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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Five on Friday - May 7, 2021

Let's hear it for Friday!  I'm so glad the weekend is here.  It's going to be a fun one so let's kick it off with my five for today ~

1.  Mother's Day
Sunday is Mother's Day!  The first Mother's Day was celebrated in 1907 when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St. Andrew's Methodist Church.  Seven years later, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as a national holiday honoring mothers.  Hope you can celebrate the day with those you love.


2.  Wrath of Man
It has been ages since we saw a good action film on the big screen.  We're hoping to change that this weekend!  Wrath of Man opens today and it looks packed with action.  Here's the summary from Rotten Tomatoes ~
Mysterious and wild-eyed, a new security guard for a cash truck surprises his co-workers when he unleashes precision skills during a heist. The crew is left wondering who he is and where he came from. Soon, the marksman's ultimate motive becomes clear as he takes dramatic and irrevocable steps to settle a score.


Looking for your next read?  How about trying Reese Witherspoon's Book Club Selection.  This one just hit the stands this week.  It sounds so intriguing to me.  Definitely adding it to my TBR list.  Here's the summary from Amazon ~
A gripping mystery about a woman who thinks she’s found the love of her life - until he disappears.

Before Owen Michaels disappears, he smuggles a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her. Despite her confusion and fear, Hannah Hall knows exactly to whom the note refers - Owen’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Bailey. Bailey, who lost her mother tragically as a child. Bailey, who wants absolutely nothing to do with her new stepmother.

As Hannah’s increasingly desperate calls to Owen go unanswered, as the FBI arrests Owen’s boss, as a US marshal and federal agents arrive at her Sausalito home unannounced, Hannah quickly realizes her husband isn’t who he said he was. And that Bailey just may hold the key to figuring out Owen’s true identity - and why he really disappeared.

Hannah and Bailey set out to discover the truth. But as they start putting together the pieces of Owen’s past, they soon realize they’re also building a new future - one neither of them could have anticipated.

With its breakneck pacing, dizzying plot twists, and evocative family drama, The Last Thing He Told Me is a riveting mystery, certain to shock you with its final, heartbreaking turn.
Warm weather is coming and so are picnics and opportunities to eat outside and BUGS!  This year I'll be ready because I scooped up this 6-pack of pop-up mesh screen food covers.  When they are folded down, they take up very little space.  But when you pop them open, they easily cover large plates of food.  They come in a set of 6, so I'm thinking I can even cover everyone's dinner plate until we're ready to eat.  Alfresco dining here we come!



5.  Definitely me...

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!  I'm looking forward to spending some time with my son and daughter-in-law.  Pop back in on Monday to get the full weekend rewind.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Bee Kind Tiered Tray

Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday where I share something I'm thinking about and invite you to link up and do the same.  

Last weekend I took a minute to change the decorations on our three-tier tray.  Sometimes these things just fall into place and this was one of those times!  I grabbed a tub of bee-related baubles I had stored in the basement and this is how it all came together ~


I had previewed a picture in my Weekending post and a friend asked where I got the items to go on our tiered trays.  The answer is from everywhere!  I've gotten items from Michael's, Hobby Lobby, thrift stores, Etsy, and Cracker Barrel.  You never know what you're going to find at Cracker Barrel's store!  Some of the bees in this display actually came from the floral department at our local Schnuck's grocery store.  




Recently I've started adding in more greenery to fill out the layers and the sides.  Most of the greenery used here was actually leftover from our Easter tiered tray.  



The overall look is bright and cheery.  It makes me smile every time I look at it - from the morning when I'm fixing my lunch before heading to work through the evening when I'm cleaning up from dinner.  Sometimes we can all use a little reminder to be happy!




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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop - May 5, 2021

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Weekending - April 30, 2021

What a weekend!  I had known this weekend was going to be a busy one, but we added in a couple spontaneous things that made it even more fun.  Let's do a rewind ~

Friday our son called to see if we wanted to join him and our daughter-in-law at a movie.  How could I say no to that?  I worked up to the very last minute and raced to the theater.  Man, does it feel great to be seeing shows on the big screen again!  We saw the new Disney movie, Raya and the Last Dragon.  It was cute.  


Saturday was a packed day.  We were hosting a wedding workday on Sunday for the June bride I'm working with, so I had a lot to get done.  Our goal was to finish the menus, programs, and favors.  I was also preparing lunch for the eight guests coming over.  I had a vision of serving the lunch outside on a beautifully set table.  

After planning the menu and going to the grocery store, I also wanted to refresh our three-tier tray in the kitchen.  I'm embarrassed to say I still had our Easter decorations up!  In my mind I was justifying it by saying to myself they were spring decorations.  Bunnies were replaced with bees and the end result was great!


Saturday was an absolutely gorgeous weather day and I was hoping the chance of rain on Sunday would hold off until later in the afternoon.  Sunday morning the clouds looked pretty ominous, so I focused on the indoor preparations.  There were stations for gluing, cutting, and putting the favors together.  In a matter of just a few hours, we knocked all the items off the to-do list.  Wedding work day was a success!


Eric and I waited until the last minute to set up the table outside because we didn't want to take the chance of everything getting wet.  




The Amazon truck had been dropping off items for this tablescape all week.  The bridal couples' colors are blue and yellow and I wanted the tablescape to match.  The lemon theme worked perfectly!  


Thank heavens Mother Nature was on our side.  Lunch was over and we had all the dishes inside just as the first raindrops began to fall.  

Sunday night Eric and I picked up a friend, Cindy, that was in town for business and went to dinner.  Cindy and I were sorority sisters and roommates in college almost 40 years ago.  She had never met Eric in person.  We spent the evening sharing stories and catching up.  It was so wonderful to reconnect over margaritas!  I hope we can get together every time she's in St. Louis for business.


And that's a wrap on the weekend.  I'll be sharing more pictures of the tiered tray later this week so I hope you pop back in!


Friday, April 30, 2021

Five on Friday - April 30, 2021

Hey, hey friends - happy Friday!  Where did the week go?  I was super busy at work this week so the past few days have flown by.  This is one of those weeks that I could really benefit from having an extra day or two, so the weekend is going to be a little more packed than I typically like it to be.  Nevertheless, I'm still super excited to have a few days at home.  And I'm definitely not complaining about being busy again after this past year of feeling quite bored a lot of the time!  Let's start things off with me sharing my five for this week ~

1.  The Handmaid's Tale
It's back!  Three episodes of the new season dropped earlier this week and I'm dying to get cozy on the couch and soak up every one of them.  Have you watched it yet?  The season three cliffhanger was a good one and I'm excited to see how June is going to get out of the pickle she got yourself into.  This season will have 10 episodes of pure drama.  Praise be!


2.  Sooley
John Grisham's latest book was released this week and it sounds like another best seller!  Here's the summary from Amazon ~
In the summer of his seventeenth year, Sam­uel Sooleymon gets the chance of a lifetime: a trip to the United States with his South Sudanese teammates to play in a showcase basket­ball tournament. He has never been away from home, nor has he ever been on an airplane. The opportunity to be scouted by dozens of college coaches is a dream come true.

Samuel is an amazing athlete, with speed, quick­ness, and an astonishing vertical leap. The rest of his game, though, needs work, and the American coaches are less than impressed.

During the tournament, Samuel receives dev­astating news from home: A civil war is raging across South Sudan, and rebel troops have ran­sacked his village. His father is dead, his sister is missing, and his mother and two younger brothers are in a refugee camp.

Samuel desperately wants to go home, but it’s just not possible. Partly out of sympathy, the coach of North Carolina Central offers him a scholar­ship. Samuel moves to Durham, enrolls in classes, joins the team, and prepares to sit out his freshman season. There is plenty of more mature talent and he isn’t immediately needed.

But Samuel has something no other player has: a fierce determination to succeed so he can bring his family to America. He works tirelessly on his game, shooting baskets every morning at dawn by himself in the gym, and soon he’s dominating everyone in practice. With the Central team los­ing and suffering injury after injury, Sooley, as he is nicknamed, is called off the bench. And the legend begins.

But how far can Sooley take his team? And will success allow him to save his family?

Gripping and moving, Sooley showcases John Grisham’s unparalleled storytelling powers in a whole new light. This is Grisham at the top of his game.

I was getting a little tired of my black work tote bag, so I decided to treat myself to a new one from Amazon.  This one had been popping up in a few other blogs that I read with great reviews so I decided to give it a whirl.  It's cheap, so my expectation was low.  But this baby is the bomb and lives up to the hype!  It comes in a ton of colors and textures.  I decided to go with the pink crocodile one for spring.  Perfect for carrying my planner, umbrella, water bottle, journal, and a few other little things back and forth to work.  At only $14, I'm thinking seriously about adding a few of the other colors to my collection.


4.  Girl Scout Thin Mints Almonds
Hey all you Costco members - look what's on the shelves at your store.  Girl Scout Thin Mints Almonds!  If your stash of Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies is running low, you can supplement with a jar of these almonds.  I think I might like these almonds more than the cookies.  They are also gluten-free!


5.  Cheers...


Keep your fingers crossed that we don't get rain on Sunday.  I'm hosting a wedding work day at our house and have big plans to debut our outdoor furniture and set up a table for lunch.  The forecast is saying 40% chance of rain.  That means a 60% chance of no rain, so I'm staying positive.  You better believe there will be pictures next week if I can pull this off!  Have a great weekend and hope to see you back here next week.


Thursday, April 29, 2021

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - April 29, 2021

Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday where I typically share something I'm thinking about and invite you to link up and do the same.


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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop - April 28, 2021

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