Monday, August 10, 2015

It's Sunday/Monday: Check-In Time

Linking up with The Sunday Post hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and It's Monday! What are You Reading? hosted by Sheila from Book JourneyIn Sheila's absence, share your Monday post on twitter #IMWAYR.

On the home front:
Great week for awesome reads and family stuff, not so great on the sleeping or blogging side of things. I walked to keep my mind off pain (sometimes it helps and sometimes it doesn't.) Shame the extra hours awake didn't translate into reviews nailed but I like to leave myself room for improvement ;)

Back to the specialist this week, hope he's got something else in his bag of tricks because what he's offered up lately sucks.  And yay scrapbook camp at the end of the week, hoping my hands play nice, I'd like to exercise something other than my mouth! I don't have anything organised so maybe I won't be reading lol.

We had a fun day at the Ekka (QLD Royal Show) with DIL and granddaughter. She loved the huge animal nursery, I think it's my favourite part of the show too. As a little thing I grew up on a farm and I still love feeding the baby animals :)

 I don't go on these spinning rides any more but I love to take photos of the pretty ones and this vintage chairswing is just gorgeous

 clowns normally creep me out. this one, not so much :)

my favourite food at the Ekka is the Strawberry Sundae. To-die-for icecream. All profits go to the Prince Charles Hospital Foundation so it's a good excuse to eat more than one 

#FitReaders Weekly Check-In

#FitReaders co-hosted by Felicia @ Geeky Bloggers Book Blog and Jen @ That’s What I’m Talking AboutFitReaders is a great way to stay motivated, accountable and it's more fun having bloggy friends to check in with. If you also have a fitbit and want to add me, let me know :)  

Great week for me, 10,000 steps over target and Bella was doing a happy dance :)

Fitbit Steps: 
Mon: 11,020 steps ~ walk with Bella
Tue: 11,002 steps ~ walk with Bella
Wed: 7080 steps 
Thurs: 9040 steps ~ walk with Bella
Fri: 12,022 steps ~ walk at the Ekka 
Sat: 7082 steps ~ walk with Bella
Sun: 9177 steps ~ walk with Bella



Winners of HEART OF THE COUNTRY by Tricia Stringer

Australia - Mary Preston
         - Joyful Jo
International - Mystica


Reviews & Posts: (click on title)

MY GRANDMOTHER ASKED ME TO TELL YOU SHE'S SORRY by Erik Backman ~ a treasure chest of life lessons wrapped up in imagination, warmth and humour. 

PARIS IN JULY WRAP UP ~ Merci Beaucoup Tamara


Finished last week:

Gee I love weeks like this ... all 4.5 and 5 stars

THE BEAST'S GARDEN by Kate Forsyth ~ I love Kate Forsyth, beautiful and heartwrenching. Blog tour review 25th Aug

BLACK-EYED SUSANS by Julia Heaberlin ~ OMG 5 star thriller!!

ALMOST FRENCH by Sarah Turnball (audiobook) ~ loved it :)


This Week's Reading List: 

THE SECRET YEARS by Barbara Hannay

IF YOU ONLY KNEW by Kristan Higgins

THE LITTLE FLOWER SHOP BY THE SEA by Ali McNamara (audiobook)


Reviews Coming: 

THE COLOR OF LIGHT by Emilie Richards (Goddesses Anonymous #4) ~ I adore this series.

WE NEVER ASKED FOR WINGS by Vanessa Diffenbaugh ~ crushing on this author!

ON RUE TATIN: LIVING AND COOKING IN A FRENCH TOWN by Susan Herrmann Loomis ~ wonderful for anyone dreaming of living in France

THE PRECIOUS ONE by Marisa de los Santos (audiobook) ~ messy family stuff at its best!


THE WATER DIVINER by Andrew Anastasios and Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios (audiobook) ~ I bawled my eyes out! 


  1. Awe, it looks like you had a fun day. We took Sophia to the Children's museum yesterday. Hope they figure things out for you at the Doctors. Keeping you in my thoughts.

  2. Pain sucks :/ But otherwise the week seemed nice :)

  3. What fun! I love the animal shows and the pictures with the baby chick are adorable. Hopefully this specialist will get things figured out or at least help. That sounds awful. On the plus side you got some great books this week! I love the look of The Little Flower Shop by the Sea and I've enjoyed the books I've read by Kristin Higgins. Have a great week!

  4. As someone who lives with chronic pain, I hope that you feel better soon and the doctor can help you out!
    The baby is growing up so fast, and she's such a cutie in those photos. All of the pics are very good so thanks for sharing them. I read Black-Eyed Susans and loved it too. I want to read My Grandmother Asked Me... and something by Kate Forsyth. Have a better week, Sheree!

  5. I hope you feel better this week and that the specialist is able to help.

    I am glad you had a good time with your family. The picture of Mia with the chick is so cute!

  6. Have a great week! The show looks like fun, and I can't do the radical rides anymore- no more spinning through the air for me. LOL. And On Rue Tatin looks like an interesting read.

  7. Oh Teddyree I hope you get some answers soon and hope you have a better (and more painfree) week this week.

    As you would have seen from my post... we're off to the Ekka as well, but predominantly to watch my niece perform in the fashion shows. I love all of your pics but must confess I cringed hoping my family members don't want to do and see bl**dy animals etc... :-)

  8. Hate to know you have to put up with so much pain, I guess that keeps you awake at night too. Hope the scrapbooking camp goes great.
    Love the pics of the fair, looks like some interaction there for Mia with the animals - so cute.
    I know I will be wanting to read most of the books you are going to review, except for the thrillers which I don't do on the whole so well. I've never tried a Barbara Hannay book but have seen her books on the shelves. Great walking your numbers are looking fabulous.

  9. Adorable photos with the animals and your granddaughter. Wow, she has grown...pony tails, too!

    Hope your hands feel better is hard to wait for the doctors to figure out what works.

    Enjoy your week...scrapbooking and reading or whatever. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  10. Are you going to Camp Mojo in Hunter Valley??? My other bloggy friend Lizzy ( is going there this coming weekend too!! :) I love love love the photos ... she is just soooooooooo precious!!!!!! Hope the doctor can find some better answers for you!!! :)

  11. I loved your pictures on Instagram - that vintage swing picture is just stunning! Looks like a fun time. Killed it on steps too, woohoo!!

    It makes me so happy that you loved Black-Eyed Susans!! That's one I have to buy a hard copy for my shelves as soon as it's released.

    I hope the doctor can figure something out for you soon. I'm sorry to hear you're still in pain.

  12. Such cute photographs!! It looks like you had a really good time. :) I love fairs like that.

    I am sorry to hear about your pain. Hopefully the doctor can get you feeling better.

  13. I hope the specialist finds some way to help you. I love the Show though it's been years since I've gone to anything but a local one.

    Have a great reading week
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  14. I hope the doctor is able to help you, I know how frustrating it can be and I'm sorry you're in pain :( Gage has had bad acid reflux for a month and a half and so far no dr or specialist has been able to help. Good luck to both us to find answers! You should check out the book I reviewed today and check out the authors website. Might give you another place to look :)


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