And More Family Time — Sunday Post, 8/14/16

August 14, 2016 Sunday Post 24

The Sunday Post is hosted by the wonderful Kimba, the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week, take a look ahead, and showcase our new treasures—I mean books!

My Week

Mr. Bookwyrm joined us in Salt Lake City early in the week. We visited the Hogle Zoo, and had dinner out with  my dad and stepmother, my aunt, and several of my cousins. Wednesday and Thursday, we drove down to my mom and stepdad’s house in New Mexico. Friday we celebrated my sort-of-nephew’s birthday (his family and ours are close friends, so my parents consider him and his sister like extra grandchildren.) This week, there will be a birthday party for Robin, plenty of hanging out with family (and playing Pounce, our favorite card game!), plus visits to her vision therapist/eye doctor and other necessary back-to-college stuff—all before she heads off at the end of the week for her final year in college.


Hogle Zoo: lion and cub. Photo © K. Pekar


Two more pieces of good news: our housesitter says there are no more ants! Huzzah! It took removing the window moulding and spraying inside the wall, but Orkin’s final visit, the morning before I left, seems to have done the trick at last.  And I forgot to mention in last Sunday’s post that contrary to all expectations, one of our kitty Tasha’s tumors has shrunk. It’s not likely to go away, but we’ll take all the improvement and all the extra time we can get. None of us expected her to live this long after her cancer diagnosis last November, so we are delighted that she’s doing so well.


Last Week on the Blog


Upcoming on the Blog

  • Mon. 8/15/16: Family Tree (Susan Wiggs)
  • Tues. 8/16/16: Top Ten Books Set in an Alternate Universe – tentative
  • Wed. 8/17/16: TBD
  • Thurs. 8/18/16: TBD
  • Fri. 8/19/16: TBD
  • Sat. 8/20/16: News & Notes very tentative
  • Sun. 8/14/16: Sunday Post – very tentative


What I’m Reading/Watching

Reading: I finished Family Time by Susan Wiggs (ARC), which I really enjoyed, and re-read two historical romances. Between spending time with both sets of my parents and other extended family, two days of driving, and watching the Olympics, I haven’t had a lot of time to read.

Listening: We listened to a few Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me podcasts during our drive from Utah to New Mexico, but other than that, I haven’t been listening to much of anything recently.

Watching: The Olympics, of course! Not religiously, but I’ve seen some of the women’s gymnastics and a fair bit of the swimming so far, as well as a smattering of volleyball, trampoline, and diving.

Robin and I went to see the new Ghostbusters movie in Salt Lake City, and the three of us plus my brother-in-law saw Star Trek: Beyond on Saturday. I loved them both, and I thought the Star Trek movie was far better than the last two Star Trek reboot movies combined. I hope to get reviews for both movies written soon.


New Additions to the Hoard

Cover links take you to Goodreads.

For Review or Review Consideration

Nothing this week!


Purchased for Kindle

As usual, these were all on sale. I’ve read The Monogram Murders as an ARC (review), but the others are new to me. Blackout was recommended to both me and Robin by a friend.


Happy reading!

24 Responses to “And More Family Time — Sunday Post, 8/14/16”

  1. Lola

    I always enjoy visiting the zoo, it’s fun to see all the animals. It sounds like you had a fun week filled with family.

    That’s good news Tasha her tumor has shrunken and I hope you still got a few months to spend with her and after such a diagnose every day seems a gift.

    We’re currently watching Star Trek Enterprise. I haven’t seen any of the movies, so I am looking forward to your reviews! I hope you’ll have a great week!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      It was a very hot and sunny day at the zoo, but I really enjoy looking at and photographing the animals. And in this case, I wanted to see all the work they’ve been doing on the habitats. It’s a much better zoo than it was when Robin was young, because they’ve worked really hard to make the habitats big and interesting and healthy for the animals, as much like their natural habitats as possible.

  2. Kristilyn (Reading In Winter)

    I love visiting zoos, even more now that I have two littles who also love going. It’s always a fun day out! I’m going to have to look up a lot of the books you read and bought … I love a good cozy and some of those look interesting! I’m also wanting to read more of Linda Lael Miller. I always love a good cowboy romance! The Laird and I looks interesting too! Jealous that you got to see Star Trek! I so want to see that one!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      We used to love taking Robin up to DC to the National Zoo when she was little. Hogle is a smaller zoo, but they’ve come a long way since Robin was little and the enclosures were all concrete. Now they are really good habitats, and the animals are much happier and healthier.

  3. Literary Feline

    Sounds like you’ve been busy and having some good family time, Lark. 🙂 Love the photo from the zoo. I am glad you were finally able to get rid of those ants. And yay for Tasha’s shrinking tumor! That is good news. We’ve been keeping a close eye on Parker, hoping he doesn’t have any more tumors popping up.

    I am glad you enjoyed Family Time. I’ve been wondering about that one.

    I’m so anxious to see the new Star Wars movies. I’ve enjoyed the last two, but hearing this one is better makes me wish I didn’t have to wait until it’s out on streaming. Ugh.

    I hope you have a great week, Lark!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thank you! We’re enjoying the visit. Right now, Robin is off seeing a movie with one of her sort-of-cousins, but we’re all getting together for tea and Pounce this afternoon (Tuesday.)

      I love Star Wars, too, and I’m looking forward to Rogue One. But if you meant Star Trek, yes, it was fantastic! (I mix them up all the time when I’m talking about them, so please don’t feel bad if you did, too.)

      I hope Parker continues to do well, too. Have a wonderful week!

  4. La La in the Library

    Spending time with family is the best. I will be soooo happy when I can say my son is off to his last year of college! He changed his major and added a year and a half onto his Bachelors. I am tired of our college austerity budget. Ha ha. Well wishes to your kitty. I hope her tumor continues to shrink. I also bought Marriage and the Family In The Middle Ages. The Middle Ages fascinates me. Have a terrific week. 🙂
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      One of Gies’ books was on my college reading list for History 101 back in the day. It was the most interesting and readable of my history textbooks that semester. So I’ve been picking up her titles when they go on sale. Someday I’ll have time to read them! I love the Middle Ages too.

      I switched my college major half-way through, adding an extra semester to my college career. So while I understand your frustration as a parent, I also sympathize with your son; it’s hard to stick to a major that isn’t right for you. Robin is both eager to finish and apprehensive about the future, and of course she doesn’t want to say goodbye to the wonderful friends she has made.

  5. Nise'

    So glad the ants are gone and hope they stay away. It has been an awful year for them in my area. Good news about your kitty. Looking forward to The Family Tree. Have a good week.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thank you, Nise’. We were lucky that it was only little tiny sugar ants, not the bigger, meaner red ones. But it’s been a bad year for them in our area, too.

      I wish you a lovely week also!

  6. Rita @ View From My Books

    Ha! I just had my week long battle with ants, and we finally won! Glad you did too. I’m happy for your family that your cat is holding her own during her illness. Whatever time you have left with her will be precious for you.

    I’ve started reading HF mysteries, which I believe you are a fan of also. I hope that I may have some suggestions for you coming up and I’ll check out your archives for some titles from you. Nise told me about the Lady Jane Grey series, which I already had on my wishlist, but I like to hear someone else affirm its enjoyment.

    Sounds like you had a wonderful family vacation and how exciting that Robin is going to be a senior this year 🙂 Nice photo, above. Enjoy your week ahead.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Hurray for triumphing over the ants! I’m so glad you won your battle with them, too. Yours were probably nastier than ours—or at least bigger.

      I’d love suggestions for good historical mysteries! Did you mean the Lady Julia Grey series by Deanna Raybourn? I really liked the first one but I need to restart the series because I had to give back book 2 before I finished it, and I’ve never gotten back to them. That was years ago. Too many books, too little time! I do love her new series also.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      One of these years I’ll make it to the Albuquerque zoo. We’re usually only in ABQ when we fly in or out of New Mexico; we spend most of our time there with family in Los Alamos.

      • Got My Book

        I’ve been to the zoo a bunch of times with my nieces & nephews, and the only other stuff I have done in ABQ have also been kid related things. If there are interesting activities just for adults, we never got around to them.

        I have friends in Los Alamos but have never been to visit them. I’m too much of a homebody and need to get out more on my own.
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        • Lark_Bookwyrm

          I tend to be that way at home, too. We’re only an hour and a half from DC and Richmond, yet we hardly ever go to either now that Robin’s in college. I’m going to work on getting out and about more, though.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me! is a news quiz show with a lot of comedy. It’s on NPR, but we podcast it when we’re traveling. It’s topical, so it’s best to listen to it within a few weeks of when the episodes come out. But it’s always fun as well as funny!

  7. Melissa (My words and pages)

    Awesome on the good news! And sounds like you are having fun traveling. 🙂 Such a cute picture with the lions. 🙂 Have a great week!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I’m glad you enjoyed the lion photo! I love taking pictures of animals, although I’m not usually very good at it. This was a lucky shot.

  8. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

    I’ve been wanting to go the zoo lately, it’s been a good week for it. Our zoo (Atlanta) had a Pokemon Go weekend where you could get a discount for having the app and even win tickets for the best catch while there. I’m glad your vacation is going well!
    I hope you have an awesome week!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      That sounds like fun! I haven’t played Pokemon Go because I don’t have a smartphone, but if I had one, I’d probably be playing. 🙂

  9. Anne@Headfullofbooks

    What a busy week. We had ants, too. One morning we came into the kitchen and there must have been a thousand of them everywhere. How did that happen. He had the exterminator come and I still see them in the yard but they haven’t come back in the house, but I worry.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Our exterminator says that they’ve been coming inside because we had so much rain that their tunnels were flooded. They’re looking for higher ground. We’ve dealt with them in this particular location (around the windowframe) on and off for three summers. The last two summers, we were able to get rid of them with gel bait, but this year, they just kept coming back. Luckily, the latest tactic (taking off the window frame and spraying foam behind it) seems to have done the trick. Fingers crossed, anyway.