Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 10/4/2020: Hello October

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 and happy October. How did October get here so fast? I love this time of year. The weather is nice, the foliage is looking pretty and aside from all the madness in the world right now I enjoy the Autumn coziness. I hope you are all doing well. I’ve not been on blogland too much these few weeks. The steroid med side effects have been kicking my butt lately but I am finally off the month long course as of a few days ago so fingers crossed I don’t need more. As a result, I have not been able to sit at the computer for extended periods because my legs and feet have been swelling up so I’ve been crocheting alot more lately with my feet elevated to pass the time. I also really can’t be near anyone because steroids impair your immune system, so yea fun times. I watched the entire season of Ratched, I recommend it. However, if you want some crazy ass plot twists just look at the news lately. The truth really is stranger than fiction right? Bookwise, I also finished reading The Mist so I’ll share my thoughts soon on that.

onto my updates….

recently on the blog:
I shared my thoughts on The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen.


in my mailbox:

The Art of Inheriting Secrets through Amazon Prime.




Also in my mailbox, I purchased these fun book magnets over at Cult City. Total impulse buy but I like them and happily added them to my magnet collection.


crochet:
I finished up a set with the special Mother’s Day yarn from my daughter.
I made myself a cowl and matching fingerless gloves. I made my set using Tunisian crochet which I love. It’s almost like combining knit and crochet, a special hook is used for this. The stitch I used is called honyecomb.



And I had leftover yarn so I whipped up a matching sweater for Otis.

Here he is modeling his new sweater. Another thing that happened this past week is Otis had to have 6 teeth pulled. He’s recovered nicely now. He is turning 7 this December and Chihuahuas are notorious for having bad teeth. I scheduled him for a teeth cleaning and once he was under anesthesia the vet called me to let me know how many of his teeth needed removing. He had to have a round of antibiotics and a few days on pain killers. He was definitely mad at me when I picked up that evening after his dental procedure so for his sake I’m relieved it’s over and done with. If you look closely at his left leg in this pic you can see where they shaved the fur down for the IV. Teeny tiny Otis.

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That covers my updates this week. I’ll be blog hopping a little bit today to see what you all are up to. Enjoy your week ahead and thanks for stopping in.

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Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 9/21/2020: Updates, 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….


Hi all. Hope you had a nice weekend. We’re having nice weather here with it cooler in the mornings and evenings but still warm during the day. September is flying right on by and I’m definitely in the Autumn/Halloween mood. It’s been another crazy kind of week but I’m just going with the flow. We’re still quarantining but I did notice an uptick in the numbers of positive cases reported these past 2 weeks in New Jersey. They’ve opened movie theaters, gyms and indoor dining with limited capacity here. We are still passing on anything indoors and sedentary like that for now. The anxiety I’ve had from my doctor’s appointments these past few months is bad enough. How are things in your area?

“Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.”- Ruth Bader Ginsburg

onto my updates….
in my mailbox:
I grabbed a copy of The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper through Amazon Prime. I’ve watched several Jack the Ripper documentaries and this book caught my eye because it focuses on the victims instead of the killer.
“Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London—the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper”

recently on the blog:

I shared my thoughts on My Little Crocheted Christmas by Doerthe Eisterlehner which is a nice pattern book. I made a snowman candle cozy that somehow looks like a penguin but that’s ok.

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watching:
All things scary including the last Halloween film, which I thought was really good and The Exorcism of Emily Rose which was terrifying but also very sad. Have you seen these?

Also of note, I am good and hooked on Real Life Ghost Stories the podcast. I can’t get enough of these scary stories lately and I’ve been listening while crocheting.

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crochet:
I whipped up a few pumpkins not too long ago and have been making more. These are addictive to make.




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Last but not least, Happy Birthday today to a favorite Stephen King.


That wraps it up for now. What are you up to lately? Can you recommend a scary film? Happy week ahead and stay well.


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My Little Crocheted Christmas by Doerthe Eisterlehner

source: review copy via NetGalley / Dover
title: My Little Crocheted Christmas: Festive Projects to Make the Season Bright
genre: crochet patterns
published: Dover Publications; Translation Edition (September 18, 2019)
rated: 4 out of 5

blurb:
Add a little handmade warmth to Christmas with these charming crocheted decorations, toys, and charms. The projects include tree ornaments, a cuddly fox and animal Santas, a mouse quartet, a tabletop nativity set, finger puppets, gingerbread “hearts,” and many other delightful ornaments. These projects are suitable for crocheters at every level of experience — a How-To section explains the basic techniques, so even beginners can whip up many of these items. Each features detailed instructions and full-color photos of the completed piece. The handmade items will be lovely gifts with a personal touch for friends and family as well as keepsake additions to your own holiday decorations.

my thoughts:
Yay for Christmas crochet! This review is literally one year overdue so shame on me but I like to crochet something from the pattern books I receive for review so I didn’t want to share this one until I made something from the book.
My Little Crocheted Christmas: Festive Projects to Make the Season Bright is a lovely pattern book to add to any crocheter’s collection. The festive patterns inside are whimsical and fun.

“At the coldest time of year, it’s especially fun to cozy up on the sofa, light a fire, and grab your crocheting. This book is full of patterns for a colorful and vibrant Christmas season and a festive,sparkling Christmas celebration.- “My Little Crocheted Christmas by Doerthe Eisterlehner

The crochet patterns within these pages include cookies and sweets, an Advent Calendar, a cuddly fox, festive pencil toppers, small Nativity set, thermos cozy and several other gift ideas that would make for cute stocking stuffers and presents.
The well written patterns all come with clear photos. I love the presentation throughout the book it’s very festive. I’d say this is for the beginner crocheter through the advanced one as well because these are fun projects and most are not too time consuming so you can spend an afternoon whipping something up for yourself or a loved one without too much time commitment. This is a nice pattern book to bring out for crocheting while watching Christmas movies.


These wrist warmers look very cozy.

I whipped up the snowman jar cozy. The pattern was very simple and I tweaked mine a little to fit the smaller candle.






I think my snowman looks more like a penguin though lol.


Overall, this is a terrific crochet pattern book to add to your shelves. I recommend it! Special thanks to NetGalley / Dover for my copy.

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Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any kind of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. I am under no obligation to write a positive review. I received my free review copy of My Little Crocheted Christmas: Festive Projects to Make the Season Bright via NetGalley / Dover in exchange for my honest thoughts. Some of the links in the post are affiliate links. If you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission. The photos in this post are mine and not to be removed from here.

Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 9/13/2020: Books, 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….


Happy Sunday evening everyone. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. It has been another very busy work-week and just a long week in general. Today is my only day off so I have been spending it lounging around the house in my pajamas pretty much all day. I made a pot of rice and beans and my husband grilled my favorite steak for dinner and I stuffed my face and then I took an hour nap. All in that order. Now here I am. I figured I’d pop into blog land for a little bit. Thank you for your input on my updates post from last week regarding the WordPress upgrade. I’m getting the hang of it. Moving forward there will be no more “page 2” on my posts in order to make for easier page viewing.

Onto more updates…..

recently on the blog:
I spotlighted Love at the Little Wedding Shop by the Sea by Jane Linfoot. How cute is this cover?


finished reading:
I finished my co-read of The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen with Velvet. Thoughts to come soon on this one.


reading now: The Mist by Stephen King for RIP.


in my mailbox:
Not that I need more books but I couldn’t resist An Alaskan Christmas by Jennifer Snow from Prime Reads.


watching: Anything scary and also 90 Day Fiancee The Other Way and these people are really out of their minds but it makes for great reality tv.


crochet:
I finished up a light cardigan in August and here’s a few shots of that. The pattern is my own. This is a cotton blend yarn I purchased in March when quarantine started and I wanted to make myself something light and summery.






Modeling it in one of my a favorite parks.

That wraps it up for now, I hope you are doing well and happy reading this week. What are you up to lately?


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Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 9/6/2020: Spooky Reads, Otis, 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….


Good morning and happy Monday. Hmph WordPress editor finally forced the upgrade on me and it sucks. It took me a while to even figure out how to write up this post. Why is everything inside of blocks? I’m sorry if this post looks a little off today until I get the hang of the new editor. I have no idea how to size the images. I know some HTML coding so that helps.
My updates post is a day late, but I’m off today for the 3 day weekend so I figured I’d log on this morning to chat. Another week has come and gone and after a 3rd round of bloodwork I’ve been put on steroid pills for one full month. Yuck! Sorry, I know so far this post is all complaining. Onto the brighter side of things, Fall is coming and I love this time of year. We spent yesterday at the farm upstate NY that we like. We drove up early to be there as soon as they opened and avoided the crowds which was perfect. No apple picking for us this year though, we don’t want to risk being near people like that.

Onto my bookish updates I hope because this new editor thing is no bueno….depending on your browser there should be a link allll the way at the bottom of this post that says Page 2 to continue reading the rest of this post…..it’s all the way down in small print so it’s hard to find (thanks WordPress) underneath the rates, likes, share… etc. or if you’re viewing from your phone it should be easier.