Sunday Post: After Thanksgiving


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.

Personal life

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving in eastern Iowa. This is the last Thanksgiving we will have there since my father-in-law died last spring. It was a 52 year tradition and in recent years we had about 40 to 100 people come to the Thanksgiving celebrations. This year over 70 people came.

We still plan to celebrate with our family each year, but the place is changing to Indianapolis, Indiana. We don’t know yet how many will continue to make this a family tradition.

Christmas season

We decorated for Christmas and at the same time I’m trying to declutter. I’ve donated boxes of books to my library. I’m still keeping favorite books and favorite authors, but slowly letting go of more books. I seldom read paperback or hardcover books these days. I read on my kindle or listen to audiobooks so it doesn’t make sense to keep too many books as I get older. Next week I hope to do some baking plus I’m busy making Christmas cards.

Death in our family

My husband’s uncle died this week so we are headed to his funeral. He was able to come to Thanksgiving this year and I’m grateful for that. He was a real inspiration to me. He’s had cancer for several years, but when I saw him he was cheerful and kind. I never heard him complain. A few months ago he decided upon hospice care so his death was not too much of a surprise. I’m sad he isn’t in our lives any longer, but we have wonderful memories of him.

The above photos are from his 90th birthday party a couple of years ago. He danced with all his daughters and sons and grandchildren and enjoyed himself immensely!


Not much blogging on this blog the last couple weeks. I’ve had a few posts scheduled and will schedule this Sunday Post. I hope once we return from the funeral I will have the chance to visit other blogs and see how everyone is doing.

Thank you to everyone who has visited my blog and thanks if you commented on blog posts. I read and appreciate all your comments and will try to reciprocate soon!

Last couple weeks
Next week
  • Review
  • December 2018 books on my list
  • Can’t-Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Single Malt Murder by Melinda Mullet
  • Heartstone by Elle Katharine White
What I read the last couple weeks
  • Between Shifts by W.R. Gingell
  • Christmas on the Island by Jenny Colgan
Books I got the last couple of weeks

Tightening the Threads by Lea Wait

North of the Tension Line by J.F. Riordan

Height of Deception by Shannon Baker

Sleep Like a Baby by Charlaine Harris

Heartstone by Elle Katharine White (Library ebook)

The Clincher by Lisa Preston (Library ebook)

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick (audiobook)

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak

What have you been doing? What are your plans for next week? If you celebrate Christmas or other holidays this month tell me about your traditions.