A few days ago, I received another unexpected treat in the mail—how lucky am I?—this time from my blogging friend Ju-lyn of All Things Bright and Beautiful. She sent me a Chinese New Year’s card, all the way from Singapore, along with two lovely bookmarks made by “crafty older daughter.” What nimble fingers crafty older daughter has.
Such a delight! Thank you, Ju-Lyn. The card is on the metal bulletin board by my desk, where all I have to do is glance to my right to see the jaunty lanterns and the impressionistic market. And thank you crafty older daughter. The bookmarks, ready for action, are on my nightstand, next to my TBR pile of books.
On Netflix, Clif and I have been watching—all right, binging—a delightful series, Call My Agent (Dix pour Cent in French). Set in Paris, the show is about ASK, a company of agents and their assistants that works with promotes, soothes, and takes care of actors. The agents and assistants are quirky, competitive, and flawed without being hateful. Famous French actors—Juliette Binoche, Isabelle Huppert—make hilarious guest appearances. Sometimes the episodes are laugh-out-loud funny, and sometimes they are moving as Call My Agent explores issues that actors, especially women, must face. If you love movies, especially French cinema, then this is a series to watch. As Arlette, one of the agents, notes, “When things are getting you down, there’s always the cinema.”
Yes, there is.
Now onto music! I am a huge fan of R & B, and Leon Bridges, only twenty-six when this Tiny Desk Concert was filmed in 2015, seems to be channeling those who came before him, especially Sam Cooke. Music for the ages.
Here are some favorites and simple pleasures from other blogging friends:
Ju-lyn, of All Things Bright and Beautiful, features a gorgeous pineapple cake that is also a work of art.
Thistles and Kiwis features, along with mouth-watering food, the fabulous Botanic Gardens, which are within walking distance of where she lives.
Piglet in Portugal has many things to smile about: a new website, a new book that identifies wild flowers in her local area, and weight loss.
79 thoughts on “Friday Favorites: A Chinese New Year Card, Call My Agent, Leon Bridges”
Great to hear from you, a post full of delights.
What a wonderful gift from your friend!
Blogging is so enriching – good shares! ❤
Sure is! How I love my many blogging friends, including you.
Aw, thanks… 🙂 the feeling is mutual! x
Judy and I loved Call My Agent! We totally binged on it. These days we are watching mostly Blackish and Call the Midwife.
My daughter and my mom and I all love Call the Midwife. My husband, not so much.
You have to have a high tolerance for all the birthing scenes in every episode.
Well, the title is “Call the Midwife.” 😉
I hear it’s such a great show, but I find birthing scenes hard to deal with (because of miscarriage). And I do love a good British show so I am missing out.
I do love Black-ish!
One more thing, there’s a good chapter about Black-ish in the book “I Like to Watch”.
The book by Emily Nussbaum? If so, it’s one to put on the TBR pile. Help! There are so many!
Yes, I really enjoyed it.
I’ve never seen it. Hope to someday. I should see if I can get it through the library. $2.99 per episode is a little steep for our budget.
I did get several seasons from the library, as I started it late. It got better as it went along.
So very sorry! Perfectly understandable.
I like “Call the Midwife,” too. My husband, not so much. 😉
Yes – it’s the birthing scenes that he can’t handle. For sure.
Clif and I binged and finished the series last night. Such a good show!
Thanks for the recommendations, Laurie. That’s a lovely gift you received!
My pleasure! Yes, so lovely!
Lovely bookmarks – so appropriate for you 🙂
Lovely card and bits!
We loved Call My Agent too. Great fun. And those bookmarks are gorgeous.
Finished the series last night. What a show! Yes, those bookmarks are beauties.
I so enjoy your Friday Favourites (sorry, I can’t help using my spelling!) for it is often the time I look back on what I have been grateful for this week: my eye operation is seemingly successful, contact with my children, an e-mail from a grandchild, good conversations … a bookmark is a wonderful gift. I have a number of them, each meaningful in terms of who or what they remind me of. Hopefully I will be able to read with ease soon. In the meanwhile, have a good weekend and may more happy things happen to you both1
Many, many thanks. Hope you can indeed read with ease soon!
Thank you very much!
What a beautiful gift you received from your friend.
Nice way to end the week. 🙂
Such lovely gifts from Ju-Lyn and her daughter Laurie and I love the Tiny Desk concert too 💜🎶
What a treat to get them! Glad you enjoyed Lean Bridges. I think I already have the music picked out for next week. 😉
What lovely bookmarks to keep and remember your friend, and her daughter.
Hi, Laurie- This post highlights so many of the ‘hidden gems’ that the blogging world offers. Beautiful bookmarks!
“Hidden gems” is a perfect description.
Thank you for the links.
Hurray!!!!! the card reached you, just before the new year celebrations concluded (yesterday, Fri 26 Feb). I am soooo glad it made it.Older Daughter will be so pleased that the bookmarks are raring to be used.
Many, many thanks! What a treat to get the card and bookmarks in the mail.
Pleasure is all ours. We would send you cake as well, if we could!
Lovely gifts from your friend.
I love R & B too – although back in the day (1970s) I called it ‘soul’ – aided mostly by a boyfriend who was a big Otis Redding fan and he is probably still my favourite (Otis, not my boyfriend). I can definitely hear Sam Cooke coming through in Leon Bridges’ Tiny Desk performance.
I fancy ‘Call My Agent’ but, now Mr. Tialys is home all the time and is going through a ‘not interested in anything French’ phase, I’ll have to try to grab some time to watch it on my own.
Good luck finding the time! We finished watching last night. Such a good series.
Happy weekend Laurie.
hi – the movie sounds so interesting – thanks for sharing it
and the card is so fun
Your card and bookmarks are lovely! I’m glad you have found something that makes you laugh – we all need more laughter at the moment.
We surely do!
So many great tips! Will check out the bloggers. Thank you.
What a fantastic blogging community we have here at WordPress, Laurie. Lucky you to be the recipient of such lovely gifts.
I am a fan of the Scandi crime fiction shows, but this series sounds like it captured your attention! Have a lovely week.
Many thanks! Wonderful blogging community.
It gets better every day!
It is always very interesting reading your Friday Favourites, and getting a card from a blogger friend on the other side of the world is pretty special. I have read so much about ”My Agent” it has to be good….I’ll track it down.
Special is right!
I love Call My Agent, but my husband, who has Parkinson’s, can’t keep up with the subtitles. It may have to be my (guilty?) solitary pleasure. It also helps me to brush up on my wobbly French. I love France, French people, and everything French. If I could speak fluent French I would like to live in France!
Yes, those subtitles whip right by. As a Franco-American, I loved listening to the French spoken in the show.
A beautiful card, Laurie, and those crafty bookmarks will come in handy! Thanks for the tip about Call my Agent. We’re always looking for binge-worthy programs. 🙂 And as always, thanks for sharing another wonderful Tiny Desk concert. I enjoy those. 😀 Happy Writing!
Many, many thanks!
Happy Chinese New Year, Laurie. May your year continue with positive little surprises.
Thank you so very much!
A beautiful card and bookmarks from Ju-Lyn and her crafty older daughter! I am also enjoying the music, and am always pleased at the variety of genres and styles!
Love music, and you are part of that wonderful, wonderful art form.
I love the gift and card from your friend for Chinese New Year — very talented, indeed!
That show sounds good. It kind of reminds me of that Canadian show….the one about a Shakespearean theatre…Slings and Arrows! I will try to seek it out. That’s a beautiful depiction of Chinese lanterns.
Many thanks! Yes, Slings and Arrows!
Lovely gift and it’s impossible to have too many bookmarks!! Enjoyed the music and I’m planning on binge watching Call My Agent this weekend.
So true! Hope you like Call My Agent.
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