Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 11/23/2020: Happy Thanksgiving


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’m still here. I took an unintended blog break and was gone so long I forgot about the annoying WordPress update until I started this post lol. Hope you are doing well and staying safe. Much has happened since I last posted and I have not made time for blogging.
The election is over and done with thank goodness for that. Covid cases have skyrocketed again now that the second wave is here…or is this considered the third wave? We’re at over four thousand positive cases a day in New Jersey. I’m still working from home and my job extended that into 2021 so I am very grateful. My husband however has been back out to work since the summer.

I cannot believe Thanksgiving is this week. We’re staying home and I’m cooking and baking then dropping off food at my parents doorstep for them. My mom is making side dishes which I’ll pick up from her. We usually have Thanksgiving together but decided to celebrate separately this year while still sharing dinner and desserts this way. What are you doing this Thanksgiving? Do you cook?

Like I said much has happened since last month. We took a pretty weekend road trip to the Adirondacks in October and enjoyed the gorgeous Fall foliage there. I will share pics at the end of this post. It’s strange traveling during these times but we found a private cabin again and we social distanced as usual and we really enjoyed the trip. I got to visit Ulysses S. Grant cottage while we were out there and that was the highlight of the visit for me. The Civil War history nerd in me was on Cloud 9.

Also, I fell right before Halloween and wound up on crutches for over 2 weeks. I had an x-ray done, thankfully it’s not broken just a badly sprained ankle and I pulled a few tendons. I’m now fully off the crutches this past week. Yep. Crazy times. p.s. Using crutches is painful. I never knew that before. It makes your body sore since you’re walking awkwardly and using muscles you’re not used to using.

Onto a few bookish updates…..

I have to say I suck at reading lately and have not been able to focus on any single book. I’m trying though so maybe I’ll be able to get back on track this week since I have a short 2 day work week this week.

in my mailbox:

I purchased a copy of The Complete Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant when I visited Grant cottage. They have a small gift shop on the property.
Grounds for Murder (A Coffee Lover’s Mystery Book 1) arrived via BookTrib/ Meryl Moss Media. How cute is this cover? And I like the coffee theme.

recently on the blog:
My thoughts on The Mist.




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That covers my updates. I have crochet to share but I will do that next updates post since this one is already kind of long. I will close with a few photos of our October road trip to the Adirondacks.
What have you been up to? Let me know in the comments. I will be doing more blog hopping this week. Stay well and Happy Thanksgiving to those in the U.S. who celebrate.


The views from the cabin where we stayed. It was very picturesque.




They had a beautiful pond on the property and lovely Koi fish.



We visited Grant cottage which I had no idea existed until I watched the documentary Grant a few months ago. I booked us a private socially distanced tour and we got to see all the rooms and we walked the grounds. It was really great getting to see such a fascinating historical spot. All the original furniture is still there and Grant’s bed is there with a portrait of Lincoln above it. It was almost like walking into a time capsule.
Ulysses S. Grant spent his last years here and he passed away in this cottage in Upstate NY in 1885. The photo above are his funeral flowers. They do not know why these haven’t disintegrated after all this time.




He would sit out here and write his memoir. I think he passed away about 3 days after finishing it.


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Hallowed Ground by Paul Twivy

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source: free review copy courtesy of Rachels Random Resources
title: Hallowed Ground
author: Paul Twivy
pages: 336
genre: young adult adventure
published: 01/10/2019
first line: Ray County, Missouri, The United States of America 13th November 1833
rated: 4 out of 5 stars
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Hallowed Ground: The Mystery of the African Fairy Circles

This magical story is inspired by the most haunting and least explored country in the world – Namibia – with its foggy Skeleton Coast, buried goldmines, shocking secrets and awe-inspiring sand dunes.

Spread across the face of its deserts are hundreds of miles of ‘fairy circles’ : vast enough to be seen from space.  They grow and die with the same lifespan as humans, yet no-one has been able to explain why or how they appear.

Then one day, three teenagers and their families arrive from different parts of the globe. Helped by bushmen, the buried possessions of a Victorian explorer, and a golden leopard, they solve the mystery of the African Circles. What will be discovered beneath the hallowed ground? And how will it change the future of the planet above it?

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hallowed-Ground-mystery-African-Circles-ebook/dp/B07YDY9LF2/

Com – https://www.amazon.com/Hallowed-Ground-mystery-African-Circles-ebook/dp/B07YDY9LF2/

my thoughts:
Hallowed Ground by Paul Twivy is a story about 4 teens who meet at boarding school in Africa called the Augustineum and who are intrigued by the mysterious African Fairy Circles. Freddie, Hannah, Joe and Selima become easy friends while at the school. When they discover historic journals the kids believe there might be clues inside that will help them learn the truth about the fairy circles. They’ve been told the legend of the Golden Leopard, which claims that is how the circles originated but the kids now there has to be more to it than old fairytales and they want to see for themselves.

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Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 10/20/19: Book Updates and Sightseeing

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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 and happy Sunday. It is a nice brisk Sunday morning here. We have had some gorgeous Fall weather lately and I’ve been enjoying it. I have had a busy couple of weeks and enjoyed a few days in Gettysburg PA  recently. War history is usually is not my thing but for some reason the Civil War has always fascinated me so staying in Gettysburg has been on my wish-list for some time. I will share a few more pics at the end of this post if anyone wants to see.

Reading-wise I have managed to get some good reading in these few weeks and am finishing up my 3rd book for the month. With the 24 hour read-a-thon next weekend I hope to get another book read then. I have fallen behind on return blog visits, I will be getting to blog hop today and this upcoming week. Thank you all for stopping in and commenting as always.

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Sunday Post 3/25/18: Crochet, Another Snow Day and a Little Bit of History

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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…

Happy Sunday everyone. Wow, this is the last Sunday in March. For it being a long month, that flew by. It has been another hectic work week but the end is in sight, I should be back to my regular schedule this upcoming week. Yay! Thanks all for your nice comments these last several weeks on that.

Can you believe we had another snow storm here this past week and another snow day? I know it is winter and we are supposed get snow but I am hoping that is the last of it for the season. Being home on Wednesday was nice though and I settled in and read a few hours on and off so that was good. I am over the cold and dreary early morning rides to work. This was Thursday morning. I want warmth and sunshine.
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It Ended Badly: Thirteen of the Worst Breakups in History by Jennifer Wright

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source: ARC/free review copy via AmazonVine
title: It Ended Badly: Thirteen of the Worst Breakups in History
author: Jennifer Wright
published: November 3, 2015
pages: 240
genre: humor/non-fiction/history
rated: 3 1/2 out of 5 for humor, history and gossip
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blurb:
A history of heartbreak-replete with beheadings, uprisings, creepy sex dolls, and celebrity gossip-and its disastrously bad consequences throughout time

Spanning eras and cultures from ancient Rome to medieval England to 1950’s Hollywood, Jennifer Wright’s It Ended Badly guides you through the worst of the worst in historically bad breakups. In the throes of heartbreak, Emperor Nero had just about everyone he ever loved-from his old tutor to most of his friends-put to death. Oscar Wilde’s lover, whom he went to jail for, abandoned him when faced with being cut off financially from his wealthy family and wrote several self-serving books denying the entire affair. And poor volatile Caroline Lamb sent Lord Byron one hell of a torch letter and enclosed a bloody lock of her own pubic hair. Your obsessive social media stalking of your ex isn’t looking so bad now, is it?
With a wry wit and considerable empathy, Wright digs deep into the archives to bring these thirteen terrible breakups to life. She educates, entertains, and really puts your own bad breakup conduct into perspective. It Ended Badly is for anyone who’s ever loved and lost and maybe sent one too many ill-considered late-night emails to their ex, reminding us that no matter how badly we’ve behaved, no one is as bad as Henry VIII.

my thoughts:
Jennifer Wright had me laughing out loud with It Ended Badly: Thirteen of the Worst Breakups in History. The history buff in me wanted to read this one as soon as I saw the title.
Some of the couples that Wright gives us the breakup dish on I had heard of, like Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn and Oscar Wilde with Lord Alfred Douglas. Other couples such as Nero and Poppaea, were among the ones I did not know of.
Caroline Lamb and Lord Byron’s breakup story was my favorite. I was stunned, I couldn’t help but laugh at some of these people’s behavior and I had to Google them to see if it was true.

“Byron and Lady Jane-and this fact is often glossed over in history books-were monster- people.”
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