Thursday, April 21, 2011

Where Have I Been?

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 3 weeks since I’ve last posted to my blog. Where has the time gone? This month has been pretty hectic. I’ve been working on my projects for this weekends “Toadilly Frogs Blog Hop” as well as trying to catch up on other things around the house.

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of reading. April hasn’t been the greatest month weather wise & I’ve been suffering a lot with knee pain because of it. I don’t care what some of the doctor’s say, when you have arthritis, the weather plays a huge part of how you feel. At least it does for me. We haven’t had a lot of nice sunny days this month & for the most part, April has been rainy, cold, damp, etc. This week we’ve had snow (fortunately it hasn’t stayed on the ground), rain, hail, sleet, etc. On the day’s that my pain levels are really bad, I spend a good part of my day sleeping or reading. (It doesn’t help that I get up at 3 am most days).

Fortunately, I’ve found a new author to keep me occupied. I’ve been reading Joanne Fluke’s “Hannah Swensen’s Mystery novels” and what can I say….I’m hooked. There are 14 books plus 4 shorter novels in this series. I wish that I could have read them in order but unfortunately I haven’t been able to locate all of the books to do it that way. So far I’ve read 5 of these books and am currently reading one of the shorter novels “Candy Cane Murder” that’s at the back of “The Chocolate Chip Murder” book.

Hannah Swensen runs The Cookie Jar, Lake Eden’s most popular bakery in Minnesota. Along with baking cookies, she helps solve murders. Each of the books have recipes for the mouthwatering cookies, etc that she bakes for her bakery/coffee shop. What I love about these recipes is that for the most part they sound pretty easy to make plus the ingredients are all things that I have in my cupboards. I do plan on attempting to make some of these delicious sounding cookies. When I do, I’ll be sure to take a picture & post them on my blog.

If you are looking for a good, lighthearted read, be sure to check out Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen series. If you enjoy Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series, I think you’ll like these books as they are along the same line. Even thought they are murder mysteries, they don’t go into a lot of details about the murder victim or the actual crime so the books are not what I call full of blood, guts & gore…nor are they scary. Just a fun, lighthearted, enjoyable read. Definitely addictive!!


Gail said...

Sorry to hear you've been under the weather....literally!
Thanks for the heads up on what to read, been looking for some light hearted reading lately!
I'll look them up at the library!
Hope the weather smartens up, so you feel better!

Jens Craft Corner said...

Your bank is so adorable!