Weekend 5+1 (5 Things I Love + 1 Thing I Don’t) – 4.20.20

Ok, yes, it’s Monday and technically not the weekend.  But does it really matter at this point?  The days just kind of roll into one another in this world we live in, so I’m calling it what I want.  Once life goes back to normal, I’ll play by the calendar rules.  I look forward to it.  Things are going to start slowly reopening here in Ohio beginning May 1st, so that gives a bit of a light at the end of the tunnel.  A lot of this has been difficult because there hasn’t been an “end” date.  The uncertainty just makes things even harder.  Fingers crossed we can start living like normal humans again.  Let’s get on with this 5+1, though, ok?  This post contains some affiliate links.

The Book of Lost Friends

I am just wrapping up The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate, and really loved it.  She already holds my heart for the book Before We Were Yours, which is absolutely amazing, and based on true events.  If you haven’t read it already, please give it a look – it’s absolutely captivating and so well done.  The Book of Lost Friends is historical in nature – giving a glimpse back into the late 1800’s in the post-Civil War south, following women who are seeking their lost families.  At the same time, the story has a parallel with life in the 1980’s, and a project being done by teens in high school, who are learning about their own history.  Wingate has a knack for developing her characters so well, and really weaving a wonderful story.  If you’re looking for a new book to read during lockdown, Wingate doesn’t disappoint.

Julie Howard for Timber Trails Development

I just recently stumbled upon Julie Howard’s work on Instagram, and I want her to design a house for me.  I love her aesthetic and design style – so classic and clean.  So, if you’re looking to kill some time and go down a design rabbit hole, consider yourself warned.

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Rambling Renovators – Craft Room Makeover

I think this is on my mind since my basement zen den had a water issue from a big storm.  It’s been converted into a home gym for the moment, but I’m taking the opportunity to rethink this space since we’re going to have to do some work.  This gorgeous craft room makeover at Rambling Renovators has me thinking about adding some built-ins…

Fun Puzzles

I’ve determined that I’m pretty much a 500 piece puzzle girl.  Not a 1000 piece puzzle kind of person.  500 pieces is just the right amount to where I can finish it and not get frustrated and quit.  That said, how fun is this camping puzzle from Helen Nichole Designs?  And yes, I finished it. 🙂 She still has a cool fruit puzzle available if you’re looking for something new. 🙂  Are you a puzzle person?  My kids make fun of me for it, but it’s a great way to just zone out and focus on something creative.

Funny Memes

I’ve told you that some days, funny memes are what pull me through the day.  Laughter really is necessary when life it challenging.  I loved this one, and I think I could be part of this support group – I swear, names go in one ear and out the other sometimes.

My +1 for the week – All things about people doing TV from home

I don’t like the delays when my morning show hosts are all working from home and interrupt each other.  It’s just cringey (as my kids would say).  I know they can’t help it, but it’s frustrating as a viewer.

Late night comedy tv from home – not a fan.  Jokes fall flat without an audience, and late night comedy television comes across like Wayne’s World.  Again, I know they can’t help it, but it really makes you see all that goes into producing a successful late night show.

And for the love, if you’re being interviewed on tv, can you check your background?  I swear, I think I’ve seen people interviewed in their laundry room.  This morning, there was a woman who looked like she was sitting in front of a huge crumpled piece of artwork that had been fished out of her kid’s backpack.  I love kid’s artwork as much as the next person, but not as the backdrop for your television interview.

If you haven’t paid attention to the backdrops of these interviews, take the opportunity to pay attention.  It’s quite entertaining.

Hang in there my friends!



  • Reply
    Mary Evans
    April 20, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    Television is definitely different these days for,sure. I have discovered small puzzles on my IPad. they ARE FREE AND relax the mind for awhile. IF i lived closer I Would definitely use
    you to redo my kitchen. LOVE YOUR BLOG

    • Reply
      April 22, 2020 at 9:50 pm

      Thank you so much for your sweet words Mary. I really appreciate hearing them (and I’m going to have to check out some online puzzles now)…

  • Reply
    April 21, 2020 at 6:28 am

    Memes and parodies are both helping to keep me sane as well as having become a daily bonding session with my HS senior. Though to be honest, we don’t fully appreciate 100% of each other’s picks, lol.
    And those BACKGROUNDS! Saw a clip of a local reporter doing a ‘root dye’ segment from her bathroom and her male partner was SHOWERING in a GLASS enclosed shower!! ROFL. How on EARTH does that get by everyone?? Seriously?

    • Reply
      April 22, 2020 at 9:48 pm

      Oh my goodness! I think I’d have to tape off the room I was in if I was ever on TV. And I’d have to stage it multiple times and do some “test” takes as well. 😉

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