Monday Musings – Giants, Borders, and Hero’s

Happy Monday ladies. We had a fun chat about our upper arms yesterday. The different ways we approach the subject is as varied as we are and fun reading here. I often think the comment section is the best part of this blog:) Here are a few things on my mind this week:


My daughter has been isolated in her apartment in Vancouver, B.C. for way, way too long. Because she has dual citizenship, she was able to cross the closed border and drive home this weekend. I couldn’t be happier! These are scary and sad times and I really needed to hug her. Because the drive takes longer than one day, my son and I drove to meet her at the halfway mark. We shared adjoining rooms at a motel then I drove the rest of the way home in her car. She will have to quarantine when she crosses the Canadian border but we all felt it was worth it to be together. cover of just mercy bookOn the drive down we listened to “Just Mercy” which is mind-blowing. It’s been named the most influential book of the decade and is one of the most powerful true stories I’ve ever heard. Bryan Stevenson is an attorney, social justice activist, and hero who has dedicated three decades to helping the poor, incarcerated, and condemned.


I finally got into my local Talbots on Friday, which felt like old home week. I was anxious to see new merchandise but the sales floor was still full of older merchandise. My favorite salesperson told me they’re in the process of opening boxes to get the new things on display so I’ll go back this week and try on some new things. Hopefully, I will able to do a dressing room diary.

Some new finds at Talbots

Land of the Giants

Do you remember that show? That’s what I am reminded every time I look at our new veggie boxes. I think know my husband went overboard planting things but we had no idea how robustly things would grow! What we have the most of right now is zucchini and Summer squash. I’m talking about 12” zucchini and a lot of them. Everyday!spiralizer for veggies I’ve ordered this spiralizer so we can start eating them as pasta but I need more ideas. I have no idea why I need 7 blades but I suppose it will make sense when it arrives. With things as they are, I can’t give them to neighbors and hate to have them go to waste! I’d love any recipes you can share.

When our tomato crop comes is I will have a much better idea what to do with it because we also have tons of basil:)

What’s keeping you busy these days?

Be well and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.

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  1. Katrina
    June 9, 2020 / 7:39 am

    Ahhhh – LOVE that spiralizer! I love mine & have bought 2 more for gifts. We make “zoodles” all summer. Butter, chopped onion & garlic bits in medium hot fry pan. When translucent, fill pan with LOTS of spiralized zucchini. Stir around & Heat through til almost soft. Garlic salt & serve. We love this stuff!!! Have fun experimenting with it!!!

  2. Lois Williams
    June 8, 2020 / 7:49 pm

    Zucchini bread & butter pickles are the best
    So are zucchini pancakes: Savory with yogurt, minced garlic & chives Or sweet with yogurt & honey.

  3. Carolynn
    June 8, 2020 / 2:48 pm

    Interesting that you listened to Just Mercy. We watched the movie this weekend. So timely and eye opening! I highly recommend it. (I did have to cover my eyes in parts). Bryan Stevenson and his organization are doing amazing work.

    • Jennifer
      June 8, 2020 / 7:42 pm

      I’m not sure I want to watch it. It’s so powerful I’m really enjoying the audible version.

  4. Linda Todd
    June 8, 2020 / 12:44 pm

    Ohhh lucky you haha! Try bread and butter Pickles, it is a southern hemisphere recipe but absolutely delicious. By making your zucchini into pickles you can enjoy them long into the winter. Cheers Linda

    • Jennifer
      June 8, 2020 / 7:41 pm

      Do I just pick them very small then pickle them?

    • Jennifer
      June 8, 2020 / 7:40 pm

      Yay!! I did see this. Thank you

  5. Rhonda
    June 8, 2020 / 12:08 pm

    So glad your daughter was able to come to see you. It means so much to be able to get together.

    I haven’t seen my parents since Christmas. We all live in BC, but since they are in their 90s, we don’t want to risk going to see them (6 hours away) and bringing some infection to them. Luckily they live in their own apartment not in a care home! We are able to Skype with them and recently found out that Skype has a feature for subtitles that allows my mother, who has very little hearing left, to participate fully. They’re in great spirits and we have some great calls with them, as do my other siblings. I know that they’re bored and missing their friends, but they are able to see my nephew who does their grocery shopping for them, and my cousin who cuts their hair.

    It is a true blessing to have the means and the technology to connect this way. We look forward to later in the summer when we hope to be able to meet them at a BC campground in wine country for a week. We’re hoping that my brother and his wife will also be able to meet us then.

    Family is everything!

    • Jennifer
      June 8, 2020 / 7:40 pm

      I didn’t know that about Skype! That’s terrific. Family is everything!

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