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Whatnot – Week 19

My reading buddy.
My reading buddy!

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.

Whatnot – Week 18


Last week my What Not post included a piece on suburbia and how it fascinates me. I told you all about the cul-de-sac at the end of my street and how they opened it up to gain access to the main road. The photo above was taken at the end of my street where the cul-de-sac was. There is now a long road heading down to that main road there. Look at all of the homes they built! Sadly, there are many developments like this one all over our city.

In other news, my reading continues on but the changes with WordPress have caused me to stumble a little when scheduling my posts. I am going to take some time today to figure it all out. I spent a long, long time editing my Sunday post last weekend because the new WP editor turned all my images into giant sized ones regardless of their original size. Fun! Totally not.

As you saw from my previous post, my daughter made her college decision. Still waiting on my son’s decision. Acceptances have been coming in but the offers aren’t quite what’s needed. Still so many decisions to be made all around. 

My daughter went back to school on Monday. She will be there two days a week for classes, one day for rehearsal and then the rest online. Next week is spring break for her so the timing is interesting. I suppose they wanted to test things out. If anyone travels out of California for break they have been asked to quarantine but it won’t happen. Everything appears to be open here at full capacity which is not how it’s supposed to be. I won’t lie, it feels good to see these businesses open and making up for lost time but I sure don’t want to slide backward again. 

What are your plans for Easter? I will cook a meal for Sunday but we will probably hit Saturday’s Easter service. It’s not the same as going on Easter but the crowds will be huge for Easter. No one is coming over, obviously but tomorrow my husband gets his first shot so that’s a step in the right direction. 

I will end with this question. The weather is showing signs of summer here. Does your reading tastes change with the weather? If so, what are you moving towards now? Mine don’t really but I didn’t read at all this past weekend and I think it’s because it was just so nice out and I spent a lot of time outside. However, I am reading a really good book right now, We Begin At The End by Chris Whitaker. I hope to finish it today so I can get the review posted next week.