Friday, September 23, 2022

It's Fall Now


And the weather in my area has been weird. The rain was short-lived, but the 100-degree days are over. It's expected to be warm in the coming days.

I still haven't decorated the yard for Halloween yet, though there still is time. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Cooler Weather

After a nearly weeklong heatwave, I was glad to wake up Saturday morning to a little rain. The birds were chirping out in front of my house. I was glad for this. No further rain since then, but the temperature has been much cooler. Still not quite time to retire the shorts, but that's usually how it is when fall hits in California.

Hoping to see more of this in the weeks to come:

And less of this:

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Today in the Goodwill Halloween Section

The Halloween displays at Goodwill have been up for a few weeks now. There always seems to be something hanging in the racks the employees see as a possible costume, like sequined dresses, medical scrubs, zebra-print pajamas, or striped or flowered pants, among other things. But today I spotted nothing really weird, it had me cracking up.

A Trisha Yearwood concert t-shirt of all things! Just what were the employees thinking? Seems like a pretty boring costume. A Yearwood concert goer? I don't know. Now if they encounter a Garth Brooks shirt in another shipment, they need to be sure to put it along side this one, as long as this shirt remains in the rack. 

And one of the three-cornered displays for costumes made up by the employees from clothes and other items looked like this today:

I s this a new take on the "sexy cop" costume? If so, it's really taking it too far! The sexy costumes are already way overdone! 

Saturday, September 3, 2022

September Bookish Bingo

 The new card for September is here.

My books:

  1. Hansel & Gretel--James Marshall (4 squares): Audiobook, Fairy Tale, Angels/Demons, Life Lessons
  2. Maigret and the Headless Corpse--Georges Simenon (5 squares): E-Book, In a Series, Previously Read Author, Lies/Deception, Disguise 
  3. First Trip--Cheryl Taylor (3 squares): Physical Book, Shelf Love, Not in a Series
  4. The Hating Game--Sally Thorne (4 squares): Book Club Read, Man on the Cover, Friends Enemies to Lovers, Love Triangle or Square 
  5. The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt--Megan McDonald (3 squares): Pirate, Gold on the Cover, Water on the Cover
  6. The Switch--Beth O'Leary (2 squares): Free Book, Free Space
  7. Seasons--Annabelle Lynch (3 squares): Seasons/Weather, Library Book, Nonfiction 
  8. The Last Kids on Earth--Max Brallier (1 square): Undead/Zombies
25 squares completed onSeptember 20

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

September Eve


Can you believe it? Just going by too fast. 

I hope not to see this so soon, since most stores are just barely getting the Halloween stuff out. None yet as far as I have seen. Some stores aren't done getting out the Halloween, but one never knows about holiday items in stores these days.

I certainly won't be thinking about Christmas this weekend. And I won't be going anywhere to avoid the holiday crowds. But also...

Well, it's not quite fall yet, but the above is predicted for the holiday weekend. Actually predicted to be in the 100s. Ouch! The last time it was this hot on Labor Day weekend, the electricity went out in my area. Since I could not turn on the fan, I was really sweating! Just hope the electricity doesn't go out this time if the weather is as hot as predicted.

Sunday, August 28, 2022

BCB Fall Reading Challenge 2022

 Another found via Storygraph and one more for fall.

Starts: Thursday, 01 September 2022

Ends: Wednesday, 30 November 2022

Challenge prompts

1. Features found family: Apples Never Fall--Liane Moriarty

2. An Indigenous Author:

3. Trilogy Book 1: The Kiss Quotient--Helen Hoang

4. Trilogy Book 2: The Bride Test--Helen Hoang

5. Trilogy Book 3:

6. Stairs on the cover:

7. A Choose Your Own Adventure book: Unicorn Princess--Shannon Gilligan

8. An Indie Author: First Trip--Cheryl Taylor

9. A book that scares you:

This could be content, page number or genre in general. Horror books, huge page counts, or maybe a genre that is intimidating to you. This is open to your interpretation. 

10. Takes place during October:

This book doesn't have to exclusively take place in October but that majority of the book should. 

Back to school themes, Halloween, Fall type books will work best.

11. A title with a color in it:

I taught preschool for five years. I'm not going to waste my time teaching ADULTS what colors are lol 

12. A Non-Fiction bookRemember the Ladies--Cheryl Harness

NOT A MEMOIR! EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS. LEARN ABOUT RACE! LEARN ABOUT HISTORY! Any non fic will work as long as it is not a memoir or biography. 

13. Fire on the cover:

14. MC is a teacher or professor:

Back to school vibes, this means the teacher or professor should be teaching in a school/university. 

No coaches, fitness trainers, etc.

15. A cover that matches your birth stone: Ruby--Erica Varela (Weird, because my birthstone is garnet)


16. MC has a flower name:

Daisy, Iris, Rose, Violet, Poppy....there's so many! If you're unsure if it is a flower name, please google it! Spelling doesn't matter, nicknames are fine too. If their name is Rosie that works. 

NOT nature names, Forest, River, Rain/Rayne those don't count.

17. Cat on the cover:


18. MC is paranormal: The Last Kids on Earth--Max Brallier

Ghosts, vampires, shape shifters....OH MY! 

The paranormal definition is pretty vague. Anything beyond scientific explanation. Think legendary creatures, mythical creatures and CRYPTIDS! 

19. Read your book while you eat lunch: Maigret and the Headless Corpse--Georges Simenon

20. A title that begins with W: Where To, Little Wombat?--Charles Fuge

21. A title that begins with I:

22. A title that begins with T: Three Stations--Martin Cruz Smith

23. A title that begins with C: Conversations With Friends--Sally Rooney

24. A title that begins with HThe Hating Game--Sally Thorne

25. A title that uses ALL the letters in your first name:

It just needs to use all the letters in your name- does not have to be in order!! 

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Readers Imbibing Peril (RIP) XVII

Time for RIP 17.  Runs September 1 through October 31. Since 2020, it has been hosted at Twitter and Instagram after being hosted at several different blogs. I will read as many books as I can during that time.

My Books:

  1. The Last Kids on Earth--Max Brallier