Sunday Post: April 10


This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Last Week–home and blog

Iowa–at last!

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We arrived in Iowa. We got kind of a late start the first day so it was a long day. We drove from Maryland to Illinois and arrived at our older daughter’s house at 1:30 in the morning local time. The second day we only had five hours to drive so we slept late.

Arrived in Iowa early in the evening. Our daughter who lives in Des Moines was waiting for us and had meat, cheese and fruit ready for us. We decided to take a break and went to a movie theater that serves meals and watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. We had lots of laughs and that was the perfect way to unwind and start our new life!

The next day we unpacked the moving truck and with lots of help it was quickly finished. With all the help we got a number of boxes unpacked, the kitchen pretty well set up and all the beds made.

My oldest daughter and my brother-in-law and sister-in-law are returning this weekend to help unpack and do minor repairs. Wonderful to have family and friends!


It’s been chilly, rainy and windy this week in Iowa, but at least we didn’t have snow like they did in southern Maryland where my husband is!

The blog

I have a few posts ready for next week and am hopeful internet will arrive next week…lol. It’s amazing how many things I think of to do that don’t get done until I can come over to my daughter’s house!

Blog posts

My books

What I’m reading
  • A Front Page Affair by Radha Vatsal
What I read last week
  • Dying for a Taste by Leslie Karst
New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

I haven’t gotten any books for a few weeks so I went a little crazy this week!

Murder on Bamboo Lane by Naomi Hirahara

Clouds in My Coffee by Julie Mulhern

Killer Image by Wendy Tyson

Clammed Up by Barbara Ross

Dawn by Octavia E. Butler

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

Suspect by Robert Crais

Day Shift by Charlaine Harris

Next Week–home & blog

Continuing to unpack boxes and put things away. I hope I will have internet sometime next week. I don’t know how often I will be on the internet until internet arrives!

  • Review: Dying for a Taste by Leslie Karst
  • Waiting on Wednesday: April 13
  • Beyond the books: A tour of my new town
  • Review: Death Comes to London by Catherine Lloyd
  • Sunday Post

What did you do last week? What books did you collect? What are you planning?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

11 thoughts on “Sunday Post: April 10”

  1. Congrats on ending your moving adventure! You must be so relieved– ignore those unpacked boxes and grab a cup of coffee and chat with family instead. It’s really nice that your daughter lives near you now (did you plan your move because of her location?) and your other daughter isn’t too far away.

    Family is important and we miss all our east coast relatives, being the only family out on the west coast. My son is thinking of going back there, but if he takes the Bar Exam in CA he can’t practice in any other state, CA is quirky that way, sigh… so it involves long-term planning. My younger daughter flirts around the issue and isn’t sure, but has a boyfriend here now so, so far, wants to stay put. My hubs and I are unsure of the future past the next year. Looks like we probably will be staying in this house for another year’s lease. We took an unexpected kick in the teeth financially lately, on more than one issue, and might not be able to reasonably swing it. Kids are bummed, hubs is bummed, I am secretly not bummed because I hate to move 😦

    Enjoy Jan, and thanks for sharing your photos. Loved the bed garden, lol. And your kitties! Torties or calicos? We had 5 cats when we moved cross-country, only 3 still living now– we have an elderly population of pets remaining with us. And with 3 small dogs to boot! What an experience, I still have nightmares- ha, like when our car broke down on the side of the highway in New Mexico near “nowhere-town”…


  2. So glad the move went well and you have the kitchen and beds set up. Family and friends really make a difference. Have a great week getting acclimated to your new home Jan.


  3. Isn’t family great. Had wonderful refreshments waiting and returning to help again. That was a smart movie, going out to eat and amovie. Fun way to start your new life!


  4. Congratulations on your move! So good that you have family and friends there to help you with the move-in and unpacking. How are your kitties doing with the move? I’m sure it will take them a while to adjust. And I hope that with all the unpacking, you can leave yourself time to read and recharge your emotional and physical “batteries”. I wish you the best as you all settle in to your new home.


  5. The movie recharge sounds perfect after all the moving madness! I’m glad all went well and that you’re there and getting settled. Hopefully you get internet soon as it’s amazing how much we use it but don’t realize it until we don’t have it. Loved the books you got! A Doll’s House is one of my favorite plays but I haven’t read it in a very long time. Have a great week!


  6. Yay for the move!!! And there was a movie theater near us when we lived in Raleigh that served full meals and we loved it! Its such a fun idea!
    Have a great week!


  7. Glad you made it and had lots of help! That’s awesome- and nice pics too. Will look forward to your thoughts on Clouds in my Coffee. Can’t wait to read it!

    Love the dragon roll BTW. 🙂


  8. I can’t see the slideshow for some reason… but I’m glad the drive went well and hope the move and unpacking continues to go smoothly.

    And yes, it’s lovely to have someone to help!


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