Monthly Wrap Up: April 2020

Time flies, lockdown or not! I cannot believe we are through April. Before we know, we would reach 2021 and we all would have received the vaccine for Corona. πŸ™‚

Reading has been slow this month. I had a tough time trying to follow a new routine and everything was a mess. I had plans to read three books a day (ahem ;)) and I took three days to read a book! Maybe I should try the reverse, no? If I plan to read a book in three days… the opposite holds good, right? πŸ˜‰

I read a total of 18 books in April; DNFed two books. I spent most of my mornings cooking, siesta in the afternoon (this has been my routine for the past six years) and watching TV in the evening. So when do I read, tell me?

Groceries are getting a little pricey, aren’t they? We have been doing some shopping in the bazaar and some items we order online. We were worried about Kitty’s food. We, cat owners, know a hungry cat is dangerous than Corona. πŸ˜› Kitty eats nothing except wet food. Wet food stocks are depleting so we got a couple of dry food packets. I soak dry food in water, add some cod liver oil drops and give it to her. The first two days she thought it is wet food and asked for more. Now she knows her human butlers cheated her and refuses to eat. 😐 Things we do for our pets!

Hope you guys are well and safe. All we can do at this time is to stay at home as much as possible or wear masks if going out. Two of the blog tour hosts had a health scare this month. Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources is recovering from COVID-19 while Lori was diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently undergoing chemo sessions. I haven’t have met these two strong and exceptionally brilliant ladies and all our conversations so far have been limited to emails. Both of them are recovering and the whole of blog tour family has been praying for them. πŸ™‚ Just one thought of their recovery every day from us make a huge difference. πŸ™‚

I have been doing a lot of cooking this month. Not to boast but I am a pretty good cook. πŸ˜› I send photos of my dishes to my relatives and friends and exchange of recipes happen. I am also a bit of a prankster. Yesterday, I sent a picture of Kitty’s cat food to my aunt and friend. My friend said, “I might have eaten this but I do not recognise what it is…” while my aunt said,” What is this? Nut barfi?” ROFL πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I asked them if they want the recipe for cat food. πŸ˜› Well, I have to ask first Whiskas peeps for the recipe…

It’s summer in this part of the world. Aannndd summer means Mangoes!!! We have had a surplus mango crop this time. We already picked 200+ mangoes. There are 100 or so more on the trees. We have two mango trees – two varieties – Badam and Mallika. Cannot wait to eat mangoes.😁😁 We almost never buy mangoes from the bazaar. We get to eat loads of mangoes once in two years (surplus crops happen alternate years) and with the lockdown this time, we won’t be able to share fruits with our colony peeps. Fresh and organically grown mangoes. Okay, I must stop marketing.πŸ˜› So let me know you want some of our mangoes. I cannot send but I can eat some more on your behalf.πŸ˜›πŸ˜›πŸ˜›πŸ˜›

My monthly updates must include some bookish talk so here we go.

I read four mystery classics this month. DNFed one of them – Blood Upon the Snow by Hilda Lawrence – it took me three days to get halfway through the story and I lost interest! I buddy read Earl Derr Biggers’ The House without a Key with John. I make it a point to read at least one Littlejohn series every month – this time it was Death Sends for the Doctor. I have been planning to re-read all of AC’s novels for some time now. Read Appointment with Death – paperback. It had been two years since I read a paperback! πŸ˜€

April has been the month of cozy reads for me. I binge-read on four of Terry Ambrose’s Seaside Cove B&B series, Deadly Sweet Tooth by Kaye George and Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse by Kate Young. A new instalment in my favourite series – The Riddle of the Fractal Monks was released this month.

Best reads of April has to be Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse (review coming up in May), Death Sends for the Doctor (Bellairs, of course!) and The Riddle of the Fractal Monks.

I have plans to read more cozies in May. Let’s see how things work out. Be safe, stay safe. Ciao. πŸ™‚

7 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap Up: April 2020

  1. What–they named a mango after me, or me after a mango πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    I’ve been replenishing stocks of wet food too, and dry.

    1. Haha. I thought you knew there was a variety called mallika.πŸ™‚ when our tree first started giving fruits, each mallika weighed around 1.5 to 2 kilos.πŸ™‚
      Pantry has some stock of wet food (only salmon the last time I checked) so I ordered that. But kitty is very fussy. She wants new flavors every day. She’s also started hissing and screaming again.πŸ˜’

      1. πŸ™‚ Moti Mallika πŸ˜€

        Oh, I’ve been getting from the local market–chemist shops have pet food–stocks were running low for a bit but now they seem to have–from two different chemists I picked up four flavors–chicken, lamb. tuna and salmon, so am set for a few days at least. Have asked them to order dog food also since I’m running low now.

  2. For a slow reading month 18 books is still very good going. I didn’t manage to read that many.
    I’m sure deep down your cat appreciates all you do for her. She’s just hiding it well! After all she wouldn’t want you to get a big head lol

    1. She appreciates all I do for her? She thinks she deserves more than what I do for her.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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