Some weeks I feel like I have so much I want to share with the readers of this blog and others I feel like everything on my mind is trivial or uninteresting. This is one of those weeks. When I don’t write, though, I get lots of emails asking for updates, so, I thought I might share what we’ve been cooking, what we’re reading, the shows we’re into right now and what we’re doing around the house.
What We’re Cooking
A neighborhood farm-to-table produce market called Riverwards just opened in an old firehouse exactly three blocks from our house and we are loving all the gorgeous local produce we find there. Especially in summer, we eat a produce-heavy diet with lean proteins and Riverwards boasts an amazing variety of vegetables so our fave recipes right now feature veggies as the star ingredient. Daisy is particularly into avocados and thus we are making and eating a lot of guacamole. Here are some of our other faves that you should try:
What We’re Reading
I just finished A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles and The Wangs Vs the World by Jade Chang – loved them both. I’m now toggling between A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
for book club and Into the Sun by Deni Ellis Béchardwhich was recommended to me by an old classmate from Skidmore who is living in London. Reading continues to be my favorite escape from the demands of real life.
Nick is reading The Wright Brothers by David McCullough, who has been called one of America’s greatest living writers (Washington Post) and is a resident of my hometown, Hingham, MA.
Miss Daisy continues to enjoy our favorite trio of books – Iggy Peck, Architect, Rosie Revere, Engineer and Ada Twist, Scientist. She is also a big fan of a small board book about animals. When she gets to the pages about dogs, she brings them to her face and kisses them. We think she recognizes that they are the same animal as our pets and is delighted by this recognition.
What We’re Watching
We discovered Veep (HBO) about six months ago and keep returning to it whenever we have a moment of free time together. The cast is incredible and the writing is genius. As we continue through seasons, we can’t help but ask the popular question: what will the writers of political satire do now that the real world is crazier than any fictitious storyline?
We love watching the Planet Earth documentary from the BBC. It's absolutely dazzling in a visual sense, we learn so much about this incredible place we call home and all of its inhabitants, it's kid-friendly and it's strangely calming - perfect for bedtime.
I’m also digging Big Little Lies (HBO). I’m only a few episodes in but loving the star-studded cast and gorgeous backdrop of sprawling homes along Monterey’s coastline.
What We’re Doing
We’ve joined a community pool in a sweet little town about thirty minutes from downtown Philadelphia and cannot wait until their doors open June 1. This beach bum can not survive another hot summer in the city with no place to cool down, and, we think this will be a great way to continue Daisy’s swimming lessons and get to know other families.
Now that the renovation of our house is mostly complete, we have turned our focus to the backyard, which is in dire need of an uplift. We are very fortunate to have a 700-square foot backyard space in a densely-populated neighborhood so close to downtown, but, it has been shaded by the giant, sweeping branches of a beautiful old Oak tree, creating a shady and buggy environment. Nick, ever the DIY king, taught himself the basics of tree-trimming using YouTube tutorials and after investing in some climbing equipment and enlisting the help of some neighbors, was able to remove lots of sun-blocking branches which immediately restored life to our yard. The next phase involves leveling the soil, laying sod, building layered planters and creating an outdoor dining area. Updates and photos to come!
We are off to Boston in a few days for a quick visit with family, specifically my maternal grandmother, who has been sick for a while. Though we will not be able to see most of the people we love while we are there, I am excited to spend time with my grandmother and introduce her to Daisy at long last.
Hope you are all doing, eating and reading great things as summer approaches!