Sunday Post: Visiting in Illinois


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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Hurricane Irma

I’m thinking about the people in Florida this morning as the hurricane arrives in Florida. I hope people are safe. I heard a story this morning that some people abandoned their pets–some left chained to trees or cars. Animal Control is picking up dogs and cats and taking them to shelters. It breaks my heart to hear about people abandoning their pets. I don’t know all the circumstances, but I just don’t want people to do that. And I think about all the people still in shelters in Texas and the earthquake in Mexico. It makes me think about the fragility of life on this earth.

Illinois and doctors

We decided this was a good weekend to visit our daughter in Illinois. We’re having a great time relaxing while our daughter works on a class she’s taking. When she’s not busy we’ve watched Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (both good). We’ve cooked scallops for dinner one night and gone out to dinner another night. It’s so good to spend time with her. She makes the trip to see us so it’s nice to come here.

My allergies have bothered me a lot the last couple of weeks so my doctor has suggested some new medicines to try. I’m hoping they kick in and start helping. My arthritis is causing my hands to hurt a lot so my arthritis doctor sent me to get “splints” for my hands. (I pictured something with wood…lol) for when I’m doing a lot with my hands. Plus I have hand exercises to do so I don’t lose more dexterity with my fingers and hands. Hopefully, the splints help. (I’m still trying to get used to them.) At lease using my Kindle is actually good since it’s not something I have to hold if my hands are hurting.


This week I found another TV show to watch on Amazon Prime–Fortitude. It’s about a peace-loving town that is the furthest north of any town in the world (in the Norwegian part of Arctic Circle). They plan to build a hotel on the glacier near the town. However, a gruesome murder takes place. And strange things are happening in the town and everyone is hiding something. The show is part murder mystery and part something more than murder, but I’m not sure what yet. The murder is gruesome though they don’t show a lot of that, but there is a lot of swearing if that bothers you.


I blogged more last week which was great. I hope to get more reviews done in the coming weeks. Next week it will be all about when we get home to see how much I get done.

August Blog posts
Next week
  • TBD
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

Persons of Interest by Peter Grainger

Crime on the Fens by Joy Ellis

Arabella and the Battle of Venus by David D. Levine

What I’ve read

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

Reykjavik Nights by Arnaldur Indriðason

Books I got

In This Bright Future by Peter Grainger (Kindle Unlimited)

Evans Above by Rhys Bowen (ebook)

Only the Dead by Malcom Hollingdrake (Kindle Unlimited)

The Mangle Street Murders by M.R.C. Kasasian (ebook)

What did you do last week? What did you read? What books did you collect? What are you planning the rest of the summer? 

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.

10 thoughts on “Sunday Post: Visiting in Illinois”

  1. It’s crazy how all the disasters are just hitting not stop. 😦 I loved WW but I haven’t yet watched any of the Galaxy movies. I know I am so behind on movies…lol. I loved Crime on the Fens so I hope you are enjoying it! 🙂

    Have a great week!


    1. Good to know the splints help, Kimberly. I’m still trying to get used to them. Part of my problem is that more than just the thumb joints hurt (all the knuckles, too) and the splints don’t help them. But if the splints help the thumb joints that will be something!


  2. I hope the splints help your hands. I ended up with a very sore hand after some knitting and found my TENS machine helped. I also have bought a special mouse with a sideways grip that has also eased my poor overworked hand. I’m glad your trip to see your daughter is going so well – it’s lovely to spend time with family. I’ve missed visiting my mother this summer as I’ve been busy helping out looking after the grandchildren. Hopefully I’ll get to stay with her before too long – it’s lovely to catch up with her. In the meantime have a lovely visit.


    1. Thanks, Sarah. I used transcutaneous nerve stimulation for my knee years ago when I injured it. I never thought of it for my hands, but not sure it would work for arthritis. Will have to research that!

      We had a great visit with our daughter. Always so great to see her. Hope you get to visit your mother soon.


  3. We loved Fortitude! If you haven’t gotten there season 2 is a lot more gory but still good. Hopefully you’ll get used to the splints and they’ll make the pain more manageable. Kindles are life savers for so many reasons. While my hands are okay I have issues with my vision and being able to turn up the font really helps sometimes. Sounds like a lovely visit with your daughter! Have a great week!


    1. We haven’t had time to watch anymore Fortitude, Katherine, but good to know about season 2. I hope I can continue to watch. I really like it, but don’t like gory stuff too much. I love my Kindle. I like to be able to change the font size also.


  4. Sounds like a lovely visit with your daughter! But I’m sorry about your hands. When I was having trouble with my wrist and thumb a year or two ago, I had to wear a splint/brace and do PT. I didn’t think for a while that it was helping, but it did, and my hands and wrists are pretty much back to normal now. I hope yours will respond well, too!

    Wonder Woman was terrific. I haven’t seen GotG2 yet, but I keep hearing good things about it. And enjoy Evans Above. I read that series almost 2 decades ago, when it was relatively new, and liked it very much. I’m glad to see the publisher is reissuing them.


    1. I’m doing some exercises for my hands, too, so I won’t lose flexibility. The therapist also suggested a parathin bath, but they’re kind of expensive so I’m debating whether to get that.

      WW was great. I liked it better than GotG2. Yes, I’m looking forward to fitting Evans Above into my schedule. I’ve read some of Rhys Bowen’s other two series, but not that first one.


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