Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mid-Week Musings



I'm reading The Luminaries and loving it. This novel won the Man Booker Prize and its author, Eleanor Catton, is in her twenties! I'm always amazed by people who reach such success at such a young age, aren't you? I'm only about halfway through (it's over 800 pages and extremely complex and winding) but I think the writing is brilliant. I recommend it if you're in the mood for an epic read (that will take you straight into the month of May!).

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I'm so into houseplants these days. I'm not too good at taking care of plants but I've realized that many houseplants are actually quite easy to keep alive. Did you know that certain plants can help purify the air in your home? I also love how vibrant green plants add a freshness and a pop of color to a room.

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I'm not completely sure why, but I've been thinking a lot lately about how proud I am of my family--husband, parents, brothers, in-laws. I just feel so lucky that they're mine and that I get to be Kate Zinsmeister Harvey.

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I think Alabama is trying to butter me up with this terrifically gorgeous weather we've been having. There have been a few rainy days but also plenty of days that to me, are perfect--in the 60s, sunny with a cool breeze, not at all muggy. What a gift.

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Do you watch Call The Midwife? Season 3 started last week and so far it's just as lovely and earnest and poignant as the previous two seasons. There are a lot of births on the show, as you might imagine, and I think I cry pretty much every time.

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What's on your mind today?





5 comments:

  1. Love Call the Midwife!


    Oh, and umbrella tree plants purify the air, too. I love my umbrella tree plant.

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  2. Kate @ Dusty Window PanesApril 9, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    I so love house plants...but can never seem to keep them alive! Which have you found to work for you?

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  3. That's a pretty plant! I'll have to consider getting one of those!

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  4. Well I admit that so far I've only mastered succulents which I think are the easiest of the houseplants. We have an aloe plant and another small succulent (not sure of its name). But the trick to keeping these alive is less water--which works for me because I always forget anyway! They like to be drenched only when the soil is really dried out and then left alone the rest of the time. I probably water once every 1-2 weeks. Hope this tip helps :)

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  5. Kate @ Dusty Window PanesApril 9, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Ahh...I think I've been drowning the poor things all along! This is good to know...hopefully the next batch will thrive a little bit better =) Thank you for sharing!

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