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June 9, 2013 / Leslie

Sunday in the Garden

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Lazy Day

Today is a good day for writing, reading, gardening and relaxing. It’s been a busy week! The photo above is my backyard wildflower garden. I put it in a few years ago and the perennials are starting to fill out. I am now able to divide some of them and move the plants to the new garden out front. A cheap and easy way to get more plants.

Juvenile StarlingsThe deck runs the entire length of the house, but this section is my favorite place to sit. While I was having breakfast outside this morning I was hearing the squawking sound of baby birds. I looked up and there were four baby Starlings and a frantic dad trying to feed them.

Besides being cute and adorable, baby birds are comical to watch. They are almost the same size as the adults and can fly, although not that well, but they don’t know how to forage for food. They will squawk and flutter their wings and then open their mouths waiting for someone to feed them! After all four of them had enough of the suet they flew off and I watched them circle. Perhaps they were getting flying lessons.

Churchill PrairieVolunteer Bird Monitor

I will be getting a lot of exercise this summer. I volunteered to monitor one of the local forest preserve trails for nesting bird species.

This means I get to wake up at 6am and identify and count birds at several points along the paths in the prairie and woodlands. It gives me the opportunity to take photos when the lighting is good, the birds are active and the people are not.

What am I Reading?

I’m not real big on planning ahead but I managed to accept a few too many review books for June and July. So planning is now necessary. I thought I would have lots of time to read in the summer but it’s the opposite. I’m doing summertime things and have less time.

Here’s what at the top of the to read/listen pile for the next couple weeks:

Print:
If You Were Here by Alafair Burke (TLC Tour)
The Backyard Bird Sanctuary by George Adams
The Resurrectionist by E.B. Hudspeth
The Best of Connie Willis: Award-Winning Stories

If You Were Here by Alafair BurkeBackyard Bird SanctuaryThe Resurrectionist by E.B. HudspethBest of Connie Willis

Audiobooks:
Under the Dome by Stephen King (for the #DomeAlong readathon)
Frozen In Time by Mitchell Zuckoff
The Black Country by Alex Grecian
The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us by Martha Stout (for my non-fiction book club)

Under the Dome by Stephen KingFrozen In Time by Mitchell Zuckoff SociopathBlackCountry

A Giveaway

Restrike by Reba White WilliamsThere is still time to enter for a chance to win.

I am currently hosting a giveaway for a copy of Restrike by Reba White Williams. The giveaway runs through June 15th for readers with a US addresses.

It is book one of a new mystery series set in the New York art world. It’s past-paced, fun and energetic. A perfect summer read.

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  1. Suko / Jun 9 2013 11:15 am

    Lovely post today! Your garden is gorgeous, Leslie. Enjoy your Sunday.

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  2. laurelrainsnow / Jun 9 2013 11:40 am

    Ah, wonderful garden! Your deck is great, too. I’m green with envy. And the forest walk sounds lovely.

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  3. Sheila (Book Journey) / Jun 9 2013 11:50 am

    I wish I could get in my garden! It just rains and rains every day here. 😦 Today I will blog and read and relax before my week gets busy starting tomorrow.

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  4. Mary / Jun 9 2013 12:19 pm

    I love the pics, lovely garden, Leslie. It looks so relaxing. I hope you enjoy all the books and audios in the weeks ahead. I think we all know what it’s like to accept a few too many 😉

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  5. Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader / Jun 9 2013 12:45 pm

    You have a lovely garden Leslie 🙂 I hope you enjoy Frozen in Time, I really did. I’m super curious about The Sociopath Next Door, can’t wait to hear what you think of it.

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  6. BermudaOnion / Jun 9 2013 6:52 pm

    What a lovely view and what a treat to see the baby birds eating!

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  7. Brona / Jun 9 2013 8:18 pm

    Oh – your post today reminds my why I prefer summer to winter.

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  8. stacybuckeye / Jun 9 2013 9:43 pm

    I need you to come and work your magic in our yard! So pretty 🙂

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  9. Lloyd Russell / Jun 9 2013 10:38 pm

    I read If You Were Here. Really liked it.

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  10. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out / Jun 10 2013 2:28 am

    I just read Confessions of a Sociopath (my review will be up tomorrow) so I am curious as to how The Sociopath Next Door would compare

    Read on!
    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

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  11. Bettina Grissen / Jun 10 2013 3:08 am

    Your garden and porch look great! What a lovely spot to read, I think.
    The black country sounds very nice, I hope you like it. Have a great week & kind regards,

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  12. Tanya Patrice / Jun 10 2013 4:43 am

    Your yard looks fantastic! And eating with baby birds next to you – what a way to start off the morning 🙂

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  13. Jenn / Jun 10 2013 5:57 am

    That is an awesome, awesome shot of the birds… fabulous!

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  14. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) / Jun 10 2013 7:09 am

    I really wanted to read Under the Dome, but with my daughters wedding I knew it would be too much. Have a great week.

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  15. harvee / Jun 10 2013 7:54 am

    A nice set up for birdwatching!

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  16. Elizabeth / Jun 10 2013 1:52 pm

    Beautiful back yard. Enjoy your reading week.

    I agree…you would think you could get more done in the summer, but there are other fun things to do too. But right now it is POURING down rain. Ugghh.

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My It’s Monday!! What are You Reading?

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  17. Rose Milligan / Jun 10 2013 4:10 pm

    Beautiful garden! I’m reading The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick.

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  18. Leeswammes / Jun 11 2013 9:55 am

    Love your seating area. How nice that you volunteered and getting all the exercise and great pictures at the same time!

    I’ll be reading If You Were Here soon myself. Hope it’s good.

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  19. Jay Riv (@jljaina) / Jun 11 2013 3:04 pm

    I have heard that Under the Dome is really good. Enjoy your summer reads!
    Here is my Monday post

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  20. WordsAndPeace / Jun 15 2013 9:14 am

    Volunteer bird monitor! This is so cool!

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