I know you were expecting Welcome Wagon today. But the fact of the matter is, I haven't had time this week to scour the internet to find any.
I may not be able to keep doing Welcome Wagon on a regular basis, as it's getting harder to find new blogs. If someone knows of a new blog they'd like to see featured, just email me. I'll do my best.
I wanted to show you a "photo shot through the patio door" of what I have dubbed "the patio cardinal." (Not as clear through the glass.)
He's out there every day. And I never see him at the feeder, so maybe I need to get a bigger one for him. But he's always out there cavorting around.
I'm hoping soon to actually go outside and get a photo of him, but Abi starts yapping every time I approach the patio door. She hasn't quite figured things out.
At the other house I always left through the back door. Here I leave through the front door.
So she just yaps when she sees me going toward either one now. And the cardinal flies off as soon as he hears that first yap.
And now for some book club updates. We've gotten away from this while I've been moving and getting things situated. But I'm ready to get back to it.
I've found some recent books and hope some of them interest you.
As always, I will put a poll on my sidebar. You can vote for your favorite, and we will pick the next two months' books, June and July.
Here are the books you'll be choosing from...
When Dr. Mike Scanlon is called to serve as an army doctor in Afghanistan, he’s acutely aware of the dangers he’ll face and the hardships it will cause his wife Chloe and newborn baby. And deep inside, he doesn’t think of himself as a warrior, but a healer.
However, in an ironic turn of events, as Mike operates on a wounded soldier in a war-torn country, Chloe dies in their kitchen, a victim of an apparent household accident. Devastated, Mike returns home to bury her, only to discover that the life he left behind has fallen apart. His medical practice is in jeopardy, and he is a complete stranger to the only family he has left: his precious baby girl. Worse, he learns a shocking secret that sends him into a downward spiral.
As layer upon layer of lies are revealed, Mike soon realizes that the most important battle of his life faces him on the home front, and he’ll have to put it all on the line to save what’s dearest to him. Gripping, thrilling, and profoundly emotional, Don’t Go is Lisa Scottoline at her finest.
Don't Look Back
Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all - popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.
Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies.
Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her - even if the old Sam treated him like trash.
But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night aren't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory - someone else knows. Someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet.
All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?
Michelle was a young single mother when she was kidnapped by a local school bus driver named Ariel Castro. For more than a decade afterward, she endured unimaginable torture at the hand of her abductor. In 2003 Amanda Berry joined her in captivity, followed by Gina DeJesus in 2004. Their escape on May 6, 2013, made headlines around the world.
Barely out of her own tumultuous childhood, Michelle was estranged from her family and fighting for custody of her young son when she disappeared. Local police believed she had run away, so they removed her from the missing persons lists fifteen months after she vanished. Castro tormented her with these facts, reminding her that no one was looking for her, that the outside world had forgotten her. But Michelle would not be broken.
In Finding Me, Michelle will reveal the heartbreaking details of her story, including the thoughts and prayers that helped her find courage to endure her unimaginable circumstances and now build a life worth living. By sharing both her past and her efforts to create a future, Michelle becomes a voice for the voiceless and a powerful symbol of hope for the thousands of children and young adults who go missing every year.
The book with the most votes will be June's book club pick. The runner-up will be the book we read for July.