Books & Getting Errands Done

I got out today and put gas in my car and got groceries. The cupboard was nearly bare. I hadn't been out since my doctor's visit earlier this week.

I also sat on my garden seat this morning and trimmed some of the dead foliage in the patio containers, as I was seeing green growth. 

It's warm here. Don't know what happened to the winter weather.

I'll be glad when I can open that gate and finish cleaning up. 

I just received this book in the mail...The Day I Died.

Here's a snippet from

From the award-winning author of Little Pretty Things comes this gripping, unforgettable tale of a mother's desperate search for a lost boy.

Anna Winger can know people better than they know themselves with only a glance—at their handwriting. 

Hired out by companies wanting to land trustworthy employees and by the lovelorn hoping to find happiness, Anna likes to keep the real-life mess of other people at arm’s length and on paper. 

But when she is called to use her expertise on a note left behind at a murder scene in the small town she and her son have recently moved to, the crime gets under Anna’s skin and rips open her narrow life for all to see. 

To save her son—and herself—once and for all, Anna will face her every fear, her every mistake, and the past she thought she'd rewritten.


I haven't read Little Pretty Things. But I'd be interested in checking it out.

What's the weather like in your neck of the woods? What are you reading?


  1. That sounds like a great book!!! I haven't read Pretty Little Things, either. The weather is freakishly warm here today. We are usually in the 20s and 30s and today we are mid 50s, breaking all records. A couple more days of warmth and then back to brutal winter temps, they say. Hope you have a great afternoon and evening. xo Diana

  2. Hi Brenda. Here in McAlester the air is a little chilly and it is cloudy. But not really cold. It won't be long that all will be able to get out and get out hands into the soil.

  3. I am reading the most boring novel I have ever read in my life, and why I didn't give up on chapter one I cannot say - I guess I kept hoping it would get better. Not! The weather here is 30 in the morning and near 70 in the afternoon. My mother and grandmother would have called it pneumonia weather, but now we have antibiotics. I'll go now and finish reading this book :)

  4. Brenda, it's so warm and beautiful here! The trees are budding and I'm seeing life in some of my flower pots. The farm fields are green and glowing. Of course, it could still snow but we'll enjoy this while we have it.

    I just finished The Little Paris Bookshop. It was the most interesting book. The language was incredibly beautiful but the story dragged out a little too long for me. I'll be curious to see what my book club friends thought of it.

  5. 86 here today in Florida. It is very dry and brush fires break out easily.

    1. I do plant lots of perennials in containers. And if the container is large, I will add filler. Like pine cones, those white popcorn fillers they use in boxes, whatever. I have thrown in small plastic pots I buy plants in also. I really prefer to use pine cones because it is natural and break down.

  6. Both those books look good. It's been way too warm here and so much is blooming, I just hope we don't get a freeze.

  7. It's been freezing temps here in CT..The ground is still covered from last week's snow.
    Everything looks like it's covered with white icing! They are predicting warmer temps for the next few days...hope they're right.
    I've been meaning to ask about your plant containers..I have several galvanized tubs I want to use for plants this Spring. Do you use a filler then add potting soil to the containers, and have you planted Perennials in them? I'd appreciate any tips you can offer..Thanks

  8. From checking online I see your temp is at 57 and ours here is 58...this is at almost 12 midnight so those are pretty good temps..We just recently got the warmer temps you have been having..I have spied some green growing in some of my pots too so I must get out and have a closer look..Last year I found a pretty little Hosta growing in an unused pot all by its self..and it is totally different than the ones planted in the ground here..A magical gift from someone I guess..I can hardly wait to see your gardens in bloom again!..Both of those books sound good...I am just starting one tonight called "Little Bee"..I have been searching for it awhile and yesterday I walked in a thrift shop and walked past the shelf and it jumped off and into my hands for the sweet sum of 50 cents!..Yahoo!..Enjoy the warm Brenda!

  9. Here in Greece things have warmed up a bit, in the 60's and just in time for the end of the Carnival. But we are expecting rain so that puts a damper on it. I h ave been trying to get thru MacBeth of all things but blogging keeps on getting in the way !

  10. The weather here is on the mild side for a New England weather, for which I am grateful. I'm reading Strangers in their own Land currently - have not read either of the books you've mentioned - will give them a look.

  11. It's warm over this side of the pond too! I've actually got windows and doors open and it feels like an early summer's day. Make the most of it in case it doesn't last! Have a beautiful week xx

  12. feels and looks like spring around here! have a great weekend!

  13. Yesterday was drizzly and in the 50s here in Central KY. So we stayed inside and my husband finished building a little sofa table for the cats to sit on and look out the window rather than crouch on the back of the sofa. They have been ignoring it and going off to sleep in other rooms. I guess they don't want too show too much enthusiasm. That's cats for you. Today is supposed to be in the 60s with no rain but it's still wet out there. I'm starting on PrairyErth, by William Least Heat-Moon. Published in 1991, it's an in-depth study of the history, land and people of one county in Kansas. Sounds dry, but I loved his book Blue Highways for the way his writing really created a window for the reader to see people and places. I always meant to read this one. I came across it while de-cluttering so now seems like a good time.

  14. We had some great warm weather this weekend, but it's barely making a dent in all the snow. No sign of green or plants or grass here, that's for sure! I will be happy when the snow on my outside furniture melts and I can enjoy sitting out on the rare warm day.

  15. Brenda, here in mid-Michigan we are having unseasonably warm weather the past three days and continuing most of this week. It's wonderful. The children have been out today riding their bikes. Yesterday, they helped take the dog for a walk with a friend and we've had the dining room door open to the screen. I don't think it can possibly last. Next thing we know we will wake up to snow again! But it's nice while it's here.

    I am reading a light novel called "Mrs. Miracle" by Debbie McComber. It's about a man whose wife died when their twin sons were about two. He was so grief-stricken and unable to cope that he sent the little boys to live with their mom's parents. He has now taken them back and is trying to become a good father to them. They are six now and quite a handful. He's gone through several housekeepers and is in despair when another woman appears mysteriously at the door one evening and says she's come to help. Her name is Mrs. Merkle, but the boys call her Mrs. Miracle. She makes quite a difference in their lives and things begin to change on several fronts. There are hints of a love story developing, but that's as far as I've gotten.

    Next book will be something totally different I think, but haven't decided on one yet. Maybe I'll pick one that you've read.


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