Sunday Post: Feeling great!


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.


We’ve had a few snow flurries so far this season, but no snow. However, we’ve had a lot of cold weather so it feels like winter! We’ve had cloudy days, but also a few bright blue sky sunny days, too. I love those. We have a big window in one of our rooms which faces the south and for four months or so during the winter we get the sun coming in. I love to sit in there and read.

Donnie and Elf sitting on my lap as I type my Sunday Post!

Our son came home this week from a road trip to the west coast. We’re enjoying having him and his dog here for a few days.

We’re all going to our family Thanksgiving this next week, but he’s taking his own car and picking up one of his cousins on the way. After Thanksgiving he’s planning another trip. These trips he’s taking are to help him decide where he wants to live when he starts his new job in January.

Feeling back to normal!

This week I finally started feeling great again after my appendix surgery. It took longer than I thought it should especially since my son had appendicitis when he was 19. They operated in the wee hours of the morning and the next day he left for a spring break vacation! I guess as I get older it takes a little longer to heal…lol!

Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge

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My husband and I took a ride one afternoon this week to the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge which is about a half hour east of Des Moines. This refuge has been around for almost thirty years.

The mission . . . is to actively protect, restore, reconstruct and manage the diverse native ecosystems of tallgrass prairie, oak savanna, and sedge meadow.

I’ve wanted to visit this wildlife refuge since we moved to Des Moines a couple of years ago and we finally got there on a beautiful sunny, cold day. There were very few visitors which was kind of nice. We enjoyed the exhibits at the visitors’ center. I learned a lot more about prairies! I love the design of the center. It’s low to the ground so it blends in with its environment.

The refuge has herds of buffalo and elk as well as other wildlife and prairie. We weren’t able to get too close to the herd of buffalo and didn’t even see the elk! Hopefully, we’ll see more animals on another visit. I can tell we’re going to need to visit this refuge every season to see how it changes!


I didn’t get much done on my blog last week. We were busy getting ready for Thanksgiving and visiting wildlife refuges! And I won’t get a lot done this next week either since we’re traveling for Thanksgiving.

Last week
Next week
  • Review
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Terra Incognita by Connie Willis
  • Between Shifts by W.R. Gingell
What I read the last week
  • Dangling By a Thread by Lea Wait
  • Last Dragon Standing by Rachel Aaron
Books I got last week

Minimum Wage Magic by Rachel Aaron

Gods of Gold by Chris Nickson

A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert

Christmas on the Island by Jenny Colgan (library ebook)

The Clincher by Lisa Preston (library hardcover)

What have you been doing? What are your plans for next week?

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.

6 thoughts on “Sunday Post: Feeling great!”

  1. My husband and I are studying to become Texas Master Naturalists. In the process, we have discovered lots of nature sites that are in our county that we didn’t even know about! One of them is the Brazoria Wildlife Refuge. It’s 110,000 acres and I didn’t even know it was here!

    Have a good week!


  2. I am thrilled you are feeling better. I think you are right about the timeframe; it’s taking me longer just to get rested and feel good after the crazy last few months.

    There used to be a ranch near Charles City which raised buffalo, elk and ostrich for meat. I grew up in Nashua and my Mom is still there so we used to stop and buy meat when we visited. Elk and
    ostrich are a bit dry so you have to cook properly but tasty.

    Robin is reviewing Minimum Wage Magic on Nov 26 and now I’m interested in it too. It’s in KU and there’s another deal to get KU for 3 months for $0.99 this month so I’ll be doing that at the end of the month.

    Here’s to another great week for you! We’re going to stay home and relax. Happy Thanksgiving. Anne – Books of My Heart


  3. Glad you are feeling better and I agree, the older we get the longer the recovery time. I’m glad you are getting to enjoy the holiday with your son and what cute pups. Minimum Wage magic sounds good so I’m adding it to the miles-long wishlist. Have a great holiday!


  4. Glad you’re feeling better though recovery is a little slower. Glad to hear the snow isn’t hitting you. I know other people have ended up getting snowed in which sounds awful! The refuge sounds so fascinating! I’ve seen elk but never buffalo. Hope you’re having a great week!


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