The Sunday Post {12/6/20}

Posted December 6th, 2020 by in The Sunday Post / 16 comments

The Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news; a post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.


Well this morning started off badly. We got up and my birds, parakeets, started fighting which they do sometimes first thing in the morning. Normally I just cover them back up and tell them they need to wake up on the right side of the bed. The fighting stops once the cage is covered. After about 15 minutes I’ll uncover the cage again and everything is fine. Not this time. I started hearing noises that I had never heard in the 3 or 4 years I’ve had them.

I rushed into the office and they’re really fighting this time. And there is blood all over the cage. It took a moment to figure it all out. Sherlock had cut Watson’s foot and there was blood wherever Watson had taken perch. This required a full cage dismantle and cleaning. I had to put them in air vented boxes so that I could do this. It was hard on them and hard on me. Poor little dudes. They are doing SO much better now. I’m not even sure what caused it all. We had COYER book club today and I really needed it! Love these ladies who sit down and converse with us.


Today I spent a lot of time cooking. DH and I are back on our healthy journeys. I made Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup and that always takes forever. I’m not sure why because it’s just cutting celery, carrots, and dicing an onion. Either way DH won’t eat it so it makes enough for me to eat on it all week. I’ll still end up freezing a few cups of it. I started reading Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh and I only got about 30 pages in but I really liked it. I am kind of excited to learn more about the world that Singh is building. I also got an idea for a new post that will have already been published by the time this goes up.


My Black Friday Bath and Body order came in today. I was on my last bottle of moisturizing body wash and the Black Friday sale was buy 3, get 3 free for the whole store. I may have gotten a little out of hand. I have no regrets and I won’t need body wash for awhile (like a year; maybe two). Win win as far as I’m concerned. I finally determined what I wanted to do for my December TBR post. I’m feeling pretty productive. I also made sure to get in 30 minutes on the treadmill tonight.

New Upright Freezer


Today we decided to do something we’ve been talking about for a long time. We bought an upright freezer. Electricity costs here in Iowa are quite a bit more than Illinois and we knew we didn’t want to do another deep freeze. We left that behind with my brother for a reason. We also didn’t want to keep a TON of things in a freezer for fear of never using it.

But we’re both pretty dedicated to being healthier and for DH that means having fish and seafood. The freezer in our refrigerator was already as full as we could get it. We’re both pretty pleased with this idea. We’ll be able to see what we have on hand and the smaller size will keep our purchases within reason. I’m pretty excited!


Today was a pretty hard mental health day for me. I strongly suspect I’m going through a bout of depression. I know I’ve had anxiety for several years now. I’m learning that with depression there isn’t always something that sets it off. I guess I thought that depression was a constant and prolonged issue. What I’m feeling isn’t that. Some days just seem to be worse than others. It really does not take much to push me over the edge right now. I generally just ride it out. It doesn’t seem to last long for which I am eternally grateful. I was asleep by 8 tonight.


Another fairly unexciting day. (Ya know it’s really hard to make WFH and taking COVID seriously all that glamorous! I don’t leave the house much guys.) Yesterday was so unproductive due to the mental health stuff that today I tried to make up for it. I got the kitchen looking better though I still have a little way to go in there. It’s a bit of a mess from moving in the freezer and rearranging. Plus dishes. I don’t know what it is but when we’re eating healthier there are so many more dishes!!


TgrkingI’m getting this post ready on a Saturday morning. I’ll check back in tonight to make sure I’m happy with everything. We’re making a run to Sam’s Club, Costco, and Trader Joe’s today. The last time I left the house for any meaningful period of time was October 17th. We go once a week to pick up our groceries and occasionally I run to the library to grab holds available for pick up. I’m really excited for it but I also know by the time it’s done I’m going to be exhausted.

We made it back alive. I forget how quickly things add up while you’re shopping in a warehouse store. The good news is that I can reduce my weekly food budget by about 40% or more. Things may have gotten a little out of hand at Sam’s Club. We have an entire fridge stuffed full of meat that we’ll break down into 1 pound increments and put in our freezer. We also picked up a few splurge items and I’m so excited to know that we’ll be on track with our food intake! While we were at Costco I spotted this car in the parking lot on our way out! Lol!

COYER 2021 was announced! And I can’t tell you how VERY excited I am for it!!

Anne at Books of My Heart announced her 2021 Psy-Changling Read-along

Michelle and Berls shared some favorite holiday dishes

It’s that time of year and Samantha talked about bookish goals

Hedgehog ReadingI saw this image on a Facebook page I follow, A Hygge-ish Life, and it calmed me so much Friday night. I honestly don’t know what it was but I realized that I still have a lot to be thankful for and to enjoy the small pleasures in life that I have.

What I Read This Week

12/5 Reading Week in Review


  • Claudia and the Mystery at the Museum by Ann M. Martin – 98 pages

Total Pages Read this Week: 98


  • Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh – 35 pages

Total Pages Read this Week: 133


  • Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh – 21 pages

Total Pages Read this Week: 154


  • No reading today 🙁

Total Pages Read this Week: 154


  • Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh – 24 pages

Total Pages Read this Week: 178


  • Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh- 27 pages

Total Pages Read this Week: 205


  • Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh – 23 pages

Total Pages Read this Week: 228

Bookly - Claudia and the Mystery at the Museum

The Kindle deals on Cyber Monday got me. All but 2 of these were purchased Monday. And all of them were $5 or under. Most of them were $3.99 or less!
Sea Swept by Nora RobertsThe Kingdom by Amanda StevensA Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

The Coast to Coast Murders by James Patterson and J.D. BakerMission to Murder by Lynn CahoonHunted by Rebecca Zanetti

Consumed by Rebecca ZanettiProvoked by Rebecca ZanettiMarked by Rebecca Zanetti

Vampire's Faith by Rebecca ZanettiDemon's Mercy by Rebecca ZanettiThe Body in the Garden by Katharine Schellman

Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade by Diana GabldonThe Darkness We Hide by Debra WebbConceal, Don't Feel by Jen Calonita

Act Like It by Lucy ParkerProject Duchess by Sabrina JeffriesKiss My Cupcake by Helena Hunting

Stars of Mithra Complete Collection by Nora RobertsRage and Ruin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

How is your week shaping up? What exciting things are you reading?!



16 Responses to “The Sunday Post {12/6/20}”

  1. Lover of Romance

    I have definitely noticed my dishes go up when I eat healthier, because I am cooking or baking everything from scratch. So I use way more. Love having trips to Costco—I end up saving so much more there in the long run.

    Hope you have a wonderful week.

    • Stephanie

      Yes! We saved $1.50 per pound on beef alone. I just finished our online order for groceries this week and had to add a pack of chewy tums to meet the $35 threshold. My normal budget is $125 so definitely already saving money! Love it!

  2. Iza

    i’m glad you’re starting the Psy-changelling series, the world building is great, you’ll see 🙂 I see you picked up a lot of good books, Armentrout, Jeffries and Nora Roberts are sure to cheer you up, and I always loved the warm community feeling in Nalini Singh’s series. Take care 🙂

    • Stephanie

      Thank you! I’m excited to read them as well. You are right. Getting lost in a fantastic book is a great way to keep the blues at bay.

  3. Michelle@Because Reading

    You had an exciting week and I hope your birds are ok now.
    I want to get my family to start eating healthier and might start making it a point to go to trader joes soon but I need to walk around the store and I can’t do that right now and we have a farmers market not far which I also want to take advantage of but again, COVID.

    Anyway Have a great week, Stephanie and Happy Reading! 🙂

    • Stephanie

      They are. I have no idea what is causing it. Usually it’s a fight over resources but they had fresh food and fresh water and two places to get each so it can’t be that. Just being siblings I guess!

      Yes, I always feel SO rushed in there. Everyone else seems to know what they want and where to get it. I know where my favorites are. I do like Trader Joe’s because they are keeping the amount of people in the store low. We stood in line for about 5 minutes before we got in so not bad at all. But I completely understand not being comfortable in store yet!

  4. Anne - Books of My Heart

    I love your ventures into healthy lifestyle with cooking and other plans. Yay welcome to the Sunday post. There’s a community here, some from COYER some not. It seems like you managed a lot this week! Thanks for the shout-out on the Read-along. I hope next week is even better and you don’t need to go out.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

    • Stephanie

      Thank you! I can already tell that there are some great people in The Sunday Post group. It feels like I accomplished a lot. It’s a never ending process but it feels good to tackle them.

      No problem! I’m so excited to get involved with other people during your read-along. We just have to run and pick up a few groceries for the week. Other than that I should be home most of the week.

  5. Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books

    We hit costco about once a month and buy so much in bulk now… It’s easier that way, cheaper in the long run too. Although we always end up spending 120-200 in there each time… We missed our second freezer so much when we moved that we recently bought a new one and installed it in our outhouse/glorified shed building. It makes such a difference! I hope you enjoy the ease of the new freezer. 🙂

    I’m curious about the new “two-pronged” COYER. It just feels so strange planning 2021 reading challenges already, even though I know it’s December! lol

    • Stephanie

      It really does! We spent too much but our normal weekly budget is around $125. This week I barely made the $35 minimum to do a pick up order so we’re already seeing some savings!

      While 2020 has been the “longest” year in recorded history, the end of the year always seems to rush up. I am loving the ideas for COYER 2021 and I’m pretty excited to give the challenges a shot! You came to book club last week right? It’s great being able to put names to faces!

  6. Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

    Seems like it was a big week of spending for you.
    We don’t have any active Covid cases here, and haven’t been in lockdown since May but I’m in the habit of avoiding crowds now. I usually grocery shop in the evening but went early on Saturday morning this week and there were so many people!

    Wishing you a great reading week

    • Stephanie

      It wasn’t too bad in all honesty. Especially when you break down the price of each book. I wish so much we were in a safer place here in the States. We’ll get there eventually. It wasn’t too bad honestly but after going weeks without having seen any people it was a lot to take.

      Thank you!!

  7. Berls

    Oh yes, your blog is breathing too! ?

    Such a productive week! Ironically I just finished grocery shopping and plan to make gnocchi chicken soup too. And Kiko will likely not eat it either.

    Yay for the new freezer, I wish we had something to store more food. We don’t have the space though. I need a house badly. Someday.

    Sorry about the depression days – I’ve had them too. It comes and goes, which I tell myself means I’m doing well. Some people stay depressed and I’m lucky that’s not me. This year has just taken a toll on mental health.

    Hope you have a great week!

    • Stephanie

      I finally shut off the snowflakes. I couldn’t take it while I was responding to comments here!

      Men! They don’t know the good stuff! Lol! Jeff would rather have pasta fagioli. How is the housing market in your are? We were lucky to get this house. The market here is definitely a seller’s market!

      Yes!! Mental health issues are prevalent in my family so I’ve always been aware of them. Before now it was just really bad anxiety spirals mostly at night. Now a little depression seems to be sprinkled in. But you are SO right after it passes I am so grateful that I seem to be experiencing short bouts and that for many others that just isn’t the case.

      2020 has been a test for sure. I saw a Tik Tok that was absolutely hilarious. It was a discussion between God and a helper angel. God asked the helper angel if he’d scheduled the 2020s world events yet. The angel says yes then pauses and says “did you say 2020’s or 2020S as in plural”. They stare at each other in horror at what has happened. ??? It’s either laugh or cry. ??‍♀️

  8. Gayathri

    I hope your week ahead is more exciting and eventful. And all the best on the healthy journey you have started. Seems like we have been staying in forever now.

    • Stephanie

      Thank you! So far this week has been pretty good. I’m trying to be more positive about life in general and that seems to be helping! It certainly does feel like forever. I’m really hoping in 2021 restrictions will ease.

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