Friday, June 19

friday favorites: call me productive

Happy Friday, Sweet Friends! 

I am so ready for the weekend. This week has been a little tough on the work front. I secretly love budget prep season, but it can totally drain you. So, this week’s favorites will be ultra short and sweet. 

I finished The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes. It had a bit of a slow start, but once I climbed that hill, I couldn’t put it down. It takes place in South Eastern Kentucky and tells the story of an English woman who is swept off her feet by a Kentucky mine mogul’s son. She settles down in the States, and she and a handful of other women establish a library service on horseback. The story explores the culture, the obstacles, and victories these wonderful women experience. Five stars for sure. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Giver of Stars: A Novel

I’ve spent most of my extra time in the garden this week. I caged up the tomatoes and put a little straw around them and replanted a couple of rows of corn. The early group didn’t come in so well. We also planted a few more hills of watermelon. The first round of beans is starting to vine, and I am hoping to get those climbing up something this weekend. 

My oldest Little Farmer is starting to ask for his own space. He currently shares a bedroom with his two younger brothers. So for the last three weekends, I’ve been tackling our upstairs bedrooms. There are two of them and they have historically been a play room and a guest bedroom. Well, the guest bedroom quickly became a storage room and the play room, with three kids, became a disaster. The main thing was organizing and storing the boys’ clothing. So, I filled and labeled tote after tote of children’s clothing and put them into one of our storage buildings. I also finally let loose of some of our baby furniture, like the crib and high chair. I purged all of the adult clothes - I had sizes ranging from 8 to 14, and I have those ready to give away. And then, between toys missing pieces or broken, I came up with half a dozen bags to dispose of. I am happy to officially deem this project complete. 

With gardening and purging being my focus lately, I’ve struggled to get in runs consistently throughout the week. Sunday evening, I found myself without any Little Farmers and decided to take off. I was hoping for five miles, but would have settled for four. I’m not sure where the gumption came from, but I just kept going and logged my first six miles in a good while. It felt awesome. 

One of my favorite things to do is join my Farmers on a cattle check. We have lots of babies on the ground right now, and I would totally keep one as a pet if I could stunt its growth. 

Lastly, I need your help. We usually spend a week on the coast of the Carolinas, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen this year. We’re beach people. Our goal is to sit by the water and relax. Where do you go?

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  1. Great job on the purging: that was a lot of work. I am constantly going through the boys totes of clothes: we have clothing sizes 3t to adult m for them!

  2. I have got to read that book sooner than later! Can't believe how much purging and organizing you did! I'm tired just thinking how much work that must have been! It will be nice for your son to have his own room. I envy those of you, my daughter included, who run for fun. It just does not appeal to me at all! Have a great weekend!

  3. Purging is a lot of work! I need to go through our homeschool stuff this weekend/next week and do the same. It's always so nice to get it done. I will definitely check out the book; Jojo Moyes is an author I like. Have a great weekend!

  4. We're beach people too! The beaches in Florida (at least the ones we've been too since the pandemic hit) are doing a great job making sure people are socially distant and not setting up too close to another group, they also break up groups larger than 10. A beach trip is a great getaway right now as you'll be on the beach with your own family, and you can dine outside in the fresh air <3

  5. I would go to Lake Tahoe! That is my favorite place. Yay for logging in 6 miles. I just started running again and I did three this morning. It was tough, but I am trying.


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