July arrived before I knew it and flew past more quickly than I could have imagined.
For a variety of reasons, celebratory and not so, the month was a speedy one, but thankfully, there were many things to celebrate, and thus moments and events that made me smile.
This past Sunday I found myself sitting on the porch (captured in the picture above), after arranging simply some freshly snipped lavender from the garden, and delighting in the simplicity of the moment that I can only hope I will have the good fortune to enjoy many times more in the coming days and years.
Perhaps this time in which we find ourselves truly can be the reset we spoke about earlier on the blog in so many ways, and if the slowing down makes us realize how wonderful slower moments can be, than for that I am most grateful.
I hope you too had and are having many moments to savor and celebrate during this seventh month of the year. Below are 17 that were thankfully a part of my days.
1.Fresh lavender to harvest or simply enjoy along with the bees
2. The Albrighton rambling rose beginning to bloom
3. A conversation with author Lindsey Tramuta for the upcoming new episode of the podcast which will air during French Week (August 9-17th).
4. Finding a new-to-me podcast for introverts and being an entrepreneur.
One of the first episodes I listened to spoke to the truth behind what the “perfect” job for an introvert is, and I enjoyed her production quality along with the thoughtful content that I wrote a five-star review.
5. Celebrating the first cherry harvest in my garden!
The first two cups were turned into this recipe (see below), and the remaining eight cups were pitted and frozen so I can continue to enjoy them in the coming months.
6. Finally cutting the cable cord
After years of hemming and hawwing over whether or not to cut the cord and let go of the cable tv subscription, I did it. I found myself over the past couple of years only watching cable television for a few shows and the rest of my television viewing was from streaming services which were purchased individually. Although I knew I wanted to be able to watch a few shows live – Award Shows, Tennis Events, the Tour de France, there was very little else. So I explored Hulu and Hulu Live, discovered I could still record my favorite series and programs and cut the cord earlier this month. I love it! I can easily save at least $50 a month, and the tailoring to my viewing is far more user-friendly.
7. Sitting on the front porch swing enjoying a variety of tasks
Whether it is typing away, chatting with a friend on the phone, reading a book, sipping my tea in the morning or taking a nap, the porch swing has become my favorite spot in the house this summer.
8. Farm fresh eggs for breakfast
The two hearts are dog treats for the boys who receive a treat for behaving while meals are enjoyed.
9. Coming across sunflowers on a morning walk in the park along the river.
10. (not only did I smile, but I laughed outloud frequently) Shaun Bythell’s first two books about being a bookseller in Scotland
Book #1 (released in 2017/2018)
Book #2 (released in 2020)
11. My mother’s peonies in full bloom (enjoy the full tour here)
12. Paula Sutton’s (@hillhousevintage) IG account
13. Morning walks amongst Mother Nature with the dogs
14. This moment with a hummingbird (see below)
15. The discovery of a new classical music piece I have added to my Spotify Classical Music playlist
As the author of Year of Wonder shared, pour yourself a lovely glass of something wonderful and savor this gentle, soothing French horn and piano pairing.
16. Finding something on 1stdibs for the kitchen, haggling and reducing the original price by a significant amount!
17. The kitchen renovation has begun!
Since talks began with my contractor last October, I have been envisioning the reality of customizing a space that worked for the life I live personally and professionally. As I shared earlier this month on the blog, it all finally and now quite swiftly and successfully (so far!) began on July 20th.
I wanted to share a quick glimpse of the pre-painted shelves installed for the cookbook library bookcase (all will be revealed in the premiere episode of The Simply Luxurious Kitchen, season 3 in September). When these shelves were installed, I was quite giddy (see the before picture in this post). A simple change, but as the house already had this insert, I thought it would be perfect for shelves without taking up any additional space.
I hope upon reflection you too are grateful for much this month, and may the upcoming month be just as abundant and even more so full of simple pleasures, celebratory moments and small steps of progress.
SIMILAR POSTS FROM THE ARCHIVES:
~16 Things That Made Me Smile this Month, So Far . . . (April 2020)
~15 Things That Made Me Smile in March (March 2020)
~16 Things That Made Me Smile This Month, So Far . . . (February 2020)
~12 Things That Made Me Smile This Month, So Far . . . (January 2020)
~15 Things That Made Me Smile This Month, So Far . . . (November 2019)
~15 Things That Made Me Smile This Month, So Far . . . (October 2019)
~12 Things That Made Me Smile This Month, So Far . . . (September 2019)
~11 Things That Made Me Smile This Month, So Far . . . (August 2019)
~11 Things That Made Me Smile This Month, So Far . . . (April 2019)
~13 Things That Made Me Smile This Month, So Far . . . (March 2019)
~10 Things That Made Smile This Month, So Far . . . (February 2019)
~12 Things That Made Me Smile This Month, (January 2019)