Stacking the Shelves #259

Posted May 2, 2021 by Carole in Stacking the Shelves / 27 Comments

I am really excited to participate in Stacking the Shelves, a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality.

My Life

I feel like I have been so, so busy. There is always something to do but never enough time to get it all done. I knew that I needed a break so I decided to take off Thursday just to read and relax. I was off again on Friday but I spent that day getting things ready for a family get-together at our house on Saturday. On Saturday, we had my husband’s family over to our house. Most of his family had not seen our new house yet so that was fun. My Mother in Law lives in a nursing home and was able to come to our house as well. It has been over a year since I was able to give her a hug and she was thrilled to be able to have her kids around her. This past year has been extremely difficult for people suffering from dementia.

When I wasn’t working on getting the house clean or working on the blog, I was pulling weeds. I have pulled so many weeds over the past week. I am sure that they will be back next week but it was nice to feel caught up for a short moment. I have no idea what I am doing with plants but I am learning. I love the way our yard looks and I hope that I don’t kill anything too soon.

What I’m Reading

I got through a lot of audiobooks this week. I actually finished Darkroom by Kate Willoughby Saturday night after writing last week’s post and really enjoyed it. Then I decided to listen to a book that I had downloaded from NetGalley and wanted to knock off my tbr pile – Rafael by Laurell K. Hamilton. My feelings are a little mixed with this one. I really wanted to read Later by Stephen King and could resist when I saw that a copy was available to download from my local library. I am not about the ending but I really liked the book overall. I feel like I have been reading The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton forever. I really enjoyed it but was glad to finally get it finished.

I have a ton of May ARCs to read but I decided to read a June one instead. I have only read a little of Bath Haus by P.J. Vernon but I am loving it so far!

Books Added

Bath House by P.J. Vernon (NetGalley), The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons (Publisher), Switch by A.S. King (Bookish First), One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston (LibroFM), The Anatomy of Desire by L.R. Dorn (LibroFM)

Favorite Instagram Post of the Week

27 responses to “Stacking the Shelves #259

  1. I’m glad your mother in law was able to visit, and it really seems like you had a busy month. I feel like April flew by . . . I just wish we had better weather, I’m getting a bit tired of all the rain, so fingers crossed this month will bring some sunny days! And, of course, lots of great reads as well 😀

    • It was definitely wonderful to finally get the chance to have a longer visit. This year has been hard on people living in nursing homes.

  2. That’s nice that your family was able to come for a visit! I’m ready for a vacation myself just after this week alone. I was taking care of my parents’ old dog who’s set in his ways and is just a grump too. Lol. It was not a good week, and since I was sick Wednesday from my Covid shot, he didn’t even give me a break. So I’m ready for a vacation of some sort but sadly there’s none in the near future. Guess I just got wait until 2022.

    Nice new reads! Those are new to me ones. I hope you enjoy them all!

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    • We have 3 dogs. They are not old but they are a ton of work since they never coordinate their need to go outside…or come back inside. I do a lot of reading while walking back and forth to the back door.

    • Thanks, AJ! I can’t take the credit for the yard but I am trying hard not to kill it. There are a lot of weeds that I still need to get but it is a work in progress.

  3. Neat that you got an extra day off to relax before the preparation day. Love that you got to host a family visit and your MIL could be there. Tough that she suffers from dementia. Your flower bed looks great. I’m hoping to plant my veggie garden next weekend. Glad your reading week went well. Tough to resist some books and so they jump the line. 🙂

    • I was going to do a veggie garden but I realized that I probably have too much on my plate as it is. Maybe next year!

  4. Awww, that’s wonderful that you could finally visit with your mother in law. It was such a difficult year for people with loved ones in nursing homes. Your yard looks great! It’s nice that you are enjoying the garden so much. The new King book sounds like another mind-bender. Eager to hear what you think

  5. I’m so glad you had the family get together. I have worked with perennials since 1981 so I might be able to help if it’s a perennial. After you weed, use PREEN. It will cut down weeds for 3 months and feed the flowers to make their root systems stronger. The weeds haven’t come back from my weeding a couple weeks ago since I preened right after weeding. Good luck. I know that busy feeling. The weather has been great but I’m looking forward to rain tomorrow to relax a bit.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

    • I went out and bought some Preen after reading your comment. We put it on the front flower bed last night and hope to get the backyard ones done this week. I am ready for less weeding!

  6. Weeds are a never ending battle, right? Lol. Nice to hear you were able to get together with family!

    I’m thinking about grabbing up a copy of The Anatomy of Desire, too. There’s a whole cast of narrators and two I know I really like.

  7. I loved Rafael because…rats! I d love my little rodents. lol And this one was full of rats, I loved the story too.
    I love your garden picture, it’s so pretty.

  8. I’m so glad you took a break and gave yourself time to relax. It always make such a huge difference across the board when you get some refresh time! How wonderful that you were able to spend time with your family and so right about people with dementia. My grandmother was loosely holding on at the beginning of the pandemic but over the past year she has deteriorated to a heartbreaking extent. I hope you have a wonderful week!

    • I have reached the point in my life that I sometimes just need to step away from everything for a bit. It was tough seeing my mother in law’s decline but it was great to get to see her too.