Sunday, May 31, 2020

A Peek At My Week 5/30



This magnificent rainbow, which was visible right outside my condo balcony, was the highlight of my week. I'm not sure that I've ever seen one as bold and striking. It wrapped from one side of the horizon to the other and was bright and clear. I was sure there was a pot of gold at the end of it! This week I'm sharing a book review, a Netflix review, 2 gluten-free/ vegan recipes, and some photos of a walk in the park in Florida.





We had been having small floodings, continuous torrential rains, thunderstorms, high winds, and what they call "white-outs" in South Florida where it is foggy and there is no visibility anywhere. After 4 days of these intense rainstorms, this colorful rainbow was a welcome sight.

What a beautiful gift from the universe to lift our spirits and brighten our day! 


What I am reading now: Big Summer
 by Jennifer Weiner, author of two NY Times #1 Best Sellers,  Good in Bed and Best Friends Forever.



Big Summer is an entertaining read about friendship, resilience, the havocs of social media, self-discovery, and understanding what really matters. The main character, Daphne Berg, shares her insecurities and struggles about being an overweight young woman who finally comes to terms with her feelings of self-worth. She channels her energies into a successful career, despite her size! After just finishing reading American Dirt, which was serious and intense historical fiction, I was looking for a light read. This was it. I enjoyed it and recommend it for your light summer reading!



What I am cooking: 

Instant Pot Vegan Potato Salad                               















What I am watching: Kim's Convenience



This is a really light sitcom that will keep you entertained when you have nothing better to watch. You will meet a Korean family who runs a corner convenience store in a lower-income area of Toronto. Mr. Kim (the father) is a tough stubborn guy who has high expectations/demands of his daughter and wife and is estranged from his son who he has thrown his son out of the house years back. We meet many characters, from different ethnic backgrounds who are friends of the daughter, the mother, the father, the son, and characters who are frequent shoppers in the convenience store.
Funny at times, I give Kim's Convenience is a B to B- 

What I am seeing on my walks: 

Greynolds Park, in North Miami, is a beautiful old park off of Dixie Highway about 10 minutes from where I live. They have many shady walking paths that go deep into nature. I drive my car there and we take walks.

This is a write up about the history of the park Taken from Miami Dade Website: 

Park Description

"Once the site of a rock quarry, is now a 249-acre park consisting of a variety of habitats; most notably a relatively intact hardwood hammock and mangrove forest.  The hammock at Greynolds is one of the last well-protected natural areas of northern Miami-Dade County.

Tequesta Indians used the Oleta River, which runs along the east side of the park, as a source of transportation.  In the years following, the Seminole Indians used the land alongside the river as a trading post and a source of supplies for early Miami-Dade County settlers. The park is named after A.O. Greynolds, the head of Ojus Rock Company, who deeded the land over to Miami-Dade County Parks Department in 1936.

The park was popular amongst hippies during the 1960s, where they converged to join “Love-ins” that featured musical acts. Today, the park pays homage with the annual Love-in event held in May."


Grand Old Trees in Greynolds Park in North Miami

Yes, he was big and scary and there are lots of them all over the park! 


Lots of raccoons in the back of the park which is more isolated than the front of the park  I took this photo from my car. 

Have a good week:

My affirmation: Today I will think about, read about, and focus on things that bring me joy- ( I'll look at old family photos, watch some re-runs of I Love Lucy, bake cookies, etc.) 

Linking up to Sunday Salon There are no real requirements for linking up at Sunday Salon. Sunday Salon is simply a place for us to link up and to share what we have been doing during the week. Sunday Salon is a great way to visit other blogs and join in the conversations going on there.  




39 comments:

  1. I've been taking walks along the country road that runs behind my house (it is barely a road cut between fields). It is about a 3 mile walk from my house to the end of that road and back. I've thought about going to the park but then I would have to drive and I like just walking out the door.

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    1. I do both. I usually walk 3 miles on the ocean park walk adjacent to my condo, but I sometimes meet friends and we walk in the park.

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  2. The walk in your park would be really fun with so many great animals around :-) Beautiful rainbow shot!

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    1. The rainbow was very special -I do like to go to that park to see the wildlife.

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  3. What a rainbow. It fills up the whole sky, doesn't it? I bet it was lovely to see it after so much rain.

    We walk almost every day now. One of our favorite walks is at the park just outside my town. We see birds, and an occasional reptile, but I've never seen a mammal there.

    Big Summer looks like a light read. I hope you enjoy it.

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    1. I never know what I'm going to see on my park walks. There are mostly reptiles and some are big

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    1. thank you. I'm sure you would enjoy the Lebanese Moussaka and the potato salad.

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  5. The world needs a rainbow these days.

    We have raccoons here but I’ve never seen any.

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  6. Those trees and the rainbow are beautiful. Whenever I see an old tree I wish it could speak. 😊

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    1. I enjoy seeing old trees too. They look so grand and beautiful

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  7. What a magnificent gift from the sky. Awesome Click.

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    1. Yes, I agree and it came a such a needed time.

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  8. Beautiful rainbow!

    I mm interested to hear more about the Lebanese Moussaka.

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    1. Anything in particular? It is very similar to ratatouille. It's not like Greek Moussaka at all.

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    2. That's interesting in itself!

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  9. That rainbow is gorgeous - and so is the park!! Except that giant lizard thing would freak me out. LOL.

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    1. Yes, everyone seems to think he looks scary. He didn't come near me or bother me. He just was sitting there soaking in the sun.

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  10. I hope the rainbow means the end of the bad weather!

    Wishing you a great reading week

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    1. It seemed to - after the rainbow we had a few nice days! Thanks

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  11. That rainbow is indeed magnificent. I suppose it's because the level of pollution has dropped so much with everyone staying in. What a wonderful advantage during this disadvantaged time.

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    1. Pattie,
      The rainbow was exceptionally vivid and clear. I never gave it a thought that maybe the pollution was less. You made a good point.

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  12. I loved seeing the photos of the fun animals... but the sunset was the best. It was absolutely stunning. I hope you have an amazing week!

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    1. Yes, I was blown away when I looked out my balcony window and saw that rainbow. I called my husband to see it right away and we both were in awe.

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  13. Judee, awesome week...beautiful pictures of the animals and breathtaking rainbow...love the positivity. Thanks for the post.
    Have a great week ahead and stay safe!

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    1. thanks for noticing the positive affirmation.

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  14. I see there's lot of wildlife in that park. So, is it safe. I'll be scared if I spot a giant lizard while I am walking. I shared some pictures from my walk on Facebook page.

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    1. It's funny , they looks scary but they don't come near you. They like to bask in the sun .

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  15. What a beautiful rainbow! ... so symmetrical too. Wow those iguanas are big .... your walks sound nice as long as you mind the iguanas ... yikes I'd be a little freaked to step on one. Enjoy your week.

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    1. It's funny that they don't bother me at all, but I walk with a friend and she really is freeked out by them.

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  16. Lebanese Moussaka look so appealing....must be delicious....
    Love to walk in the park with interesting wild life...thank you for sharing wonderful photos

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    1. You are welcome! I enjoy the walks and the wildlife. The moussaka is very different from Greek Moussaka and very delicious.

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  17. Hi there Judee! What a fun post! Your week has been way more fun than ours. We have spent the last several days chained to the stove with the boys home and hungry... LOL Gorgeous rainbow but not real fond of that lizard. Hope you are doing well. Take care

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    1. My daughter in law has been feeling overwhelmed cooking for a family too.. I only have to cook for two and my husband doesn't mind very light dinners.

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  18. What a beautiful picture! Lovely rainbow!!!

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  19. My first time here, and thank you for visiting my blog. The rainbow is amazing. Talking walks and being outside has been a high point for the last few months. I don’t know if I could handle seeing an alligator, yikes! Have a lovely Wednesday!

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  20. Beautiful shot of rainbow, and foods look healthy!

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  21. Love the food. How great is the Instant Pot for potatoes. So good. Wow, he IS big and scary looking and you say a lot of them. Wow wow. I love, love, love the trees. I've not seen that sitcom before but I enjoy a good laugh. And a good fun read too. I like cozy mysteries but to be honest, I'm often nose-deep in non-fiction but when I do get to fiction, it's great fun. Really nice for a breaktime read.

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