Happy Sunday friends! It’s officially the Fourth of July, and there are celebrations galore here in the US. No family gathering for us this year. We are just going to spend a quiet day at home watching Friends and possibly a few movies. I hope you are all having a great weekend in your part of the world.

This Week in Life

It’s been a very busy week here. I have so many things on my to-do list there is very little down time. The bookkeeping class is going well. I have completed three sections so far and have an A average. That makes me feel pretty good, and even more excited to keep moving.

I hit a huge milestone in my weight loss journey. I made it to 30 pounds down which is very exciting. I made a goal of making it to 50 pounds down by my birthday at the end of August. It is a bit ambitious, but if I keep on a good path, I think I can do it.

We are pretty excited around here. Our guilty pleasure tv starts this week. My daughter and I watch Big Brother US faithfully every year. We’ve made our list of houseguests that each of us will root for, so we are ready for the big premier. Do you have any guilty pleasure tv shows?

This Week in Blogging

Having been busy this week with various things, I didn’t much done on the blog last week. Luckily, it was a slow schedule so I didn’t have to worry about reading as much. I posted three reviews and no memes. Two of the reviews were 5 star reads, so that was awesome.

I added a few more books to my NetGalley shelf. They are for book tours coming up in the next few months, so they weren’t requests and I have stuck to my goal of no requests. I’m back up to 31 books on my shelf and my ratio dropped to 55%. I have one NetGalley book on the schedule for this week, so that will put my ratio up a point or so. I am also very close to hitting the 50 reviews badge.

I’ve been working through my author requested reviews the last few weeks. I am trying to move them up in the queue as some of them have been on the schedule for several months. With hope, I can get some of my newer requests moved up surprise to the authors. Of course, if they read this post, it won’t be much of a surprise.

If you missed the reviews on the blog this week, you can find them here:

This Week in Yarn

I’m still not finished with the sand dollar blanket, but I am so close. I will have it finished by the next wrap-up post. The plan is to finish by tomorrow so I can get it out in the mail on Tuesday.

I didn’t get to my bee coasters or the cross stitch patterns last week. I had high hopes, but worked on the bookkeeping class, as I wanted to work on that more than craft.

Thus, I finished nothing last week. I am making a little sign for our dishwasher to tell dirty from clean. This is a request from the youngest girl child so it will get done. I’m still trying to find a design I like. I’m now thinking I will cross stitch the words and then add a crochet border around the edges. Of course, that means hunting down the supplies.

Here are some snowflakes I worked on a few months ago. Hopefully it will put you in a cool state of mind if it is extremely hot where you are.

This Week in Bookmail

I received two books this week. Well, technically three, but one publisher sent me two copies of the same book. I will be passing on the second on to my granddaughter.

First, Mango and Marigold Press sent me two copies of a book that I did a cover reveal for quite a while ago. It’s called Rea and the Blood of the Nectar. It’s a middle grade fantasy that I am excited to read. The author is from India and she is the sweetest woman. If you get a chance to read it, I am sure Payal, would be happy to hear what you think.

The second book I received is from an author I met recently. Her book is called The Bird That Sang in Color. I think this will be excellent as it is more on the literary side, and I don’t get many requests for those. I am so excited to work with Grace.

That’s it for this week’s wrap-up. I hope everyone is staying cool in this heat. Or if you are in the Southern hemisphere, I hope you are staying warm this winter. See you next week!

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