Sunday Post – 15 November 2020 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality @Tynga

Posted November 15, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 58 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 was the final day my ex was here so it was busy finishing up some projects.  The outside electric outlets had issues and he was able to replace one but the other one needs more work.  We went thru the process for me to replace or add weather stripping to the windows.  He hung a Don Dos Santos poster I got at Dragon Con of Night Broken and had professionally framed.  Overall, we got much accomplished for this trip.   My daughter had a bunch of tests before a 2 day break so she was especially busy with homework this weekend.

Monday, the weather continued to be amazing. It’s supposed to rain Wednesday to Friday and then cool down.  I planned to do more outside today but there was just so much email, blog, etc cleanup to do.  I did get a Food Lion Instacart as I was out of milk.  Then it rained a little so I did very little outside. I wrote a review and did some work on Read-along 2021.

Tuesday, I got back to finish off some outdoor work before the rain.  I blew some leaves.   We took Lulu to the vet for one oral immunization.  When we returned, I grilled us some burgers for lunch and we are out of gas for the grill.  Then I got going on the power washing. The front porch has never looked this good.  I also cleaned up my garden cart and the tote  where I’m storing the power washer.  I did the little sidewalk to the porch.  I’d like to do the driveway at some point and finish the back patio.  My daughter, Lulu and I went for a walk as it turned dark.  It was near 80 with gorgeous foliage today.  Now here comes the rain.

Wednesday was rainy and gray as expected.  I continued to catch up on various tasks mostly on the computer with a bit of reading. But I also handled dishes and laundry and household chores, a low key day.  I’ve now reached 300 books read this year. Thursday also was very rainy. There are now puddles 6 inches deep or so in my backyard along the back fence.  Amazon packages were soaked even on the porch.  I continue to read and work on various email, blog tasks and reading.

My daughter wants me to do more craft stuff with her now.  She wants to go back to quilting every Wednesday night.  She asked last night but I told her you have to plan a little ahead and not ask me at 8:30pm when I’m winding down to go to bed.  Thursday night after a Shrimp Risotto I ordered from the neighborhood chef, we did some projects.  During the day I had gone through totes to find the fleece she got to make a blanket probably 5 years ago and set the project up on a table in the guest room so she could work on it . I thought we were going to work on filling / organizing the jewelry armoire but she wanted to work on the yarn untangle for the blanket project.  If you recall,  I unknit the part she didn’t like the way it was going.  This led to a pile of tangled yarn – I should have been more careful as I went along but it was very time-consuming.  It uses 3 colors.  Two of them went pretty easily as they had an end and we could work from that.   The main color of the border which remains was much harder.  Finally we cut it, but it was still hard work.  My daughter kept saying “happy scissors”, meaning she just wanted to cut it again.  But I persisted and we did get it all untangled.  The whole untangling took about 3 hours and I thought it was fun to do together and felt a great sense of accomplishment when it was complete.

Friday, I ended up reading in the morning and then working on various projects. I finally got the new yarn I ordered in October entered into Ravelry. My daughter and I talked about which projects to do next for knitting and quilting.  Saturday, I also ended up reading in the morning.  As it gets colder, I don’t want to get up; I just want to read.  There was lots of blog work to do for the Blogaversary, the Read-along, COYER, and Library Love.  I set up all my Sunday posts for 2021.  There will be a little rain Sunday morning, then it will be clear this week, but a few nights will get down to freezing.





So I am going to be reading some holiday books.  I might as well do the   HoHoHo Read-athon .  I normally don’t read holiday books until after Thanksgiving but I will this year.   Click on the link if you want to join in the fun.  It starts this Thursday and runs through the end of the month.




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 so much to Berkley,  and Harper Audio!


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


I found a couple Dick Francis deals on Chirp: $1.99 and $3.99.  I’ve read them but not listened to any on audio.


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.




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Posted November 15, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 58 Comments

58 responses to “Sunday Post – 15 November 2020

  1. Its interesting what kids enjoy doing or learn what they love to do. I asked my son if he’d like to review toys on YouTube and he’s still up in the air about it.

  2. The falling leaves do look lovely – and I really envy your current temperatures as we are now fast heading into winter with lots of wind and rain. Untangling the wool was an exercise in patience! I hope the coming week is a good one, Anne:).

    • Thank you Sarah. I was laughing my head off as my daughter yelled Happy Scissors. She got frustrated with that last hour. Yes it has still been 70ish here (about 20C) but it’s going to be dropping this week. It’s still very beautiful. Most of the trees lost their leaves during the rain this week so I have more leaf work ahead.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Series on Saturday: Medical Examiner
    • Thank you! My daughter and I mostly get on very well. The only time we get frustrated is when she wants something done immediately and I have other things to do. I try to get her to plan ahead and not spring ideas on me at the last minute. Spontaneous is fine for shorter quicker things, but bigger projects require more thought and planning. I like to make sure I have all the supplies and think through what needs to be done.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Daylight by David Baldacci
  3. So much rain on Wednesday and Thursday here, too, Anne. You definitely had a busy and accomplished week. I am going to miss those warm days this week, but with it being NC, we still have some more chances. I won’t put my sandals away just yet. ? I hope you have a great week ahead and enjoy all your new books!

    • The water was deep at the back of the yard. But it has all soaked into the ground now. At least I didn’t have to water the plants for 3 days. lol I love the weather here in NC except for July and August. The spring and autumn days are the longest time and my favorite weather. Thank you Jennifer!

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: The Silver Shooter by Erin Lindsey
    • Thank you Vi! We found some old wasp nests in our attic during fall cleanup! Yes we love Lulu. She is adorable but she has her quirks. She hates to go outside in the rain and it rained for 2.5 days this week. So one day she wouldn’t stay out long enough to poop. Then she pooped inside, apparently knew that was bad, so she ate it, but I guess it didn’t taste good so she threw up. lol That’s a very rare happening.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Audio: Shallow Ground by Andy Maslon
  4. We were trying to get some projects done between the strong weather day’s, too. I trimmed and raked out dead foliage and revealed a rotted board on the garage that had to be replaced and painted before winter. Always something! Power washing makes everything look new. 🙂 Haha, I am the queen of getting my yarn knotted up so I feel your pain.
    I got that new Nalini Singh suspense, too.

    Enjoy your week, Anne!

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  5. Thank you for my Lulu fix…that pic is doggone ADORABLE? Love the colors of your new yarn…rich, luscious tones.

    I’m reading a lot of holiday books this season, including a lot of rom-coms. I’m just craving some feel good stuff for a change, in addition to my group reads.

    Continue staying safe and have a wonderful week?

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  6. Another busy week! My daughter tends to ask me to do things just as I am settling down for the night. My old brain turns off just as hers is waking up I think! I love the Mercy print! I don’t know that I could have stuck with that yarn untangle as long as you did! Nice new reads! I hope that you have a great week!

    • Thank you Carole! That’s definitely part of it. She gets up mid-afternoon and is just raring to go after dinner. On the other hand, I’ve been up and working on things for 12 hours or so and want to slow down and not start something new. I’ve got plenty of great reads lined up and some holiday ones coming up soon with HOHOHORAT.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Series on Saturday: Medical Examiner
  7. Happy blogiversary!! Here’s to many more awesome years of blogging!

    Ugh, those rain puddles sound the worst – it especially annoys me when I have packages outside and it’s raining – can’t do anything about that, but that’s probably why it’s frustrating.

    I’d love to find you on Ravelry – let me know your username if that’s okay with you. I’m athira over there.

  8. You’ve had a productive week! I like alternating days of nice weather and rain and it sounds like you got a bit of both.

    I hope to get a copy of Nalini Singh’s newest as I really enjoyed her previous foray into the mystery/thriller/romance genre.

    Rachel recently posted: Sunday Post #97
    • Well we don’t get to choose our weather but I considered carefully before moving to NC and I have loved the weather in this location. It’s between the ocean and mountains and it seems a moderating effect. It doesn’t seem as humid as Minnesota although it gets hot. This autumn the benefit of rainy days was I could allow myself to stay inside and change focus. I think the different types of tasks as well as reading different genres keeps me rolling and motivated. Although I do feel like I would like to stay in bed and hide for a week at times.

      I liked her other mystery book this year. I also want to try Kelley Armstrong’s A Stitch in Time which is a departure from her typical. Different is fun.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: The Silver Shooter by Erin Lindsey
  9. The shrimp risotto looks delicious. I do love risotto. Then again, I never met a carb I didn’t like. 🙂 300 books is so amazing, Anne! There are so many books I want to ready and enjoy but between working full time and not being a particularly fast reader, I read much fewer than that each year.

    • Thank you Tanya! I’d like to read like twice as many books and I do read pretty quickly. Well, I won’t say I never met a carb I didn’t like but I do like too many of them. Although as a child I would only eat green beans and spinach and my brother only peas and potatoes. We both ate corn a little. I thought his veggies were too starchy. But everything was canned except corn on the cob in the summer. We lived in a very small rural community in Iowa. Now we have so many great options for produce. Funny story: My daughter took a health class at college (2019) which was right after lunch. The instructor inquired as to what if any veggies the students had at lunch. Most were like potatoes or maybe lettuce. My daughter: green beans, carrots, celery, onions, and sweet potatoes. It ruined the picture that no one ate veggies. I made her soup in a thermos to take to school. I just made it again last night so it reminded me. It has turkey and sage in it, and is a post Thanksgiving use of turkey. I like the fresh green beans which you don’t find very often in soups. I also love risotto and especially if I don’t have to make it as it is more tedious than some dishes.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Books of My Heart 3 Year Blogaversary
  10. I have so much to do, I don’t know where to start. Mouse and I started going through her books this past weekend, weeding out ones she (and I) didn’t want anymore. My mom will want to go through them before I donate them to the library–both of which I am not sure when will be possible. In the meantime, I have to find a good place to store them. I have next week off from work and my hope is to clean out my daughter’s room (with her help). She’s finally reached a place mentally where she’s open to letting things go, so I’m going to take full advantage of that. LOL

    I am glad you and your daughter have been able to do some crafting together again. 🙂

    I am in the mood for some holiday reading, although it looks like my schedule isn’t quite there yet. I’m not a stickler to a reading schedule per say, but I did agree to review a book for an author this week and have my November TBR poll winner to read.

    I hope you have a great week and enjoy your new books! Take care!

    • Thank you! I make lists which get updated daily but some days nothing on the list gets accomplished and other days it goes better. When I finish a task I look at the list to see if I can fit something in before a meal or appt or whatever Of course, some days I have a specific plan. Today I wanted to blow leaves from the front lawn onto the street (also did this last week before the big rain) but it’s very windy so that’s not happening until a later week. I’m glad I blew the back yard yesterday into my compost storage. When others are involved (my daughter) we need to make a plan in advance. It also helps to do short stints like 30 minutes at a time so it doesn’t feel like too much.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill
  11. Your dog is adorable! And 3 hours untangling yarn? I don’t have the patience for that. You must have the patience of a saint! You’ve reminded me that I need to sign up for the Ho Ho Ho RAT. I’m usually busy during read-a-thons but my husband is working during this one so I should be able to get some good reading time in.

    Enjoy your week!

  12. sounds like a productive week! The yarn is beautiful! Happy blogversay and 300 books read this year is amazing. I’ve been in a reading/blogging slump lately but I’m planning on doing the Ho Ho Ho read-a-thon too.

    • Thank you! I just keep working away at things but it never seems like I get enough done or read enough, etc. I don’t know how quickly I will get to my HOHOHORAT reads. I want to read a scfi book for scifi month. I’d like to read more than one but we will see how things go. I’m doing pretty well with blog ahead efforts to create shells of posts for 2021 though.

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  13. It sounds like you had a truly wonderful week! I love that you and your daughter work on crafts together. I’m new to knitting and I’ve started a hat about 4 times now because I keep messing up and I don’t know how to tink. I’m going to go back to the basics and see if I can’t figure it out with just the knit stitch. I’m also learning to crochet. I think we’re going to need a lot of hobbies over this winter.

    You had a pretty productive week! Go Anne!!

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  14. Iza

    I keep hearing of Elly Griffiths, I hope her books are as good as they look. Lulu looks sooooo adorable !