I’m sharing a few of my favorite things from the past week in today’s blog post.

Another week is over. The days seemed to drag by this week, but not that I think about the week it feels like it sped by. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the warmer weather this week. While we did get snow overnight and there’s still lots of snow on the ground, it feels like spring is just about the corner. This winter has felt extra long and cold – most likely because of the restrictions due to Covid. I haven’t spent time with friends like I would have otherwise. I’m really missing my people! With the vaccine starting to get rolled out here in Alberta, I’m hoping that we’ll be vaccinated sooner rather than later so that I can get together with people again.

Watching You

I picked up some books that I had on hold at the library this week. One of them was Watching You (affiliate link) by Lisa Jewell. It only took me two or three days to finish reading it. It was one of those books that I kept telling myself “I’ll only read one more chapter”. One more chapter ended up turning into 5 or 6 more chapters. I’ve been slowly making my way through all of Lisa’s books over the past year or so when I first discovered her. I’m really glad that I did because I really enjoy her books. They’re a good mix of thriller and mystery that keeps me interested.

Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads:

Melville Heights is one of the nicest neighbourhoods in Bristol, England; home to doctors and lawyers and old-money academics. It’s not the sort of place where people are brutally murdered in their own kitchens. But it is the sort of place where everyone has a secret. And everyone is watching you.

As the headmaster credited with turning around the local school, Tom Fitzwilliam is beloved by one and all—including Joey Mullen, his new neighbor, who quickly develops an intense infatuation with this thoroughly charming yet unavailable man. Joey thinks her crush is a secret, but Tom’s teenaged son Freddie—a prodigy with aspirations of becoming a spy for MI5—excels in observing people and has witnessed Joey behaving strangely around his father.

One of Tom’s students, Jenna Tripp, also lives on the same street, and she’s not convinced her teacher is as squeaky clean as he seems. For one thing, he has taken a particular liking to her best friend and fellow classmate, and Jenna’s mother—whose mental health has admittedly been deteriorating in recent years—is convinced that Mr. Fitzwilliam is stalking her.

Meanwhile, twenty years earlier, a schoolgirl writes in her diary, charting her doomed obsession with a handsome young English teacher named Mr. Fitzwilliam…

The Chocolate Lab

My boyfriend got me a box of fancy chocolates for Valentine’s Day a few weeks ago from The Chocolate Lab. I had never tried their chocolates before, but I was impressed. Not only were they really pretty, but they were also delicious. (I ended up trying one before I took a picture, hence the missing chocolate). They have all kinds of cool chocolate flavors.

The white and pink heart in the bottom right corner was strawberry cheesecake chocolate. It had a later of graham cracker crust, cheesecake, and then strawberry filling all covered in chocolate. It was definitely my favorite one in the box that my boyfriend picked out for me. It’s hard to go wrong with cheesecake.

Seed starting

A few weeks ago I started planted some seeds indoors. Since there’s such a short growing season here in Calgary, I usually start some seeds indoors to get a head start. The first seeds to sprout were the tomatoes. Fresh tomatoes straight from the garden are the absolute best, so I’m really looking forward to having a garden full of food this summer. I also planted some broccoli, brussels sprouts, basil, oregano, parsley, celery, bell peppers, cabbage, watermelon, swiss chard, pumpkin, and zucchini. I also planted some flowers seeds including poppy, black eyed susan, aster, snapdragon, marigold, scarlet flax, sweet pea, and morning glory.

Working in the garden in the summer is such a relaxing thing for me, so I’m excited to get back out there once the snow is gone and it’s warm enough to plant things outside. I’m very grateful to have some outdoor space to call my own and have a garden. I bought my tomato seeds from Casey and my vegetable and flower seeds from Baker Creek.

Do you have any exciting plans for the weekend? There’s up to 10 centimeters of snow in the forecast for today, so I’m probably going to stay pretty close to home. I’m all about avoiding the big dumps of snow if I can. I have a pile of library books to read so I’ll probably spend some time with them this weekend.

What are you currently reading? What’s your favorite thing to grow in your garden?

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