Thursday, March 23, 2017

Reading, Roses and Rest for Thankful Thursday

I’ve been reading even more these past few weeks and would love to find a new mystery series to read. Any suggestions? I’ve read most of the Rhys Bowen cozy mysteries now. I have the last 2 on hold at my library. (I check them out as e books and read them on my IPAD)
We walked around the yard last night and picked a few red roses. The stems are short so I put them in a tea cup. So pretty.


And hubby is getting extra rest. The reason he does not have a diagnosis yet is because they are still doing tests. I am not a nap taking person but I even took a nap yesterday and felt much better.


 Thanks for all of your prayers and concern. I am praying for so many of you too. God bless you all.


 Any suggestions on books that are interesting but on the ‘easy to read’ side? 
I’m joining Thankful Thursdays.

40 comments:

Cranberry Morning said...

Good morning, Diane. Waiting for tests is emotionally exhausting, so it's no wonder you needed that nap. As for books, have you read the Miss Read books? I found about 20 hardcovers at a library sale for 10 cents each! I still haven't read them, but hear that they are good, and they're set in England, which is why I bought them. :-) Love your sweet spring photos. God bless you. xo

Arlene Grimm said...

Some of my favorite cozy mystery writers are Hazel Holt, MC Beaton, Ann Purvis, Anne George( the Southern Sisters series) and Katherine Hall Page. I recently read a few Miss Silver mysteries by Patricia Wentworth. Some I liked better than others but I liked the character Miss Silver.

Hoping you all get some answers soon Diane.

Gayle - venturesinphotos said...

The roses are lovely.
I will have to check out that mystery series. I've been a bit bored lately which is usually a sign that I need to change my routine. You've reminded me that I haven't been reading lately.

Mildred said...

Good Morning, I continue to remember you and your husband in my prayers. I know the waiting is so stressful.
I love any of the Guideposts mystery book series....Secrets of Mary's Bookshop is one; another is Patchwork Mysteries....they are clean and easy reads!
Sending my love.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I hope your hubby get his results soon. I pray all will be well for him and you! I have been enjoying the mysteries written by Diane Mott Davidson. I also borrow these ebooks from my library. She writes about a caterer and amateur sleuth living in a small Colorado town. She even includes some great recipes. Your flowers and bunny are pretty. Have a happy day!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Sweet Sis, the waiting is the hardest. You know prayers continue. I read a few books in the White House Chef mystery series and loved them. Cute, light but fun setting. http://www.juliehyzy.com/chef.html
Hugs!!!

Stacey said...

Good morning Diane. A nap is so good for you sometimes! You are probably emotionally tired as much as anything. I don't read mysteries that much so I don't have a good suggestion. Our book club is reading Sisters One Two Three this month...in fact, I need to get on that. Keep us posted friend.

Art and Sand said...

Have you read any Anne Perry mysteries? She has 2 different series and I loved them both.

Jeanie said...

My favorite mystery series are: Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear; Maggie Hope books by Susan Elia Macneal; Bryant and May series by Christopher Fowler; Inspector Gamache books by Louise Penny; Aimee LeDuc books by Cara Black (grittier and more contemporary); the Grantchester books by James Runcie; the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James mysteries by Deborah Crombie and the books by Patricia Moyes about her Brit detective whose name I can't remember because I read them too long ago. For starters...

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Have you read the Meg Lanslow mysteries by Donna Andrews, lots of fun in a cozy mystery. I also love the Fethering mysteries by Simon Brett. Waiting for tests and results is very draining, hope things all work out well and soon.

Ariadne said...

I am currently reading "The story of Edgar Sawtelle" and so far it sounds exciting!AriadnefromGreece!

Christine said...

Dear Diane, you and your husband are in my prayers too.
God bless.

Tanya Breese said...

i bet those roses smell as good as they look...praying for a good diagnoses soon!

Cloudia said...

Enjoy your lovely day!

Rose said...

I have not found any books lately that I just love...just sort of reading this and that.
I continue to pray for you two, too.

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Your roses are just beautiful, Diane. They look just perfect in the teacup and with the little bunnies they make a beautiful spot to enjoy. I've been so busy lately I have not been reading and must find time to visit our library. I do enjoy Maeve Binchy novels and recently checked out her short stories. Just little short reads. Keeping you and your husband in prayer. ♥

Susie said...

Diane, Glad your hubby is resting. I do not take naps either. I always say I could use a nap , but then never take one. LOL I love your beautiful roses...that little cup is the perfect vase. I have no clues as to any reading materials. I never seem to read any more. I am thinking of having a cataract surgery this summer ...so I can read. LOL Blessings and prayers for your family. xoxo, Susie

Vee said...

No suggestions about reading, but I can offer a number about napping. 😏
I know you will get a number of reading suggestions and I can offer a blog where mysteries are often discussed: http://luanne-abookwormsworld.blogspot.com

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Your flowr arrangements are beautiful, warm and cheering. I hate waiting for a diagnosis. That's almost the hardest part. I was going to suggest Louise Penny, but as I started to write this comment I saw your Goodreads list below, so you are already a few steps ahead of me (as usual).... I haven't read Rhys Bowen and sounds like I would love that series. When I'm feeling a little low for one reason or another I tend to read or reread Agatha Christie or M C Beaton (Agatha Raisin mysteries and Hamish MacBeth) ... that kind of thing ....

Take care.... continuing to send best possible thoughts your way.

Linda H said...

Your roses are beautiful! I don't read many mysteries so not much help, but you have lots of suggestions above. Hope you and your hubby get some answers soon. Will continue to keep you both in our prayers. Hugs.

podso said...

I'm sure you've read the Jan Karon books? Have you read the newer ones about the wedding, and there is a new one just about to come out.

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

I have to tell you--that I think I had that same cup in my collection when I lived in NY--did not bring that one with me, though!!
Glad you and hubby are resting--take care--
enjoy the moments and those roses--diane

RleT E-M said...

Keeping you two in my prayers.
Love,
Arlette

NanaDiana said...

Just when I want to think of a good mystery my mind goes blank. There is an older one Murder by Plane that was pretty good- no smut---good story line.
Praying for some answers for you soon...take naps...stay strong....xo Diana

Gina said...

I can't think of any books to recommend at the moment. Your roses are so pretty! I posted roses too. :-)

Sam I Am...... said...

Beautiful roses! Emotions tire me out more than physical labor so napping is probably good for both of you right now! I highly recommend looking up The Cozy Mystery blog/website on the internet. You can basically handpick your 'cozy mystery' based on your interests and there are ratings and they tell you if you like one type what others you might like. You can look at countries, hobbies...it's amazing! You'll find something for sure! There's also that Good Reads map of "if you liked this book then you'll probably like this one" feature. Have you read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society? It's not a mystery but it's a very good book! I hope you find something. Look at Modern Mrs. Darcy's website too as she always has wonderful lists and suggestions plus when you logon to your Kindle there are suggestions based on what you're read. Good luck!

Michelle said...

"If Fried Chicken Could Fly" is the start of a cozy mystery series by Paige Shelton. I enjoyed the whole series, very much. Thanks for linking up today and have a restful weekend.

Lorrie said...

There are some good books suggested here. I think you've probably read the Maisie Dobbs mysteries (I forget the author), but they popped into my mind as I read your post. I hope the diagnosis for your husband comes through soon. Waiting is difficult. Praying for peace as you wait.

happyone said...

I've read quite a few of Anne Perry books. I like both her mystery series, Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, and the Monk series. Both set in London in Victorian times.

Another good one is the Chief Inspector Gamache series books by Louise Penny. They are set in a little village in Canada.

Looks like you got a lot of reading suggestions. Should keep you reading for quite a while. : )

Linda said...

I've been in the country for the last week and am just now catching up. Yes, please know I will be adding my prayers to the others. I am so sorry he is in such pain. My daughter, Summer, had been in pain - severe pain at level #7-8 for months. She at last got a diagnosis and surgery and is now recovering. Hang in there.

Connie said...

Your little rose bouquet is beautiful . . . we are a couple of months away from roses, so I'll just enjoy yours.
Have a lovely weekend.
Connie :)

Lowcarb team member said...

Dear Diane ... you and your husband have been in my thoughts.
I continue to send warm thoughts and prayers as you await the results of tests.

Take care my blogging friend
Good wishes

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Diane ... many thanks for your comment and question on the Basque Chicken Fricasse post on the low carb diabetic blog.

Although I have answered you, I thought it may be easy to repeat my words here on your blog too ...

The healthy snacks we eat are things like avocado, nuts, cheese, hard boiled egg, ham to name a few.
Yes, I think it a good choice to buy and use organic vegetables.

You may find some ideas here https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/recipes/snacks

or here http://www.ditchthecarbs.com/2014/08/07/best-low-carb-snacks/

I hope once your husband gets the results of his tests, you will be able to move forward with confidence.

My good wishes and thoughts to you both

All the best Jan

September Violets said...

We think alike Diane, I've been visiting people who commented on my blog post yesterday, and it has lifted my spirits a bit too. Thank you for visiting mine and leaving such a kind comment when things are feeling a little on edge with your husband. I'm saying prayers for you both and hope that the pain issue can be resolved easily. I've been exhausted this week, and although a nap sounds heavenly, I'm afraid I won't sleep well at night if I do. Glad it worked for you ;) Take care, and hang in there sweet friend.
Hugs to you & your hubby,
Wendy xox

Cherdecor said...

For books to read my hubby suggests The Gabriel Allon series. It is about a Jewish intelligence agent. Alan likes Bill O'Reilly's books too.

Oh to have roses in our yard again! Yours are absolutely perfect! Cute bunnies too!

Hope you get some answers today from all the tests Mr. Lavender had. We are still praying and haven't forgotten.

Carla from The River said...

You know what ... I love the roses. ;-)
I am continuing to pray for your husband, you and your boys.
Lots of Love,
Carla

P.S.
Diane, our little two year old cat is not well. My boys are really upset. Catsby is a rescue cat, he had seizures in the past. At this time, we do not feel very good about the out come.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Lots of book suggestions above so I won't address that. I'm not one to nap either, perhaps a 10 minute cat nap but sometimes when life is stressful, it's a much needed reprieve.
I hope there are answers for you and your hubby soon, sis - continued prayers.
xx

Dianna said...

Your roses are beautiful. Sometimes the stress of waiting (especially when it is for health issues) can cause us to be tired just from the waiting...and be in need of a nap. Glad you felt better when you woke up.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Such beautiful roses, Diane. I wish I had a book recommendation for you, but I mostly ready auto-biographies. Waiting for test results is so stressful. Glad you are getting some extra rest. I've been praying. Hugs xo Karen

Red Rose Alley said...

There's nothing prettier to me than red roses. They look pretty in your tea cup, Diane. A nice walk around the yard, and look what you found. : )

Have a restful weekend.

love, ~Sheri