I got free books from e-mail promos.
A little later: Mom and I went out and about, including to the library and the grocery store. I got another mystery novel that I'd put on hold and our trip to the grocery store was relatively productive.
After we got home, I watered some of my poor dried-out plants. I had thought the rain we've had lately would help, but some of the plants in pots seem to need to be watered every day. The portulaca is blooming, and there's a flower on 'Mme. Isaac Pereire'. The jasmine is still blooming. I saw a praying mantis by the water faucet near the front porch. Apparently it's feeding on the insects on the apple mint. I was glad I saw it coming towards the faucet, and wasn't surprised by it, because those things are big.
Later: I read a couple more books by Stephen Osborne. Apparently I'd gotten Pale as a Ghost some time ago. I read the sequel today, too.