Sunday Post: Autumn? But it’s 95 degrees!


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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Autumn arrived on Friday, but it was 95 degrees here in Iowa–certainly didn’t feel like autumn! We’ve had temps in the 90’s for three or four days this week, but according to my weather app the weather should get cooler on Tuesday with a little rain and temps in the 70’s and 50’s at night. I’m ready!

A few trees in the neighborhood have started to change color, but nothing very dramatic yet. We’re having to water plants we planted in the summer since it’s very dry here. Rain is welcome to come! Even though it was hot this last week my husband worked on a small pond he’s putting in. He got the area dug, pond in and rocks surrounding it, but still has to get a pump installed. There are a couple of waterfalls into the main pond so we should have the sound of water falling. We plan to have a bench so we can sit and enjoy it. We may put a couple of fish in this fall just to make sure we’re not hatching mosquitoes, but we’ll do plants and fish next spring.

I’ve ordered bulbs to plant this fall which should arrive in October. We still have to build the flowerbed for them! I’m looking forward to planting them since I love spring bulbs. I also bought some allium and lilies which will bloom during the summer. I hope to plant more bulbs as the years go by.

One of the houseplants I put outside for the summer–a hibiscus–has finally started to bloom! It has grown a lot during the summer and I want to repot it before I bring it back inside. My Christmas cactus also has buds!


I haven’t picked out any new programs to watch yet except for the new Star Trek: Discovery show. I’m super excited to have a new Star Trek series. The first episode is Sunday night and I think it’s free to watch the first episode, but after that it’s on CBS All Access which is a subscription channel–very irritating! Not sure yet if we will subscribe. Do you have new or returning shows you’re planning to watch?


I’m still not getting a lot of blogging done, but I’m trying to work on that. Also didn’t get much commenting done. Working on that, too. At least I’ve read some really good books!

August Blog posts
Next week
  • Tell Me Something Tuesday
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Review
  • October books on my list
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger

What I’ve read

Persons of Interest by Peter Grainger

Crime on the Fens by Joy Ellis

The Right Side by Spencer Quinn

Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger

Books I got this week

Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan (purchased ebook)

The Right Side by Spencer Quinn (Library ebook)

Boundary Waters by William Kent Kreuger (Library audiobook)

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.

12 thoughts on “Sunday Post: Autumn? But it’s 95 degrees!”

  1. I’m so ready for the temps to drop as well! I’m in Illinois and we have 90’s this week – I’m over it! Bring on the cooler temps and fall like weather! It looks like you’ve got lots of great reading ahead of you. I haven’t yet tried William Kent Krueger but his books are on my TBR list! Have a great week!


    1. I know just what you mean, Samantha! I love fall with it’s cool, crisp mornings.

      I have listened to the first two Krueger books and loved them. So happy there are already 15 or 16 books in that series!


  2. It was 90 here in Missouri on Friday. 🙂 I didn’t mind. Next week it might get a little cooler, I am just not looking forward to winter..blah.

    You read some good ones. I need to listen to the next Peter Grainger as I am a book behind you and I am trying to get caught up on it. 🙂

    Have a great week and happy reading!


    1. I have to admit I love winter, Stormi! (As long as I don’t have to drive in too much snow). I just like the change of seasons. I’m always ready for the next season to come!

      I’m liking the Peter Grainger series so much. One of my favorites right now!


  3. Ah… While I wouldn’t want the temperature in the high 90s, autumn has hit us like a sack of spuds since the start of the month, with night temperatures plummeting and while during the week-end we had a drop of autumn sunshine, today is back to a cloudy, rainy norm… Leaves are dropping and bushes and trees are dripping with berries and nuts. I hope you get a bit of our cooler weather soon – maybe we could do a swap! In the meantime, have a great week.


    1. That’s too bad, Sarah. I know how frustrating it can be to not have the sun for days on end. I lived in Portland, Oregon for several years and the winters are usually filled with clouds and rain. And we did a swap (maybe). We got rain last night and it’s cloudy today so I hope you’re getting some sun.


  4. It’s been in the 80s here, so not quite as bad, but still warmer than I’d like. I’m looking forward to cooler temperatures. Friday looks like it will finally drop back down into the 70s for the following week. But there are hints of fall colors on the trees, and some are dropping browned leaves without any intervening color.

    I like your pond. I’m also impressed — I’m a terrible gardener. (As in, I don’t do it because it’s too darned hot here in the summer.)

    I watched the first 2 episodes of Star Trek last night, with mixed feelings. I love the main character, loved Michelle Yeoh’s character, disliked the Klingon redesign, and was taken aback by how short the episodes are (and how frequent the ads are.) But I’ll probably keep watching. We subscribed to CBS All Access just for this show.

    Have a wonderful week, and I hope it does in fact cool down for you!


    1. We finally had a big rainstorm last night, Lark. And only supposed to be 68 today. Yay! My husband does most all the hard work in the yard these days. But I love to read and plan and decide on plants. And I do plan to help plant the bulbs. We don’t do much yardwork in the summer either. The idea is to get as much done as possible by Memorial Day and then do some in the fall.

      I haven’t watched Star Trek yet. It worries me that you have mixed feelings about it.


  5. Your nature photos are lovely 🙂 that flower is amazing! I’m enjoying the fall too, although we don’t have colorful leaves here yet either.


    1. Thanks, Evalina. I love that double hibiscus flower. I’ve had the plant for several years now…even transported it across the country when we moved!


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