweet story!
  15. Mel Carter April 16, 2023 at 10:59 pm #
    I'm only halfway through Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and can already recommend it.
  16. Jess April 17, 2023 at 12:17 pm #
    I am almost done with Kitchens of the Great Midwest and have loved it so far!

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