Happy fall, y’all! We’re finally to the most wonderful time of the year and I have to say that this season has started out on the perfect note.
Those of you who know me know that my birthday is the first day of fall and I celebrated by doing the most pandemic thing ever–nothing at all. No, I’m not going to start a “poor me.” It was actually wonderful to not worry about doing the dishes or laundry or anything like that (they all waited for me to do the next day…sigh!) We did get take out for dinner and then a family trip to Dairy Queen for dessert–I do love a cherry dilly bar!
The only thing I asked for this birthday was an upgrade of my phone, which I did! Now I should be able to listen to more than one podcast without my phone dying. My upgraded iPhone came with 3 months of AppleTV+, so Pat and I have been bingeing Ted Lasso. Folks, the hype is real for this one. I can’t think of a more feel-good show in my viewing history than this one. I still have about half of the second season to go, but we are loving every minute of it.
We’ve also been watching Evil which is just the sort of wacky creepiness that is perfect for Spooky Season (like Fall, Spooky Season begins on my birthday). I actually didn’t know that this show had moved to streaming, so we ended up bingeing most of the first half of the second season to catch up. Now, it has become our after-Sunday Night Football viewing.
The weather here has been gorgeous, but slowly becoming more autumnal. Personally, I enjoy the cooler temperatures and we definitely need the rain. Especially our front lawn…let’s just say it was very “dormant” over the summer, thanks to our sprinkler system deciding to take the year off. But, with the cooler temperatures, I actually start feeling like cooking again! I’ve been trying some new recipes–some of which have been hits and some have not. Mostly, I’ve been working with InstantPot recipes as it is so easy. I have some cookbooks written by my friend, Ivy Manning, and her InstantPot Recipes are amazing (you can find them here, here, and my fave is here). I’m slowly working through many of the recipes in these…
Before I get to my reads, here is a picture of the fall colors this week. I’m walking Chris to and from school each week and I’m trying to be more observant of the beauty around me. I’m sure the colors will be even more vibrant next week, but here is something from this week.
So, onto my reading. As I explained last week, I’m only going over what I’m reading now (and haven’t covered in an earlier post). Next week, as it will be the first post of October, I’ll go over everything I finished in September–plus a few things finished at the end of August). As usual, I’m linking up with Kathryn at Book Date and her It’s Monday…What Are You Reading? blog hop.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that I posted a picture of what I’m currently reading. Since posting that, I’ve actually finished one of the books so the two new books here are actually yet-to-be-started.
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
I love Alice Hoffman, but I’ve actually never read this entire series. I have read (and am currently doing an audio re-read of) Magic Lessons and I recently finished Rules of Magic. The thing is, I saw the movie of Practical Magic years ago (when it was first released) and I remember nothing about it…except I didn’t like it. So I was reluctant to try this book. But I’m invested now as I loved Magic Lessons and really enjoyed Rules of Magic and I want be ready for The Book of Magic when it releases next month (and, please be a Book of the Month selection! PLEASE!) So, I’m going to start this one tomorrow….wish me luck! I know that some people think this is the best of the series and some think it is the worst, so I’m not sure what to expect.
Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James
I actually had another book out from the library to read next. It was something that I had had on hold for a long time and the eBook had just come in and it was by an author I had enjoyed in the past and many of my trusted sources had enjoyed it. But…I just wasn’t feeling it. It was a feel-good WWII book and you all know that I’m kind of burnt out on WWII fiction.
So, it was time for some spooky reads. I’ve read two of Simone St. James’s earlier books and they didn’t disappoint. Bonus is that this is World War ONE fiction! Even though I’ve been reading some heavier mysteries lately, I was just in the mood for something spooky and this is it. I’ll be starting this tonight. Before bed. I hope that isn’t a mistake…
As I said, I’ll have all my complete reads from the previous month (and then some) next week in my “three things I need to tell you” format. Until then, I hope you all have a wonderful week!