Sunday Post: April 24


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

Crabapple trees in bloom!

We’re having beautiful spring weather here–some rain, some blue skies and some warm temperatures.

We have several crabapple trees in our yard at our new house and they’re coming into full bloom. We also have an arboretum close to us which apparently has one of the largest flowering crabapple collections in the world. Most of them are also in full bloom now.


I got my internet hooked up last week, but I’ve had several issues with it this week. I think I finally have them figured out and ironed out. We’ll see how it works next week!

The blog

I decided I didn’t like one of the colors on my blog so I worked on finding a color I liked and changing it. Of course, things didn’t go quite as I planned and I spent much longer than I needed to on a simple change!

Blog posts

My books

What I’m reading
  • Burning Man by Alan Russell
What I read last week
  • Clouds in My Coffee by Julie Mulhern
New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library


Everything Under the Heavens by Dana Stabenow

Interesting on the internet

Free Sync Audio books

Sync is back again for the summer (May 5 – Aug 17). Sync is a program which provides two free young adult audiobook downloads each week. Each set of books are only available for one week.

A few of the books available this season:

  • The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
  • Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire
  • Mandela: An Audio History by Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela & Joe Richman

To listen to these books you must download Overdrive Media Console. It is available free to download at the Sync site.

Note: Some of the books have international restrictions, but some are available even if you live outside the U.S.

Next Week–home & blog

My son is coming for the weekend next week. He’s bringing his mini dachshund and I’m going to take care of his dog for three weeks while he’s working in Denver. So I’m working to get my house ready for the little dog! Plus more unpacking, reading, blogging, visiting blogs and probably a few other things, too!

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday: April 27
  • Beyond the books
  • Review: Admiral by Sean Danker
  • 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.

8 thoughts on “Sunday Post: April 24”

  1. What a gorgeous yard! Crabapple trees were my favorites when I was growing up. The blossoms are so gorgeous, and one of the trees was perfect for climbing into, with a book, of course, and sitting there reading among the beautiful petals.

    I’m glad your internet issues seem to be resolving. Thanks for the reminder about SYNC. I usually post about that in News & Notes, but they seem to have dropped me from the mailing list — though I have no idea why! I’ll have to pop over and sign up again.

    I wish you a beautiful week, Jan. Enjoy the little dog!


    1. I’m loving our yard, Lark! I’m loving sitting outside with a cup of coffee watching the dogs. I have to be careful though since we don’t have a fence. I don’t want the dogs wandering off. We have plans for the next couple of years–creating more flowerbeds, adding more of a patio and putting in a pond.

      The internet seems to have settled down so I’m glad of that. I was getting lots of pages not loading. I’m glad you saw the SYNC notice. That’s such a great program.


  2. The crabapple trees are gorgeous! We don’t have that many here so I was surprised to see just how bright and pretty they are. Internet issues make want to tear my hear out so I’m glad to hear you got yours resolved. Just one of the bits and pieces of a move I know but definitely not fun. I’ve got the new Julie Mulhern coming up and I’m so looking forward to it! Have a great week!


    1. Thanks, Katherine. The blooms have mostly faded by now so that’s kind of sad, but the trees are leafing out and I love seeing all the different shades of green in the spring. It’s always exciting to see what plants we will have in a new yard. I’m hoping to add some new perennials, too.


  3. Lovely crabapple trees. I used to have a favorite one in my back yard. I’d spend afternoons reading a book while sitting on the perfect branches. They formed a chair and I’d hide up there for hours, lost in an adventure.


    1. So much fun to read in a tree, Laura. We had an apple tree I loved to climb in. Sometimes the neighborhood kids would all get together and play hide and seek at night. The apple tree was my favorite place to hid and I don’t think I was ever discovered…lol.


  4. I am excited for Sync to begin. I am loving the pretty. Glad you got the internet bugs sorted, and oh yeah..I could lose hours working on my blog. Have a fantastic week!


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