Sunday Bookends: Balancing Books and Feeling like we live in Antartica

Welcome to another Sunday Bookends where I share what I’m reading, watching, writing, eating, seeing, smelling — no, wait. Only what I’m reading, watching, writing, sometimes what I’m listening to and a little about what we’ve been up to. Feel free to let me know what you’ve been up to in the comments.

What’s Been Occuring

Aparently we are never going to have warm weather again. Or that’s how it feels right now, anyhow. I know we will eventually have warm weather, of course, but this has been one long winter.

Most of the 21 inches of snow that fell on us the week before last is still here and now they are calling for several more inches on Monday and Tuesday. We just got our driveway cleared from the last storm and now more snow is coming. I can’t even wrap my head around it. While the snow can be pretty, there has been anywhere from 2 to 24 inches of snow in our backyard since the end of December and at least a foot of it there since the beginning mid-January. There is so much snow that the deer are now coming into our yards to eat our bushes and trees.

We were able to get out of the driveway last week to go to my parents for a game night and the little supermarket downtown. Saturday my husband took me out for Valentine’s Day and we were able to get out of town and explore an area about 45 minutes away from our house. We had a late lunch at a restaurant we hadn’t been to before and then we – I can’t believe I am writing this but we went to buy cat food and cat litter at Walmart.

Yes, that was part of our Valentine’s Day date. This shopping trip for necessities was promptly mocked by The Boy who texted to me (after I told him where we were):

“Ah yes Walmart the most romantic place in the world. It’s the only place where you can find scented candles right next to the guns. Waiter: here are your Walmart specials pulls out Twinkie’s and a half warmed up frozen pizza.”

He’s quite funny and we’re hoping that he’ll be a famous comedian one day and puts us in a nice nursing community. You know, if the world allows us all to have humor again.

What I’m Reading

I’m almost finished with ‘Til I Want No More by Robin W. Pearson, which I am really enjoying, even though Maxine (the main character) was really driving me nuts in the first part of the book. When you read it, you’ll know what I mean. This story of redemption is very complex and a little heavy at times, but Robin is such a wonderful writer, it makes it all easier. Plus, we get to see Evelyn again from Robin’s first book A Long Time Comin’. The two books are not connected, other than Evelyn and Maxine being friends and both facing difficult secrets in their lives they needed to address.

I will probably finish Harriet Beamer Takes A Bus in the next couple of days as well. This book is so charming and sweet, I don’t want it to end, but luckily I have discovered that there is a sequel.

Little Miss and I just finished Misty of Chincoteague by Margaurite Henry last week and have moved on to Stormy, Misty’s Foal.

The Boy and I continue to suffer through The Lord of the Flies (good book, but a bit depressing with all the craziness going on in today’s world). It’s taking us a while because he has chapter questions and quizes every two chapters and I am really not in any rush to read it since I know how it ends.

What I’m Watching

I’ve been watching McLeod’s Daughters, an old Australian show on Amazon. It’s essentially a soap opera set out in the bush of Australia but without graphic sex or violence.

My husband and I are also watching Lovejoy, an older British show about an antique dealer who often gets wrapped up in some sort of criminal situation when trying to sell or buy antiques. It is much more interesting than I just made it sound. I promise.

We continue to watch Wanda Vision (a Marvel show on Disney), which is getting better each week.

What I’m Writing

Last week I wrote about censorship and freedom of speech;

Some random thoughts

And, the second part of chapter 1 for The Farmer’s Son.

I’m also finishing up edits on The Farmer’s Daughter and it will go live on Kindle on February 23rd.

What I’m Listening To

I am try to listen to more sermons and will continue that this week. I listened to a good sermon by Holly Furtick from Elevation Church, which I missed Sunday because I watched Robert Morris from Gateway Church. Here are links to those sermons in case you need some spiritual guidance or Biblical thoughts to chew on this week.

I’m also trying to make more time for podcasts and this week I hope to listen to more of Relatable by Allie B. Stuckey and The Babylon Bee podcast.

So that was my week in review. How about you? What have you been reading, watching, listening to, or doing? Let me know in the comments.

6 thoughts on “Sunday Bookends: Balancing Books and Feeling like we live in Antartica

  1. Oh my word! I am tired of the cold too 😩 there were four -49F days here this week! FOUR!!! 😭
    And I also agree with the assessment of Lord of the flies… It is so well written but very sad to read. It feels so applicable. Wandavision IS getting better every week, which is good because after the first two weeks I didn’t want to continue! LOL!

    I always love reading your Sunday summaries. Take care and keep warm!


  2. Oh my goodness your son!! What humor!! Love that!!
    I might have to check out Holly Furtick sermons, never listened to her stuff before but I have Stevens..good stuff!
    Can’t wait to see your Farmers daughter book available on Amazon, I think it’s one my daughter and I would enjoy reading together.

    Try to stay warm and safe!!!


    • My neighbor told me this afternoon that we are supposed to get nine inches of snow on Tuesday and nine on Thursday. I’m afraid to look at the weather service and see if he is right. I feel like we will never see green again. It is still pretty when it falls, however. My neighbor told me this while they were digging a space out along the road to park their cars for when they can’t get up their long driveway to their house.


  3. We’re in the arctic out here in the west too. Not as much as you, but my favorite weatherman said we’ve had 12 out of 13 days of snow, have 5.9 inches above average for the month of February and have had 8 consecutive days of below freezing temps with 6-9 inches to come in the next two days. We’ve always had deer run through our 2.25 acre yard but now they are coming right up to the house and eating leaves off our azalea bushes. On another note — a date to Walmart? Sounds like us. And yes, your boy is very funny!

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    • One of our local weathermen said we’ve had some 60 inches of snow this winter in our area and we have 5-7 more coming tomorrow which means we will actually get a foot because the weathermen have blown every storm so far this year.

      We always have deer as well but they are much more invasive this winter. I love them but I’m really annoyed at how dead my bushes are because of them right now and am starting to understand why people here refer to them as pests much like mice or chipmunks. But I still enjoy seeing them in our yard – as long as they aren’t clomping down on my bushes.

      The very cold temps this year have wreaked absolute havoc on my skin. It’s so dry it is raw and I haven’t found a lotion or cream that works well yet. Coconut oil helps but doesn’t seem to heal the raw parts.


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