Much Ado About Nothing

What’s Going On…

Honestly there isn’t much to say about what’s going on!  It’s rather dull around my house for the time being but I suppose I shouldn’t complain about that.

The hubbs and I  celebrated our 11th anniversary on June 4.  We met in high school so 11 years married is just the icing on the cake.  We’ve been together for 21 years.  So hard to believe that one!

The last few days have been filled with reading, taking walks and trying my best to stay out of the rain and heat!  You can tell it’s June when it’s 90* outside and it’s raining with the sun out.

Yesterday I got several new goodies to help out with the Couch to 5k program I’ve started.  I got new compression sleeves, new runners headphones and a new running belt so that I can stop sweating all over my phone Yuck!!!

I’ve been suffering from some “shin splint” pain for a bit now and yesterday I had a very bad experience that lead to me hobbling home.  I really hope a few days of rest will have me up and about again and I’m crossing my fingers (and toes) that I do not have a stress fracture.  I’m bummed.  So bummed.



The Sassy Cats are all enjoying the warm sunshine that is so plentiful these days.  Hanging out and being lazy it their specialty.  Simon decided to be my reading buddy the other day.  He loves a good lap to snuggle in.

The hubbs is on vacation this week.  We have no real plans other than being lazy ourselves.  And haircuts.  It’s time for my long locks to get snipped for the summer – it’s just too much trouble!

I guess no plan is sometimes the best plan.



In Book News…

Yesterday was pub day for some awesome books!  Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley was the most adorable book!  I’m reading Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger currently and, of course, I love it! Both are out in stores now and I suggest picking them up if you’re looking for a great weekend read.

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Much Ado About NothingLily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
Published by Simon & Schuster on June 7th 2016
Pages: 320

Combining the emotional depth of The Art of Racing in the Rain with the magical spirit of The Life of Pi, Lily and the Octopus is an epic adventure of the heart.
When you sit down with Lily and the Octopus, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride.
The magic of this novel is in the read, and we don’t want to spoil it by giving away too many details.
We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can’t live without.
For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion Lily, who happens to be a dog.
Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.
Remember the last book you told someone they had to read?
Lily and the Octopus is the next one.

My Thoughts:

Steven Rowley has written a story about a bond and a love he shares with his dachshund, Lily, and it’s a story that not everyone can comprehend.  But for those lucky enough to have had a dog (cat, rabbit, bird) that you feel is truly family,  this novel will nuzzle into your heart and soul.

I’m a cat lover, two of my favorite books are Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the Word by Vicki Myron and Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale by Gwen Cooper.  These are books I read years ago and they took up permanent residence in my heart – Lily and the Octopus is certain to join them.

Steven Rowley delivers a novel full of real and raw emotion.  It’s about love, loss and joy.   I giggled and laughed my way through the chapters. And I cried….that ugly cry that you should be alone for.  Steven takes us to some strange places but it’s a journey we all know.

Lily and the Octopus is easily a one or two sitting read.  The writing has a flow and a cadence that picks up and sweeps the reader along.  The reader feels like they are talking with a friend, the characters are so real and identifiable.

Lily and the Octopus is a book for those with furry soulmates.   If you identify with your furry family like people – this book is for you.

Curl up with your cat or dog on the sofa and spend an afternoon with Lily.  Grab the tissues. This is most certainly a worthwhile read.

Have a great Wednesday!


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