The Wednesday Afternoon Post Vol. 3

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It’s raining in Southern California, and I’m listening to piano music by the window. It doesn’t rain often so when it does, it’s a real treat.

This week’s Wednesday Afternoon Post will be short, but very sweet. It’s been a long week and there are still a few days to go. I’ll be drinking more than my fair share of coffee and looking forward to a Saturday and Sunday restfully enjoying the company of family and friends. I hope you love these small pieces of joy I’m sharing today…..

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  • A library, post office and town, built for one? It exists!                                             
  • The 10 most famous bookstores in the world. I’ve been to only two, but want to change that, immediately! Starting with the quaint strand of books in Whales…..
  • The oldest “message in a bottle” was found two weeks ago! 132 years old, to be exact.
  • I don’t know why this made me burst into tears, but it did. In a good way.

Happy day, my friends. Enjoy the falling water (if you’re in my neck of the woods.)

The Wednesday Afternoon Post Vol. 2

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The first edition of “The Wednesday Afternoon Post” was such lovely mid-week surprise for me! A real burst of energy, if I’m honest. I had so many people write me and let me know that they found it to be a simple and joyful break from their day – something that sparked a smile.

That’s exactly why I did it!

So, here we are. Volume 2. Grab your hot tea and let’s get to it!

  • My husband and I finally bit the bullet and purchased a family plan for Spotify. We both could sit for hourssssss and build custom playlists, so this is perfect for our home. We just started, so we haven’t done much yet, but give us time. Soon we will have a perfectly curated list for every moment, season, and event in your life. THIS was the first list I created, obviously. My love for 1960s music knows no bounds.
  • Speaking of music, THIS is my favorite soundtrack of all time. Ironically, I’ve never seen the actual movie.
  •  Are there any “Little Women” fans visiting? Well, if you haven’t heard already, the BBC debuted a remake of the classic novel and it’s already aired across the pond. Us Yankees must wait until May. Can I share my excitement about this? My daughters and I read the book two years ago and even as a 5 and 8 year olds, they were absolutely delighted by Alcott’s poetic and captivating writing. What a gift this book (and hopefully miniseries) is! Visit HERE for a trailer, HERE for my favorite recent edition of Alcott’s masterpiece, and HERE for one of my favorite quotes from the book….on a mug! For coffee (another of my favorite things!)

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  • My favorite viral video of last year was, hands down, THIS one. I mean, if that doesn’t perfectly sum up the life of a parent, I’m not sure what does. The mom sliding into the room and trying to close the door on the down-low is just icing on the cake. The following video is popping up everywhere and while it’s only adorable because she isn’t my child…I feel she accurately depicts how I feel about the following items: 1.) sleep, 2.) coffee, 3.) Diet Coke and 4.) date nights. I understand her anguish.
  • This post about the last farmhouse in Manhattan is tops! It makes me history-loving heart go pitter-patter. This destination will be at the top of my itinerary, whenever I make it back to the Big Apple. The website this post is found on is pretty lovely as well – full of curiosities and obscure goodness!
  • Can I make one recommendation to anyone who is in desperate need of a hearty laugh session? Like LAUGH OUT LOUD?! Buy either THIS or THIS, grab some popcorn, and settle in for a night of sheer happiness. Sean and I watched one and were falling off the couch in tears. He’s so good. And sometimes I think us adults forget to laugh. Here’s a preview (incidentally, also my parenting method:)

 

I hope this post finds you enjoying your Wednesday and I look forward to sharing more next week. I’m off to brew my afternoon coffee and stare out the window at the gloom that’s settled over Southern California.

The Wednesday Afternoon Post Vol. 1

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I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve posted. February flew by so quickly that I felt like I was on a roller coaster. My oldest daughter turned ten years old, towards the end of the month, and so Sean and I had much to reflect on. Mainly on how fast the years fly….it’s been on both of our hearts lately to make the very most of the time God has given us – make choices that align with our values, and spend every moment we can following what He has for us. We aren’t sure where that will lead us, but we are open.

At any rate, time marches on…..the days bleed together, and weeks turn into months, turn into years, turn into me having a child in the double digits. The days are so long, but I’ve already seen that the years are shorter than ever.

Sean and I are coming up on the 11th anniversary of the miscarriage of our first child (March 12th) and whether I anticipate it or not, I always fall into a state of melancholy. Sometimes I don’t even see it coming and WHAM….I begin to feel a small ache inside. Some years are easier than others. This year is not one of those years, I’m guessing. When I enter into times of melancholy, I am especially on the look out for things that make me wonder, dream, rest, and feel joy. Interestingly enough, when traveling through seasons like this, I find that the Lord is extremely generous in what He sends my way.  Quite some time ago, I had an actual paper newsletter I would have printed and sent out to people. I shared stories, antique news, and curiosities. I loved that little newsletter but it became time and cost prohibitive and I had to say “no more.” But, I still want to share. I love spreading news, history, and lovely information.

I thought about sharing these things with you. And then I thought about sharing them once a week. And then I thought about sharing them on Wednesdays because that day is traditionally difficult for everyone. And THEN I thought about calling it the “The Wednesday Afternoon Post” as a homage to the publication (which is still in print, BTW), one of my favorite artists, and the fact that a former editor of TSEP was also a portrait artist, and I own one of his paintings.

It all just works.

So, without further adieu….here is the first edition of:

 

“The Wednesday Afternoon Post”: Good things that bring gladness.

 

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  • It’s no surprise to many that my favorite movie is Mary Poppins. It has been for a long time, and it shall remain. I heard of this reboot a few years ago, and the trailer finally came out several nights ago. I was beside myself with excitement, and even Sean was grinning from ear to ear. It’s generally not possible for me to love the holiday season any more than I already do, but this December is looking even more delightful. Watch and get excited!
  • If you have some antique cookbooks collecting dust, you may want to check out this post before you toss them.
  • What could be sweeter than the A.A. Milne classic coming to the big screen? Not much. And with Ewan McGregor staring in it? I can hardly wait.
  • It’s harbored in the recesses of my mind, but owning a bookshop is something of a small(ish) dream I have. Until Sean and I can make that happen, I will visit wonderful places like this. I would need days to scour every nook and cranny of this place.
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I feel like I could go on and on and on. There are so many hidden treasures and captivating things to share. I’m looking forward to next Wednesday already!