Sunday Bookends: Happy Easter! Spring tries to come but winter says “No!” and watching authors talk about their job

Today is Easter Sunday! Happy Easter! Or for Christians, happy Resurrection Day! He has risen! He has risen indeed!!

It is hard to imagine that around this time two years ago, my family was living with my parents until the financing worked out for the house we are living in now.

It was an interesting time and I love my parents, but I am glad to be in our own house and I am sure they are as well. We are also glad, however, to live only ten minutes away so that we can see them often, including today when we will have Easter dinner with them, followed by an egg hunt in the yard for the kids.

The weather warmed up this past week and it was so needed for the physical and mental health of not only me and my family but so many others.

On Tuesday, Little Miss and I spent most of the afternoon and evening outside. She made her nature salad (which consists of her gathering grass, leaves, flowers, and other natural substances to make a type of salad we pretend to eat), the animals explored outside, and then we did our schoolwork outside as well.

Before dinner and then during it, I read on the porch and listened to Aaron Watson (a country singer)  while my husband cooked pork chops on the grill.

It was such an awesome and relaxing day, and I didn’t want it to end. I especially didn’t want it to end when I saw the weekend was bringing rain and more chilly weather.

What I’m Reading

I wish I had something more exciting to report on the reading front, but I’m still reading the same books I have been for a while.

I should finish Miss Julia Rocks the Cradle this week and a book by Jennifer Knipfer.

I’m also still reading Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain when the mood strikes me.

The husband is reading a book that I’ll add here if he tells me before I post this. Last week he told me after I posted and after he read that I didn’t know what he was reading. (Update: my husband is reading The Long Legged Fly by James Sallis.)

Little Miss and I are still re-reading the Little House on the Prairie books and are currently on On The Banks of Plum Creek.

What I/We Watched/Are watching

This week I watched parts of the livestreams of The Chosen seasons one and two, including this very important scene:

If you haven’t seen the show, here is a preview for season two, which is already available in a variety of places, including The Chosen app on your phone.

To reignite my love of writing, I’ve been watching a lot of interviews with authors, including this one with Lee Childs, author of the Jack Reacher books:



And this one with Craig Johnson, author of The Walt Longmire Mysteries:


I loved Johnson’s interviews the most because he’s so much like the characters he writes about. He’s the real deal – writing about a sheriff in Wyoming while living there himself and basing the characters on people he knows.

What I’m Writing

As I mentioned on Friday in my Friday Fiction post, I am moving forward on Mercy’s Shore, the next book in the Spencer Valley Chronicles, while also making revisions and fixing issues with Beauty From Ashes. I’m only a chapter in on the next book so I have a long way to go and I’m fine with that. I’ll be taking my time and maybe sharing some of it on the blog down the road.

Other posts I shared last week included:

What I’m Listening To

It’s Easter Sunday so of course I have to listen to:

And here is a fun version of the classic Because He Lives:

Now It’s Your Turn

Now it’s your turn. What have you been doing, watching, reading, listening to or writing? Let me know in the comments or leave a blog post link if you also write a weekly update like this.

8 thoughts on “Sunday Bookends: Happy Easter! Spring tries to come but winter says “No!” and watching authors talk about their job

  1. I adore this post. It warmed my heart right up. Happy (belated) Resurrection Day! There could never be enough praise for our Risen Savior. I don’t know how to do life without Him and His precious Holy Spirit. Now more than ever.

    Little Miss is precious beyond words. And oh my goodness, I adore the nature salad idea. That is a perfect way to teach kids to love and appreciate God’s creative work in nature. Beautiful! ❤️ Best of all, I love how you enjoy this ‘salad’ with her. ;). Great memories.

    I am grateful you and your family had such a beautiful and peaceful Easter Sunday. Even just reading about it was a blessing. Those grilled pork chops looked YUM.

    Sending you and your family much love and many blessings of our Lord. Keep writing. You’ve been given a precious gift. ❤️

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  2. We too enjoyed one blissfully warm, sunny day and it was pure joy. But then the chilly temps blew back in with the wind and today, I am sorry to report we have had rain/sleet/ and now SNOW all day! Blech. I am so done with it. And our pretty spring flowers are now icy and hanging their little heads. 😦

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  3. Looks like you had a beautiful warm day for awhile. Little Miss is so adorable, never thought about Nature’s salad. That is such a sweet way to describe it. That is so nice that you have your parents near to make those memories with your kids. That is so important.

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