Garden Gazette: May Wrap Up

Posted May 30, 2015 by Lyn Kaye in Garden Gazette, Kara, Lyn, Pixie / 3 Comments



The Garden Gazette (formerly Nest n’ News) is a new feature here at Great Imaginations. Instead of doing weekly Stacking the Shelves posts, we’re going to be doing a monthly wrap-up on the last Saturday of every month. This will open up the weekends for more posts from us, and is also another way to bring the three of us together in one post – which is one of our favorite parts of co-blogging! The Garden Gazette will include our book hauls, past posts, challenge updates, and more.

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Kara: Okay, so as of the time I am writing this, I think the house is truly ours. We are just waiting on word from the underwriters on the loan so we can go ahead and set a closing date. I am crossing my fingers that we can do it this upcoming week. I am ready to get the fuck out of this apartment. (Lyn: YAAAHHH KARA!!!)

Of course this means my address will be changing which means I have to email ALL of my contacts with the new address which I am not looking forward to, plus setting up mail forwarding in case they miss the email I send out. That is the worst part of moving, in my opinion. Okay, moving my books and shelves will be a huge P.I.A too, but after everything we have been through with the short sale, VA, banks, etc., I am actually looking forward to loading the U-haul. Is that weird?

Other than the house stuff, it’s been a pretty boring month. Health-wise I am doing okay, but I have had a couple pretty brutal migraines this month. My back has mostly been great, though, so I am NOT complaining. I will take the migraines over that any day.

I hope to have some great news for you next month and maybe some house pictures! There is one of the front over on my Instagram which is linked to on the right if you really want to see it.

As far as updating you on my middle grade challenge, I’ve read two more MG books in May which means I am up to 8 for the year. I’ve read some GREAT books this month and my favorite is a toss up between Magonia and Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine. I loved them both to pieces.


Pixie: Well May has been crazy. If you’re not in Texas, you still have prob seen all the newscasts of the flooding and basically non-stop rain & storms we’ve had throughout the state. It’s not been fun. Personally, my area has lucked out a bit so far. There was some flooding for a day or two in the town over where my mother lives with waters reaching nearly up to roofs of cars earlier in the month but it managed to drain out… and we’ve had a few tornadoes pass through, but just missing my house by a possible mile at best landing down back behind us on a mostly deserted road.

Now we’re all prepping for possible serious flooding because the rain keeps coming anyway and all the area rivers, lakes, creeks…whatever… are cresting and just can’t take on anymore. It’s been two and half months, I think, or something like that. UGH. So sick of it.

On a lighter note: I saw Slash last week. It was awesome, of course. Slash rocks. No pics though sadly. My camera sucks and I’m short as you all know so the couple pics I did get are just bad quality. Oh well. At least I went.

My reading for the month kinda sucked I know. The month has been rather busy with the cheerleading season starting for the girls and then getting all the preparations together for the graduation ceremony next week of the oldest. I should be a lot less stressed and have a lot more reading time after the first week of June passes so that’s great. 🙂


Lyn: As of this point, there is one week left until I go to the COAST!! I am ready for a vacation!

I hit my one year anniversary last month, and my 6 months in my new position. There has been a lot of turmoil with some issues in the department, so work is adding a lot of stress on me.

On the side, I took my sister to see her favorite band, They Might Be Giants, at the Granada, as a belayed birthday gift. She had a wonderful time, and even though I don’t know the songs to the extent of Sis, I always have a really great and fun time attending their shows.

Look at the lights! So awesome!

Concert Selfie (tons of makeup, too).

One huge downer: My A/C broke over the Memorial Day Weekend. Long story short: My apartment complex is scared of me now and I have AC again.

However, the biggest thing going on in my life is the horrible flooding and the constant tornado threats. There has been no less than three tornadoes in a 10 mile radius from us, and the flooding it hitting closer and closer to home. On the last Friday of the month, I didn’t think I was going to make it to work. I hate to complain about the rain, since we have gone through a horrible drought for years, but this is a bit of an excess.

Kili has his first vet visit today, so I’m curious to see how it goes. Kitties are both wonderful.


Banner This Month's Posts



The Cage
Crimson Bound
5 to 1
An Ember in the Ashes
Exquisite Corpse
Group Review: The Last Good Day of the Year
Hollow City
Group Review: Black Iris
Book Scavenger
Epic Rec: Angelfall
Forgotten Fridays: Starstruck

Features and Discussions

Discussion: Recent DNFs Number 2
Tag: Unpopular Opinions
Discussion: 5 Best Bookish Moments Seen on TV

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I forgot to list my e-books last month. I had a lot, and I’ve added a few (but only a few) this month. So there are many, and they are as follows:

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Swerve by Vicki Pettersson
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
The Vanishing Island by Barry Wolverton
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Persuasion by Martina Boone

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A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz
Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix
Underneath Everything by Marcy Beller Paul
The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver, H.G. Chester
A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
Very in Pieces by Megan Frazer Blakemore
The Blue by Lucy Clarke

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Edgewater by Courtney Sheinmel
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Burying Water by K.A. Tucker
Sabriel by Garth Nix

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Becoming Jinn

(books for trade)

Discovery of Witches
Shadow of Night

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Physical Books

Disruption by Jessica Shirvington (finally found a copy!)
Something Real by Heather Demetrios
We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
Bad Apple by Laura Ruby
Empty by K.M. Walton
Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham
Beholding Bee by Kimberly Newton Fusco
Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz
A Moment Comes by Jennifer Bradbury
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

Sisters of Blood and Spirit by Kady Cross
The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken
The Last Time We Said Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
Valiant by Sarah McGuire
The Tyrant’s Daughter by J.C. Carleson
Choker by Elizabeth Woods
Uprooted by Naomi Novik


Starstruck by Rachel Shukert
End of Days by Susan Ee


A Whole New World by Liz Braswell
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
Confessions of a Queen B* by Crista McHugh

(Thank you, NetGalley!)

Lyn Sig Plant

3 responses to “Garden Gazette: May Wrap Up

  1. Kara: I’m so excited for youuu! It must feel awesome to be having a new house just at your fingertips. I saw a picture of the front and the frontyar that you posted on instagram (I think?) a few days ago and it looked awesome O_O Decorating it would be fun ;D

    Pixie: I heard all about the rain and the flooding! I can totally relate to how awful it is because typhoons here in the Philippines happen often and they bring floods and storm surges. We moved to a neighborhood that we thought was safe from that but a heavy rainfall here brings flood waist-deep, too 🙁 It sucks especially if the water comes from the sewage, yuck. I once had to walk through water that had floating cockroaches >_< Hope the weather improves over there.

    Lyn: THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I'VE SEEN A PIC OF YOU AND YOU'RE SOOO PRETTY <3 <3 More pictures, please? And your cats are adorable. I also hope the weather improves there as well. The weather all around the globe has been very weird recently 🙁
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    • LOL. Thank you. That is a LOT of makeup, I have to admit. If I ever cake it on that heavy again, I’ll take more pictures.

      I do love the crap out of my kitties. They’re my babies.

      It looks like we’re going to have sunshine for the next 10 days, which is needed.
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    • Ugh….I just got back from there and it’s so dusty. My allergies are the worst. I’m going over there to clean tomorrow because I just can’t handle it. I HATE CLEANING.

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