I started watching the Gilmore Girls on Netflix. Have you ever seen it? For some reason, I had never seen it before and now I’m wondering why it took me so long to watch. What a great show! I just got done gobbling up Season 1. There was 21 episodes and there are seven seasons total. (Yay!) Of course, I had to know more about their ‘Stars Hollow’ town and a quick search on Google revealed that the whole thing sits on a back lot in Burbank!
And get this: Lorelai’s house backs up to Sookie’s house! The front of Lorelai’s house is on one side:
And the front of Sookie’s house is on the other:
Apparently all the interior scenes (other than the ones at Luke’s Diner, which really were filmed inside the Luke’s Diner building) were shot on a sound stage nearby. I loved reading that the Seaver family’s house (from Growing Pains) was also located in this neighborhood!
I don’t know about you, but I definitely don’t remember the them living in a house that looked like THAT. Wow! I must have been distracted by Kirk Cameron. 😉 I also read that one corner of that house serves as Lane Kim’s apartment in Season 4. How cool! I’d sure love to take the tour of that back lot some day. It’s hard to believe those houses aren’t really houses!
And speaking of houses…I cleaned up our kitchen and snapped an updated photo of it on Friday. But first, here’s a look at the space when we moved in in 2012:
Functional and clean, but definitely not our style. We started personalizing it with Gray Owl wall paint (lightened by 50%), and Simply White trim and ceiling paint about a year later:
Fast forward to a photo of how it looks now:
(The microwave lives on a shelf in our pantry now.)
It’s not a huge space (and I wish it was about 200 years older), but it serves us fine, and it has been neat to see it evolve into a more cottage-style space over the years. You can see our new green stairs in the background there now too. I love how they speak to the green in our backsplash!
We’re making another Home Chef meal in there tonight. I’ve been ordering two a week lately, and who knew how much more we’d enjoy their service this year. We’ve got Mushroom-Smothered Salisbury Steak with Cheddar Jack Broccoli and Boom Boom Fried Fish Tacos on the way today. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it!
What else…what else…OH! One of my neighbors (a man named Dale) highly recommended a book called Free Country: A Penniless Adventure the Length of Britain last week, and after reading the description on Amazon, I immediately swiped the Buy Now button. Here’s what it’s about:
The plan is simple. George and Ben have three weeks to cycle 1000 miles from the bottom of England to the top of Scotland. There is just one small problem… they have no bikes, no clothes, no food and no money. Setting off in just a pair of Union Jack boxer shorts, they attempt to rely on the generosity of the British public for everything from food to accommodation, clothes to shoes, and bikes to beer.
During the most hilarious adventure, George and Ben encounter some of Great Britain’s most eccentric and extraordinary characters and find themselves in the most ridiculous situations. Free Country is guaranteed to make you laugh (you may even shed a tear). It will restore your faith in humanity and leave you with a big smile on your face and a warm feeling inside.
The reviews are off-the-charts good. One reader wrote, “Spent last night laughing so much my coffee came out my eyes!“. Another wrote, “Not many books keep me up ’til 4am, endangering my marriage in the process. Read it now!“.
I shared about it briefly on my Instagram stories, and threw out the idea of a doing a May book club, and the response blew me away. Over 1900 followers pushed “I’m in!” on my poll, so it looks like I’m organizing a group next month!
I’m in the process of putting together a plan now, and I look forward to sharing all the details soon. If you’d like to join us in May too, just grab a copy of Free Country and stay tuned. Amazon originally said my book wouldn’t be here til May 1st, but I received a shipping update this morning and it apparently it’ll be here by April 20th now. Yay!
Til next time,
PS – Mom, I ordered one for you too and it should be there by the 20th as well. 😉