Sunday Post: Christmas prep


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

Lots of sun this week, but below freezing most of the time–so beautiful to look at, but cold when I was outside!

Christmas prep

We have our tree up and decorated as well as lights inside and outside the house. I love this time of year with all the decoration and lights on houses. I’m also working on getting my Christmas cards made and then mailed to friends and family. Somehow I misplaced a couple of the rubber stamps I planned to use for some of the cards and spent way too much time looking for them. Time to create different cards!

I’m trying to do some Christmas baking and cooking before all our kids arrive for Christmas. Once they arrive I don’t want to spend all my time cooking.


I didn’t spend much time working on my blog though my son did help me with some of my security issues. WordPress 5.0 came out this week, too, and I need to upgrade my theme since it’s not supported any longer. I want to make sure when I upgrade to 5.0 that I won’t have issues because of my theme. This all takes time and I’m really busy with other things right now.

How many of you with self-hosted WordPress sites upgraded to 5.0? How did it go for you? Do you like this major upgrade?

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Clincher by Lisa Preston
  • Lake Silence by Anne Bishop
What I read last week
  • Single Malt Murder by Melinda Mullet
  • Heartstone by Elle Katharine White
  • Proof by Dick Francis
  • Tightening the Threads by Lea Wait
Books I got last week

City of Lies by Victoria Thompson

This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell

Gyrfalcon by Anna Butler

An Arranged Marriage by Jo Beverley

The Wise Virgin by Jo Beverley

The Five Red Herrings by Dorothy Sayers

Burning Ridge by Margaret Mizushima (library)

A Cosmic Christmas edited by Hank Davis (library)

A Lot Like Christmas by Connie Willis (library)

What have you been doing? What are your plans for next week? Do you have winter or holiday traditions?

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: Christmas prep”

  1. I upgraded last night to 5.0 but I haven’t actually done anything with it but it just looks the same to me…lol. I am sure there are things in there that I don’t get but then I just do the bare minimum with my blog…lol. You got some really cool reads!

    Happy reading!


  2. It’s been rainy AND cold here, so we’ve been inside for a few days. The kids have been stir-crazy, but the sun finally came out today. I’m going to take them for a walk to the playground after naps. We could all use the fresh air! I hope you have a lovely reading week this week!


  3. I loved Lake Silence and all the books by Dick Francis. I’m trying to finish up all my 2018 reads now.

    I don’t do any of the upgrades, that’s all done with my host at Nose Graze. That’s one of the reasons I went with them. I have heard some people didn’t like the change in editor? Anyway, why on earth would they do it when people are busy with the holidays, year end financial stuff. It seems like the worst timing.

    We got snow and rain all night and today which is unusual for NC> We usually get 2 days of it but more likely in Feb.


    1. I’m so enjoying Lake Silence and love the Dick Francis books, too. And I agree that it would have been better to wait until after the holidays to come out with a major change to WordPress. I’m thinking I may wait until after the holidays to upgrade. It does seem to be the editor that has people upset.

      I heard that NC got lots of snow. I hope that the weather is better there now.


  4. Yes… I should be in the throes of Christmas preparation, but somehow I’m not… The house is one-third decorated, I still haven’t started my Christmas cards and I’m nowhere near completing the present-buying necessary. And right now my schedule is too busy with other stuff to consider squeezing it in! Maybe I need to reschedule… I haven’t upgraded to the new WordPress version as yet. I’ll look into it after Christmas. Have a good week, Jan.


    1. Thanks, Sarah. Good luck with all the things you are doing. I usually start out December trying to do too much and finally have to take a deep breath and remind myself that I love Christmas and spending time with my family and that what gets done is enough. I’m about at that point now that it’s nearly the middle of the month! And I’m also waiting until after the first of the year to upgrade.


  5. I’ve heard some complaints about the upgrade. Lots of our decorations are up but the tree will go up the 16th. It is still looking pretty festive at our house. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Burning Ridge. I have lots of contenders to read during my February “They Call it Puppy Love” challenge – you should consider participating. It’s super easy!


    1. We have the decorations pretty much done, but now have to put away the boxes. I’m very much looking forward to Burning Ridge. I really like that series. I will have to check out your Puppy Love challenge. Sounds like fun!


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