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I'm Laura. Welcome to Simple and Serene Living. I've worn many hats in my life on this fabulous planet; daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, and friend. This space is one of my favorite hats.
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Friday, July 1, 2022

 Simple Pleasures #45

Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz said it best.

There's no place like home.


When I walk through the front door of my small apartment I feel that way.

I sift through my collection of record albums, pulling out favorites.

The sounds soothe me as I shut out the outside world.

record player

Sitting in my comfy chair with my feet on my ottoman I look around at all of my "treasures" and think about when and from where they came into my life.

Some transport me back to childhood.

Others remind me of thrifting adventures.

They each have a special meaning.

blue and white transferware

Sitting in my home with a cup of tea listening to my favorite music may be simple, but it's the simple pleasures that matter.

Simple Inspiration

there's nothing half so pleasant as coming home again

Lovely Reads From Around The Web

make your home more peaceful

make your home more zen

top three colors for peaceful sleeping

simple pretty kitchen dispaly

Gluten-Free Cooking

It's Summer.

Hot and steamy days are here.

Forget the hot stove.

When we are gathering outside on the patio we want lighter fresher foods.

What could be more summery than an avocado feta dip.

avocado feta dip

This dip is quick, simple, and requires just 10 ingredients.

Hate feta? Just leave it out. It's still delicious.

It's great with crackers or as a salad topper. 

Bon Appetit.

Catching Up

Some past posts you may have missed

Summer Reading List

out of the clear blue sky a novel

half blown rose a novel

the beach house a novel

Summer Shopping 

hanging wall baskets amazon

Rattan Crossbody Purse

SEI Furniture Bench Black, Natural

My favorite sandals. They last for years.

ecco women yucatan sandals

ECCO Women's Sport Sandal

terrycloth robe

More Simple Pleasures here.

the simple pleasures of home

Visit my etsy shop for vintage collectibles and printable art.

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Friday, June 24, 2022

 Simple Pleasures #44

Last week I wrote about my experience with having brain scans.

I did not have much confidence in the neurologist I was able to see in April, but getting an appointment with a neurologist at the brain center at Emory meant a one-year wait.

If I wasn't already an Emory patient I wouldn't be able to get in at all.

peaceful boat on water

Good grief.

Then there was a miracle of sorts. 

While I was on the phone last Friday making an appointment for next June someone canceled an appointment for Monday and I was able to grab it up.

I love my new neurologist. She was thorough, knowledgeable, caring, and she really listened.

I am so glad that I listened to my inner voice telling me the first neurologist I saw did not know what he was doing, but I also found out he had not ordered the correct MRI. 



I need an MRI done for Trigeminal Neuralgia, which is with and without contrast.

I couldn't get an appointment until August 10 so I have a couple of months to figure out my plan to not panic during another 45 minutes of that dreaded machine. 

I know I need to breathe and stay calm.

Simple Inspiration

keep calm and carry on

Lovely Reads From Around The Web

Hygge in the summer

turn any room into a calming space

bare feet

plants for a peaceful home environment

Gluten-Free Cooking

Someone recently told me that they didn't think fish tacos sounded like something they would want to eat.

Really? I love fish tacos and I think they make a perfect summer meal.

These gluten-free fish tacos sound delicious.

gluten free fish tacos

Maybe fish Taco Tuesday can become a new tradition in your gluten-free home.

Catching Up

Some past posts you may have missed.

Summer Reading List

Summer Island a novel

It Ends With Us a novel

No One Will Miss Her a novel

Find more of my recommended books here.

Summer Shopping

Madewell balloon pants
Madewell (so comfy)

Women's Brixton 'Joanna' Straw Hat - Beige Nordstrom

Steven - Greece Sandal (Cognac Leather) Women's Sandals

Iris Large Smartphone Crossbody

Reebok Classic Harman Run Sneaker

Best Choice Products Wicker Egg Chair,

Chunky Small Hoop Earrings Madewell

Seche Clear Base Coat .5 oz. No Formaldehyde & No Toluene

Pinkpum 20'' Eucalyptus Wreaths

49" W x 24" D Vinyl Arbor  49" W x 24" D Vinyl Arbor  49" W x 24" D Vinyl Arbor  49" W x 24" D Vinyl Arbor  49" W x 24" D Vinyl Arbor  49" W x 24" D Vinyl Arbor  49" W x 24" D Vinyl Arbor  49" W x 24" D Vinyl Arbor  49" W x 24" D Vinyl Arbor  49" W x 24" D Vinyl Arbor  49" W x 24" D Vinyl Arbor  49" W x 24" D Vinyl Arbor
Wayfair (on sale)

What I'm Watching

I don't know what the weather is like where you are, but her in Georgia it is fry an egg on the sidewalk hot.

During the heat of the afternoon I am enjoying some great TV.

I just watched Four Seasons on Acorn TV.

Four Seasons mini series

I love Rosamunde Pilcher books and this four part mini series was the perfect summer watch.

More Simple Pleasures here.

breathe and stay calm

Visit my Etsy shop for vintage and antique collectibles and printable art. 

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Friday, June 17, 2022

 Simple Pleasures #43

Is life getting more complicated or is it just me?

Last week I had my brain MRI, head MRA, and neck MRA all rolled into one long session in the MRI machine.

The good news is that everything was normal although I am not sure that everyone would agree that my brain is normal.

my brain has too many tabs open

I really didn't expect it to show any abnormalities as I know that my trigeminal neuralgia was caused by a dental procedure.

My takeaways from an MRI:

  • MRIs are extremely noisy
  • Why do they ask you what kind of music you would like to listen to when there is no way that you can hear any music over the banging and clanging (I did hear 5 seconds of the Moody Blues)
  • 45 minutes is too long to be inside that machine with your head in a cage (no I am not claustrophobic)
  • Be prepared for your nose to itch, your face to itch, and your eyes to itch because you are unable to scratch them.
  • Be ready for insane thoughts to start going through your head like the fact that you are the last patient of the day and what if everyone has left and you are in that machine all night. 
  • I couldn't decide if I felt like an astronaut being shot into space (thank goodness I didn't make that career choice) or Eleven being tortured in the Upside Down (ignore this one if you have never watched Stranger Things)

roses on a stone wall

It's summer and along with fighting with health insurance companies, I want to stop and smell the roses.

My plan is to cut down to one post a week for the foreseeable future. 

My pocketbook is already in a nosedive and I need some stress-free days. 

I hope you will continue to shop with me so that I can contribute money to the upkeep of that MRI machine. 

Simple Inspiration

keep smiling quote

Lovely Reads From Around The Web

how to be happy with small pleasures

50 slow living activities

how to create a peaceful cozy home environment

empty nesting

Gluten-Free Cooking

Last week I shared a recipe for a lemon gluten-free cake because I love lemons in the summer.

This week I found a recipe for gluten-free + vegan blueberry muffins because fresh blueberry season is upon us.

lemon blueberry vegan gluten free muffins

These easy-to-make muffins will be perfect with a cup of tea in your early morning summer garden.

Catching Up

Some past posts you may enjoy reading.

Summer Reading List

The Murmur Of Bees book

the hotel nantucket book

Wish You Were Here: A Novel

the best is yet to come novel

Summer Shopping

Womens Pajamas Set Shorts

Hanes Women's French Terry Bermuda Pocket Short

Round Rattan Bag for Women

Clarks women sea breeze sandals

CATHY Womens 2022 Summer Casual T-Shirts

Breezy Lane Kimonos for Women Swimsuit Coverup

4 in1 pool float

SHACOS Round Braided Placemats

Bormioli Rocco Hermetic Seal Glass Pitcher With Lid and Spout

FURTALK Womens Wide Brim Sun Hat with Wind Lanyard

Looking for some instant art for your home?

vintage flower painting printable


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