Sunday Post: Mothers Day


Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

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Beautiful weather this week. Only one day of rain. Next week it’s supposed to be in the 80’s and even up to 90 degrees one day. With all the good weather the fence is nearly done. It’s beautiful!

Mothers Day

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I’ve had a wonderful Mothers Day weekend. One of my daughters and I spent Saturday together first going to a plant sale at the Botanical Gardens, out to lunch, coming home to plant some of the plants, then off to get a pedicure! Such a nice day! As you can see from the photos above the botanical staff has a sense of humor! While we were transplanting our plants my daughter’s dog Bailey had her first swim of the season!

Sunday we plan to just stay in since lots of people will be out and about. My husband has given me a couple of online genealogy classes which start this next week. I’m excited about those. I also got my DNA results back from Ancestry. Now I’m trying to figure them out!


Not a lot of time on the internet this week. Good reading though.

Blog posts
Blog posts planned
  • WWW Wednesday
  • Book review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier

A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor

What I’ve read

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

Dark Crimes by Michael Hambling

Some books I got recently (there was an Agatha Christie Kindle sale!)

After the Funeral by Agatha Christie

Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie

Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie

Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie

Interesting on the Internet

Sync is back! Every week until August 16 two young adult audiobooks are free to download. These books are young adult titles so if that’s your favorite genre check them out.

Audiobooks available May 11 – 17

Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes | Read by Jessica Almasy, Kevin R. Free, Marc Damon Johnson, Sisi Aisha Johnson, Melanie Martinez, Cherise Boothe

Published by Recorded Books

Acclaimed poet, novelist, journalist, and educator Nikki Grimes was born and raised in New York City. Each of the 18 kids in Mr. Ward’s inner city classroom has something important to say, but some don’t even realize it. Then Mr. Ward begins to have “open mic” poetry slams once a month on Fridays. Young adult listeners will identify with the characters in Bronx Masquerade as they explore questions about life and self-expression. “As always, Grimes gives young people exactly what they’re looking for-real characters who show them they are not alone.”-School Library Journal

Teenage Diaries: Then and Now by Radio Diaries | Read by Hosted by Joe Richman

Published by HighBridge Audio

They conduct interviews, keep audio journals, and record the sounds of daily life; usually collecting more than 30 hours of raw tape over the course of a year, edited into documentaries airing on NPR’s All Things Considered. Whether it’s the story of Amanda, a gay teen trying to understand her sexuality, or the story of Juan, who crossed the Rio Grande with his family illegally, these stories offer insight into the mysterious life of teenagers. Sixteen years later, five of those diarists return to chronicle their grown-up lives.

Audiobooks available May 18 – 24

The Gathering: Shadow House Book 1 by Dan Poblocki | Read by Dan Bittner

Published by Scholastic Audiobooks

Multiplatform takes on horror with a trilogy that brings Miss Peregrine to middle grade with an online Skeleton Creek twist! Come Play With Us…

Buildings have memories. Places bear scars. We’ve all had those moments–a chill in the air, a sense that something terrible once happened where we stand. But some houses are more than scary. They’re hungry.

Larkspur House has lured five kids inside, and they’re trapped. The five will have to look carefully–there are clues to the house’s secrets scattered all over the grounds, and if they can figure out the past, it might show them a way out of their terrifying present. Will they stay strong enough to discover the house’s weakness and escape? Or will the horrors of Larkspur House scare the five right out of their minds?

Each book in the series is full of creepy photos and objects that tell one story in the book, and unlock exciting, choose-your-own-adventure stories online where kids try to survive the house!

In Our Backyard: Human Trafficking in America and What We Can Do To Stop It by Nita Belles | Read by Nicol Zanzarella

Published by Oasis Audio

Modern slavery is happening all around you . . . and you can be part of the solution.

Human trafficking is not just something that happens in other countries. Nor is it something that just happens to “other people,” such as runaways or the disenfranchised. Even kids in your own neighborhood can fall victim. But they don’t have to.

Through true stories and expertise from her many years of boots-on-the-ground experience, anti-trafficking expert Nita Belles teaches you everything you need to know about human trafficking in the United States, helping you identify risk factors, take practical steps to keep your loved ones and neighbors safe from predators, and recognize trafficking around you, so that you can help fight it.

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






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.

10 thoughts on “Sunday Post: Mothers Day”

  1. OH LOVE YOUR BLOG! [we use the same font how cute is that :)] and I like your slideshow so much! The botanical signs are funny and Bailey is just adorable 🙂

    Glad to hear you had a wonderful Mothers Day weekend. Eating, gardening, girls time.. sounds like heaven to me!:)

    Hope you have a great Sunday with all your visitors

    I’m sure you’ll have a great reading week. The audio books look superb! Love the diversity and horror??? OH HELL YEAH ! 🙂 I hope you post about your DNA results!! I’m so curious now!


  2. Glad you had a wonderful :girls: day with your daughter– sounds like a dream day! Great photos and lots of sunshine! Enjoy your Mother’s Day as you continue to make your new home your forever home.

    And also have a good time tracing your ancestry. My husband and son do that, and when my son was in Ireland last year doing an internship he found a second cousin of my husband’s, and we have been in touch ever since; my husband “introduced” him to a bunch of U.S. relatives on Facebook, then the cousin came over this year to see the east coast family, etc. That’s what can happen 🙂 My son took the DNA test plus 23 and Me DNA test too. Lots to absorb, but quite intriguing, some surprises in there. Have a good week (it’s Rita, I’m back).


    1. Thanks, Rita! It’s been a great day. I am having fun doing family history and genealogy. I’ve done some through the years and enjoy learning more about the family and finding family stories. My husband’s family have relatives in Ireland who have come here to the States to visit and whom we have visited in Ireland. It’s lots of fun to connect with family in another country, I think!

      I’m so glad you’re back, Rita. I’ve been wondering how you were doing so I will go follow your link!


    1. Thanks, Sarah! I’ve had a lovely day…topped off by my son in NYC sending me a beautiful bouquet of flowers! I’m so enjoying the Jodi Taylor book.


    1. Yes, genealogy really is interesting. I’m having fun with it and hoping to get in contact with long-lost cousins.


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