Five on Friday {Hello June!}

Happy Friday! It’s the first week of June and the weather, despite a couple of thunderstorms, has been pretty nice! Our area of New York has been in Phase 1 of reopening and will be in Phase 2 by next week. That still hasn’t changed our going out/shopping habits as of yet. This weekend the weather is supposed to be beautiful. So, I hope to get some weeding and yard work done and possibly go on another outing with the family. Here are five from this week:

1. Orange County Arboretum – Sunday we took a drive up to the Orange County Arboretum in Montgomery, NY. It’s almost an hour north of us. But it was such a beautiful day and I wanted the family to get outside. This was the first time we visited this arboretum. It was beautiful and it’s one of those places that you have to visit every season to see how the gardens change.

2. New Dishwasher – Our dishwasher has been in the house since we bought it fourteen years ago. Dana has had to do repairs on it and it hasn’t been running very well recently. So, we finally purchased a new one. It was delivered this week, Dana installed it, and I am happy to report we have a new, running dishwasher! #itsthelittlethings


3. Reading – This week I finished Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore. It was a contemporary fiction/time travel book about Oona Lockhart, who travels to a different year of her life at the stroke of midnight every New Year’s Eve. It was just an okay read to me.


4. Watching – Dana and I finished the second season of Homecoming on Prime Video. We first got into the podcast when it first came out. Then we watched most of season 1 of the show when it first streamed on Amazon. Only when we heard season 2 was streaming soon, did we finally finish watching season 1. And then we quickly finished watching season 2, since it’s only 7 half-hour episodes.

Photo: Netflix

I have been also watching The Big Flower Fight on Netflix. Sometimes the kids will watch with me. It’s a fun, competitive show about flower arrangements. I do love flowers, so this has been an enjoyable show to watch.

5. Justice in June – This past week has been a lot emotionally with the death of George Floyd, the peaceful protests, the riots and looting, etc. One thing I have learned is that I have so much more to learn. This Google Doc was created by Bryanna Wallace and Autumn Gupta. It’s a great resource for spending 10, 25 or 45 minutes a day becoming more informed and a better ally of the black community.

ICYMI this week on the blog:

Monday I shared another weekly vegan meal plan.

Wednesday I posted Read Before You Watch {Television Series Edition}.

Sharing with Friday Favorites. Have a great weekend!



  1. A new dishwasher!! So exciting. And yes, it’s the little things. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  2. The arboretum looks so beautiful. I can image how serene it felt to be in the sunshine with all of the surroundings. Yay, for a new dishwasher!

  3. Oh I just love new appliances– it’s always amazing to me how long we’ll put off buying a new one when the old one isn’t working quite right and then to see the difference when we have a new one that is working well. My son has been watching the Flower Fight and told me I need to watch it since he knows I’ll enjoy it.

  4. A new dishwasher is wonderful. I bet it’s much quieter! I started Oona, but didn’t finish. Have a good weekend.

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