School feels like it’s winding down and I have the urge to be outside all the time in the garden. Spring is here in full force now. The lilacs are blooming, the dogwoods are pink, and we’ve planted all the veggies in the raised beds. With all the outside work and light lingering I’m finding I’m watching and reading a bit less, but here’s what I was into last month.
My “laundry folding show” is currently The Durrells in Corfu. It’s quite different than my usual fare: British murder mysteries or historical dramas. While this is definitely historical, there’s far less drama than there is humor. It’s soooo wacky and funny. Keeley Hawes has been a favorite of mine for a long time (and we just watched Bodyguard in January) and here she plays a spirited widow with four children. Three are half grown and she takes them to Corfu on her widow’s pension. They live in a ramshackle house and have lots of hilarious adventures. Perfectly charming.
I’m listening to Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey fame read Frankenstein. It is our final book for a high school literature class I’m teaching. I’m really enjoying it because I read it in high school myself and remember loving it! I hadn’t been excited about being made to read it, but it turned out so much better than my presumptions based on pop culture references I’d been exposed to. I’d often thought of rereading it, so I’m enjoying revisiting this classic very much.
On my bedside is the book Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield. I enjoyed her previous book, The Thirteenth Tale, and am also captivated by this one. I had tried a few other titles but none drew me in until I started this one. And the cover is just gorgeous! So far the mystery has me hooked and I’m curious how all the characters may collide. And actually, it’s the perfect pairing to Frankenstein, as both have a mysterious life out of death theme.
One evening a few days ago I made Baked Chicken Gnocchi with Garlic Asiago Cream Sauce. Oh my goodness it was good! Make sure you have a glass of pinot grigio on hand when you make it (sadly we did not) because that would be perfect. We celebrated our first meal on the deck with this dish along with a side of green beans, and you can be sure I’ll be making it again.