Sunday Bookends: Good but unrealistic books, what are these flowers? And super cold weather in May.

It’s time for our Sunday morning chat. On Sundays, I ramble about what’s been going on, what the rest of the family and I have been reading and watching, and what I’ve been writing, and some weeks I share what I am listening to.

What I/we’ve Been Reading

Last week I finished Flowers and Foul Play by Amanda Flower. I liked the book for the most part but did find how the case happened and was solved all within a matter of a few days (and the police inspector started to fall for the main character) farfetched but so is a garden that comes to life when the main character walks into it. So, I suppose, you need to suspend some belief when reading Flower’s books, but that’s okay. They are a nice escape.

I have the second book in the series in my Kindle now. I’ll see if it is as ridiculous in its timeline as the first. Again, though, I still enjoyed the book, even if the timeline was a bit silly to me. My books are silly too so…I’m not going to get too up in arms about it all.

I am determined to finish Fellowship of The Ring this week even though I feel like I will never finish the book. Every time I think I’m almost done, I look, and I have several more chapters left. I have four chapters left but considering Tolkien’s chapters are like 100 pages each, I have like four more novellas left. Sigh.

I’m enjoying the book, even though it is very long. I have also paused during the reading of it to finish the cozy mystery I am writing and read other books, so that is another reason it is taking so long to read.

I started reading Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery, which I hope is better than Anne’s House of Dreams, which was extremely depressing. Reading about the innocent, wide-eyed Anne growing up is a bit depressing honestly. Within the first two chapters of this book Anne is lamenting growing old and talking with her best friend Diana about how she’d love to be young again. All of that conversation hit a wee bit close to home for me. I think I might prefer reading about the young Anne since that is more of an escape for me. Reading about her older with five kids is a bit too much reality for me, I think. We will see.

What’s Been Occurring

I didn’t get a Saturday Afternoon Chat post written because we were gone all day yesterday for gymnastics, a family picnic and then a movie with The Husband, The Boy, and Little Miss.

I know I should just write their real names on here, but I can’t seem to stop writing the nicknames, so I’ll keep doing that.

Earlier this week I was writing blog posts under a blanket with a warm cup of tea.

Under a blanket in May?

Yep. I was,

This week’s weather was cold. Yes. Cold. In May. It was so cold that on Wednesday night into Thursday we had a freeze warning. Not a frost warning. A freeze warning. It dropped to 32 degrees and it killed part of my lilacs. Not cool, Pennsylvania. Not cool at all. The death was a bit slow too. They looked pretty good the next day but by this morning they have shriveled. It makes me want to cry. I’ve really been looking forwards to the flowers blooming in our yard and having them ripped away just as they started to bloom feels very cruel.

I’ve heard that we are going to have a mild summer and if May is an indication, those predictions are accurate.

Little Miss and I did get outside at least one day for a jump on the trampoline. She jumped. I read from the historical fiction book we are using for history.

Both of us are more than ready for school to be over this year and it will be on June 2.

Dragging through our schoolwork has not been easy at all.

As I’ve mentioned before, though, we are focusing mainly on art and music for the month of May and that has been easier than pushing through Math every single day. We still have some math I would like to finish before the school year is all the way done, though, so the kid will have to suck it up a bit this week and next.

Abrupt topic shift warning: At the park yesterday before the movie, I saw this tree. Does anyone know what it is? Because I had no idea. From a distance, I thought it was a lilac tree but it is not.

What We watched/are Watching

I mentioned above that we went to the movies yesterday.

The Husband and I split with the kids. Originally, we were all going to go see Guardians of the Galaxy 3 but shifted gears late in the week when we heard that the movie was pretty intense in language, etc. We thought it might be a bit much for Little Miss who is not a fan of violence or swearing.

She wanted to see Super Mario Brothers anyhow, so we lucked out that they were both playing at the small theater near us, which has four theaters. That’s a lot for our little theaters around here.

The only issue was that Super Mario Brothers didn’t start until 45 minutes after their movie started so Little Miss and I wasted some time with a piece of red velvet cake and a juice pack for her and a cup of tea for me.

We also looked at all the artwork at the theater.

While we were in the movie it hit me that this was a Chris Pratt weekend since he plays Star Lord in the Guardians movies, and he voices Mario.

Earlier in the week The Husband and I watched an episode of Poirot and an episode of Brokenwood Mysteries.

Little Miss and I watched Mary Berry episodes and she rewatched Bluey again.

What I’m Writing

I have been working a little bit on book two in the Gladwynn Grant Mysteries and a little on blog posts and a little on..well, I’ve just been working on a little of a lot of stuff.

What I’m Listening To

Elevation Worship has a new album out this week so I will probably be listening to that a lot 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.

13 thoughts on “Sunday Bookends: Good but unrealistic books, what are these flowers? And super cold weather in May.

  1. So sorry about those lilacs. We had freeze warnings too but it didn’t get quite that cold at my house – just lots of dreary skies and rain, but now warmer and SUNSHINE – YAY! No matter how hard I try I just can’t get into Tolkien – everyone in my family loves his books and the movies, but not me. Honestly, I fell asleep during one of the movies. (Gasp!)

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    • I forced myself into the book and as a result I fell in love with the characters, which has been the only way to get through the book because Tolkien really adds way too many descriptions of trees and made up languages, etc.

      It looks like my lilacs are trying to push out a few more blooms, but yeah, they are dead. I can’t figure out how my neighbor’s tree survived and I’m guessing maybe they covered it.

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  2. We’re supposed to have a mild summer, too, and I’m really hoping that’s true. Hitting 112 in August last year was not fun. I’m sorry about your lilacs. Temperature changes like that can be so brutal, and they did look lovely. I love that flowering tree, too, but, sadly, have no idea what it is.


  3. I only follow a couple of bloggers that have several children so I’m hoping I’m picking the right one to ask this question. And I know I’ve asked it before so sorry for the repeat question. Was it your kid that said something funny about joining the boy scouts? If so, what was it? I didn’t realize that I can only go back so far with WordPress notifications so I can’t scroll back to see whose kid it was and what it was they said. I just remember it made me spit out my coffee. GAWD how I love the funny things kids say! There used to be books by Art Linkletter a million years ago and they were nothing but “Kids say the darnedest things”. Anyway, I’m hoping it was your kid so I don’t have to ask 4 or 5 other mothers. lol But you only have two kids? So it might not be you.

    Ahhhhhhhh how I loved Fellowship of the Ring!!! And I was shocked to find out that I loved it because that is SO not my genre. The chapters ARE long, as you said.

    I’m so sad about your lilacs!

    I’ve seen that pink tree in Arkansas but can’t remember what my mom said it is.

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    • I don’t think it was my kid that said it but who knows. My oldest says odd things all the time. lol.

      Kids really do say the funniest things. Things you don’t expect them to say.

      Fellowship of the Ring is NOT my genre either. I don’t know if I will ever read the rest of the books but I am in love with the characters in the book so I may. I am a chapter away from finishing so I think I will finally finish it today! Yeah!


  4. It has been so cool here that I was unprepared for it to be so hot today! I was literally sweating like a monster. Lol. We are supposed to have a mild summer here as well.

    There is a tree like that near my mom’s apartment! I was wondering what it was as well!

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  5. Our weather has been chilly too, but not with a freeze in the 30s! I would be so disappointed if the lilacs all froze too! Our week went very differently than planned, as we had a “window of mercy” open up to go visit my brother in Indiana. My body was still pumped full of steroids from last week’s ablation, so it turned out to be a gift to have strength to see him. We don’t know how much longer he has on this earth, so I felt very blessed for this visit!

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