Saturday, June 09, 2018

Weekly Mews: Spring Roses, Birthday Wishes, Displaced Cat & My June TBR List Winner

I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted by the wonderful Kim of Caffeinated Book Reviewer, where participants recap our week, talk about what we are reading, share any new books that have come our way, and whatever else we want to talk about. I am also linking up to Saturday Snapshot hosted by the amazing Melinda Ott of West Metro Mommy Reads.

I hope your weekend has gotten off to a good start. I am hoping I can get in a little reading today while my daughter is in the Wizard of Oz rehearsals. I usually end up chatting with the other parents or peeking through the window or curtain to see how the practice going. Tickets have gone on sale now that the venue is set and I put in my order. We are getting closer!

We are enjoying the weather, but missing the cooler temperatures already. My roses are taking full advantage of the spring season.





We had a quiet birthday for my husband. Check out this cake. It is totally him if ever a cake could be.


My daughter's school play was also this past week. Her class put on several skits of Aesop's Fables with songs match. It was such a cute performance. I could tell the children had put in a lot of hard work  to bring it all together. Mouse has just one more week of school left, and, from the sounds of it, it will be a fun week for the children.

My two cats are getting along more. Gracie still goes into jealous rages (okay, so maybe "rage" is a bit strong of a word) now and then, but I have to admit Nina sometimes deserves a swat given how she teases Gracie.




We are expecting my in-laws, from out of town later today. I spent part of yesterday moving furniture around to make room for the new pieces we are adding in as my in-laws downsize and prepare for their upcoming move. I am already wondering if we haven't said yes to too much.

What I Am Reading:  I am about halfway through Jennifer Ashley's cozy historical mystery, Scandal Above Stairs, the second in the Kat Holloway series, and enjoying it quite a bit. I also have started reading The Girl in the Green Silk Gown by Seanan McGuire, an urban fantasy novel about a hitchhiking ghost. It is really good as well!

What I Am Watching: I found myself watching the musical television show Galavant earlier in the week about a singing knight, a couple of princesses, and an evil king. I can see why it flopped as it really isn't that good. I watched the entire two seasons though. I could not look away. My husband, daughter and I started watching the first season of The Great British Baking Show. I do not normally like cooking shows of any kind, but I am enjoying this one. Everyone is so nice to each other!

What I Am Listening To: As I was rearranging furniture and cleaning house this week, I started listening to Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. There's something to be said for these relatively short classics.

This Past Week In Reading Mews:

No reviews this week, I am afraid. I have not had time to sit down and really work on them. I just realized my last post was my 2000 published one. That's crazy.
Elsewhere In Blogging Mews:
*

Thank you for helping me decide what book from my TBR collection I should read next:

My TBR List is a meme hosted by the awesome Michelle at Because Reading. It’s a fun way to choose a book from your TBR pile to read. The 1st Saturday of every month, I will list 3 books I am considering reading and take a poll as to which you think I should read. I will read the winner that month, and my review will follow (unfortunately, not likely in the same month, but eventually--that's all I can promise). 



It was so close! I thought for sure Nevernight was going to win given it was in the lead for awhile there, although not by much. In the end, Bring Me Their Hearts by Sarah Wolf won by one vote. I look forward to reading it! Thank you to all who voted.


Thank you for voting! I hope you all have a wonderful April and Happy Reading!


© 2018, Musings of a Bookish Kitty. All Rights Reserved. If you're reading this on a site other than Musings of a Bookish Kitty or Wendy's feed, be aware that this post has been stolen and is used without permission.

64 comments:

  1. That cake is wonderful! Hope it tasted as good as it looked. Good luck to Miss Mouse on her Oz debut. Hope your week is pleasant and as stress-free as possible, Wendy!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Kay - Yes, it tasted just as good. :-) Thank you for the good luck wishes for Mouse. She is feeling a bit overloaded on rehearsals, but you should see the big smile on her face when she and the other children are practicing. I was telling my husband today how I hadn't imagined we would be "dance/theater parents" when we had Mouse.

      Delete
  2. That is an awesome birthday cake! And your roses are gorgeous. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Lark - Thank you! I just knew I had to get that cake for my husband when I saw it. :-) I love my roses. I neglect them miserably, but I love them.

      Delete
  3. Happy Birthday to your husband! That is a cool cake. I hope you show us photos of the play. Both cats are adorable.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ellen - Thank you! He had a nice birthday. :-) I did get a decent video of the play so my husband could see since he was unable to attend. I'm afraid I didn't get any blog-worthy photos of the performance. I am only willing to post back or side photos of my daughter on my blog these days--never her full face now that she's older. I did share a photo of her on Facebook though. I'd share that on FB, but I don't have the other parents' permission.

      Delete
  4. Your roses are beautiful and that cake is adorable! I'm sure Mouse will have a great last week of school!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Kathy - Thank you! The cake didn't last long. LOL Mouse is excited about this upcoming week. It's all she talks about right now. :-)

      Delete
  5. I'm so jealous of your roses!!! Happy birthday to your husband as well :) As usual, your cats are so precious <3 Hope you have a wonderful week!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Elle - My roses seem to do well despite my neglect of them. I'm even bad about pruning them. I remember hearing once they are hardy plants. Thank goodness!

      Delete
  6. LOVE that birthday cake. Your kitten looks just full of mischief :) The Great British Bake Off is a great show - have a great week :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Maree - I really like the way the cake turned out. :-) That kitten is definitely full of mischief. Haha. She's so much fun. We are enjoying The Great British Bake Off.

      Delete
  7. That cake is awesome! Lol! I love the little kitty too. I'm allergic so we'll never have a cat, but I still love kittens. :) I'm reading Bring Me Their Hearts right now and really enjoying it, so I hope you do too!

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Tressa - It tasted really good too. :-) We are smitten with the new kitten. I am sorry to hear you are allergic to cats. I am too, actually. Lots of hand washing, vacuuming, dusting, laundry, and allergy medicine. Not necessarily in that order. I pretend it's all seasonal allergies, but really it's year round. I just don't like to blame it on the cats. LOL I think my allergy is mild compared to some though as I know people who even that won't work for. I am glad you are enjoying Bring Me Their Hearts! I look forward to reading it too. :-)

      Delete
  8. Ha cute cake! Happy birthday to your husband. :) And glad to hear the cats are doing mostly well. A new addition is always a challenge but hopefully Gracie will secretly enjoy her new companion soon (they never like to admit it, right, but I think deep down they like it) ha ha.

    The reviews I've seen for scandal Above Stairs all seem to be positive so far.

    Thanks for linking my post!

    Yay for Bring Me their Hearts! Hope it's good. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Greg - Thanks! My husband loves his hamburgers. :-) Yes, I think Gracie does like having the kitten around--sometimes. LOL They are definitely more comfortable with each other than they used to be. Hopefully their relationship will continue to improve.

      Delete
  9. Congrats on the 2000th post! Happy birthday to your husband and that cake is pretty awesome! Have a great week.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Jenea - Thank you! It kind of snuck up on me. :-) I will give my husband your birthday wishes for him. He loved the cake.

      Delete
  10. What a week! So happy for Mouse that she's discovered the acting bug and is in plays! And that cake... just wow! Happy birthday to your hubby. I'm going to check out your book suggestions further now. I think there's one or two I would definitely like to read such as Scandal Above Stairs.

    Have a peaceful, restful week ahead!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Rita -Since she began speaking, Mouse said she wants to be a singer when she grows up. She's excited about the upcoming musical and is already talking about having leading roles when she's older. I never thought I'd be a dance/theater parent, but here I am. I do not know if this is a passing fancy or a lifetime interest for her, but it will be interesting to see in time. Oh, do read Jennifer Ashley's mysteries! Her Kat Holloway series is so good.

      Delete
  11. That cake looks amazing!

    Hope you have a great week ahead! (:

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Eustacia - Thank you! It was delicious. :-)

      Delete
  12. The roses are beautiful! And that cake is awesome, happy birthday to him.
    Enjoy the school plays! The cats are too cute.
    Enjoy your week!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Naida - Thank you! The kitten has a habit of getting under foot very easily, especially when she's attacking our feet. :-) I'm okay with that, but not when I am on the stairs.

      Delete
  13. Your roses are AMAZING! Especially that stripey one. And that cake looks so cool :D and your cats are incredibly adorable. Hope you have a good week :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Evelina - Thank you! I just love my roses. :-) The cake was yummy. We had a cupcake cake for his parents' visit this weekend to celebrate with them, and that one turned out well too. Although not a hamburger. I have a sleeping kitty in the chair next to me and my older one is hiding upstairs. I sent my daughter and her father to the grocery store. Haha

      Delete
  14. Amazing cake! I take it your husband likes burgers. LOL

    Cute cat photos...and I love those roses, too.

    I'm thinking that I would do more housework if I listened to audio books. Maybe? I don't have any proper listening equipment, though. iPod? I do love rearranging furniture, but I know I couldn't handle adding any pieces. Sigh.

    Enjoy your week...and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Laurel-Rain - Haha! Yes, he likes his burgers. :-)

      While the audiobooks do not motivate me to start cleaning per say, they do keep me cleaning when I might otherwise want to stop because I don't want to stop listening. So there is that. :-) I listen on my phone, actually.

      We do not have room for the new furniture (although their old dining room table replaced our old one), but we did our best to make it work. I will have to take photos for next time. Not that anyone wants to see any of that. LOL

      Have a great week!

      Delete
  15. Your flowers are beautiful! Most of mine have been done in by the torrential downpours we keep having. Hopefully they'll recover once we get into a more normal weather pattern. Happy Birthday to your husband as well! That cake is brilliant!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Suzanne - Thank you! I do hope your flowers survived the rain somehow. I know my roses have survived despite my neglect of them. So there's hope . . . Thank you for the birthday wishes. He had a nice day. :-)

      Delete
  16. What a wonderful selection of roses. I hope the school production goes well - they are always magical, I think... I loved attending my children's performances. And that cake is fabulous - eating sponge chips and ketchup:). Have a great week, Wendy.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sarah - Thank you! I would like to eventually plant more, but I always seem to be a season too late when I think of it. The kids all did a great job at the school play. They'll all probably be singing the songs they learned for it for weeks. :-)

      Delete
  17. Sounds like you had a busy week! Your daughter is keeping you busy for sure - how great with her plays though :) And that cake is GREAT! Happy birthday to your husband. And your roses look amazing. OH and the kitties! so cute! Hope Mouse has a great last week and you too!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Berls - It felt busy too. I have a cousin who has five kids and all her children are active in multiple activities. I feel like I can barely manage keeping up with the one sometimes! Thank you! The cake was perfect and he had a gret birthday. I am amazed every time I see my roses thriving with the lack of care I give them. We are enjoying the cats--and hopefully they are enjoying each other too. haha

      Delete
  18. That cake is amazing! And Nina is beyond adorable. Gracie looks annoyed but very regal. The skits sound really cute. I love The Great British Bake Off and part of the reason is because everyone is so nice. Have a great week!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Katherine - Thank you! Gracie looks annoyed a lot lately. LOL I am glad to hear you like the show too. Thank goodness for Netflix so that I can see shows like that!

      Delete
  19. I love the cake and yep my hubby would grin if he saw it. I hope you get your reading in today!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Kim - Thank you! I didn't manage to get any reading done, but I took a few videos of the kids performing. So much for that. I always have the best intentions to use the time to read, but it just hasn't worked out lately.

      Delete
  20. Love thoses roses and your kitten is soo cute!
    Good luck with War And Peace - you're a braver reader than me :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Stephanie Jane - Thank you! I love my roses and kitties. :-)

      I am determined to finish War and Peace this time! I think it will be worth it too as I'm enjoying it.

      Delete
  21. Happy birthday to your husband. That’s the best cake ever. The roses and cats are very pretty. Have a good week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. AJ - Thank you from my husband. :-) I hope you have a good week too.

      Delete
  22. Love the cake and oh my the flowers - lovely! Happy Birthday. Enjoy your week!

    Mary my #Sunday Roundup #22!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Beautiful roses, mine are just blooming. Love the cake. But, A Promise of Fire is so good! LOL

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Nise' - Thank you! I was surprised when I went out the other day and saw so many on my bushes. I still plan to read A Promise of Fire, don't worry. :-)

      Delete
  24. Good luck to your daughter in the Wizard of Oz play! I just love that Hamburger cake!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays and Cover Spotlight!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ronyell - Thank you! She's super excited about being in the musical.

      Delete
  25. Your cats are adorable and I love that cake! I bet your daughter is ready to start her summer break. I would guess that she is having fun with the end of the school year activites. Love all of your beautiful roses. Have a great week!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Carole - Thank you! Yes, Mouse is ready for summer. She keeps complaining though about my husband and I having to work still. :-( I wish we could take the summer off alongside her.

      Delete
  26. Awww how cute. Maybe I missed it but what part will she play? I'm not complaining about the warmer weather - I love it! Gorgeous flowers. Haha - glad the kitties are tolerating each other better.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Christy - Mouse will be playing three roles during the musical: a munchkin (one of the Lullaby League), a monkey, and a jitterbug. She's super excited. I am glad the cats are getting along better too. Whew.

      Delete
  27. Nina is queen of the laundry hamper! We have been thinking of getting a kitten. I thought my son would want another tortie because he loved his last cat so much, but he said no, it would make him sad. Every time I see Nina I think about how pretty they are. We will be having the same problem though because we have a ten year old cat. 😼

    I hope you can post some photos of The Wizard of Oz. Mouse has been extra busy with musical theater! 🎦

    The girl in the Green Silk Gown sounds intriguing. I'll have to have a look at it. Love your rose photos, too. Thanks for sharing. 2000 posts is amazing! Have a wonderful week. 🌞

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. La La - Yes, she is. LOL I was feeling sorry for her when she first came the way my older cat was treating her, but now I feel sorry for my older cat. Nina looks so different than our orange tabby--which I think is a good thing. She's definitely not the cuddler he was. But she's still young yet, so who knows?

      We are in high gear now for the musical. I'm trying to stay sane. LOL I can't even imagine what my daughter is feeling. She seems to be taking it all in stride, but I know she's a bit like me when it comes to feeling anxious.

      Delete
  28. The flowers are beautiful, that cake is fantastic and oh my Lord your wee cats are so so cute! I am reading a book set in the 1940s just now :D Needed a genre switch after my last book xxx

    Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Lainy - Thank you! I think we are all birthday cake'd out for now. :-) I hope you are enjoying your current read! Sometimes a genre switch is just what we need, isn't it?

      Delete
  29. That cake is so fun. Hope your husband had a great birthday and I hope you guys have a great time with the in-laws! And your roses are beautiful. Our garden definitely needs a bit of help but I'm such a wimp... our temps are already too hot. I guess I need to wake up super early and just get out there and clean up a bit.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Iliana - Thank you! He had a great birthday--and now it's Father's Day! He got way more shirts than he probably wanted. LOL And a lot of other stuff, of course. I am not much of a gardener, so ours is pretty bare, admittedly. The roses do offer it a bit of color though.

      Delete
  30. Gorgeous roses! I'm envious (in an entirely friendly way.) I'm not much of a gardener; I hate the heat, and that's not helpful if you're trying to garden in Virginia.

    Happy birthday to your husband (great cake, BTW!) and best of luck to Mouse in The Wizard of Oz. It's such a fun show! Also, I hope your kitties come to a mutually-agreeable truce soon. The little one (Nina?) is so cute. I have a soft spot for torties.

    Enjoy your week, and happy reading!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Lark - Thank you! I am a terrible gardener, so don't feel envious. My roses are pretty all on their own--not because of me. LOL I don't like the heat either--and ours is definitely here to stay for the summer, unfortunately.

      Thank you for the birthday wishes for my husband. Nina is such a sweetheart. We love her. :-)

      Delete
  31. Beautiful roses and I'm glad to hear you'd a wonderful time with your family. Hope you've a great weekend ahead, Wendy!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Melody - Thank you! I hope you are doing well, Melody! Welcome back from your vacation.

      Delete
  32. Oh wow, your roses are so beautiful :) And I loved that Cake. It seems so tasty. Did your husband made it? Happy belated birthday to him.

    And your cats are definitely naughty ones :D

    Seems like your reading is going good. I hope next week is good too :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sim - Thank you! Isn't the cake great? I thought it turned out well. It is store bought. No one in my family can decorate a cake that well. :-)

      Delete

Thank you for taking the time to visit Musings of a Bookish Kitty. Don't be shy! I would love to hear from you. Due to a recent increase in spam, I will be moderating all comments for the foreseeable future. Please be patient with me as it may take a few hours before I am able to approve your comment.