Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 11/23/2020: Happy Thanksgiving


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Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists….

Hi all. I’m still here. I took an unintended blog break and was gone so long I forgot about the annoying WordPress update until I started this post lol. Hope you are doing well and staying safe. Much has happened since I last posted and I have not made time for blogging.
The election is over and done with thank goodness for that. Covid cases have skyrocketed again now that the second wave is here…or is this considered the third wave? We’re at over four thousand positive cases a day in New Jersey. I’m still working from home and my job extended that into 2021 so I am very grateful. My husband however has been back out to work since the summer.

I cannot believe Thanksgiving is this week. We’re staying home and I’m cooking and baking then dropping off food at my parents doorstep for them. My mom is making side dishes which I’ll pick up from her. We usually have Thanksgiving together but decided to celebrate separately this year while still sharing dinner and desserts this way. What are you doing this Thanksgiving? Do you cook?

Like I said much has happened since last month. We took a pretty weekend road trip to the Adirondacks in October and enjoyed the gorgeous Fall foliage there. I will share pics at the end of this post. It’s strange traveling during these times but we found a private cabin again and we social distanced as usual and we really enjoyed the trip. I got to visit Ulysses S. Grant cottage while we were out there and that was the highlight of the visit for me. The Civil War history nerd in me was on Cloud 9.

Also, I fell right before Halloween and wound up on crutches for over 2 weeks. I had an x-ray done, thankfully it’s not broken just a badly sprained ankle and I pulled a few tendons. I’m now fully off the crutches this past week. Yep. Crazy times. p.s. Using crutches is painful. I never knew that before. It makes your body sore since you’re walking awkwardly and using muscles you’re not used to using.

Onto a few bookish updates…..

I have to say I suck at reading lately and have not been able to focus on any single book. I’m trying though so maybe I’ll be able to get back on track this week since I have a short 2 day work week this week.

in my mailbox:

I purchased a copy of The Complete Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant when I visited Grant cottage. They have a small gift shop on the property.
Grounds for Murder (A Coffee Lover’s Mystery Book 1) arrived via BookTrib/ Meryl Moss Media. How cute is this cover? And I like the coffee theme.

recently on the blog:
My thoughts on The Mist.




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That covers my updates. I have crochet to share but I will do that next updates post since this one is already kind of long. I will close with a few photos of our October road trip to the Adirondacks.
What have you been up to? Let me know in the comments. I will be doing more blog hopping this week. Stay well and Happy Thanksgiving to those in the U.S. who celebrate.


The views from the cabin where we stayed. It was very picturesque.




They had a beautiful pond on the property and lovely Koi fish.



We visited Grant cottage which I had no idea existed until I watched the documentary Grant a few months ago. I booked us a private socially distanced tour and we got to see all the rooms and we walked the grounds. It was really great getting to see such a fascinating historical spot. All the original furniture is still there and Grant’s bed is there with a portrait of Lincoln above it. It was almost like walking into a time capsule.
Ulysses S. Grant spent his last years here and he passed away in this cottage in Upstate NY in 1885. The photo above are his funeral flowers. They do not know why these haven’t disintegrated after all this time.




He would sit out here and write his memoir. I think he passed away about 3 days after finishing it.


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