I hope you’ve had a great week, and if you’re in the throes of snow, I hope you have plenty of milk, bread and adult beverages. 🙂 We don’t have much snow, just lots of cold, and I can’t seem to stay warm! Fireplace is roaring, and I could just curl up and watch movies all day if that was an option. Let’s get on with this week’s edition of Friday 5+1! This post contains some affiliate links.
Creative Succulent Ideas
When we were in California, I couldn’t help but notice all of the amazing succulents and the pretty ways that they were planted and displayed. I love them!
I’m a big fan of symmetry (I just can’t help myself), so this perfectly portioned planter is caught my eye right away.
And this Queen Elizabeth succulent planter is just kind of fun and whimsical.
These aren’t for succulents, but how fun are these galvanized buckets for planting?
Speaking of Queen Elizabeth, has anyone else started watching The Crown on Netflix? I started watching it on the plane, which was good, because I gave it my undivided attention (this is more of a challenge at home). It’s so well done and provides an interesting look inside the life of Queen Elizabeth, from her days before she was queen and onward. It’s very authentic in its setting, and I found the acting (and politics) very interesting. John Lithgow makes a great Winston Churchill.
I’ve been working on a kitchen this week, so I’ve been burning through a new Audible book in the process. The book is Lilac Girls, by Martha Hall Kelly. It’s inspired by a real WWII heroine, and is a story of three very different women, and how their lives intertwine during and after World War II. It’s a completely different take on historical fiction during the second world war, and it sucked me in right from the start (which I love). I’m almost finished with it, and already feel confident recommending it to you.
After I shared my favorite books of 2016, one of my readers, Marye, recommended any book by Kate Morton, so I dove in and listened to The Secret Keeper. I’ll let Amazon do the describing, since I really can’t do it justice –
During a picnic at her family’s farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson witnesses a shocking crime, a crime that challenges everything she knows about her adored mother, Dorothy. Now, fifty years later, Laurel and her sisters are meeting at the farm to celebrate Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this is her last chance to discover the truth about that long-ago day, Laurel searches for answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past. Clue by clue, she traces a secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds thrown together in war-torn London—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—whose lives are forever after entwined. A gripping story of deception and passion, The Secret Keeper will keep you enthralled to the last page.
And it does keep you enthralled to the last page! I won’t spoil it, but suffice to say, I never saw it coming. Really great. Thank you for the recommendation Marye!
With two teen boys, this article was an interesting read for me, and I was happy to see that I am pretty well on track with most of the items on the list. My non-teen daughter does laundry, so that has to count for something
even if my boys run and hide when I start to talk about it. Right?
My +1 for the week…
Driving on the highway in California. Oh. My. Goodness. I would seriously have a stroke if I had to do that on a regular basis (and I should clarify that I was just a passenger, I never actually drove). The worst part was the motorcycles – driving in between the lanes of traffic is legal? Really? They’re taking their lives into their own hands on a daily basis, and it’s an all-defensive driving experience. How do you even teach teens to drive without losing your mind?
Have a fantastic weekend!