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Friday, June 3, 2022

Simple Pleasures #41

Whether you call them lightning bugs or fireflies their appearance each year marks the true beginning of summer for me.

When I was a little girl my daddy would find us glass jars and punch holes in the tops so we could catch lightning bugs.

fireflies on the beach

My sister and I would run around the yard chasing the flashing lights and when we caught one would add it to our jars.

After capturing a few and marveling at how they lit up the night we would release them before going to bed. 

Last night when I closed my blinds for the night I saw my first lightning bugs of the year.

In recent years I have noticed how the number of fireflies has diminished since I was a child.

Signs point to human development, light pollution
and toxic chemicals as likely culprits behind the dwindling of firefly

If you would like to help save our lightning bugs for future generations of children, you can find more information here.

Simple Inspiration

advice from a firefly

Lovely Reads From Around The Web

As we get older it becomes harder to make new friends. 

older women friends

Over the last couple of years, most of us have spent more time in our homes than we have in the past.

This has led to a lot of discontent and a desire to move. 

7 ways to be happier in your current home has ideas to love where you are more.

7 ways to be happier in your current home

I found another great space-saving idea from Kim at Exquisitely Unremarkable.

She is always so clever.

I am always looking for ways to increase the workspace of my desk and she created a DIY desk drawer cover that is perfect.

Now I just need a handy dandy person to make one for me.

desk drawer cover

One thing I love about summer is the abundance of fresh herbs.

I am always looking for new ideas to add them to my cooking.

There are some wonderful tips for cooking with fresh herbs at Thriving with Less.

pasta topped with fresh basil

I love this Chef's Guide to Herbs & Spices: a QuickStudy Laminated Reference Guide and it's under $7

Gluten-Free Cooking

Summer means being on the go a lot and protein bars are a great way to carry along an easy healthy snack.

I have found that most recipes for homemade protein bars are pretty complicated.

These homemade no bake bars are tasty and simple to make.

gluten free no bake protein bars

Catching Up

Some past posts you may enjoy reading.

Books To Read - Summer of 2022

The hotel Nantucket

the house across the lake

Harlem Sunset book

Summer Shopping Links

Birds on branch kitchen towels

mikasa wildflower dinnerware set

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

chasing lightning bugs

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  1. We grew up around the same time. I loved trying to catch lightening bugs too. Happy Friday.

  2. I have those same memories of catching fireflies! I love the advice from a firefly - so wise! I'm going to check out a few links you posted.


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