The Sunday Post #21-9

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Covid Vaccine

After seeing shots like this one on our local station, I wasn’t too sure about the whole process. Some of these folks waited for over 3 hours in their car even with an appointment!

But when the VA texted my husband on Tuesday offering vaccination shots, we jumped at the chance. And wow, what a difference. As we came on the VA campus we noticed that there was a separate lane designated for Covid appointments. Following the signs brought us to a separate temperate check tent. From there, we were directed to follow a path that led us back to the parking garage. The ground floor was set up with 10 or so small areas where 8 people at a time could be accommodated with social distancing.

Each area was identified by a service and a number. After looking around, this was just a handy way to identify where to go. There was a nurse and one other person there. We happened to have a doctor we knew as the second person. I can’t say for certain that each area had a doctor, but they might have.

They gathered your information and set up the appointment for the next shot right away. After you were given your vaccination, a small time was set for 15 min. This way they could keep tabs on you to make sure you were okay before leaving. We were sent on our way with a vaccination card and a monitoring record. If you had any side effects, you were to write it down and bring the sheet back with you for your next shot. We were done in about 30 min.

Now, when we arrived there, no line existed for parking. But by the time we left, a line had formed and was starting to wrap around the block. Hopefully, those folks didn’t have to wait very long. All in all, it turned out to be a pleasant experience!

Weekly Cup of Coco

This is the look I get when Coco wants a walk. She is so adorable when she prances around trying to get me to hurry up!

The Sunday Post #21-8

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Decorating

This past week, my husband and I did something that we do about 4 times a year, we changed the set of dishes we are using. I remember how my mother loved to decorate her house for the seasons. Unfortunately, I don’t have the space to decorate that she did. She had a 3 story house, I have a single wide trailer. So over the years, I have collected 4 sets of dishes to use for the different seasons. This week we brought out the ones for spring.

Now, one of my husband’s greatest joys is buying me Crystal to use in our house. He’s wanted to do that for years but we were never in a position to afford it. Recently we have been. Last year, he bought me two things to use as centerpieces for the table. Godinger Swan Centerpiece Bowl Crystal Giftware and Godinger 25517 Dublin Hurricanes – Set of 3,. Those candleholders look like they hold votives, don’t they? Noooo, they hold 3 inch candles!

Christmas decorating using these was fairly simple. Red candles, red and gold ornament balls and 3 strands of holly wound around the base of the candlesticks. But look at how elegant they look! I got rave reviews all season long.

This week I changed that for spring. White candles, smaller flowers in the bowl, and 2 different flower garlands woven together then wound around the candlesticks.

Weekly Cup of Coco

This week was Coco’s “Spa Day.” She’s not happy with me but accepted a rawhide chew as a bribe.

The Sunday Post #21-7

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Rant Time!

Being a veteran couple, my husband and myself fly a flag attached to the trailer. Last September I bought a new new flag, already attached to a pole, to replace my tattered one. The pole is nice and sturdy but the flag was a bit oversized. During most days it was fine, but when the wind blew, it got wild. This past week I finally gave in and bought a new one to replace it. Now I don’t know how I was expected to get the flag off those hooks but I had to get a pair of Pliers to squeeze the hook enough to wiggle the grommets out!! Enough Already! Face it, it’s the older folks and veterans who tend to use these. Make it a little bit easier to replace it!

New series coming soon to the blog

Okay, I’m looking at a couple of series to add to the blog. One, “The Wild Hunt Legacy” is a shifter series, but with a bit of a twist. Herne, God of the Hunt, and Gaia, Mother Earth, have a very large input into the way things are run. This is a series that I would have sworn was finished. The author recently added another book to the four already published, and in the last chapter gave me the impression that there might be more coming.

The next one, Dragons of Preor, is another I thought was finished. But again, the author is still adding to it. In order for things to make sense, I’ll need to include the first series, the Ujal. One series runs right into the next.

The other series that I’m considering are a great deal like Delta James’ “Wayward Mates” in that the males are firmly in charge, and the ladies will get their bottoms “warmed” for not obeying. Now, personally, I enjoy reading these types of books, but anyone trying it on me is in for a fight!

Weekly Cup of Coco

Coco’s new hiding place

While Coco has no problem going out in the rain, she doesn’t enjoy the sounds of the thunder. We’ve blocked off her access to behind the sofa and the bed, but being the resourceful little dog that she is, she found another spot to curl up in!

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

What’s new with me!

I’ve been planning to do this for quite awhile now, but never quite got around to doing it. Instagram, that is! I use the same handle, reluctantretireebookreviews for Instagram and Twitter both. I’ve started posting just once each day, until I get the hang of doing this.

I was surprised to see that sometimes an author will just post a quote from their book on a abstract background. This was not what I was expecting, but definitely something I can work with. I don’t take photos so much as I create 3d renders of the scene. I’ve got several different scenes set up that I can just change a few things, (along with the book covers) and it will render in just a few minutes. I’m not going for photorealism because that can take way too long.

Since I noticed that several of the series now have updated covers, I’m going through and updating the blog posts. You should already be seeing these. I’m trying to keep up with all the different series without just totally dropping any of them.

Lastly, I’m giving you a look at reviews written by people other than myself. I know that my reviews can be, shall we say, short? For the most part, I write reviews on my iPad and I just don’t care for trying to do long, involved reviews that way. So I try to give you reviews that look at things from a different perspective. These reviews may be recent or from when the book was published. Expect to see 3 – 4 reviews in each post.

Weekly Cup of Coco

As we age, my husband and I enjoy having our fur baby sleep with us. Some nights, Coco will stay, other nights she wants down. Thursday night was definitely a different gameplan! My nightstand lamp is just out of reach so I have to get out of bed to turn it off. That night I turned back around to get in bed only to see Coco settling in my space. I laid down anyway, thinking she would scoot further down in the bed. Nope, she crawled up on the top part of my pillow, and there she stayed all night!

The Sunday Post #21-4

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

This past week saw a great deal of change in the US. We actually swore in a female Vice President, never mind all the other firsts involved there! Then there was the somewhat hidden footnote for history, Joseph Biden is the first Catholic president since JFK. That’s worth taking note of. If it wasn’t for his using a family Bible for taking the oath, many people might not know that.

This year was the first time my husband and I watched an inauguration on TV. Previous years, we just didn’t have the time or perhaps the interest. In this year, facing a resurgence of the Coronovirus, we all need to pay better attention to what is going on around us.

Weekly Cup of Coco

Warm and cozy!

My husband and I love bringing Coco to bed with us. Neither one of us believes that she was ever spoiled before and we are trying to make up for that lack. On the nights when she doesn’t want to spend the entire night in the bed, I drop my extra pillow on the floor for her to use.

The Sunday Post #21-3

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Never fail, Favorite Series

Do you have a favorite series, one that when nothing else seems to catch your interest, it just feels right? It’s the one that is your “fallback” favorite. For me, that honor goes to “The Prisoner” a serial that unfortunately, was never finished. Another series I enjoy periodically going back and rereading is “Dragon Fury” by Coreene Callahan. I’ve recently started reading that one again.

Do you listen to Audiobooks?

Have you ever listened to an audiobook? Whether it is from Audible or any other service, have you tried them? Thanks to reviewing them for different authors, I have accumulated a nice library of them. I have to tell you, my hat is off to some of these narrators! It doesn’t seem to matter if it’s the spicy language of Emily Tilton or the tongue twisting names from Anna Lowe, these folks deliver flawless reads. If you haven’t tried audiobooks, give them a try!

Weekly Cup of Coco

Ever since the groomer added bows to Coco’s ears last Saturday, I’ve been trying to do the same. I found some different bows on Amazon and have been using them as well. She doesn’t always like the process of putting them in, but she endures it without growling at me. So that’s a win!

The Sunday Post 21-2

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

What’s Up Ahead for the Blog

I’ll be starting the next Delta James series, “Alpha Lords.” This series is actually set years in the future from Wayward Mates. The world has suffered a cataclysmic event that decimated the population and drove them back to medieval times. Reading carefully, you can find numerous references to the ladies and people of the Wayward mates series.

Celia Kyle has a wonderful series called “Dragons of Preor.” She’s recently released a new book in the series which intrigued me enough to decide to include this series in my reviews.

Weekly Cup of Coco

Spa Day!

So Coco had an appointment with the groomer last night. She looks so adorable now. Unfortunately I don’t think she appreciated the whole experience. She’s currently sleeping facing away from us.

The Sunday Post #21-1

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Let’s Wrap Up 2020!

For the last 5 years, I’ve been tracking the books I’ve read using the Goodreads challenge. Each year I exceeded the number of books I thought I would read. So, this year I went for broke. I estimated that I could read 500 books. ……. What was I thinking?

I ended up reading 453 books. I think I may have actually read more but I was rereading books and didn’t always remember to reset the status.

I was surprised to see that I had listened to 22 books on Audible. Spent over 90 hours listening while I walked our dog. I don’t remember getting any kind of report from them in previous years. I liked it!

So what’s ahead?

I think I will keep the book challenge at the same number. See if I can’t beat it! 🤭 Maybe I’ll try to increase the number of Audible titles as well. As for what’s ahead for my blog, I’m working hard at increasing the visibility of my posts. They are already being promoted on Facebook and Twitter. I’m thinking about adding Instagram as well. Stand by for more about that one!

Weekly Cup of Coco

I don’t know what Coco’s previous experience with New Year’s Eve was, but she was shivering as the neighbors set off fireworks Thursday night. It was so bad, I ended up cuddling her for several hours. And I tell you, she doesn’t accept cuddling often!

The Sunday Post #9

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Memories of Christmas

How was your Christmas this year? Did you gather around the virtual tree? Did you still go all out on your decorations? I didn’t exactly go all out. Thanks to having redone my bedroom furniture, I was able to spread my normal decorations out more and place a lot of my snowmen in the bedroom. My husband had gotten me a crystal swan and votive holders so I used them as my centerpiece.

I gathered a few of my photos from this year and made a short video to share.

New on the Blog

As you may or may not have noticed, I’ve started redoing some of the old posts, updating the information and the photos. I also plan to start adding in new series. I noticed that Delta James is starting a new series called “Tangled Vines” that will follow the “Wayward Mates.” Additionally, I want to add more of the series with a “mail order brides” theme. Those tend to also include a great deal of spanking in them. So if that’s not your thing, feel free to skip them!

Weekly Cup of Coco!

Our old dog, Odie, was never one to play with any kind of toys or to chase a ball. When we got Coco, we purchased a couple of toys to see if she would play with them. As you can see in this (very) short video, she loves her toys!

The Sunday Post #8

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

What’s Next?

The COVID-19 vaccine is starting to be distributed. This is a good thing, but we still need to be cautious. The country is going for “Herd Immunity.” And this can be a good thing. It’s what stopped the Zika virus in Brazil. It took TWO YEARS for enough people to have been exposed for the virus to be stopped. That’s a long time to ask people to wear a mask and keep their distance. We already have people refusing to do, citing “my body, my choice.”

That’s a slogan people my age (Baby Boomers) have heard before. Then it was used to refer to the choice of whether to have an abortion or not. That was a personal choice that didn’t affect the people you passed as you went along your way.

Today is a totally different scenario. Simply breathing can affect the people around you when you are out of your house. You can be affected by others who aren’t wearing masks. The best guess scenario is that it could be next fall before we get back to something we can call normal. You don’t want the vaccine? Fine, that’s your choice. But for the love of God, please at least wear a mask!

Weekly Cup of Coco

That’s my pillow!

Coco doesn’t want to spend the night in our bed but apparently has no problem claiming my pillow. The changes in in our little girl are like night and day since we got her.

At her last vet’s appointment, we received the good news that she is officially not anemic anymore. YEAH! I shudder to think to how she suffered with all the fleas that caused the anemia. I try not to blame the individual who gave us Coco for not doing more. But there was somethings he was doing that are just plain wrong. He had 4 dogs and would feed them by cutting off a piece of ham and hand feeding it to them. I didn’t see any evidence that this was supplemented by regular kibble. So no way did any of the dogs get enough to eat.