Sunday Post – 11/22/15

November 22, 2015 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

Our concert is this afternoon! I think we’re ready. The kids are, anyway — I’m not entirely sure am! But hopefully everything will go fine.

I spend all week working hard on a project which I turned in on Friday (yay!) Now on to the next one, interspersed (hopefully!) with catching up on blog comments (I am so behind!), reviewing the books I read during the HoHoHo Readathon, and getting ready for Thanksgiving.

Tasha, 11/16/15

Tasha came home from the vet on Monday. She’s happy to be home, and she’s had a pretty good week, but she’s not eating the canned food the vet recommended; she seems to prefer her dry kibble, though she’s probably not eating enough of it. And she meows a lot, though it seems mostly for attention rather than pain. We are giving her lots of love and cherishing the time we have with her. There’s no way to know how fast the cancer will spread, but it’s known to be aggressive. (If you missed last week’s post, it’s not really operable; it’s on the underside of her tongue and has probably already spread.)


Last Week on the Blog



Upcoming on the Blog

  • Mon. 11/23: COYER Goals – challenge sign-up
  • Mon 11/23: Willow Brook Road (Sherryl Woods) – review
  • Tues. 11/24:  – TTT Thanksgiving Freebie – Top Ten Tuesday
  • Wed. 11/25: In the Dragon’s Eye: Lord Dashwood Missed Out – W.O.W.
  • Thurs. 11/26: Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Fri. 11/27: Books on a Budget – tentative
  • Sat. 11/28: News & Notes – 11/28/15
  • Sun. 11/29: Sunday Post – 11/29/15


What I’m Reading/Watching

Because of all the stress this week, I wasn’t sleeping well, so I got a lot of books read — I even managed to get a little ahead of schedule on my Goodreads Challenge! I finished Winter (omigosh, it was wonderful! I need to write up my review), then plowed through all three books in Sarah Morgan’s Snow Crystal trilogy: Sleigh Bells in the SnowSuddenly Last Summer, and Maybe This Christmas, plus a Lady Emily short story by Tasha Alexander, The Star of the East.  I also read a few more Catherine Aird mysteries: A Going Concern and Slight Mourning. I’m currently reading Cathy Maxwell’s The Match of the Century  Dreamer’s Pool (Juliet Marillier) is on hold while I get through that one and a few more ARCs.

I’m still listening to The Night Circusbut because I’ve been so busy with work, I haven’t gotten much farther. And TV was pretty much a bust this week, as I had no free time other than when I was supposed to be sleeping.


New Additions to the Hoard

Cover links take you to Goodreads.

For Review

Many thanks to DAW!


Purchased or Free
  • For Kindle: The Mind of the Maker ($1.99)*
  • Print: The Cat on my Shoulder: Writers and Their Cats (used)

*text links go to Amazon


Wishing everyone a wonderful week,  a happy Thanksgiving if you celebrate it, and plenty of good books — and the time to read them!

24 Responses to “Sunday Post – 11/22/15”

  1. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    I hope Tasha will be able to eat what she needs so she can stay as healthy as possible, Lark.
    All your new books are ones I haven’t heard of before, but they look good and I hope you’ll enjoy them.
    Have a fantastic week ahead and happy reading.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews recently posted…The Sunday Post #59My Profile

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      She is a pretty kitty and has gotten very sweet. She was quite standoffish for her first five or six years, but then she began to get more affectionate. I hope she is with us a while longer, but we’re taking it week by week.

  2. Steph from

    I am so sorry about your cat. It is horrible, but I can see you will cherish her (as I am sure you have) in the days to come.

    The feeding thing is hard, but if you find something she likes more than you could mix it in with the prescribed food maybe? Science Diet AD has a lot of calories and was what we were supposed to feed when we had a sick cat. I found putting that new brotd food (friskies?) on the other food made it more appealing to mine.

    Best wishes and happy T-Day.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thanks, Steph, that’s an idea. The problem is that she has always turned her nose up at anything that isn’t “her” dry food — even cat treats. But I’ll keep trying.

  3. Michelle@Because Reading

    Your poor baby! My cat had a few issues this week. It’s no fun to watch the furbabies no feeling good. I hope she eats for you, she might when she gets hungry. They want to switch my cats food too but cats are so picky and my Buttons picked her own food when we switched the dog. They want her to lose weight but I think she wont eat the bland food they are giving her

    I hope you have a great week, Lark! Happy Reading! *hugs* ox
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      No, it really isn’t. We decided not to push the wet food on Tasha but just let her eat what she wants, since she probably has only a few months to live. When it’s not really curable, I think emphasizing quality of life is the best choice for a pet, especially since they don’t understand why you’re making them eat what they don’t like and so on. It would be different if she were diabetic and it was a management thing; she could still have a long and enjoyable life. But in this case, the food issue isn’t going to make much difference to her, and she feels more comfortable with her familiar food.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      The concert was great, and Tasha’s hanging in there. I’ll give her lots of cuddles when I get home — or as many as she’ll accept, anyway. (And sorry for the very late reply!)

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Mr. Bookwyrm says she still seems pretty happy, but she’s very skinny so she’s not eating very well. We’re just taking it day by day. I’ve been away for weeks and weeks, but I’ll be home soon and will enjoy spending time with her. (PS. Sorry it has taken me so long to reply.)

  4. Lola

    Tasha looks adorable! I am so sorry the cancer is untreatable, but I hope you have a little bit more time with her. I am sure she loves all the extra attention. I hope the concert goes well and your works sounds like it’s going well, except for it being busy. I hope you have a great week!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      It’s sad but she has made it through Christmas, so I’ll be able to spend some more time with her in January. Mr. Bookwyrm isn’t sure she’ll make it to February, though. 🙁

  5. Deborah

    Glad Tasha’s home from the vet. My brother’s cat was given some horrible alkaline food from the vet once and wouldn’t eat it… we relied on the dry food instead.

    Well done on getting your project submitted and hope you get to catch up on your reviewing!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Tasha has always been really picky, ever since we tried to hide some nasty-tasting de-worming pills in cheese or treats. She won’t even eat cat treats. She did eat some canned Hill Science Diet in the vet’s office, but at home she won’t even try — and we did get the same brand. The other cat loves the wet food, but Tasha is sticking to her dry kibble. As long as she’s eating something, that’s the main thing.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thank you, Stormi. Unfortunately, she’s not going to get better; it’s just a question of how fast or slowly she gets worse. (It’s cancer, and basically inoperable without losing so much quality of life that surgery makes no sense.) So we’ll just love and cherish her now, and make her last weeks/months as comfortable as we can.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thank you, Cait, and I’m sorry to take so long in replying. Tasha is still holding on, but she’s not going to recover, unfortunately. This is an aggressive cancer and one that, even if surgery is an option, almost always recurs. And in her case, surgery isn’t an option, since it would remove her tongue and she would have to be tube-fed — which would really reduce her quality of life significantly. So we’re loving her and taking care of her until such time as she is too sick to enjoy life anymore.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thank you! The concert went extremely well; I was very proud of my young and teen singers, and I really enjoyed singing the piece the adult chorus performed.

      Tasha’s doing OK so far, but today for the first time she was not only shaking her head and working her mouth like there was something in it she wanted to get rid of (there is — the tumor, poor baby), but also yowling. So it may be starting to bother her more. 🙁