Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Dead Blow by Lisa Preston

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books which will publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

Dead Blow by Lisa Preston

Series: Horseshoer Mystery #2

Published by Skyhorse

Publishing date: November 5

Genre: Mystery

Synopsis: A dead blow hammer leaves little to no mark on the surface it strikes. It’s not a shoer’s tool, but horseshoer Rainy Dale knows them and knows there are more questions than answers about how her new client became a widow. The old woman says there was hardly a bruise on her dead husband. Why was he driving his tractor so dangerously near the killer bull? How long did it take him to die after the machine rolled and pinned him? The whole town seems aware of the dead man’s wandering eye. Did the widow know? It all happened just before Rainy came to town, about the time that her fiancé, Guy, volunteered with his buddy to help search for a young woman who went missing from Cowdry, Oregon. Rainy is supposed to be making wedding plans and friends, but she can’t help being drawn into the town’s old intrigues.

Once again, Rainy will have to dig deep and use all the tools in her box to both defend herself and the people she’s just learning to love. 

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I read the first book in this series last year and liked it a lot. I haven’t read a book with a horseshoer as the main character. I’m looking forward to learning more about Rainy as well as reading a good mystery.

My favorite books with dog characters

That Artsy Reader Girl has hosted Top Ten Tuesday since January of 2018. This is a fun meme with specific topics each week. If you like to make lists and talk about books be sure to check it out.

This week is a freebie so I chose to write about My favorite books with dog characters.

All the books have links to either Goodreads or to my review if I’ve reviewed the book.

Mysteries

Fractured Truth by Susan Furlong

This is the second book in the Bone Gap Travelers series. Both books are very good. They take place in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee, but the main character and her dog are both military veterans. Both she and her K-9 partner were injured by an IED and both have PTSD. I like the way the author doesn’t sugarcoat the difficulties they both have from their military service.

Killing Trail by Margaret Mizushima

This is the first book in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series about a young police officer in a small town in the Colorado Rockies. She’s partnered with a K-9 police dog named Robo and is still learning to trust that Robo knows what he’s doing. He’s trained as a search-and-rescue dog as well as a drug sniffing dog and he’s very capable. I like seeing the growth of trust between the two partners as the series continues.

Dead Stop by Barbara Nickless

Another book with ties to the military. Both Sydney and Clyde were stationed in Iraq, but Clyde’s handler (who was also Sydney’s boyfriend) was killed in Iraq. Sydney was able to bring Clyde back to the U.S. and adopt him. Sydney is now a railroad cop and Clyde is her K-9 partner.

The Right Side by Spencer Quinn

I really liked this book and wish that Spencer Quinn would write another one about LeAnne Hogan. She’s another military veteran who was wounded in Afghanistan. Half her face is badly scarred and she lost an eye. She’s struggling to find a reason to live when a stray dog adopts her. When she discover’s a dead friend’s daughter is missing she needs to help find her.

Young Adult

Doggirl by Robin Brande

I loved this book about a high schooler who is more at home with animals than with people. Animals seem to know that she understands them, too. She was laughed at and bullied at her last school and so at her new school she hasn’t wanted to make friends. However, when she sees an advertisement that the school theater department needs a dog for a play she has to bring one of her dogs to show them what she and her dog can do. It’s great to see the acceptance she finally finds among the theater kids.

Women’s Fiction/Romance

What the Dog Ate by Jakie Bouchard

This was poignant at times, but also laugh-out-loud funny! And there’s some romance.

Crazy for You by Jennifer Crusie

I read this book about 15 years ago. It’s about a high school teacher who has always done the “right” thing and is bored with her life. She suddenly breaks free from that mold when she adopts a stray dog which all her friends and family think is a mistake. I’ve read just about everything Jennifer Crusie wrote and lots of her books have funny, quirky dogs in them. Unfortunately, she’s not writing much anymore.

Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon

I loved this book. I read it earlier this year and reading about all the dogs in the book put a smile on my face–plus there’s a really nice romance!

Science Fiction/Post Apocalyptic

A Boy and his Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher

In some ways this is a heartbreaking story, but in other ways it’s a story of the trust and love we’ve had ever since the first dogs trusted people to protect them–and vice versa. It’s the story of a boy who will do nearly anything to get his dog back.

Nonfiction

Soldier Dogs by Marie Goodavage

I’m in awe of the working dogs that save soldier and civilian lives by finding IEDs. In the military dogs have been used to find weapons, drugs, explosives and do a myriad of other things through the years. In Iraq and Afghanistan dogs are mostly used to find IEDs and search houses for explosives. But they also help boost the morale of the unit and there’s a great bond between the dog and handler. These dogs are heroes and should have more recognition.

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Did you write something this week for Top Ten Tuesday? What did you write? Do you like books about dogs or about other animals? Do you have favorites?

Sunday Post: July 28

Sunday-Post

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.

Personal life

Cooler this week. I especially loved the cool mornings (55-60 degree range all week). I think hotter weather is on it’s way. That’s what a Midwest summer is all about!

Travel in the Midwest

I spent most of the week in Indiana with one of my daughter’s. We had so much fun together. On Friday we drove to Iowa to spend the weekend with our family. We’re going to celebrate a retirement and celebrate a life lived well.

We’re driving home on Sunday evening, then leaving again on Thursday for a long weekend in northern Wisconsin.

RAGBRAI (The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa)

A group of my sister-in-law’s family rode this year in RAGBRAI. I’ve never done RAGBRAI, but a number of my husband’s family have ridden in it through the years. In recent years the organizers have had to limit the size to 8,500 bicyclists since it’s gotten so popular.

Blog life

A few posts done this week including a review of a book I read in February for Booker T’s Farm “They Call It Puppy Love” Challenge. It was such a fun book.

Recent posts
Next week
  • Review
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Scent of Murder by Kylie Logan
  • The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch
What I read recently
  • Walking Back to Happiness by Lucy Dillon
Books I got recently

Murder on Amsterdam Avenue by Victoria Thompson

Ascending by Meg Pechenick

Academic Curveball by James J. Cudney

Aftershocks by Marko Kloos (Prime Book)

The Scent of Murder by Kylie Logan (audiobook/library)

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes (audiobook/library)

What have you been doing? What are your plans next week?

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books which will publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier

Series: Warrior Bards #1

Published by Ace

Publishing date: September 3

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: A young woman is both a bard–and a warrior–in this thrilling historical fantasy from the author of the Sevenwaters novels.

Eighteen-year-old Liobhan is a powerful singer and an expert whistle player. Her brother has a voice to melt the hardest heart, and a rare talent on the harp. But Liobhan’s burning ambition is to join the elite warrior band on Swan Island. She and her brother train there to compete for places, and find themselves joining a mission while still candidates. Their unusual blend of skills makes them ideal for this particular job, which requires going undercover as traveling minstrels. For Swan Island trains both warriors and spies.

Their mission: to find and retrieve a precious harp, an ancient symbol of kingship, which has gone mysteriously missing. If the instrument is not played at the upcoming coronation, the candidate will not be accepted and the people could revolt. Faced with plotting courtiers and tight-lipped druids, an insightful storyteller, and a boorish Crown Prince, Liobhan soon realizes an Otherworld power may be meddling in the affairs of the kingdom. When ambition clashes with conscience, Liobhan must make a bold decision and is faced with a heartbreaking choice. . . .

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I’ve read a number of Juliet Marillier’s books and am excited she’s started a new series!

Review: Doggirl by Robin Brande

Doggirl by Robin Brande

Series: None

Genre: Young Adult, Dogs

Setting: High School

Source: Ebook, purchased

Publishing Date: 2011

251 pages

Synopsis: I BELIEVE IN SIGNS. 
And this one said: “Dog trainer needed immediately. Must provide own dog.” 
I snatched the paper off the announcement board before anyone else could see it. 
BECAUSE IT’S ABOUT TIME. 

Meet Riley Case: An expert with dogs, lousy with people. She’s been keeping a low profile at her high school–well, except for that incident with the birds–but when the chance comes to use her talents as a dog trainer to help the drama department win a national competition, she knows she can’t stay in the shadows any longer. 

Funny and tender, with plenty for any animal-lover to love, DOGGIRL and her dogs will steal your heart.

My thoughts

I loved this story about a high school girl who trains her three dogs. After she finishes college she wants to train dogs for movies. She gets her first job for the dogs in a school play.

I heard once that people know what they want to be by the time they’re ten years old. I’ve known since I was four.

My parents brought home the movie Babe, and forget it, that was it. I’ve watched it like 8,000 times now. The pig, the dogs, the duck, the sheep–someone had to teach each and every one of them how to perform all those tricks.

Riley is a great character. She doesn’t really understand people, but she understands and loves animals–especially dogs and they love her. The dogs in this book are wonderful. I would love to know all of them! I don’t read many young adult books, but reading this book made me happy.

Fig, Jack and Heidi

The dogs in the book–a Great Pyrenees named Fig; a Border Collie named Jack; and a Dachshund named Heidi–stole the show for me. I’d love to meet dogs like them. Fig has actually saved Riley’s life a couple of times. Jack knows the meaning of many words

If you like dogs, or school plays or just want to read a story that will make you happy you should read Doggirl.

My Rating: A-

Have you read this book or any books by this author?

Reading Challenges

  • 52 books in 52 weeks hosted by the mommymannegren.com blog — A teen as the main character
  • Review Writing Challenge hosted by Shari @ Delighted Reader blog
  • They Call It Puppy Love Challenge hosted by Barb @ Booker T’s Farm (February challenge)

Sunday Post: July 21

Sunday-Post

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.

Personal life

Very hot here in the Midwest as well as other parts of the United States. This weekend it’s been in the 90’s with the heat index in 105 degree range.

Trip to visit daughters in Illinois & Indiana

This past week my husband and I drove to Illinois to visit our older daughter. My husband went home after a few days because he has planted grass which needs regular watering. On Friday my daughter and I drove to Indiana to visit my younger daughter.

Daylilies

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I planted daylilies last year and they are thriving! I love having daylilies in my yard. Such an easy perennial and so many beautiful blooms. When I get back to Iowa my daylilies will probably be a memory until next year.

Blog life

I started blogging again after several month’s absence. It’s so nice to talk about books again.

Recent posts
Next week
  • Review
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Walking Back to Happiness by Lucy Dillon
  • The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch
What I read recently

Part-Time Gods by Rachel Aaron

Squared Away by Alicia Dill

Books I got recently

Sign Off by Patricia McLinn

The Night Raven by Sarah Painter

Playing Hearts by W.R. Gingell

The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi

Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews

Shelved Under Murder by Victoria Gilbert

What have you been doing? What are your plans next week?

July 2019 books on my list

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Even though the month is over half gone I decided to post my list of books published in July that looked interesting to me.

I hope people reading my post may find some new books to read. I also hope people will point me toward books I missed.

July 2

Under the Cold Bright Lights by Garry Disher

Series: Unknown

Published by Soho Crime

Genre: Mystery

312 pages

Synopsis: The young detectives call Alan Auhl a retread, but that doesn’t faze him. He does things his own way—and gets results.

He still lives with his ex-wife, off and on, in a big house full of random boarders and hard-luck stories. And he’s still a cop, even though he retired from Homicide some years ago.

He works cold cases now. Like the death of John Elphick—his daughters still convinced he was murdered, the coroner not so sure. Or the skeleton that’s just been found under a concrete slab. Or the doctor who killed two wives and a girlfriend, and left no evidence at all.

Auhl will stick with these cases until justice is done. One way or another.

Paper Son by S.J. Rozan

Series: Lydia Chin & Bill Smith #12

Published by Pegasus Books

Genre: Mystery

352 pages

Synopsis: The Most Southern Place on Earth: that’s what they call the Mississippi Delta. It’s not a place Lydia Chin, an American-born Chinese private detective from Chinatown, NYC, ever thought she’d have reason to go. But when her mother tells her a cousin Lydia didn’t know she had is in jail in Clarksdale, Mississippi—and that Lydia has to rush down south and get him out—Lydia finds herself rolling down Highway 61 with Bill Smith, her partner, behind the wheel.

From the river levees to the refinement of Oxford, from old cotton gins to new computer scams, Lydia soon finds that nothing in Mississippi is as she expected it to be. Including her cousin’s legal troubles—or possibly even his innocence. Can she uncover the truth in a place more foreign to her than any she’s ever seen?

July 9

Bad Axe County by John Galligan

Series: Unknown

Published by Atria Books

Genre: Mystery

336 pages

Synopsis: Fifteen years ago, Heidi White’s parents were shot to death on their Bad Axe County farm. The police declared it a murder-suicide and closed the case. But that night, Heidi found the one clue she knew could lead to the truth—if only the investigators would listen.

Now Heidi White is Heidi Kick, wife of local baseball legend Harley Kick and mother of three small children. She’s also the interim sheriff in Bad Axe. Half the county wants Heidi elected but the other half will do anything to keep her out of law enforcement. And as a deadly ice storm makes it way to Bad Axe, tensions rise and long-buried secrets climb to the surface.

As freezing rain washes out roads and rivers flood their banks, Heidi finds herself on the trail of a missing teenaged girl. Clues lead her down twisted paths to backwoods stag parties, derelict dairy farms, and the local salvage yard—where the body of a different teenage girl has been carefully hidden for a decade.

As the storm rages on, Heidi realizes that someone is planting clues for her to find, leading her to some unpleasant truths that point to the local baseball team and a legendary game her husband pitched years ago. With a murder to solve, a missing girl to save, and a monster to bring to justice, Heidi is on the cusp of shaking her community to its core—and finding out what really happened the night her parents died. 

July 23

The Last Astronaut by David Wellington

Series: Unknown

Published by Orbit

Genre: Science Fiction

400 pages

Synopsis: The object entered our solar system, slowed down off the rings of Saturn, and began a steady approach towards Earth. No one knows what its purpose is. It has made no attempt at communication and has ignored all of NASA’s transmissions.

Having forsaken manned flight, the space programs of the world scramble to enlist forcefully-retired NASA legend Sally Jensen–the only person with the first-hand operational knowledge needed to execute a mission to make contact.

With no time to spare she must lead a crew with no experience farther than mankind has ever traveled, to a visitor whose intentions are far from clear…and who, with each passing day, gets closer to home. 

July 31

Atmosphæra Incognita by Neal Stephenson

Series: Unknown

Published by Subterranean Press

Genre: Science Fiction Novella

104 pages

Synopsis: Atmosphæra Incognita is a beautifully detailed, high-tech rendering of a tale as old as the Biblical Tower of Babel. It is an account, scrupulously imagined, of the years-long construction of a twenty-kilometer-high tower that will bring the human enterprise, in all its complexity, to the threshold of outer space. It is a story of persistence, of visionary imaginings, of the ceaseless technological innovation needed to bring these imaginings to life. At the same time, it shows us our familiar planet from an entirely new perspective, and offers vivid snapshots of the unique beauties and unexpected hazards of the “atmosphæra incognita” that lies between this world and “the deep ocean of the cosmos.” The result is pure pleasure, pure excitement, pure Neal Stephenson. No one with an interest in Stephenson’s work, or in science fiction at its most thoughtful and ambitious, can afford to miss this latest edition to an extraordinary body of work. 

What books are you excited about this month?

The Wrap-Up for Spring 2019

Since I haven’t blogged since the first part of April I thought I’d post about what I was busy doing in April, May and June.

Personal life

Spring travels

San Juan Island, WA

My husband and I traveled different places during the spring–mostly in April and May. We took care of our daughter’s dogs in Indianapolis while she was gone on a trip. Then a week after we returned home we flew to Seattle to visit our son plus my husband’s sister and brother-in-law. I love Seattle. It’s such a vibrant city and we did lots of fun stuff while we were there–took a ferry to one of the San Juan Islands in Puget Sound; did a food tour in the International District of Seattle; ate lots of amazing food!

After we returned home from Seattle we had a few days of recuperation and then drove to Chicago for our niece’s graduation. She received her PhD in midwifery and we’re so proud of her. The time in Chicago was a whirlwind of celebration and good conversations as much of the family gathered to celebrate Bridget and her accomplishments.

Salisbury House in Des Moines–Where we saw an outdoor production of Macbeth

We also made a quick trip to Omaha to visit a former colleague of my husband. He lives in Washington D.C. and was in Omaha to work on a case. It was great to see him.

We also spent time visiting places in Des Moines we either hadn’t been before or revisiting some of our favorite places. I always feel much more energetic in the spring before the weather gets too hot.

Yard & garden

We had a very wet April and May with flooding of a number of our Iowa rivers. June was drier and much hotter, however!

My daylilies I planted last year started blooming the last part of June and they’re beautiful. Daylilies love the heat and humidity of the Midwest and since they’re one of my favorite plants they’re perfect to plant. One of my sisters-in-law came to visit for a weekend and she and my husband spent lots of time in the yard splitting hostas and transplanting them to other areas of the yard. It was great to see them get so much done. We also bought some new plants and got them planted as well. I used to do quite a bit of gardening, too, but with two knee replacements I have trouble getting up and down so I do the planning and my husband does the work!

Driveway

I’ve provided moral support for the major work on our driveway!

We have a long, steep cement driveway which also had a cement turnaround when we bought the house. When it rains water rushes down the driveway into the street which isn’t good for the storm drains. However, the water also got under the cement and began eroding the soil underneath the cement which caused cracking and caving in.

Of course, we didn’t notice this when we bought the house three years ago. (There was snow on the driveway.) Last fall we hired a company to begin dismantling the worst of the cement and pumping a substance underneath the cement slabs that were still in fairly good condition to try to save that cement. We had to stop before they’d finished the work because of snow so they came back in the spring to finish the job. They’ve finished and now my husband is building retaining walls to try to save the soil from washing away. He has spent many hours working on this project and still has many hours of work to finish it.

Blog life

Blog updates and no blogging

April was when I finally upgraded my blog to WordPress 5.0. Since I was doing that I did a few other things that needed to be done and some upgrades I wanted to do. It all took longer than planned and I stopped posting for a while.

Books read

April

The First Eagle by Tony Hillerman (audiobook/library) — B+

*The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley (ebook/library) — A-

Death Distilled by Melinda Mullett (ebook) — B+

*Bloodfire by Helen Harper (ebook) — B-

Bloodmagic by Helen Harper (ebook) — B-

Ambush by Barbara Nickless (ebook) — B+

Slouch Witch by Helen Harper (ebook) — B

May

City of Lies by Victoria Thompson (ebook) — B

*A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A Fletcher (hardcover/library) — A-

Wild Country by Anne Bishop (ebook/library) — A-

All the Different Shades of Blue by W.R. Gingell (ebook/novella) — B

Stars Unchartered by S.K. Dunstall (audiobook) — B

*Cornered Magic by Charissa Dufour (ebook) — B

Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs (audiobook/library) — A-

Misguided Allies by Charissa Dufour (ebook) — B

The Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer (audiobook) — B

Hunting Badger by Tony Hillerman (audiobook/library) — B+

June

Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie (audiook/library) — B

Between Floors by W.R. Gingell (ebook) — B+

*Wish by Barbara O’Connor (audiobook) — A-

*Becoming by Michelle Obama (audiobook/library) — A

*Cold Mourning by Brenda Chapman (ebook) — B

Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong (ebook/library) — B+

*The Right Sort of Man by Allison Montclair (ebook/library) — B+

*New-to-me author

My Reading Challenges

My reading challenges are mostly going dismally this year, but I’ll continue on with them and see if I improve by the end of the year!

Goodreads Challenge

2019 Goal–95 books read

By the end of June I read 43 books and was 3 books behind.

Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge

Goal–read and review 36-55 books mysteries (mysteries must be over 100 pages)

I’ve read 18 mysteries so far, but have only reviewed 2 of those mysteries.

52 Books in 52 Weeks Reading Challenge

I’ve read 11 books so far from the 52 subjects in this reading challenge.

The Backlist Reading Challenge

Goal — Read at least 24 books from my TBR list

So far I’ve read 12 books from my TBR list.

Library Love Challenge

Goal — Read at least 25 library books

I’ve read 14 library books so far.

Review Writing Challenge

Goal — Review at least 70 books this year

I’ve only reviewed 5 books from this year so far.

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How has your year been going so far? Do you do reading challenges? How are yours progressing?

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Blind Search by Paula Munier

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books which will publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

Blind Search by Paula Munier

Series: Mercy and Elvis Mysteries #2

Published by Minotaur Books

Publishing date: November 5

Genre: Mystery, Working Dogs

Synopsis: It’s October, hunting season in the Green Mountains—and the Vermont wilderness has never been more beautiful or more dangerous. Especially for nine-year-old Henry, who’s lost in the woods. Again. Only this time he sees something terrible. When a young woman is found shot through the heart with a fatal arrow, Mercy thinks that something is murder. But Henry, a math genius whose autism often silences him when he should speak up most, is not talking.

Now there’s a murderer hiding among the hunters in the forest—and Mercy and Elvis must team up with their crime-solving friends, game warden Troy Warner and search-and-rescue dog Susie Bear, to find the killer—before the killer finds Henry. When an early season blizzard hits the mountains, cutting them off from the rest of the world, the race is on to solve the crime, apprehend the murderer, and keep the boy safe until the snowplows get through.

Inspired by the true search-and-rescue case of an autistic boy who got lost in the Vermont wilderness, Paula Munier’s mystery is a compelling roller coaster ride through the worst of winter—and human nature. 

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It’s fitting that my first Can’t-Wait-Wednesday in several months is a mystery about a working dog. Reading mysteries with working dogs in them are just about my favorite type of book right now!

I read the first Mercy and Elvis book (A Borrowing of Bones) last year and really enjoyed it. I love the cover of this book!

I missed spring on my blog and don’t want to miss summer

Scorch, Elf and book
Scorch and Elf on my lap as I read one of my favorite books so far this year

You may have noticed I haven’t blogged for a few months. I didn’t mean for that happen, but as the days went by it was harder and harder to jump back in again. Summer’s here now. I missed Spring on my blog. I don’t want to totally miss Summer!

Blog updates in April

I stopped blogging in April to update and upgrade various parts of my blog. I’d been planning to do it since January when WordPress 5.0 came out. I thought it would only take a day or two, but one thing led to another . . . .

I worked on my blog much of April. I upgraded my PHP version as well as upgrading my theme. Since I upgraded my theme I decided to change some things on my blog and to freshen the look of the blog. This all took time since I didn’t know how to do some of the stuff I was doing. However, I finally did upgrade WordPress. 🙂

Frustrations

During that time I didn’t post anything since I was busy trying to get finished. As time went on I got frustrated and didn’t want to fix things or to blog. I still have things to change and fix and will gradually work on them. However, I didn’t even want to look at the blog for a while.  😦

Excited to reconnect

I’ve gotten past that now and am excited to reconnect. I know I stopped blogging at least one other time during the six years since I started my blog. Each time I thought I’d be back in a few days. Then as the days and weeks went by I had a hard time returning. Has this ever happened to you?

I don’t want it to happen to me again–but if it does I need to put a message on my blog that I plan to come back.