Yes, we have zinged right into April with Easter Sunday! A beautiful beginning to the month.
If the ground is no longer frozen, you know I’ll be grabbing my shovel and turning some dirt in the hope I can get my garden in before the end of April. I already have a few little seeds sprouting in my indoor starter tray. Hopefully, these will do better than last year. And last year? Remember I started the Fairy Garden that we alternatively call (depending on weather) “the Swamp.” I am currently waiting to see what survived and my heart is beginning to sink–I don’t think any of the ferns or Lilly of the Valley made it through the winter. Butterfly bush? History. But I’ve attained some satisfaction in digging out more reeds, snags, and trunks making way for slightly larger bushes than those $5 budget plants. If it’s sunny, I’ll probably be outdoors, at least until all plants are established.
I’ve confessed before to being a stats watcher (as I’ve set several goals) and was thrilled to announce the coming of my first 1,000th follower. I’ve been steadily building on that number and by Wednesday, the 28th of March had attained 1106 followers, looking forward to 1200. Then Thursday, the big crash happened and now the view counter is showing 999. How do you lose 107 followers overnight? But wait! There’s more..no really! Looking at my monthly totals, the blog achieved 1.0k views for the month of March. Hazzah! In fact, the first quarter of 2018 showed a significant jump in views. So I’m at a loss for the loss.
My February Recap noted that I was going to participate in Cathy‘s “Reading Ireland” Challenge. They were Shadow of a Century by Jean Grainger, Irish author, and another titled For the Love of Ireland by Judy Leslie and you’ll find both of those in the linked list below.
Eight new titles read and reviewed in March:
Deja Moo – a #BookReview
If I Live – a #BookReview
For the Love of Ireland – #BookReview
The True Tales of the Road to Key West – a #BookReview
Shadow of a Century – a #BookReview
Last Night – a #BookReview
Fiction Can Be Murder – a #BookReview
Dark Territory – a #BookReview
That intrepid associate reviewer, the CE, reviewed three titles for me in March.
The Telltale Tattoo – a #BookReview
The Tortilla Curtain by T. C. Boyle – a #BookReview
Illinois Native Americans – a #BookReview
Check out my Easter week #TBR, cozy mysteries. In the meantime, I’ve added a book tour from Sage’s Blog Tours, an author request, and I won a beautiful hardback book titled Claws for Concern by Miranda James from Lori at Escape With Dollycas. Boy does it seem strange to hold a “real” book again! Thank you, Lori!
I so enjoy and appreciate my new followers and the ones who continue to read and comment! ©2018 V Williams