Monday Musings – Second Time Around

Happy Monday ladies. I am smack dab in the middle of my second two weeks of quarantine:) I finished the first with my daughter last month and I’m now doing it with my husband. The air quality was so bad back at home, I spent weeks trying to convince him to join me here in Vancouver. He finally decided to come up just in time for the smoke to blow in from Oregon and Washington state causing the worst air quality Vancouver has ever seen! Can I hear it for Murphies Law? We’ve rented a little condo in downtown Vancouver with lovely views out over Englishmans Bay, that we can finally see because the smoke has cleared.

So besides freedom, here are a few things on my mind this week:

Slippersslippers on balcony

Yup, I have had slippers on my mind before but I forgot to pack mine. Seriously, what was I thinking because now that I’m in quarantine again, I’m wearing them ALL the time. No quick trip to the backyard to pick tomatoes. No quick trip anywhere so I am living in them. I popped into Winners after the last quarantine and picked up these which are really cozy. I know the holidays are coming and I’ll need a fresh pair by then so I’m pursuing ones online.



I was in some strange brain fog when I packed for this trip because I only brought clothes for warm summer days. The weather is changing to fall here so I had my husband bring an extra bag with some cozier things for me. The first thing I put on was a cashmere sweater. He brought my four Everlane sweaters which I was thrilled to get. Until I put this one on and found a tiny moth hole in the sleeve! That means the little suckers are inside my armoire at home where I keep ALL my cashmere and feasting themselves into bloated cashmere coma’s! Argh!!

fashion blogger jennifer connolly wearing everlane cashmere sweater

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I  always clean my sweaters before I store them for the summer so this is a very unhappy surprise. Because I hate the smell of mothballs, I use cedar boards and lavender inside my antique armoire, but apparently, it’s not enough. I fully intend to mend this tiny hole, but moths are nasty little stinkers and I know they’ll get to it again one day so I ordered a replacement.


fashion blogger jennifer connolly wearing rails plaid flannel shirt

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I never thought of myself as the plaid flannel type of dresser until I bought this one several years ago. It gets softer with each washing and is so comfy.  I wore it the last weekend we were over on Vancouver Island and it was a perfect weight. I love the color and its relaxed vibe is perfect for weekends so I have my eye out for other pretty colors.

Rules Of Civility

I’m bored with everything I’m trying to read these days. I keep picking things up and three pages later, I put them down. They may be great books, but I’m not feeling the love. Until my husband showed up with my dog eared copy of Rules of Civility. I love this book so much I’ve already read it twice! Since he finished it on the plane, I started it again. I wonder how many times you can reread the same novel and enjoy it. I’m going to find out.

What books have you read multiple times?

Have a great week ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident and fabulous!


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  1. julie bailey
    September 24, 2020 / 3:40 am

    Thanks for the book tips ladies! I love to read and appreciate tips. I too loved Maeve Binchy, Anne Rivers Siddons, classics, Preston & Child, certainly Patricia Cornwell and many others. However, our libraries in our town remain closed. You can order books for curbside pickup, but I like going in libraries to browse. Will save this posting.

    • Jennifer
      September 24, 2020 / 8:38 am

      I wish our library would open back up!

  2. Penny L. Luckenbaugh
    September 23, 2020 / 7:27 am

    I re-read Maeve Binchy and Anne Rivers Siddons every year, I have also gone back to the WideAcre trilogy by Phillipa Gregory several times. Also much loved and revisited is anything by Daphne DuMaurier and Norah Lofts.
    Good books are like old friends.
    Enjoy your time inin beautiful British Columbia. Like your husband, we were in the smoke zone. Our county was on level one alert for days and some parts were on mandatory evacuation. For many days we could not see even the lights on homes across the golf course from us.
    We were never so happy to see rain!
    Best wishes,

  3. Robyn
    September 23, 2020 / 2:40 am

    Have you read A Gentleman in Moscow? I liked Rules of Civility but loved this book. I have given it to numerous people as gifts.

    • Kathy
      September 25, 2020 / 10:34 am

      On my top 10 list of favorite books!

  4. Elizabeth Day
    September 22, 2020 / 2:07 pm

    You sold me! I down loaded the book onto my iPad and plan to read it while doing some upcoming travels.

  5. Joyce Hodge
    September 22, 2020 / 1:01 pm

    Jennifer, fall weather will be a wonderful reward once your quarantine is complete.
    One book i turned around a reread right after reading was A Vintage Year. It is an easy read and quite nice that it deals with California and France, aspirational when we can’t move around.

    • Jennifer
      September 22, 2020 / 4:49 pm

      That sounds wonderful, thanks!

  6. Jackie
    September 21, 2020 / 7:05 pm

    I love that book too – and am about to reread it! Thanks for sharing your life with all of us!

  7. sandram
    September 21, 2020 / 5:53 pm

    You must read the Lousie Penney books featuring Inspecto Armand Gamache. Quebec is featured along with an imaginary town filled with interesting people. Lots of mystery also. An easy read to start but with lots to think about after.

  8. Dena
    September 21, 2020 / 4:12 pm

    I just finished East of Eden and loved it! Thank you for the Rules of Civility reminder, I really enjoyed it the first time I read it. So much so that I just downloaded the audible version so I can listen while I walk. And, I am waiting on my size of the sweater to be in stock. It should be early November, which is plenty of time for me. In south Louisiana we rarely need sweaters before November.

    Enjoy your time in Vancouver. My son lived in Seattle until August. We had plans to visit him in July but had to cancel due to the virus. Since we knew he was moving to San Francisco and this might be our last visit to Seattle, we were planning on traveling into Canada to visit Victoria and Vancouver. Oh well, we’ll make it one day.

  9. Susan B
    September 21, 2020 / 1:54 pm

    One of my all time favorite books is, The Expats by Chris Pavone. It’s about a woman who leaves the CIA to relocate for her husband’s job to Luxembourg with 2 young sons in tow. Is someone following her or is her training leading her to see things that are not really there? Why would someone be following her, anyway? Plus, how does one adjust to being mom and wife in a foreign country after such an all consuming career? I listened to it and enjoyed it so much with all the twists and turns, that I bought it and have reread it twice.
    Love your view and am envious you can even go to Canada. The smoke has cleared here on the north Oregon coast. It was really bad and we didn’t leave the house for most of a week and a half. “Normal” seems bazaar now.

    • Jennifer
      September 21, 2020 / 1:56 pm

      That sounds like a fun book! Thanks Susan.

  10. Kathy
    September 21, 2020 / 1:15 pm

    Pride and Prejudice, I Know This Much is True, A Gentleman in Moscow, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I know, quite an assortment but all beloved.

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