Sunday Post: Crazy Days and a Lazy Day

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This has been a crazy week. My work has been very busy, with only a few hours to rest in the evenings and do our Netflix bingeing. We just finished The Blacklist and started on The Practice, which is a late 90s/early 2000s legal drama. I also want to try Virgin River.

Yesterday there was not much time for rest. After a trip with Doug (my husband) to the wholesale store and one of our favorite antique stores (I also collect vintage glassware), I confronted the large pile of banana peppers and turned them into six pint jars of banana pepper rings, adding some jalapenos to create a medium heat, as banana peppers are quite mild. All of my jars sealed and the pile of peppers is gone for now, so I’m very happy. I might use the same method to pickle some spears of squash.

An example of some of the vintage glass similar to what I collect. I love Jadeite, but I collect a lot of other glass too. I would have taken a picture of my own glass, but the house is really messy today.

Today I was going to go to the store and then create a tomato tart, but Doug saw how wiped out I was and suggested just eating leftovers and canning the remaining tomatoes that I have in a small batch before they go bad. We have some tomatoes gifted by my Aunt Bonnie, from whom I get my name. Our tomatoes are just now beginning to ripen, but we’ll have a bunch in the next couple of weeks. I’m also excited about some habaneros that are ripening right now. I have nine watermelons (nine!) ripening on the vine. Doug went out and pinched all the remaining flowers off of the vine because nine is more than enough for the two of us. The idea I have so far for preserving the excess watermelon is to puree it and freeze it in ice cubes trays to use in watermelon slushies later. I’ve also seen recipes for watermelon fruit leather.

Our crazy watermelon patch that has grown out of the garden and into the backyard.

So I’m sitting on my couch watching the Escape to the Chateau series on Peacock in its entirety. If you haven’t seen it, it’s about a British couple who buy a 19th Century French chateau (Chateau De La Motte Husson) and completely restores it, going from rubble and holes in the roof to glorious over several years. It’s not only about home restoration and crafts projects, but they also show clips from the weddings they host there and the food they prepare. It’s wonderful and is literally an escape. It reminds me how much I loved France the two times I’ve gone there.

My weight loss is still going well. I’m at 18.5 pounds down with a weigh-in coming up on Tuesday. I haven’t been exercising much, so I’m trying to come up with a realistic plan with baby steps that I can stick to. I need something that won’t burn me out. I tend to take on too much in everything I do.


On Monday I did a book review as part of a Bookouture blog tour for The Orphan’s Mother by Marion Kummerow.

On Wednesday I did a book review of The Pilot’s Girl, the second book in the Hanni Winter series by Catherine Hokin.

On Friday I participated in Book Blogger Hop and Friday 56.

NEXT WEEK ON BONNIE READS AND WRITES (schedule subject to change)

On Monday I will do an audiobook review of In the Middle of Hickory Lane.

On Tuesday I will participate in Top Ten Tuesday, if time permits.

On Thursday I will participate in a blog tour for Elodie’s Library of Second Chances

.On Friday I will participate in Book Blogger Hop and Friday 56 if time permits.

On Self-Published Saturday I will promote/review Self-Published/Indie books.


Julia Child’s fictional best friend solves murder mysteries in Post World War II Paris. I couldn’t resist!

In 1942, an impulsive promise to her brother before he goes off to the European front puts Avis Montgomery in the unlikely position of head librarian in small-town Maine. Though she has never been much of a reader, when wartime needs threaten to close the library, she invents a book club to keep its doors open. The women she convinces to attend the first meeting couldn’t be more different–a wealthy spinster determined to aid the war effort, an exhausted mother looking for a fresh start, and a determined young war worker.

Although this is another WWII-themed book, it has a different take–a library on the home front. I also used to live in Maine, so I love to read books set in Maine.


23 thoughts on “Sunday Post: Crazy Days and a Lazy Day”

  1. Wow, it sounds like you have quite an amazing garden. I like the idea of freezing the watermelon puree for smoothies or slushies. I hope this week is not as crazy for you, Bonnie, and you get more time to relax. Enjoy your upcoming week.

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  2. I love that green glass. So pretty. Your garden sounds amazing! I’ve never had luck with home gardening, we just don’t have a good spot for it, unfortunately. We try to get to the farmer’s market every couple of weeks. I love fresh, homegrown tomatoes.

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  3. I love the vintage glassware. Really pretty. I haven’t read the Colleen Cambridge series, but I’ll have to check it out. It sounds like something I would like. Have a great week!


  4. Nine watermelons! Wow. And I love tomatoes from the garden. sooo good.

    That Chateau series sounds good too. I think I have Peacock- the free tier anyway- I had Premium for a while but think I downgraded. i’ll have to check 🙂

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  5. We loved Escape to the Chateau. I told my sister about it, and she loved it, too, and now she’s watching Escape to the Chateau DIY. I think I need to look for that, too.

    Hmmm…need to remember the murder mysteries solved by the friend of Julia Child for next year’s Paris in July.

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