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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (December 09): 12/09/19

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
Hosted by Kathryn of Book Date.

Last week we had days of rain. In between the storms, I was able to venture out to Dry Creek Cottage to photograph the gardens and do some birdwatching. It's a lovely place on the border between Hayward and Union City.

Dry Creek Cottage
A view of Dry Creek Cottage gardens from one of the many benches hidden around the area.

Great egret: wip
I'm four hours into this piece of a Great Egret in flight. One more session and I should be done.

Pride shoes: wip
I'm in my second hour of this piece I'm calling Pride Shoes.

Fireworks: sketchbook
I've finished two pieces for the fireworks sketchbook I'm working on for the Brooklyn Art Library. The book is due in February.

What I read:

Reading was slow for me. I've been spending my time baking and running errands. I had to go to the blood pressure clinic; my blood pressure was low. I'm probably done with going to the clinic for now. Also there was the walk at Dry Creek Cottage which generated a hundred or so photographs which I worked on.

  • The Ghost in Apartment 2R by Denis Markell
  • Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
  • Read and Buried by Eva Gates
  • Captive Hearts of Oz Volume 2 by Ryo Maruya
  • Hilda and the Mountain King by Luke Pearson

What I'm reading:

  • Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg
  • Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf
  • Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 4 by Ryoko Kui

Up Soon:

  • All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney
  • Crush by Svetlana Chmakova
  • Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds and Alexander Nabaum
  • Counting to Perfect by Suzanne LaFleur

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Comment #1: Thursday, December 05, 2019 at 10:30:08

Aj @ Read All The Things!

That sandwich painting looks delicious!



Comment #2: Monday, December 09, 2019 at 21:04:00

Pussreboots

Thank you. It was fun to paint.



Comment #3: Monday, December 09, 2019 at 00:17:50

Laurel-Rain Snow

I love the Dry Creek Cottage Gardens!

Enjoy all those books and your week.



Comment #4: Monday, December 09, 2019 at 21:05:00

Pussreboots

I can imagine that you would like Dry Creek Cottage.



Comment #5: Monday, December 09, 2019 at 02:05:56

Kathryn

The photos are amazing and so are your paintings. So creative.



Comment #6: Monday, December 09, 2019 at 21:05:00

Pussreboots

Thank you. I will have new art to share next week.



Comment #7: Monday, December 09, 2019 at 03:11:22

Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

The gardens are lovely!

Wishing you a great reading week



Comment #8: Monday, December 09, 2019 at 21:09:00

Pussreboots

Yes they are. They're always a delight to visit. I'd go every week if I could.



Comment #9: Monday, December 09, 2019 at 04:20:31

S.J. Higbees

I love your art - the egret is lovely... And isn't the scenery absolutely beautiful? Though you can keep the rain - we have enough of our own! I hope the coming week is a good one for you, Sarah.



Comment #10: Monday, December 09, 2019 at 21:11:00

Pussreboots

I would love to keep the rain. We certainly need it. I will finish the egret this week. I have a new exciting project to start.



Comment #11: Monday, December 09, 2019 at 08:37:04

Beth F

Beautiful photograph. I can see that it'd be a great place for birdwatching.



Comment #12: Monday, December 09, 2019 at 21:13:00

Pussreboots

If you're ever in the East Bay — you should visit. The cottage grounds are lovely.



Comment #13: Monday, December 09, 2019 at 09:07:26

Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life

Dry Creek looks like it is a beautiful place to visit and photograph!

I am glad you are feeling better. :)



Comment #14: Monday, December 09, 2019 at 21:15:00

Pussreboots

Dry Creek is one of my favorite local photography spots. I'm glad I'm feeling better too. Thanks!



Comment #15: Monday, December 09, 2019 at 09:51:39

Tina

I'm impressed that you've got your up soon reading list all mapped out! I'm terrible at sticking to a TBR list- I just pick up things at random, it seems.



Comment #16: Monday, December 09, 2019 at 21:17:00

Pussreboots

I keep all ten slots of "currently reading" filled on Goodreads. It's not exactly a map but it gives me something to focus on. I have done random reading before and I probably will again some day.



Comment #17: Monday, December 09, 2019 at 10:01:27

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

The paintings are so much fun. Pride Shoes is one I especially like.

We've had so many birds at our feeders lately. I saw real bluebirds one day and I also saw some sort of pretty yellow songbird another.

I'm eager to read the new Jason Reynolds book.

I wonder what they do for low blood pressure.

Have a lovely week.



Comment #18: Monday, December 09, 2019 at 21:20:00

Pussreboots

I need to get proper feeders for my yard. I had them at the condo but they didn't survive the move.

I was being checked for high blood pressure. Had it been high, I would have needed medication. Since it was in the normal range and not borderline, I don't need medication. Very low blood pressure is a different problem — and can mean the need for iron supplements or other treatments.



Comment #19: Monday, December 09, 2019 at 11:48:14

Kathy Martin

We have had storms too - snow storms. I'm already tired of winter and we have months to go yet. Come see my week here. Happy reading!



Comment #20: Monday, December 09, 2019 at 21:24:00

Pussreboots

California had snow too, but not where I live. We're too close to the coast to get snow except on very rare occasions.



Comment #21: Monday, December 09, 2019 at 17:12:06

Yvonne

I love your paintings! Your books look good. Enjoy and have a great week!



Comment #22: Monday, December 09, 2019 at 21:27:00

Pussreboots

Thank you. I'll have new art to share next week.



Comment #23: Monday, December 09, 2019 at 21:15:13

Greg

That looks like a beautiful area!



Comment #24: Monday, December 09, 2019 at 21:28:00

Pussreboots

It is.

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