May/June reading recap

I’m getting this up later than I intended since it is already July! Between May and June, I got quite a bit of reading done, I’m now four books ahead of schedule according to Goodreads. I wasn’t feeling into books much in May but I did manage to squeeze out two books!

The Widow of Wall Street by Randy Susan Meyers

I went into reading this one knowing I would most likely enjoy it, I’ve read all of the authors previous books and liked them all. So, of course I liked this one. This one follows a family and the aftermath that happens when they find out the father has been running a Ponzi scheme.

Recently on HBO they had a movie called The Wizard of Lies that I watched, I might not normally watch this type of movie right when it’s released but after reading The Widow of Wall Street, I thought it might be a good movie to see. The movie is not about the book but about Bernie Madoff, so the theme is the same. There were so many similarities between the movie and the book. I did like how the movie showed us how his children felt during the whole ordeal, that was something I would have liked to have read more in the book. It was a really good movie, check it out if you haven’t!

A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner

The book goes between two women that lose men they love, one in September 1911 and the other in September 2001. I liked the book, I preferred the story about the woman in 1911, although some things that happen irked me just because of the cheese factor.

This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

This was such an amazing book. I honestly don’t think I can explain this book in the way it deserves. The book follows a family who’s youngest child is transgender. So much happens, my emotions were just all over the place so much reading this.

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

I was expecting something very different when I started reading this book and was a bit disappointed when I started but I kept going and ended up enjoying this one quite a bit. A family goes on a cruise vacation and while on an off shore excursion, the children go missing. From the description of the book, I thought that as the reader, you would question the parents a lot more but the book follows where the children are the whole time, so it’s not a mystery where they are. It was still a book that hooked me, I finished it in a little over a day, I could not put it down.

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

I’m really glad that I decided to pick this book up after hearing about it on the Simply Summer Street blog. It was such a sweet and enjoyable book. One year after Arthur Pepper’s wife has died, he’s decided to go through her belongings. He finds a charm bracelet that he knows nothing about and goes on an adventure to find out about her life before they met. This was just a happy book, a good relaxing read.

Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser

This was another one of those books that you can’t put down because you just have to know what’s going to happen. The book is told from three different characters perspectives, in the present and in the past. While on vacation, Violet’s husband disappears with their three year old son and no one knows why. It eventually makes sense but of course you have to go through all the different characters and the different times. I enjoyed the book, some things, especially the “happy” ending irked me. I think maybe I’m just starting to feel a little bit over these types of books.

Now I’m reading Moloka’i by Alan Brennert. It was a book club choice at my library but I didn’t get in time to participate in that. I’ve just started and I’m already enjoying it. What are you reading?

♥ Casey


yarn along

Hello! It’s been a little while since I have posted for Yarn Along! I’m not doing any knitting or crochet this week because of tendinitis in my hand again, caused my over knitting a birthday blanket. I am happily reading some good books though, it’s been nice to just immerse myself in them, though I do wish I could knit on a sock. I won’t though, I know it only makes recovery take longer.

enjoying a lazy day after staying out late celebrating my brother's wedding last night. My daughter caught the bouquet... she's thrilled about it haha but I'm not allowing her to be next. #bookstagram #caughtthebouquet #lazyday

My brother was married on Saturday, it was such a great day and night of celebrating. My daughter caught the bouquet, she was so excited. I know that she would have loved to have been involved in the wedding, she loves that kind of thing, so catching the bouquet was a really awesome thing for her! We’re not very close to my brother and as much as I would like to change that, I doubt it ever will change, so we weren’t involved. The only part we really took part in was getting to eat first with the wedding party, so it wasn’t too terrible!

Since we were out so late, we spent the next day being lazy. I read Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty. I enjoy her writing, so I gobbled the book up pretty quickly. In her usual style there was a twist and you don’t find out what the big incident was until close to the end. I didn’t see too much of it coming, so I should have enjoyed it more than I did. I liked it but didn’t love it.

jumping into a new book today, excited for this one!! Also, gonna dig into some Halloween chocolate 🎃 love when these come out #bookstagram #kelleyarmstrong #halloween

The next book I dove into is Betrayals by Kelley Armstrong, this is the fourth book in her Cainsville series. It’s been a year since I read the last one, so I needed some refreshing and Kelley always does a great job reminding you of what happened in previous books without it seeming cheesy. I don’t know if that’s really the word I’m searching for but sometimes other books will tell you what happened so forcefully without it meaning much to the new story but in Kelley’s books, it’s all worked in pretty seamlessly. I wanted to take my time with this one because I know I will be waiting another whole year for the next but I couldn’t help myself, I devoured it! If you’ve read her books before, you’ll probably understand the feeling. And if you haven’t already, try out the Cainsville series!

I have been devouring books lately! This is the next one I'm digging into. I'm resting my hand after knitting that birthday blanket, my tendinitis came back so it's hurting quite a bit. I want to knit and crochet so badly, so all this reading is a good di

I’m now just starting to read The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. A movie is being made from the book and I had been hearing how great it looked, so I was excited to read the book. I chose to try to avoid seeing the preview before reading the book because I wanted to go in knowing nothing, I have done that with a couple books this year and really liked that. Unfortunately, I did see a few seconds of the trailer about a week ago, so I knew things… it’s okay though, I’m still ready to read it.

linking up with Yarn Along today

Thanks for stopping by and reading today! I hope you all have a great week 🙂
♥ Casey

books & yarn

First, if you were curious to know how George was managing since being back home. I’d say he’s back to feeling like his old relaxed self again. He’s lazing in all his strange positions again, turning his nose up at dry food and he’s back to wanting playtime again. Playtime is a huge necessity for this guy, he’s full of energy and will attack kid’s legs before bed if he doesn’t get his energy out before then. Thanks for all the sweet comments on his return, we’re all so happy to have him back.

George is definitely starting to feel like himself again 😹😹 his vet check up went great the other day, nothing to worry about just need to get his weight up! 💕 #georgethecat #catsofinstagram #bookstagram

I finished reading I Will Always Write Back this past week. I even wrote a little blurb review on goodreads. I kind of can’t believe that I’m actually keeping up with doing that, it has only been four books but still good. I’ve decided that I’m going to stop grabbing new books from the library and just read my Jane Eyre now, I’m ready to be lost in that world for awhile.

Super Raccoon is ready to fight crime! He's crazy cute 😍 my son has been very patiently waiting on this guy, so he took him the moment I snapped this picture. I love that he still likes what I make! 💓 #knittersofinstagram #toyknitting

Yesterday, I finished knitting the Super Raccoon! I’m so happy with how he turned out, he’s super adorable. He can stand on his own if you prop his tail right, so cute! I knit him for my son and he so patiently waited on me to finish him. The moment I finally snapped a finished picture, he grabbed him and went to play with him. I hope my kids never tire of the things I knit or crochet for them.

I decided that I would knit this toy in acrylic yarn after what happened with the teddy I knit in nice merino yarn. I’m hoping he won’t fuzz up too much, some of the toys I crocheted in acrylic yarns fuzzed up pretty ugly in the past. I’m hoping that won’t be the case since this has a much tighter gauge than those. For everything but the orange, I used Vanna’s Choice, a yarn I used to hate the feel of but I don’t mind as much now, it feels and looks a lot like Cascade to me, though maybe not as sturdy feeling.

Today I’m linking up with KCCO and Yarn Along.

♥ Casey

happy things

Let’s start with the happiest thing of all, my cat George came home! He had been gone for two months. During the last month, I started having mixed emotions because the kids kept spotting him and he would run away. So, I knew he was okay and out there, just not coming home and it was making me feel like a bad owner. I know I’m not but I sure questioned it!

The George has come home two months later, for now he is anyway, we'll see what he does. I've had some mixed emotions about him being gone in the last month, he's been spotted around but just never came home and it has annoyed me a lot! He's in now though

Anyway, he is finally home again. He was definitely starving, I can feel his ribs. I can tell that he’s already starting to feel better, he’s sleeping without startling awake as much and he’s looking for wet food. He’s a spoiled cat, before this he would only touch wet food, never dry. He’s also not meowing as strangely anymore, except when I leave the house. He’s always been pretty attached to me but right now it seems to stress him out if I leave his sight too long.

knitting with this guy beside me 😻 he's calmed down a lot today, finally sleeping without waking and freaking out a little. Vet tomorrow for a check up! #knittersofinstagram #georgethecat #catsofinstagram

new projects

so loving this!! 😁 #knittersofinstagram #toyknitting #craftastherapy #rebeccadangerI started Randolph Raccoon!

glowing socks (again)

Glowing knit socks! Always fun at glow bowling!! #glowbowling #socktawk #sockknittersofinstagramI wore socks that glowed at bowling again! They’re my So Over the Rainbow socks knit in yarn by Spun Right Round.

new books

thanks @lululoves_uk for asking #widn I'm enjoying a little bit of sun and a new book while my kids are at the youth program in the park. #bookstagram #crochetgirlgangIt has been very hot here this last week and our air conditioner finally bit it, so I’ve decided to just embrace the heat a little. Also, even though it’s hot out, it’s hotter inside! We walk to the school park and I lay out my finished scrappy blanket and read a little while the kids go into the school for the youth program or play on the playground. The other day I started a new book, I Will Always Write Back. It’s about two pen pals, one in the United States, the other in Africa. I’m really enjoying it!

linking up with KCCO and Yarn Along today 🙂

thanks for stopping by! ♥

books & yarn

😭😭😭 teddy needs surgery! not sure what happened to him 😕 #knittersofinstagram #injuredteddybear

patchy - butt 😁 my son thinks it's cool so it's fine with me! #knittersofinstagram #injuredteddybear #craftastherapy

the teddy that I knit recently needed some surgery, not sure what happened either too much love or a cat got at him. He’s fixed, not really the best looking fix but oh well, now he’s called patchy-butt. I’m not entirely certain that I should be making too many more teddies out of the really nice yarn because this guy only made it a few months before the holes. I may have to stick to the more hard wearing yarns.

back to my sock! #oneweeksockchallenge #knittersofinstagram #socktawk #operationsockdrawer #craftastherapy #rainbowknit #knitpicks

I cast on a new pair of socks on Friday for another ‘one week sock challenge‘. I’m using Knit Picks Felici in the Dark Side colorway. It’s my first time using this yarn, I am absolutely loving it! I’ll most definitely have this pair finished in the week time line.

rainy afternoon plans ☔ making good progress on my #oneweeksockchallenge socks, I'll most definitely finish before the week is up 😊 #knittersbookclub #knittersofinstagram #socktawk #teamgarterstitch #teamstockinette #booksandyarn

During the last week, I finished reading two books. Lily and the Octopus was one I had started when I posted last week, after that I read I Let You Go. I had also mentioned that I would like to start writing more reviews on the books I read on goodreads, so I did write something for each of those books. Take a peek if you’re interested here. I’m hoping to keep it up from now on!

I’ve just started reading The Girl with All the Gifts. It’s this month’s pick for the knitters book club on instagram. I haven’t gotten far into it, so I have no opinions on the book just yet.

Hope you all have a lovely day! ♥

linking up with Yarn Along and KCCO.



hello! happy Monday! The kids are now on summer break, so I could sleep in if I really wanted to. I still wake up early but knowing I don’t have to is nice.

Canada Day was on Friday, 149 years old! My husband is away at work again this year, so it was just me and the kids. We ate pancakes at home instead of the park because of rain. After the quick rain in the morning, we headed down to the celebrations in the city for a few hours. My girls and I each got henna tattoos, I had one years ago and it lasted weeks, this one though is already mostly faded. Still fun though!

got henna tattoos with my girls! 💕💕 Happy Canada Day!!

After the city, we headed out to the provincial park to see my family. This year, the park didn’t have anything fun set up, so we just went to the beach for awhile. While the kids played in the water and on a paddling board with my sister, I squeezed in some knitting. (this sock is moving crazy slow for me!)  It started raining, so we decided to grab ice cream and head out. Once we got our ice cream, it was a downpour. It didn’t get much better after that, so we went back to the city. We were all pretty tired, so it was a good day.

squeezed in some sock knitting at the beach before a downpour, still got ice cream though 😜🍦#socktawk #knittersofinstagram #craftastherapy #manosdeluruguay

The rest of the weekend, I spent sewing in the final ends on my scrappy blanket and I even got a simple border added. I’m pretty sure that I’m calling it done now. If we get a good sunny day this week, I’ll be bringing it out with us so I can snap a couple pictures of it.

'sc'ing around my blanket and reading The Nest when I take breaks #crochetgirlgang #crochetersofinstagram #craftastherapy #watchmewipkal #booksandyarn

I also read and finished The Nest. I don’t really know how to describe this book except that it was really good. If you haven’t heard anything about the book, it’s about siblings and other people in their world. It’s told from so many different view points that I thought I would never be able to get into it. I did though, reading the book was all I really wanted to do yesterday, I think I read about 80% of it in one sitting, it’s not easy to put down!

thanks for stopping by today ♥ have an amazing day and Happy July 4th to my American friends! ♥



happy birthday

Early birthday cake! 33 tomorrow!

Today is my birthday, I’m 33. I normally could really care less about how old I am, I actually frequently forget my age when asked but I like the number 33, so I’m going to try to make it a really good year! It’s not starting off the best though, my throat and ears are causing me such awful pain, bad enough to make me go see my doctor, blah. Being sick on my birthday isn’t uncommon, I usually have something wrong, one birthday as a kid I ended up with chicken pox.

After the doctor today, I stopped by the library to grab a few books. The library has books that are newer and popular set out to borrow for only a week, so I’ll be starting with The Nest. I actually haven’t heard too much about this one other than it’s really good, so I’m going into it pretty blind. It’s nice to go into books that way sometimes. Lily and the Octopus is going to be the same thing, I’ve only heard it’s good.

I also got Mandalas to Crochet written by Haafner Linssen, her blog is here. Once upon a time I really loved mandalas, just flipping through this one has me excited, I want to crochet them all!

new library books

My socks are finally moving along! I’m knitting plain vanilla for the feet, so it should grow quite quickly.

a couple more project updates:

wig in progress

I said I wanted to get this doll finished last week but reading took over, so she sat untouched. I’m crocheting her wig right now, so it shouldn’t be much longer.

last circles to be added

I have joined the last of the squares to my scrappy blanket, I just need to get on weaving in those ends! I think I may have even figured out what I want for the border

linking up with Yarn Along again this week. And also with KCCO.

thanks for reading, have a wonderful day! ♥ ♥