Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 5/2/2021: Hello May

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. I can’t believe it’s May already. I hope everyone is doing well. As of this past week hubby and I are fully vaccinated, we both got our second doses. Sigh of relief. My husband just had a sore arm both doses but I had more symptoms mainly with the second dose. About 15 hours after the second dose I ran a low grade fever and had body aches for about 24 hours then I was good as new.
Aside from that, I’ve been reading, crocheting and taking walks enjoying the nice weather. I’ll share a few flower pics at the end of this post.

Onto more updates….

recently on the blog:
I posted a few reviews!

Her Three Lives by Cate Holahan


A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay


Garden in a Seed by Nazanin Mirsadeghi


Impermanence by Ren Powell

coming soon:

My review of Bird’s Eye View by TK Ray is coming up this week.

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in my mailbox:

I have a great mailbox this week. We went to a local favorite used book and record shop and I found two like new copies of these two books. Lisey’s Story by Stephen King and Transformations by Anne Sexton
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crochet:
I finished up a sweater I had been working on for a few months. My daughter bought me this beautiful yarn for Christmas. I put my shawl to the side for now because I want to finish up a blanket for my son in time for his May birthday in a few weeks. He’s turning 25! I cry just thinking about that.
watching:
Ghost Adventures as usual and Seeking Sister Wife because it is completely nuts.
Also of note, Secrets of the Whales on the Disney app is fantastic. Have you seen any of these?

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I’ll close with photos of a recent walk through our local state park. The Cherry Blossoms in particular are my favorite. Thank you for stopping by and enjoy your weekend. What are you up to? What are you reading? Stay well.



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Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 4/11/2021: 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….


Good morning all, happy weekend. It’s hard to believe we are halfway through April already. I like this time of year though, the longer days, the weather warms up and the flowers start to blossom…


I got my first dose of the vaccine two weeks ago. I’m not going to lie, I was excited but also nervous. Thank goodness it went well and my second dose is in a few weeks. I had minor side effects, mainly strong arm pain from my shoulder to my hand but once that peaked around 8 hours after the shot it started to get better and I was back to normal within 48 hours. I feel so much better just knowing I’m halfway there to being fully vaccinated. My husband got his first dose last week and had zero side effects.

On another note, I’ve decided I’ll be doing these Sunday updates every other Sunday because it fits a little better with my schedule. Plus, I’m usually a slow reader and I don’t like to only post Sunday updates with no book reviews in between.

Onto more updates…

in my mailbox this week (both perfect for National Poetry Month):

Impermanence by Ren Powell via Poetic Book Tours for an April 28th review.


Garden in a Seed by Nazanin Mirsadeghi arrived via the publisher for an April post.


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Recently on the blog
I shared my thoughts on Puppy Kisses by Lucy Gilmore. This was nice contemporary romance with puppy rescue in the plot.


Coming soon:

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay . Um scared much? Yes. I finally started this one and am breezing through it, but I can’t read it late at night before bed like I usually do with my current reads.

Also, Dewey’s Read-A-Thon is April 24. Will you be reading along? I will be this year.


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Crochet
I’ve been working on a granny square shawl for the past several weeks and am nearing the end of the project. I wanted to use mainly Spring/Summer colors, mostly yellow. Here are the granny squares in progress and while being blocked.





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Watching:

My daughter and I are hooked on The Witcher on Netflix. Have you watched it? So good!

That covers my updates for now. Thanks for stopping by. What are you up to lately? Happy reading this week!



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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 3/21/2021: 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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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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