Readers’ Workouts – 3/14

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I did not make my step goal this week, but I was close. I’ll tell you though, between my allergies and the time change, it’s been a little rough around here.

 

This week:

Wednesday – Pilates
Thursday – Elliptical
Sunday – Walk with the dog
Monday – Walk with the dog

Meal plan:

This week:

Dinners: spaghetti, chicken fettucine alfredo, shrimp tacos, pork chops, veggie noodle stir fry, grilled cheese and tomato soup. Four of those meals are going to be from Home Chef, which I’ve decided to give a try. And, since the only serving options are for 2 people or 4, I went with 4, hoping to have left-overs for my husband’s lunches.

Year Fitness Goals:

– Lose weight. Goal – Lose 26 lbs. Down 1 lb (starting 141.6)

– Run 2 5ks, 1 10K and 1 half. Completed – none, but am registered for the Campbell-Dickinson Fun Run on March 18. It’s going to be so cold, though, I may back out.

– Hit my weekly step goal (56,000 steps) for 48 weeks. Weeks completed: 8

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

Mailbox Monday – 3/13

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Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Tell us about your new arrivals by adding your Mailbox Monday post to the linky at mailboxmonday.wordpress.com.

EBooks

I received Dead Tide from instaFreebie.com.

Mailbox Monday – 3/13Dead Tide by Leighann Dobbs
Series: Blackmoore Sisters Mysteries #3
Published by the author on December 6, 2013
Source: instaFreebie
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 291
Format: eBook
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For three hundred years, the Blackmoore house has harbored a valuable secret ...

The Blackmoore sisters learn about this secret from the dying lips of the historian they hired to decipher their centuries old family journal. Too bad he never gets the chance to tell them exactly what he has uncovered...or where to find it.

But someone else knows where to find it, and they are prepared to take it from the Blackmoore’s no matter what the cost.

The sisters are forced to put their newly discovered paranormal powers to the test as they fight off treasure stealing pirates in between figuring out clues from ghosts, decoding an old journal, finding their way through an underground maze and dodging quicksand, bottomless pits and whirlpools.


Oh, and did I mention the dark and mysterious stranger that keeps showing up--is he friend or foe?

Of course, their trusty cat, Belladonna is around to give them a helping hand when they need it ... and she has a secret of her own.

Will the Blackmoore sisters be able to figure out where the treasure is and get to it before the dead tide turns and hides it for another three hundred years?

I picked up three on NetGalley.

Mailbox Monday – 3/13The Weekend Girls by John Burke
Published by Endeavour Press on February 26, 2017 (first published 1966)
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 191
Format: eBook
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That was Tuesday evening – the day after a middle-aged man with melancholy eyes followed Gillian from the train.

On Wednesday, this lovely, neurotic girl disappears ...

Everyone else thought Gillian would soon reappear to plague them, but Meg, her warm-hearted flatmate, was worried.

Seeing the mysterious stranger again, this time in the company of another attractive young girl, Meg decides to take matters into her own hands and investigate further.

But it’s not long before Meg finds herself at the centre of a deadly charade.

Will her search for the truth prove deadly, or will she too simply disappear along with the other Weekend Girls…?

The other two are kids books I reviewed last week.

Mailbox Monday – 3/13The Little Mermaid by Metaphrog
Published by Papercutz on April 4, 2017
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Picture Book, Fairy tale
Pages: 80
Format: eARC
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The Little Mermaid is Hans Christian Andersen's most celebrated tale and is beautifully adapted here as a graphic novel by the Eisner award nominated duo Metaphrog (Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers), winners of the Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards Best Visual Artist 2016, and authors of the acclaimed The Red Shoes and Other Tales.

The Little Mermaid lives deep under the ocean and longs to see the world above. When at last she is allowed to rise to the surface at age fifteen, she falls in love with a young prince. In order to become a human and to be with him, she makes a dangerous pact with the Sea Witch.

Mailbox Monday – 3/13Argyle Fox by Marie Letourneau
Published by Tanglewood on March 14, 2017
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Picture Book
Pages: 32
Format: eARC
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Argyle Fox, with his signature style, wants to play outside on a springtime day, but the wind is wreaking havoc with his fun and games. As soon as he builds a card tower, climbs into a giant spider web, or takes up his pirate sword, here comes the wind: Woosh!

Mama Fox tells grumpy Argyle that if he thinks long enough, he will come up with something to do. Following his mother’s suggestion and inspired by her knitting, he works all the pieces of his day together and creates the perfect solution.

The story of Argyle teaches that failure is often a path to success and celebrates perseverance, creative thinking, and an old-fashioned springtime activity.

 

 

Argyle Fox by Marie Letourneau

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Argyle Fox by Marie Letourneau Argyle Fox by Marie Letourneau
Published by Tanglewood on March 14, 2017
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Picture Book
Pages: 32
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Argyle Fox, with his signature style, wants to play outside on a springtime day, but the wind is wreaking havoc with his fun and games. As soon as he builds a card tower, climbs into a giant spider web, or takes up his pirate sword, here comes the wind: Woosh!

Mama Fox tells grumpy Argyle that if he thinks long enough, he will come up with something to do. Following his mother’s suggestion and inspired by her knitting, he works all the pieces of his day together and creates the perfect solution.

The story of Argyle teaches that failure is often a path to success and celebrates perseverance, creative thinking, and an old-fashioned springtime activity.

We woke up this morning to more snow and cold temperatures. Ohio’s weather has been crazy lately. I swear it was almost 60 yesterday. I needed some spring and Argyle Fox provides just that. It’s a windy spring day and Argyle Fox wants to play outside, but the wind ruins everything he tries to do, until he comes up with a solution.

It’s a fun cute book. I like the ingenuity it encourages. On the other hand, I don’t think wind should really ruin playing pirate or knight and I don’t think it was nice for the other woodland creatures to discourage his imaginative play. You don’t need a cardboard castle to pretend to fight a dragon. Or a paper hat to be a pirate. And I’m pretty sure building a tower of cards outside is never a good idea.

But, if the wind hadn’t made him grumpy during his other games, he wouldn’t have been able to figure out the perfect thing to play with or have been able to share his idea with his friends.

I like the illustrations.  The colors are nice, not overly bright, but not dull either. The cover gives a good example of the style. I also like how the pictures show us what happens when the wind blows, the text doesn’t have to.

It’s a good spring book and I think kids will be able to relate to Argyle Fox. He plays games they’re familiar with and I can even see using his “project” as a start for one of your own.

 

About Marie Letourneau

Marie Letourneau lives with her family on Long Island, NY. Marie studied fine arts at Hoftsra University’s New College where she earned her BFA. In 2006, her first book as both author and illustrator entitled, “The Mice of Bistrot des Sept Freres” (Tanglewood Books) won ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award, Bronze Medal. She has done design work for (and appeared on) The Nate Berkus Show, and The Revolution with fashion icon Tim Gunn. In 2014, Marie was a finalist in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards for her stationery shop Le French Circus, on Etsy. She loves animals, beets, roller skating and plays roller derby. Marie is married with two children, they have two dogs and a cat.

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