Sunday Post: December is half gone


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.


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?

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.

5 thoughts on “Sunday Post: December is half gone”

  1. My brother loves to say, It’ll be alright. LOL I get so frazzled and he throws that at me. Usually makes me laugh and then I let the pressure go:) I think all of us slow down on our blogging over this holiday. Lots of fun times and getting out and about.


    1. You’re right, Laura. The blogging needs to slow down (mine certainly has!) and I need to let life slow down a little so I enjoy the season.


  2. Pretty building that you toured– I love stained glass windows!
    I’ve read every Anna Lee Huber series of Lady Darby, but have been stubborn about reading her new series. I read all The Others series and loved it, and Lake Silence was different but also just as good. It’s funny I love those books when I’m not a big reader of UF. That shows how talented the author is 🙂

    I also love the new Kelley Armstrong series but haven’t read anything of her older books except for Omens. Are these books you’re mentioning re-reads? I’m just assuming because you love SF/F that you would’ve read them when they came out.

    Anyway, I’m not blogging again until New Years, so enjoy your Christmas holiday with family and friends! Chat soon!


  3. I have not done too much Christmas prep this year as we are staying home, not having guests and relaxing. This week is busy with appointments but then the holiday week is slow. I hope to do some crafting, cook some good food and maybe even watch some tv while knitting. We will see.

    I love the Others series. I am reading the other Simon R. Green series Deathstalkers. I’m on #3 and so far it’s better than the first 2 books. I also am looking forward to Storm Cursed which got moved from March to May 2019.

    Enjoy your holidays and try not to worry too much. It will be fine. Anne – Books of My Heart


  4. YOU HAVE A LUCY DILLON BOOK!!!! Can you tell I’m excited. I love all of her books and think I’ve read all but two. I think you’ll love the characters and if so, you simply must check out the rest. It seems like December always goes so fast. I need to do some baking next weekend and of course, cards and presents. Hope you have a wonderful week. I’m off to check out your Omens review. I LOVE that series.


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