Flower Friday: Roundlobe Hepatica #FlowerFriday #Flowers #Herbs #Perennials

I discovered Flower Friday while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and decided to begin sharing some flower pictures from our gardens along with some information about them. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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Last time I shared: Garden Phlox

I’ll be creating a Flower Friday page where all previous Flower Friday shares will be available by links. 

Today’s share:

Roundlobe Hepatica

Roundlobe Hepatica is an early spring perennial herb that can be found in dry woodlands and rocky slopes. The flower stalks emerge from a blanket of fallen leaves and bloom before the trees awaken in spring.

I came across this beautiful flower while hiking trails alongside Lake Michigan. There it was, alone, in an area with nothing but leaves and trees. It stuck out like a sore thumb.

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Roundleaf Hepatica has also been called mouse-ears or liverleaf. It’s nicknames come from the resemblance of the leaves to a liver or a mouse’s ear.

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Future Reads: Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley #Books #TBR #Fantasy #SpindlesEnd

There are plenty of books on my TBR that I’m looking forward to reading. I decided to share them as “Future Reads” every once in a while because it’s fun to look ahead. These are books I plan to read this year. Maybe you might want to add some of these books to your TBR as well!

Today’s share is:

Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley

Why this book?
Beauty is the only book I’ve read by Robin McKinley, and it inspired me to look into some of her other works, including Spindle’s End. The writing in Beauty and the way she made it her own is what captured me. There were some things I didn’t love about it, but it was still an enjoyable read for the retelling challenge.

I’ve had Spindles’s End on my list for some time. Fairy tales, folktales, and retellings are always on my radar. Even the cover caught my eye! I recently found a first edition, hardcover copy on eBay for a reasonable price.

Some friends on Goodreads rated this as low as two stars, but I’m still hopeful it will be an enjoyable read.

Blurb:

All the creatures of the forest and field and riverbank knew the infant was special. She was the princess, spirited away from the evil fairy Pernicia on her name-day. But the curse was cast: Rosie was fated to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a poisoned sleep-a slumber from which no one would be able to rouse her.

In the tradition of Beauty and Rose Daughter, Robin McKinley “lends a fresh perspective to a classic fairy tale, developing the story of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ into a richly imagined, vividly depicted novel.”

Book details:

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ G. P. Putnam’s Sons; 1St edition (May 22, 2000)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 422 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0399234667
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0399234668

Have you read anything by Robin McKinley? Do you have any recommendations? Let’s chat!

❤️ Mischenko

Music Monday: Nathaniel Rateliff “Time Stands” #Music #Musicmonday #NathanielRateliff #AndItsStillAlright

Here’s another song from And It’s Still Alright by Nathaniel Rateliff. I just shared a song from this album two weeks ago, and here we are again. Just so I can attest to how awesome this album is, I’m sharing “Time Stands,” which is ultimately a song about division and change. The music video provides a view of the world during the Covid-19 pandemic and quarantine.

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March Wrap-up 2022 – Five-Year Anniversary! #books #bookreviews #music

Hi, friends! Hopefully, you’ve had an excellent weekend. I wanted to post a quick wrap-up for March and announce that this blog (readrantrockandroll) hit its fifth anniversary! It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years. Over that time, I’ve come close to quitting, but it looks like I’m not going anywhere. I can’t get enough of you guys. ❤ The idea to switch to Instagram was not a good one. It won’t work for me, so I’ll be staying here in the book blogiverse indefinitely because it seems like the best place for me.

Unfortunately, in March, we lost our 14-year-old cat, Rambo. His brother passed last fall, and we had a feeling Rambo might not make it through the winter. Rambo was a cat who loved his outdoor life in the country and would never attempt to come in the house unless you had food. He did fine over the coldest months, and in late February, he just started wasting away quickly. Rambo began coming into the house, and we knew there wasn’t much time left. He stayed in the house with us for four days until he passed away. I was with him every minute, and either my son or I slept in the dining room so he wouldn’t be alone. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to go through. It’s not like we haven’t lost pets in the past, but Rambo was my best bud. Rambo was our escort because he and his brother, Ishmael, would be with you the moment you walked out the door, and Rambo specifically would stay with you until you went back in. It’s like a ghost town outside without them. It’ll take some getting used to this summer without them in the greenhouse and the gardens with us. I contemplated sharing a post about Rambo because he has such a neat story, but I don’t want to bring depression to anyone. We’ve all been dealing with a hefty amount of that over the past few years.


March was a decent month for reading. I managed to post five regular book reviews, not including Shabby Sundays. None of these were ARCs, even though there are a few on my backlist. 🤭

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

The Babysitter by Liza Rodman and Jennifer Jordan

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Wish by Nicholas Sparks

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