Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 11/13/22: A Fun Week and 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…


Happy weekend, I hope this post finds you well. Another week flew right by. The weather was unseasonably warm here all week, we hit the upper 70’s a few times but today it’s pretty cool out in the 50’s so it feels like Fall. I had a busy week, but I’ve been off since Friday and took tomorrow off to make it a 4-day weekend which is much needed. We went to a book signing this past week which was really great. I’ll share more about that under the mailbox section of this post. I also attended the annual work awards dinner which I hadn’t gone to in a few years. It’s nice because the venue is beautiful, and we get cocktail hour, dinner, dessert and an open bar and the valet is complimentary. All you have to do is show up pretty much and it gives me a reason to get dolled up which can be nice sometimes. The filet mignon was very delicious.

Onto my bookish updates….

recently on the blog:

Book Spotlight: The Road to Christmas by Sheila Roberts


Author Guest Post: Operation Mom! by Reenita M. Hora

coming soon:

My thoughts will be up tomorrow for In Her Highlander’s Bed. Finally.

in my mailbox:




We met Terry Crews!! He was so nice! He’s on tour for his new children’s book called Terry’s Crew and we also grabbed a copy of his memoir Tough. He signed our books and it was definitely an awesome moment. I googled him and I had no idea he had such an inspiring story to share. I’m looking forward to reading his memoir. My daughter was the one who mainly wanted to meet him she’s a fan of his from Everybody Hates Chris. I really mainly knew him from White Chicks. Makin’ my way downtown….. 🙂

watching:

I finished watching season 5 of The Handmaid’s Tale. I liked this season alot and the final episode was so good. I’ve heard season 6 will be the final one.

I binged Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities. I am so glad I stuck with this because I almost gave up on it after episode 2. Episode 2 was just gross, it was mainly about rats, corpses and claustrophobic settings. Did I mention the rats? Giant rats. I made it through maybe 10 minutes of episode 3 because it started off being nasty too, then I jumped ahead to the 4th episode and the show got much better. The final episode was awesome. Andrew Lincoln stars in the last episode and he was fantastic. Have you watched this?
I also watched Don’t Worry Darling and it was pretty good overall, though I wanted answers to some things but that’s ok.



crochet:
I’m working on a bag for a friend. I’m nearly done, I’m finishing up sewing in the lining and crocheted two handles. I really dislike sewing so that part is taking me forever, but you can’t leave a crocheted bag unlined or things will fall out of it. This bag is made up of 13 granny squares.




That wraps up my updates for now. What have you been up to? Hope you enjoy your week ahead. I’ll close with a pic of Otis. He went to the groomer yesterday and this will be his last grooming until Spring since I like to leave his long coat for the winter months.

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Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 10/30/22: October Wrap-up and Happy Halloween

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 hope this post finds you well. October is pretty much gone. That was fast wasn’t it? I had a pretty busy workweek, and I didn’t get much reading or crocheting done but hopefully this coming week I’ll have more free time. And the weather has been really nice, some days are still sweater weather, but I have had to break out my winter jacket some mornings when driving to the office.

Also of note, we had girl’s night last weekend at my house and we made a charcuterie board and watched Rosemary’s Baby which was alot of fun.


onto my bookish updates….

recently on the blog:

Guest post and giveaway by Nick Chiarkas.

coming up:

Author Chelsea DeVries is stopping in for a guest post on November 2.


October reading stats:
I only read 3 books in October, but all were good, two are pending review. I’m holding myself accountable to read more in November.






in my mailbox:

The Other Emily by Dean Koontz came via Amazon Prime.



crochet
I haven’t crocheted this past week, but I’ll share a few photos of a Pennywise I crocheted back in April. I love the way he turned out and want to make another larger one at some point. This was a fun project and I kept referring to pics and videos of Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise to get the look just right. I added craft wire in his arms and legs to make him posable and he’s set up on a doll stand.











That covers my updates for now. Happy Halloween! What are you up to?

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Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 10/23/22: Reading, 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 weekend all. I hope this post finds you well. I can’t believe October is almost over and Halloween is right around the corner. I still haven’t decided if I’m dressing up this year but I’m headed to the Halloween store this weekend to take see if any costume catches my eye. This past week flew right by. I read one book for Fraterfest and I finished up my Fall shawl. My jaw seems to be healing well, thank you all for the kind comments on that last week. I’m going on Monday to get the stiches removed.

onto my bookish updates…


recently on the blog:


My thoughts on Shifting and Shenanigans by Elizabeth Pantley are up. This was a fun read.

coming soon:


I read If It Bleeds by Stephen King for FraterFest so my thoughts will be up this week. I’ll be watching Mr. Harrigan’s Phone on Netflix this weekend to go along with one of the short stories in this book.


I’ve got an author guest post coming up this Wednesday for Nunzio’s Way by Nick Chiarka.

in my mailbox:



The Cowboy Who Saved Christmas by Jodi Thomas, Sharla Lovelace, and Scarlett Dunn via Amazon Prime.

watching:


So we watched the new Elvis movie. Tsk tsk tsk. Sigh. Austin Butler who plays Elvis did a phenomenal job and he was the only good thing about this film. I like Elvis and even though he’s before my time I enjoy his music, it’s definitely timeless. So I don’t know what the heck was going on with this movie. They ruined it with having Tom Hanks with that strange face makeup pretty much narrating the whole thing. The movie was really mostly about how awful Elvis’ manager was, so they should have titled it differently, so you know you’re going to watch an almost 3-hour long film about Elvis’ manager.

Then they glossed over the fact that Priscilla was just 14 years old when she met Elvis. They also kind of glossed over his pill addiction. And at one point there was modern day music in the background. Um, it’s an Elvis Presley movie people, use Elvis music not Doja Cat. Thanks. And why was there an Eminem song playing during the ending credits? I’ll stop ranting now and include a cute Elvis song here with my post. 🙂 Have you watched this one? What did you think?





crochet:

I finished up a Fall shawl. I used a granny stitch on this one and changed colors each row. I love it.






That’s all for now. I’ll close with a few pics of Otis modeling his new pumpkin sweater I ordered from Amazon. He’s such a ham always. Enjoy your week! What are you up to?




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Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 9/18/22: Book updates and my Halloween blanket


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 well. Another week has flown right by. Mine started with a visit to the dentist for my cleaning and he told me one of my molar fillings is cracked so I’m going back next week for a crown. Aside from that it was an uneventful week, but that’s a good thing. I finished my Halloween blanket and I posted a review and set up a few upcoming blog tour posts. I have 3 blog tour stops upcoming for September.

And I like to bake something from scratch every week because I prefer homemade to store bought. And it’s always nice having homemade goodies available so I baked chocolate chip cookies recently. I offer them to you virtually today. Enjoy 🙂




Onto my updates…..

recently on the blog:

I shared my thoughts on Our Trespasses: A Paranormal Thriller by Michael Cordell

coming soon:

I invite you to come back on Monday the 19th for a book spotlight and international giveaway for A Dreadful Beauty by L.M. Rapp.

in my mailbox:

Yay, In Her Highlander’s Bed by Lynsay Sands arrived via Avon books.

watching:
Recently we watched Last Night in Soho which was actually very good. I recommend if you like paranormal thrillers with dual timelines/flashbacks. Also of note, we watched Beautiful Boy which is based on a true story and was heartbreaking and made me cry so trigger warning for substance abuse, but this was an amazing film. I love Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet, they really really deliver here. I feel like this is one of those underrated films. You will need a box of tissues.



crochet:
Thank you all for the nice comments on my crocheted Halloween blanket. I finished it last weekend. It took me about a month. My daughter and I designed it together. I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to find enough different Halloween granny square designs. The granny square is a classic crochet square, so those were easy but most of the other designs I came up with myself. I don’t like to follow other’s crochet patterns, so what I do is if I do follow a pattern I change it up a little bit. I used a pattern for the ghost applique and the pumpkin squares and also for the border. It is my daughter’s blanket so the design choices and layout were mainly hers.

Funny enough, I had all this yarn in my stash already so this was a great stashbuster. I only had to make a trip to the yarn store for one more orange ball.


I freehanded a balloon applique as a nod to Stephen King’s IT.






All done, 28 squares total. I think I’ll do a Christmas one next, I haven’t decided though.

That wraps up my updates for now, how was your week? Happy reading! Are you enjoying the Fall weather?



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Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 9/11/22 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 you’re having a nice weekend. Thank you everyone for your kind comments last week about my hive issues/allergist appointment. I realized later on how whiney I sounded, I really shouldn’t be complaining about something so trivial like having to wait to see a doctor.

This past week flew by so quickly. I worked fully remote the whole week which is always nice not having to commute to and from the office. The weather has been great this week and I can already feel Fall around the corner with the cooler mornings and evenings. I crocheted alot and am just about finished with the Halloween blanket and I finished reading one book. Today I got a few posts scheduled for upcoming blog tours and I scheduled a review post for this upcoming Tuesday.

I took this pic of the view of the Freedom Tower from the ferry to Liberty Island a few years ago:


onto my bookish updates…



coming soon:

My thoughts on Our Trespasses by Michael Cordell will be up this week.

in my mailbox:

I treated myself to the new Stephen King on release day and I promised myself I’d read it this month.


Crochet Magical Creatures 20 Easy Amigurumi Patterns by Drew Hill came via the publisher. How freaking cute is this?!


The Frederick Sisters Are Living the Dream by Jeannie Zusy came via Atria books and it sounds both emotional and entertaining.

Also of note…
2022 Fraterfest Challenge
Fraterfest is coming! Will you be reading along? I may or may not make a list, I haven’t decided yet. Making the book lists is half the fun though.


crochet:
The 28 Halloween blanket squares are complete and I sewed them all together already. I’m working on the border and that will most likely be finished by the time this post goes live so I’ll share the finished pics next updates post.





The weather was beautiful this past week, this is Otis on one of his walks. Enjoy your week! Happy reading.



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