Summer is gradually slipping through my fingers and there’s nothing I can do about it. Sigh. I always start to feel a little melancholic this time of year, but I’m trying to fight the feeling and enjoy these gorgeous August days as much as I can.
This week I’ve been obsessed with planning short getaways throughout the year. I had hoped to go to Greece but that’s not happening anytime soon now, so little jaunts here and there will have to suffice.
My next trip is planned for Knoxville, Tennessee over Labor Day weekend with my daughter Stephanie and granddaughter Zoe. Zoe is the one who joined me for last year’s pre-Christmas Chicago trip. We need to be careful about mask-wearing and social distancing while there. I’ll be sure to take pictures of the Smoky Mountains and pretty homes in the area.
This weekend I hope to can some peach preserves for the first time ever. If you have any tips, I’d love to have you share them in the comments below. Peaches are one of my favorite fruits, along with sweet cherries.
I managed to get a little reading and discovering during this busy week at work. I hope you like what I found!
This week’s Friday Finds …
While exploring nearby places to visit, I stumbled upon this lovely post about historic neighborhoods in America. Have you visited any of these locations?
My daughter Bridget and I both want to replace our kitchen counter tops. I found this great article that features non-marble counter tops. I still think I’m going with butcher block, though.
And speaking of the kitchen, I found some cute dish-washing accessories that make doing the dishes more fun (is that even possible?).
While we’re talking about home chores, we might as well include a mention about laundry. This beautiful, country style laundry room is sure to make the task more pleasant.
Preserving summer flowers is a great way to keep your floral favorites on display year-round. Stephanie at Garden Therapy shares how to preserve flowers and leaves alike, so you can use this tutorial when the trees turn color in the fall.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s round up of discoveries on the internet. It’s fun to find new things to explore!