Sunday Post – 30 September 2018 @kimbacaffeinate @Tynga @readingreality

Posted September 30, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 34 Comments


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly  @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received.


Over last weekend, when I was working both days, Gina started failing. We had been using ear drops, and ear wash but she started leaning so far over to the side she couldn’t keep her balance.  She was already mostly blind and deaf.  Now we had to hand feed and water her.  We took her to the vet Monday and they said it was the end.  We took her home for a dinner of grilled salmon and breakfast of bacon, which she happily ate.  I sat out in the yard with her for an hour Monday night so she could smell the outdoors and feel the breeze; it was nice. Tuesday noon, we went to the vet for the last time.

2003 when we got the digital camera;  Tuesday, September 25, 2018



Gina March 8, 2002 –  September 25, 2018

Monday and Tuesday, I barely ate or slept. Wednesday I had to work and was still barely eating. I started not feeling great and made an effort to eat more on Thursday. I’m working Friday – Monday, then I’m off for a week. !!!!!!  In October, we get pay raises at work. However, anyone who is not full-time (I’m not) will lose most benefits like PTO next spring. I haven’t made any decisions but I’m glad I can access my entire Roth IRA without taxes starting next month. (Yes, I’m old)

This past Friday was a short work day since my daughter had the neurologist appointment.  The MRIs give just a limited reason for back pain. Otherwise, her pain is likely muscle and joint related. So we will be going back to PT to build strength.  She is doing better after coming off one medication at the end of August and needs the wheelchair less often. She also started a new medication in mid August which may help the OBGYN issues, which make all the other issues worse.  We have one more specialist (OBGYN) appt October 11.  It feels like we learned some things over the last few months but not as many real answers as I would like.

I did get some amazing ARCs this past week and I’ve already finished a couple!  The Beast’s Heart was a surprise from the publisher and the cover is gorgeous.


Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality.  These are the exciting ARCs I received this week:


Final Day                                          Crossing Hope                               Lionheart


The Beast’s Heart                     Cut and Run





Now the really scary one. This is all the Kindle and Audible freebies I grabbed this past week. You can see why I need to do Thrifty Thursday to be sure I read a few at least one each month.


I really meant to cut back on freebies BUT  they are free so I guess that won’t be happening.


I’m not including things like reviews posted or upcoming as they are always in the right sidebar. And, my challenge status is also there.

If you like this and want to see me do the Sunday post, as often as I can manage, leave me a comment and let me know. I work odd hours with no access to phone or Internet so sometimes I’m not around to approve comments right away. I am at work today.




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Posted September 30, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 34 Comments

34 responses to “Sunday Post – 30 September 2018

  1. My heart breaks for the loss of your dog. I have the deepest condolences for the family and you. I know how it is as I had to put down a 17-year-old dog years ago and my 14-year-old cat a few years back. It’s so hard. I hope this week gets better for you.


    • Yes, we have been treasuring her, especially this past year. I took her and my daughter to get photos with Santa at Petsmart last December and she dressed up for Halloween. My daughter’s 2018 calendar is all photos of her and Gina. I had a free coupon for a photo book at Shutterfly and made her a book of Gina last Thursday. Thank you!

  2. I am so sorry you lost your Gina. It’s the hardest part of loving a pet; their lifespans are so much shorter than ours. I hope that you and your family are finding comfort in each other, and that your memories of Gina will eventually bring more joy than grief.

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  3. I am so sorry for you loss. Animals are such amazing gifts and it so very hard to let them go. Sending you lots of love and hugs. This week was rough for you.

    I hope you find comfort in the coming weeks! Hugs to you!

  4. Ah, Anne! My heart breaks for your loss. You gave that little one a lovely home and so much love. Glad you get some time free starting Tuesday and hope the appointment goes well.

    Enjoy the books in your review stack. The Beast’s Heart has me curious.

    Take care, lady!

    • Thanks. We just had her groomed last Thursday and she seemed fine and then by Saturday she couldn’t stand, just seemed to have vertigo. She could still enjoy being held and tasty food. But it wasn’t realistic to think we could hold her and offer her food and water by hand for a long time. We debated whether she was going to get better if we could do that for a time, but the vet didn’t think it likely. At least we were able to have that last couple of days with her. I will be enjoying my new books – thanks!

  5. I’m sooo sorry about Gina! It’s so hard to make that decision especially if they still get some enjoyment from life. We have a cat that’s getting close to the end, and I’m dreading the day! That’s terrible about your work, too. It seems like a lot of companies are cutting back on benefits. 🙁

    The Beast’s Heart is a beautiful cover. I need to read another Mary Burton. I did enjoy a book by her some time back. Hope this week is better for you! Happy reading! 🙂

  6. So sad about Gina, but what lovely moments you shared with her at the end, and great foods for her to enjoy.

    Have a great week, and those books look good. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  7. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Gina. It is so hard to say goodbye to any member of the family. It sounds like you gave her a wonderful life. I do hope you get more answers regarding your daughter’s health issues soon. Have a great week!

  8. Oh no Anne, I’m so sorry to hear about Gina. It’s so hard when we have to let our fur babies go, I know all to well the pain you and your family are going through. I hope your able to get some information regarding you daughters health issues.

  9. We lost our family pup back in 2015. He’d been with us since before kids and it was really tough. My heart goes out to you. We did get a new puppy right before we lost him and that ended up helping a lot. We had something else to focus on, but the grief was still very real. I hope you get some good rest and you time in this upcoming week when you’re off of work. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Aww I’m so sorry to hear about Gina! Looks like such a sweetie, and you obviously gave her all the love. Sending healing vibes your way. It’s so hard…

    Good luck with your daughter’s continued pain as well. And yay for the ARC’s!

  11. Oh I’m so sorry to hear about Gina. We lost our 13 year old dog in August and it was so incredibly difficult. She seemed perfectly normal though maybe a little slower moving (we attributed that to age) when we took her to the vet to board for a weekend and we got back it had been discovered she was in kidney failure – the being out of routine and her being really excited to be there brought out symptoms she wasn’t exhibiting at home. I still hold the door open to let her out behind me most days and it’s been 2 months. You’ve had a rough week with Gina and the job news. I hope you get more answers with your daughter soon and are having a better week.

    • Thank you ! It is a better week. I am having some time off and getting some things handled. I’m sorry about your loss also. We knew she was old and was starting to have some issues but she seemed pretty normal on Thursday and by Saturday she was unable to stand or feed herself, by Tuesday she was gone.