Sunday Post: Our first frost


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.


It’s Halloween and November next week. And we had our first frost here in Iowa Friday night so the growing season for most plants is done for this year. However, even though the weather is cooler we’re still having lots of beautiful, sunny days.

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Greeting cards and a fox and dragon and octopus . . . oh my!

I make cards to send to family and friends and I’ve worked on Autumn and Halloween cards the last few weeks. I got them mailed this week and it’s still Autumn and Halloween hasn’t even passed. A lot of the time I’m late getting my cards off! I had so much fun with these cards and I got a new die which cuts an envelope liner from paper to put in the envelope to create a one-of-a-kind envelope!

We picked up the pottery my daughters and I had painted last week and we’re very happy with the results! The dragon, fox and octopus are all banks which we plan to use for loose change. The star is for a candle and the plate for a wall.

My allergies are still bothering me and I had a couple of days I didn’t feel like doing anything. My husband has caught a cold so I’m not getting too close to him! Hopefully, he’ll start feeling better soon.


I’m working to get a few posts done ahead so I can schedule my weeks better . . .  especially since November begins next week and November and December are always very busy in our household–in a good way. I love the holidays and around here they start with Thanksgiving which also starts with lots of planning since we have around 50 people who come each year. So the more planning and scheduling I can do for my blog the better off I will be!

I’ve read some really good books lately and that always makes me happy. However, that doesn’t always mean more blog posts. And sometimes I get involved in reading other blogs, but then don’t have time to comment. I’m trying to remember to go back to those blogs and comment later.

Last week
Next week
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • November books on my list
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

Dead Stop by Barbara Nickless

What I’ve read

Running Out of Space by S.G. Higbee

A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong

Smoky Mountain Tracks by Donna Ball

Cold as Ice by Julie Mulhern

Books I got this week–all audiobooks

Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkein

Childhood Classics, Vol 3: Christmas Collection narrated by various celebrities

Evan Help Us by Rhys Bowen

Evanly Choirs by Rhys Bowen

What did you do last week? What did you read? What books did you collect? 

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.

20 thoughts on “Sunday Post: Our first frost”

  1. Your cards and the pottery look great! The fox is so cute. 50 people for thanksgiving sounds like chaos, I don’t envy you that planning at all, I must admit. Good luck!

    Enjoy your new books, and have a wonderful week ahead!


    1. Thank you, Wattle! I love making cards and the pottery was so much fun. The family has done this Thanksgiving for years and it’s gotten bigger as the family has grown, but there’s a lot of planning already in place and we appoint a Thanksgiving Czar to make sure it all gets done…lol. We’re lucky that those in their 20’s and 30’s don’t want to give this up.


  2. Wow, you make some really pretty cards! Those banks are so cute! We don’t do much for the holidays and I prefer it that way. 50 people sounds like chaos, we normally just have like 10…lol. During this time of the year I am always looking forward to January, yep kind of a humbug.

    I am curious about those Constable Evans books they sound interesting. 🙂

    Have a great week and happy reading!


    1. Thanks, Stormi! When I grew up our Thanksgiving was about 10 people, too, but this Thanksgiving celebration my husband’s family does has grown on me through the years and I love it. And I admit that I’ve always loved this time of year clear until the first of the year. I just try to stay in the moment and enjoy what gets done, not worry about what doesn’t get done and just enjoy my family.

      I’m looking forward to reading this series by Rhys Bowen. I have the first three books now so I need to get reading!


  3. I’m the same as you, in that December and late November are hectic for me so I’m really trying to get the blog all scheduled now. Then it will be one less thing to panic about!
    I love that you send Halloween and Autumn cards, it sounds like a lovely tradition. And they look fab.
    All your new books look great, enjoy!


    1. Thanks, Jenea. We’re lucky to have this store which has different crafts–pottery, fused glass, painting-candles–to do. I’ve done the fused glass as well and that was a lot of fun, too.


  4. I love the little pottery dragon! (Hey, it’s a dragon. I can’t resist them.) The other things all look great, too. And your cards are so beautiful and creative! Just wow. I’d love to be able to do that… but I don’t have enough time for knitting and so on as it is, so I guess I’ll just keep buying my cards for now.

    I know what you mean about getting a few posts ahead. I’m working on that myself. I’ve finally got two or three reviews written for a “cushion,” but I’ve got a long way to go, and a lot of ARCs I’m behind on writing reviews for. Good luck to both of us in that arena!

    Have a great week and a fun Halloween!


    1. Thanks! I agree, Lark, that dragon is cute. My daughter had a lot of fun doing the painting. I love making cards. It’s such a great creative outlet plus I can listen to audiobooks while I do it!

      Yes, good luck to both of us getting some posts ahead!


  5. Those cards are absolutely adorable! Aren’t you clever? I have all the artistic ability of a doorknob… And you’ve had the first frost! We’re still waiting for ours as it’s been an amazingly mild autumn. Have a lovely Halloween, Jan.


  6. The pottery is very cute. We had a snowstorm here at the beginning of the month, so my plants have been dead for a long time. I hope you have a great week!


  7. I love the fox! That’s probably what I would have picked as well. And the painted scene is gorgeous! I love the cards – the Halloween ones especially. They look like a lot of fun to make and I’m sure are a lot of fun to receive. Hope your great book reading streak continues and that you’re having a great week!


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