Weekly Update for May 9, 2021

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Welcome to my weekly update for May 9, 2021!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! We celebrated early with my in-laws last week. It was nice to spend a long weekend with them. I won’t be seeing my own mom today but we’re planning to see her and the rest of my family in about a month! I haven’t seen any of them since February 2020.

Friday was an exciting day for me on Siesta Key! I noticed a crowd gathered ahead of me on my morning walk. As I got closer, I realized that some sort of ship was grounded on a sandbar, not very far offshore. A smaller boat was hovering around and I can’t find anything about it on the news, so I assume that whomever was onboard got away safely. Quite a bit of debris had washed ashore though.

I also saw my second yellow-crowned night heron! I took the picture in the water a couple of weeks ago; the sandy picture is from Friday.


  • Grounded Ship on Siesta Key
  • Yellow-Crowned Night Heron in the Surf
  • Yellow-Crowned Night Heron in the Sand


A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce, read by Charlotte Parry–3 Stars

The Pretenders (Cemetery Girl #1) by Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden, illustrated by Don Kramer–3 Stars

My ten most recent reads


A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce, read by Charlotte Parry

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark, read by Miriam Margolyes

Flight of the Phoenix (Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist, #1) by R. L. LaFevers, illustrated by Kelly Murphy

Currently Reading:

The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson

Amari and the Night Brothers (Supernatural Investigations #1) by B. B. Alston, read by Imani Parks

The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt by Kara Cooney

Up Next:

I’m still struggling a bit with a reading slump but middle-grade books seem to fit my current mood. I may stick with that theme a bit longer.

What did your week look like?


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  1. How cool to see those night heron! And that sandy beach is amazing. Nothing like what I’m used to in CA or OR. Enjoy your walks.

  2. Great photos! I just got a box of middle grade review books from Bloomsbury that sort of baffled me. I didn’t ask for them and haven’t read middle grade books for almost 4 years. They are just sitting because none really caught my eye. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  3. Middle Grade books can be a lot of help in getting out of a reading slump! Amari and the Night Brothers is on my TBR, I hope you enjoy it!

    That looks like a scary boat event. I hope that it not being on the news meant no one was seriously hurt!

  4. I can relate to not seeing family members for a very long time! I’m tired of it, frankly, and hope to rectify it soon!

    I read The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie many years ago, but enjoyed it enough to reread it, I think. Thanks for sharing.

    Enjoy your week, and here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

  5. We have herons like that too, they are very elegant. Middle grade is good and goes a little quicker usually than adult books.

  6. That’s strange that there was nothing about the ship…wreck? jam? on the news! I would probably be one of the spectators if I came across something like that too!

  7. What a beautiful bird and I love the beach pictures! I do hope they were able to get the bigger boat off the sand bar. Looks like a gorgeous one. Middle Grade can be so perfect for a slump. Glad it’s helping you with yours. Have a great week!

  8. Happy Mother’s Day!

    I love the photos! I go to Sarasota every once in a while, I adopted my dog from the Humane Society there. I love the beach and go to as many as I can.

    The title The House with Chicken Legs cracked me up, I’ll have to check it out.

    I hope you have a great week!

  9. I like the slide show you included, I’ll have to see if I can figure out how to do that in Blogger. In the third picture, it looks like the heron is in the snow.

  10. What a good idea to try middle grade books during a reading slump! I’ll have to file that one away for the next time… you know it will come!

    Great photos! We had a yellow-crowned night heron who visited regularly last year (especially around this time) but I haven’t seen one this year. My birding excitement this week was seeing a couple of eastern screech owls.

    Everyone seems to love Braiding Sweetgrass… must check it out.

  11. Hi there Jen! Happy Mother’s day to you!! Glad you got to celebrate, even if it was a bit earlier.

    The house with chicken legs seems like a fun read and I am very interested in The Woman who would be King. That can only be good! Will keep an eye out for your updates.

    Have a good week ahead!

    Elza Reads

  12. It is such a wonder to me when a bird I’ve only read about appears before me. It almost feels like a Divine Gift. I’m just learning birding, but one friend who knows everything about birds told me about a night heron nesting site just a block from my walking path. The herons have taken over a playground from a retired school, and they have nests in all of the beautiful old live oaks there. It was beautiful, and inside I felt, Wow.

    I’m eager to read Braiding Sweetgrass. I never thought I would like Kimmerer’s book on moss, but it was oddly fascinating. My naturalist book group will be reading it next year. I hope I can wait.

    I was intrigued with the character of Miss Jean Brodie. A charismatic person, but a flawed one. There are so many fabulous older stories like this that tend to get set aside for shiny new reads. If I had a bookstore, I might just skip all the new books and focus on neglected older titles.

  13. Happy Mother’s Day! that’s a long time to go without seeing family…

    Beautiful pics. I love that white sand!

    The House With Chicken Legs- ooh that looks like a Baba Yaga thing. 🙂

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