Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 3/27/22: Library Book Sale, Crochet, etc.



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 everyone and happy weekend. Thanks for stopping in, I hope this post finds you well. The past week flew right by. Work and life were busy as usual but I managed to get in a salon visit for a hair dye and trim, I finished up my crocheted Mickey Mouse which made me miss our Disney trip even more and we went to a library book sale this weekend.

On top of that poor Otis had to have a dental cleaning procedure done at the vet this past Friday and they pulled 2 of his teeth. I get nervous with that because he goes under anesthesia for it but he did well and he’s recovering nicely. Poor Otis has to pretty much spend the day at the vet for this procedure too. I dropped him off early before work at 8:30am and he was ready to be picked up at 4:00pm. He was definitely mad at me when we got back home from the vet, he didn’t want to look at me when I was speaking to him. I’m just glad we got that done and over with for his sake.


onto my updates…..


recently on the blog:

I shared my thoughts on the dust of hope: rune poems by Judy Croome.

in my mailbox:
We went to a library book sale this weekend and I found some great books all for $10.00.






I found The Silkworm first and I told myself I would only get it if I could find The Cukoo’s Calling as well. I found it on the other side of the room so I got both.


Bonfire was the first book I saw when we walked in so I grabbed it right away. I’ve heard good things about it. Have you read any of these?



watching these few weeks:


I watched The Weekend Away which was very good and had alot of twists and turns. I also watched Deep Water which I thought was good, you do have to suspend disbelief for it. And I finished up Pam and Tommy which I somehow got sucked into watching and ended up enjoying this one. I’m not sure how much of it was actually true but it’s definitely entertaining. It also shines a light on what Pam Anderson must have gone through when that sex tape was stolen and published without her consent.




crochet:
I finished my Mickey Mouse and I really like the way he turned out. I may have to make another one for my parents, they really like this one.






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Well, that covers my updates this week. How was your week? Let me know in the comments and happy reading this week. 🙂

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the dust of hope: rune poems by Judy Croome 


About the book:
Judy Croome’s latest collection of poetry returns to the ancient ways of the Nordic runes, shining a light of hope and healing as we navigate through the wilderness of anxiety permeating these early years of the twenty-first century.

The simple verses console the reader with a calm acceptance that, even during a global pandemic, everyday life ebbs and flows with the natural rhythms of the timeless oceans.

Here are poems that invite us to stop, to breathe, and to see the world around us from a new perspective birthed within the centre of our souls.

My thoughts:
Hello everyone. Today I am taking part in the virtual tour for Judy Crume’s collection of poetry entitled the dust of hope. This is a collection of poems about everyday life, love and loss during the pandemic.

I really liked one called “Strength”.
“only then, in the shadows of heartbreak,
did I learn how to dive deep.
how to survive.”


There’s a rune symbol at the start of each poem and I found this to be a lovely and soothing collection. I savored these as I read a few per day. I really enjoyed these poems that so many of us can relate to.

perhaps the corona storm,
with all its violent destruction,
is only planting
the seeds of a new generation.”-ploughing the fields


“I met my soul
walking the path of solitude.
separated from you
by an invisible virus,
as powerful as a wrecking ball
free-falling
through the ceiling of our lives.”- between two moments

I recommend this collection if you enjoy poetry and are looking to get swept away by reading a few good poems.


Judy Croome is on virtual tour, click here for the rest of tour schedule.


Special thanks to Poetic Book Tours for my review copy of the dust of hope by Judy Croome.


About the Author:


Judy Croome lives and writes in Johannesburg, South Africa. Shortlisted in the African Writing Flash Fiction 2011 competition, Judy’s short stories, poems and articles have appeared in various magazines, anthologies and newspapers, such as The Sunday Times, The Huffington Post (USA) and the University of the Witwatersrand’s Itch Magazine. In 2021 and 2016, Judy was the poetry judge for Writers2000’s Annual Writing Competition. In 2021, Judy presented an hour long workshop to Writers 2000 called “The Gift of Poetry”.

Judy loves her family, cats, exploring the meaning of life, chocolate, cats, rainy days, ancient churches with their ancient graveyards, cats, meditation and solitude. Oh, and cats. Judy loves cats (who already appear to have discovered the meaning of life.)

Her fiction and poetry books ‘the dust of hope: rune poems” (2021); “Drop by Drop: poems of loss” (2020); “a stranger in a strange land” (2015),”The Weight of a Feather & Other Stories” (2013), “a Lamp at Midday” (2012) and “Dancing in the Shadows of Love” (2011) are available from Aztar Press.

“Street Smart Taxpayers: A practical guide to your rights in South Africa” (Juta Law, 2017) was co-authored with her late husband Dr. Beric Croome (1960 – 2019). Follow her on GoodReads, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 3/20/22: Updates


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….

Hi all. I hope this post finds you doing well. I’ve been MIA from blogland for some time now. It’s the usual not enough hours in the day situation. I’m so happy that March is nearly over and Spring is around the corner and with it the warmer temps. I’m living in the wrong State because I am not a fan of winter and the cold months just drain me.

It’s been a busy few months, we just got back from our Florida vacation last week. We had a fantastic Disney vacation, visited 3 theme parks and enjoyed hot weather. It was 90 degrees the days we were in Universal Studios and Magic Kingdom. I had Butterbeer and visited Diagon Ally! Finally! On the day we spent at MGM Studios it was high 80’s and it randomly downpoured. Also, it seemed like barely anyone wears masks down there and the theme parks were crowded and it was shocking being around that many people again after social distancing and quarantining for so long. Masks at the airports are still mandatory so that was good. And we had a fantastic time, I already want to visit again. That Florida sunshine was good for my soul. The Disney resort we stood at was really beautiful. When we were done, I needed a vacation from my vacation. My health App showed we walked around 7-8 miles per day at each theme park. I’ll include pics at the end of this post.

Onto my updates….

currently reading:

I haven’t been reading too much lately, but hope to pick up the pace again. In the meantime, I’ve been reading The Stand by Stephen King at night before bed. This is the uncut version which adds about 400 pages to it I think.

coming soon:

Dust of Hope by Judy Croome I have a review set for March 22nd via Poetic Book Tours, please stop by then.


in my mailbox:

When I saw that the Grant Cottage was having a February book club read along of Grant and Sherman: The Friendship That Won the Civil War by Charles Bracelen Flood, in my mind I really believed I’d be able to read with them during February but that didn’t happen. So I have my copy and I can listen to the book discussions videos on Facebook at my own pace anyway.


Trigger Point by Tony Roth arrived via Meryl Moss Media for review.



crochet:
After our Disney vacation I was inspired to crochet a Mickey Mouse. He’s in progress now so I’ll post finished pics next updates post.




vacation photos:

The resort took us to and from Magic Kingdom by boat on their private lake which was awesome.


The parade at MGM.


This is from the Star Wars area at MGM Studios.


A rainy afternoon by the cabin.







Resort views. I miss the Florida warmth and that sunshine. I enjoy kayaking but no way was I going in after seeing these gator/snake warnings lol. I will pass on that please and thank you.

That wraps up my updates for now. Thank you for stopping in. What are you up to? I’ll be blog hopping this weekend to catch up. Stay well.


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Disclaimer: Nothing in this post is available for download. Some of these links are affiliate links. If you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission. The photos here are my own and not be to be removed from this post.