This is very early in the year for us to be experiencing these warm temps. It feels like summer! My brain has a little catching up to do. I am not yet thinking about summer reading lists although I know a few of you have already started to think about your lists. This warm weather does have me thinking about BBQ’d food and fresh fruit though!
We have our normal church activities today. We take two separate cars to church because right after the service, I head to youth group so I won’t be home until after 1pm. Makes for a late Sunday walk with the pup but she usually understands as long as it’s not too hot! If so, we will have to wait until it cools off. She doesn’t mind a pre-dinner walk either.
No big plans or appointments this week. The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is virtual this year and I have two fiction panels I hope to catch at the end of this week. One is with Shuggie Bain author Douglas Stuart and the other will feature many fiction authors. They both conflict with other things I have going on but I am hoping to pop in for some of each.
I just finished Liane Moriarty’s The Husband’s Secret. Any time I need a book to grab my attention I reach for Moriarty but I think I have read nearly everything she has written now. She has been my go-to author during this pandemic. Excuse me Ms. Moriarty, can we get a new book please?
That leaves me pondering what to read next. I have a review copy I need to get to but it comes out in May so I will probably hold off. Maybe Shuggie Bain even though I know it will be a heavy read. Or, possibly Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood. Have you read it? I bought a beautiful copy of it a couple months ago.
We are trying to find a new British show to watch. Preferably a crime drama. We have viewed many clips but haven’t settled on anything yet.
Last week we watched the new Kong vs Godzilla movie on HBO Max. It was not great. No story, but the fight scenes were good. I just remember growing up with the old B&W Godzilla movies and the newer movies miss the mark, in my opinion. A lot of the movie theaters that just re-opened are showing it though so I suspect it will do well.
Warm weather fruit. I am not much of a fruit eater until the warmer weather hits. Grilled peaches with vanilla ice cream cannot be beat.
All of the vegetarian and gluten-free options that restaurants offer now. Makes eating out so much easier for me.
Hello, friends! How are you all doing? It’s time for a mid-week check-in. I can’t believe I have been doing these What-Not posts for nearly five months. In the early days of the shut down, I started to write COVID quarantine posts but never published any of them because they seemed so depressing and we all had plenty to worry about as it was. What we needed was hope and something to look forward to. Later, as a means to just stay connected, since my reading tanked in 2020, I came up with these What-Not posts and now they are my favorite!
This morning I come to you vaccinated! Yes! I received my first dose of the Moderna vaccine yesterday. They did keep me longer at the hospital than most people because of my history with allergies but that is also why I chose to go to my medical provider instead of Rite-Aid like my husband did. If I was going to have an allergic reaction I wanted it to happen where medical professionals could deal with it. No worries at all. My next appointment is scheduled and now I am just waiting for my daughter’s group to become eligible. It feels so good to have things going in the right direction.
As you know I’ve been working from home but when it comes time for lunch, I set an alarm and then head to the couch for some reading time. The Otter Pup joins me every time and in fact, gets the couch all warmed up for me so that we are good to go when I get there. I read, she stares. I think she just loves the fact that I am in one place for a good chunk of time. Do your pets join you for reading time? I’ve always wanted to own my own bookstore and she would make a great bookstore pup.
In other news, I have been feeling that need to purge. Call it spring cleaning but it’s honestly been like summer here, 85-90 degrees. Very early for this weather but it has me clearing out a drawer here and there and I’ve been repotting a lot of plants too. For once, I have allowed plants to thrive to the point that they’ve grown and require new pots! Before the pandemic I was a horrible plant killer. I have been looking for really nice pots, either concrete or stone or some fun colors. Apparently a lot of people are planting now too because the pots I can find in-store are picked over and sad looking.
As for reading, I just started Promises to Keep by Nan Rossiter which comes out 4/27. I’ve reviewed all of her books on my blog and she is a joy to read. This new one is actually a follow-up to Promises of the Heart but prepare now by finding a copy of it because I will be hosting a giveaway for her new book soon.
Any weekend plans? I feel like going somewhere but not sure where yet. I’ve been a little stir crazy this past week.