1. I call Clementine “my little girl”, too. And technically she is – in size! She’s a petite little thing, only 7-1/2 lbs. At one time she weighed a little over 9 lbs, but she’s had kidney disease for a few years now.

    I read all the time; always have a book or two going. Usually one fiction and one non-fiction. Finishing up “Think Like a Monk” and just started Sandra Brown’s “Rainwater”.

  2. I haven’t read a lot of books this summer. I bought a stack of them, and still not done with the second one. Oh well, guess my summer reading list will become my fall reading list.

  3. I’m with you on the zinnias. My problem isn’t the heat but the deers. They don’t eat zinnias or marigolds so there will be a lot of them next year. I found some pink marigolds so I’ll be giving them a try.

  4. Hi Brenda,
    Damnation Spring and Count the Ways were two recent reads that I really enjoyed! Currently reading Lightning Strike by William Kent Krueger and am loving it as well!

  5. I’m currently reading the Vera mysteries. I get them on Libby for my kindle through the library. I love her character. I’ve also read all of the Louise Penny Three Pines mysteries. Those should be read in order as Louise has really developed the characters through the years. Reading is my “go to” as I’m not one to watch tv or movies, I love your blog.

  6. Your new format is interesting. I find it much easier to read. what is the name of the font you are using? It is noticeably cooler here this morning near Dallas, Texas. Our summer weather was much cooler and rainier this year. All I planted was Caladiums. They are still growing; however, they need much water. We can only hand water except after 6:30 pm. Next year I will plant them about sixteen inches back and add Impatients like I did when I moved here twelve years ago. I look forward to autumn.

  7. I keep a running list of books I order from my public library. With the state-wide catalog, CW Mars, I am able to get almost any book I desire. This saves me a ton of money as I usually go through two or three books a week.

    1. I agree! The library is free and oftentimes you can get books through Hoopla or, as a comment indicated, statewide systems. I, too, keep a list of books I want to read and get them from the library. Free is good!

  8. Hi Brenda,
    Have you read any of the Shetland books by Ann Cleeves? There are currently eight books in the series and they can be ordered individually or as a set from Amazon. Since Ann Cleeves also wrote the Vera books, you might enjoy her Shetland series.
    Love your garden!

  9. When hubby and I bought our first house, in 1968, We had a small room that I used as my first library. (meaning I had a bookshelf). That is when I joined “Book of the Month Club”. I really enjoyed getting a book in the mail, almost every month. Back then it was required to purchase 3 books, before you could “exit’ the club. I never had a problem with that, and I still have some of those books residing on my book shelves today. I quit and rejoined the club many times during the years. But then… enter…Amazon. I have to admit, I usually have about a dozen books on the shelves I have still to read, but I keep buying more books anyway. I didn’t know the club was still in business, good to hear that it is.

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