Sunday Post – 9/06/2020

September 6, 2020 Sunday Post 15

The Sunday Post is hosted by the wonderful Kimberly, 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!

Last Week

Our new treadmill should be here in a couple of weeks, so I spend part of the week working in the basement, decluttering and reorganizing to make room. It felt good to get rid of some stuff that we no longer use. I washed tons of stored bedding, bagged up a bunch of twin-bed sheets and mattress pads to donate to the nearest homeless shelter, and boxed up some other stuff for the local thrift store. I’ll keep working at it during the coming week.

I have also been thinking about where to hang some of the art we had been storing, though I won’t hang it until I get the needed supplies (picture hooks, some poster frames for some bookish posters, and craft paper to help me position everything just right before I put nails in the walls.) I’m not sure why I have delayed putting up these particular pieces; we certainly have art and photos on the walls already, just not everywhere we could display them. I think it’s that that my perfectionism and my anxiety work against each other. I’m always worried that I won’t “get it right” when it comes to decorating, so I end up procrastinating and avoiding it altogether. Silly, huh? I’m trying to get over that. If I don’t love how it looks when it’s up, I can always move it, replace it, or take it down again.

This afternoon is our monthly virtual get-together with Mr. Bookwyrm’s side of the family; I’m looking forward to checking in and seeing how everyone is doing. Three of our nieces and nephews have started the new school year (one teacher, one grad student, one college student.) We’re hoping for the best for all of them, but we are concerned given the number of schools that have already had to pull back to online classes and, in some cases, send students home.

ETA: I’m an idiot. I should never write a post when I’m exhausted. I mixed up Memorial Day and Labor Day, and said tomorrow was Memorial Day — oops! Well, I guess it just illustrates how the last six months have been: every day feels and looks the same, so it’s hard to keep track of where in the week (and month, and year) you are.

Last Week on the Blog

  • Sunday Post – 8/30/2020 – this post
  • Sunday Post – 9/06/2020 – this post

This Week on the Blog

  • Someone to Romance, by Mary Balogh – review, tentative
  • News & Notes – 9/12/2020 – tentative
  • Sunday Post – 9/13/2020 – tentative

What I’m Reading/Watching

Reading: I finished Hideaway by Nora Roberts, which I really enjoyed, and started rereading her Inn Boonsboro trilogy (The Next Always, The Last Boyfriend, and currently The Perfect Hope.) I DNF’d The Hoarder in You, a book about decluttering for people who aren’t hoarders that starts by looking at people who are. It just wasn’t working for me right now, and my borrowing term was up. (I borrowed the ebook from the library.) I still need to finish The Language of Ghosts (Heather Fawcett; ARC) and get back to An Extraordinary Union (Alyssa Cole). (Click title for Goodreads page or my review.)

Listening: I am just finishing up Aunt Dimity and the Duke by Nancy Atherton. I love the book; it’s my umpteenth time reading it, but the first time I have listened to the audiobook. The narrator is all right, but occasionally throws me out of the story by mispronouncing words, and her British accents aren’t entirely convincing. Still, I’m enjoying it. Next up is probably Binti (Nnedi Okorafor); the book and the narration both got really good reviews, so I’m very much looking forward to it.

Watching: Through most of the week, we watched yet more of Aerial America. Tonight, we plan to watch the American Shakespeare Center‘s production of Twelfth Night via on-demand streaming. (If you are interested, it is streaming through Sept. 8, and Othello is on through Sept. 14. Their productions are usually excellent, and I highly recommend them.)

Added to the Hoard

Purchased (Kindle, print, or audio)

Kindle: Son of the Shadows; The Red Scrolls of Magic; Time’s Convert; The Deadly Hours; The Bodies in the Library; An Oxford Murder; Unquiet Spirits. Audiobooks (Audible, Libro.fm, or Chirp): Binti; Daughter of the Forest. (Click title for Goodreads page or my review.)

Stay safe, stay healthy, stay kind… and may you find books a haven in the coming weeks.

15 Responses to “Sunday Post – 9/06/2020”

  1. jessicabookworm

    Lark, snap! I have also been having a clear out and finally got up some artwork I have been storing for too long! It feels so good doesn’t it?! I hope you’re able to get those pictures and artwork up that you’ve been procrastinating about – We use these super sticky pads to put ours up, which means no pesky holes and it is easier to change your mind. 😉 It also looks like you have been doing lots of good reading, listening and viewing! I hope it continues in September. 😃
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  2. Gayathri

    I so understand your predicament between perfection and anxiety. And I have a bunch of things to be done but I am worried that I wont be able to give them my 100%. So there they are – left untouched for weeks and months even.

    I might pick something off the list to do – inspired by your words. Maybe.

    Stay safe!
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  3. Jan @ Notes from a Readerholic

    I’m doing some cleaning, donating and throwing away stuff as well, Lark. It feels good to get rid of things, but I also find it stressful at times. My husband loves hanging art and photos in our house so I don’t usually have to worry about it, but I would be the same way as you first trying to decide on frames and then where and what to put up.

    I hope you have a good virtual get-together and also a good week.
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  4. sjhigbee

    Good for you, sorting things out! We keep threatening to tackle the loft – but never do… I hope you enjoy Daughter of the Forest – I absolutely LOVED reading this series, so I hope it makes good listening. Have a great week, Lark.

  5. Lola

    That’s nice you’re getting a treadmill, I hope you can clear the space before it arrives. And that sounds fun how you have a virtual get together with your husbands side of the family. Sounds like a nice way to stay in touch. I hope you can decide on places to hang your art. Your new books look great and I hope they’re good ones!
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  6. Anne - Books of My Heart

    It’s great you are doing some of that sort / throw/ organize. I need to try to get back to some of that. I have been hanging pictures by room here in the new house over the last year. My bedroom is complete, the guest room, most of the dining room. But the music room/library I have all the artwork and mostly figured out where but haven’t hung anything in there. My daughter’s room has limited things since she hasn’t unpacked much or completely decided everything. Happy Labor Day! I hope it’s a good week for you!

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  7. RO

    This is definitely the time to reorganize and get rid of things as we move into a new season, and it’s great exercise too!(lol) I keep my glider outside – no treadmill for me, but kudos to you for sure! (hugs) RO

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I don’t know about exercise… there’s not a lot of activity involved in sitting with a shelf or box of books and sorting them into piles LOL! But yes, some of the other decluttering has been a little more strenuous. It will be really nice to have the treadmill on the days when it’s too hot, too wet, too cold, or I just don’t have time to gear up for a walk outside. It’s a lot quicker to just throw on a pair of sneakers and jump on the treadmill, than it is to put on sunscreen and my walking shoes; fill my water bottle; find my hat, mask, and keys; and generally get ready for an outdoor walk. I like walking outdoors, especially with my husband — but not when it’s hot and humid, or raining. So now I’ll have options, and hopefully that will make me more likely to actually get some exercise in each day.

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