My sister and I had a movie night recently. We couldn’t find anything new we wanted to watch, so we rewatched a favorite we discovered a year ago. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a 2018 film based on the novel of the same name. Set in 1946, the plot follows a London-based writer who has the perfect life. She’s successful and has a rich and handsome American fiance. She begins exchanging letters with Dawsey Addams, a resident of Guernsey Island.
She finds herself fascinated by Dawsey’s stories about how the people on the island survived German occupation during the war and decides to travel there, where she falls in love with the island, its inhabitants, and its story.
I loved it. It’s an old-fashioned tearjerker, nostalgic and romantic. The scenery will take your breath away and the music is lovely. If that’s what you’re in the mood for, it should fit the bill.
PS – If anything, I enjoyed the movie even more than the first time we watched it almost a year ago. Michael Huisman plays Dawsey, and I loved his performance. His face is an open book. And those beautiful brown eyes! I loved watching his character fall in love with Juliette. He couldn’t hide his feelings for her.
ROAST PORK (This was a favorite with The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society)
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Mix together black pepper, garlic powder and salt. …
Put the roast on a rack in a roasting pan. …
Roast until internal temperature is between 145-160°F, 20-25 minutes per pound. …
Cover roasting pan with foil and let rest for 30 minutes.
The last week or so I’ve noticed a bird hanging out on my back porch. Didn’t think anything about it, since I try to put out birdseed on a regular basis. Imagine my surprise when I discovered a nest in my asparagus fern! Pretty sure they’re mockingbirds.
Erma Bombeck was an American humorist who achieved great popularity for her newspaper column depicting home life from the mid-1960s until the late 1990s. She published 15 books, most of which were bestsellers and wrote over 4,000 newspaper columns, using broad and sometimes eloquent humor, chronicling the ordinary life of a midwestern suburban housewife. By the 1970s, her columns were read twice-weekly by 30 million readers of the 900 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada.
I loved her. She could reduce me to tears with her humor and pull my heartstrings at the same time. She understood what it meant to be a parent.
“Tomorrow, you will
be given provisions. You and your brothers will leave at daybreak and travel to
the hills above Raintown. My sources have brought me word there is a dragon
sheltering in one of the caves there. She is guarding an egg that is about to
hatch. Slay the mother and bring the offspring to me. Unharmed.”
blinked with confusion. “But–whatever for? Baby dragons are helpless. And it
won’t survive without its mother’s care.”
“And if by
some miracle it did, it would be useless,” Lleroy added.
his jowls shaking. “What he said. It would end up being far more trouble than
it was worth.”
at them so loud the force almost parted the brother’s hair. “Are you
questioning my orders, you insignificant creatures?”
huddled together, shaking so hard their swords rattled. Ollie cleared his
throat. “No, my lord. Of course not. We will leave on the morrow.”
the mage had big plans for the fledging. He wasn’t about to share his plans
with these three nincompoops, but he’d recently discovered that if he could
take possession of a dragon young enough, it could be trained to do his bidding.
It would give him great power.
* * * *
Even though skeptical, Ollie, Lleroy, and Lleon left the
next day at first light, muttering all the way
don’t understand what Morogon wants with a helpless dragon.”
sense to me, either.”
matter what we think. We’ve got our orders.”
they made the long trip over the mountains to Raintown, checking every nook and
cranny. With no luck. They were about to give up hope when they came upon a
small cave. Strange noises were coming from inside.
that noise?” Lleroy asked.
shrugged, but Ollie cocked his head to one side. “Sounds like snoring.”
down off the goat they were riding, crept up to the entrance and peered inside.
Sure enough, the mama dragon was inside, her dark blue and green scales barely
visible in the dark cave. She slept with her wings curled around her egg, her
claws extended, protecting it.
staring, their eyes as big as saucers. Lleroy gulped and whispered. “Sure is a
big thing, ain’t she?”
him. “Well, what did you expect? She is
hissed. “What’s the plan?”
pinched his chin between his fingers and thought for a long time. “Here’s what
we’re going to do. We’ll be real quiet and sneak inside without waking her up.
That way we can steal the egg and get away before she knows what happened.”
brothers were busy discussing their plans, Owen, Misa, Floren, and Calebth came
up the trail. They’d been following the brothers’ tracks for miles. When Ollie,
Lleon, and Lleroy went back inside, they hid beside the entrance, waited and
The egg was
almost within reach. Things were going great until one of them stepped on the
dragon’s tail. She blinked opened eyes that burned with light against her
scales. The brothers froze in a pose.
She let out
an angry roar that started an avalanche. Scared out of their wits, the brothers
came at her screaming like maniacs. When the dust settled, they discovered the
rocks had fallen on her head, crushing her.
elbowed Lleroy. “Go make sure she’s dead.”
What about you?”
whined. “What makes you the boss?
doesn’t mean you should be in charge.”
do it because I told you so.”
were arguing, Owen, Misa, and Floren entered the cave with their weapons drawn
and stared at them.
hear the three of them?” Misa laughed, and Floren rolled his eyes. “You guys
“Drop your swords,”
snorted and pointed to Owen. “Don’t you recognize him?”
minute. I know who you are.” Lleon turned to his older brother. “Morogon never
said anything about fighting a ranger, especially not the best in all the land.”
are we going to tell him when we come back without the dragon’s egg?”
cross that bridge when we come to it.” They backed out of the cave, turned and
“Is this what they were talking about?”
Caleb had followed them inside the cave. He held out a large egg shaped object with
a jagged crack across it. When it began to glow, he fumbled and dropped it. A
few minutes later, a baby dragon poked its head out of the shell, blinking up
at Owen who had squatted down for a closer look.
her head. “What are we going to do him?”
eat it?” Floren asks.
“There you go again. Always thinking about
threw his arms up in the air. “It was just a thought.”
“Honestly.” She turned to Owen. “Do
something with him before I do.”
“We’re not eating any baby dragon. That
would make us no better than better than a mage.”
“Poor thing.” Misa smiled down at the
little creature. “He doesn’t even have a name.”
call him Mowg.” Calebth reached out and stroked the hatchling’s bright red,
yellow, and blue head while he made a purring sound.
Floren snorted. “That’s a dumb name.”
“I think it’s cute,” she said. “And it
Owen turned to them. “Cute names aside.
What are we going to do with a helpless, baby dragon?”
After such a cool, wet spring in east Texas, it doesn’t feel like it should be summer already. And I never thought I’d say this but I’m ready for warmer weather, less humidity and sunshine! (Note to self: Remember that when I’m complaining about the heat in a month or two.)
Truth of it is I love the change. I’m always ready to move to the next season. So I’ll be packing away sweaters and jackets, getting out capris, summer shirts and sandals, digging out my quick easy recipes, and cleaning up the grill. I plan on making lots of sun tea and salads. Break out the tiki lamps and dust off the porch furniture.