Once again, I’m taking a moment to linger over the little joys in life that have enhanced my recent everyday like frosting on a cupcake. Or, like fresh flowers in a vintage vase…
June’s Small Pleasures
- Father Brown mysteries. My daughter and I were suffering from Phryne Fisher withdrawal so we started trolling Netflix for some kind of substitute. Enter Father Brown, a cozy mystery series based on the G.K. Chesterton character of the same name. This series is based in a quaint English village in what looks like the early 1950’s and is filled with interesting characters and entertaining plotlines. Father Brown, a priest and amateur sleuth played by Mark Williams of Arthur Weasley/Harry Potter fame, solves an inordinate amount of murders in his parish and surrounding environs with dogged determination and a pleasing amount of grace and compassion. The show is light-hearted in general but offers a surprisingly hefty dose of legitimate, accurate Christian theology. We’re currently on the 5th (and last season), so I’m open to any other suggestions for our next Netflix marathon.
- Berry season. Strawberries, blueberries, and those elusive and delicate black raspberries. These delicious gems have been the bright spot in my recent Whole 30 attempt. I’ve eaten so many strawberries this past month, it’s a wonder I don’t look like one.
- Having Fridays off from work. One of my most favorite perks of my job as a professor is a four day work week with Fridays off during the summer semester. Three day weekends for 12 weeks straight! What’s not to love about that, I ask?
- Greenglass House by Kate Milford and Far Far Away by Tom McNeal. In my opinion, summer books should be fun reading. Give me an interesting plot, quirky characters, a mystery or two and a pinch (or dollop) of the fantastical, and I’m all in. With this in mind, let me recommend Greenglass House (a middle grade book I listened to) and Far Far Away (a YA book I read). Each provided me with hours of delightful bookish entertainment in June. I’m not going to say anything about either of the books – you’ll get the most benefit if you go in blind. Just trust me when I say, “Read them”. You won’t be disappointed.
- When the Night Comes by Dan Auerbach. The perfect summer-evening-on-the-porch song. I don’t think I’ll ever grow tired of listening to it.
Now it’s your turn. Any small pleasures you are currently enjoying? Please share in the comments.