Sunday Post – 7 August 2022 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality

Posted August 7, 2022 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 52 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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I can’t believe I forgot to say last week but Wednesday was my mother’s 95th birthday.

Sunday,  I didn’t get up too early but I got going quickly.  While the oatmeal was baking, Lulu and I went out. It was sprinkling but I got the new dirt put into the bed where I am going to plant the green beans.  I think I should have done it 2 weeks ago. It will still be time to eat them as the fall is long here but I could have more easily got in another crop behind it if I had started earlier. I think I need to plant the cool crops in March rather than April so I can plant the tomatoes and beans a bit earlier too, but the plants aren’t always available as early as I want. Which only means I might have to start planting them by seed myself.   I read the instructions and put the seeds to soak in a bowl of warm water before planting.  The baked oatmeal was ok.  I would like to add raisins and nuts.  My daughter  would be ok with raisins but not nuts I think.  I did the blog visiting.  While the chicken was baking and green beans steaming, I went out and planted the green beans in the second garden bed.  I wanted to walk Lulu after dinner but of course it started raining just as we were finishing.  I managed to make a decision about what to buy on Audible to earn a coupon.

Monday,  August already.  I am excited to start the August RAT for COYER where we read books others recommended.  People have recommended for me some great stuff, so I hope I can read more than one book. Another hot day with a few sprinkles. I stayed up VERY late reading.

Tuesday, so I also got up very late.  It’s hot.  I’m going to need to water over dinner tonight.  I am making a batch of food for Lulu. I put together a Walmart pickup for tomorrow when my daughter is at the chiro.  I also put in an order for Lowes for more garden soil/compost.  My own compost is still so dry.  I need to add wet stuff.  I also will need dirt to fill the new raised bed I purchased on Prime Day.  I did water the garden, can’t have the new planting too dry.  I ran around just before dinner because I had almost forgotten it is garbage and recycle day tomorrow gathering it up all over the house and hauling it to the curb.

Wednesday,  I got up faster to handle tasks before the afternoon run around.  It’s hot and dry for a few days now. So I’m watering morning or night as I can manage.  I did the pickup at Lowes while Kelly had a chiro appt and then we went for the Walmart pickup. They were delayed but finally go the order.  Errands always take up so much time. There are only a couple of daylilies blooming.  They seem to have been done most of July as it gets so hot.

Thursday,  I stayed up again really late reading.  So I didn’t get up early.  I did a bit of morning watering.  I’m doing the usual stuff and setting up more reviews, writing some reviews.  I did more watering over dinner.

Friday, a regular sort of hot day.  We did torture Lulu by trimming her nails. I watered the gardens and flowers.  I worked a bit on a menu plan, and did some knitting after dinner.

Saturday, I went out to do spot watering with Lulu.  Another rogue daylily is blooming.  Also the green beans are starting to poke up!!  It’s cloudy so it seems less hot but the real feel is still 97F / 36C, and even at 8pm it’s still over 90F.  I realized I have no chicken broth for making soup and my daughter will be very disappointed but I am not running out to the stores today.  So I juggled the whole menu plan for the next week.


July Reading:  I had another good reading month.  I managed to read  26 books. Audiobooks continue to help me read more. Some count for more than one challenge.  I listened to 15 audiobooks, read  7 library books,  26  COYER reads,   and  7  books which I already own.

All Library books (including ones not reviewed on the blog)  2022 Library Love Challenge

I did manage to read 7 books I own (goal is 3 per month):

  • Traitorous Toys by Mildred Abbott
  • Play Dead by Leslie O’Kane
  • A New Leash on Love by Debbie Burns
  • 🎧 Tamarack County by William Kent Krueger
  • 🎧 Windigo Island by William Kent Krueger
  • 🎧  Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost
  • Only Murder by Rylie Dark

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):





Many thanks to Macmillan-Tor / Forge,    Elizabeth Hunter,   Simon & Schuster Audio, and Harper Audio.                     


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


I got these at Audible using 2 credits and that earns a $5 coupon.


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 August 7, 2022 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 52 Comments

52 responses to “Sunday Post – 7 August 2022

  1. Happy belated birthday to your mom. I hope you were able to talk with her. I can relate on the heat. It’s been brutal here (as July and August always are). This week has “only” been 89 and I’m considering that a break. I’m amazed at how quickly the green beans are coming through! It’s so annoying when you make you menu plan and *then* realize you don’t have a key ingredient.

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books recently posted: The Sunday Post #298 | August 7, 2022
    • Thank you Tanya! I’m excited for the green beans but will have to do some watering to get them through August. They are up another inch this morning only a day later and more of them are up, but I am watering a bit every night. I hate that I missed we were out of a staple but it’s something I wouldn’t expect my daughter to take but she does to add more liquid when reheating her soup; she likes lots of liquid.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Quarter to Midnight by Karen Rose
  2. Temps broke a bit for me yesterday and the rain was a nice repreive where I opened the windows from the tenth floor and got some nice wind.

  3. I think watering would be my fav part of gardening. My friend showed a great pic of him watering his dog while also watering his plants this week.

  4. We were skirting around the hot weather with chores, errands, and watering. I lost a bit of time mid-week with a sick cat to the vet and after getting to all the after care stuff. Well wishes to your mom and yay for your reading numbers especially the TBR stack. I start my early beans, garlic and lettuce inside so I can get a jump on the garden and then plant the warm soil stuff afterward. That seems to work well.
    Nice book haul.

    Have a good week, Anne!

  5. I’ve been reading late too- like, all week. And it’s been hot here to start August off, although you still have us beat I think. 🙂

    Hope you’ve had a nice weekend- and happy birthday to your mom!

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    • Thank you Greg. I sometimes wish I could get into a schedule better but I tend to read when I’m interested and sometimes that means a late night. Other times like last night I was asleep by midnight and awake by 7. Sadly, it was really cooler at 7am. We are supposed to get rain later in the week and them drop a few degrees to the upper 80s Fingers crossed.

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  6. Happy 95th to your mom! My Mom is 95 as well!

    Squeeeeeeeeee Lulu is so cute I can’t stand it!!!!

    I can’t believe how fast the green beans started coming up!

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  7. You seem to have the vegetable gardening down. It’s a little overwhelming to me but I do want to do a vegetable garden. I need to do more research first and there are other home things I need to get to and finish first. I hope to start this next spring. I will plant bulbs and such, though. I’ve already started looking. I’m putting together all the roses I want to order for my rose garden, too. That will have to be fenced in because of the wildlife here.

    I’m listening to Thank You For Listening and enjoying it. Julia Whelan is a fav audio narrator so it’s neat to get her as the writer and performer here. Jealous you got a copy of Ruby Fever! I requested and was rejected on NG and my request is still pending on Edelweiss. I ordered a hardcover and I’ll buy an audio anyhow. Oh well. You had a great reading month! 26 books?! That’s awesome.

  8. Happy birthday to your mom! What a milestone birthday! Your day lilies are beautiful. It’s too hot for things to be blooming here as well but the ones you did get are lovely. Have a great week!

  9. Happy birthday to your mother! It’s my great uncles 95th birthday this week and we are having a family party on the weekend.
    It’s still quite chilly here, but the days are gradually lighter longer so Spring is definitely on the way. I hope it will make a difference to the availability of veg, zucchini and iceberg lettuce in particular is still hugely expensive.
    You have a few books listed I’ll be adding to my list

    Wishing you a great reading week

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  10. HappyBirthday to your mom. The garden is looking nice. It’s been sweltering here lately too but I prefer it to the winter snow. Happily reading this week!

  11. It’s been so hot here too and no rain!! It feels weird to have gone this long without it. Every day they predict a chance of showers and it just stays sunny.

    • yes exactly. I’m so tired of the heat. But it’s normal here this time of year. We do have more rain projected later this week and then 80s instead of 90s with a north wind. I hope that holds up and I can get the lawn mowed again. I’m trying to get other stuff accomplished but I just feel lackadaisical.

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  12. Happy (belated) birthday wishes to your Mother. The day lilies may be rogue but they are also very beautiful. That is an impressive reading total for July. Hope your August books are just as enjoyable.

    • I make variations on a theme. I always use a boil in a bag rice, and a frozen 4 veg mix, then either chicken thighs or ground turkey or chicken, and frozen either green beans, broccoli, kale or spinach plus vitamin powder my vet recommended. A batch makes 6-8 8 ounce containers. I freeze some of them. I like to alternate them.

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  13. Happy birthday to your mom! I have not been keeping up with my plants as I should. I hope to do better next year. I really enjoyed the audio of Thank you for Listening and I should be starting Ruby Fever soon. I hope that you are having a great week!

  14. Jen

    I was on vacation all last week and have been trying to catch up this week. I’m getting there. Weather was hot on vacation and for the first two days we got back, but then Tuesday afternoon, the winds changed and the temps dropped 25F. It’s been lovely every since. I think the really hot days are behind us. But we may see another couple later this month. One never knows.

    • I’m glad you had a break on vacation. We finally got a downpour and temperature drop yesterday and it looks like the temp will be in the 80s for the next 10 days. More important, the wind will be from the north some of those days! So we only dropped 10 degrees but that is a good start.

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