Sunday Post – 21 November 2021 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality

Posted November 21, 2021 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 48 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.

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Sunday, I started up by finishing a good book. Then I visited blogs for Sunday posts.  I went for my usual walk with Lulu with a cooler day but still nice.

Monday,  I’m feeling a bit beat up.  Last week I felt like I had things under control with the construction ending soon getting things accomplished.  Today I feel like everyone is mad at me and the construction will never end.  The contractors didn’t get here until around 11 and then they didn’t seem to start working until 2.  They are doing the grout in the kitchen.  My daughter had two medical appts which seemed to go well enough.  Lulu and I had a very chilly walk.  After that I worked a bit on my Top 10 posts for our Top 10 week in December.  Somewhere at the end of the day, the sink got connected!

After Monday:


Tuesday,  they are here working early. The quarter round is being lacquered (on my granite countertop which is not quite completely covered.  Shudders)  The kitchen sink doesn’t seem to have hot water?  There’s the dishwasher to hook up and the water to the fridge, an electronics shelf for the island, the quarter round, the outlet covers, and then the plastering and painting.  I’m sure I’m forgetting something.  I went to pick up takeout and a few groceries.  I found Sunkist grape in cans which hasn’t been available for nearly 2 years.  When I got back, I met briefly with the contractor on the progress.  Then Lulu and I took our walk.  It was almost dark when we got back but I blew the leaves out of the front yard.

After Tuesday:

Wednesday,  sunny and warmer, into the 70s.  I did my usual stuff.  Lulu and I enjoyed our walk.  I got my tdap booster and got some more bottled water.  The lawn where I blew leaves last night is already covered with leaves again.  More handles on the cabinets,  the pantry closet finished, the dishwasher and fridge reconnected to water, and painting the ceiling, some covers put on outlets happened today.

After Wednesday:

Thursday,  the day started ordinarily.  In the afternoon, I was getting ready to take my daughter to a med appt and the contractor said he would finish today.  So I went around and just confirmed a few items to finish.  He even said he would hang the cabinet I saved in my bathroom above the toilet.   They had the audacity to use the toilet in my master bath and leave the seats up.  I always close the lids when I flush so I cleaned everything in the bathroom, including the toilet and washed all the towels and floor mats, everything that was out and could have been sprayed with toilet water.  We didn’t get back from the med appt, a quick stop at Target for granite disinfectant and then getting takeout one last time until 7.   So I started cleaning, got the dishwasher all loaded up, got to bed by 2am.

After Thursday:


Friday,  I didn’t get up too early.  I watered and got to work with laundry and cleaning in the kitchen. I discovered early that the top shelf in the pantry is not painted.   I figured out how to setup the lazy susan myself.  I worked on cleaning cabinets and setting up shelves. I picked all the rest of the basil.  For a break, I took Lulu for our chilly walk.  Then I did a bit on the computer.   I started cleaning everything in the family room and starting cleaning all the furniture.  Lulu is SO happy to have her couch again  !  I made baked chicken, green beans, broccoli, and potatoes.  It was so great to have real food not takeout.  I worked on cleaning and organizing until almost 1 am.  Several of the shelves don’t have shelf pins so I placed an order for pins at Home Depot.

Saturday, I was tired and didn’t get up too early.  The leaves are really falling this week in front. I’m just going to wait now until they are all down.  I continued running dishes thru the dishwasher and doing laundry while I unpacked.  Then I ran to Home Depot to get the pins.  I scrubbed out the rest of the cabinets now with shelves in them.  Then I kept unpacking.  We had the pasta with basil pesto for dinner.  I am so tired but I want to get everything in place.  Today the Top 10 meme info posted; I hope you will join us December 20-25!


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 Karen White / Grey,  Amazon Original Stories,  and Tantor Audio.


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


I couldn’t pass up these Chirp deals for $3.99 and 99¢. 

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 November 21, 2021 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 48 Comments

48 responses to “Sunday Post – 21 November 2021

  1. The kitchen looks so great! What a relief to be using it again. My office has been under construction since February so I understand how slow construction is😬 (and still isn’t finished! Obviously it’s a much bigger project but I’m so over it) Have a good week!

    Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy recently posted: Buffy’s Corner 11/21/21
  2. I heard the French are real great at starting construction projects at Super slow speeds.You may think to feed them or invite their wives for dinner. I read this in a book somewhere.

    • Thanks Vi! We are getting there. I still have lots to unpack but we can do more basics more easily. Today I’ve got to wash some pots and pans. The only one I have is my big veggie steamer pot. The rest are still in boxes. Lulu was on that couch less than 10 minutes after I shoved it back into place and put on the freshly washed covers, and blankets.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: 🎧 Fated Blades by Ilona Andrews
  3. Sadly, it is almost a given that there will be follow-up needed on renovation and construction projects. Your kitchen looks so lovely and I’m glad you have been able to get things cleaned, settled, and start using it again. So much work, but I think it will be worth it to have what you love. Glad you could get out on some walks in the crisp air and get your Top 10 ready. I got the new Melinda Leigh, too.

    Have a great week, Anne!

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  4. My husband was an apartment maintenance man so whenever he would start a new project here in our apartment, I knew it was going to take a while for him to finish. Contractors always seem to take too long. I see them in the vacant apartments when they have to install new cabinets, floors or paint and they take a long time to finish.

    Lulu is so cute.

    Mary Kirkland recently posted: Apartment Life #279
  5. It looks like the kitchen is coming along. Sunkist grape? Oh my gosh I haven’t had that in ages.

    Lulu looks happy. 🙂

    I’ve liked Robin Hobb’s stuff.

    I hope you have a fantastic Thanksgivng! 🙂

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    • Thanks Greg. I don’t drink the grape but my daughter claims its the only thing which calms her stomach? I love Robin Hobb’s books. I finally have them all on audio. Lulu is our best girl. I made a fresh batch of her homemade food last night, her favorite version using chicken thighs. She loves her food, her walks and her blankets. The kitchen is mostly finished but for a few small but annoying details. I am busy planning and organizing all the pumpkin and cranberry etc for the rest of the week.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: 🎧 Fated Blades by Ilona Andrews
  6. Jen

    The kitchen looks amazing. I hope it’s all you wished for! I’m very excited for Karen’s next book, but I’m holding off for the audiobook… but I look forward to your review (which I’ll skim!)

    My week is a blur at this point. I really don’t remember much of what I did. I did go to a celebration of life luncheon on Saturday for my husband’s uncle and although it was sad, we were able to catch up with family we haven’t seen in 5 – 10 years. It was 2.5 hours north up in Maine and a lovely drive.

    • Thank you Jen! I am finding some things are great and others aren’t quite what I hoped. But I think that’s normal adjusting to the new kitchen layout and stuff. My last few days are a blur of scrubbing, had washing dishes and running the dishwasher. I am not the biggest fan of weddings or funerals unless I know the people well but it is a great boon to the attendees to see people they aren’t in touch with every day. I’m glad you were able to have that. I love Maine!

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Top 10 of 2021
  7. Wow the kitchen is looking amazing! lol I’m the same way with the bathrooms, I disinfect daily. Enjoy your books this week and Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. I love your kitchen – it’s absolutely lovely. But I appreciate the huge amount of work it takes to get it unpacked and organised. Just remember to pace yourself and don’t get too exhausted – it will all be there tomorrow:)). Ah… listening to Robin Hobb’s writing on audiobook must be a HUGE treat! I’ll have to check it out. Have a great week, Anne.

    • Thank you Sarah! I did crash after staying up so late and doing so much scrubbing and running the dishwasher. The kitchen looks like a tornado hit it now as I’m trying to get things where they go and find things which are packed. I’m looking forward to cooking stuff this week for Thanksgiving. I LOVE Robin Hobb. I own the whole Elderlings world on audio now.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: A Swift and Savage Tide by Chloe Neill
  9. I’ve really enjoyed seeing the changes in the kitchen as it has progressed. It looks wonderful, Anne! And I’m sure you’re happy to have it back in shape and not looking like a bomb exploded. 🙂 Even putting everything back in place isn’t much of a chore when you have such a beautiful finished product. And hooray for home cooked meals again! 🙂

  10. Your kitchen looks good, but I can relate to the frustration of how long contractors take! I’ve never had one that actually finished something in a timely manner.

    Enjoy your week and your books!

    • Thank you Jonetta! It’s a mess right now with unpacking boxes but it is so good to be able to eat real food. Lulu is so happy right now. I made a fresh batch of her homemade food last night with her favorite protein, chicken thighs. She’s snoozing at my feet now. I’m so grateful to get the best books (for me).

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Twentymile by C. Matthew Smith
  11. SJ

    Your kitchen looks lovely. I picked up A Holiday By Gaslight, to read next month. Hope you have a great week!

  12. You always feature some amazing freebies – I try to avoid them as I already have far too many on my kindle! The kitchen is looking stunning and I hope all those little finishing touches are completed soon. Have a wonderful week and enjoy your walks with Lulu.

  13. Your kitchen is looking great! I was surprised when workers used the bathroom at the house that we were selling. I wasn’t really very happy to have to clean a toilet that I wasn’t even using. It looks like you added some great books this week. Enjoy!