My Sunday-Monday Post

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Hello everyone! It was a pretty good week last week, despite the crazy snow we had. Yesterday we were back at my mom’s, going through the things that my stepfather had accumulated in his life. I find it sad, I miss him, but at the same time I feel like I am getting glimpses of who he was before I met him when I was ten. I mean, I really I didn’t know him very well then either, it was just as I got older that I did. I found a letter yesterday that he wrote in 1950 to a friend, but never mailed. In it he talked about how many Valentines he had gotten that year – it was just cute to think of a ten year old Jerry talking about his Valentines to his friend. I also found a really cool vintage dairy crate from Erie Crate, it was a neat find. I thought I could keep wine in it. Or maybe plants! We also upgraded Luna’s tank last week to give her a better hide – check out how awesome this looks! I feel so Game of Thrones or Hogwarts now.

Read Last Week:

The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin: Ooo I loved this one so much! I am a person who lives pretty closely to the seasons so I loved that this book was tied to that. Review this week. (NetGalley)

Reading This Week:

So, I won’t finish all these this week. Those days are gone. But I will be hopscotching about. I read Wendell Berry in college and loved everything he said; I am excited to revisit him. That book will be a slow read for me. The other two I will be bouncing back and forth on more frequently.

Posted Last Week:

Chit Chat Coffee Time where I talk about whatever is on my mind

Spring to Snow.. about our trip to the dairy farm (and baby goats!)


We have been watching a lot more Netflix than usual this past week. We watched The Irregulars, which we were totally sucked into. When we finished that, we moved on to Shadow and Bone, which is fantastic! Neither of us have read the books but now we are definitely going to. And even though I said I wasn’t going to do it, I did. I started watching the new season of Death in Paradise. I always have to grieve the changing of the detectives, and DI Jack Mooney was my favorite; when he left I swore off the show. But this new guy, DI Neville Parker has won me over, although it did take a few episodes. He’s no Jack, but I like him. We’ve also been watching the YouTube people Weed Em’ and Reap and they are the coolest little family.

And that is it from my corner of the world! Stay safe and well everyone!


28 thoughts on “My Sunday-Monday Post

  1. Mareli Thalwitzer

    Still need to start with Shadow and Bone, but really looking forward to it. The nature of witches does seem good! I can see your excitement.

    Hope you will have a good week and some great reads on the nightstand.

    Elza Reads

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  2. After my grandma died, my mom and I went through her cedar chest. She kept everything there, and the most interesting thing was reading through her old letters. We even found a bundle of love letters she had received from my grandpap! My mom wouldn’t let me read those, though.

    I’ve never read Wendell Berry, but I’ve always intended to. I have a couple of his books on my list of books I might read someday. I will be very interested to see what you think about this one.

    We’ve been looking for a new series, so we’ll take a look at Shadow & Bone. Thank you, Erin!

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    1. I think you would love Wendell Berry!

      I love that you found love letters. It’s like a story in a book! I have kept a few things of my stepfather’s for Wyatt. Jerry had his Boy Scout uniform and I am going to frame the shirt and hang it in Wyatt’s room – a project I really need to get to! A few of his vintage tops have made it to our house. An old tool box that I am going to use for art supplies. Just little bits of his life.


    1. Yes, it definitely is very time-consuming. We want to sell pretty quickly, but we also want to make sure we go through everything. And with the pandemic, it is a little more difficult! But we are all vaccinated now so it should go faster. 🙂

      That sounds like a great project!! What a great gift for your family, to have everything preserved.


  3. There is something healing about going through personal items. I have a couple of treasured things after we went through my dad’s things. Going to check out your Netflix recommendations. Hope it gets warms this week on your side of the state, supposed to be beautiful over here.

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    1. It is sad, but yes, healing too. I have a few things that I have brought home that were his. A boy scout uniform that I am going to frame and hang in Wyatt’s room, an old tool box that I am going to keep paint brushes and watercolors in. A few vintage tops. It is comforting.

      Yesterday was beautiful here!!


  4. Ooh the tank looks so awesome now! Haha I bet he’s loving it. 🙂 And that’s neat that you’re getting to learn about your stepfather’s life when he was younger. Bittersweet I’m sure, but neat that you can do that.

    Death in Paradise has had me curious- just the premise! I may need to try that show. 🙂

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    1. Lol thanks! We are having such a good time decorating these tanks. Harry is all jungle, Luna is all castles. Dash is also jungle I guess. Lol.

      Bittersweet is a good word for it. I miss him but it makes me feel close to him to learn more about him this way.

      I love Death in Paradise!!! Billy reminded me that the lizard in Death in Paradise is what made me want a lizard originally, a million years ago. I highly recommend it.


  5. Kathy Martin

    We have snow on the ground AGAIN this morning! I’m tired of it but getting a lot of reading done. My brother and I found a letter from my dad to my mother breaking up with her (luckily only temporarily) when we were cleaning out the family home after my parents died. I’ll never get to ask what the story was there and am quite curious. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  6. I’m so excited to see Wendell Berry in your post! I discovered him in college too. He spoke at a campus event. I have a book of his poetry in storage but I don’t think I’ve read any of his nonfiction. I love his novels, with Hannah Coulter being my favorite.

    I have a phobia of snakes and other reptiles but even I have to admit that Luna looks cool roaming around her castle turrets.

    How bittersweet it must be to sort through your stepfather’s things.

    Enjoy your week!

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  7. My family in central NY all sent me snow pictures last week and suddenly my cloudy FL day didn’t seem so bad! Sure hope spring decides to stick around for a while up there now. Bittersweet to go through personal items, letters, etc… both healing and sad.Take care.

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  8. I want to watch Death in Paradise. It was on my show list awhile ago but I haven’t been watching shows with actual plots lately (mostly true crime shows instead) so this might be a good place to start. The letters sound sweet and I know what you mean about getting to know someone through that. We have some letters my grandmother wrote when she was first married and it made me feel like I knew her much better after reading them. I hope you have a great week!

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    1. Which true crime shows are you watching? I listen to true crime podcasts a lot but I would be interested in tv shows too. I do love Death in Paradise!

      It is a bittersweet thing, but I do feel like I know my stepdad a little better. 🙂


  9. Molly's Book Nook

    I want to read The Nature of Witches! I’m glad you enjoyed it! I love that cover too. I still need to watch Shadow & Bone. I watched the first 2 episodes and wasn’t super enjoying it but now I need to watit to finish because my mom needs to catch up lol I didn’t know she wanted to watch it with me!

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