Garden Gazette: November Wrap Up

Posted December 5, 2015 by Lyn Kaye in Garden Gazette, Kara, Lyn, Pixie / 7 Comments

Great Endings

The Garden Gazette is a 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: I adopted a pit bull this past month! It was totally not planned but we ran into an adoption event, and the dog I wanted was adopted before I could get to him. I was so upset (sobbing) that Dan took me to the SPCA and we found Lily there and brought her home instead!


She is a GREAT fit for us. Her and Shiloh are BFFs and we thought for so long that Shiloh wouldn’t take well to having a buddy around stealing her treats and attention, but actually the exact opposite has happened. I have a hard time keeping them apart. Hammy and Jaxon are still get used to her because she can’t help but chase them. It’s totally not done in an aggressive way–she wants them to play and be her friend, but all they want to do is lounge and be assholes. You know how cats are. Her previous owners taught her NOTHING (and she was chained outside), so she is not potty trained at all, though she has not once crapped in the house–just pee. She’s quick to learn other stuff (I’ve already taught her sit-stay and to stay out of the trash) so I don’t know why she isn’t picking this up faster. Meh. We’ll get there.

Lyn: Hello everyone! So this has been a very weird month.

I participated in NaNoWriMo, working on the sequel to my first novel. Sadly, I was bogged down by the extra stress at work, and ended up with a upper respiratory and a sinus infection, so I lost some of my drive for writing. But I was able to at least get a rough draft of the story down, and I did do SOME writing, so it wasn’t a total loss. I hope to have much better luck next year, and actually take a day off for writing.


At the first of the month, we celebrated my mother’s birthday by taking her out to eat and watching The Addams family play, where I accidentally came onto Lurch a bit much.

After the show was done and we met the cast, he saw me in the line and laughed, and said, “There is my fan!” His wife played Morticia, and she was really nice about the whole thing. It was a wonderful time, and I always love going to see the local theater for her area. A great time was had by all.

I had a long vacation for Thanksgiving, and I was finally able to spend it with my mother. Sadly, the material parental unit was ill, but we still managed to have some fun. I was still fighting off the sickness myself, so I wasn’t all that perky as well.

I started the Neko Atsume game for iPad, and I am already addicted. Cats cats cat! Love them!

Loki and Kili are doing pretty good.

Loki is actually spitting up tonight, but I was able to roll him around and get him to play until he had a large kitty burp, and now he seems so much better. It was rainy and cold for most of the month (we beat our highest annual precipitation record for this year in November! No more drought!) so the kitties are super cuddly now.

On a sad note, my company I work for here in Texas is owned by France, and some of my coworkers that transfered here to the USA had people that were hurt and injured. My heart aches for all of the violence this month.

I’m all shopped out, and I believe my holiday shopping list is complete. I am so ready for Yule!

Pixie: Is 2015 over yet? I wish. Haha. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. And the holiday season always makes me feel like I only sleep about thirty minutes a night. Toss in tons of migraines and that’s how it has been for me lately. But I don’t want to always be all Debbie Downer every time I try and give you an update. I’m starting my degree program next month finally and I’m so excited! Yippee! I changed my mind last second on the major, but I think the courses will be a lot more fitting to my interests (Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, minors in Criminology and History).

Besides that, I don’t really have much else to share at the moment. I’m not that exciting of a person, even though it seems I’m always crazy busy. Haha.

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Epic Recs Review: Salt & Storm by Pixie
Mini Book Reviews: For Real and Newt’s Emerald by Kara
Book Review: What We Left Behind by Lyn
Book Review: Map to the Stars by Kara
Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me by Kara
Book Review: A Night to Remember by Pixie
Book Review: The DUFF by Lyn
Book Review: Crenshaw by Lyn
Book Review: Winter by Kara
Book Review: Soundless by Kara
Book Review: We Had a Job to Do by Pixie
Epic Recs Review: The Falconer by Lyn
Book Review: Fateful by Kara

Features and Discussions:

Discussion: NaNoWriMo Time! by Lyn
Discussion: Holiday Bookish Shipping Guide by Lyn

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Kara’s Books

Just got two e-ARCs for review this month. 🙂

The Last Boy and Girl In the World by Siobhan Vivian
He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker

Lyn’s Books


Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
Cuckoo’s Song by Frances Hardinge
Winter by Marissa Meyer (the Target exclusive with the fanart)


The Rule of Mirrors by Caragh M. O’Brien


(Sorry helping Loki with sore tummy!)

Three books were gifted: Falls the Shadow, The Viking and Sword
The King of Taksim Square is a Kindle First novel
Purchased the forth Vampire Empire book
Daughter of Sand and Stone is a Kindle First novel

Pixie’s Books


I didn’t get any ARCs or e-ARCs, but I did purchase some pretty cool ones I’m looking forward to reading and sharing my thoughts on. (Also, not pictured, a review book from Smith Publicity called We Had a Job to Do)

See you in December!

7 responses to “Garden Gazette: November Wrap Up

  1. Happy December ladies! It seems like you guys had some ups (Lily! hitting on actors!) and some blah moments. All I know is you’re awesome and I loved your posts and reviews this month. (Kara and I are the black sheep for Soundless cause we’re cool). I’m sure if I can forgive your comments on Kiaran, Lyn, but we shall seee…

    I heart you all and let’s all do a discussion read sooooon!!!
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