The Sunday Post #68 - 2nd August 2020

Welcome to my Sunday Post, a weekly meme hosted by

Kimberley over at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer .

I’m also going to link up with

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews

and Reading Reality

It’s Monday! What are your reading hosted by Book Date


Sunday Salon hosted by Readerbuzz
Hello, hope you are all safe and well.

I can’t believe its August, how did that happen?!

Scotland still seems to be fairing well but Nicola Sturgeon (our First Minister) is concerned about the second wave of COVID that seems to be spreading through other countries in Europe such as Spain and France.  There has been an uproar as well, Spain was on the list of Air Bridges where it was considered safe to travel to, a couple of days ago it was struck of the list leaving people out there facing a two week quarantine when they come home and people who were due to fly out angry that their holiday is cancelled.

On the blog this week I’ve been trying to schedule as much as possible just in case the unexpected happens and I manage to get a job in the near future!  It feels quite satisfying to have a pile of schedule posts and a pile of drafts ready to spring in to action.

On the job front I have now applied for eight jobs, I will wait and see what happens!

On the home front the most exciting thing this week was I power washed my patio, it was so satisfying to get rid of the grime however in my stupidity I managed to get sunburnt, at least my patio looks nice even if my back looks ridiculous!  Today (Friday 31st), is supposed to the hottest day of the month, it may reach the dizzy height of 24 degrees centigrade.

Have a lovely week everyone and stay safe!

64 comments

  1. I truly hope Europe doesn't have a big breakout like we are having in the US. It's a mess here in Texas. My little county has 150 new cases a day. I know of several in the hospital. I feel helpless as I watch people gather for a club meeting across the street.

    I hope one of the eight jobs works out well for you. It's smart to go ahead and get posts ready. I like to have posts ready for several weeks ahead.

    I see you did a hop last week. I used to love those blog hops. I haven't done one in ages, though.

    Enjoy all your new books. Fingers crossed for you.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think the breakout is starting to be honest, I keep hearing that cases are on the increase on the continent and parts of England are under threat of potential lockdown again. I just wish people wouldn’t kick off about wearing a masks, yes it can be uncomfortable but I’d rather that than be in hospital.

      Thanks for stopping by Deb.

      Delete
  2. Good luck with the job front and I hope you hear something soon. It was really hot here on Friday but the sun never broke through, leaving it clammy and cloudy which suits me better than hot sun! I'm taking way too much pleasure in household tasks at the moment! Pity about your sunburn though! It's a right bamstick when that happens!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was the same with us, I was expecting brilliant sunshine but it dark, gloomy and hot instead, tomorrow it’s heavy rain!

      Yep sunburn sucks when you are a pale redhead but I should know better!

      Delete
  3. I am crossing my fingers for the job hunt!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Ooh, I got The Conductors recently too -- here's hoping we both love it!

    Good luck with the job! Fingers crossed.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I hope you get good news with the jobs. Sending good vibes. My state was one of the first to surge in the US and now it's flattening while other states that didn't surge earlier are out of control. I hope they giddy up on the vaccine, because this is sort of scary now.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I just hope the vaccine works, I really hope it does, the virus seems to be surging left, right and centre.

      Stay safe out there!

      Delete
  6. I'm glad to hear Scotland is doing well and I hope you don't get a bad second wave! Everything just seems to get worse here, but then we've been having problems for a while so it's, sadly, not a huge surprise?

    I got sunburned too on vacation and was miserable for a few days! Glad that's over lol.

    Wandering Earth looks good.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I enjoyed Cixin Liu’s Three Body Problem series so thought I’d give this a try before I watched it on Netflix.

      I hope Scotland stays ok, the kids go back to school next week, fingers crossed it doesn’t cause any spikes in COVID.

      Delete
  7. Good luck on the job search. It's such a crazy year and changes keep coming whether we want them or not. I do hope Covid can slow down, people here are being very careless an we have zero leadership and our school district just went all virtual for the start of the school year because the local board of health recommended it. Crazy times.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is really crazy times just when you think it’s getting better it gets worse, when will it end!.

      My girls are excited to go back but I’m kinda nervous, there are so many changes to their school day, I worry.

      Delete
  8. I wish you the best of luck in you job search, and I will certainly keep you in my thoughts!

    I too received a copy of The Conductors. I'm very excited to dive into it this month! I can't wait to hear your thoughts as well!

    Have a great week and happy reading!

    ReplyDelete
  9. We're still very much in the first wave here (Florida) and it seems like it's completely out of control. The leadership is weak and it shows in how people are not acting responsibly. Good for you for have posts pre-scheduled! I am the worst at that and always envy people who manage to do it. 24 degrees is 75 F to me and that sounds quite heavenly right now! It's 35 C here today!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I love a Florida and it pains me to see it struggling with COVID-19. When I blogged from 2013-2017 I was far too much seat of my pants blogging, now I’m trying to be sensible! It was 3 C the other morning when my husband went to work!

      Delete
  10. Hi there! How clever of you to write so many drafts! The most I get to is to do my Top Ten Tuesday over the weekend. But then again, I do have a job and run like crazy. I hope you will find the job of your dreams real soon.

    Love the title for The Lonely Heart Attacks Club! LOL!! Silent Night seems like it's not going to be what's expected....

    Have a wonderful week and here's my The Sunday Post

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know when I get a job time will become a luxury so I may as well use the time I have now to get a good stash of posts.

      I’m looking forward to Silent Night, I think it may be creepy!

      Delete
  11. Urg - sunburn is always miserable - the best thing for soothing it is aloe vera gel which is also lovely and cooling. Glad the patio came up well, though. Fingers crossed for the job hunt! Have a good week, Heather:)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I bought a big bottle and have stashed it in the fridge between uses! I should know better, I’ve been pale and Redheaded for over 40 years!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Delete
  12. Thank you for sharing about the conditions in Scotland. It is interesting to hear first hand about what's happening outside of the US. Good luck with your job hunt and stay well.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You are welcome, it may not always be good news but it is interesting to hear how other parts of the world are coping.

      Delete
  13. I hope you don't have a second wave, I don't even think the US is halfway done with the first wave yet. Wishing you lots of luck and crossed fingers for the job search. It much be so hard to find something in the current state of the world but have faith you will find something. :)

    Have great week, Heather! Happy Reading!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think it will come, there are already cases popping up again.

      Thank you for the luck, I’m ever hopeful something will come up!!

      Delete
  14. We are a hot mess here in the US. Cases are out of control in some places. We go back to school in 10 days.
    I hope you find a job! I hate job hunting!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Good luck with your job hunt, I will have to start that next week as well.

    Have a wonderful week, Heather!

    ReplyDelete
  16. I hope Scotland stays safe! I have a neighbor from Scotland who keeps me updated about her family in Edinburgh. Good luck with your job hunt; I hope something comes up soon.

    Looks like you read a lot of crime thriller/mysteries. I love those too. I just picked up Alex North's new one The Shadows.

    We've been hit hard here in the U.S. and my state of Utah as well. A bunch of anti-maskers stormed a county commissioner meeting demanding we don't require our kids to wear masks when school starts! I couldn't believe it. No one socially distanced, no one was wearing a mask. They had to cancel the meeting immediately. It was so sad to see. I hope Europe stays safe! Have a great week!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Scotland does seem fine just now but we just recently been advised not to travel parts of northern England, friends are disappointed as they wanted to visit family.

      I never used to read as much crime but I seem to have developed a taste for it over the last few years.

      That is horrendous, I’d rather wear a mask than be in hospital on a ventilator. They are crazy, I can’t believe not wearing a mask is such a bone of contention.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Delete
  17. I know you will get a job soon. You are so upbeat and positive, what asset to any company or business. All the great books you are reading will help pass the time until you get that perfect job. Please join me for some good news of the week

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Anne, that is such a lovely thing to say.

      I certainly have plenty to read till the time comes!

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Delete
  18. Best of luck with your job hunt! I hope Scotland is able to keep COVID cases low. We've certainly done a dismal job of that here in the US. It's horrifying to think how many people have died here unnecessarily.

    I'm envious of your weather! 24 C sounds heavenly. Right now, it's 33.3 C outside (92 F) and feels like 38.8 due to the humidity. It's too hot to do anything outside; I just stay indoors.

    Enjoy your new books! The Conductors looks interesting. And stay safe and healthy!

    I posted about my week and new books in my Sunday Post today.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope so too, we will find out if it stays low when the schools go back next week.

      It was even cooler the other day when my husband went to work, just above freezing! The weather is having a bad year too!

      Delete
  19. I hope you get a job offer! And I hope a second wave passes you all by. The U.S. is still in the first one and keep fumbling that . . . If only we had decent leadership here. I hope your back isn't giving you too much trouble. Sunburns can quite painful when bad, I know. I hope you enjoy your new books! I'm really curious about The Conductors. I hope you have a good week! Stay safe and well.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Usually at this time of year we’d be making our pilgrimage to Florida, I’m going to miss America so much this year, I can’t believe how out of hand it’s got along with the backlash of people not wearing masks.

      Stay safe too!

      Delete
  20. I do hope that the second wave won't be worse as the first and that people will have learned from it! Best of luck with the job hunt. Times are hard! Here's to an excellent month of August! :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Fingers crossed for good news on the job front!

      Delete
    2. Thank you, hopefully August will be a much better month, it can’t be any worse!! Thanks for stopping by!

      Delete
  21. Parts of Australia are unfortunately experiencing a second wave, I’m hoping it doesn’t reach our area.
    Aloe Vera gel, kept in the fridge, is ideal for sunburn, slather it on generously every hour or so :)

    Wishing you a great reading week

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I’ve seen it on the news the reports from Australia, it does seem like its being dealt with swiftly. I’ve got a bottle in the fridge as we speak!

      Delete
  22. Good luck on the job hunt! We had been having very warm weather but it has moderated over the last few days. I keep sunburning my forehead on my daily walks since I keep forgetting to apply sunscreen before I go out. Come see my week here, Happy reading!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Kathy, hopefully something comes up soon!

      I should apply sunscreen, I should know better!!

      Delete
  23. It is crazy how things change with this virus. Water always tricks me and I end up getting sunburn if I am not careful. I bet the porch looks nice. Hope the week ahead is a good one for you.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is wind that tricks me, it can be a cloudy miserable day and wham a strong wind renders me bright red!

      Delete
  24. Yeah...we're prepping for a second wave here in Canada. I think it's inevitable.

    I hope you get a job soon! It can be nerve-racking to wait for an interview or an answer. And take care of that sunburn with some soothing lotion. It must be hard to sleep.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It looks like it, it’s just a matter of time before it hits.

      What’s worse is that a lot of them don’t reply so you are left in limbo wondering if it’s a yes or no.

      Sunburn is peeling now!☺️

      Delete
  25. Wishing Scotland all the best with keeping the virus at bay. Your first minister seems like a sane woman. We get a bit of Scottish updates on our news every so often. But it's why I like blog visiting as each person often shares where their country is at. All the best on the job front and in the meantime - lots of great reading.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Kathryn, Nicola has many critics but she has done a not too bad job, better than Boris anyway! I’m the same, the internet does bring us all closer.

      Delete
  26. Good luck with your job applications! We usually pressure wash our house every couple of years. The first hour or two is very satisfying. Then the fun wears off and we just want to be done with it! Enjoy your week!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Pressure washing is great fun, I’m doing more tomorrow, my back will kill me tomorrow night!

      Delete
  27. Good luck on the job front! I hope all goes well as far as the virus goes. Have a great week and enjoy your books.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Good luck with your job hunt! And I hope you enjoy The Conductors. It's on my list to read eventually and I think it sounds fantastic:-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I’m looking forward to reading it, it sounds like it will be a great read!

      Delete
  29. I swear, job hunting is a full-time job. Sending positive vibes your way!!

    ReplyDelete
  30. Good luck with the job hunting! It can be so stressful.

    As for COVID-19, I hope Scotland fairs better than us! We aren't even out of the first wave yet because of all the idiotic trumplethinskin supporters who think it is a hoax and that their rights are being violated by having to wear a mask *eye roll*

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It stressful yes, but I hope it will be worth it in the long run.

      Scotland was doing well but cases seem to be on the rise again, when will it end?

      Delete
  31. I am concerned we might be gettign a second wave here, our numbers have been rising steadily these last week or so.

    That's awesome you have some posts scheduled ahead. I like to schedule ahead, so I don't have to worry as much about it.

    Good luck with the job search! That's great you applied to 8 jobs!

    Ouch sunburn is painful. I hope your back is doing better, but that sounds very satisfying to power wash your patio.

    ReplyDelete
  32. Good luck with the job search. I am doing the same here in Germany but it is difficult. Well, some doctors believe that we already have a second wave in Europe. But some see it different. Oh well, that virus is a nightmare!

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it and will make the time to come and visit your blog, maybe not today but soon as I am always behind!

Sorry due to lots of Spam I am moderating all comments - no spammers I don't want to buy whatever it is you are selling!