Whatnot – 05/11/22

RosesGood morning! This has been a busy week so far. I am looking forward to a slow-down as the weekend approaches. Between additional work duties and me trying to catch-up on reviews, I’ve not had a lot of spare time but I’ve been taking a little bit of time each day to organize and work in my planner. I always feel better when my planner is up to date. These past two years planners were obsolete so it’s taking me some time to get back into a routine. I’ve also returned to my daily walks. The knee is holding up. The roses in the neighborhood are all blooming and very pretty. 

The Girl comes home on 5/19 and will have an array of medical appointments to figure out her recent health issues. She may have a job lined up for the summer too. My son is settling in. Root Beer the cat calls me every night to say goodnight. She is such a doll but has been a little naughty swiping at the phone and attacking my son during the call. It’s funny how her personality is coming out.

The L.A. County Fair is back and going on right now. Usually it’s in September and it’s always hot at heck then. It would be really nice to go now, when the weather is so nice but I’m not sure we can work it in. I will be leading a table discussion at a women’s conference beginning 5/21 so my Saturdays are booked and Sunday is always too busy with church. Do you enjoy the fair?

I am reading a couple of books right now because I forgot that book club is next week so I had to switch to that one in order to get it read in time. But my other one is good too so I keep flopping between the two.

It’s the time of the year where I buy little things for the backyard. Wind chimes, solar lights, that type of thing. I hope to have book club out there so I am getting the patio in order for summer hangs. I purchased this one solar light from the dollar store thinking it was only $4 so if it doesn’t work no big deal but it’s a really cool torch light with a realistic flame. I am going to go back and buy more. Are you getting your outdoor spaces all ready for summer or is it still cold where you are? I’ve seen some snow pics!

That’s all I have. I hope you have a good rest of the week. The weekend is almost here.

Sunday Matters: Happy Mother’s Day and an Explanation of Where I’ve Been

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Some of you noticed the lack of activity here and I just wanted to check-in to let you all know what’s been going on. My daughter is wrapping up her first year of college but she came down with some weird stomach thing which resulted in some internal bleeding. We have good insurance but it’s been a real challenge getting her care out of state. Two ER trips, bloodwork, and a CT scan and they still don’t know what’s wrong so now she has a Gastro appointment here in California for when she returns home. Send good vibes and prayers that she can finish out the semester and manage the move-out process.

Dealing with that kept me occupied and affected my desire to read. Plus, my son is now settled in Everett, WA! His job is going well and he loves his apartment and downtown area. Root Beer the cat has been a little moody. She is loving the floor to ceiling windows and the walks through the botanical gardens. His move and my daughter’s situation just overwhelmed me a little. I seriously cannot handle as much as I used to pre-COVID shutdown.

Right Now:

Student ministry is still meeting today even though it’s Mother’s Day! I suspect it will be a low attendance day as many of the students told me last week that they’d be celebrating Mom, as they should. My kids won’t be here so I will just celebrate myself. LOL! I already bought some books for myself last week (How High We Go in the Dark, and The Swimmers). To all the moms out there, Happy Mother’s Day!

How High We Go in the Dark  The Swimmers


My current read is Nan Rossiter’s new one, A Good Measure. It came out April 12th and Nan has offered me a copy to giveaway so look for that review soon. I got a little sidetracked with everything going on.

A Good Measure


We finished Ozark Season 2 and we just started Season 3. I have mixed feelings about the show. Without spoilers, I will say that it’s hard to feel empathy for people who are clearly heading into trouble by choice. I
have some favorite characters though.

Grateful for:

  • So grateful that my son is all settled and comfortable. I miss that cat something fierce though.
  • Grateful that my daughter will be getting medical treatment soon.

Have a wonderful Sunday and great week!

Chatting with friends about books and life…