Sunday Post – 7 May 2023 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality

Posted May 7, 2023 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 47 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,  oh I forgot to show the peonies blooming in my yard for the first time since planting October 2020, 2.5 years but they are finally blooming.  Also a neighbor took some great photos of the swan family with 3 babies.  I did some blog visiting.  Lulu came right to my side during the thunder then fell asleep making little yips and snores. I talked to my ex because he is leaving tomorrow to get here Wednesday.  I got an email that Jetpack will no longer share to Twitter.  I already use something other than Jetpack for my shares but Twitter is increasingly having issues with its developers now.  I worked on the menu plan a bit after dinner.

Monday,  my daughter has her first final today. I managed to get my bedroom and the entire second floor vacuumed.  Then I ended up reading the last third of Hammered again in ebook as I was picking out a quote.  There were some other reviews to write and posts to set up. Afterward, I went out and mowed the front yard.  The ground is uneven where Google Fiber dug up the yard by the curb.


Tuesday,  the fridge repair is today so I got up extra early.  I took the parts out of the boxes and cleaned them.  I got a text that estimated 1:14pm so I was free for the morning walk.  Lulu was very excited to walk with my daughter & Abby.  Then I vacuumed the rest of the main floor.  It really needed it.  I was able to do my blog visiting before he was supposed to arrive. So the repair service kept being moved out by about 20 minutes all afternoon until at 4:36 they rescheduled it for Friday.  I’m pissed because it wasted my time all afternoon thinking they would be arriving and not wanting to start another project.  And now I have to get up early Friday and hang around all day again! I called the warranty company who replaced the hard drive with a few questions where they were not helpful. I may need to format the hard drive again or at least reload the operating system.  Then I talked to my backup software Idrive support.  They were very helpful. I wanted to delete some things from the backup so they don’t get restored in a future restore.

Wednesday,  cooler by 10 degrees from yesterday. We walked and saw Max and Marley with their owners.  It’s very windy today.  I got notified the cabinets are here, as scheduled. My daughter finished her last final last night so she’s finished.  I took her to the chiro and then we picked up a few items at Aldi. I worked on some reviews until dinner. My ex arrived and Lulu remembered him as the food dropper at dinner.  We looked at the situation with projects after dinner.

Thursday,  I got going early on computer stuff before the walking. Lulu is thrilled to be back on the team. Then I headed off to pick up what cabinets would fit in my car. I had to make 2 trips but I got all the bathroom cabinets home in my car. The guys were shocked I could.  My ex got the gas grill working,  got the new patio chair together, helped my daughter with sorting through her clothes, measured for our new 36″ tall raised garden bed. I did a bunch of laundry. I repotted both African violets and the Christmas cactus in the new pots with the water at the bottom.  I may do the orchids later.  The first daylily bloomed!

Friday,  the fridge repair is scheduled again for today.  I got up early, checked the time and it said 9:19am.  I folded a bunch of the laundry and put some away.  Then I cleaned up in the kitchen and checked again 2:30pm.  So I went to work on my computer tasks while the rest of the house sleeps.  Then he called and came at 11:30.  Thankfully it went quickly enough and it’s all working. I made some pumpkin muffins while he was doing the repair and got distracted, left out 3 cups of sugar!  I arranged for 2 yards of mulch to be delivered Tuesday which means some yardwork this weekend/ Monday to prepare.  I walked Lulu and we saw lots of people in the neighborhood pool.  It opened today and was packed.  After dinner,  I removed everything from the bathroom cabinets and countertop to prep for new ones.


Saturday,  it’s graduation day.  I am so proud of my daughter. We were some of the few people who wore masks.  My video didn’t turn out but her dad got one.   We went to eat afterward at an Asian fusian place we like.  We have the baby signets and ducklings in the neighborhood.










April 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 14 audiobooks, read  3 library books,  26 COYER reads, and 5 books which I already own.

All Library books (including ones not reviewed on the blog)  2023 Library Love Challenge

I did manage to read 5 books I own (goal is 3 per month):

  • Lost Girl by Melinda Colt
  • 🎧 A Dragon of a Different Color by Rachel Aaron
  • Pretty Guilty Secrets by Casey HIll
  • 🎧 Hammered by Kevin Hearne
  • 🎧 Two Tales of the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne

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):



My grateful thanks to Simon & Schuster Audio,  Tantor Audio,  Karen Grey,  Berkley, and Minotaur Books.                           


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

I had to have this because I love Cambio Springs. I can’t wait for Dust Born this fall. I had No Rush shipping rewards to pay for 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 May 7, 2023 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 47 Comments

47 responses to “Sunday Post – 7 May 2023

  1. You have lots to be proud of, and graduation is right up there! Such a great accomplishment. Some interesting looking books made it into your life this week – I also picked up the Dark Hollow Road. You had another excellent reading month – you finished an audio book about every other day! I takes me a couple weeks since I only listen on my commute.
    Have a terrific week.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

  2. Congrats on your daughter’s graduation! And how frustrating about the repairman. I have a service with a heating and cooling company where they schedule quarterly check ups on electric/plumbing/heating/ac, etc., but they schedule and you don’t know what time of the day they are coming till that day. Not even just a four hour window. So frustrating. My peonies have the buds, and because some kind of came through a fence last year, they are now growing on both side of the fence, so that is cool. Guessing the blooms will be soon! Have a good week!

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  3. Your daughter looks lovely in her graduation gown – no wonder you’re so proud of her:)). It’s such an achievement. And I know exactly what you mean regarding repairmen giving ridiculous times as to their ETA – and then not showing up. I LOVE the pics, especially of that stunning day lily:)). I hope the coming week is a good one, Anne.

  4. Congrats to your daughter, that’s wonderful! That’s good the fridge got repaired. Waiting for the repair people can be frustrating. One time we needed someone to check the boiler so I scheduled an appointment, and he showed up on a totally different day and time than what I had scheduled.
    I’m glad Lulu is doing better!

  5. Love the swans! And Google Fiber- yes. Same here. It’s like they’re digging up the whole town lol. Congrats to your daughter on graduation!!!!!

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  6. My daughter also graduated this week! Congrats to your daughter! It is such a big accomplishment. My peonies are blooming just this weekend. I noticed that my azalea bush isn’t doing well. I sure hope it bounces back. You have a great reading month. I hope that you have a great week!

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  7. Congratulations to your daughter! You must be so proud. My hubby is high risk and I visit my elderly parents weekly so I’m still wearing a mask in crowded indoor spaces too. Have a great week!

  8. I am behind so I haven’t had a chance to listen to Hammered. Hope to get to it this week. I was traveling during the FB chat so I missed it again, darn it. Crossing my fingers for next month.

    What a frustrating thing with the repair guy! Congratulations for your daughter! Good thing your ex’s video turned out. Beautiful pics of the swans with the babies!

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  9. That is so annoying about the fridge repair. At least it finally got fixed. It’s so great that your ex takes on so many projects when he visits. I guess you two are still on good terms? Congrats to your daughter on her graduation! How exciting for her.

  10. Congratulations to your daughter! What a wonderful achievement!

    I love peonies. 🙂 My roses have been blooming and are looking lovely these days. What a pretty picture of the swans! The geese from one of the city parks keep disappearing. It’s suspected they are being stolen to be used in dog fights. The last remaining one, who’d been there the longest, disappeared some time last week. The coyotes have been on the prowl more, I’ve noticed. My mom’s had one traipsing through her back yard every day for the last couple weeks. We had one wandering on the nearest cross street the other day when my husband went out to get the mail.

    I would have been unhappy about the fridge repair being postponed like that too–what a waste of your day waiting around for them, only for them to cancel at the end of the day to reschedule. Ugh. I’m sorry you had to deal with that. I am glad it is fixed now.

    I hope you have a great week, Anne. Take care!

  11. The swans are beautiful and ducklings are so adorable. Peonies are one of my favorite flowers and yours are beautiful. Congratulations to your daughter! How exciting for all of you! That’s frustrating about the repairman. I hate hiring people for that very reason but sometimes it is unavoidable. Have a great week!

  12. What an exciting week! First Lulu is back in action and then your daughter graduates!! Congrats!

    I stopped sharing to Twitter back when Jetpack limited shares since I get more traffic from Facebook. I also just found out that Jetpack now has a share to Mastodon button, so I hope more bloggers add that feature and I’ll start sharing there.

    My week was good – I think? LOL. My daughter had a good check up with doctors, we visited another college and I picked up my boy from his first year at school.

  13. Nancy A

    I Want it That Way sounds right up my alley! I am so excited to read that next (thank you!) I am so happy I found your blog. I have to recommend my most recent second-chance “steamy” romance reads by Lisa Battalia! Her series “A Midlife Romance” (books 1 and 2 are out and they are both fantastic!  The series truly has it all – feel good, relatable, heart-warming and a lot of sex (couldn’t put them down)
    The story follows Lori, a woman who is dealing with her husband’s decision to pack up and leave without any discussion or notice. Not only that, but this also follows Lori abandoning her work life and giving up her dreams to focus on the family and now has to start over again. Cue her old friend (“it’s complicated relationship”) Brandon. They have an emotional and intellectual connection that has carried over throughout the years (they haven’t seen each other in a decade!) Although they are on opposite coasts and have major adulting to do (Brandon is a single dad with financial issues and Lori is dealing with joint custody and starting over again) they have to find a way to make it work!
    The characters were incredibly relatable, and the romance was a good mixture of steamy and sweet. These are the perfect books for any woman who is looking for a story that doesn’t feel like it’s been written 10000 times already. Hope you will check it out! –