Friday Night Lights Pip-Life

Let’s Dip Into Friday Night Lights?

November 13, 2020

I hope you’re having an okay time, dear reader. It’s a jungle out there, improving in some parts and descending into distressing madness in others. Here are some distractions, in case that’s what you are seeking …

1/ Kate Arends: 5 small morning rituals that don’t include working out.
2/ Julie Rybarczyk: How Facebook marketplace is getting me through the pandemic.
3/ Anne-Laure le Cunff: How to stop exaggerating (and more on why we do it!)
4/ The Simple Things: Create a mental health shelf
5/ Diane Schuller : A beautiful plant can be a friend
6/ Isaac Fitzgerald: When Covid hit, I started walking 20,000 steps a day. It’s changed my life.
7/ Ellie Violet Bramley: Allotments are good for your physical and mental health.

1/ The new season of The Crown starts on Sunday! Hooray!
2/ And did you see that there is an online exhibition of costumes from The Crown and The Queen’s Gambit?
3/ Also, I just watched the latest season of Unforgotten. You know how much I love Nicola Walker so I won’t tell you again! (It’s on iView for free.)

How cute is this bottle opener?! Very, very batty! Very, very helpful!
Or perhaps you would prefer these fancy advent calendars?

Dr Pippa Burns aka my favourite crochet researcher is Pip of the Week! (Remember I spoke to Pippa for this story?) She’s in the know about so many interesting things. *Nods* Not just craft. Much, much more.

Dear pickled apples
I’ve had the brine of my life
Owe it all to you.


(Also found via Swiss Miss)

Holiday PJs!
Woolf sweat!

I haven’t been sleeping so well, so have been listening to political podcasts in the dead of night, trying to learn more about US politics and get a handle on what might happen next.

The Rachel Maddow Show and Anderson Cooper 360 have been helpful.

1/ Author Ann Patchett talks about the challenges of running a bookshop during the pandemic.
2/ This book about trees looks lovely!
3/ I just started reading The Fire of Joy by the late Clive James. So far, so brilliant.

1/ Make your own twisty candles with this unexpected DIY.
2/ SoulCraft is back as an online festival rather than the usual IRL Melbourne event.
3/ Make a partridge in a pear tree. Look how cute that partridge is!!
4/ DIY a comfy and cute sweatshirt!
5/ Head along to one of Eliza’s farm workshops? (above)


1/ I’m making this Bean and Bacon Soup today. It’s been so hot and I’m tired and today is milder so SOUP IT IS! With focaccia on the side, of course.

2/ Salted Honey Parker House Rolls, anyone? (Yes! Meeee!)

3/ This Blueberry and Apple Muffin Cake looks pretty delicious, doesn’t it?

4/ Nigel Slater’s Yuzu Chicken with Broccoli and Rice looks like a great weekday dinner for the non vegos. Yum!

1/ A collection of the most creative films and TV shows. (So good!)
2/ The Queen’s Gambit’s Anya Taylor-Joy is set to star in a new Mad Max prequel.
3/ These Thanksgiving table settings might give you ideas for the holiday season?
4/ Nobody is normal …

Childline: Nobody is Normal from Catherine Prowse on Vimeo.

5/ A rooftop oasis in Manhattan.

1/ A duck in the drawing room? Why not?
2/ A talk with Sue Stuart-Smith: Gardening for the mind. I’m a huge fan of Sue’s and loved her book. Maybe you’d like to snap up a ticket and watch it online?
3/ Alice In Wonderland wallpaper? I think so.

If you’d like to help support my work (and my fam) financially during these challenging times, you can subscribe to 1000 Ways to Feel More Okay … but it’s totally fine if you are not in a position to do so. I am just so glad to have you here, regardless.

Love and health to you and yours,

x Pip


  • Reply Kay November 14, 2020 at 12:15 AM

    I just needed this post, thank you for giving me a time to indulge and relax. x

  • Reply kate November 13, 2020 at 4:11 PM

    I love these posts Pip, you always lead me down interesting trails of things I’d otherwise never know about. Thank you
    Cheers Kate

  • Reply Reannon November 13, 2020 at 3:34 PM

    Pip, every time I read FNL I am amazed at widely you read & all the different places you pull things from. I feel like I need to broaden my reading net!

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