Sunday Post: December is half gone

Sunday-Post

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

Still the Christmas prep

I didn’t get too many Christmas activities completed this week. I had a number of appointments to get to and when I would get home I didn’t have too much energy to complete projects. I’m still making Christmas cards and we haven’t mailed any so I’m hoping to get cards made and ready to mail this afternoon.

I still have plans for baking and cooking prep, but time is running out. I need to be happy with what I get done. As one of my uncle’s used to say, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”

World Food Prize Building

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My husband and I went to the World Food Prize Building Open House yesterday. I love that this building is in Des Moines, Iowa and that this is where the World Food Prize is awarded each year. There were choirs singing, cookies and cider and hot chocolate as well as tours of the building. A wonderful morning!

The building is beautiful. It’s the old public library building in Des Moines which was built in 1900 along the Des Moines River. About the year 2000 it was completely renovated to create the World Food Prize Building. The architects kept the classical style of the building and many of the beautiful parts inside including murals in the basement which were painted on the walls in the 1930’s as part of a WPA project. A beautiful stained glass window was added which depicts a family in the Hellenistic Period bringing in the harvest.

Norman Borlaug

Norman Borlaug was raised in Iowa and  is considered the father of the Green Revolution He  was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. In 1986 Norman Borlaug founded the World Food Prize which is a $250,000 prize given at the World Food Prize Building each year. It’s often called the “Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture.” He is an especially meaningful person to me since he had a degree in plant pathology as does one of my daughters.

Blog

Again, not a lot of work on my blog. I think with everything going on this month that’s probably the way it will be for most of the month of December. I did visit a few blogs and I did comment on a few. Sometimes I visit and get involved reading and following links and then forget to comment! Sorry about that. I hope to visit a few more this week. I do appreciate everyone’s comments and I do love to visit blogs and see what other people are doing.

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

My books

What I’m reading
  • A Lot Like Christmas: Stories by Connie Willis
What I read last week
  • The Clincher by Lisa Preston
  • Lake Silence by Anne Bishop
  • Thread the Halls by Lea Wait
Books I got last week

The Starfighter Invitation by Andrea K. Höst

Hurricane by Janet Edwards

Frontier by Janet Edwards

Hera 2781 by Janet Edwards

Death Comes to the School by Catherine Lloyd

Dead Man Walking by Simon R. Green

Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon

Treacherous is the Night by Anna Lee Huber

Tempting Fortune by Jo Beverley

The Christmas Hirelings by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

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