How are things with you? Are you okay? I hope so!
Today I thought I’d tell you about some things that have been making my days ace. Because who doesn’t need ace-day-maker suggestions?!
This is not a sponsored mention, so fear not. I have been using an app called Readly to catch up on a few of my favourite magazines. It’s such a brilliant stress reliever to ‘flip’ through the pages and I have accumulated a big file of in-app bookmarks filed under things like ‘dinner’ and ‘lunch’ and ‘to make’ and ‘homey’. Frankie, Country Living UK, BBC Good Food, Vanity Fair, The World of Interiors, Mollie Makes, Vogue and more are on there. It’s a good one because it’s getting harder and harder to find good magazines in the shops. Great newsagents are few and far between, aren’t they?!
Doll & Em
After binging the wonderful Doll and Em, I’m switching over to movies. This is totally uncharacteristic of me, but I have lots of work and study to do and binging TV shows is not very good for productivity! Much better to take a 90 minute break and then get back to it, so a movie fits the bill brilliantly. Recently I’ve watched A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood, which I LOVED. I also watched The Post because who can resist Meryl Streep, Sarah Paulson, Tom Hanks, Alison Brie and Matthew Rhys on the same bill?! All that movie chatter said, I can’t wait for The Pursuit of Love!
My shops don’t have ‘The Everything’ but I would be SO KEEN to try it! I do love The Sesame though! Not bready at all. Very bagel-y. Chewy, crunchy, squishy, yum!
3/ My view!
I’m such a show off. It seems that I am fortunate enough to have a beautiful view, doesn’t it? That’s all thanks to my brother who owns the house that I am renting. I love my view. I can see my small town, farmland, mountains, so very many trees and a giant ever-changing sky. It’s there in the morning when I have my first cup of tea, cuddle my dogs and gaze out thinking about what the day will hold. It’s there during the day when a quick glance is all it takes to centre myself and know I’m tucked safely into a world that wants the best for me. It’s there in the early evening when I rinse and chop and simmer and sizzle and snip my way to a lovely dinner for me and my big kiddos. And it’s there even in the darkness when the fire is roaring inside and the town lights and night sky are twinkling or not.
Also … I got a new (vintage) dinner set!
Olive helping me with my book interview notes. Thank you, Olive.
4/ My diary
I love my diary. I keep a Moleskine (won’t somebody think of the moles!) day-to-a-page. It is pink. I also keep a Google Calendar, but there is something about writing things down pen and paper style that helps me to process them. I scrawl messily in this diary, transferring things from Google Calendar at the start of each week and adding daily tasks as I go. My friend Michelle has the same diary. Hers is not pink though.
5/ Supermarket bagels
When I lived in Melbourne all manner of artisan snacks were on my doorstep, just a short drive away. In rural Tasmania there are lots of delicious snacks to be had, but they are not always quite so readily accessed. This has taught me that a) I used to spend a lot of time thinking about getting a particular thing and then seeking it out and b) that sometimes making do with what you can get is okay. Granted I can make bagels, and I do, but there is a type of supermarket bagel which I really like. It’s the Abe’s Bagels Sesame Seed type. I have one with butter and Vegemite every morning at the moment … alongside a giant cup of tea. Delicious!
What have you been enjoying, dear reader? I’d love to know!
PS: My new book is out! Buy it for your favourite mums, why don’t you?!