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The end of my birth-month nears, and I want to spend a little time looking back. What did the last days of my 38th year and the first of my 39th bring? I’m linking up with Heather to Share Four Somethings about June, aka the best month on the calendar to be born.

Loved

Vacation prep!

The countdown to Scotland and the West Highland Way is on!!! I’ve checked my doctor visit check-up off my to-do list. I’ve scheduled my pre-vacation hair appointment – lest I be tacked by a farmer and mistaken for an unsheared sheep. Hiking gear has been ordered, but I am slightly concerned about so many new pieces. Nothing new on race day, and all. I’ll have to get creative to test everything out in the next 3 weeks.

I took a bit less hair on my last trip to Europe. But I expect this trip to be every bit as magical.

I’m about to finish up yet another Highlands-based murder mystery “Single Malt Murder,” much to Jay’s confusion. I’ve assured him that my chances of floating face down in a lobster tank or whiskey vat – at least because of someone’s malicious intent – are slim to none. And the descriptions of the villages help color my daydreams.

Amazing when I think about it, but all of this started because a few years ago I listened to an audiobook and thought “that sounds incredible.” Wonderstruck by Margaret Feinberg peeked my interested in the Highland Way and after a few years of planning, Jay and I are actually making “incredible” happen for us.


Said

After learning in an administrative professional Facebook group that many of the assistants have letter boards, I wanted to get in on the fun. They routinely post their phrase of the day (or week) and borrow ideas from one another.

A co-worker asked if this was a passive aggressive commentary on the job she did cleaning the coffee pots the day before. SIGH

I didn’t get one for my birthday, so I was excited to find one on sale for $5. I’ve spent the last week or two searching Pinterest for fun sayings to include. I’m compiling them on a calendar, and so far I’ve got something new scheduled for every day through August.

Do you have a favorite pun or short phrase I can use? Sharing is caring!! I’m trying to keep them fun and lighthearted.


Learned

I’m not one of those oily people who swear by essential oils. I’ve accused my sister of being granola (or crunchy) because of the diffuser she keeps running in her home.

However, since our critter incident last month, I’ve had a bit of insomnia. I researched lavender because at this point I’m desperate for sleep. I didn’t want to use any sort of fragrance that would beckon any varmit which might be in my house into bed with me.

Turns out, the smell of lavender actually repels rodents. Call me a dirty hippie or whatever you like, but I’ve spritzed (or doused depending on my anxiety level) my pillow every night since learning this factoid.

Read

Non-Fiction:
Exhale by Amy Carroll and Cheri Gregory
A Family Shaped by Grace by Gary Morland
A Roadmap to Relationships by Steven Handel
The Result: The Practical, Proven Formula for Getting What You Want by Dave Crenshaw
Young Readers:
What was D-Day? by Patricia Brennan Demuth

Fiction
Death of an Outsider, Hamish Macbeth #3 by M.C. Beaton
Geekerella by Ashely Poston
Young Readers:
The Relic of Perilous Falls, Will Wilder #1 by Raymond Arroyo
Ranger in Time: D-Day Battle on the Beach by Kate Messner


How did you spend my favorite month of the year? I’d love to read about your adventures! Heather’s link-up will be active for the next couple days if you write a post. Otherwise share in the comments or send me an email.