Saturday, July 6, 2024

Small Things - July 6, 2024

"Life is not, for most of us, a pageant of splendor, but is made up of many small things, rather like an old fashioned piecework quilt. No two people have the same, but we all have our own, whether it be listening to Beethoven's fifth with a beloved friend, or seeing a neighbor at the back door with a basket of white dahlias. Or after a long, hard day, having the family say, "That was a good supper."


In no particular order, here are six small things that inspired me this week.

1. I recently discovered Substack, I even made one, actually I made four. I'm not really sure what happened, **SIGH**, I only want one. At any rate, once I get that sorted out I may try it out. I'm thinking one post a week? I'm not really sure. At any rate, I discovered the most wonderful account there, Begin In Wonder. His focus is primarily on children's literature, so many wonderful posts! It's one of the first times I've paid for a subscription, and at only $5 a month is it worth every penny. It gives me so much joy!

We've been subscribing to Frndly TV for a couple of years now. At $9.99 a month it has the best mix of content that we enjoy, which is typically sitcoms from the 50's and 60's. Shows like Andy Griffeth, Leave it To Beaver, we rarely watch anything main stream. But recently they added a new channel, MeToons, which has many of the classic cartoons from my childhood, like The Flinstones, The Jetsons, The Tom and Jerry Show, Merry Melodies, Wacky Races. But it also has a few that I have not seen in decades, such as, The Underdog Show, The Peter Potamus Show, Atom Ant, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Top Cat and the Woody Woodpecker Show. I'm just a big kid at heart, and watching some of these takes me back to all the Saturday mornings of my childhood. If you like vintage television, I highly recommend Frndly TV.

3. Loving this reel from @wearethehomemakers. I want to expand my summer/patriotic decor for next summer. Lots of inspirations here! I also have a TON of inspiration save on my Patriotic Holidays Pinterest board.

I was excited to find that the UK edition of Country Living magazine (which is SO much better than the American publication), is included as part of my Kindle Unlimited subscription. That makes the cost of paying for Kindle Unlimited practially pay for itself as each month's publication is $9.99. I was happy to pay for it, but when you're looking for ways to reduce spending, this works well for me. I realize not everyone likes reading books or magazines digitally, and I prefer an actual copy in my hand, too. But digital media is a good way to reduce clutter, especially magazines, and often much cheaper. I've also found that reading them on my iPad makes for a much more enjoyable experience. Now, if they would just include The Simple Things magazine, I'd really be set! Also, if you happen to like Victoria magazine, it's included with Kindle Unlimited, too. 

This year my daughter and I have a summer obsession with Sonic Cherry Limeades! We've had 14 in the past month! One of my friends suggested the Cherry Lime-ade packets you can get from the store, which is a water additive, and I tried it. But unfortunately my body does not respond well to any kind of artificial sweetener, they give me horrible stomach cramps/nausea. We've been ordering them through the app which makes them 1/2 price, but at the rate we're going, even at $1.50 that can quickly add up.  I read that they are made with Sprite, maraschino cherry syrup and lime juice, so we may try our hand at it and see what we think! We'll just need to buy a big bag of Sonic ice! 

Some of my fondest memories from my childhood are of going to the drive-in movie theater with my mom and dad. One of my earliest movie memories is Thoroughly Modern Millie starring Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore. I LOVED it as child, and have not seen it since.  So when it came back to my memory I looked it up on Amazon, and it is available on DVD. But . . . one thing I've discovered as a I get older is that often my childhood memories do not live up to my adult expectations, so I'm going to check it out first. Internet Archives is not my favorite way of watching movies online, but just in case I don't like it anymore, I'm happy to have found it. 

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend, my friends! I'll see you back here on Monday!

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