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.
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Over the weekend, we decided on a short getaway (3 nights) to Lynchburg, Virginia. We were going to go on for another 3 nights in Williamsburg but we just weren’t up to it. Friday night, we got Thai takeout which was excellent. Saturday, we walked a bit in the downtown and then went out to Natural Bridge State Park. Lulu enjoyed the activities. She’s much better at climbing stairs than we are. It was beautiful but a little warm. We got some T-shirts and I was thrilled to get a wind chime for $8. For dinner, we chose a Chinese restaurant for takeout, although my daughter had sushi. The food was very good here also.
Sunday, we went to an alpaca farm. The weather was a little hot but we had a great time. We did buy some alpaca yarn and clothing. We had put Lulu in her new soft crate. She got out! Everything was fine though. I had to run back to Kroger to buy aloe because my daughter sunburnt part of her neck. This time we chose Italian takeout and got pizzas and I got a spinach salad. I was so full each night. The quantity of food was so much.
Monday, we just got up and came home. I did manage to buy 18 bottles of my free n gentle body wash in Virginia. It’s only $2 a bottle so I was happy to stock up. I was so glad to be home to water plants, do laundry and catch up on computer stuff. I listened to 2 audiobooks on the trip and watched HGTV, which we don’t have at home. I’d watch it all the time and get nothing else accomplished. It rained a bit tonight. I ordered more soil for the planter. They don’t have it at the closest store so I’ll have to go to the one in the next town for pickup.
Tuesday, I let myself sleep until I woke up. I’m running around trying to catch up on visiting posts, doing laundry and getting organized for the rest of the week.
Wednesday, I went to pick up the dirt and return extra blocks. Then I got filthy getting the dirt into the planter. I did more prep of the garage. I picked up a few groceries. I baked pumpkin muffins. I juggled reviews to fit in a blog tour I want to do.
Thursday, I filled the trunk with more extra pavers to return. I got a text that the cabinets will be delivered tomorrow. My installer says the demo won’t start until the 18th so I have another week to eat baked and stovetop food. Then it will switch over to microwave or grilled or takeout food. Also to pack the rest of the kitchen stuff. I posted more things on the Buy Nothing fb group. I have a bunch of shorter audio books for review and I’ve been running through them. I’ve been setting up more posts today; I just got so many ARCs. I stayed up late to help my daughter edit her paper which was due at midnight. I also set up my post for the challenge I am doing for HoHoHoRAT.
Friday, apparently I haven’t opened several author emails over the past week. I went to work cleaning that up this morning. The cabinets arrived. The guys were nice about placing them where I wanted in the garage and helping me go thru the checklist to make sure I have them all. I can get my car in with the cabinets. My plants came by FedEx that I ordered and I got an email from the local nursery I could go pick up. I wish I had seen it earlier but I thought my contractor would come see the cabinets so I was hanging around..
Saturday, we are finally getting some rain. I’m doing some kitchen stuff. I planned meals for the next 5 days of things we won’t be able to eat during the kitchen reno. I finalized things with Angela on the new Bingo option for next year’s Library Love. I made a vegetable dish my daughter really likes for dinner with chicken. Then I planted the shipped plants just before dark, but I still have 2 packets of bulbs to plant tomorrow.
I am joining in on the Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon this year. I hope to listen to a bunch of the Anne Perry Christmas novellas, as well as some holiday freebies I have.
I’m going to host a Thrifty Thursday challenge for HoHoHo Readathon for freebie reads which will post November 18th.
Click on the image on the left to go to the overall Readathon sign-up!
How do I do it?
I’m currently using Mailpoet for post email notification which has had some issues. I’m looking at switching to one of the 3 providers Ashley (NoseGraze) has suggested Mailchimp, ConvertKit, or Mailerlite. Has anyone used any of these? Do you like them? What don’t you like about them?
If you have any tips for me, please comment.
Things I Learned This Week:
OK if I’m asking for help, I’m also going to share the cool things I learn. You may already know them but hopefully it will help someone.
So alpacas, llamas and camels are all part of the camel genetic family. Llama are very territorial; they will spit and fight. One kick would shatter your bones immediately. Alpaca see anything unusual and they run. There are about 400,000 alpacas in the United States. It takes about half a million to support a textile mill. Ralph Lauren did work with alpaca farmers to provide US made alpaca clothing to the 2018 US Olympians. Alpaca clothing is very warm but also cool, and moisture wicking. It is hypoallergenic. Abraham Lincoln wore alpaca coats / suits because he was allergic to wool. Alpacas are very soft. Alpaca poop is good as gold. It doesn’t smell and is an excellent fertilizer. I would love to have some for my garden but it is in high demand.
Stacking the Shelves is hosted by 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 Tantor Audio, and Berkley Romance.
(If you click on the cover, it will take you to the Goodreads entry)
I couldn’t resist a 99¢ deal on a series I am collecting by an author I enjoy set in a world I love.
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.
- Sunday Post – 26 June 2022 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality - June 26, 2022
- 🎧 The Drowning Sea by Sarah Stewart Taylor @sstaylorbooks #AoifeMcMahon @MinotaurBooks @MacMillanAudio @LoveAudiobooks #JIAM - June 23, 2022
- 🎧 Kings Lake Investigation series by Peter Grainger #PeterGrainger @GildartJackson @TantorAudio #LoveAudiobooks #JIAM #KindleUnlimted #COYERChallenge - June 21, 2022