Friday, June 17, 2022
Happy Friday to all! I am linking up here where we share some favorites for the week. I have a quite a hodge podge for you this week.
First. let’s start with summer reading! I would recommend all of the books that I have finished so far this summer!
Emily Giffin books are always good summer reads. This one was inspired by JFK, Jr. and the Kennedy family and I really liked it!
This was a great read. I didn’t want to put it down.
I probably liked this one a little bit more because of the character named Fern.
Now I am reading this one and I am really enjoying it so far. I am so sorry Sally, for not picking up your books sooner.
I have a nice list of books requested at my library so this was totally free entertainment for me. I love having the time to read in the summer! I read year ’round, but I love reading outside, as you probably know!
Monday we celebrated Tom and his official senior citizen status. Yes, he turned 55! We are 4 and a half years apart in age. I always asks what he wants to do – dinner at home, dinner at a restaurant, an activity…
This year he chose for us to meet him at a restaurant after work. Luckily both kids were off work, so that was really nice. We went to Harry’s/Malone’s. Harry’s is the more casual part of the restaurant, but you can still order from the Malone’s menu.
I know his eyes are closed, but there is a smile, so I will take it!
I got a grapefruit sangria!
Their bread and butter are to die for!
We shared some edamame.
I got an amazing Thai salmon bowl. I could only eat half so I enjoyed the other half for lunch the next day. I will definitely get this again.
I think Tom chose this restaurant for their salmon salad.
Mason got chili? Ha – he said mine is way better so I put that on the menu for next week. My kids feel strongly that food should not be seasonal, so we will go with it. Chili sounds good to me, too, actually!
Jack has the palate of a kids’ menu so he got the cheeseburger and fries.
And, we took home their amazing chocolate cake.
We had a really nice evening, but we couldn’t believe how crowded and loud the restaurant was on a Monday night at 5:30!
I was happy to receive these this week, especially because groceries are so expensive and I have been buying way more than usual. Kroger no longer sends me the checks so I had to figure out how to redeem the points. I got $200 worth of gift cards from doing this. I am sure I will not remember how to do this again.
One day for lunch I had the dill pickle salad again – with added grilled chicken and cut up dill pickles! Yum!
One way to help me save money is to use what I have, know what I have, and communicate what we have. I keep this list (and add to it or change it) on our memo board so that J and M know what to make for their meals.
How are you dealing with higher grocery prices?
I finally got smart and am keeping all the little membership cards in my car so I don’t have to dig for them in my wallet.
It’s been super hot this week. June is usually super mild for us with temps in the low to mid 80s. This is August weather for us. Jack is working at a dry cleaners without air conditioning and Mason is working outside. This will build character, right?
This was kind of an impulse buy:
I had been wanting to try it. It has a cult following and often sells out. I saw it at Ulta about a month ago and I really like it. It costs $30, but hear me out – this can double as a light summer fragrance. I really like the scent.
My aloe vera plant and my
were given to me by my friend Beth because she has a kitten that was getting into them and they are not good for her. I am really enjoying my new plants!
My niece turned 21! I gave her money, but also my margarita recipe! I did the same for her sister.
Ernie has to stand watch over the yard to protect it from all of the squirrels, bunnies, and chipmunks and he takes this job very seriously.
Good boy! Ernie hates the heat. He was born in January and I always tell Tom that the cold weather energizes him. He is super dramatic about getting hot.
I am working on some wall decor for my bathroom. I don’t know if I did a good job with one of the photos but I really like how the other turned out. It was so cheap to enlarge these at Walgreen’s that I may re-do the one I don’t like.
So, what were your favorites this week? I hope you had many and thanks for reading!