Mailbox Monday – 10/5


Mailbox Monday

Welcome to Mailbox Monday. To check out everyone’s additions and add you own link, head to the Mailbox Monday Blog.

This month continues RIPX and Dewey’s Read-a-thon is on the 17th. Hopefully I get lots of time to read and drink mulled cider.

Here are the books I received this month.


The Scam by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg – purchased (review)


Miss Taken and Identity by Cleo Scornavacca, along with two signed bookmarks – won from Michele during her High Summer Read-a-thon hosted at Seasons of Reading. Thanks!

Five Questions of Christmas by Rob Burkhart – from Abingdon Press via NetGalley

The Best American Poetry 2015 edited by David Lehman and Sherman Alexie – purchased

Sweet Christmas Kisses 2 from IndieWrites – purchased

Nine Lives by Wendy Corsi Staub – from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley

Do You Believe in Santa? by Sierra Donovan – from Kensington Books via NetGalley


I won this beautiful bracelet and three necklaces from Suze at Suze Likes, Loves, Finds and Dreams. They are from Villa Sorgenfrei and are so pretty. This is the picture from Suze’s site, since they just came in today’s mail and I didn’t have time to take a photo, but they made my day. Thanks!


Thursday’s Tale: Jupiter, Neptune, Minerva, and Momus

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Momus Criticizes the Gods’ Creations, by Maarten van Heemskerck, 1561

I always think of Aesop’s fables as having to do with animals, but “Jupiter, Neptune, Minerva, and Momus” features gods. It still has a relatable morale though.

According to an ancient legend, the first man was made by Jupiter, the first bull by Neptune, and the first house by Minerva. On the completion of their labors, a dispute arose as to which had made the most perfect work. They agreed to appoint Momus as judge, and to abide by his decision. Momus, however, being very envious of the handicraft of each, found fault with all. He first blamed the work of Neptune because he had not made the horns of the bull below his eyes, so he might better see where to strike. He then condemned the work of Jupiter, because he had not placed the heart of man on the outside, that everyone might read the thoughts of the evil disposed and take precautions against the intended mischief. And, lastly, he inveighed against Minerva because she had not contrived iron wheels in the foundation of her house, so its inhabitants might more easily remove if a neighbor proved unpleasant. Jupiter, indignant at such inveterate faultfinding, drove him from his office of judge, and expelled him from the mansions of Olympus.

The lesson is to avoid being a fault finder. No one wants told everything that’s wrong with their special creations.

In Greek mythology, Momus was the personification of satire, mockery, censure; a god of writers and poets; a spirit of evil-spirited blame and unfair criticism. I’m thinking maybe he wasn’t the best person to ask to be the judge.

Thursday’s Tales is a weekly event here at Carol’s Notebook. Fairy tales, folktales, tall tales, even re-tellings, I love them all. Feel free to join in.

Melissa at Mommy wants to read joined in this week with King and King by Linda De Haan and Stern Nijland.

Readers’ Workouts – 9/29


Readers workouts

My fitbit’s out of commission, but they’re sending me a new one.

Here’s my current plan. Today is Tuesday of Week 2.

Weeks 1-4

My week:

Tuesday – Ran 31 mins – 2.75 miles

Wednesday – Arm and shoulder workout

Thursday – Ran 32 mins – 2.8 miles. 1 mile walk with the dog

Friday- Full body workout – took about 40 minutes

Monday – 22 mins ab workout – Gunnar Peterson’s Core Secrets AB Assault

I’m down 11.2 lbs from 5/19. (My goal is 20 lbs)

I usually listen to a book while I’m running or walking. This week I’m listening to The Quick by Lauren Owen for the RIP X read-a-long.

How was your week? Readers’ Workouts is hosted by Joy at Joy’s Book Blog. Thanks!

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