Morning Meanderings… Dog Surgery and Audio Anticipation (a CRAZY mix)


Good morning!  Thursday and I imagine many of you are making your plans (if you have not already started) for the big 4th of July weekend!

I mentioned yesterday I was taking Mater to the vet.  He was running a fever and acting like Eeyore walking slowly around with this head down.  No energy.  Turns out he had a lymph node infection in his shoulder and it had to be cut open to drain (yes… you may want to put down your breakfast for a few minutes).  They had him in the office for the day but he is home now, doing well and my job is to place a warm wash cloth over the would area several times a day to keep it open so it can drain.  Due to this, there was no strawberry picking as originally planned.




Dog and owner are doing well this morning.


I did want to talk about audio.  June as you know was audio month and I did not have my normal posts on how awesome audio is and why you all (yes you too Laurel!  😉 ) should give it a try.  However… this little gem on info from crossed my path in email format yesterday and I can not help but share some highly anticipated audio coming in July.

6Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.  Harper Lee!!!!  Yes the author of To KIll A Mockingbird brings in this long anticipated jewel.  Narrated by…. wait for it… wait for it…. Reese Witherspoon!  I am seriously curious about this one. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.   Release date 7/14/15




1Armada by Ernest Cline (author of one of my all time favorite audio books Ready Player One).  I have gushed about this one before.  Another gamer type book, save the world, blah blah blah but also narrated by the great Wil Wheaton who is an EXCELLENT narrator.  Also release 7/14/15.  Can not wait!!!





2Circling The Sun by Paula McLain, author of the Paris Wife.  This one is about the British born Kenyan Aviator Beryl Markham, the first woman to successfully cross the Atlantic solo from east to west.  There is  lot more to Beryl than meets the eye, so venture in to this historical treasure.  Released 7/28/15





8 Dexter Is Dead.  I never followed the whole “Dexter ” hype.  My son Brad said it was a crazy good series but I don’t think it is for me.  Anyhoo… Dexter is arrested on charges of murder. He has lost everything – including his wife, his kids, and the loyalty of his sister. Now completely alone, Dexter faces a murder charge (for a crime, ironically, he did not actually commit.  Written and narrated by Jeff Lindsay this is probably one to listen to if you are a fan of the series.  Release date 7/7/15



8Bradstreet Gate catches my eye.  Georgia, Charlie, and Alice each arrive at Harvard with visions of what the future will hold. Then, just before graduation, a classmate is found murdered on campus, they find themselves facing a cruel and unanticipated new reality. Moreover, a professor who has loomed large in their lives is suspected of the crime. Though his guilt or innocence remains uncertain, the unsettling questions raised by the case force the three friends to take a deeper look at their tangled relationship.    Sounds good to me!  Release date is 7/7/15



There are more on the list that you of course can check out for yourself.  For new audible users, your first audio book is free so take a peek if you have not tried audible before.  I have used it for three years and love it.  The audio downloads right to my phone and I have it everywhere I go.  I also like that if I start listening to something I do not enjoy, I can return it to them and they give me my credit back to choose something else.


Today should be a fairly quiet day.   I am running to town this morning to get a few errands done and then working around the house today on a mailing I am working on and the monthly newsletter for the Friends Of The Brainerd Public Library.  I may have a coffee date this morning this will be nice as it is a lovely day to also sit on the deck.


24 thoughts on “Morning Meanderings… Dog Surgery and Audio Anticipation (a CRAZY mix)

  1. Poor Mater…it is pouring rain here but we are away by the sea…headed home today!

    I read and loved Bradstreet Gate…I must admit that I am tempted to try audio…just in the car for road trips! It beats listening to Howard Stern! Or NPR radio!

  2. poor mater 😦 but he has you to take care of him

    I think I’m one of the few people not excited for the new Harper Lee – personally, I don’t think she ever intended to release it and was duped by her lawyer (now that her sister had died)…but we’ll see…

    I am excited about the Ernest Cline one though – I couldn’t imagine liking RPO and I loved it (although I read not listened) – but this one is going on the audio pile

    1. Good points on Harper Lee. I have to admit curiosity and look at the release like the way I feel about chicken. I want no part in how it goes from being a chicken to the store… but I sure like chicken. 😛

  3. You totally sold me on “go set a watchman” I will definitely be using 1 of my audible credits for that!

  4. Poor doggie! Hope he feels better soon.

    I am considering a road trip to the Northernmost part of the state soon, to visit my youngest son and his wife, and I believe it is a 10 or 11-hour trip, one way. Perhaps that would be the time to “test” out audio, although I cannot fathom listening to anything too complex while driving…LOL. Perhaps a memoir, narrated by the author.

    I have pre-ordered the new Harper Lee, but in hardcover. I have the 50th anniversary edition of To Kill a Mockingbird, so they can be placed side-by-side on my shelves.

  5. Poor Mater! I hope he feels better soon! No doggie should walk around like Eeyore. That just makes me sad…

    I am SO excited for Armada. Ready Player One remains one of my favorite audiobooks of all time, so I know the combination of Ernie Cline and Wil Wheaton is going to be a good one!

    Have a lovely Fourth, Sheila.

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