Sunday Post – 4 April 2021 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality @Tynga

Posted April 4, 2021 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 49 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, last night I made a quick dinner to avoid time for pain to build.  My ex planted the spinach and broccoli.  We also tried some things with my daughter’s computer.  I made some progress.  Today is a nice sunny warm morning but it will storm later. I really enjoyed COYER Book Club where we discussed Uprooted by Naomi Novik, and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab.  I also finally got my new computer out of the box and plugged in to start charging.  I had a quick dinner plan which didn’t require as much standing.

Monday, I didn’t have pain unless I was standing when I first got up.  I had a GREAT facebook  message convo with COYER Book Club ladies about the ending of Addie Larue and the overall book.   I finished my book and audio so I have to start new ones today. UGH. I hate having to start new ones at the same time. My ex cooked under my directions and it turned out yummy.  It was a recipe I made up in my head for breakfast burritos. It took him twice as long and twice as many dishes as for me to make it but at least I didn’t hurt.

Tuesday was busy with a Food Lion Instacart and some menu planning for the next week.  We also had carpet cleaners which was the first time anyone has been in our home since COVID started besides us.  The stairs and hall really needed it though. He wore a mask and did an excellent job.  Lulu was happy to hide under my desk and sewing table during the carpet cleaning. The standard dwarf beaded iris are really blooming now.  I shuffled around all my reviews to fit in another blog tour – Yikes.

Wednesday was supposed to be rainy, but not start until afternoon and warm. So I decided it was better to go to the garden center than wait for the sunny, very windy and cold expected the next couple days.  I had to go to 2 places but I was able to get the chard, butter lettuce and broccoli plants for spring planting.  The azalea in the front bed is blooming. Unfortunately, I picked up a basket of clean laundry which made my hamstrings on both legs scream right before dinner.

Thursday, I got a small Instacart order from Sam’s Club.  My ex cut the vines and volunteers from around the back fence and did more flower bed weeding.   I had a bunch of reviews to write and new post shells to set up.  I rejuggled my April schedule based on what I have.  I was trying to get back into listening to audio which I’ve had trouble since I don’t do as many tasks where I can listen anymore.

Friday,  I woke early and with pain even before I moved  It took me quite awhile to be able to do things.  I did do my kitchen stuff while listening but I sat down more while doing it.  Somehow I got through my office tasks, put away two orders of gluten free items which arrived and was able to stand long enough to make chicken and biscuits for dinner.

Saturday was a much better morning. The biggest difference I can see is I got 8 hours of sleep. That seems to help make a day with less pain.  I got going early and went out to look at the gardens. It’s warming up and we’ll do the rest of the planting this weekend – more broccoli, chard and butter lettuce.  I’m hoping we will fit in some snow peas also. I finally started setting up my new computer. I like the keyboard on it.   It connected to the Internet easily.  So hopefully this week I can load my data and start loading all my applications.  The most problematic ones will be transferring over iTunes library and my Microsoft office license I think.

We get our second vaccine shot this week!   This week is also Thrifty Thursday for those of you who want to link up.

I chose to read an ebook series from the library, The John Puller series by David Baldacci.  You can check out my reads on Goodreads, all easily read, and 5 heart reads for me.

The Forgotten

The Escape

No Man’s Land

March Reading:   I managed to read 30 books, in a very moody, bingey reading month.  Some count for more than one challenge.  I listened to 7 audiobooks, read 12 library books,  27 COYER reads, and 4 books which I already own.

All Library books (including ones not reviewed on the blog)  2020 Library Love Challenge

Bookish Resolutions update:

I did manage to read 4 books I own (goal is 3 per month):

  • Take Me Home by JH Croix
  • Just This Once by JH Croix
  • Marriage and Murder by Penny Reid
  • Becoming K-9 by Rada Jones

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):



 Many thanks to Ace,  Montlake,   Crooked Lane Books and Harlequin/ Carina Press.              


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



I bought some books to get the $6 credit.  Then I purchased Dark Queen for a $1.99 deal (already own the audio).  True Dead was available for pre-order for only $1.99.


I found a couple things at the Audible sale.


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.



                    Under Fyre (Alien Dragon Shifters #1) by Cara Bristol

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.

Happy Easter!





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Posted April 4, 2021 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 49 Comments

49 responses to “Sunday Post – 4 April 2021

  1. It’s lovely that your ex and neighbours are able to help with your gardening. The dwarf iris is a pretty purple.
    Adding Million Dollar Demon to my TBR though I still haven’t gotten to American Demon yet.

    Wishing you a great reading week

    • Thank you Samantha! I am lucky to have help. We planted a lot of broccoli but my daughter will eat it. We had the last of the November planted broccoli this week and they raved about how good it was. It’s a funny thing about the pain. I am better. The hip pain is gone but the hamstrings are less manageable because I don’t know anything to do for them except rest and don’t move or stand.

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  2. trin carl

    Great to get all that housework done. Hope that you’re able to sit out and enjoy. I’ve been house sitting and looking into the neighbor’s backyards–its peaceful.

  3. Happy Easter and enjoy your books this week. The Patricia Briggs covers are always cool looking.
    It sounds like your garden is coming along really nicely. Yay for the second dose, I got my first dose last week.
    I’m not doing an updates post today but I’ll have one next week.

  4. Sleepinig more always helps with the pain Anne. I am always amazed at what you do even being in so much pain some days!

  5. I’m dismayed to the extent that your life is currently ruled by your pain, Anne and I very much hope that you start recovering soon – this seems to be dragging on far too long! Those bearded iris look beautiful and your veggie patch is coming on really well. I hope you have an easier week:)).

    • Thank you Sarah! You have summed it up perfectly and I hate having my life organized by the pain. But I can only do the best I can and be glad to have help. The garden is great; I’ll have more photos next week.

  6. Looks like you all got several tasks done and isn’t it great to see the carpets after a steam cleaning. I’m hoping to start my warm season vegetable seeds this week. Neat that you got your cool season garden going and your pretty flowers are starting to come up. Yay for your computer turning on and connecting and hopefully the transfer process will go well, too.
    Way to go on your reading and the challenges you are doing.

    Happy Easter!

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    • Thanks Sophia! Happy Easter! We aren’t doing much except enjoying the beautiful weather and I’m making Lulu another batch of homemade food My ex made my daughter an Easter basket and she is eating candy. I hope to do more computer setup this week.

  7. I am so sorry that you are still having to deal with all of this pain. It is a shame that it has had such a big impact on your life for as long as it has. I am glad that your ex has been willing to help out. Enjoy all of your new books and have a great week!

    • Thank you Carole! I’m lucky to have the help because it would make me crazy not to take care of the garden. I just have to do what I can. I’m loathe to try new things because when I do something a little different (like pick up a very full laundry basket) I can hurt for 3-4 days afterward for it. I’m having no hip pain now but I don’t have a fix for the hamstring pain other than don’t move.

      We got a bunch of things from the Nourish Festival from a bunch of GF vendors. We’re looking forward to trying things. We got brownies from Wholly Wholesome. I thought they were good and I’m not that big of a brownie fan but my daughter thinks mine from scratch are better. LOL Of course they are.

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  8. I’m so excited for Million Dollar Demon! I love Rachel and the Hollows crew… So glad Harrison chose to return to the world!

    Good luck with setting up your new computer. I hope the install/license transfers aren’t too painful – you have enough physical pain going on that you don’t need any more frustrations.
    Hope this week is better than the last!

  9. Good luck with your second shot. I get my second one later this month. Such a relief! Have fun with your new computer and have a wonderful week!

  10. It’s nice that your ex is helping so much, especially when you’re in so much pain! Hope the second dose goes well. My hubby didn’t have any side effects the first shot but didn’t feel good at all with the second one. Good news is that the symptoms didn’t late more than 36 hours. I didn’t feel good after both doses, but I wasn’t surprised as I don’t feel good after the flu shot either. Better than the alternative, though, IMO.

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    • I am trying to leave some slack in my schedule at the end of the week in case I am have a reaction. I am glad to have the help or the garden being all weedy and not planted would be making me crazy.

    • Thanks Jonetta! Yes I have to have something I read when I am stuck not moving. I’m doing better with ebooks than audio because of that stuck in place issue. Well I am fortunate to have the ex helping to get the garden in shape. I know what to do so at least he’s making it happen. I’m sad that the last of the November planted broccoli is eaten but we have 12 new plants for spring planted. I still have one head of lettuce that was November planted to eat yet. And yes they were outside all winter in the snow and cold, survived and just finished growing in March.

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  11. Great photos!

    Tempting books, and I am reminded that I need to catch up on Melinda Leigh’s books.

    Enjoy your week, and stay safe! Thanks for visiting my blog.

  12. Jen

    Ugh, sorry to hear that the pain continues to flare and disrupt your life. It’s nice that you ex is there and is helping with so many of the physical labor tasks. Great job on your reading for March.

  13. We had someone in to deep clean all out tile flooring a month or so ago and it was strange to have someone in the house. But he was masked (and we were too) and the results were worth it. It’s so funny you mention not liking to start a new book and audio book on the same day. That bugs me, too! And I’m not even sure why. LOL

    • I think starting two new books although different formats one uses more brain power to settle into the world and characters. It’s not as much an issue if it’s a series where you already know the world and some of the characters though.

  14. Oh man, I hope you get to feeling better soon. I’m envious of all your planting. The older I get, the more I want a garden but we don’t have the space really and the dogs pretty much own the yard too. I grabbed Crossing Lines and Becoming K-9 too – but that’s really no surprise is it?

    Lulu is so darn adorable!

  15. I hope you had a nice Easter and that you are doing well this week with the pain, etc. That’s great that you have people who can help you, especially with the cooking and gardening. Yay for getting your second shot this week. I get mine next week and am counting down the days.

    • Thank you Suzanne. I am appreciate of having help. It’s going better this week mostly and I’ve left some slack for myself tomorrow after the vaccine in case I need to rest.

  16. I’ve been wanting to attend the COYER book club again, but it just hasn’t worked out. 🙁 I am glad you enjoyed this past one. I loved Uprooted. I haven’t read the other book yet, but I hope to. I could really use carpet cleaners. Of course, I would like it even more if we could get rid of our carpeting. At least the downstairs carpeting. One of my housing renovation dreams that will likely never happen. I am glad your new computer is working out well. Good luck with the garden. It sounds like it is going well so far!

    Have a great rest of the week, Anne.

    • Thank you Wendy! I hope you get to COYER book club again too. It’s so great to see everyone. I also find I get a better perspective on the story after hearing everyone’s thoughts and some new aspects I didn’t assimilate. I used this carpet cleaner on our rental before we moved here and they were great. We only have carpet in the master bedroom (main floor) the stairs and upstairs which is 2 bedrooms plus the bonus room (which is a huge office/craft room) I got LVF in the kitchen and love it. I want to get it for the laundry room and 1.5 baths on the main floor (now old linoleum) but the rest of the main floor is real wood which I love. I usually have wood in the kitchen too but the LVF is a great option.

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