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 9/6/2020: 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.

Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 8/30/2020: Updates and Goodbye August

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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 all, where did August go? I like this time of year with Summer still here but also with Fall just around the corner. My reading is still behind but I am managing to read here and there. Thanks for your kind words last week. I still have no answers on my skin issues, the biopsies came back unidentifiable. I went for a second more detailed round of blood-work this past week and am waiting on those results. For the past 7 days or so I have cut out several things from my diet that are potential allergens like nuts and even chocolate and I’m eating as clean as I can. I also stopped using products and stopped eating foods containing artificial dyes to see if that makes a difference.

We’ve had a quiet weekend here so I’m relaxing at home and trying to read and crochet, maybe watch a movie later. I worked yesterday but I refuse to work today. It’s so easy with working from home to log in for “just a few” then before you know it several hours have come and gone.

Onto my bookish updates….

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Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 7/26/2020: Goodbye July

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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 all. I can’t believe July has nearly come and gone. I hope you are doing well. I’ve not been on blog land much lately, between work and everything else sometimes it’s hard to find time and motivation to blog.
Not much happening here thankfully just the usual. The weather has been very hot and humid and in the high 90’s lately. I’ve been watching tv and crocheting alot inside with the air conditioning. For now I’m still working from home for over 100 days which I’m grateful for. I actually started going to the office for a few hours on Saturday mornings when it’s empty. It’s weird going back after so long and feels very odd working alone, it feels surreal. Usually there’s 18 people in my department and a few hundred in the building during normal life pre-quarantine.

My husband is back to work now with social distancing from his co-workers and wearing masks but it still stresses me out to no end. He got tested just to be extra careful since he’s been back to work and it took over 14 days to get the results back, negative thankfully but that’s a long time to wait on results.

Anyway, we still go for walks often early in the day to avoid people, below is a pic I took recently at the park.
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Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday June 7, 2020: Random Updates

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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 all, I hope you are staying well. These are amazing and historic times we are living in right now. How are you holding up?

I’ve been MIA from blog land a few weeks because I am very busy with work and putting in 10 hour days and weekend hours even from home. I’m still working from home until further notice. They are actually remodeling the office building I work in to make it safer before they allow us back. Restrictions are being eased further in NJ as the state enters phase 2 of reopening next week. We are still being extra safe and social distancing.

I’m trying to avoid social media these past few days even more than usual, it is so overwhelming. On top of the death of George Floyd and the protests and riots, the world is still in the midst of a pandemic. I couldn’t watch the heartbreaking Floyd video all the way, I started to cry. It totally blows your mind that something like that can happen. And he is not the only one, it happens all the time.

Well, in the middle of the craziness good things happened and that is what we need to hang onto and work towards: The street in Front of White House was renamed “Black Lives Matter Plaza”  and  this Michigan sheriff who put down his weapon and joined protesters “. There is always hope and we have to do our part to bring positive changes.

On another note, we’ve still been taking our daily walks. My neighborhood is nice and quiet in the mornings so we head out early before it gets too hot. I shared this on my Twitter this past week, when I was driving up my street I came upon a black bear. You can see the clip here if you’re interested. He looks like a teddy bear but yikes. We see black bears here every year mainly in the Spring and early Summer and also in the early Fall before they hibernate. Thankfully and knock on wood, I’ve never come upon one during my walks but it’s always in the back of my mind to be careful. We live in a wooded area.
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