The Sunday Post #84

Posted October 9, 2022 by elzaread in The Sunday Post / 21 Comments

Greetings you guys. We aren’t normally very good with remembering or using gifs, but this Ross greeting is exactly where we are today. There’s been a very somber atmosphere in our household from Wednesday. Those of you who follow us regularly or if you read our About info (we haven’t updated it yet), will know that I might be the Queen in this household, but I share it with a whole menagerie of other pets as well. Most importantly, are the two Labradors, Hercules and Lea. At 13 years, they are the eldest by far.

Lea has really not been very well since December last year. She struggled to walk and and couldn’t get up anymore and became increasingly lethargic. Lea was the best Mommy Dog ever and our human Mommy and Daddy thought it would be a clever idea to bring a puppy in, hence the arrival of the damn mutt. It didn’t work at all. Lea didn’t want anything to do with Anna and to the mutt’s credit, she really did try to play with Lea, but Lea just ignored her. I think it was more a case of not registering if you ask me. Lea went to the vet about 6 weeks ago and the lovely doctor did try to tell Mommy and Daddy it’s time to let her go. But how do you do that after 13 years?

Wednesday morning, Lea really struggled to get up and Daddy had to carry her. Mommy then made the decision and phoned the vet to make a final booking for Lea. We spent a lovely day with Lea on Thursday and I’m sure she knew it was to be her last day with us. She was playful and alert and even gave us one of her winning smiles through the day. Friday morning, she couldn’t get up and was all disorientated once again. It was time….

Mommy isn’t doing well at all, but I know she will be fine. She does have all of us and the mutt does appear to be growing up a bit. Perhaps she will stop chasing my tail one of these days. Luckily for you, I am still here and will try to bring you all the latest bookish news.

Adding to the Litter

My Mommy had Book Club on Tuesday and she wasn’t suppose to take books as she still has a stack at home. But I am not saying anything and just let her have her books at the moment.

And there was a sale at the local Book Shop….

And school starts tomorrow…. Has she read a lot over the short holidays? Not as much as she wanted to, but she did finish a few books!

The Wartime Matcmakers by Lauren Smith was such a lovely book! We loved it and can’t recommend it enough if you WWII history novels, but with a Hallmark element.

Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister was BRILLIANT. Wow! If you enjoy time-travel and a really good suspense, don’t let that one pass you by.

The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak. Oh what to say… What a lovely, gorgeous, thought-provoking, marvelous, enduring book that was. If time permits, we will a post on it on Wednesday.

Currently Reading

This is a rather debatable question. I have no clue what is going on on my Mommy’s Kindle at the moment. She has a few reviews coming up and she might be slightly behind. So she chops and changes between a few Kindle books once again at the moment. Oh, talking about Kindle. Amazon … why don’t you like me?? It’s the second time in just over a year that they don’t want me to review for them. Do you think it’s because I’m a cat??? Are they discriminating? Mommy says she suspects it has something to do with that $50 minimum you have to spend in a year. With the current exchange rate, that is over a R1000 for us. That’s not cheap you know.

I guess there’s nothing much we can do about it, it just effects the authors we love to leave reviews for on Amazon. Is it worth it to now buy a whole stack of books just to clear that again? I guess the answer is yes of course. BUT just look at all the review books piling up… Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place I’d say.

Anyway, we are almost done with Remarkably Bright Creatures, it’s remarkable – don’t you think? We are also busy with an Afrikaans series and the plan was to add an Afrikaans page to our menu bar over the holidays, but that didn’t happen. We will aim for next weekend!

Talking about next weekend – Fraterfest is starting next weekend! As always, it’s hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer and you see the details on the highlighted link. Of course we are taking part. What are we going to read? I have no idea as of yet. Perhaps Stinkie will join us again and hopefully we can scare the naughtiness out of the little mutt. One can always hope.

I am going to love and leave you now and go give my Mommy some love.

Wishing you all and our lovely hosts a lovely and healthy week ahead. Our hosts:  Debbie @ Readerbuzz with The Sunday Salon, Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer with The Sunday Post and Marlene @ Reading Reality with Stacking the Shelves.


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21 responses to “The Sunday Post #84

  1. Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear about Lea. Even when it is definitely time it is still not easy. Lots and lots of hugs coming your way from over here. I hope you are getting lots of comfort from Elza and Anna and the rest of your crew. I hope this week brings lots of healing and the best books.

  2. mae

    That’s very hard, losing a long-time pet and close companion.

    Some of those are marvelous books, to my certain knowledge, especially Cloud Cuckoo Land and the series by Richard Osman.

    best… mae at

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  3. Oh I’m so sorry to hear that! All my best wishes and condolences to you. Sending lots of virtual support…

    The Gillian McAllister looks good. I’ve seen that one around and may even have read something by her- sounds really familiar. Fraterfest is kind of calling to me too.

    Take care this week and hang in there.

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    • Hi there Greg,

      Thank you so much my virtual friend. It’s tough, but everyone is at peace. It will all be okay.

      Wrong Place, Wrong Time is a Greg book for sure – you HAVE to read it! You will love it.

      Come on Greg, you’ve been tempting to do Fraterfest last year as well – just do it!

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  4. Diane

    Sorry to read about Lea; doing the humane thing is always a difficult decision. Sorry I haven’t been visiting but, blogging has taken a bit of a vacation lately. Jope all is well. I loved Remarkably Bright Creatures.

    Have a good week.

    • Hi there Diane,

      Thank you for your lovely words, it’s very difficult, but everyone is at peace.

      I am almost done with Remarkably Bright Creatures. My husband is actually also listening to it, so it really is good!

      I hope you enjoyed your vacation a lot!

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  5. So sorry to hear about Lea! Losing a pet can be SO hard. We’re cat people and I’ve had a cat since I moved out and lived on my own. A couple years ago our last one died at 20 years old and we decided that’s it for us – no more pets. Take advantage of the snuggles with your pets until you feel better.
    I recently read Island of Missing Trees too and was blown away by it – definitely one of my top books of the year. Not familiar with Wrong Place Wrong Time but it sounds intriguing – I’ll look into it…. Thanks so much for the visit.
    Hope you have a terrific week and find time to curl up with a good book.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

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    • Hi Terrie,

      We are both cat and dog people. We don’t have children, so our pets are our babies. It is a very difficult time for us, but we will be okay. The puppy and the male Labby are keeping us busy and thankfully, they are great friends.

      Wrong Place, Wrong Time was a really fascinating read. Let me know if you get to it.

      I plan on snuggling with books next weekend for Fraterfest!

      Thanks for stopping by Terrie and I hope you will have a good week too.

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