17 Things That Made Me Smile This Month, So Far . . .

Jun 24, 2020

June ushered out one season and brought us with full force into a new one.

It seems only last week we were watching to see if temperatures would reach freezing at night, and now we are nearing the upper 80s and low 90s. Such is the way in Bend and during summer, and that is okay and for the lavender and roses, the heat they have been longing for.

Today I’d like to share with you 17 moments and discoveries that made me smile this month, so far. The little things, when we observe them, have an amazing levity to buoy our spirits, and for that reason, I hope you have captured many as you have gone about your days as well.

Thank you for stopping by today, and as you may have noticed, last week I tailored down my posting to four posts/week, and this week I am posting three posts which will be the average weekly amount as we move through summer here on TSLL. The next posting will be this Friday’s weekly This & That. Now let’s get to the smiles!

1.Meeting with my reading group, and spending time together in person discussing a book we have been reading now for three months. 🙂

We enjoyed champagne (Prosecco) and strawberry rhubarb tarts with fruit freshly picked from the garden!

View the complete cooking video tutorial to make your own here from Season 1 of The Simply Luxurious Kitchen cooking show.


2. My one-year old Julia Child rose shrub is blooming!


3. Sitting on the porch swing (more to come about that soon!) one afternoon whilst listening to a thunder and rain storm with Norman as my seat companion.

~Listen to the rain from this vantage point here in this video (or the second image/video below).

4. A new podcast I have been enjoying while toodling about in the garden . . . Pot and Cloche Garden. I thoroughly enjoyed episode #9 which focused on rambling roses.

Pot and Cloche Garden Podcast is hosted by professional gardener for the Cotswolds Joff Elphick


5. Sitting down in the office with a few blooms from the garden

I am not sure what this herbaceous flowering plant is. If you know, please do share.


6. The new porch lights are up!

Be sure to stop by next week when I will share the transformation of one of the porches (the second porch will be revealed in August). I am so incredibly happy with how they came together, and the changing of the light fixtures, as well as painting the ceiling made a significant difference.

If you are a subscriber to TSLL’s weekly/monthly newsletter, you know the story behind these lights being installed. A good friend, a fellow teacher, who is part of our my reading group, after seeing the first image below (with the can hanging out of the ceiling during our gathering) offered to install them. Needless to say, he is a professional electrician in his secret life evidentially, because he made it look easy. In a matter of a couple of hours, he had all five of them up.

~Please note: The lightbulbs will be changed to clear; however, this was all I had in the house at the moment. 🙂

~Shop the light fixtures here. (Thurman 6″ in aged brass) Currently, there is a lighting sale taking place.


7. Peonies, just peonies

I have been hanging on to them as long as I can, as the season is nearly over.


8. A new facial serum that is providing the hydration my skin needs.

I have added Vintner’s Daughter botanical serum to my morning beauty regimen (replacing Rodin’s Olio Lusso’s face oil – although I still love that one). I will apply it after my toner and before my moisturizer. It is deeply hydrating and offers a soft glow and youthful radiance.


9. Spending time in my parents’ garden

Everything is lush and green, and I spent more time outside asking more questions – what is this? what is that? It was a lovely few days.


10. Oscar’s surgery went well!!!

As I shared in last week’s newsletter and briefly on Friday’s This & That, Oscar had a surgery to remove some growths. Waiting until it was safe to travel to my preferred family vet, and realizing this surgery was long overdue, to say I was grateful it went well is an understatement. We now have to wear a cone for a couple of weeks (and don’t worry, he can and does go outside. He just wanted to stay inside as this picture captures). Norman is adjusting to Oscar not quite realizing how wide his head actually is for the temporary time-being, but being the kind brother that he is, he is extremely tolerant.


11. The morning sunlight kissing the bouquet in the foyer

~Tour TSLL’s entire foyer and how it came together.~

12. TSLL readers, your response to this post. I am deeply grateful and so excited about how TSLL will be moving forward.

13. Hearing wonderful news about a custom furniture order that I had thought may have been lost for good due to the pandemic.

Stay tuned in the coming months as the pieces should be arriving soon, and when it all comes together I cannot wait to show you. I will give you a hint: a small, independent English textile company will be featured.

14. Receiving help from a neighbor to remove the many wasps’ nests from my roof in exchange for a homemade dessert.

I know the pandemic has caused great upheaval, but one thing I am extremely grateful for is the ability it afforded me to meet my neighbors face-to-face casually and often as we go about our days.

15. A new regular column in The English Home’s magazine – a Food Column!


16. Saturday mornings with Monty Don

If I am at home in Bend, as of late, I have been enjoying watching the latest episode of Gardener’s World each Saturday morning with a good cuppa.

And yep, my first tea cosy is becoming a favorite thing as well, and certainly something that makes me smile. 🙂 It was made by a new-comer to Etsy (I have linked her here). I have a feeling if you reach out to her and request one, you may be in luck. As well, as I shared on Sunday’s post, there are oodles of tea cosies of all sizes and colors and styles on Etsy. Be sure to take a look (and very well priced).


17. The Chervil growing strong!

One of two French herbs I am excited about growing for the first time.

Not all of my herbs that I sowed from seed are doing well, but this one sure is, and I could not be happier. Learn more about planting your own herb garden here.


I do hope your June has had many lovely moments that made you smile. These are just a few, and I so enjoy sharing them with you. Look for this monthly post to continue as it has become a favorite of TSLL readers. Have a lovely rest of your day and thank you for stopping by the blog. Bonne journée.

SIMILAR POSTS FROM THE ARCHIVES:

~15 Things That Made Me Smile This Month, So Far . . . (May 2020)

~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)

~2019 Round-Up of What Made Me Smile Throughout the Year

~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)

~16 Things That Made Me Smile This Month, So Far . . . (July 2019)

~10 Things That Made Me Smile This Month, So Far . . .  (June 2019)

~10 Things That Made Me Smile This Month, So Far . . . (May 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)



22 thoughts on “17 Things That Made Me Smile This Month, So Far . . .

  1. Hi Shannon, I too love Monty Don and I have found another you tube gardener that I think you would really enjoy, The Midsized Garden, both a blog and You Tube.
    Her name is Alexandra and she has an English accent that I love, she delves deeply into each topic with interviews and great advice no matter what size garden.
    Warm regards from Australia, Carol

  2. Enjoy your posts very much. I discovered TSLL in Nov 2016. I was trying to rediscover what makes me happy and what is important. My French roots always make me happy. And I discovered TSLL. Thank you.
    Love this post!

  3. I always enjoy your view of your world. Sadly, I think many of us have been so busy that we don’t appreciate all that surrounds us. The isolation and quarantine has provided many with the opportunity to slow down and just “Be.” Your photography is wonderful, inspiring and spirit lifiting. My Mother grew yellow roses. Not these, of course, but I just took a little trip back in time. Thank You. Stay well, hugs to the pups.

    A Question, do you collect? If so will you share? By that I mean books? pottery? French or English vintage kitchenware?

    1. Cheryll, so lovely to have you stop by and for the roses to bring a smile. I hope you are well also. I am beginning to bring more French tableware into my kitchen and so the treasure hunts are going forth with more excitement. Books of course will always be fun to welcome home when treasures are found. Have a lovely day. 😌

  4. My apologies, I tried to paste a link. I believe the name of the shrub is Rocky Mountain Penstemon, a species of Beardtongues.

  5. Your Julia Child rose is magnificent Shannon. There’s lots to smile about at this time but your posts make me smile. A petit plaisir indeed. By the way I think you mean chervil not chevril. A delightful herb. So glad to hear Oscar is doing well😊

  6. It is such a lovely, warm, and cozy thing to celebrate our daily special moments. Thank you for reminding us to do so.😊
    Flowers are perhaps Blackbeard Penstemon?

  7. Lovely post, Shannon! Thank you for reminding us to take the time to enjoy our own simple pleasures. And I am so glad to hear Oscar’s surgery went well! What wonderful news. He is a lucky guy to have you providing such excellent care to him!

  8. Your “things that made me smile so far” posts are one of my favorites! It’s a habit I need to begin journaling, as I so often forget to take a breath and enjoy these small bits of happiness, so thank you for the reminder! And peonies!! They’re all over my house right now and such a joy!

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