Saturday, July 23, 2022

Sunday Post #170

 

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated reviewer book blog, and is a post to recap my bookish and non-bookish things from the last week.

It has been a busy week of family visiting! Lots of cleaning, planting and chores in preparation for the visit. Thursday my daughter, SIL, grandkids and my son, his wife, my dad, and my youngest sister all came up to Northern California to visit me and my other sister (she lives up here, too). My daughter and her husband and the two grandkids stayed with us while everyone else stayed with my sister.  We visited the historic downtown, shopped, had dinner out and then went to Tahoe to go river rafting. Everyone came over to my house today to check it out and then we went into town again to have lunch. 
 
It's been super hot mid to upper 90s so all the outdoor activities have been sapping my energy. I can't wait until summer is over. I planted a couple of Butterfly Bushes and they really do attract so many butterflies! They're so pretty (see pics below). 



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Didn't get a lot of reading in, but I enjoyed both books. Heroic Hearts was a collection of fantasy stories that I mainly requested for Dating Terror by Patricia Briggs. Loved Asil's story! There were a lot of other good ones in there, too. 

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Loved The Bodyguard and the cover is so pretty, too! 






How was your week?

34 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a great visit! The butterfly pictures are gorgeous! Here's my Sunday Post: https://bonniereadsandwrites.wordpress.com/2022/07/24/sunday-post-pass-the-peppers/

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  2. Having family to visit is always so nice! And I love river rafting! We have very high temperatures here too! I hope you get some cool breeze enxt week Rachel!

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    1. I just saw a temperature graphic of the US and I guess everyone is having high temps! Now we have a gigantic wild fire by Yosemite which is sending smoke our way. We need cooler temps! Thanks, Sophie, you too!

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  3. I LOVE butterflies! I'm so happy to see these pictures :)

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  4. How fun to have so much family visit! I hear you with the heat. I have never been a summer fan, and I remember why every year when we get heatwaves like this. The butterflies are beautiful! I have never seen ones like that. I wonder what kind it is? I loved The Bodyguard too, and I agree, pretty cover, but I wish they made it match all the others. I mean, they "glowed-up" her old covers to match the flower thing.

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    1. I need to look up what kind of butterflies they are. They're so pretty. Yeah, I'd like it if they all matched too. I haven't looked, but I wonder if she has a different publisher for the some of them? Maybe that's why they don't match. She did the artwork on some of them herself.

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  5. I really need to attack the chores like you have this week. I've been thinking of hiring someone to do a few organizational things for me in the home.

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    1. It's so hard to get any services to come out now. I hope you have better luck than we've had here. We've had to tackle a bunch of stuff on our own because everyone is booked out.

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  6. Sounds like some great family time! But I'm with you on the heat sapping all energy. Summer is my least favorite season for that reason. I hate the heat plus I don't tolerate it well. It takes a toll. I've never heard of butterfly bushes but they're so pretty!

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    1. Yes, I'm already done with summer and we've got two more months! I love the look of the actual bushes, but the fact they attract so many pretty butterflies is a bonus!

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  7. Gorgeous butterflies! Glad you had such a good time with your family.

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    1. Thanks Lark! I'm so excited with the outdoors here.

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  8. I think the heat has been brutal everywhere last week. It was in the 90's here as well. The plants look great and that is so cool that they attract butterflies!

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    1. Yes, I just saw a graphic of the US and it seems everyone is in a heatwave. So weird! I hope summer is short!

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  9. How lovely to have so much of your family around you. Oh, those butterflies and your bush are a gorgeous picture. I thought Asil's story was one of the best in the collection, but the troll one was a wonderful surprise.

    Have a great week, Rachel!

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    1. We did have a nice time with everyone here! I loved the troll one, too, Sophia, but yes, Asil's stole the show!

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  10. Great you had the family time. Too hot. We are 90-95 which is pretty typical but July and August are not for me. lol The rest of the year is amazing though. I debated about the Julie Garwood book; I'll be interested to see how you liked it. I thought every story in Heroic Hearts was awesome.

    Anne - Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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    1. I liked most of them. There were a couple I didn't care about. Yes, it's too hot, but the Summer here doesn't last through November like SoCal. I've been looking and it ends mid September like it should.

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  11. What a great week! Especially river rafting!!! I'll bet that cold water felt good on a hot day.

    Love the butterfly bush!

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    1. The river rafting was fun and pretty! The water was too cold for me to get in, lol! I didn't mind the occasional splash, though. :)

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  12. Sounds like a wonderful time! And rafting too? Fun! I love being on the river. We used to go canoeing on some of the rivers up north but it's been a while since we did that...

    I love the butterfly pics. I should really look up what to plant to attract them since I'd love to have more butterflies hanging around...

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    1. It is relaxing, right? I've done some kayaking and I'd like to get one for a lake a mile down the road from us. My sister has one and loves it. I love the butterflies!

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    2. Kayaking is amazing!!!!!

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  13. Having family get togethers are always nice when they happen.

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  14. I love your Butterfly Bushes. :) I have First Born on my TBR, too!

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  15. Love seeing the butterflies. Happy to hear you were able to finish a couple of books - this past week I just finished one!
    Have a fantastic week ahead!
    - Sara and Olivai

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  16. How wonderful that you've had a visit from your family! It sounds like you all had a great time. I love the butterfly pictures too.

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  17. Glad you had a wonderful visit with your family. It's been very hot here and I've not felt up to working outside so my flower beds are suffering a bit.

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  18. oh I feel ya on the heat wave, its been super hot, but where I live this is normal this time of year, so its expected haha I just don't like it

    Hope you have a great week!

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  19. It's so great that visits with family are happening again. I have 2 butterfly bushes and I love the butterflies and dragonflies they attract. Have a great week, Rachel.

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