Summer has arrived! And I’m already counting the seconds until it’s over. Not because I hate it – no, I promised last month I wasn’t going to complain all summer about the humidity, the heat, the humidity, the daily thunderstorms, the humidity…wait. Where was I?
Right – counting down to the end of summer. It’s not because summer sucks. It’s because in November, I’m going back to England!
I was last there in October 2014 and at the time thought it would be the trip of a lifetime. My husband and I like traveling, but we aren’t globetrotters. His job doesn’t really allow it, and neither of us are bringing in the kind of income that lets us be jet setters. We satisfy ourselves with semi-regular trips to Caribbean islands, and every once in a while we’ll head off for a weekend in Boston or Virginia. But I never thought I’d make it back to Europe. Now I am! We leave the second week in November, for almost a full week. We’re staying in Kensington this time, and I’m already having to prune my list of things I absolutely have to do. We saw a lot last time, but I was so overwhelmed I missed a lot of what I wanted to see. I’ll be more comfortable this time, and even though I still won’t see everything, I’ll be able to check a few things off my list of must-sees. Get ready for a LOT of pictures! Are you following me on Instagram yet? If not, head over there and find me, since that’s where I’ll be chronicling my trip. I hang out there a lot anyway, and I’d be thrilled if you came to find me!
Anyway, I’m already counting down the days and I need to do something to pass the time until our flight on November 9. Here’s what I did this June!
I did it. I finished the Peridale Cafe series of cozy mysteries. For those who might be new here, I reviewed the first book – Pancakes and Corpses – in Five Direction’s Press’s Books We Loved post in April, 2018. At that time, I was so excited because I still had 16 books to go. That’s one of the best things about being a latecomer to a great series – you don’t have to wait for the next book. But since I finished book 17, Vegetables and Vengeance, I no longer have anything to look forward to. I’m sure there will be a book 18, but for the first time since I started reading this series, I don’t know how long I’ll have to wait. Guess I’ll just have to check out Agatha Frost’s other series to fill the void!
As most of you will already know, I’m a big fan of true crime, especially in the form of a podcast I can listen to during my never-less-than-45-minute commute home from work. Moms and Murder is the one I’ve been listening to the most this month. They choose true crimes from all over the U.S., and not always the ones that get the most media attention – which I find the most interesting. Check them out! I listen on Apple Podcasts, but you can find them anywhere podcasts are available.
I don’t like turning on the oven in the summer, but I love baked and broiled fish. Enter the air fryer. Although I know I’m not the first to learn this, I’ve recently discovered that it is amazing at making perfectly-cooked salmon in half the time and with no oven heating up my central-airless house. Plus, it leaves the stovetop open to cook sides, like steamed broccoli or cauliflower rice. Simply season the salmon (I’m partial to a shake of simple Old Bay, or one of the McCormick’s Grill Mates flavors like Smokehouse Maple or Brown Sugar and Bourbon), cook it for 9 minutes, pour a glass of pinot grigio, and eat! I’m anxious to try more fish recipes in the air fryer!
That’s all for June! What did you do this month? What are you looking forward to in July?