Sunday Post – 18 September 2022 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality

Posted September 18, 2022 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 64 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.

Don’t forget to look at my giveaways on the right sidebar.   Last day to enter the Series on Saturday   and the Read-along Giveaways.

Sunday started with a boom at 5:47am with the power going out, but only for a few seconds.  Apparently somebody hit a transformer nearby with their car.   I didn’t go back to sleep easily though and I had stayed up late reading.  I started on the usual Sunday visiting after cleaning up in the kitchen.  Then we had the FB chat for the Read-along.  I wanted to walk Lulu but it was a little too humid / sticky for me.

Monday, I got a few tasks finished but then it was time for Lulu and I to do our Wegman’s pickup.  It was supposed to rain and it might but mostly it’s warm and humid.   I got approved for a bunch of ARCs so I am setting up those posts.  I’ve been enjoying my Fitbit Luxe and thought the sleep tracking might help my daughter.  I researched online and found the sleep tracking is fairly accurate 69%  but that Fitbits and one other brand (can’t remember) are the most accurate of those tested more like 80-90%.  So I had been looking online and on Facebook Marketplace.  I found  one for her at about half price and new at a pawn shop actually quite near us.  So now she has one also.  I got mine free in our neighborhood Buy Nothing group but didn’t feel I could ask for a second one. Plus it’s easier with us having the same model.

Tuesday, Lulu got me up early and needed to go outside.  She almost never barks. I was able to go back to sleep but it changed up my schedule.  It rained overnight and less humid now. It feels great.  I mowed the backyard and 2/3 of the front yard.

Wednesday,  I put weed n feed on the whole backyard in the morning.   We had chiro appointments and I went to the post office, and picked up a couple things at Aldi.  When we got home, I then took Lulu for a walk, showered and made up my bed with clean sheets.

Thursday,  I got going pretty quickly.  I decided today I’d finish mowing and trimming today, then the rest of the weed n feed tomorrow.  The weather is just nice low 80s and low humidity.   After finishing the yard work,  Lulu and I went for our walk.  I picked the first green beans from the garden and they were so yummy. I made a batch of Lulu food.

Friday,  I got right out to weed n feed the front yard.  The grass was still wet from dew so it was good.  (Even though I read until 2:30am). I wrote some reviews, worked on some posts. I managed to blog ahead and get the 2023 shells for Series on Saturday setup.  Then Lulu and I took a walk on the long route.  My daughter was busy finishing up a homework assignment so I did some mending and hemming, before fixing dinner.

Saturday,  I gathered and put out fresh herbs for the neighbors requesting them – rosemary, sage, basil and garlic chives. I worked a bit more on blog ahead getting all the Thrifty Thursday shells setup for next year.   I took a break to water a bit and then trimmed the rose bush, rosemary and a bit of sage where they were overgrown.  I killed about a dozen fuzzy caterpillars on the basil.  Shutterfly has a bunch of freebies through tomorrow and you only have to pay shipping including an 8×10 calendar so I worked on that a bit.  Lulu and I did our walk.  Then I worked on prepping the chicken and veggies for tonight’s dinner.


Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Marlene at  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 special thanks to Thomas & Mercer, Minotaur Books,    St. Martin’s Press,   Penguin Audio,    William Morrow, and Gallery Books                   


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

I had a promotional credit and I had to have this as soon as I saw it.


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 September 18, 2022 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 64 Comments

64 responses to “Sunday Post – 18 September 2022

  1. I like it whenn humidity goes away. Here’s to a a nice long mild autumn. 🙂 Your herbs sound great too. i like to experiement a bit with herbs in cooking but my problem is I don’t really grow my own, so I have to rely on the store. Maybe I should branch out a little…

    Hope you’re having a nice weekend. 🙂

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  2. I am glad the power was out for only a few seconds. I hope no one was hurt in the accident. My mom is driving back to town after being gone for a month. My daughter’s been watering her plants for her twice a week. The Witch and the Tsar is on my wish list. It sounds like it will be good. Alyssa Day’s book looks fun. I hope you enjoy your new books and have a great week, Anne!

    • Thank you Wendy. I love the longer gardening possibilities here. If only the soil weren’t so bad. I finished the Witch and the Tsar yesterday and it was good. It’s fantasy with Russian gods and the author’s note was excellent including how the events were tied to actual Russian history. (not 100% but many). The mythology reminded me of some in the Katherine Arden series and also the Naomi Novik books.

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    • Thank you Tammy! You would NOT believe the stuff people give away in the Buy Nothing group. Everything from clothes and food and furniture and tools and appliances. You can ask for many things and get them. There are plenty of people out there who have more stuff than they will ever need or use. I’ve gotten fabric, and a microwave when we were doing our kitchen remodel which then I gave the microwave away when we finished. You should see if you have a Buy Nothing facebook group for your area. It’s broken into small neighborhood areas.

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  3. Cute dog. We haven’t had the power out for a while but boy am I glad for the power after my camping trip and navigating things in the dark and glad for my curling iron and things I didn’t think to bring with me camping.

  4. The beans look amazing! So much nicer than those purchased in a store. I wish I had someone nearby who grew herbs they shared! I did have a small herb plot but the rosemary and mint smothered everything else and I haven’t gotten around to planting a new one.

  5. It seems to have been a very industrious week in he garden Anne! I worked two hours today harvesting apples and making compote!

  6. I think my herbs are getting close to the end of their season here as well as most of the vegetables, but we’re supposed to have one more really warm week before frost warnings so I’ll take it. We did a mow and I pulled some weeds, but I think we’re edging into leaf season now. Nice that you could get ahead on your post shells and get a good price on matching Fitbits.
    I’m crossing my fingers I get picked for a Hard Day for a Hangover.

    Have a good week, Anne!

    • Thanks Sophia! It’s the weirdest feeling almost like Spring with the cooling weather and the third season for the garden here. I love having the year-round herbs here. The only thing all year in Minnesota was chives. This week will be hot but them back to the cooler days. I always try to get things set up a bit ahead in the latter part of the year now. I hope you get a bit more time before frost. Once there is frost the basil is totally dead.

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  7. I love your new banner! It sounds like you’ve had a very green week in your yard and garden. I’m glad the rain helped the humidity go down and that the weather’s been nice this week. 😀 I hope you have another great week!

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    • Thank you Vi. yes I am creating the shells for the Memes I do for 2023 but without content. This week since it will be hot and Angela & I have figured things out I will work on all the Library Love posts including content. Today I was planning a bit on the Read-along. Sometimes when the herbs or vegetables are in full production it is too much. I am planting less of some things and giving away some extras.

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  8. Ann

    Those green beans look good. I’m have planted peas, carrots and spinach in my garden.
    Have a great week.

  9. Thank goodness for a break in the humidity. I wish for the same here. It feels like it’s been incredibly humid here for weeks now. Makes me not want to be outside. We did get a big storm yesterday so maybe that helped. I loved the rainy day. 🙂 I continue to be so impressed with the way you set up posts so far in advance. I wish I was so organized. I tend to fly by the seat of my pants when it come to blogging. I really loved One Last Time by Corinne Michaels. The whole companion series was so good.

    • Thank you Tanya. Well the content isn’t in the Memes I have set up shells for 2023 just the sections for Sunday Post, Series on Saturday and Thrifty Thursday. But I should have the actual Library Love posts for 2023 setup in the next week or so. I set up the shells for ARCs as soon as I receive them so I have some for 2023. It’s easier than last minute. All I have to do is write in some paragraphs of the review. It’s hot again this week but them back to the better temps.

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  10. Glad the power was only out for a moment or two but how startling! That’s interesting about the FitBit. I’ve been thinking about getting something just for tracking sleep so I will have to look into that! Have a wonderful week!

  11. It sounds like you had another busy week. I hope to keep up with my yard much better next summer. I have basically given up for this year. Nice new reads this week! I hope that you have a wonderful reading week.

  12. Jen

    Oh – I see a couple good series starters in your freebies! And I cannot wait for the next Sunshine book. I am loving that series (only two books in!). I didn’t pick up the ARC b/c I’ll wait for the audiobook. Fresh herbs – yet another reason I wish I lived near you (on top of a book and walking buddy!). I hope your week is going well.. We’ve had two days of rain and today is very cloudy. Highs only in the mid-60s. I am afraid summer is gone and it’s time to take out the AC units up here!

    • Thanks Jen. I do try hard to only pick up freebies I think I will actually read. It’s 90 today, 94 tomorrow but then back to the 70s-80s so we will have a month or two coming up with 70s. It’s the best and happens in the spring also. We have no rain projected until Sep 30 so I’m watering a bit for the new plants. At least after the next 2 days it will be cooler. It’s more of an indoor week with the heat.

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    • Lulu has her own ideas. I just try to capture them. But if she goes from side to side that’s because we said Sashay, we’re trying to teach her to dance. lol I get this pose when I am at my desk and she thinks it is time to go downstairs for dinner. We have to share the best books!

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