December 10, 2020

cool stuff i like

Hello merry elves! I must confess true merriment is in short supply this year, but my family is grabbing what joy we can by watching lots and lots and lots of holiday films. We started in on our box of mince tarts basically on December 1 and I think I've paired each tart with a tiny inch (or two) of sherry. I've pronounced it "my wee tipple" and WHILST chatting with some friends online, we all agreed that my metamorphosis into an elderly British lady is nearing completion. 

A tree fell on me by accident at the Christmas tree market where we get our tree. I'm ok. Then we (me) decorated the tree which took while because someone (me) has An Obsession about ornament placement and then I had the world's most painful mammogram the next day (happy for a good test result to make up for ALL THAT PAIN), and then after that I had several days of Extreme Tiredness. A photography friend of mine recently had a very short getaway to a solo occupant cottage rental nearby, and I thought nothing could be more magical! Do you think solo vacations will be very popular once we're allowed to move around freely? Lol.

Online items of interest I've collected for you:

 Old world cozy reading space ideas.

Christmas in the Cotswolds. YOU WILL LOVE. Thank you Jenny!

Just ordered some of these magical sounding candles as holiday gifts.

Did you know that Victoria magazine has a blog??? 

Mental survival skills for winter.

Awesome gift guide for teens.

Still obsessing over 'The Queen's Gambit'?? How to get good at chess. 

A dear friend sent this hilarious essay about Anne of Green Gables my way. I laughed until I cried. Many colorful words, warning! It is also 100% ACCURATE. 

Jenny Rosenstrach's (of Dinner A Love Story) 2020 gift guide.

I'm a big fan of these mystery books to read during winter. I've asked for this one in particular.

Cool Book of the Week: On Instagram earlier in the fall, I wrote about how I discovered the charming books of Jenny Colgan, specifically her boarding school for grownups books. I was so delighted by 'Class: Welcome to the Little School By the Sea', as well as the other two books in the series so far. Anyway I also noticed that she has some other books about a woman who moves to a remote Scottish island that is halfway between Scotland and Norway and opens a hotel? Works at a hotel? Not sure what's going on as I haven't read these YET, but I'm going to pick these up as a holiday gift for myself. My family is always so pleased when I buy my own presents ha ha ha. 'Christmas at the Island Hotel' is the sequel to 'Christmas on the Island'. I enjoy Jenny's breezy and fun writing style, and the way her books won't stress you out. I was happily engaged by the 'Class' books and I like Colgan's attention to everyday details that really help immerse you in her British locales. Oh actually I believe the series starts with 'The Endless Beach', I think I'll get that one on Kindle.

 Have a lovely week and weekend! And for those who celebrate Hanukkah, happy 1st day! I'll be back next week to show and tell my personal book wish list, as well as some details about the Winter Hygge Box I'm putting together in January.

18 comments:

  1. Your posts are like finding a stocking full of delightful gifts and wonders... and anything like that is more welcome than ever!

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    1. Oh! The Anne essay. Thank you! 100% accurate, and spot on. No debate.

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    2. Oh my goodness you are TOO KIND. Thank you thank you!!!!! I was roaring with laughter over the Anne essay.

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  2. I haven't clicked a link yet-because I'll be lost in the fun! A solo vacation is wonderful, made even more so since we've been with our household members for a very long time. I KNOW we love them, but a little alone time would be wonderful.

    Jenny Colgan-I'm a huge fan from way back-where I had to order her books from the UK because they weren't published here. I picked up one of her books on my first trip to London, I love her writing. The Island books are excellent, but I would recommend reading that series from the beginning.

    Always a joy when you post, Melissa!

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    1. I'll start with the first book in that series even though I really want to just jump into the Christmas stuff ha ha ha!

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    2. And thank you so much!!! Really appreciate the kind thoughts.

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  3. I have a Jenny Colgan book on my TBR list, but it's about a bookstore. I'll have to look for these other titles because they sound wonderful. Even though I know I am very lucky, I still feel in need of a little escape!

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    1. Yes the bookstore book!!! That's been on my list for AGES.

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  4. That McSweeney's essay! It is absolutely the right take on the two series.

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    1. SO MUCH YES. I'd assert that all of that colorful language was Very Extremely Necessary and Warranted.

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  5. Oh my word, well I do hope they at least gave you a nice discount on your tree for that mishap?

    I'm reserving Christmas on the Island right now. :) Thank you darling for the rec.

    Love the gift guide!

    The fact that you're turning into an old British lady makes me like you all the more. ;)

    Now tell me, where did you get mince pies? I'm longing to try one. And I need a good sherry recommendation. :)

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    1. My ultimate GO TO for mince pies are the ones from Walker's and I get them at World Market Cost Plus! They also had a variety from some baking company in Wales, and I got a box, but I think the pastry is firmer and sturdier with the Walker's!

      I did NOT get a discount, and as I drove home that same thought occurred to me. I should have! Thank you so much for the all the kind thoughts!

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  6. Merry Christmas Melissa to you and your family! Thank you so much for all you share. It takes time to research things and then share here. I am thankful!! Have a lovely Christmas time!!

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    1. Happy New year to you!! Really hoping 2021 cuts everyone some slack.....Big XO!!

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  7. Happy New Year!! Will you be offering a cozy winter book box this month?

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    1. Julia! Yes! I have a few spots left for my Winter Hygge Box. If you'd like one, email me at juliasboogbag (at) gmail (dot) com, so I can have an email address to which I can send a PayPal invoice. It's going to be REALLY CHARMING.

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  8. Yes, I'm seriously considering one for myself. Any hints as to what will be in the box? Tea, chocolate, etc.?

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  9. Also, what's the cost of the box?

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