It’s Monday (July 6, 2020)

It was a long weekend for the husband, whose office was closed from Thursday, to celebrate Independence Day. Usually my city has a parade down the Main Street, featuring motorbikes, gymnasts, school bands, wushu performances, floats and more. But this year, of course, that could not take place! The flyby still did happen though, and the kids loved watching the propeller planes go by in formation – three times!

For July 4th, we did a backyard barbecue with ribeye steak, sausages, asparagus, mini peppers, potatoes, and corn. And I had made my first ever lemon meringue pie! 




Other things this past week – tired of waiting for the masks we ordered to arrive (they don’t seem to have shipped still!), I pulled out some old clothes, that small sewing kit tucked away for mending, and checked out a Youtube video for making face masks without a sewing machine 







Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik


Crazy Delicious on Netflix – love the fun set and the way the contestants get to “forage” for the ingredients instead of that silly race to the pantry that most cooking competitions have.


Crime and Punishment – yes, still


I had toast for breakfast. And we will have dim sum leftovers for lunch. Char siew bao, here I come.



Strawberry and clementine water. That is, I chopped some fruits up, and popped into a glass jug filled with cold water. It sat there overnight. And is nice and refreshing.


I have lots of vegetables to cook up – broccoli in the oven, perhaps, if it’s not too hot.

I was considering making some lemon bars or my favourite lemon bliss cake 

Last week:

I read:

A Taste of Sage – Yaffa S. Santos

Just Mercy- Bryan Stevenson

I posted:

Library Loot (July 1 to 7)

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date


  1. Great mask! Love all the photos! We were home the night of the 4th but there have been fireworks in our neighborhood from dusk to midnight or later just about every night for at least a month, and on the 4th it was like the grand finale, there were so many going off! A friend on Facebook just recommended the movie Just Mercy, which I think must be based on the book by Bryan Stevenson.


    1. Oh man, yes, it was like the fireworks have been going on for at least a month. Luckily my immediate neighbours aren’t the fireworks type so while there have been some loud bangs (including some that set of car alarms) at least it wasn’t right next door. The funny thing is that fireworks are illegal in my city – although perfectly fine in the neighbouring cities.

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  2. Sounds like a wonderful Fourth, in spite of the restrictions! My brother-in-law grilled, which he hasn’t done for a minute, and we had a really nice dinner and felt pretty normal. How did the lemon meringue pie come out? It LOOKS very beautiful!


    1. Thanks Jenny. It did taste delicious (I added lots of extra zest), but was a bit too runny inside. I guess I might have overcooked the cornflour? I have no idea, it was definitely new to me, the process of making a lemon meringue pie. I will have to try it again soon though, as it was so full of lemony goodness!


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