Saturday, January 2, 2016

Saturday in the Garden | A New Year


It's a whole new year, bright and shiny and outside things are looking a lot more like the grumpy, stubborn winter we're used to here in Iowa.  As a result I've been trying to add some greenery indoors.
This is called a goldfish plant and I love it's shiny green leaves. You can barely see it but the flowers are orange and puckered like a gldfish:).

A florist at the grocery store just gave me this poinsettia this week while I was checking out. I guess they are trying to get rid of their stock.  Lucky me!

Called a Red Prayer Plant - love the red veins and variegated leaf.

A paper white bulb a friend gave to me last night. 


I'm on day nine of being off from work, only one more day left and I feel like a kid at the end of winter break.  I don't wanna go back to work!  My job is awesome in fact but another week off wouldn't go amiss since I frittered this one away with an insane amount of laziness.  It's been peaceful and lovely.  I have a few personal resolutions for the year; a couple are carry overs but my big one is to be a little more mindful and grateful for the good stuff in my life.  How about you? How are you feeling about the new year ahead?



It's been a very exciting week in the watching department.  First, I saw The Force Awakens which gave me all the appropriate feels that a Star Wars film should give and cleanses away the slimy taste left by episodes I-III.  Wahoo!  Bring on the next 5 films, please!

Secondly, have y'all seen the third series of Sherlock???!!!! Holy Cow, is it amazeballs!  I know I'm like 2 years behind but seriously this series just keeps getting better and better.  I was actually not overly impressed with the first series of Sherlock; I liked it but wasn't as gaga over it as everyone else seemed to be.  Season two made me sit up and get bright-eyed and now season 3 had me practically panting at the screen.  So Great!  Sherlock & John 4ever!


Finished Last Week: 

  • Speaking From Among the Bones by Alan Bradley:  The 5th book in the Flavia DeLuce mystery series featuring a chemistry and poison loving 12 year old in 1950s England.

Currently Reading:

  • Into the Wilderness by Sarah Donati:  Historical fiction/romance (different actually then just a historical romance) I had to wait behind 6 other patrons on the hold list to get this from the library despite the fact it was published in 1998.  Not sure why - maybe because it gets compared to Outlander and that's big right now?  Even though I did not like Outlander, I am liking this so far.  Set in the American frontier just pre or post revolution period (somewhere between 1750 and 1800:).
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater:  The third in the Raven Cycle books.
  • Steal the Sky by Megan O'Keefe:  An ARC and the first in a new science fiction series that sounds Firefly-esque.  Publication: January 5th, 2016.
  • The Founding by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles:  I pulled this one off my back-burner list and started it again.  I do wish it wasn't quite so long and I am not overly fond of the feisty female lead or the somewhat detached narrative but I also don't want to put it away.  This is the first book in a series that follows a family from the late middle ages through modern times.  

Added to the TBR:

This is a list of books that I have added to my Goodreads TBR list this week.  It helps to burn the books I want to read a little more firmly into my mind, maybe get them on some other folks TBRs and gives me a chance to recognize a lot of the awesome bloggers that add stuff to my TBR!

First I added a bunch of books from Reading The End Podcast's Gift Guide episode - Many thanks to the Jennys.  
  • The Spymaster's Lady by Joanna Bourne:  Described as a romance with a strong plot. Spies during the Napoleonic War.
  • Billy Boyle by James Benn:  Mysteries set in World War II London.
  • Raven Black by Ann Cleeves: Mysteries set on the Shetland Islands.
  • Faking It by Jennifer Crusie:  Another romance with a strong plot, this one a contemporary which isn't really my thing but I was drawn in by it being said to involve a quirky family.
  • East of West Vol. 1: The Promise by Jonathan Hickman: An Alt History Graphic Novel that takes place after the South wins the American Civil War and the country is divided into several countries. It also involves the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse.
  • Mort(e) by Robert Repino: The story of a civil war between animals and humans in which the animals win!



Hope everyone has a fantastic first week of 2016!  

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