Sunday Bookends: Fall is coming, Summer of Paul continues, and TobyMac

Welcome to Sunday Bookends where I ramble about what I’ve been reading, doing, watching, writing and listening to.

What I/we’ve been Reading

I started a Christian Fiction Romance for a review tour and it’s well written, but it uses a trope I absolutely hate so to cleanse my palate by reading a few chapters of that and then reading the sixth book of The Walt Longmire Series by Craig Johnson, Junkyard Dogs.

After that book I am trying something different with High Adventure by Donald Westlake.g

Little Miss and I are reading Anne of Green Gables at night.

I’m not sure if The Boy is still reading War of the Worlds or not, but he will be reading it in two weeks when we start school, or he will choose something for his independent reading.

The Husband is reading Razzmatazz by Christopher Moore.

What’s Been Occurring

Last week was a lay low type of week and that was fine with me.

Honestly, I think most of my days when I am home, are made up of walking to my back door and calling out to see if either of the cats need to come in for a drink of water or a snack, along with letting my dog in and out and telling her “There is nothing out there! Stop barking!”

While at home, recuperating from, well, “lady issues”, I had plenty of time to notice that the leaves are changing quite fast, which I find disconcerting, even though I am not a fan of hot and humid days. The leaves on the two maples in the backyard are slowly turning but a ton of them fell off during a sudden wind and rainstorm one day last week.

It made me a little sad, knowing that our days of swimming at my parents’ and stopping at the ice cream stand are soon going to be over, replaced by chilly days and eventually even — well that stuff that is cold, white, and wet and falls from the sky. I can’t even bear to utter its name.

Dad brought over some of the last veggies from the garden this past week and I enjoyed the cabbage with pork chops earlier in the week and tomato on my wrap later in the week.

At the end of the week, we have to take Zooma The Wonder Dog up 45 minutes away to get groomed. I’m hoping we won’t also have to take her to the vet because as I am writing this, she is laying next to me after limping part of the day. This has happened before and it cleared up in two days with baby aspirin, so I hope it clears up this time too.

What We watched/are Watching

I continued my Summer of Paul this week by watching From the Terrace and then I watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s for the Classic Movie Impressions posts I’ve been doing with Erin from Still Life, With Cracker Crumbs.

I’ll be writing a little bit more about From the Terrace later this week, but man, what a gut wrencher. I read some reviews that called it melodramatic garbage and I suppose it was in some ways, but it was also well acted by everyone involved, even the characters I hated. I think I hated them so much because they were so well acted.

I’ll expound more on the movie in a post this week.

I’m not sure I’m looking forward to this week as The Boy has challenged me to watch a couple of The Twilight movies before they go off Amazon Prime. He watched them with a group of girls online a few weeks ago. That sentence sounded odd, I know, but they are friends he’s met while gaming and I’ve talked to at least one of them and they are very nice.

Last night The Husband and I watched McDonald and Dodds, which is a British mystery series we watch through Britbox. Each episode is like a mini movie since they are about 90 minutes long. We watched an episode of Brokenwood Mysteries earlier in the week.

What I’m Writing

I am working on The Shores of Mercy (Mercy’s Shore for blog purposes) and hope to have the first draft complete by the end of September and send it on to a couple of editors. I’m looking at a release date sometime in January.

I am also working on a manuscript called The Devil’s Been Talking, which will be much different than previous books.

What I’m Listening To

This week I listened to TobyMac’s latest album, Life After Death, which is a reflection on Toby rebuilding his life after the death of his 21-year-old son in 2019. The album is very good and so far I like most of the songs.

The Husband also told me about a podcast version of Anthony Bourdain’s show on CNN called Parts Unknown and I hope to try that out this week.

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.

10 thoughts on “Sunday Bookends: Fall is coming, Summer of Paul continues, and TobyMac

  1. My husband has had a hard time getting over a sinus infection. I’ve been busy caring for his needs, going to doctor appointments, and all those other things to do when a family member is sick. He is better. He can return to work tomorrow.
    I have been watching the Law-and-Order SVU episodes. I started with season 1 and I’m working forwards. It has become difficult to find anything on Hulu or Prime that I am interested in watching.
    The books I am reading are The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, The Gown by Jennifer Robson, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Following the Call by multiple authors, and A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L’Engle. I have several big stacks of to be read books.

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    • I had a horrible sinus infection in the spring. It was a mess for a month!

      I haven’t watched Law and Order SVU. I’ll have to try it sometime.

      That sounds like a great list of books. Do you switch off on them or read them one at a time? I sometimes switch off on mine.


  2. In southwest Nebraska the leaves are changing quickly as well, I noticed! It’s crazy to me!!
    Hoping Zooma’s limp has stopped by now!!…
    I feel like when I’m home I’m on dog “duty” (insert the other spelling if desired and that works too)…both of our yorkies are special needs and high maintenance, and though they go outdoors to potty all day long they also want to mark their territory indoors…so they now wear dog diapers for the past year and changing out women’s pads for them is not only expensive and irritating but exhausting too!! 🤪👎🏼

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  3. “Honestly, I think most of my days when I am home, are made up of walking to my back door and calling out to see if either of the cats need to come in for a drink of water or a snack…” — Yes!!!! Totally me.

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  4. Oo Christopher Moore!! I met him at a book signing a few years ago! He signed my copy of Dirty Jobs. Lol.

    We saw that McDonald and Dodds is back on! We are looking forward to watching it again. 🙂

    We are watching The Philadelphia Story tonight! I am apparently doing a Summer of Cary.. or Archie Leach. Is that right? This is his real name?


    • I don’t know much about Christopher Moore. I’ll tell Warren you’ve met him and I’m sure he’ll be impressed.

      We are behind on McDonald and Dodds. Still on the second season. Oh that reminds me that while we were watching it Warren said I made a good choice and then he said that so far we haven’t picked a dud mystery show and I said that we didn’t find this one – it was another one of your recommendations.

      “Erin is the master of picking mystery shows,” I told him.

      “Be sure to tell her that,” he said.

      So I am telling you. 😉

      And we never talk about Cary’s real life or the LSD situation.
      Shhhh… don’t read too far about his later life. It gets a bit bumpy but he’s such a good actor I forget about all that when I watch his movies.


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