Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 3/21/2021: Book updates and the cat couch.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog…
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….


Hello and happy weekend. Another week flew by and I’m glad March is coming to a close. It always feels like such a long month before Spring finally arrives.

I hope you are doing well and staying safe. My husband has been back to work for several months and now I just got the news they’re bringing us back to the office soon for alternating weeks. We’re still on the waiting list for the vaccine. I’d be lying if I said my anxiety is not sky high right now. I’ve been lucky enough to have been working from home for over a year and I had hoped we’d stay virtual through the summer at least but I guess not. Aside from the fear of possibly getting infected I don’t even know where to begin. Where are my work clothes even? I haven’t dressed business casual in over one year. Where is my makeup? I don’t think I know how to even walk in heels anymore.


Book-wise I finished a book this past week and posted my thoughts yesterday making it my first book review of 2021. I have not started another book yet but I think it will be Grounds for Murder (A Coffee Lover’s Mystery Book 1) up next.

Also, thank you for all the love on last week’s updates post. You guys are the best.

Onto more updates….


Recently on the blog:

I reviewed Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine here. This was a solid read although some of it was a little bit far-fetched.

In my mailbox:

Seven Perfect Things by Catherine Ryan Hyde came via NetGalley. I have yet to read a book by this author that I didn’t enjoy.

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Watching:
We watched Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel which was very interesting and a little bit surprising. Have you seen this one?

Crochet:
I shared a few crochet photos last week so today I will share the cat couch pictures. I finished the cat couch in November 2020. This was a commissioned item. I am very proud of the result, I love the way it turned out. I adjusted the pattern a bit and it took me about 4 1/2 months to complete in between other things. This was commissioned by a family member that is why I agreed to do it in the first place but I will never take such a large project on again for commission. It is just too time consuming and I couldn’t possibly charge the true value for my time and effort on an item like this.




This is a little bit of the construction. Once I crocheted up all the several pieces I cut foam to size and placed it inside the seat, the cushions, the armrests and the backrest. I also doubled up on the foam pieces and hot glued them together so they would be sturdier and not slide out of place. After that I sewed the crocheted parts together and closed them up. The construction was a little bit complicated but I enjoyed the creativity of it and seeing it all come together. I’m a perfectionist when it comes to crochet so I wanted all the parts to match up, be flush and even all around the couch. I used up two pounds of yarn total on the whole thing. And I crocheted a granny square as a throw blanket on back and I made a small granny square throw pillow to match.



The hardest part was giving this couch away! Such a labor of love. I can’t recall the exact measurements but the couch was around 24 inches wide so it’s a pretty nice size. Now Otis needs a cat couch of his own. I plan on making one in a few months for him. I have a few projects on my hook now that I want to finish up first.
Next week I will share more of my crochet projects that I completed while on blogging hiatus.

That’s all for now. Happy weekend and happy reading. What are you up to?


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27 thoughts on “Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 3/21/2021: Book updates and the cat couch.

  1. I love the crocheted couch! So cozy.

    As for going back to work after a year working from home, I know that I would be anxious. I hadn’t even been anywhere outside this facility all year except for a visit to the doctor for bloodwork in November…and then last week, I went out with a friend and it felt eerie…but also wonderful. The world around us looked empty, however.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

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  2. Hi Naida,

    It’s a bit mean of them not to let you keep working from home until you have been vaccinated. We are both still waiting for our second jab and very nervous that things are starting to open up again before we get it. People just don’t know how to do social distancing and a mask is just something you keep screwed up in your pocket until someone challenges you for not wearing it!! Much of mainland Europe is back in lockdown as a new third wave of the virus has hit, so hopefully travel restrictions will be kept in place for a few more months yet!

    I love the cat couch, although I would never attempt a project of that size. As you say, it is much the same with any other craft based business, the reality is that you can seldom actually charge the full cost of the materials, let alone the labour costs, but then I guess you already know that from having run your own Etsy store before. Nice as a hobby which pays for itself, but no good as an income.

    I also enjoy Catherine Ryan Hyde’s books, although this one might be a bit too soppy for me, I’m still debating whether to add it to my list or not, but I hope that you enjoy it, given that you like dogs so much I’m sure you will. I shall look forward to reading your thoughts about it.

    Have a good week and try not to worry too much about going into the office 🙂

    Yvonne xx

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    • Hi Yvonne. That’s great you got the first dose already! We’re still waiting.
      The cat couch was so much work!
      I’ll share my thoughts on the Catherine Ryan Hyde book. I like the sweet cover. Happy reading this week! I’m trying not to think of going back to the office until the day arrives.

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  3. It is going to be tough to go back, I think, not even taking into account the virus! Yikes. And I feel like- after all this time- to make people come back BEFORE they’re vaccinated, when we’re so close to GETTING people vaccinated… seems iffy.

    What a couch! That’s amazing… 🙂

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  4. Ugh I wouldn’t be going in until I was vaccinated. But I heard President Biden wants vaccines open to everyone by May 1st. My group was eligible Mar 17, so I got my first dose. Do you know when you are eligible? I love the cat couch, but it would be a dog couch here as I am very allergic to cats.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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    • I heard everyone will be able to get vaccinated by May too. I’m not high risk so I haven’t been able to get it yet. And everything is booked every time we check.

      Thanks I’m extremely allergic to cats also.
      Happy reading this week!

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  5. Oh wow, that couch is so cute! I’ve always wanted to make one for our cat, but I’m not sure he would care that much!

    I also enjoyed Stillhouse Lake. I agree it was a bit far-fetched at times, but so entertaining.

    Have a great week and happy reading!

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  6. Oh – I do hope you stay safe as you return to work.
    That cat couch project is so cute!
    I’m still interested in listening to Stillhouse Lake and I love covers with dogs. 🙂
    Happy Reading!

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  7. I haven’t watched ‘The Vanishing at Cecil Hotel’ yet but it’s definitely on the list. And I totally get your hesitancy about going back to work, especially when it suddenly involves make up and heels again! The puppies on that cover are too cute though, it’s almost illegal how adorable they are. I hope you have a lovely week and do drop by my Monday post if you have the time! – Juli @ A Universe in Words

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  8. I’m sorry you have to go back to work already. I’m still remote and hopefully will remain remote for a bit longer. It’s just so unnerving with so many people still not vaccinated! The couch is amazing. You outdid yourself!

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