Sunday Post: Jun 28

rp_sundaypostmeme13.jpgThe Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading. This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

Last Week

Home & blog

Rain and more rain . . . and a birthday!
Today is my husband’s birthday! Yay! I got him a book he’s been wanting. It hasn’t been available on Amazon for quite awhile so I found it at The Book Depository. So glad I could get it from there.
We got home from Iowa Monday evening and all week I’ve played catch-up. I did get cards finished and mailed for birthdays, anniversaries and other occasions. Plus a birthday card for my husband!

We’ve had thunderstorms several days this week. Today it started raining in the morning and we’ve had thunderstorms this afternoon plus a flood watch and tornado watch. Our pond has never been so high. At least our grass is nice and green and the plants are growing.

However, when we looked closely at our plants we discovered most of them being eaten by Japanese beetles. One of our roses must have had 50 or more beetles eating the poor plants. I hate these beetles. It makes me feel sick to see our poor plants. Of course, we’re growing several of their favorite plants–roses, birches and crape myrtles. They’ve become a serious problem in North America where they don’t have natural predators. (In Japan they aren’t much of a problem since they have predators to take care of them.) Our next door neighbor has two Japanese beetle traps. Unfortunately, several studies have found the traps may attract more beetles than they trap. Our neighbor doesn’t believe this. 😦

Blog posts

Books

What I’m reading

Disturbed Earth by E. E. Richardson

What I read last week

No Mark Upon Her by Deborah Crombie

When Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm

New–Books, E-books, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

Library Books

None

E-books

The Rabbit Factory & Bloodthirsty by Marshall Karp

Laisrathera by M.C.A. Hogarth

Darkness Brutal by Rachel A. Marks (Kindle First book–free)

Skin Game by Jim Butcher

The Book of Bart by Ryan Hill

Audiobooks

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

The Art of Racing in the Wind by Garth Stein

The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder

Around the Internet

Free Sync Audio books

Sync is back again for the summer (May 7 – Aug 14). Sync is a program which provides two free young adult audiobook downloads each week. One audiobook is a current audiobook and the other is a classic audiobook. Each set of two books are only available for one week.

To listen to these books you must download Overdrive Media Console. It is available free to download at the Sync site.

For the week of June 25 – July 2

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

For the week July 2 – 9

Echoes of an Angel by Aquanetta Gordon & Chris Macias

Buddha Boy by Kathe Koja

Next Week

Home & blog

Our guests arrive this next week! I’m excited to see everyone and at the last minute my sister-in-law is able to come, too! Very happy about that. Also our three children are coming. So happy to have everyone visiting. We’re going to make seven trips to airports to pick up and drop off! I’m going to try to get next week’s posts all set up because, of course, I’m not that organized yet!

Blog Posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review: When Last the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm
  • Review: Lock In by John Scalzi
  • Sunday Post

What did you do last week? What books did you collect? What are you planning next week?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

14 thoughts on “Sunday Post: Jun 28”

  1. What terrible weather and those poor plants! I hate planting things and then greedy little insects munch them!

    Some great books there, I really need to start reading Golden Son, I loved Red Rising.

    Have a great week!

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    1. Yes, it was quite the weather last week, Heather, though I don’t really mind the rain too much. It keeps everything green! I guess you could tell I really dislike the Japanese beetles! I loved Red Rising, too, and have been meaning to get Golden Son. I was really happy it was on sale at Audible!

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  2. I’m so sorry about the Japanese Beetles. I have had some dealings with them but luckily for me and my tomatoes not as much as you. Hopefully you’ll be able to kill all the nasty little bugs. I think you’ve gotten our share of rain! Hope your husband has a happy birthday and have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Katherine! I went on quite a rant about the beetles, didn’t I?!! My husband has been doing a good job getting rid of them. Which is fine with me. I feel better if I don’t have to see the yucky bugs–ha ha!

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  3. We had a nasty storm last week too, and a tornado some distance away. The week got nicer after that, though. It’s so hard with the invasive species too, here in the Great Lakes we have the zebra mussles we always hear about, came in on ships and no real natural predators, cause all kinds of problems. Good luck with your plants- and enjoy your upcoming visits!

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    1. Thanks, Greg! I’m running around trying to get ready for our visitors. Not going to get everything I wanted done, but that’s okay.

      Oh, I’ve heard about how bad the zebra mussels are, Greg. I always feel bad reading about the invasive species in the Great Lakes. So hard to get rid of them there.

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  4. We’ve had a week of rain or threatening to! And I have one particular plant that something keeps munching the long leaves before they can even open. Asked at the local plant shop and they it’s caterpillars that come out of the ground at night to eat.

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    1. We had a really nice day yesterday, but now have thunderstorm possibilities the rest of the week. Your caterpillars sound awful, Laura. Made me think of vampire caterpillars…lol.

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  5. We’re plagued by the Japanese beetles here too… You got a great book haul, but I wonder if you’re going to have much time to read with your family all around you 🙂 Enjoy the family reunion, have a great week !

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  6. Golden Son was so darn good. I hope you love it. Let me know if we should send you a boat. We use to pump this white powder on to our roses and I cannot for the life of me remember what. We also put coffee grounds around the base of each plant. Enjoy your family time!

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    1. Thanks! I loved Red Rising, Kimba, so am looking forward to Golden Son. Yeah, we might need a boat alright! Maybe I’ll try coffee grounds. A good use for my used grounds.

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  7. I love rainy days – as long as you don’t have to be out in them. When I was working it always seemed to rain as I needed to catch a train or bus home and traffic became horrendous! Now that I’m working from home I feel kinda comforted by the sound!

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    1. I like rainy days, too, Deborah. I lived in Portland, Oregon as a young adult and it rains there a lot. I remember many days walking to or from the bus in the rain with water streaming down my face because I had forgotten my umbrella! The sound of rain on the roof or in the gutters of the house is a great sound.

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