Sunday Post: Snow, cold and sunshine


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 appointments and places to go this week and then we had our second snowfall of the season Friday. It has also gotten very cold–below zero last night. We didn’t get a lot of snow, but the original snow hadn’t melted so it’s piling up and not supposed to get very warm for a while. But it is winter and the snow is beautiful. We had several sunny and cold days. I love the sun in the winter.

If we need to go somewhere it helps that the street in front of our house is a connecting road so the city keeps it plowed and clear. We have a long, steep driveway so we have a snowblower to help clear the snow. (We’ve gotten stuck several times trying to get the car up to our house when the driveway isn’t clear!)

We had planned to visit our daughters in Illinois and Indiana the next couple of weeks, but with the forecasts for snow and bitterly cold weather we’ve postponed the visits. Our son is coming to pick up his dog on February 1. I’m going to miss Donnie, but he will be so happy to see my son and leave for his new home in Seattle. We plan to visit our daughters sometime in February when we don’t have to worry so much about freezing rain and snow.


Reading Challenges

I spent quite a bit of time on my reading challenges. I signed up for a few more and finished all my pages for the 2019 challenges. I’m doing seven challenges–yes, seven challenges! I enjoy challenging myself in these challenges and as long as I’m organized I have fun with them.

I also signed up for “They Call It Puppy Love Challenge” which Barb @ Booker T’s Farm is hosting. This reading challenge lasts the month of February! I’m excited about this challenge since I’m enjoying reading books with dogs as major characters. I’ve especially enjoyed reading about working dogs–police dogs, soldiers’ dogs, therapy dogs. Check out Barb’s blog for more information.

Reviews and Comments

Now that I have my 2019 reading challenges organized I’m focusing on getting the 2018 reviews I’ve started finished and posted plus trying to write my 2019 reviews soon after I finish reading my books. I also worked to get caught up answering comments and visiting other blogs. I’m trying to visit a few blogs each day.

Recent posts

Next week
  • Books I meant to read in 2018 but didn’t get to
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review: Mercy Falls by William Kent Kreuger
  • Review: Feeding the Dragon by Sharon Washington

My books

What I’m reading
  • Mud, Muck and Dead Things by Ann Granger
  • Zero G by Dan Wells
What I read recently
  • A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert
  • Copper River by William Kent Kreuger
Books I got recently

Death Distilled by Melinda Mullett

Alphas: Origins by Ilona Andrews

Dark City by Kit Hallows

Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson

What are you doing?

Are you going to look for the Lunar eclipse tonight with the “super blood wolf moon?” We have mostly cloudy weather forecast. 😦 But we’ll try to see if it’s visible. 

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.

18 thoughts on “Sunday Post: Snow, cold and sunshine”

  1. I love snow! I’m desperate to see some this year… Last year was the first time I’d seen snow in about 3 so I’m not holding my breath but I still like in hope!
    It sucks you’ve had to delay your travel/visits though. Fingers crossed you get the chance in Feb.


    1. I hope you get to see some snow this year, Nicci! I’ve lived places that got snow most of my life and I still feel the wonder of snowfall every time it snows.


  2. We have wind and very cold for here 15 tonight. But by Wednesday 60 again. But no snow or rain, it’s clear skies to get that cold.

    I see you have some great books. Mercy Falls was a cliffhanger. ARGHH!

    I like the challenges also. It encourages me to write more reviews on the blog rather than a few sentences on Goodreads. I tend to do the library books on Sunday afternoon, or sometimes Saturdays.

    Just have fun with your challenges and don’t stress out over them. I don’t update to the links until the end of the month and I’ll have LOTS to link for January. Enjoy!


    1. We have another winter storm warning for today and tonight for freezing rain and snow. I’m planning to cancel my outdoor activities especially any driving!

      It sounds like you’re having a good reading and review month, Anne. That’s great!


  3. I’ve been aware of all the reading challenges you’ve signed up to, Jan – thanks to you I’m now signed up to the Love Your Library Challenge… As for the weather – urg – the only place I’m happy to see snow is on film or pictures – I HATE it. Having said that, do recall we live in a country where the infrastructure is only designed around continuous drizzle… Have a great week:)


    1. Yes, the last couple weeks have been a round of reading challenge posts…lol. I’m glad you’ve signed up for the Love Your Library Challenge. I love libraries and want to make sure they stay around.

      I understand your feeling about snow, Sarah. We’ve lived places that only got snow occasionally and that makes it rough for everyone since the snow removal equipment just doesn’t exist plus most drivers aren’t ready to drive in the snow. Our city does a great job of clearing roads and businesses clear sidewalks and parking lots plus for the most part my husband and I can stay home if the roads are bad.


  4. I wish my town kept the road in front of my house plowed. It’s a dead-end side road, and it’s so icy right now that my dog slipped and face-planted on it a few days ago. I hope you’re able to see the moon. Have a great week!


    1. There are pros and cons of living on a busy street, but having the road cleared of snow and ice is certainly one perk. I’m sure your dog isn’t a fan of the icy roads now. We were able to see the moon. I was so happy it was early enough and cleared a bit for us. The temps were down near zero so we only stayed outside briefly each time we went to look!


  5. When I was young we lived on a dead end street and all of us had to get out and shovel and plow to get out to the main road. I don’t miss that living here on the Gulf Coast now. I do miss snow at Christmas and the sun shining on it, sparkling and watching icicles melt. My brother is supposed to fly down on Friday but he’s waiting to see if flights will be cancelled because of the weather. Stay warm!


    1. When I was growing in a snowy part of Oregon we lived up a hill. My dad had to leave his car at the bottom of the hill many times and walk the rest of the way home after work since the city didn’t get plows out the first day or two after snowfalls. He also usually had to shovel our driveway and up to the main road and sometime had to get on the roof to shovel that off when there was lots of snow. He understandable didn’t like winter or snow very much. I spent much of childhood getting to sled on a nearby hill…lol.


  6. We’ve warmed up a bit–just in time for another storm so we’re getting freezing rain for a while today before it gets cold again and then getting more snow. I’m not a fan of ice, but we’re cancelling trips out today. Donnie will be thrilled to see my son though not so thrilled to ride home on the plane. However, since he’s a small dog he gets to ride in the plane with my son.


    1. Thanks, Stprmi! We got more snow last night so it is quite snowy and also cold here. The sun is out though and I do love seeing the sun shining on the snow.


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