Sunday Post – 12 July 2020 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality @Tynga

Posted July 12, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 52 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 I continued to adjust the thermostat because now with HVAC it felt too cold.  I got up and had a cold shower because the water heater wasn’t working.  I called the HVAC guys because they had said they might shut it off and yes, he thought the pilot light was out.  He came out a couple hours later and relit it.  I ended up putting on socks and a sweater I was so chilly.  I had to use the big ladder to replace light bulbs. I was also trying to figure out how to open the smoke detectors to replace batteries.

I checked my two tomato plants. One has 51 tomatoes on it so far and the other has 23! At least 4 of my new daylilies have buds but it seems too soon for them to bloom after planting.

Monday, I had the temperature adjusted fine. Lulu got her nails trimmed which is never any fun. She’s lost 3 pounds since her annual checkup in May, so halfway there.  I have gained weight this year – UGH.  I made a rare trip out to BJ’s for a few things including a pickup order.  I hadn’t been inside the store since March so it felt weird. Luckily, I wore my mask and everyone else did too.

Tuesday I went to the post office to mail prizes for giveaways and then picked up my new grill at BJs. Wednesday, I managed to open the boxes for the grill and power washer and pull out the instructions to read.  I also got on the ladder and tested all the upstairs smoke detectors, determining they use 9 volt batteries which I put on my Sam’s Club order for tomorrow.

My reading is going well this week. I’m enjoying them. But this also means I’m sleeping late since I have stayed up to read more.

Thursday I got both my Sam’s Club order and a farm box.  Our fridge is overflowing these days. But I don’t want to be out of anything. I discovered one of my favorite pairs of wireless earbuds went through the wash in a pants pocket. But I charged it and it works fine! I’m happy because it’s a favorite and one of the first 2 I got when I began listening to audios.

I tried making gluten-free donuts. I had to cook them significantly longer than the recipe. My daughter likes them. I think I may try them with almond flour instead of the usual gluten free flour next time.  Other than reading and regular chores, I’ve struggled a bit to accomplish other things this week.  I still need to put the grill together and figure out the power washer.  I did see today that even though we haven’t watered it consistently or provided any sort of care, one of the orchids is blooming.  My daughter is happy to have completed her summer class!


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):


Thank you so much to Erewhon, Sourcebooks Casablanca, Social Butterfly PR, and Penguin Audio.


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



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 July 12, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 52 Comments

52 responses to “Sunday Post – 12 July 2020

    • Thanks Laura! I think now none of the weeks go as planned. It takes more effort to supply ourselves with food etc, or at least more planning. Right now I have lots of 1 year tasks as we have been in the house 1 year, like the smoke detector batteries.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Kill Orbit by Joel Dane
  1. Great that you’re doing Give aways. I just picked up a client who talked all about his E-bay business and his many trips to the post office sending movies to people.

  2. Oh, we had the same thing happen when our new HVAC system was installed a few years ago (they neglected to relight the pilot light). Seems like a simple thing, right?

    I’m so envious of you and your tomato plants!! We love fresh tomatoes and tried to grow them a few years ago with limited success. Maybe this was the year to try.

    I also got Shari Lapena’s audiobook and am looking forward to it.

    Enjoy everything, Anne, and have a fabulous week?

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  3. Wow, so many tomatoes! My plant has 7 or 8 and I’m thrilled. If I get even 1 pepper off my jalepano plant it will be cause for celebration. It keeps having to start over it seems.

    Sounds like a productive week, overall! Glad you got your AC Temps figured out – I hate being cold! And the fire alarms are important, even if they are a pain. I’d recommend extra batteries because they ALWAYS seem to die when you are trying to sleep ??.

    Have a great week!!! Stay safe!

    • I change the batteries every year even though they are rated for 5 years. Since we moved in here July, that is when I am changing them. I see giving tomatoes to my neighbors in my future, even though I love them when they are fresh like this.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Kill Orbit by Joel Dane
  4. Sometimes a week away from books is what the soul needs. I find the week that follows one of these is always a great reading week!

    I hate how pricey almond flour is, but I hate how grainy brown rice flour makes things even more! I’ve dabbled in gf cooking/baking more and more recently, as my mom is developing a gluten intolerance. It’s certainly a rabbit hole to go down. Everything you know about the kitchen goes out the window, and it’s almost like learning to cook all over again!

    • I’ve certainly had to adapt my recipes for GF. There are some things where the rice flour is fine but others where almond is better. And yes the almond is much more $$$. But everything GF is except the plain meat and fresh veggies which I try to make the focus of our meals. But we like other things and sweets.

      I can’t imagine a week without reading. If I get stuck I just change up my genre or format.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: What You Wish For by Katherine Center
  5. So many tomatoes Anne! And once again I see that you have been the busy bee! I’ve been soooo lazy LOL Stay safe!

    • Thank you Sophie! I think I need to plan a lazy day. I always just try to do what I can. Sometimes I plan ahead, like I’m going to mow the lawn on Tuesday because the wind will be from the north. But the daily chores keep me too busy these days. I want to get back to some of my projects.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Kill Orbit by Joel Dane
  6. Honestly summer time I feel almost as cold as I do in winter lol I wear socks inside and long sleeves cardigans and sweaters sometimes and cuddle with blankets because the A/C is cold. Unless I have just come indoors from being outside for a while than not the case. But we need it or it gets super warm since we get hot temps here in summer. No such thing as comfortable temp.

  7. Nice haul! Our electric bill was the highest its ever been in 14 years..but all of my adult children have moved back and are working from home. The Royals are here half the week and my husband is working from home. They keep the AC set at 70. Yay for all the tomatoes

    • Thanks. I think I get the best books. I’m definitely grateful to get the requests I do. Brr I have mine at 79 main floor and 74 upstairs. I had to go get myself a sliced tomato for lunch to eat while responding to comments since it was making me hungry.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Series on Saturday: Cowboys
  8. I hate waking up to no hot water. Not a pleasant surprise, especially if I have to go to work. Yay for having summer classes done. You’re always so productive, Anne. Sounds like you got a lot accomplished.

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  9. Glad the hot water tank was an easy fix. I like cold showers to sluice off after working outside, but I need some warm water for actual cleaning. 🙂 It will be fun when you get your grill put together. We’re babying ours. It’s pretty old, but we try to eke out another grilling season with it. Glad your daughter enjoyed your GF donuts. I haven’t tried to make donuts for years. Yay for getting in tons of reading and enjoying them even if you lost some sleep.
    Looks like a nice haul of books this week.

    Have a good one, Anne!

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    • Thanks Sophia! I always want to do more. With the AC working, I feel more like I can plan and do things again. This week I did more cooking. The upcoming week will be hot but I need to mow. We will see if I can get some projects progressed. I think I will be working with my daughter to help do her projects while she is on break.

      Have a wonderful week and stay well!

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: What You Wish For by Katherine Center
  10. Sounds like you were pretty productive! Your talk about your grill reminded me to order ours! We ventured to home depot yesterday but they aren’t keeping many in physical stock so we have to order it online. I’m good with that since we werent sure it would fit in the mustang! We had trouble just getting the 3 bags of soil in the trunk!

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    • I always want to do more. But it’s hot now so I won’t be planting grass or some outside things until late August now. My Volt allows the back seats to fold flat so it has great hauling space which is pretty much a requirement for me. I do miss the capacity of my minivan though.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Series on Saturday: Cowboys
  11. I love having more of everything than I need…probably because of the shortages we had in the beginning.

    I love Shari Lapena’s books, so The End of Her is on my list.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for sharing. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  12. Wow – those tomato plants are really performing for you! As for feeling too cold – how miserable, especially without any hot water, so I’m glad it was sorted out. I know what you mean about going out – I ended up shopping for my grandson this weekend and it was the first time I’d been out without Himself since lockdown, when I’d only been out twice. So it felt very odd and stressful. I hope you continue to have a great reading run, Anne:)

    • Thank you! I’m enjoying the garden and staying home. I thought of another use for tomatoes BLTs! My daughter says she’s going to use turkey instead of bacon sometimes which is what I had for lunch today. The tomatoes are delish. It’s great having a comfortable house again and being able to run the oven or dryer without worrying about it getting hotter.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: What You Wish For by Katherine Center
  13. Sounds like a busy week. I’m glad the earbuds survived. Maybe they should sponsor your blog or something! You definitely can prove they are durable. We bought one of those dog nail electric thingies (I’m so competent huh?). We cut our own but Apollo’s were always so sharp so I needed to file them down (trust me, I have scars to prove it). Anyway, he’s getting used to it and I just do it every week now and the nails are good to go.

    Hope you have a great week and enjoy your new books!

    • Thank you Barb. Yes we cut Lulu’s nails ourselves and nobody has fun. What do you use to file them? Are there dog emery boards or do you just use regular people ones? That could be workable. I wish I could buy another pair of those earbuds. I got them on a Prime Day in maybe 2014-5 and I’ve never been able to get them again.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Series on Saturday: Cowboys
  14. My tiny local post office was closed because of the virus. It reopened a few days ago, but I haven’t been brave enough to go there yet. I have a giant stack of books that need to find new homes. They’ll have to wait until I work up the courage to mail them. Have a great week!

    • Thank you! I hadn’t been out to the post office since Jan or Feb either. It felt weird. There were even a person or two who didn’t wear masks or didn’t do as well with the distancing. This post office is only open 10-4 during the week which seems like pretty short hours. It’s always pretty busy too.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Kill Orbit by Joel Dane
  15. So many tomatoes!!!! That is great!! I am so excited about my pumpkins lol. I go out everyday and take their picture like a proud mom. I have always wanted to grow them and figured this was the year – I am not sure about going to the pumpkin patch this fall so I wanted to have some here. 🙂

    We are also ordering and keeping lots of food on hand. I have a picky five year old and I would hate to run out of something!

    • So far so good on the growing things. It’s an adjustment to a different soil and growing season here. I still have some chard which I need to eat soon because it’s too hot now for lettuce, spinach and chard, even broccoli. But I’ll plant them again in late August and get another crop of them this year.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Series on Saturday: Cowboys
  16. Now that’s a lot of tomatoes! We had a smoke detector issues a few days ago. It kept beeping and saying low battery. We replaced the battery and it kept beeping. I ran to the store (which I hate to do), bought new batteries, and it still beeped. Gah! Finally figured out there was a piece of plastic that had fallen in between the battery and the terminal. But it was maddening for a while!

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    • One of ours blared for about 5 minutes at 2:30 in the morning last week. I’m not even sure which one. Thankfully it shut off. I have the batteries which say they are good for 5 years, so I wonder if after I replace this round I could go to every 2 years as long as I test them regularly. We have like 8 smoke detectors. I also have a fire extinguisher on each floor

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  17. I love that your orchid bloomed with little care, Anne! I cannot seem to get mine to do anything past the initial bloom. My great aunt used to send hers away to an “orchid doctor” years ago and they would come back ready to bloom again! That’s special! I am with you on not wanting to run out of things. I feel like a hoarder but when everything first happened there were so many things we were out of for a while, and I’m not sure what might happen if the governor puts us back in Phase One, which we probably need.

    • My daughter is the orchid whisperer. She got the plants from her therapist who was killing them. She got them both to bloom. Now she isn’t watering them or anything so I’m trying to water them when I remember.

      I do feel like a hoarder but I don’t have more than 1 backup of anything. As soon as I start using something though I try to get a backup because I think there will be shortages of things before it gets better. I hope I’m wrong. Phase One wouldn’t bother me because we just stay home anyway

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