August Updates and Links for Your Weekend

It’s definitely August. The heat is unending, the lawn is showing signs of stress, and my flowers are crying uncle.

It’s at this time of year – every year – that I start craving fall. If fall didn’t also signal Grant going back to college, I would be trying to channel it in earnest. Are any of you feeling the same?

There hasn’t been much blogging going on this week, because this has been happening instead.


I’ve never painted furniture before, other than those spray painted dining room chairs, and I chose a BIG project to cut my teeth on. As I said on Instagram, you’ll know it worked out if I blog about it. If you’ve used chalk paint before, I’d love it if you would leave any tips you have in the comments.


Our mini anniversary staycation happened last weekend just as we had planned it. On Saturday morning we had breakfast at Cascone’s and then hit city market, where this bunch of flowers was my favorite purchase.


These flowers are in demand; there are only a few stands that offer them at the market that offer them and people wait a long time to buy theirs.

We chose the least crowded stand and I watched while a mother and son put the bouquets together and wrapped them in white paper, which I loved. The son asked me what flowers I wanted and I told him lots of red. I got lots of pink instead, but still so lovely.

On Saturday night we had dinner at Lydia’s. Why have we never been to Lydia’s before?

It’s in a old freight house, so brick walls (yes!) and high, wooden beamed ceilings (yes!). And would you look at those glass chandeliers?


It’s a noisy dining room, but they knew we were celebrating an anniversary so they put us in a quiet corner, next to another couple celebrating a birthday.

Oh, and the food was excellent. I had Caprese salad and salmon. Tom had pork and roasted potatoes. Side note: Lydia is one of the partners in Chicago’s Eataly.

So that’s what’s been going on in our world. If you need me I’ll be painting (and painting) and trying to stay in the moment during this last week before Grant heads back to SLU.

As far ask links, I haven’t bookmarked many lately so I raided my Pinterest boards to find some favorites to share with you this week:

  • And I love the sentiment in this quote from a Country Living article. I agree on parties and animals. What do you think gives life to rooms?

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

P.S. Last year’s anniversary staycation.

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  1. Well it seems you made the most of your anniversary staycation. I love a good farmer’s market.

    1. Nothing like them, Beemie.

    1. Thank you, Leslie Anne. 🙂

  2. Oh, yes, I’m feeling your pain. We take our son on Friday….because he’s in the corps of cadets, and Navy ROTC, there is a good chance we won’t see him until Thanksgiving….
    Weather has been pretty nice in VA, not too hot, and rain interspersed here and there. I’m definitely not ready for summer to be over, but it will feel like it when both kids go to college in less than a week. 🙁
    Your anniversary sounded awesome!

    1. Enjoy this last week with your son, Sharon. I’m hoping Thanksgiving comes quickly for you. No one told us about this part of parenting, did they?

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