Sunday Post #157 April Showers Bring May Flowers

April 19th, 2015 Kimberly Sunday Post 128 Comments

19th Apr

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Rain, rain go away. We have had rain on and off all week. The grass will soon need to be cut and I am getting the itch to plant flowers. Since we have had snow as late as May 8th, I usually wait till Mother’s Day weekend to begin planting. I want to make a patio vegetable garden again this year. I love having fresh herbs and veggies. Tomorrow our oldest has think happy thoughts.  Clean Sweep begins May 1st. I could use two more challenge hosts if you are interested. I have an interesting mix of reviews to share this week. Stay Caffeinated and enjoy.

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  • Flirting With Fire By Kate Meader(review)
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128 Responses to “Sunday Post #157 April Showers Bring May Flowers”

  1. Bea

    Oh, good luck to your oldest! Love that coffee pic, hee hee. That’s a good one. I requested The Liar at the library, hope you like it! It’s getting good reviews.

    Bea recently posted: Sunday Book Share #137
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Bea..tomorrow will be chaos. The surgery is at 1 and it is my first day watching Sophia as her Mommy goes back to work. Thankfully hubby is taking off so we can take turns being with my oldest.

  2. Katherine

    You got The Liar! I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on that one as it’s been far too long since I’ve read any Nora Roberts. I’m looking forward to your review for Spool of Blue Thread as that’s one I’ve been going back and forth on. Have a great week!

    Katherine recently posted: This Week in Reading - April 19
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Katherine, I love Roberts and look forward to reading it.

  3. Michelle

    Sending all the happy thoughts for your oldest’s recovery!! I want to start planting soon, but it’s just been so rainy and cloudy and miserable lately.

    Michelle recently posted: Sunday Post (150)
    • kimbacaffeinate

      That was a good topic and thank you Daniela we our hoping for a positive outcome tomorrow.

  4. Red Iza

    No wonder you’ve got rain, the sun is being held hostage here – we had the sunniest week, and warm ! I hope your oldest’s surgery will soon be nothing but a bad memory. Funny coffee picture 🙂

    Red Iza recently posted: The sunday post #44 : What’s up ?
    • kimbacaffeinate

      I do too. It is kind of scary so fingers crossed. Hey send that sun here please. I need to cut my lawn. I swear in the past 3 days it has grown a foot.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ah, oldest is a daughter. Son is middle child, followed my another daughter (Mommy of Sophia) Isn’t that cartoon hilarious. My kids say it is me.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love WW2 settings to and bonus this author is local to me. I am curious to start it.

  5. Nyze

    I like rainy days though. Yesterday was the hottest day that’s recorded this year from where I am. So freaking hot! I just want to stay indoors. Hope the surgery goes well. Have a great week ♥

    Nyze recently posted: My Week in a Wrapped #30
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Me too especially thunderstorms..but everyday for almost a

    • kimbacaffeinate

      So jealous about the planting, I take it you have never had snow in May..LOL I love the Glinda graphic makes me giggle every time!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Megan, we have three children. Our oldest is a daughter, our son is second followed by our youngest daughter. Appreciate the prayers. I will be happy to see the Sun again.

  6. Lexxie

    I’ll send positive and healing thoughts to your oldest, Kim, I’m sure everything will go well!

    We have actually planted our tomatoes already, and the strawberries survived from last year, and have flowers already. Herbs are the best, though, because to go out in the garden to find that extra taste for our meals always makes me happy. I hope you’ll be able to plant all the veggies and herbs you want this year!

    I am not sure if I’ll be able to participate in your clean sweep, as I am going to RT, and will mostly be offline for a whole week, and probably too busy to read much at all. It’s a great idea, though, as those pesky ARCs keep adding up.

    Have a fantastic Sunday and a great week ahead.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      If you change your mind you are always welcome. Thanks for the positive vibes and I hop you have a blast at RT. You are lucky you can begin gardening already. Yep collecting them makes me smile too

    • kimbacaffeinate

      You do the same Jeann and thanks for the positive vibes. WE are worried for her and want all to go well.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have enjoyed her previous books so I am excited.

  7. Holly

    Ha! I talked about the constant rain down south too. UGH!!! I love fresh veggies – when they are given to me. I’m not so sure I could keep a garden alive though considering I have a really hard time with potted plants. Green thumb I do not have. 😉 Prayers for a successful surgery tomorrow too for your oldest!

    Holly recently posted: Sunday Post #122
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Holly. I have had great success with potted gardens. I struggle with house plants though.

  8. Jan

    We’ve had quite a bit of rain this week, too, but it has also been above 80 degrees a couple times! Always interesting weather! I’m ready to do some planting, too, but waiting, too.

    You got some good looking books this week. Have fun reading. And I hope your daughter’s surgery goes well.

    Jan recently posted: Sunday Post: Apr 19
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Jan. Our temps have been warm (70’s) but no sun to speak of.

  9. Jessica

    OOoh nice! I’m curious about Laura Bickle’s new book! I read her Alanya Williams series and still need to read her first (adult) series too. But this one sounds intriguing and I’ve read a few good reviews of it already too.

    Hope you enjoy all your new reads!

    Here’s my STS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂

    Jessica recently posted: Stacking the Shelves
    • kimbacaffeinate

      tomatoes, peppers, thyme, bail, rosemary, cucumbers, strawberries, parsley, cilantro and more.

  10. Lark

    Good luck with your garden – I wish I had a green thumb! Fresh veggies sound wonderful. Maybe I will try a pepper plant this summer; my neighbor does well with those on his deck.

    Also prayers and good thoughts for your eldest. I hope the surgery goes well and the recovery goes quickly.

    Looking forward to your review of The Liar. I’ve requested it from the library, but at last check, I am still #83 in line for one of ten copies, so it will be a while! Have a great week and enjoy all your new books!

    Lark recently posted: Sunday Post – 4/19/15
    • kimbacaffeinate

      83? Gads hopefully everyone reads quickly and there is more then one copy. Thanks Lark. Peppers always do well for me. I plant a variety of them.

  11. Lola

    Sending positive thoughts to your oldest, surgeries are always a bit scary in my opinion! We finally had some warm weather this week and I got some cleaning done, I am hoping to plant some veggies or herbs this year as well. I am hoping you can plant your veggies and herbs soon! I hope you have a great week and enjoy your new books!

    Lola recently posted: Sunday Post #122
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Lola, I appreciate it. I will probably spend mother’s day weekend planting.

  12. Samantha

    I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Dark Alchemy as I enjoyed that one a lot myself. I’m getting eager to plant my veggie garden as well but am also waiting a few more weeks just to be safe. It will be wonderful though having all of those fresh vegetables! Have a great week!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yay glad you enjoyed it, I loved her Hallowed series so I am excited.

  13. Cindy

    I just added my link and I hope I did it correctly. I changed the name of my Book Review Site from All About A Book to Book Splurge. I needed something short and sweet. I am sending best thought out to you and your eldest.

    Cindy recently posted: Author Interview: Barbara O’Neal
    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love Book Splurge and your linky is goes to your home page. Next week you can link it to your Sunday Post url so folks can easily find it.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      looks out window *still dark and rainy* enjoy your sunshine my friend!

  14. Kathy

    Send the rain to California! It has been so warm here and we need the rain!! We need to work on the garden too but not sure what I will plant yet. I hope the weather gets better and the surgery goes well! Have a great week!

    Kathy recently posted: Weekly Wrap-Up #50
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Right. I did a naked rain dance for ya all weeks ago and you got a little. It reminds me of the drought Georgia had a few years ago. Hopefully you get some precipitation soon.

  15. Liza Barrett

    Good luck with your garden (this is something I now need to consider, since in a few weeks I’ll finally be out of an apartment!), and to your son with his surgery.

    I’d be interested in helping out with Clean Sweep, if you’re still looking for folks. Just let me know!

    Liza Barrett recently posted: Sunday Post: April 19
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks our daughter is nervous, as are we, but I am going to think positively. I love gardening and picking fresh veggies. The more the merrier with Clean Sweep. You can email me at kimbacaffeinated at gmail dot com

  16. Ro

    Prayers just went up for the surgery. Looks like you got some good reading in. I don’t know how Nora Roberts and James Patterson do it, but they keep churning out those novels at such a rapid pace! I haven’t read any of her work lately, but did pick up a few of her older novels to add to the pile. Hope your week is as special as you are. Hugs…

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yeah she does 2 or 3 a year it is crazy..but I always get a solid read and enjoyment from them. Awe thanks Ro we appreciate the support and thoughts

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thank you Pat. I have cashed in all my good luck favors.

  17. Michelle

    Sending Positive thoughts to you and your oldest! I hope it is a quick recovery!!

    I would LOVE to plant my garden but the weather is hot one day and cold the next and I just can’t chance planting yet so I may wait until May to do it. However I just need my husband to go out and till the garden so it’s ready for planting so that should take about 2 weeks to get him to actually do it lol.

    Looking forward to clean sweep since I have a bunch of reads I want to get to and I need to get my starter post ready 🙂

    Have a great week, Kimba! Happy Reading!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Same here. I wait till Mother’s Day. We have had snow as late as May 8th here or freezing rain. The greener it gets outside the more impatient I get but when everything dies due to cold snap you learn real quick.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I enjoy them too Kristin and cannot wait to dive in.

  18. Sarah

    It’s been raining here all week! Hasn’t let up yet, but it is supposed to be sunny by Tuesday (fingers crossed)! I’m telling you my joints would appreciate some dry weather! lmao I can’t wait to dig into The Liar. I hope we both enjoy it 😀

    Sarah recently posted: Sunday Post #21 | HELP ME HELP TY!
    • kimbacaffeinate

      hmm. *gets up to check forecast* Mon/Tues/Weds look pretty good for sun, but then we repeat the rain cycle the rest of the week…boo.

  19. Rita

    Fun week for you! Sounds like Spring is an awesome month for you there–cleaning, purging, planting, renewing…
    I read one book by Laura Bickle, and while totally not my usual fare, I enjoyed it! Some good titles you have this week for me to check out.
    Good wishes sent for your child–speedy recovery. Hugs to your lil gal, too Nonna 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I like Bickle and hope it is good. Soon on the planting (Mother’s Day Weekend) in the meantime we will focus on Spring cleaning. Yeah (not)

    • kimbacaffeinate

      My daughter (oldest) but thank you Ali. It is some pretty scare stuff, so we are going to be with her.

  20. Bookworm Brandee

    *haha* Rain? It’s *still* snowing here. I’m not complaining though…really. This kind of snow – wet & heavy – decreases our summer fire danger. 🙂 I’ll keep your oldest in my thoughts. Hope things go well. I’m looking forward to your reviews this week – particularly The Last American Vampire. I’ve always been interested in this ‘series’ of his.

    Have a great week!

    Bookworm Brandee recently posted: Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged ~ #63
    • kimbacaffeinate

      It looks gorgeous though Brandee!! Thanks for the thoughts..they are appreciated.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ouch..will wish rain clouds your way! Thanks Kristin

  21. Elsi

    So sorry the rain has been getting you down. We’ve been quite happy to see it return after being in drought conditions for so long. Our nearby lake is recovering, though the level is still down pretty far.

    I generally enjoy Nora Roberts’ books, so I’ll have to track down a copy of The Liar.

    Best wishes for your oldest — hope all goes well.

    Elsi recently posted: Sunday Summary: 19 April 2015
    • kimbacaffeinate

      We will send some your way my friend. The libraries all have it, you just need to get on the list.

  22. Alison

    We can’t get it to stop raining here, either. Our grass is way passed needing to be mowed! Lots of pretty flowers blooming in my garden, but I’m not able to thoroughly enjoy them.

    Alison recently posted: The Sunday Post ~ 4/19/15
    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am excited it took a long time for the audio to release

  23. A Voracious Reader

    Rain here, too. At least when it’s done and I can get out to the flower/veggie beds the soil will be easy to work. 😀 {{{posivibes}}} for your oldest’s surgery. I haven’t even thought about spring cleaning yet. Prolly cuz I hate cleaning and I block it out. LOL

    A Voracious Reader recently posted: The Sunday Post ~ 89th Edition
    • kimbacaffeinate

      I cannot handle chaos so Spring cleaning makes me

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Melissa. As a Mom I worry. Kitchen gardens are easy, most often folks over water.

  24. Linnae

    My allergies have made gardens a non starter for the past several years. I miss the fun of picking out which annuals & veggies to plant and then watching them grow. I made a few mistakes over the years in my garden. (i.e Planting zucchinis next to butternut squash and seeing them cross pollinate in to a “squacchini”. :D) However, there is nothing like a vine ripened tomato! I hope the surgery is a breeze with zero problems.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      hahaha…yes on the cross pollination I’ve been there. I love the tomatoes too and plant several different types. Thank you I am hoping all goes well for her. The hubby, baby and I are going with her.

  25. Christina T

    I am glad the weather is finally warming up. We had some rain but also a few really beautiful and sunny days. I don’t garden but my mom sent me some pictures from her flower garden this week and I love seeing the flowering trees everywhere. Things are starting to bloom 🙂

    I hope all goes well with your son’s surgery and that you have a good week!

    Christina T recently posted: Sunday Post (2)
    • kimbacaffeinate

      No flowers here yet, but the trees are in full bloom. Thanks our oldest is a girl, our son is the middle child. I am nervous but hopefully all will go well.

  26. Ramona

    Oh, we have had to cut the grass already – it’s been unseasonably warm (and awesome!), though the rain has found us too during the weekend. I know what you mean about planting – I get itchy hands around this time of year too 🙂 Fresh veggies and herbs – great idea, though I’m not sure I could handle the veggies, I understand it’s quite difficult to get them going? I can’t wait for your Pirate’s Alley review! And you’ve got Dark Alchemy too, which I hear is crazy good… Enjoy, Kimba! Hugs xx

    Ramona recently posted: 2015 ALA List Of Challenged Books
    • kimbacaffeinate son should have done it when the weather was sunny last week, but it didn’t really need it..after all this rain this week though…oh boy!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Colds are the worst, hope you feel better soon Steph.

  27. Karen Blue

    May 8th? That is a bit scary. I hope nothing like that happens here, but they say this winter has been one of the worst, so who knows. I so wish I could have a garden. I really, really, really miss my yard in FL. There is something so awesome about mowing, and clipping, and pulling weeds on my OWN yard. I didn’t have much of a garden, but my Mom and daughter did. It was nice to look at. Here I just have potted plants.
    Nice haul! Seeds of Iniquity looks awesome!
    Happy reading!

    Karen Blue recently posted: The Sunday Post #31
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thankfully it lasted a day or two and was gone.but it killed a lot of plants and damaged trees. I love cutting the lawn with an audiobook.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love the rain too but not days on days of it..LOL Give me a good evening thunderstorm and sunshine in the morning

  28. Heidi

    Enjoy the rain. I keep thinking every time it rains here how grateful I am for it, considering that California is in dire need. I am going out today to plant my baskets and containers. I hope you enjoy the Liar, I thought it was a good read. I was a bit disappointed in Dark Alchemy. I am curious about the American Vampire, I will stop in tomorrow. If you need a hostess still, I can help 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, I need to remember others need the rain. I loved American Vampire, and of course the narrator is one of my favorites.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thank you, it is the RA and for some reason it is locking up on me and causing pain.

  29. kara-karina

    *sigh* I wish I could have signed for Clean Sweep, bit this time of year it’s so busy here I have barely time to read and post scheduled reviews. Keeping fingers crossed for your eldest, K. Xxx

    kara-karina recently posted: The Postman Knock #120
  30. Leeanna

    I did my first grass cut yesterday. I ended up having to rake, because some spots were so long! I had to squeeze it in between rain; some spots were still wet but I couldn’t wait or it would have been way too long. But then it’s supposed to be in the 40s this upcoming week, ugh. Best wishes for the surgery 🙂

    I think you’ll like Dark Alchemy. Sig the coyote was awesome!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh yuck. We bag every other, but our first cut is going to need a lot of bags!!

  31. Michelle

    Good haul, I don’t recognise any of the book so I may need to check them out 😉

    We have have a mixture of rain and sun….usually the sun comes out after work on the way home.

    Michelle recently posted: The Sunday Post (16)
  32. Deborah

    Hi there Kimberly! I’m a first-time visitor. I join the ‘It’s Monday’ link-up which Sheila hosts (was hosting) but always looking for new book blogs to follow.

    I completely agree re Krentz – she’s a go-to author for me as well. I’ve read The Liar and quite enjoyed it… though Roberts sometimes errs a bit too much on the romance and not enough on the suspense side for me! 🙂


    Deborah recently posted: Monday check-in
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Hello Deborah, you are more than welcome to link to both “It’s Monday and the Sunday Post. You will find other peeps here who do so. I love the suspense too, and yes sometimes it isn’t as balanced as I want.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks for the wishes, we are heading down to her place in an hour our so. Hopefully all goes well.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes rainy days bring those flowers we all adore. The sun is out today and looks like we will be good till Thursday and then 4 days of rain, rain, rain

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thank you Nise’ much appreciated. She will undergo the procedure this afternoon.

  33. Terri

    The rain won’t quit around here either and everything is damp and wet. Ugh! Could be worse I guess, but I can’t wait for things to dry out! We went ahead and planted some veggies on the patio planter my husband made, so fingers crossed we don’t kill anything!

    Sending happy thoughts to your son for tomorrow!

    Terri recently posted: My Book Haul 4/18/15
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Hope your veggies do well. We have sunshine today, and it feels so nice. However we are due for more of the wet stuff all weekend.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      We have had sunshine all week but the next four days they are calling for more rain..LOL