Sunday Post: Lots of Family Fun


Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

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More rain and cold temperatures some of the week. The crabapple trees are just about done blooming. It’s supposed to rain all weekend so we plan to do mostly indoor activities.

Lots of family fun

My son arrived this week for a short visit. So good to see him. We picked him up at the airport and left from there to drive to eastern Iowa to visit his grandpa and other family members. We came back the next day so a quick trip, but so fun to see family and friends.

My sister-in-law and brother-in-law had also gone there for a few days. They returned to our house for a few more days and left for home in Maine on Saturday morning. We all had a wonderful time.

They helped with the fence and bought some flowering plants and herbs which my sister-in-law planted in pots for me. She also helped me sort through clothes to give to Goodwill plus helped me pack away winter clothes and bring out spring clothes. Feels so good to get those chores done.

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We took them to two of our favorite places: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and Raygun (an Iowa store which specializes in Midwest t-shirts and other Midwest themed products).

Outside activities

More work done on the fence. Just about all the posts are in. Work slowed down since we were gone two days this week plus it rained for a couple of days. One of the days it was only about 40 degrees all day so that was an indoor day, too! We’re also trying to clear some of the flowerbeds of the rocks and landscape cloth the previous owners used. It’s impossible to plant anything in the flowerbeds unless we remove both rocks and landscape cloth.


With the road trip and visitors all week not much blogging, commenting or reading done. I’m hoping to get some reviews written and scheduled–we’ll see how well I do with that.

Blog posts
Blog posts planned
  • WWW Wednesday
  • Book review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

Watching the Detectives by Julie Mulhern

What I read

A Peace Divided by Tanya Huff

Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

Some books I got recently

Watching the Detectives by Julie Mulhern (NetGalley)

On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service by Rhys Bowen (NetGalley)

Blackfoot by W.R. Gingell (ebook)

Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus (ebook)

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury (Audiobook)

Yes Please by Amy Poehler (Audiobook)

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

Interesting on the Internet

Sync is back! Every week until August 16 two young adult audiobooks are free to download. These books are young adult titles so if that’s your favorite genre check them out.

For the first week (April 27 – May 3):

Debut author Dawn Kurtagich is dead on in this terrifying psychological thriller!

Over two decades have passed since the fire at Elmbridge High, an inferno that took the lives of five teenagers. Not much was known about the events leading up to the tragedy – only that one student, Carly Johnson, vanished without a trace…

…until a diary is found hidden in the ruins.

But the diary, badly scorched, does not belong to Carly Johnson. It belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, a girl who shouldn’t exist. Who was Kaitlyn? Why did she come out only at night? What is her connection to Carly?

The case has been reopened. Police records are being reexamined: psychiatric reports, video footage, text messages, e-mails.

And the diary.

The diary that paints a much more sinister version of events than was ever made publicly known.

Oscar Wilde’s enduring masterpiece, this fable of innocence and corruption, purity and decay has become a true classic. The beautiful, narcissistic Dorian Gray, torn between the influence of cynical hedonist Lord Henry Wotton and tortured artist Basil Hallward, sells the beauty of his soul in exchange for external perfection. Ultimately, he cannot escape the disfigurement of sin. Wilde’s remarkable wit and memorable, epigrammatic lines dazzle in audiobook form!

Audiobooks available May 4 -10:

Feed by M.T. Anderson | Read by David Aaron Baker, a Full Cast

Published by Listening Library

For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon—a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires. Following in the footsteps of George Orwell, Anthony Burgess, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr., M. T. Anderson has created a not-so-brave new world—and a smart, savage satire that will captivate listeners with its view of an imagined future that veers unnervingly close to the here and now.

Published by Random House Audio

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox–the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.

Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don’t forget to bring a towel!

What did you do last week? What did you read? 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.

12 thoughts on “Sunday Post: Lots of Family Fun”

  1. It’s lovely when family gather, isn’t it? Glad that you have made progress on putting up the fence – it’s grinding hard work. We have been fortunate in having reasonably stable weather. I was interested to see you have a copy of Dandelion Wine – it’s one of Bradbury’s that I thought I’d read – but when I checked, I found I hadn’t… On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service looks great fun and I hope you have a great reading week.


    1. We had such a good time, Sarah. Lots of laughs and good food. Now I have to go back to eating more sensibly…lol. I realized when I read the synopsis of Dandelion Wine I had never read it. And I do like Rhys Bowen’s series. Lots of fun to read. The fence is moving along slowly since we had several days of rain and cold.


  2. I grabbed A Study in Scarlet Women yesterday since it was the audio deal of the day. Sounds like you had a wonderful time with your son’s visit. I am done with the rain and cold. Hopefully we all see sun this week!


    1. Yes, it has been a little too cold and too rainy, but I know in a few weeks when it’s steamy I will wish it was cooler. I’m looking forward to starting A Study in Scarlet Women.


  3. I never have read Dorian Gray and would be very interested to hear some thoughts on it. I did like Buffalo Soldier quite a bit.


    1. I haven’t read Dorian Gray either. I’m looking forward to reading Buffalo Soldier. Sounds like it will be good.


  4. Those are some really lovely flowers in your photos. Also, you got some really cool books! I’m curious about Blackfoot… Have a great week!


    1. The botanical gardens always give me a lift. It was to rainy to visit the outside gardens, but inside is always beautiful, too. I really like the cover of Blackfoot and it sounds so interesting.


  5. I read Hitchiker’s… when I was in high school, and it absolutely blew my mind, I’d never read anything quite like it!


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