Sunday Post – 7 February 2021 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality @Tynga

Posted February 7, 2021 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 32 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 so rainy. The yard is full of puddles.  I tried to get going earlier than usual to participate in the COYER book blub and Real-along chats.   They were really so fun.  I managed to cook an quicker dinner and used some old apples to make apple crisps for dessert.

Monday, was a very bad pain morning.  I had a Food Lion Instacart.  I worked on updating all my January month end info and challenge links.

Tuesday, was a bit better morning. I decided my sheets really needed changing and there might not be a better time. Our Amazon monthly order arrived and I got it in the house.  I cleaned up the kitchen.  It’s Lulu’s birthday!  She is 3. I decided to bake chicken for us and for her. I ordered her 2 new dog coats.    My daughter is having more gastro issues.  She’s been trying to ignore it but now she’s in a lot of pain. I emailed the specialist.

Wednesday,  this morning also went ok.  I woke up at 5:30 (after going to sleep about 1 AM) couldn’t get back to sleep until 7:30 but then slept until 10:30.  Yes that is how it is going but it is giving me opportunities to take acetaminophen / ibuprofen.   I used to buy a 100 tablet bottle and throw it out after 3-5 years still mostly full as it has expired.  Now it’s a 10 day supply. Maybe.   I got an appointment for my daughter with the gastro specialist on the 26th but hope she emails a suggestion for something to do now. I got a Sprouts Instacart order.

Thursday,  I was closer to normal today!  The weather was nice (50F, 12C) so I didn’t even need a coat to go out and pick up some sticks while Lulu did her business. I had to stop when it started to hurt but I was glad I could do some.  I had a bunch of medical appointments to make.  Apparently our doctor left the practice and I found out today when I asked about a prescription refill for my daughter.   OH and the narrator of the book commented on my review on the blog and retweeted the review!!   We had our chiro checkups which I was fine until after the stim and then the pain hit.  So things were tough. But the doc said it adjusted easily, and I am having less severe incidents so it’s improving. I made an early evening of it with the heating pad.

Friday, it was raining so I had to wipe Lulu’s feet when she came in which is one of the things which is excruciating.  But it must be done.  I worked on the usual stuff on the computer.  I made homemade pizza for dinner.  Then we had Lulu fashion show. I had ordered her a new coat and rain coat, both waterproof.  The coat was fine. But the rain coat was too big; she didn’t like the hood and she got her feet caught and tried to get out the neck hole.  It was hilarious. Kelly and I couldn’t stop laughing.

Saturday, I didn’t sleep much but I felt more normal this morning.  At least I have more time today to write reviews and set some up.  I did laundry. I made pumpkin muffins my daughter wanted.  Then she volunteered to go outside  and she picked up all the poop Lulu did for the last 6 weeks I wasn’t able to pick up. I helped find it.   I tried to get a bit more organized with my reading for February.

January Reading:  I had another good reading month.  I managed to read  29 books.  Some count for more than one challenge.  I listened to 9 audiobooks, read  13 library books, 14  COYER reads,   and  2 books which I already own.

All Library books (including ones not reviewed on the blog)  2021 Library Love Challenge

I did manage to read  2 books I own (goal is 3 per month):

  • Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs (audio)
  • Mister McHottie by Pippa Grant

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):





My grateful thanks to Brilliance Audio, Tantor Audio, DAW, Ace, Berkley and Minotaur.


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

Nothing this week.


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.

The pain is definitely getting to be less often.  I actually can feel normal sometimes.  So I’m able to move a little more, instead of trying not to move at all. I’m especially glad it’s not an immediate sharp pain and spasm when I get out of bed in the morning.




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Posted February 7, 2021 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 32 Comments

32 responses to “Sunday Post – 7 February 2021

  1. Its crazy how the health care workers are leaving. We’ve been down in numbers at our work place. Hope that you and your kiddo are doing okay and you find delightful.

  2. Sorry you are still in pain! That is just miserable. Our yard is so muddy. We had a ton of rain, then it froze and now its melting again. I’ve given up on wiping the dogs feet. Its just a muddy free for all. Yoda loves the puddle so he runs through them and there is mud all over his belly. And he is a tall dog (his head is at my waist).

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    • Thank you Samantha. Well I’m finally having more good days than bad days with pain, so there’s improvement. This winter is so much muddier than last winter, much wetter and yet colder. Last year we were even doing yard and garden stuff in Jan/Feb.

  3. Sorry to hear you’re still in pain, but happy it’s slowly getting better! I hope your daughter’s gastro issues resolve. Poor Lulu. I have a friend that uses a plastic container/bowl filled with warm water to dip and clean her dog’s paws when they come in from walks. It seems to work well for her and her dog doesn’t mind it.

    Yay for getting a shout out from the narrator! I’m sure they appreciate positive reviews, too. 29 books is quite an accomplishment! I can barely manage more than two a week these days.

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    • Thank you Rachel. It’s finally to the point where there are more good days than bad. My daughter’s been training Lulu to lift her paws for us to wipe and she’s getting pretty good at it. I still need to clean the floors but that’s not in my ability at the moment. I am able to read when all I can do is sit or lay around. When I am up cooking or doing some chores, I can listen to audio. So reading is a major activity while I’m recovering.

  4. Wow, I am impressed with how many books you read! I only read ten.

    I did enjoy them all, though, and I also had shows to view. I go back and forth.

    I hope your pain disappears!

    I have regular aches and pains, but stretches and exercise help some.

    Enjoy your week, and here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

    • Thank you! I’m having more good days now so I’m finally improving. Reading is my major activity since I’m less mobile. But even when I am up for a bit to cook or handle some chores, I listen to audio so reading is just interwoven into my daily life. For whatever reason, I don’t watch. Anything really. I’d like to have HGTV which I watch when we travel but if I had it I would do nothing else. LOL

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  5. So sorry to hear that you are still in a lot of trouble painwise – though glad the situation does seem to be gradually improving. And it never helps when it’s so wet with a dog coming and going. Doesn’t time fly – I can’t believe she is 3 already… I hope you have a better week and the pain goes on improving, Anne.

  6. I am sorry to hear you are still in pain. Sometimes it seems never-ending, doesn’t it? I am glad you are feeling a little relief though. Congratulations on having the narrator of the book you reviewed retweeted your review! It’s nice to be recognized like that. I’m laughing just picturing Lulu struggling in her raincoat. LOL My mom always dressed her dog in a raincoat for their rainy day walks. She always looked so cute.

    I would love to read Chloe Neill’s new book. I hope you enjoy it and all your other new books!

    I hope you have a great week, Anne.

    • Thank you Wendy. I’m to week 7 but it’s not as bad as it was. And while it seems mean to laugh at her, Lulu was so funny trying to get out of the coat. We are returning it and might get a smaller size. Books really help when I can’t do other things.

    • Well when you spend 2/3 of the day in bed with pain, books are excellent company. I’m really looking forward to Titan Song. There’s just something about it, a certain kind of humor too.

  7. I’m happy to hear you are feeling a touch better, Anne, and I hope it only trends upward from here. How cute about Lulu’s clothes! And the weather has been nice! We keep getting this one inch of snowfall each week, and it’s gone within a couple hours and warm again!

    • Thank you Jennifer. It’s been challenging but finally there is some progress. I don’t want spring to come too fast as I’m not able to do all the gardening I will want to do yet. And there are some indoor projects I had planned for this winter to do yet also.

  8. I’m sorry to hear you are in pain,I hope it gets better. Don’t laugh but when I first started going on holiday to Florida I used to buy clothes now after eight visits I buy paracetamol aka acetaminophen as over here over the counter it comes in packs of 16 and we are only allowed two packs so I was overjoyed to see the massive packs. Daft I know!

  9. I am hoping that you and your daughter both start feeling better soon. Lots of great looking new reads! I must have missed Chloe Neill’s upcoming book. I will have to see if I can find it to request on NetGalley. I hope you have a great week!

  10. Jen

    ANNE!!! It breaks my heart that you are still dealing with so much pain. Sending love and healing vibes!