Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 3/28/2021: Updates and Spring is in The Air

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, hope you are well. It’s been a beautiful week here in Jersey with Spring officially making its appearance. We’ve been taking our daily walks and enjoying the nice weather in the mid- 60’s and high 70’s some days with it still brisk in the mornings and evenings. That’s Otis in the photo enjoying the view on one of our walks by the lake last weekend.

A few things have changed since my last Sunday update. I got notice we are not back due to the office now until May so more employees can hopefully get vaccinated in the meantime. SIGH OF RELIEF. I am so grateful. And I finally was able to book my vaccine appointments! My first dose is this upcoming Wednesday. Wish me luck. This means I will be fully vaccinated by the time I go back to the office building in May. How do you feel about the vaccine? Are you getting it or passing on it?

Onto more updates below
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In my mailbox:

Red Deception by Gary Grossman arrived via BookTrib/MeryMoss Media.


Author Ivy Keating sent me a copy of her latest Sarana and the Dark King



Currently reading:

I’m finishing up Puppy Kisses by Lucy Gilmore which was provided by Sourcebooks Casablanca. I tried to finish this one and review it last week but my thoughts will be up this week.



Watching: I watched Into the Wild which was sad but also inspiring. I teared up more than once and I ended up ordering the book Into the Wild based on Chris McCandless’ story. Have you seen the film or read this one?


Crochet: Here is an “Inauguration Bernie” I crocheted a few months back. Bernie and his mittens went viral and so did this crochet pattern. I ordered pliable crafting wire for his glasses and my daughter shaped them for me.








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That covers this week’s updates. What are you up to lately? Stay well and enjoy your reading this week.

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Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 3/14/2021: Long time no see.

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 everybody. It’s me. 🙂
How are you? Hope you are doing well.
So, I have not blogged since last November. If you are reading this thank you for stopping in. I have missed blog land but took an unexpected break. This past week was my one year anniversary of working from home since quarantine began in 2020. Surreal. It has been a crazy year but I am very grateful and feel blessed. As hard as some of the past year has been it has also been a time to stop and appreciate your blessings and remember what is most important, your family and loved ones and your health.

My reason for being away is #1. Work. I work 50+ hours a week from home, usually 10 hour days and sitting at a computer like that for so long leaves ZERO time or energy for blogging. It has been a year of working this way. So when I’m not working I do not want to be anywhere near the computer. #2. I went into a book slump and had no bookish updates to share. The last book I read was in October 2020. Then I got book mail from a publisher last month and I took that as a sign. I finally read my first book of 2021 last weekend and I read the whole thing in pretty much one sitting. My review is ready to post for April closer to the publication date. The book is called Her Three Lives by Cate Holahan and I am happy to share my thoughts on it next month.

Also, THANK YOU to my blog friends who reached out to me either by commenting here at my blog or through DM’s, Twitter, email. I appreciate your checking on me since I went MIA around here. I’ll be blog hopping today.

More updates below…..

In my mailbox:

My Dear Miss Dupré (American Royalty) by Grace Hitchcock arrived via Bethany House. I ordered a copy of Later by Stephen King. And Her Three Lives by Cate Holahan came via Meryl Moss Media. I read this one already and my review will go live early April.


coming soon:

I’m finally reading Stillhouse Lake by by Rachel Caine and it’s very good so far. I will be sharing my thoughts once I’m finished.



watching:
So many things. I recommend Bridgerton, Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery and the Night Stalker: The hunt for a serial killer. What have you been watching that you recommend?

crochet:
I have been crocheting alot. Here are a few of the things I’ve made these past few months, I will share a few more next week:









That covers my updates. Thank you for stopping in. I will start blog hopping this morning to catch up a little. I feel like I’m out of the loop book-wise. I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone is doing/reading and I know I will be adding to my TBR as soon as I start blog hopping. Enjoy your weekend!



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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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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 in this post are my own and not to be removed from here.

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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