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Friday, August 5, 2022

 Simple Pleasures #50

This has been a week where I really needed resilience.

I knew it was going to be a busy week as Katy had four medical appointments to which I needed to drive her.

Monday was crazy. I picked Cary and Katy up in Grant Park, which is ten miles from me, for an eight o'clock appointment five minutes from me. 

flowers at dawn

I am the designated driver and Cary goes into the appointments with Katy.

After dropping them off I came home ate breakfast and waited for them to call me to pick them up. 

From there I drove them three miles to the next appointment and then went on down the road to walk the track. 

country road leading up a hill

Of course, we all know about best-made plans and on my way to the Wellness Center Cary texted me to come back and pick them up as they were in the wrong place.

The appointment was actually in mid-town Atlanta which was 25 minutes away.

Yikes. We made it.

pills and vitamins

Monday afternoon I felt like I had been hit with a sledgehammer. 

It was either a nasty stomach virus or food poisoning. Needless to say, I needed to rest for a couple of days.

As crazy storms were rolling through my neck of the woods it was a good time to stay at home.

Yesterday's appointment was switched to telehealth, but today there is another medical appointment so I am back out on the road. 

Simple Inspiration

resilience quote

Lovely Reads From Around The Web

My Favorite Summer Recipe

Last week I made my favorite summer recipe.

I have shared it before, but just in case you missed it or have never tried it now is your chance.

What is it?

It's Eggplant Tomato Casserole and I have been making it for almost 50 years. 

As a young woman in my first apartment, I bought a copy of  The Vegetarian Epicure, and although my copy is extremely worn out now it is still available.

The Vegetarian Epicure cookbook

Eggplant tomato casserole has always been a winner whenever I have served it, even with people who normally turn their noses up at eggplant.

It is easy and can be made ahead, put in the refrigerator, and then popped in the oven to bake before serving.

Find the recipe here.

August Reads

As we head into the dog days of summer it seems like the perfect time to kick back with some great new books.

All Sign Point To Paris a novel

The It Girl by Ruth Ware

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow: A novel

Find more good reads here, here, and here.

Let's Shop

Some of my favorite Amazon purchases this year.

I love everything CeraVe and this is no exception. My under eyes are loving it.

CeraVe Eye Repair Cream | Under Eye Cream for Dark Circles and Puffiness

I love this for my kitchen for propping up my kindle or cookbooks and at night I place it on my bed tray for reading.

Bamboo Adjustable Book Stand

Great little radio for when the power goes out.

PowerBear Portable Radio | AM/FM, 2AA Battery Operated with Long Range Reception for Indoor, Outdoor & Emergency Use

Don't forget extra batteries with a 10 year shelf life

ACDelco 40-Count AA Batteries, Maximum Power Super Alkaline Battery, 10-Year Shelf Life

Love these pretty ceramic bowls.

Mora Ceramic Bowls For Kitchen, 28oz - Bowl Set of 4

I really like this dish brush. It's hanging above my sink.

Wooden Dish Brush

Summer to fall fashion trends

Loving this retro floral patchwork light weight coat.

floral patchwork coat

Best seller canvas medium transport tote.

Madewell medium canvas transport tote

Time for some new sneakers.

madewell sneakers

Relaxed shirred top

J Jill relaxed shirred top
JJill (on sale)

cluster earrings (these just jumped into my cart)

j jill cluster earrings
JJill (on sale)

Summer to fall home decor trends

How much do you love these hammered glass pumpkins?

Pottery Barn recycled hammered glass pumpkin candle holders

Handwoven seagrass sorting basket is perfect for any time of the year.

Pottery Barn handwoven seagrass sorting basket

A pretty accent mirror

wall mirror from Wayfair
Wayfair (on sale)

It's apple season

vintage apples in an old bucket print

Go out into the countryside and gather some end of summer wildflowers.

metal farmhouse vase
Wayfair (on sale)

Thank you for your visit.

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  1. You have some great things from Amazon. My dermatologist put me on CerVe many years ago and it does work so great better than any other creams. You are the uber driver of the year!!!! I am sure Katy and Cary love that you can help them out. You are a great mom. Hope you feel better. Stomach stuff is the worse. Happy Friday. xoxo Kris

  2. I know you are glad to live there and help out. I hope everything goes well today and that you feel good. I love all of your shopping suggestions today. Hugs!

  3. Yes we do need resiliance many times in this life..... that's for sure. I hope you are feeling better now. I love your shopping ideas too! May try that CeraVe cream as I need something good for under eyes. My "night owl" regime is catching up with me I guess. Love that patchwork coat too! Hope your weekend is going well. xoxo Marilyn

  4. My goodness, you really had quite the week! The eggplant recipe sounds delicious! I'm pinning it for (near) future reference!


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