my week in objects (mostly).

July 26, 2019

1. these rainbow bouquets.

flowers | reading my tea leaves

{and two little kids selling them out front, just like their mama (me)}.

2. this net bag.

net bag | reading my tea leaves

{good for groceries and especially for carrying swim vests to the beach.}

3. these nightgowns.

night gowns | reading my tea leaves

{because there’s just nothing sweeter than a hand-me-down nightgown on a little brother.}

4. this wrinkled sheet

cotton sheets | reading my tea leaves

{and the return of the perfect sleeping temperatures for a single, crisp, clean sheet.}

5. this drying rack.

clothes rack | reading my tea leaves

{and the chance to dry things outside.}

other things:

there was no such thing as ruining yourself.

appeal to the higher law of humanity.

the English rose.

separating the rind from the plump globe with rhythmic efficiency.

chair socks.

such books could form a literary genre.

summertime wool.

hate in America.

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  • Reply Gigi July 26, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Hello Erin! Where did you find your net bags? We are looking for ones to replace our plastic grocery bags. Thank you!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE July 26, 2019 at 5:21 pm

      This one I found locally at Salter House, but there are also lots of options available online! I’d do a search for Filt Net Bag, or Filt Market bag, it’s one of the original French manufacturers and the maker of this bag!

      • Reply Gigi July 26, 2019 at 7:18 pm

        Thank you for the information, Erin!

  • Reply Amelia July 26, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    Hi Erin! I always appreciate your insight and these fun Friday gratitude posts. I’ve been searching for cotton night gowns for my little love and was wondering if you’d share where these are from please?


  • Reply Sarah July 27, 2019 at 11:13 am

    I went to grade school with CJ Hauser in Connecticut—I had no idea she’s now a writer, but her clarity, bravery, and great intelligence is no surprise. Reading her piece in the Paris Review filled me with heart and glad memories of her kindness. Now I’ll write her!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE July 29, 2019 at 8:31 am


  • Reply Manuela July 28, 2019 at 6:29 am

    Hi Erin
    Sorry for the unrelated comment.
    I’m thinking of making your calendula salve during my vacation and would like to know if it lasts till winter in good conditions.
    Thank you!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE July 29, 2019 at 8:31 am

      Lasting until this winter should be good! I find that all these kinds of things turn a bit after a year or so, but should be just fine for winter!

  • Reply Barbara July 28, 2019 at 7:13 am

    What a great piece of writing – The Crane Wife. Thank you for your efforts in pointing me in so many amazing directions.

    • Reply Jean July 29, 2019 at 7:50 pm

      I just finished The Crane Wife too and I’m completely moved. It’s making me re-evaluate so much. And thank god she didn’t marry that narcissist.

  • Reply Lis July 29, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    Thank you for the articles. Some are heartbreaking; all are thought provoking.

  • Reply Peyton August 2, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Erin, I thoroughly enjoy your blog, and pop in from time to time to check on your week in objects. In the crowded influencer landscape, you manage to make things so easy and enjoyable to digest, and I always enjoy the links at the end of this roundup.

    Today, I clicked “hate in America,” and I was thrown for a loop by Michael Harriot’s story of his arrest protesting the KA Fraternity Old South parade. What’s more–I went to Auburn. And that event, and the highly coveted nature of many sororities’ relationship with it and the fraternity itself made up a very large part of why I decided to leave Greek life.

    Michael’s tweets have given me a lot to unpack again (like why I never shared in any public forum why I made that decision), and I just wanted to thank you for never being afraid to share the tough, thought-provoking things. It’s a gift to me and many others.

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