My Sunday-Monday Post!

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Hi all!! And Happy Belated New Year! We have had a nice two weeks, my husband was off for quite a bit of it, and we put aside a lot of everyday work and projects so that the three of us could just hang out together, whether it was hiking or playing games (Wyatt is enjoying Go Fish these days) or binging television. We also each had a virtual friend’s night, which was much needed as well. I miss my crew! But this week we will back at the normal routine, with some changes. I am recommitted to actually cooking more – I think last year I fell into a huge rut and when grocery shopping became harder in the spring, relied more on easily gotten items then we just sort of kept on with those. And I miss making good meals. So, meal planning begins again this week. I am looking forward to it actually.

Read last week:

I really enjoyed Ash’s book about fishing in Cornwall. It gave me a whole different perspective, and it was beautifully written. And I absolutely love John Lewis-Stempel and was super excited about receiving two books of his for Christmas.

Reading This Week:

I am all about nonfiction right now. I am still finding it difficult to read much fiction but I am finding great joy in nonfiction.

Posted Recently:

A Quiet Holiday

My Favorite Reads of 2020

One Word and First Read of the Year


We finished The Witcher, which I loved. We started This Farming Life on BritBox, and we watched one episode of Bridgerton. We also watched the new Rebecca which we both really enjoyed, Death to 2020 which cracked us up, and I hope we can watch Midnight Sky tonight. I’ve also been listening to the podcast Ologies with Alie Ward, and I love it. I highly recommend it if you are into science at all.

And that is it from my little house in the mitten! Stay safe everyone.

30 thoughts on “My Sunday-Monday Post!

  1. Trin Carl

    I love that you were able to spend more time together thanks to the hubs and get outside.Some of the book covers you mentioned are out of this world. Happy New year and hope to see you more on Sunday Posts.

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    1. It has been so so nice. I am looking forward to returning to our normal routine (these days) although I wish he would still be hanging out with us instead of going to work. Lol. Oh to be independently wealthy! LOL.

      Thanks! Those John Lewis-Stempel book covers are gorgeous!


  2. Family time—games, hiking—sounds lovely. I miss being with my extended family so much. And I love the idea of a virtual friends night.

    Funny that you’ve stepped away from cooking; I feel like I’ve never cooked so much. We have hardly eaten out, and that used to be a twice a week thing for us.

    I am interested in finding out more about Wild Life of the Fox and Hare. I intend to look for the Ologies podcast, too.

    Happy New Year!

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    1. I miss my family so much! The holidays were hard, we are such a close knit group that it was so hard to not be together. But the three of us still had a pretty good time together.

      I wouldn’t say we haven’t cooked – just not anything really exciting or good? Lol. We kind of fell into a frozen food/easy/processed type way of cooking – lots of spaghetti, burritos, etc, with one take out night a week that we started in December to try and support our local city restaurants. But these past two weeks we have gotten back to our love of cooking and have tried making a French roast chicken, and English roast, a pork tenderloin, salmon. It has been so good. Tonight we are having Rachel Khoo’s Winter Salad and bread. If I had to time to make bread, I might do that. So I am super excited to get back to really cooking.

      I think you will love the Ologies podcast!!


  3. I’ve probably gone overboard, but have been a meal planning fanatic since the pandemic began. When our daughters were here in the spring/early summer, it was an absolute necessity for feeding five people daily! Still planning now that we’re back to three… will be so happy when I can run out the the store to get ingredients for whatever spur-of-the-moment meal want to make. Have a good week!

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    1. It is much harder these days, or is it just me? Lol. I just had to scrap the idea for tonight, as we didn’t get as many beets as I had wanted and none of the parsnips. 😦 And since it is a roasted root vegetable salad with goats cheese mousse, those were pretty important. LOL. I am going to make vegetable soup instead, so it is at least a little better than like grilled cheese. 🙂


  4. Happy New Year! That’s awesome that you guys had a nice break. Eating healthy is tough and we’re the same way- we want to improve our game a bit this year. 🙂 The pandemic has screwed so many things up!

    I was thinking of starting Bridgerton, heard good things. I didn’t love Midnight Sky, sadly, but I hope you guys like it!

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    1. It really has screwed so many things up. 😦 Even grocery shopping! Lol.

      Bridgerton… it is ok. We watched one episode and I feel no pressing need to go back to it right away. We didn’t get a chance to watch Midnight Sky, so that is now going to be our Friday night movie. We are watching The second Season of Dark Materials, and it is so good!!


    1. Yay! I thought it was so good! Bridgerton… I am not sold on it yet, although my friends loved it. I watched one episode, liked it, but don’t feel like I need to watch the next episode right away. We are watching His Dark Materials instead, so good!


  5. I love the look of the John Lewis-Stempel books – such beautiful covers… And your Christmas sounds absolutely lovely – very cosy and relaxed. I understand what you’re saying about the cooking, although Himself generally is in charge of meals in our household.

    Like you, I am looking forward to getting back to normal – although I hang onto my Christmas decorations until 6th Jan, as I love the extra sparkle the lights bring everywhere… Have a great week, Erin – and many thanks for swinging by:)).

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    1. The John Stempel-Lewis books are so good! They are little short books, just all about the title animal with little snippets of poetry here and there as well. And the covers are so beautiful! And cooking… I am trying! Today was a bust but there is always tomorrow. Lol.

      And Christmas lights do make things so much more magical. 🙂

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      1. Thank you for the extra information regarding the John Lewis-Stempel books:)). They sound a joy! And yes – I love your attitude, you’re right, there’s always tomorrow.

        I have some white fairy lights set up over my bookcase in front of my computer so they shine out and make the room look less grim once the Christmas decorations comes down.


  6. Kathy Martin

    Happy New Year! It sounds like you had a nice time. I do hope you enjoy getting back to cooking and meal planning. Despite being nonfiction, your books look good. (I so, so seldom read nonfiction.) Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. I have no idea what is happening with me, unless it is just this crazy world we are living in. I have never read so much nonfiction in my life! And these are really good. 🙂

      I definitely enjoyed planning! Today was a bust, not everything came in my order that I needed darn it. But I feel like I have a win, instead of grilled cheese or pizza we are having homemade soup with some good crusty bread. So not what I planned but still better than I was doing!


  7. I’ve found that the meals are better when mom plans them and makes sure the right groceries are in the house than when the cook of the day (teen) has to figure it out from what’s in the fridge.


  8. We are getting back into our regular routines too and it feels amazing! I’m also getting back into cooking and it’s been fun going through my cookbooks. Like you I think I had gotten in a bit of a rut when it comes to cooking and I feel like I have a bit of a clean start with the New Year. Hope you’re having a great week.


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