Sunday Post – 7 June 2020 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality @Tynga

Posted June 7, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 60 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, and showcase books and things we have received.

Stacking The Shelves is also a weekly meme hosted by  Tynga’s Reviews and Marlene from Reading Reality.  It’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Don’t forget to look at my giveaways on the right sidebar.

Sunday, the wind finally changed to come from the north and we had a few pleasant days of 70s (20C) before it went into the 90s (30C), but the week was dry.  I mowed the lawn right away.  My neighbor’s lawn guy gave me a really good price to trim all my bushes and put down pine straw.  I went and got more dirt for the new flower beds. In the first photo, you can see my little herb, rose and tomato bed. Back along the fence is the bigger garden, with another tomato, lettuce and chard.

I didn’t sleep well so I wasn’t as keen to get out in the yard as I had planned. However, by late afternoon I did it anyway because the wind was changing to be from the south.  I pulled all the weeds to get ready for the new pine straw. The weather was perfect.  I updated my COYER and Library love challenges.

I didn’t get to sleep until late. Tuesday, suspecting the downstairs AC is not working, I called the home warranty. Someone came out just an hour later and we need a new unit.  Wednesday, we celebrated my daughter’s birthday. I got her favorite Chinese takeout and GF cupcakes. She had a quiz for her class and did well.  That night the guys came to do the trimming and pine straw and they did an excellent job.

Thursday, I worked to finish reading and listening to my last 2 ARCs for this week. My first order of SDB Iris came and I got those planted. I did call to see if there was any more information on my HVAC situation.  My brother called me back at 10:30 about HVAC units. He lives in FL and I knew he had experience. I called him back and we talked until after 1am, and then of course, I couldn’t go to sleep right away, so I was up until 3am.

Friday, the HOA sent me a nastigram about pulling weeds (which I already did on Monday and Tuesday).   It was a bit cloudy with some rain, so I did finally manage to vacuum the main floor, which has been needed for a couple weeks. I seem to be staying up too late and I need to get back to my regular sleeping hours. I started Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs for the Read-along, also as a buddy read for COYER.  I also started a new audio. While listening, I set up the post shells for the new ARCs I got this week.

Saturday, I’m out of sorts. Sometime after I went to bed, Lulu peed on the couch which she has never done, so I have that to clean up.  I’m tired, so tired. It’s humid. I have a headache. I hate the way I see people treating other people. Black Lives Matter.  All week I have read way too much Twitter and Facebook. I’m still worried about COVID, maybe more so for the protesters. I am SO proud and encouraged by the protesters, though and thankful for all those in other countries also protesting.


Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality.  These are the exciting ARCs I received this week (If you click on the cover, it will take you to the Goodreads entry):



Thanks to the Goodreads giveaway, and Harper Audio.


(If you click on the cover, it will take you to the Goodreads entry)


The Agatha Christie audio is a Chirp deal and Lost Hills was an Audible daily deal.


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.

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Posted June 7, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 60 Comments

60 responses to “Sunday Post – 7 June 2020

  1. I was planning to do a garden this year and never got around to it. I feel like if I start now it’s too late but I would love to grab a few tomato plants and see if I can grow a couple. I miss homegrown tomatoes.

    Sorry you are not sleeping, I feel like even when I do sleep I am just forever tired.

    Stay Safe Anne! Happy Reading! xx

    • Thank you. I am enjoying the garden. The season is long here in NC, 2 seasons. I can still plant and have tomatoes or green beans. I already planted the tomatoes but once the lettuce and chard are done I’m planting green beans. Then in the fall broccoli and spinach and lettuce again. There is always the farmer’s market. Sometimes I feel the garden is more $$$ than just going there.

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  2. I hope you get back into a regular sleeping pattern. I need my 8 hours every night and definitely feel the effects when I don’t get it. What a bad time for the AC unit to go out.. when it’s 90 degrees. (Not that there’s ever a good time for it to go out.) I hope that gets sorted out quickly. Have a great week, Anne!

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  3. Lots of gardening this week! Your garden looks so nice too. Wow, nastigrams about weeds?! Someone has too much time! Have they not seen the state of the world? ??

    Happy birthday to your daughter! And glad she did well on her quiz. Sounds like a nice day overall, for a COVID season birthday.

    I hope you’re able to get back to a regular sleep schedule this week – so rough when your sleep is off. And good luck with the AC! Now is not a time to have a busted AC!

    Have a great week and stay safe! Hugs!

    • Thank you! IKR They said they weren’t going to pick at any yard violations during COVID. Then Wednesday the HOA sent an email saying they were going to start again. Friday, I get the email about things I already did M-W. I was on it, but it takes time to find people and for them to get in the schedule plus it rained the last 2 weeks so I didn’t go out in the rain to weed, but they grew well. Sorry for the rant; it’s just stupid. The bushes were what looked really bad and they didn’t even mention those.

      I think the heat is affecting my sleep. It’s just a little cooler and I slept better last night.

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  4. Nice garden! everyone seems to be doing a little gardening. I love seeing community gardens as well. If you have any ideas of what the easiest plant is to maintain in your home, send a note my way:)

    • Inside your home or in a yard garden? Food or flowers? For outdoor flowers it is daylilies for certain. I have found all the food to be easy if you know the care and I suppose that is sort of true for flowers as well. You have to fit the plant to the environment climate/ soil / sun. I have a bunch of MN gardening books and now I’m learning NC. We don’t grow much inside the house. I have done Christmas cactus which lasted over 20 years. My daughter does orchids well but I’m no good with them.

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  5. Lulu looks cute and your garden look great. Hopefully you get back to sleeping well. These are extra crazy times we are living in. Stay well!

  6. Hassling you about the weeds – really??? Oh… frankly there are no words! If you were the sort that left your garden to grow out of control, it would be one thing – but you are clearly on it. The garden looks fantastic – and I hope you get the veggies going. Glad your daughter’s birthday celebration goes well and that you soon get your air conditioning fixed – being too hot to sleep is exhausting… Have a good week, Anne:)

    • Thank you. IKR? I was already on it and they just said Wednesday they were going to start emailing violations. They had cut stopped because of COVID. Well COVID isn’t over but I had already done all the work M-W and they emailed me Friday. Grrr! My neighbor complimented me on my yard yesterday. I told him I will be working towards more grass and less weeds but he said it looked great. The HOA wasn’t talking about the weeds in the lawn which I keep mowed short, they meant the ones around the bushes I had trimmed.

      I love my little gardens. I have more areas I will do but some flowers only get planted in the fall. I am watering when I take Lulu out at night because of new plants and it’s hot with little rain now.

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  7. ooh I love the picture of your garden….looks like great work you are doing there. So fulfilling to work outside, planting. And some great additions to your shelf you received.

  8. Jen

    Lulu – what’s up with that? Poor girl and you guys. Hope she’s okay. The weather has been nice here and I’ve been able to walk, but then this weekend it was humid and raining. We put in our air-conditioning units. I tried to read more yesterday, but it’s still really slow going. I ended up reloading and playing Candy Crush – it’s been years. Why do I do this to myself?!

    • Luckily, I have a cover on the sofa and I was able to wash that and the cushion cover but it didn’t get into the actual cushion. It may be the weird hours we have been keeping? It’s hot and uncomfortable so we are upstairs all the time which does have AC. And I am not cooking anything in the kitchen. We are all having a weird time right now. I have all these great projects I could work on and not much motivation.

      I hope you have a great week and stay safe and well!

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  9. It seems we all have some sleeping troubles lately. I am awake all night but could sleep during the first half of the day without problems. It is crazy! Your garden picture is beautiful. Thank you for sharing it. And belated Happy birthday to your daughter. Poor Lulu. Hope she gets better soon. Stay safe and well.

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  10. I am so sorry that you had bad nights and now a headache Anne! My dog does not pee on the couch either so I guess if she did it it could be a sign of distress. I hope you’ll have better nights next week!

  11. I’ve been working my outdoor chores around the heat, too. Looks like you’re getting things sorted out with your yard and garden. The beds look great. Glad your daughter had a good birthday with her favorite meal. Hopefully, your HVAC will be fixed soon.
    Nice haul of books.

    Have a good week, Anne!

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  12. Your garden is looking really nice. We spent the last few days doing a lot of our outside chores too. I think we all just needed a little break from the news and from social media. It has been emotionally draining, although like you, those protests are giving me hope that things can change for the better.

  13. We are still working on our garden over here. It is taking me a while because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to make space in the yard or use containers. In the end, I’m going with containers, so I’m hoping to be able to make use of it well.

    Hope you get some good rest today. I slept late last night so I am super tired as well.

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  14. Your vegetable garden looks wonderful! I hate it when pets pee in random spots. It’s tough to get the smell out.

    Hope you get some rest. Functioning on limited sleep is no fun.

    I have a copy of Always the Last to Know and I hope we both love it!

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    • Thanks. It was really weird she has never done that. I have a cover on my sofa and the cushion covers remove so I washed them and it turned out fine. But I hope it doesn’t happen again. I think we are all a bit out of sorts with world events so anxiety and then the heat. It was a bit cooler so I slept better last night.

      I am enjoying my gardening in my new yard. I’m working on flowers now and today I research weed killer for the lawn itself.

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  15. Your garden looks wonderful!! What a joy working outside can be – when it is not 90. Lol. I love to get out there on those 70 degree days too. 🙂

    This week… what can I say? Such a hard week for our country and fellow Americans.

    • Nature is the peace in a crazy world. I used to do all these complex diagrams with layered tracing paper so I had the bloom colors for different months. This will be much simpler with just the food and herb beds and then mostly reblooming daylilies on the south and west side of the house.

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    • Thanks Laura! I hope the storm isn’t too bad there. We get some heavy winds and rain from hurricanes sometimes. My yard is a big branch magnet. I have the backyard planned and the sides of the house. I don’t know what to do with the front. I’d love to have flowers but right now it’s a mass of bushes. At least they are recently trimmed.

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  16. Sorry you had some tough moments. I’ve had to cut back on how much news I read because I was just doom scrolling on Twitter and cringing at the videos of police that people are posting. I hope you have a good week.

  17. It is very hard to sleep during troubled times…our anxieties come out in very vivid dreams sometimes, and the tossing and turning doesn’t help! Hang in there.

    I am feeling grateful that I am now living in a place where meals (sometimes not so good!) are provided, along with laundry and cleaning services.

    When I grumble, I need to look at the positives.

    Enjoy your reading and your week. Those books look so good, and some are already on my list.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  18. I liked Lost Hills – hope you enjoy it as well 🙂 And the weeds? OMG. It’s a never ending battle. Our landscaping guy said to spray between the plants with weed killer, but I’m afraid of getting it on the plants I’m trying to nurture, right? Oh well. Take care and hope your week gets better!

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  19. I love your garden and hope you are getting your HVAC issues sorted. Keep an eye on Lulu because maybe she’s getting a UTI. I had a boxer that was prone to them before we got him fixed and one telltale sign was urinating inside when he ALWAYS went out.

    I am reading The Stranger in the Lake right now and although I’m only about 25% in, it’s pretty good. Hope you have a great week!

  20. i had a couple of weeks where i didn’t want to do anything but read. i am trying to get motivated. i think once i get going again it will be easier to stay in motion. it’s hard to feel good in these turbulent times, but i limit my time getting informed and spend a lot of time lost in books. as they say, this too will pass, but it can’t do it fast enough for me. stay safe and keep a stiff upper lip. 🙂

  21. What pretty garden! Mine is so neglected and bare. At least the grass is mowed. I still haven’t gotten out to trim my roses. I need to find my clippers . . . . HOA’s can be such a pain, can’t they? I swear if we have one dandelion in the grass, we get a nastigram. As it is, the front sprinkler seems to be broken because half of our lawn is turning brown. My husband tried to fix it to no avail. We may have to call someone out to check it out. My daughter is enjoying watering by hand with the hose though. She thinks it is fun. 🙂

    I am sorry to hear about your air conditioner. Yesterday was so warm. My husband realized at the end of the day our air conditioner was just running the fan and not actual cold air. He was able to get it restarted again, but I have a feeling we’ll need to have somone come out and look at it before long. Not the time to be without air conditioner if one can help it!

    How is Lulu? I hope it was just a one time accident and not a UTI or anything.

    So much in this world is in flux right now and it can be so disheartening, can’t it? I feel exhausted all the time–and am not sleeping well either. Like you, I am proud of the protesters and it gives me some hope, but I do worry. I hope this will bring real change finally, but I worry it won’t. And I worry about the coronavirus. I’m seeing the numbers rise as our city, county and state re-open. I see so many people not being cautious, assuming it’s not that serious or that it’s over.

    I hope you are having a good week, Anne. Stay safe and well.

    • Thank you! I love my little garden space. It’s been so hot, I was watering a bit to keep the plants from wilting too much. It’s finally cooling off a bit since still no word on the HVAC replacement. The heating worked fine but it was out of Freon and the guy thought the compressor probably had a leak plus it’s very old unit. Lulu’s fine. We are just continuing to stay home all the time. We have no interest in going out since others aren’t taking things seriously

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  22. My hat is off to you with all the gardening! Your beds look great. I am hopeless at gardening. I hate being hot and sweaty, and I don’t have a green thumb. At this point, the weeds are beyond pulling; we just mow them. We should really start over, but I don’t want to use chemical weedkillers, especially since we are in the Chesapeake watershed.

    Looks like you got some really fun books this week! Enjoy!

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