Life This Week #3

In Life This Week, I really didn’t deviate from my usual routine. Worked on the blog, played with Ivy, fixed meals for the both of us.

Watched an episode or two of BritBox. Then read a book and went to bed. A very simple life. A contented life.

I did restart The “Book Of The Month” club membership. I’d paused it for summer, thinking I’d be out on the patio a lot with my plants. Turned out it was too hot after June, so I’ve been reading a lot of books.

Now I’ll need to replenish those books. And Book Of The Month always has brand new books and even ones not yet released.

If you’re interested in joining the “Book Of The Month” club you can join through me here and I’ll get points toward another book.

I ordered groceries through Amazon’s Whole Foods for the first time. And I was impressed with their service.

I ordered enough food to cook at least three meals: tuna casserole, tuna salad, and crustless quiche. Already ate the tuna casserole and I’d estimate this recipe will feed you four meals if you live alone.

The weather has cooled slightly, so I’ve been on the patio taking photos of mainly the zinnias, as everything else is pretty much dead. For weeks my camera lens would steam up as soon as I walked out the French doors.

I’d sigh and head right back inside.

Then I edited the photos for the appropriate size to put in my media library so I can use them here on the blog.

If zinnias are all I’m left with after the others burn up, next year I might consider just planting zinnias. They’re much cheaper because I can order seeds.

Some herbs are hanging on too. But looking a bit worse for wear. My rosemary plant, that is partially in the shade, is doing the best in terms of the herbs.

Life According To Ivy:

Ivy is asleep at the end of my recliner, right where Charlie used to sleep. She looks so sweet when she’s asleep. But then, Ivy always looks sweet.

I call her “my little girl” though we all know Ivy is not on the small side. Still, it’s a term of endearment.

I can’t go in the bathroom without her bringing one of her springy toys in her mouth to put at my feet so I’ll play fetch with her.

The days of going to the bathroom alone are a thing of the past. Kind of like when my kids were toddlers!

What I’m Watching:

I’m still watching “Vera” on BritBox. There’s not a series I’ve liked more than this one.

What I’m Reading:

I read Stephen King’s latest book, “Billy Summers.” It was a good one. I had not read any of King’s book is ages. Now I’m excited to see what he publishes next.

Then Saturday I began reading “The Guest List” by Lucy Foley. And finished that book last night.

Are you doing much reading this summer?

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  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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