It’s Monday (May 23, 2022)

Some things last week:

On Sunday morning, we drove for an hour to get to Brentwood. It’s cherry season and as the whole Bay Area knows, you head to Brentwood for cherry picking. There are also some other u-pick farms there, like stone fruits and strawberries. But picking strawberries is too much work, and at last weekend’s farmers markets, the stone fruits look too small. Anyway, we were there for the cherries. We went with some friends (our kids all attend the same school) and had fun picking Bing cherries. Then In-N-Out for lunch!

It cost about $4 a pound (at the farmers market it’s about $7 a pound) and we got about two buckets full for our family. Our fridge is full of cherries now! I might make some into a cherry pie. Never made one before, but I’ve made a blueberry pie so I’m guessing it’s not that much harder than that.

We ordered from our favourite Malaysia/Singaporean-style restaurant. We had satay chicken, beef rendang, curry vegetables, gado gado (a kind of salad with jicama, bean sprouts, cucumbers, tofu and a peanut sauce), and two types of noodles.



China Boy – Gus Lee

Lessons in Chemistry – Bonnie Garmus

House of Many Gods – Kiana Davenport



Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang

Eating and Drinking:

A morning glory muffin (recipe from KAF).


I just found a small bag of arborio rice at the back of the pantry! I thought we had finished them all and so I’m excited to have found it ;P That means I just need to go get some parmesan and maybe scallops and asparagus. And then risotto is in the books.

Last week:

I read:

Summer of Sloane – Erin L. Schneider

We Ride Upon Sticks – Quan Barry

I posted:

Library Loot (May 18 to 24)

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. Oh, yum – all those cherries! They look wonderful! We belong to a CSA and get veggies every week from local farms – our summer fruit share starts in 2 weeks – I can’t wait!

    And your Malaysian take-out looks so delicious! We have a Malaysian restaurant nearby that is excellent but I haven’t been there in years … you’ve inspired me to go there soon!

    I keep hearing good things about Lessons in Chemistry. Looks like a wonderful variety of books for you lately.

    Enjoy your books – and those luscious cherries! – this week –

    Book By Book


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